Conneaut Creek Steelhead
Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Conneaut Creek
Pennsylvania and Ohio
Conneaut Creek flows mostly through the state of
Pennsylvania but enters Ohio before flowing into Lake
Erie. It's a very good steelhead stream. It is also stocked
with trout in some areas. The medium size creek begins
near Conneautville, Pennsylvania, and flows for thirty
miles before entering Lake Erie. About ten miles lie
within the boundaries of Ohio.

The stream is similar to a typical trout stream with riffles,
runs and pools. The bottom consist mostly of cobble,
gravel, sand and silt. There are some areas of shale.  

Steelhead will enter the creek in late October and
remain through the end of April as a general rule. Like
all Lake Erie and other Great Lakes tributaries, the
water level is a big factor in the movement of the fish.
Although it is a good idea to keep in touch with the
upstream movement of the steelhead, unlike other
tributaries, the steelhead can be found almost anywhere
in Conneaut Creek. Once they enter the creek, the
steelhead will move upstream as the days go by.

You can access Conneaut Creek in many locations.
There are several areas of private property along the
creek, so make sure you don't trespass. You also want
to make certain that you check the Special Regulations
for both states.

Most of the steelhead are taken using the traditional wet
fly swing. The normal Great Lakes steelhead fly patterns
work for Conneaut Creek. At times, nymph fishing the
same way as you would for trout is productive. Egg flies
are popular in October and November. Spey rods are
becoming more and more popular.

Conneaut Creek may not be the top Great Lakes
steelhead destinaton but it offers plenty of water to fish
and several species to catch such as smallmouth bass,
pike and muskie. .

The steelhead season is from early Fall to late Spring..
Steelhead can be caught as late as the first of May,
depending on the weather.
During the Summer, the water is too low and warm for
trout or steelhead.
Steelhead begin entering Conneaut Creek as early as
middle of September. The fishing is good throughout the
All but the coldest days of Winter can be good for
steelhead. The extremely cold water of January and
February can make the fish sluggish but otherwise,
fishing remains good throughout the Winter.
Type of Stream

Brown Trout (Stocked)


Northwestern Pennsylvania and
Northeastern Ohio

Nearest Town

Species Dependent - See Special


Special Regulations
Yes, both Pennsylvania and Ohio
has special regulations. Make sure
you check the current regulations.

Non-Resident License
State of Pennsylvania
State of Ohio

National Weather Service Link

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Conneaut Creek Fishing Report:
11/06/18 Sorry for lack of reports. The river has plenty
of steelhead and plenty are being caught. Swinging,
nymphs and eggs are working..
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you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
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them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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Conneaut Creek Fishing Report -
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USGS Stream Data:
Conneaut Creek