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Lake Erie can be intimidating to an angler not used to its immense size. It's best to think of the lake in three popular areas The Nearshore Areas, The Trenches, and The Mountain. Nearshore is excellent for Smallmouth Bass, and The Mountain is a great place to fish for Steelhead and Lake Trout.

Due to the infamous Walleye population, Lake Erie Walleye fishing charters are a popular choice. Catching Walleye is excellent for the majority of the year. It's during the winter that the lake becomes dangerous, and Lake Erie ice fishing is only available on Presque Isle Bay.

For those wondering... the biggest fish in Lake Erie is the Common Carp. The current record for Lake Erie is 53.65 pounds.
  • Known For

    Known for being one of the five Great Lakes, Lake Erie got its name from the Erie People. The word Erie means "Long Tail" and is home to some of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. Don't let its beauty fool you though, this lake can be dangerous. The water levels and conditions can change rapidly. The lake has a history of going from calm to massive 10-foot waves in just a few minutes.

  • Fishing Licenses and Regulations

    The state of Ohio has its basic state-wide rules and regulations to protect its state's wildlife and natural resources. However, specific areas can have requirements that differ from the core rules of the state, Lake Erie is one of those fishing spots.

    If you're 16 years or older, you can buy a one-day or annual fishing license. Either way, you go, you will need to have the license on your person while fishing.

    • An annual license costs $25
    • A one-day license costs $14
    • A Lake Erie Fishing Permit is required

    Non-residents will need to purchase a special Lake Erie Sport Fishing Permit from January 1 to the end of April.

    • Annual Fishing License $50.96
    • One-day license $14
    • A Lake Erie Fishing Permit is required

    For more information, you can check with the Ohio Division of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

  • Types of Fishing

    The best kind of fishing method for Lake Erie really depends on what species of fish you're targetting.

    • Yellow Perch fishing trips are at their peak from September to October. The state of Ohio allows you to catch a big bag limit of these excellent tasting fish, so don't miss the great opportunity. Emerald Shiners and Salted Minnows are a great way to bring these fish to your boat in a hurry.
    • King Salmon and Steelhead Trout fishing is a typical combo in July and August when you book a trip aboard a Lake Erie Charter Boat.

    The weather can also play a factor. For information about how that can affect your fishing experience, read below.

  • Best Season

    The best time of year for catching your limit of Walleye on Lake Erie is during July. This is according to the numbers we have researched from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. During this season the weather is stable, and the fish begin to gather in large schools. To find the schools, your Lake Erie Fishing Charter will probably recommend trolling the open water areas to locate the schools efficiently.

    For catching trophy Walleye the month of April can produce some great catches. The weather and water temperature will have the fish in 4 to 16 feet of water. Typically Walleye caught during this season will result in about 20 inch long males.


Where is the best walleye fishing on Lake Erie?

According to local fishing reports, some of the best Walleye fishing is found around the below following spots: Sandusky, Near Pennsylvania, and North point of Presque Isle.

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