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Fishing in Lorain

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Lake Erie Walleye Run

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Fishing in Lewiston

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Lewiston

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Fishing in Lorain

Lake Fishing Trip in Lorain

Lake Erie Walleye Roundup

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Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead

Lake Fishing Trip in Lakeside Marblehead

Lake Erie Smallies, Walleye, Perch

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Fishing in Westfield

Lake Fishing Trip in Westfield

Lake Erie Catch-Em-Up Trip

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Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead

Lake Fishing Trip in Lakeside Marblehead

Lake Erie Perch Or Walleye Special

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Fishing in Lorain

Lake Fishing Trip in Lorain

Lake Erie Walleye Run

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Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead

Lake Fishing Trip in Lakeside Marblehead

Lake Erie Perch Or Walleye Special

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Fishing in Lewiston

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Lewiston

Niagara River Fishing Charters

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Fishing in Lorain

Lake Fishing Trip in Lorain

Lake Erie Walleye Roundup

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Fishing in Conneaut

Lake Fishing Trip in Conneaut

Lake Erie Walleye Drift

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Fishing in Lorain

Lake Fishing Trip in Lorain

Lake Erie Walleye Catch

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River Fishing Guides Near Lake Erie

Fishing in Oak Harbor

River Fishing Trip in Oak Harbor

Honing In On Walleye

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Fishing in Buffalo

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Buffalo

Full Day Fishing Charter

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Fishing in Cleveland

Lake, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Cleveland

Trophy Walleye Night Bite (Oct-Dec)

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Fishing in Lewiston

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Lewiston

Niagara River Fishing Charters

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Fishing in Wyandotte

River Fishing Trip in Wyandotte

Lake Erie Walleye Hunt

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Fishing in Oak Harbor

River Fishing Trip in Oak Harbor

Honing In On Perch

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Nearshore Fishing Guides Near Lake Erie

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Fishing in Cleveland

Lake, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Cleveland

Trophy Walleye Night Bite (Oct-Dec)

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Fishing in Port Clinton

Lake, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Port Clinton

Walleye Trolling Morning (AM)

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Fishing in Conneaut

Inshore, Lake, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Conneaut

Summer Walleye Troll

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Fishing in Lorain

Lake, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Lorain

Full Day Walleye Fishing

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Fishing in Avon Lake
Fishing in Avon Lake
Fishing in Avon Lake
trip description for Half-Day Lake Erie Hook-Up in Avon Lake

If you're an angler looking to catch one of the Midwest's best sportfish species, look no further! On this adventure with Captain Ron—a Lake Erie Walleye-fishing master—you'll be hunting down prizewinning Walleye on the clear waters of America's fourth-largest lake. Captain Ron has been fishing here since he was just a kid, and he's caught thousands of fish in the places you'll be fishing. He's a true expert, and he'll guide you right to his best spots for lunker Walleye. Walleye aren't known as great fighting fish, but they're still extremely fun for anglers of all levels. In addition, they often hang out together, so getting multiple "tips down" at the same time isn't uncommon. Walleye love to hit lures right off the bottom, so you'll focus on slow trolling to draw bites. You'll be using a variety of lures, most of which will imitate small baitfish. Captain Ron will make sure you're ready to go with the best terminal tackle; so, whether you're an experienced angler or a newbie, Captain Ron will make sure you have the right tackle and all the tools necessary to whack some big ones. You'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Ron's 23' Warrior tournament boat, an ideal vessel for fishing both close to shore and in deeper water. She's equipped with a 400-Hp Mercury engine, so you'll be on the fish in the blink of an eye. She also features a full suite of electronics, including GPS, fish finder, and a trolling motor. Captain Ron will bring everything you need for a legendary fishing trip. All you need to remember are you Ohio fishing licenses, weather-appropriate clothing, and sun protection. Get out there and hook 'em up! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Avon Lake

Half-Day Lake Erie Hook-Up

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $550
Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead
Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead
Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead
trip description for Marblehead Walleye Classic in Lakeside Marblehead

If you've been searching for the Walleye trip of a lifetime, look no further. Captain Charles is an expert when it comes to fishing Lake Erie for these famous gamefish, and he'll make sure that you and yours have a blast and catch 'em up. On this trip, you'll be casting out for "wallhanger" Walleye, throwing a variety of lures to draw bites. Depending on the time of year, there are a several different techniques to choose from. In the spring, you'll employ diving crank baits that can find Walleye down in the deep, cold water. Towards the middle of the summer, you'll focus on trolling for Walleye using custom inline planer boards that Captain Charles built himself! This is an exciting (and chaotic) way to fish when multiple rods start bending at once. As the season progresses, you'll move with the fish, sometimes “up the middle” towards the Canadian boarder, or east well in view of Cedar Point. At this point, you may switch to spoons or crawler harnesses depending on what's getting the bite. Walleye aren't known for being huge fighters, but they're some of the best-eating freshwater fish out there, and they're super fun for anglers of all levels. There's truly no better way to catch a monster specimen than this trip with Captain Charles! You'll get out there aboard his 27' Sportcraft sportfisher, a beautiful boat that's ideal for trolling. She runs a 300-HP engine so you'll be out there in the blink of an eye, and has plenty of amenities to keep you comfortable. You'll be provided with everything you need for a blue-ribbon fishing trip; all you need to bring is proper clothing for the weather, your Ohio fishing licenses, and a good attitude! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Lakeside Marblehead

Marblehead Walleye Classic

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27 ft 1 - 6 People From $550
Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead
Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead
Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead
trip description for Epic Ohio Walleye Trip in Lakeside Marblehead

Go aboard with Captain Ryan and spend a day hooking Walleye on Lake Erie! Over the course of this trip, Captain Ryan will take you to his favorite fishing holes to target Walleye, the most popular gamefish species in Ohio and a top-notch eating fish! On this trip, you'll be using a variety of lures to draw bites. Depending on the time of year, there are a several different techniques to choose from. In the spring, you'll use deep-diving crank baits to find Walleye hanging out in the lower levels of the water column. Towards the middle of the summer, you'll focus on trolling. As the season progresses, you may switch to spoons or other lures depending on what's getting the bite. Captain Ryan will make sure to get you set up with the best tackle, no matter the season! His 20' Skeeter skiff can comfortably fit up to 3 guests, plus the captain himself. She's powered by a 250-HP Yamaha engine, so you'll be able to spend less time cruising and more time fishing. In addition, the skiff is equipped with a 9.9 Yamaha kicker motor and a MinnKota Terrova electric trolling motor for amazing maneuverability in shallow water! Everything you need for an amazing trip will be provided by Captain Ryan. He’ll bring all the equipment including rods, reels, tackle, and bait. All you need is sun protection, your Ohio fishing licenses, and appropriate clothing. Check the weather reports a couple days before your trip so you come prepared! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Lakeside Marblehead

Epic Ohio Walleye Trip

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20 ft 1 - 3 People From $325
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Fishing in Cleveland
Fishing in Cleveland
Fishing in Cleveland
trip description for Full Day Trophy Walleye and Steelhead in Cleveland

If you've been searching for the fishing trip of a lifetime, look no further. Captain Mike ("Moke") is very experienced when it comes to fishing Lake Erie for both Trophy Walleye and Steelhead. On this trip, you'll be trolling for "wallhanger" Walleye, and thrashing Steelhead off shore. Depending on the time of year, there are a several different techniques to choose from. In the spring, you'll employ diving crank baits that can find Walleye down in the deep, cold water. Towards the middle of the summer, you'll focus on trolling for Walleye towards the middle of the water column. This is an exciting (and chaotic) way to fish when multiple rods start bending at once! You'll also be trolling for Steelhead, a type of fish that's essentially a Rainbow Trout on steroids. These fish hit hard, jump high, and are extremely fun to fight. They're also excellent eating, whether you choose to throw some fillets on the grill or sear them on the stove. You'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Moke's 21' Warrior High performance Muti Species boat 350-HP Suzuki engines, so you'll be absolutely flying off the dock and out to the hot fishing spots! Captain Moke will supply everything you need for a blue-ribbon day, including all rods, reels, bait and tackle! Just bring a cooler with some snacks and drinks, sunscreen, and proper clothing! Let’s go fishing! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Cleveland

Full Day Trophy Walleye And Steelhead

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $600
Fishing in Port Clinton
Fishing in Port Clinton
Fishing in Port Clinton
trip description for Yellow Perch and Smallmouth in Port Clinton

Although Lake Erie isn't the biggest or the deepest of the Great Lakes, it certainly has some of the best fishing, with strong native stocks of Smallmouth Bass and yellow Perch. On this trip with Captain Ken, you'll target either Smallmouth or Perch Perch average just a couple of pounds, but they're surprisingly agile and will put up a good fight on light tackle. In addition, they often hang out in groups, so getting multiple fish on at one time isnt uncommon. Smallmouth Bass, or "Smallies" often get to lunker size in the rich waters of Lake Erie. These badass fish fight hard, and a big one is a prize for any freshwater pursuit fisherman You'll be chasing your target species with classic light tackle fishing techniques. Walleye, and Bass will hit both live and artificial bait and lures, so you can switch things up depending on the conditions. Captain Ken will make sure you're set up with the best tackle for the job! Captain Ken's 37' Tiara sportfisher is a beauty. She has comfortable seating for up to six, a full cabin to keep you out of the sun, and sports twin Caterpillar diesels with a combined 840 horsepower! This boat also has all the equipment you need to come home with a full cooler and great memories. Captain Ken will provide all the rods, reels, and tackle, so all you need to bring is your Ohio fishing license, proper clothing for the weather, and sun protection! What are you waiting for?! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Port Clinton

Yellow Perch And Smallmouth

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37 ft 1 - 6 People From $900
Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead
Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead
Fishing in Lakeside Marblehead
trip description for Late Erie Walleye and Perch in Lakeside Marblehead

Although Lake Erie isn't the biggest or the deepest of the Great Lakes, it certainly has some of the best fishing, with strong native stocks of Walleye and Perch this all times of year! On your trip with Captain Bob, you'll have full access to this rich fishery, and you'll have a blast on either the half-day or the full-day trip option. Here, that means slow-trolling for Walleye, which like to hit lures moving quickly near the bottom, as well as light tackle cast-and-retrieve techniques for Perch. Walleye and Perch are both excellent eating fish, and Captain Bob can have your fish picked up and cleaned for you at the dock. Just bring a cooler so you can take your keepers home. You'll be fishing aboard his 30' SportCraft sportfisher. She's a beauty, and is perfect for the kinds of fishing you'll be doing. She sports a 380-HP inboard engine, so you'll be out there fishing in the blink of an eye, and has a comfortable cabin area with seating to keep you having fun all day. Captain Bob will come prepared with everything you need for an awesome trip! Just make sure to bring proper clothing, your lunch, Ohio fishing licenses, and a smile. Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Lakeside Marblehead

Late Erie Walleye And Perch

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $550
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Lake Erie

What are the best fishing trips in Lake Erie?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 42 trips in Lake Erie, and the most popular trips in the area are Niagara River Fishing Charters guided by Joseph, Lake Erie Smallies, Walleye, Perch guided by Robert, and Lake Erie Walleye Roundup guided by Alex.

Our guides in Lake Erie are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2706 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Lake Erie? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Lake Erie.

What types of fishing trips are common in Lake Erie?

Lake fishing is the most popular in Lake Erie as well as river fishing, nearshore fishing, and inshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Lake Erie are: 1. walleye, 2. perch, 3. steelhead, and 4. channel catfish.

The most common fishing techniques in Lake Erie are light tackle fishing, artificial lure fishing, and trolling but drift fishing and live bait fishing are popular as well.

How much does a Lake Erie fishing trip cost?

in Lake Erie prices can range anywhere from about $450 to $1,000, but the average price for a half day trip in Lake Erie is $609. The average price for a full day trip in Lake Erie is $805.

What month is best for fishing in Lake Erie?

The most popular season for fishing in Lake Erie is spring, and most anglers book their trips 119 days in advance.

Do I need a Lake Erie fishing license and what are the bag limits in Lake Erie?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Lake Erie, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Lake Erie. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Lake Erie.

Lake Erie Fishing Overview

With an average of 1.5 million fish caught in Lake Erie every year, you won't go home empty-handed. While the lake is known for steelhead, many other gamefish live in its waters and provide a variety of phenomenal fishing opportunities.

Lake Erie Steelhead Fishing

For most of the anglers on Lake Erie, fishing means steelhead, steelhead, steelhead. The lake and its tributaries are one of the best steelhead fisheries in the world and the fish is the signature of the area. The best steelhead fishing will often be found in a part of the lake called the mountain, where the lake is deepest and the cold-water fish will congregate as the water warms elsewhere.

Lake Trout Fishing on Lake Erie

Catching lake trout can require a bit of extra tackle but these fish are well worth it. Fishing the depths of “the mountain” is a great place to find these fish and with a typical weight of 8 to 12 pounds these fish will wear you out. Trolling with a diving disk that will take your spoons or lures down to the right depths will ensure you are within striking distance. Although the popularity of these fish has waned in recent years, lake trout are still an exciting and delicious gamefish perfect for any group.

Other Lake Erie Game Fish Species

While trout and steelhead are the most popular fish for this lake, Lake Erie is also home to other popular species including bass, walleye, perch, crappie, and bluegill. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are well-known game fish across the country but in a lake like this they grow slow but that doesn't mean small.

Bluegill can be found almost anywhere and their high action on minimal tackle makes them some of the most fun fish to catch. Crappie prefer brush and shallower water and are basically the next step up from bluegill. That being said do not discount this voracious fish because they are a blast to catch and a delicious meal. The only other fish that may beat crappie for the best white meat fish is the walleye. Other than their spectacular food qualities walleye are known for their trolling rigs and funky fighting style. There are plenty of game fish to catch on Lake Erie and is a great place for anglers to try something new.

Lake Erie Weather

When heading out on Lake Erie always be careful and consider your safety. When in doubt, contact a guide to take you out and ensure the conditions are good. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the great lakes and is prone to more severe weather including fast shifts from calm rollers to large waves as well as significant fog. When you're ready to take a trip, head out of Cleveland, Buffalo, Detroit, or Toledo as your major jumping-off points to get out on the water.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Joe was the best! And he knows how to get on them BIGS!!!

    Jaxon H. with Joseph S. of Lewiston, New York

  • ★★★★★
    We had an amazing experience. Capt Sean was very knowledgeable of the area and knew where the fish were. We are looking forward to our next trip already.

    Adam H. with Sean S. of Lorain, Ohio

  • ★★★★★
    Sean was a fantastic guide. He's very personable and we had great conversation in addition to catching a lot of fish! His boat was clean and spacious, I'll definitely be booking him again.

    Josh H. with Sean S. of Lorain, Ohio

  • ★★★★★
    Our captian was great. Very knowledgeable and explained what was going on since it was our first time on a charter. Really came in the clutch to get us near our limit at the end. I would recommend these guys and I will be booking again.

    Eldon L. with Alex Z. of Lorain, Ohio

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