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If there’s one thing the Cleveland fishing scene is known for, it’s diversity. We’re not only talking about the diversity of fish, but also about the different bodies of water you can explore. There’s a lot to do here and if you’re a freshwater enthusiast, you’re in for a treat.

Cleveland’s biggest fishing asset is, of course, Lake Erie, and this alone is enough to have you reaching for your rod. Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Yellow Perch are the most common and beloved catches here. Walleye are the main attraction in the city, though locals love to target Perch as well because of its great taste.

But this is just to get you started. You’ll find Rainbow Trout and its cousins Brown and Brook Trout in the Rocky River. If you’re in the mood for a bit of fun on the fast-flowing waters, Trout fishing is the way to go. You can also look forward to the solid Channel Catfish bite throughout the year. In winter, ice fishing is one of the favorite pastimes for Clevelanders.

Because fishing is so good both in and out of the city, there’s no shortage of Cleveland fishing charters at your disposal. Half day excursions are the perfect way to spend some quality time with your family and catch dinner, and there are even shared charters for this purpose. Longer, full day trips will take you into deeper waters, where trophy Walleye and Steelhead come out to play.

Metroparks, Rocky River Marina, Wallace Lake, and Edgewater Park Beach are some of the top spots to find an experienced charter guide.

Rules & Regulations

All you need to get a taste of the top-notch Cleveland fishing on offer is a valid Ohio fishing license for all anglers who are 16 and older. You can leave everything else in the hands of your trusty captain.

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January

Mid America Boat Show is the largest indoor boat show. When you’re done with buying boat equipment, head to the Cleveland waters, where a strong Rainbow bite awaits and there are some really big fish for you to catch.

February

Join in the Brite Winter music festival for food, drink, music, and art. In February, you can experience the last hurrah of ice fishing, before the ice is all gone. Steelhead are in their element, and Panfish are also there for the taking.

March

Fair weather draws out both anglers and their prey as the waters all around the city become warmer. Steelhead are still the most targeted species, because they prefer this time of year. You can also hook into decent Walleye and Catfish.

April

If you’re in a competitive mood, join in the Barbie Rod Steelhead Derby. The Trout bite continues to wow, and Walleye, Catfish, and Bass action won’t disappoint either. The high season is upon us.

May

The whole family can fish during the Free Fishing Days without a permit, so make the most of your free time. This is a two-day event. Follow the calendar, though, because the event can be moved to June. Catch Smallmouth Bass and Walleye after dark.

June

The Great Lakes Largemouth Series starts in June and lasts through to September. Whether you’re participating or not, you can catch Smallmouth Bass (best in the evening), Channel Catfish, and of course, the hard-fighting Walleye.

July

Have a great time at the annual Family Fishing Day at the Rockefeller Park Lagoon. Species that are biting include Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Panfish, Channel Catfish, and Carp. It’s a great way to spend a beautiful summer day.

August

Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Panfish, Channel Catfish, and Carp are all there for the taking in the late summer. Fish early in the morning or late in the evening for best results. When you’ve had your share of action, enjoy the annual Burning River Festival.

September

The beginning of fall marks the return of Rainbow Trout, as well as bigger numbers of Yellow Perch that locals look forward to. With Cleveland fishing charters, you can go after Smallmouth Bass, Carp, Panfish, and Channel Catfish.

October

In the rivers surrounding Cleveland, you’ll find excellent Steelhead, while Lake Erie boasts superb Bass, Perch, and Walleye specimens. Inland, Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish will give you a good fight.

November

Even though the high season is behind us, this is one of the best times to chase Yellow Perch and land dozens of these delectable fish on one trip. The Steelhead bite is picking up and takes center stage in November.

December

Big Steelhead are the main fishing attraction in Cleveland in December, both because there’s a lot of them and they can be very big. The temperature drops bring out the joys of ice fishing for Perch and Panfish, so there’s something for everyone. 

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Dont expect fish on the hook every minute but be ready because they will bite
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Dont expect fish on the hook every minute but be ready because they will bite
Stephen  S.
Stephen S. Buffalo, NY
We caught more fish than we ever imagined possible!! Reached our 18 walleye limit in a few hours.
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We caught more fish than we ever imagined possible!! Reached our 18 walleye limit in a few hours.
Susan  D.
Susan D. Columbus, OH

Sara J Fishing Guaranteed Walleye
Sara J Fishing Guaranteed Walleye
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Captain Gary was a wealth of knowledge! We were able to catch plenty of Walleye to take home. Wonderful trip and crew. I'd absolutely fish with him again.
Robert  N.
Robert N. WILOUGHBY HLS, OH
Sara J Fishing Guaranteed Walleye
Sara J Fishing Guaranteed Walleye
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
This trip was a lot of fun. Captain Gary and Captain Calvin did a fantastic job. Yes, two captains. They were fun to be around and had light outgoing personalities. The day had beautiful weather and calm seas. We enjoyed our time on the SaraJ and we are already talking about booking again very soon.
Bruce  T.
Bruce T. Franklin, TN
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
What an awesome trip! I've always wanted to fish Lake Erie and catch those giant walleye like you see on TV. My trip with Strikemaster Charters couldn't have gone any better! Captain Moke is an absolute pro and he put us on the fish in no time. He's also a courteous and respectful captain with great gear and a great boat. My girlfriend and I had a blast and we both caught our limit of monster Lake Erie walleye! I'll definitely book with Strikemaster Charters again!
Robert  G.
Robert G. Millville, PA
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Excellent experience!! Captain works hard to satisfy. Great communication!! VERY helpful and accommodating!! Can’t wait to do it again!!
William  D.
William D. Janesville, Wisconsin
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
All that needs to be said is this is the 2nd time we have used him. Had no problem limiting out either time. Will definitely use a 3rd.
Mark  B.
Mark B. New York, NY
Sara J Fishing Guaranteed Walleye
Sara J Fishing Guaranteed Walleye
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Great time ! Gary put us on the fish and RJ the mate had everything running smooth. Going back later this year.
John  M.
John M. Parma, OH
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Great trip! Captain Mike was a wealth of fishing information and knew where and how to get the fish. We brought home 10 large walleye. A fantastic adventure for my son and I.
George  M.
George M. Medina, OH
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Had to come back again after previous trips. This time I brought my daughter and watched her catch her first Walleye. Proud Dad moment. Just like my other trips, Mike had us on the fish all day. Thanks again Capt.!
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FishingBooker Member North Ridgeville, Ohio
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
We really enjoyed our charter with Captain Mike. He knows the lake very well, has a great boat and great equipment, which led to us catching lots of fish. We highly recommend. Thanks Captain Mike - looking forward to next time!
Chris  A.
Chris A. Higginsport, OH
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Don’t think about it just book. We had the best day on the water. Book with Mike it’s that simple!!
Alex  L.
Alex L. Providence, Rhode Island
Sara J Fishing Guaranteed Walleye
Sara J Fishing Guaranteed Walleye
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
We had an awesome time. We booked a full day but had our limit by 10am. Captain Gary and Calvin were amazing. Will book with them again. Would definitely recommend Sara J
Colleen  W.
Colleen W. Akron, OH
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
This trip was a birthday gift to my husband. He and a friend slayed the walleye and met their limit in less than two hours! Captain Mike was great and we would recommend this trip to everyone.
Doreen  H.
Doreen H. McKees Rocks, PA
Sara J Fishing Guaranteed Walleye
Sara J Fishing Guaranteed Walleye
Fishing charter in Cleveland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Very enjoyable trip. Friendly atmosphere. Fishing was awesome! Will charter with them again!
Gerald  F.
Gerald F. Hillsboro, OH

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Cleveland

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Cleveland costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $535, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $700. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Cleveland is 25 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Midtown Fishing Charters, Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland, and Reel Thrill Sportfishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Cleveland, Ohio. Full list of top fishing charters in Cleveland.

Midtown Fishing Charters, Strikemaster Charters - Cleveland, and Reel Thrill Sportfishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Cleveland.

The best way to experience fishing in Cleveland is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Cleveland, Ohio.

The most popular fish species you can target are Walleye, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), and Perch (Yellow). Top fishing techniques include trolling, jigging, and bottom fishing. Lake fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Big Steelhead are the main fishing attraction in Cleveland in December, both because there’s a lot of them and they can be very big. The temperature drops bring out the joys of ice fishing for Perch and Panfish, so there’s something for everyone.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Cleveland.

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