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The "Mile Creeks" of Pennsylvania are located east of Erie and can provide exceptional steelhead fishing if water levels aloow it. They are made up of several creeks that start south of Route 5 and eventually flow north into Lake Erie. In order from the city of Erie traveling east on Route 5 they include; Four, Seven, Eight, Twelve, Sixteen and Twenty Mile Creeks. There is also Six Mile Creek which is not a good fishery and also difficult to access. These creeks fish best in the fall, winter, and spring when water levels are high enough to bring in these powerful and acrobatic fish. The best fishing is sometimes after a strong rain especially in the months of October, November, and December. Some Special Regulations apply.

Four Mile Creek is located a short distance east of Erie, Pennsylvania. This is a small creek that can be exceptional when the water flows and time of year are appropriate. Access can be found along 4 Mile Creek Road by turning north off of Route 5 which is just east of the creek. Watch for posted land and do not trespass. Fishing on this creek is limited to north of Route 5. Starting at the mouth near the lake and working your way upstream is a good way to fish this creek.

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Seven Mile Creek is found approximately three miles east of Four Mile Creek. You will cross Six Mile creek on your way. Seven Mile is located on Glinodo Center which is owned and operated by the Benedictine Sisters. Glinodo Center is a conference and educational center. The owners only allow walk in fishing. Parking along Route 5 is available and walking along the creek north towards the lake is permissible. Near Route 5 is a waterfall that inhibits the passage of fish.

Eight Mile Creek is located just about 1 mile east of Seven mile. This creek is small and runs fairly thin much of the time. The best fishing here is generally near the mouth by the lake. When water flows are high fishing can be good inside the creek all the way to Route 5. Parking can be found by the lake at the end of Shades Beach Road which is located west of the creek off of Route 5. There is also parking along Route 5.

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Continuing on Rt. 5 for approximately 3 miles, you will find Twelve Mile Creek. This "mile" creek offers good access. The creek can be found by traveling east on Route 5 for approximately 12 miles from Erie and turning left (north) onto Shorewood Drive just west of the creek (before crossing the creek). While traveling along Route 5 you will first cross all of the previously mentioned creeks. The best fishing here is found from the lake south to Route 5. Just upstream from Route 5 is some terrain that is nearly impassable for fish. This limits the fishing from here downstream to the lake. Access can be found along Shorewood Drive (parallels the west side of creek) and at the end of this road near the lake.

Sixteen Mile Creek is found approximately 5 miles further east on Rt. 5. This creek is larger then all of the creeks east of Erie except for Twenty Mile. A good number of anglers fish this creek since it is somewhat larger. Good access is available on much of the creek. A waterfall located South (upstream) of Route 5 keeps many fish from passing this point. Access can be found in a few places. One area is at the mouth of the creek (Halli Reed Park) which can be accessed by turning north off of Route 5 onto Freeport Road (directly across from Route 89) which will lead you to the park near the mouth of the creek. Along Route 5 there is also parking. On North Mill Street there is a sewerage plant. Parking is also found by the plant. Most anglers will walk from the plant downstream of the waterfall which is a short distance south(upstream) of Route 5.

Twenty Mile Creek is the largest and most popular of the creeks east of Erie. This Creek originates in New York and flows for several miles before entering Pennsylvania for the last four miles of its journey. The best fishing on Twenty Mile is found in the vicinity of Route 5. There is parking found at the Route 5 bridge. From here you can walk down the west side of the creek towards the mouth or walk upstream to a good pool located just above the bridge. The area below the bridge is a good place to start. Fish sometimes have trouble getting past an area of nearly impassable terrain a short walk above the bridge. However in high water they can, and in fact the fishing can be good all the way to the New York border at times. Access above the Route 5 bridge can be found along Middle(west side of creek) and Gay(east side) Roads in certain areas. This river is an approved trout fishery as well and is stocked accordingly.

The "Mile Creeks" of Pennsylvania are all tremendous fisheries. Water flows, time of year, and even moon phase are all factors on the migration of fish into these rivers. The best times are generally after rains when water levels rise and then begin to fall. Fishing these creeks is usually done with standard nymph tactics. A floating line and leader with split shot will do the job in most situations. In extreme high water a lead sack or "slinky" may be used to stay on the bottom and in the "zone."