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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, here, 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.

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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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

Port Clinton Fishing Calendar

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First Time with Captain John
Mark C. fished with JT Sportfishing Charters on October 17, 2020
Yes, plenty of overnight options and charter possibilities
Fishing with Albert
Ken P. fished with What A Catch Charters – 30' Tiara on October 17, 2020
Have layers of clothes Listen to your captain of whats working to catch the fish
Half day trip with Capt Seth
Kevin B. fished with Huckeye Charters LLC - 21' on August 3, 2020
Don't anticipate loading up on walleye. We kept marking them on sonar but none would commit to biting.
8 Hour Walleye
Terry B. fished with Fish Butcher Charters on July 24, 2020
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.
Captain Scott catfishing charters
Tim D. fished with Captain Scott's Catfish Charter on May 20, 2020
Definitely!!!! That catfishing is of superior quality. For numbers.... And average size.
July fishing trip
Michael F. fished with Billy D Charters on July 27, 2019
That you must try perch and walleye fishing on a charter boat
Half day trip with Captain J.J.
Scott M. fished with Seeing Red Charters on July 17, 2019
We fished out of Catawba Island, not Oak Harbor. The Captain recently moved his boat out of Oak Harbor.
The girls had a blast !
Phil F. fished with Jig'n'Pig Fishing Guide on July 2, 2019
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 !

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