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Pennsylvania Steelhead fishing for all !

The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association is a 501(C)4 nonprofit which works to: enhance and preserve the fishery in the streams flowing into Lake Erie; to improve access to those streams for fishermen; and to assist organizations such as the Western PA Conservancy in acquiring land and/or fishing easements and right-of-ways along important Steelhead fishing waters in Northwest Pennsylvania.

We have created four committees to better serve the PSA and our fishery.  The four committees are – Events Committee, Members Committee, Newsletter/Webpage Committee, and the Marketing Committee.  If interested please sign on to help a committee with planning and organizing events.

The pages in the Members-only section of the Website are viewable ONLY by PSA Members. 

In this Members-only Section you can:

  • See Past editions of TIGHT LINES (the PSA Newsletter)
  • Look up contact information for fellow PSA Members
  • See Member Fishing Reports
You must first log in to access these pages! (See How to Log In in column on left)

PSA December 9th Membership Meeting Program Speakers

Sara Stahlman is a senior coastal outreach specialist with Pennsylvania Sea Grant. She earned her bachelor’s in biology with a minor in psychology from Penn State Behrend in Erie Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree in biology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Sara specializes in Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and works to provide education and outreach to users on preventing the spread of invasive species, early detection, and rapidly responding to new infestations.

Sara’s presentation will introduce aquatic invasive species, and discuss where they came from, how they got here, and the problems they can cause for our Great Lakes region. She will highlight some of the newest and most threatening species in our region and also discuss how some of them can increase the occurrence of other negative stressors we are facing in our Lake such as harmful algal blooms.

Nate Irwin is an Aquatic Biologist with the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, and works out of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.  Nate earned his B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College and a M.S. in Biology from Western Carolina University. 

 Working for the state, Nate is involved in water quality monitoring, fish tissue sampling, invasive species surveys, and West Nile Virus surveillance.  Nate has also become one of the lead contacts for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) locally.

  Working with the Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Task Force, he takes part in a coordinated effort to monitor and provide response to suspected HAB activity in our local waters.  


Important notice: The December 2015 meeting will be held at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center where our meeting speakers work regularly. The TREC is above the entrance to Presque Isle. The address is:

301 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505-2042 

The Pennsylvania Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup

This years cleanup was Saturday September 19 from 9:00am to Noon!

The PSA was again the site manager for the Walnut Creek Access area, Sam Zacour was the site coordinator.

We had a great turnout again as 21 volunteers showed up to pick up 14 bags of trash weighing 234.5lbs. We picked up 867 cigarette butts to recycle, a welcome drop of about 400 from last year. Around 26 yards of fishing line, 2 tires, and a driveshaft, as well as all of the regular garbage. The added weight from last year was due to the driveshaft and the large tire still on the rim and filled with dirt and sand. The group pictured below shows some of the cleanup crew! Thanks to all those who took the time to help clean up our environment!

The PA Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup event, held the 3rd Saturday in September along the Lake Erie shoreline and Erie County waterways.  Volunteers gather at one of the sixteen different cleanup locations in Erie County between 9am and 12pm to pick up trash and collect information on each trash item.  Information gathered from collected trash and recyclables is used to develop and prioritize management strategies to lessen the amount of trash entering our waterways and provide outreach and education information for local schools and organizations throughout the county.

The event is part of a larger global effort that is held the same day each year titled the “International Coastal Cleanup” which is the oldest and largest volunteer driven cleanup effort of its kind across the world.  Beginning in 1986 with 12 sites on the Texas coastline, the International Coastal Cleanup has grown to over 6000 sites in 92 countries with more than 500,000 participating volunteers. 

  Garbage and recycling bags as well as work gloves are provided to all volunteers at each location.  Certificates of appreciation will also be available to participating volunteers.

Additional information on each clean up location can be found at:

Please contact Jake Moore of the Dept. of Environmental Protection, Coastal Resources Management Program for additional questions at 814-217-9634 or by email at

On Saturday September 6th, 2014 a group  of PSA members and volunteers cleaned up 380 lbs of steel that had been lying on the creek bed of Upper Elk Creek near the area referred to as the Pet Cemetery. They carried a torch downstream about 200 yards from an private landowners property that allowed access to the creek and cut up and hauled out the scrap you see pictured below.

Meetings are typically held at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. American Legion Post #773,  4109 West 12th Street, Erie, PA. However, the December 9th 2015 meeting is being held at the TREC above the entrance to Presque Isle.

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