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.
- Develop and maintain Landowner Cooperation;
- Enhance public stream access and fishing easements and rights of way;
- Maintain professional relationship and cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission;
- Actively support the 3-C-U Trout Association and other local fishing clubs and associations;
- Provide opportunity for fellowship among the members and enhance their knowledge and enjoyment of Steelhead fishing.
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association was formed in 1966 by three avid Steelhead anglers: Joe Egnot, Matt Hrycyk, and John Bodner. Their original goal was to respond to the rash of property postings that were taking place at the time on some of the best Steelhead streams in Erie County. They began by gathering together like-minded fishermen to work on improved landowner relations as well as improved cooperation with State and local governments.
From those humble beginings, the PSA has grown to become a vital player in the protection and preservation of the Lake Erie fishery. Continuing the work of our founders the PSA works to improve landowner relations and to promote continued cooperation with State and local governments. The current activities of the PSA include:
Landowner Appreciation Fruit Basket Program - Each December the PSA, with help from other clubs and associations including: Gem City Outdoorsmen, NWPA Trout Unlimited, 3-C-U, and the One Fly Tournament, personally delivers holiday fruit baskets to landowners along important Steelhead streams who graciously keep their property open for Steelhead fishing.
Stream Improvement and Enhancements - The PSA regularly provides volunteers to stream enhancement and cleanup projects along the important Steelhead streams in Northwest PA.
- Youth Fishing - The PSA has sponsored children's fishing outings and clinics to promote fishing in general, and Steelhead fishing in particular, among youth and children.
PFBC Input - The PSA maintains excellent dialog and cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission both at the both the local and Statewide level.
While to continuing to work on the important issues the PSA currently addresses, we also anticipate the need to be involved in important new issues such as the challenges of Marcellus Shale Drilling and Asian Carp and other invasive species. Our ability to influence current and future issues important to Steelhead fishermen depends on having a strong membership so that our voice can continue to be heard. Please consider adding your voice to our efforts by joining the PSA today!
Our efforts to enhance the fishery and to maintain open stream access for Steelhead membership should be reason enough to join, but consider also the additional value that a PA Steelhead Association memberhsip can provide for you personally:
First, there are various PSA business members who voluntarily provide PSA members a 10% discount on products, goods and services (including tackle, bait, food, etc.). Simply show the participating business your paid membership receipt to receive your discount. (You can login to your account at www.pasteelhead.com and print your paid membership anytime, as often as you wish.) If, during the course of a steelhead season you spend $150.00 at these participating businesses, you will have already paid for your membership at the current membership rate of $15.00. These discounts are given year round. These business members include the following (please note list may not be current):
* Poor Richards Bait & Tackle - 10% discount on bait and fishing tackle
* Lake Shore Towing - $5 off on a one year membership
* Best Western Hotel (Sterrettania Rd) - 10% discount on room rates
* Super 8 Motel (Sidehill Rd, North East) - Room discount rates ask for further details
In addition, you receive access to information about activities in and around "Steelhead Alley", one of the world's premier Steelhead fisheries through the PSA Newlsetter and the PSA website www.pasteelhead.com.
By becoming a PSA member you also become part of dedicated group of people who share your passion for fishing and the outdoors. Our meetings provide fellowship and fishing information in a relaxed atmosphere for everyone, whether you're new to the sport or whether you've been fishing for years.
Most of all, it is satisfying to know that you are part of the only organization in our area exclusively dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing Northwest PA steelhead fishing.
We welcome new members. If you would like to join, you may do so right now by completing an online application here on this site, or in person at any of our monthly meetings. PLEASE JOIN TODAY!