The steelhead fishery in Lake Erie and its tributaries has become a popular destination for anglers. Nearly a quarter-million steelhead fishing trips are made here every year and these trips generate more than $9.5 million in economic activity for Erie County. In an effort to accommodate the growing number of anglers and improve the quality of the fishery, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has taken the lead by developing the Lake Erie Access Improvement Program. This program is funded from the sale of Lake Erie Permits and Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Combo Permits and the primary focus of the program is to improve fishing access through a variety of approaches. A major component of this program is to work with landowners willing to allow fishing access in exchange for fair compensation. Pennsylvania Sea Grant works to identify prospective and work with interest landowners throughout this process. 

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