Port Clinton

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Port Clinton Fishing Charters

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Port Clinton: 174 fishing charters available
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Port Clinton

According to customer reviews, Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters, Billy D Charters, and Erie Outlaw Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Port Clinton, Ohio. Full list of top fishing charters in Port Clinton.

The average price for a private 4 hour Port Clinton fishing trip is $400, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $696 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters, Billy D Charters, and Erie Outlaw Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Port Clinton.

The most popular fish species you can target are Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Smallmouth Bass. Top fishing techniques include Jigging, Light Tackle, and Trolling. Lake fishing, reef fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

If you’re looking for an authentic fishing experience on the northern shores of Lake Erie, Port Clinton fishing charters will have a lot to offer you. This city is known for its outstanding bite, and here, fishing is a way of life.

In Port Clinton, there’s no catch more beloved and plentiful than the mighty Walleye. From spring to fall, hundreds of fishermen come here, ready to hook into the biggest Walleye of their lives. Their expectations are justified. These hard-fighting species can grow to weigh anywhere from 10–40 pounds and they’re a real challenge to catch.

But it’s not just the clear-eyed Walleye that gets all the attention on Port Clinton fishing charters. Jumbo Yellow Perch and Smallmouth Bass are also on the menu, in case you want a variety of fish fillets in your cooler. If you’d like something more exotic, there are guides that go after Catfish, Northern Pike, and Rainbow Trout. If in doubt, try a bit of everything.

There’s a huge variety of trips you can choose from, depending on who you’re coming with and your angling ambitions. You can spend a couple of hours in the shallower parts of the lake and have plenty of fish for dinner, or head off into the offshore waters for a lunker Walleye hunt. Ice fishing can also be good, as long as you’re going out with an experienced guide.

Fisherman’s Wharf, Riverside Marina, and West Lakeshore Drive are just a few of the most popular departure points for Port Clinton fishing charters.

Rules & Regulations

The most important thing to remember is to bring your Ohio fishing license on your trip. Wading, spearfishing, or having fishing equipment near Nursery Waters isn’t allowed. Your captain will let you know how much fish you can keep.

Port Clinton
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 25996 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

If the lake is frozen solid, try your luck with ice fishing. If it’s not, hop on a boat and follow the southern wind – you might find some Perch. When the winter is warm, the annual spawning Walleye run can come early, so you never know.

February

It’s only safe to go out if the ice is still strong in the western basin, otherwise stay patient just a bit longer. The beginning of the Walleye season is a-coming, as are the possible trophy catches, so start preparing your tackle.

March

Finally, the weather is warmer and Walleye come closer to shore, getting ready to spawn. Jig or troll with planer boards and stick baits for large female Walleye. They’re moving into the shallow waters, and so should you!

April

This month is all about prime Walleye fishing. The western basin reefs are the place to be in April. Book a Port Clinton fishing charter and go jigging or trolling for Walleye. You can also find more than decent Rainbow Trout swimming around in the cool waters.

May

The western basin holds lots of big Walleye. They can be taken by trolling crankbaits and spoons. Fish near and over the reefs or outside the shelf edge, and you’ll find a growing population of Yellow Perch and Rainbows are out there as well.

June

Drift fishing is in its prime! Walleye are snapping left and right in the western basin. If you want your fill of Yellow Perch, target them with spreaders and shiners. The fishing is hot at the beginning of summer, and it’s only getting better from here.

July

Just about everything is biting in Lake Erie! Head out to the shallow reefs for a productive day – this is where your prey congregates. We’re talking Walleye in the hundreds! Perch can be pretty aggressive, and let’s not forget about the excellent Smallmouth Bass fishing.

August

Turn an average of 30 Smallmouth Bass? Easy! The days are growing shorter and the waters cool down. Walleye, Bass, and Perch are in good numbers and big enough to keep in the dozens. Deepwater reefs are the best place to find them.

September

The prime areas on the shallow reefs close to deep water can easily give you your limit of catches. Troll or drift fish for Walleye. And don’t forget about Yellow Perch and Bass – there are some big specimens swimming around in search of their next meal.

October

It’s getting colder on the water, but the western basin still holds good numbers of Walleye. Cast spinners in the shallow waters or stay focused on your trolling efforts. Yellow Perch and Bass fishing is going strong, so make the most of it while you can.

November

By mid-November, the season is winding down, and Port Clinton charter boats are getting off the water. This is a great time to take some of your recent catches from the freezer and make a nice Perch dinner for your family.

December

The western basin is quiet and the fish are getting ready for Christmas. If the lake is frozen, book a trip with your favorite Port Clinton guide and go ice fishing. Why not try something new? Just remember to dress warmly. Layers are the key!

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Bring warm clothes for the morning , so you can remove layers in the afternoon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring warm clothes for the morning , so you can remove layers in the afternoon
John  K.
John K. Middletown, OH
Just realize that perch are smaller fish. No fight in them and very “basic” fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just realize that perch are smaller fish. No fight in them and very “basic” fishing.
Andy  S.
Andy S. Indianapolis, IN
If this is your first fishing trip here I would highly recommend booking a day or two out with Captain Terrance. He knows the best area to fish and catch fish. He is safe, friendly, funny and knowledgeable of the local area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If this is your first fishing trip here I would highly recommend booking a day or two out with Captain Terrance. He knows the best area to fish and catch fish. He is safe, friendly, funny and knowledgeable of the local area.
Harold  C.
Harold C. Foraker, IN
Be ready for great action. Even though it was raining we caught a cooler full and had a blast catching and releasing many large fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for great action. Even though it was raining we caught a cooler full and had a blast catching and releasing many large fish.
Joe  P.
Joe P. Monclova, OH
Use a charter service like Billy D’s to give yourself a better chance of catching fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use a charter service like Billy D’s to give yourself a better chance of catching fish
Sott  D.
Sott D. Washington, PA
Fish bite when they bite, do not expect to fill the boat. Be grateful for what you do catch.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Fish bite when they bite, do not expect to fill the boat. Be grateful for what you do catch.
Mark  C.
Mark C. Temple, TX
Have layers of clothes Listen to your captain of whats working to catch the fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have layers of clothes Listen to your captain of whats working to catch the fish
Ken  P.
Ken P. Blacklick, Ohio
The size of the boat and the engine largely determines how fast and how far you can go during your time. We plan to come back in June next year, instead of July.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The size of the boat and the engine largely determines how fast and how far you can go during your time. We plan to come back in June next year, instead of July.
Terry  B.
Terry B. Morgantown, West Virginia
Definitely!!!! That catfishing is of superior quality. For numbers.... And average size.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely!!!! That catfishing is of superior quality. For numbers.... And average size.
Tim  D.
Tim D. CANAL WNCHSTR, OH
We fished out of Catawba Island, not Oak Harbor. The Captain recently moved his boat out of Oak Harbor.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We fished out of Catawba Island, not Oak Harbor. The Captain recently moved his boat out of Oak Harbor.
Scott  M.
Scott M. Bowling Green, OH
The bay cat fishing trip can't be beat if you want to catch lots of fish in a short amount of time. Kids have little patience and they certainly get lots of action on this trip !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The bay cat fishing trip can't be beat if you want to catch lots of fish in a short amount of time. Kids have little patience and they certainly get lots of action on this trip !
Phil  F.
Phil F. Vermilion, Ohio
Come ready for an enjoyable outing and listen to the Captains instructions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come ready for an enjoyable outing and listen to the Captains instructions.
Matthew  P.
Matthew P. Winchester, VA
Captain Mike asked if he could move the location to farther east before I arrived so that he could put us on more walleye. I said yes and was glad I did.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Mike asked if he could move the location to farther east before I arrived so that he could put us on more walleye. I said yes and was glad I did.
Kate  H.
Kate H. Nashville, TN
Sites, attraction, and accommodations were readily accessible and easy to use.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Sites, attraction, and accommodations were readily accessible and easy to use.
Tim  M.
Tim M. Marion, OH
Mike actually asked us if we wanted to switch to Lorain. He thought the fishing was better over there and the catch would be larger. We did get into some larger fish there and caught our limit in 2-3 hours.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Mike actually asked us if we wanted to switch to Lorain. He thought the fishing was better over there and the catch would be larger. We did get into some larger fish there and caught our limit in 2-3 hours.
Doug  B.
Doug B. Loveland, OH
I would like to recommend to take pictures if you haven't experience something like it because it's that great, and take family members because yall can create great memories and get some good laughs of things that happen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would like to recommend to take pictures if you haven't experience something like it because it's that great, and take family members because yall can create great memories and get some good laughs of things that happen.
Ronnie  G.
Ronnie G. United States

Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Went out on a less than perfect day but Captain Terrace put us on fish before the high winds came in. We caught our limit in less than 3 hours!! I’m am definitely coming back!!
Ryan  B.
Ryan B. Marseilles, IL
Capt. Ken’s - DuckWater 32’
Capt. Ken’s - DuckWater 32’
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Went on several charters for years, changed captains and will never change again.. very enjoyable .. recommend highly to anybody wanting to have fun
Matthew  R.
Matthew R. Warren, IN
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Fished with Capt Smith today. The fish didn’t bite too well in the morning but with Capt Terrence Smiths experience and superior knowledge of the lake and the walleye we finished up limiting out. Had a fantastic day and would highly recommend this to anyone.
John  K.
John K. Middletown, OH
What A Catch Charters – 30' Tiara
What A Catch Charters – 30' Tiara
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Captain Al took my family out today Walleye fishing. Conditions were tuff but we managed to catch a nice mess of Walleye and had a great time. Fittest mate Mark was great with my 10 year old son, and would you know my son caught most of the Walleye. I will be coming back next year!! Thanks for the memories Captain Al
Jason  H.
Jason H. Unionville, IN
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Nick was well-equipped and extremely knowledgeable. He’s friendly and entertaining. Nick knew when to try something new when the fish weren’t biting. He gave us valuable information on the best places and times to fish. Highly recommended.
Paul  M.
Paul M. Pataskala, OH
Captain Scott's Catfish Charter
Captain Scott's Catfish Charter
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(75 reviews)
It was late in the season and so most of the time was spent enjoying the water and views. But Capt Scott persisted and found the fish. My 4 children and I hauled in several good fish, including this 14#er.
Tim  C.
Tim C. Harwood, MD
Lured In Fishing Charters LLC
Lured In Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(10 reviews)
As Captain Jack told me, he has been fishing the surrounding waters since he has been a little kid, was no lie !!! He truly knows where the fish should be at at any given time of year !!!! Are hats off to you Captain Jack. Mac
Mac  A.
Mac A. Springfield, OH
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Captain Nick was great and very patient with my 10 & 13 year old grandsons. I would recommend him to all.
Don  S.
Don S. Moreland Hills, OH
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Had a great day fishing with the wife. Not a lot of fish, but a very enjoyable trip. Nick is a very knowledgeable fisherman and taught us alot about fishing on our first charter. We will be back!
Jay  V.
Jay V. Cincinnati, OH
Champion Charters
Champion Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(74 reviews)
We booked the executive charter for three days and we’re never disappointed with what we got I highly recommend this charter
Steven  P.
Steven P. Bellevue, WI
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
This was my first lake Erie charter and I was not disappointed. We had excellent communication before during and after the trip. While we didn’t catch as many fish as we were hoping… it wasn’t for lack of trying or effort. And the ones we caught were all keepers! The boat was clean and the captain was extremely knowledgeable. Overall it was a beautiful day and a great experience what highly recommend.
Vickie  Z.
Vickie Z. Walton, KY
Fish Butcher Charters
Fish Butcher Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Myself and 5 of my friends went what a beautiful day not to hot or cold water was a bit rough fishing was slow we managed to land 20 walleye and throw back several catfish and sheephead captain Roger and first mate dock where great very knowledgeable of waters and good fish stories we are all planning on a trip next July see u again
Mark  R.
Mark R. CTRY CLB HGTS, IN
Capt. Ken’s - DuckWater 32’
Capt. Ken’s - DuckWater 32’
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
The captain is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and the boat is super nice and accommodating for all. Had a great time celebrating my 50th birthday on his boat and will definitely be going back can’t wait till spring. A++++ would definitely recommend this charter
Chris  B.
Chris B. Milford, Ohio
What A Catch Charters – 30' Tiara
What A Catch Charters – 30' Tiara
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Captain Al put together a wonderful day on the Lake. He was very accommodating for the needs of our group. The guys enjoyed the day with him and would love to come back.
Leslie  C.
Leslie C. Parkersburg, West Virginia
Billy D Charters
Billy D Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
We had a great fishing experience. Captain was very knowledgeable of where the fish were and how to catch them. Moved and searched when necessary. Friendly and fun to fish with. What more can you ask for?
Chad  B.
Chad B. Columbus, OH
Tall Tales Fishing Charters
Tall Tales Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
We had an awesome time with Jim. Boat is great, equipment is great, and he certainly knows what he’s talking about. He fished with us and we all had a great time.
Andy  S.
Andy S. Indianapolis, IN
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Fantastic trip! Terrence was knowledgeable, personable, with an unending array of lures, many prompting stories about what they caught. This is the best charter we have experienced!!!
Atkins  A.
Atkins A. Swanton, OH
Captain Scott's Catfish Charter
Captain Scott's Catfish Charter
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
Wonderful afternoon on the Sandusky Bay....Captain Scott made the fishing trip fun, & productive...Will book again...Thanks Captain Scott..
David  E.
David E. Ontario, OH
Captain Scott's Catfish Charter
Captain Scott's Catfish Charter
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(75 reviews)
Had an awesome time with Captain Scott. Made some memories that will last a lifetime. We all had a great time. Hope to do it again next year.
Patrick  C.
Patrick C. Manchester, MI
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
the trip was amazing the captain had us on fish aa soon as we were set up hooked up the first 8 quickly then it slowed down but he didnt quit till we had both are limits would highly recommend him he is a great guy and very knowledgeable
James  V.
James V. Osceola Mills, PA

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