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Fly Fishing Walnut Creek Pennsylvania
Walnut Creek is a fairly small tributary of Lake Erie that's
located in Northwestern Pennsylvania. It's well known
and popular for its steelhead fishing. The stream is
located on Lake Erie between Erie and Fairview,

In addition to Walnut Creek steelhead, there are small
but decent runs of both Chinook and Coho Salmon.
Like all the Great Lakes' steelhead, the location of the
fish in Walnut Creek is subject to water levels. At the
beginning of the season in early Fall, the fish will
concentrate in the lake just outside of the inlet. As the
water rises, the steelhead move upstream. They rarely
reach the uppermost headwaters above Route #90.  
Most of the fishing is done downstream of Route #32.

Below Route #90, Walnut Creek flows under routes #79,
#832, #20, and #5 and then into Lake Erie. There's a
marina and a concrete wall on the lower end of the
creek..Although salmon and steelhead anglers use
casting and spinning gear to fish this area, it's of little
use to the fly angler. The riffles, runs, and pools
upstream is the prime area for fly fishing. A waterfall
below Route #5 can limit the migration of the steelhead
on low water levels.

Fly fishing Walnut Creek is similar to fly fishing most
other Great Lakes tributaries. Most flies are presented
on the swing. Fly anglers mostly use a floating fly line,
long leader, and split shot. Nymph fishing is also
popular. At times, sinking tip fly lines are used. Spey
fishing is becomes more popular each day.

Walnut Creek can be accessed at several locations
including most of the many bridges that cross the creek.
Like most other Great Lakes tributaries, the bottom
consist of shale and cleats are necessary for wading

The best time for steelhead is generally early November
through December although they can be present from
early October untill the end of April. Salmon fishing
would be best from mid-September through mid-

The best steelhead fishing takes place in November and
Steelhead remain in Walnut Creek until as late as the
end of April.
During the Summer, the water is too low and warm for
Chinook and Coho Salmon run in the Fall and are
followed by the steelhead. Salmon enter the river from
the middle of September through October but good
fishing can begin as early as October. It all depends on
the weather and stream levels.
Wintertime is the best time for Walnut Creek steelhead
fishing although January and February can be tough at

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle, Steelhead and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Coho Salmon
Chinook Salmon

Medium, 8 miles long

Northwestern Pennsylvania

Nearest Town

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Special Regulations
Yes, check the current regulations
that are subject to change each

Non-Resident License
State of Pennsylvania

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