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Lake Erie: 317 fishing charters available
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5.0 / 5
(29 reviews)
Lorain
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trips from $475
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Lorain
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(15 reviews)
Vermilion
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Port Clinton
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trips from $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Lorain
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trips from $475
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(10 reviews)
Lakeside Marblehead
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trips from $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Port Clinton
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trips from $790
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(146 reviews)
Lakeside Marblehead
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trips from $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(180 reviews)
Lorain
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trips from $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Lorain
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trips from $500

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Lake Erie

According to customer reviews, Capt. Larry's Walleye Magnet, Reel Thrill Sportfishing Charters, and Salty Dog Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Erie. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Erie.

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Erie fishing trip is $489, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $653 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Capt. Larry's Walleye Magnet, Reel Thrill Sportfishing Charters, and Salty Dog Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake Erie.

The most popular fish species you can target are Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Rainbow Trout (Steelhead). Top fishing techniques include Trolling, Light Tackle, and Jigging. Lake fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Lake Erie is one of those fisheries that just keeps on giving. It’s vast, spreading over four states and two countries, and is brimming with sport fish. Passionate freshwater fishermen come here to land a trophy of their dreams, and Lake Erie fishing charters are there to help them.

When locals say that this is the “Walleye Capital of the World,” they’re not exaggerating. In the summer months, there’s no better place to hook into one big, feisty Walleye after another. Add to that scores of Smallmouth Bass and jumbo Yellow Perch, and you’ve got a feast. Not enough? Rainbow, Brown, and Lake Trout are on the menu, as well as Muskellunge, Northern Pike, and Salmon species.

What you’d like to target will determine the part of the lake you’ll fish, as well as the type of trip you should book. Most Lake Erie fishing charters offer half day excursions that are perfect for families and where you’ll fill your cooler with delicious fillets. Full day trips will take you offshore in search of lunkers. Bear in mind that the weather can change very quickly on the lake, so make sure to bring your rain gear.

Lake Erie is huge, so you’ll easily find a place with great access to productive fishing grounds. Port Clinton, Lakeside Marblehead, Lorain, Cleveland, and Erie are just some of the most popular departure points.

Rules & Regulations

You’ll need a valid freshwater fishing license visibly displayed on your clothing before you start fishing. If you’re going after Trout and/or Salmon, be sure to get a Combined Fishing Permit. It is unlawful to fish, spearfish, wade, or possess fishing equipment in or along the Nursery Waters.

Lake Erie
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 27746 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Even if the weather is cold, ice-fishing is hot. Deep waters near the shallows, rivers, and reefs are good for die-hard Walleye enthusiasts, and there’s plenty of good Perch for everyone. Be careful on the ice!

February

The weather is pleasant, and the same goes for Rainbow Trout fishing for those who are up to a bit of a challenge. Rainbows appear in the creeks on the west side of the lake. Streams are shallow and clear, which makes them perfect for spotting your prey.

March

Late March brings some hot Walleye fishing. Head to the reefs or go two miles out of Port Clinton to fill the ice-chest. We can’t forget about good numbers of Northern Pike and Musky eating their way through the lake.

April

The mid-spring weather might be unpredictable, so come prepared. That said, April is great for jig fishermen. Head to the western basin for Walleye, casting over reefs and trolling in deep waters. It’s not uncommon to reel in 9–12 lb trophies.

May

Trolling and vertical jigging will work like a charm on hungry post-spawn Walleye. Later in May, you can head to the North East Marina for Rock Bass. Trout fishing is very good this time of year, and Pike are biting as well.

June

Walleye fishing is excellent, and there’s more fish than you could catch at the beginning of the summer. Bass action is just as good, and the best part is – it’s only going to get better from here!

July

The weather is warm, but if you’re hitting the offshore waters, be ready for things to get cooler and bring a light jacket. There’s no better time to do some drift fishing for big Walleye than on a calm July evening. You’ll probably find some Perch as delicious bycatch as well.

August

The Yellow Perch bite heats up and is at its best during the hottest month of the year! Use planer boards to find Walleye all the way at the bottom, and Bass fishing is on point. The water’s temperature plays a big role in how active the bite will be. 

September

The fall brings top-notch Bass and Perch action, especially on the Canadian part of Lake Erie. Trophy Walleye are ready to pounce your setup with abandon in deep waters. Salmon and Trout begin to school, and soon, they’re going to become the stars of the show. 

October

There’s no rest for avid Walleye chasers, and October is a good time to hit the waves and start reeling. Perch fishing is just on fire! Head to the tributaries to get your share of Rainbow and Brown Trout.

November

As the waters cool down, their inhabitants are slowing their hunt for food, though you can still find more than solid Walleye and Bass out there. Pike love lower temperatures, and there’s nothing that will keep Perch away from a tasty morsel you offer.

December

When winter comes, Walleye start staging in the western basin. Late-night fishing can be exciting and productive if you don't let the winter winds discourage you. If you’re not a fan of the cold, maybe get some rest and enjoy the holiday season. The fish will be here next year. 

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I would highly recommend Port Clinton with their accessible marinas, ports, lodging and their catering to the charter business, their captains and visitors.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would highly recommend Port Clinton with their accessible marinas, ports, lodging and their catering to the charter business, their captains and visitors.
Matthew  L.
Matthew L.
Walleye are tough to catch in August and September due to the water temps. May, June, July they were limiting out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Walleye are tough to catch in August and September due to the water temps. May, June, July they were limiting out.
Daniel  B.
Daniel B. Dalton, OH
First time fishing in Port Clinton, I would tell you to go in May or June. Later in the summer is a little weather pending. still good fishing just might not be every day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
First time fishing in Port Clinton, I would tell you to go in May or June. Later in the summer is a little weather pending. still good fishing just might not be every day.
Mark  J.
Mark J. Cincinnati, OH
We were on the fish early and continued to catch them all morning until we were at our limit.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We were on the fish early and continued to catch them all morning until we were at our limit.
Jeremy  G.
Jeremy G. Monroe, MI
These guys know who to connect you with - have a great site to keep you updated with all the details. It was almost like plug 'n play for a fishing trip !
Excellent
4.7 / 5
These guys know who to connect you with - have a great site to keep you updated with all the details. It was almost like plug 'n play for a fishing trip !
Jan  C.
Jan C. Marysville, PA
The Shipyards Marina is really nice and clean, and you can grab a beer and some great food there, too! Easy to get to.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Shipyards Marina is really nice and clean, and you can grab a beer and some great food there, too! Easy to get to.
Steve  H.
Steve H. Avon Lake, OH
We always take dramamine the night before trip & day of. We pack Zero drinks, water & sodas. We buy pre-made subs for lunch. Baby wipes or hand sanitizer for hands.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We always take dramamine the night before trip & day of. We pack Zero drinks, water & sodas. We buy pre-made subs for lunch. Baby wipes or hand sanitizer for hands.
Mary  A.  H.
Mary A. H. Saint CLAIRSVLE, OH
If fishing in the morning bring a jacket as it might be a bit cool. Make sure to confirm if your charter boat has a toilet. Ours listed as it did, but did not. Just made sure everyone went before leaving the dock…especially the ladies.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If fishing in the morning bring a jacket as it might be a bit cool. Make sure to confirm if your charter boat has a toilet. Ours listed as it did, but did not. Just made sure everyone went before leaving the dock…especially the ladies.
Khampannha  K.
Khampannha K.
Be ready to catch walleye. There are some monster size fish in the Lake and Captain Larry’s Walleye Magnet knows exactly where they are. Get a good nights sleep and be ready to reel!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready to catch walleye. There are some monster size fish in the Lake and Captain Larry’s Walleye Magnet knows exactly where they are. Get a good nights sleep and be ready to reel!
Heather  Q.
Heather Q. Gahanna, OH
September seems to be in between peak walleye and perch season, but we were still able to catch both.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
September seems to be in between peak walleye and perch season, but we were still able to catch both.
Alex  A.
Alex A.
Make sure you check weather conditions. Can change quick and doesn't always match the forecast.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you check weather conditions. Can change quick and doesn't always match the forecast.
Tom  T.
Tom T. Irwin, Pennsylvania
I would check you weather report. The fish are out there you just have to be patient and find them but when you do it's on. Fish cleaning business will meet you at the dock, they do a great job at a good price. Nice area with friendly people and good restaurants.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would check you weather report. The fish are out there you just have to be patient and find them but when you do it's on. Fish cleaning business will meet you at the dock, they do a great job at a good price. Nice area with friendly people and good restaurants.
Cris  B.
Cris B. Dayton, OH
Expect a great day of fishing! I do recommend Dramamine though…those swells are rough.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect a great day of fishing! I do recommend Dramamine though…those swells are rough.
Richard  G.
Richard G. Edison, NJ
If you go out with Capt Todd your arms will be very sore the next day. Non stop fish on. Best day of fishing in my life.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you go out with Capt Todd your arms will be very sore the next day. Non stop fish on. Best day of fishing in my life.
Stephen  T.
Stephen T. Dallas, PA
Children comment depends how old they are. The weather was tough just to get out so be patient. We had a great trip with Shaun and his mate. Very helpful guys and worked hard to get are limit but intact got it. Will do again for sure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Children comment depends how old they are. The weather was tough just to get out so be patient. We had a great trip with Shaun and his mate. Very helpful guys and worked hard to get are limit but intact got it. Will do again for sure.
Marvin  F.
Marvin F. Lincoln, NE
Be ready for a great time and make sure your ready for a good workout lol. My partners are ready to go again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a great time and make sure your ready for a good workout lol. My partners are ready to go again.
Dottie  A.
Dottie A. Proctor, WV
2 fish off our limit of 12 in a 4 hour trip. Good weather not to hot during our morning trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
2 fish off our limit of 12 in a 4 hour trip. Good weather not to hot during our morning trip.
Matthew  L.
Matthew L. Northampton Center, Ohio
Be mindful of the wind as too much wind will cause you not to be able to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be mindful of the wind as too much wind will cause you not to be able to fish.
Michael  R.
Michael R. Amherst, VA
Be aware that the weather in July can be fickle. Unfortunately for our schedules the lake tells you when you can fish, but don't let that discourage you, the walleye are worth it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be aware that the weather in July can be fickle. Unfortunately for our schedules the lake tells you when you can fish, but don't let that discourage you, the walleye are worth it!
David  E.
David E. New Columbia, PA
Great day of fishing. Caught 3 different species. Catfish, walleye, and Sheephead.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great day of fishing. Caught 3 different species. Catfish, walleye, and Sheephead.
Jeremy  Q.
Jeremy Q.

On The Swing-Walleye/Steelhead trip
On The Swing-Walleye/Steelhead trip
Fishing charter in Cleveland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
The fog over the lake was really think in the morning and once the sun came through we found the fish. Caught a number of 26” walleye, tried different depths and maxed out before the end of the day. Joe really made sure we caught fish and was quite pleasant to talk too.
Dale  K.
Dale K.
Show Up & Fish Charters
Show Up & Fish Charters
Fishing charter in Monroe
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
We had a group of 4 guys fish with Captain Adam this weekend and had a bunch of fun! We caught fish (120 keepers) and some really nice fish (10” and 12”+). Captain Adam cleaned our catch, bagged it, and gave us some tips on local places to grab lunch while he was cleaning the fish. We would definitely recommend fishing with Captain Adam again!
Tyler  B.
Tyler B.
Lip Ripping Fishing Charters LLC
Lip Ripping Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Really appreciate Captain Smileys willingness to move around to find the perch and being flexible with the fishing time. Highly recommend!
Mike  M.
Mike M.
Pork Chop Express Charters
Pork Chop Express Charters
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Sam is a awesome captain with a badass boat and solid equipment he definitely knows how to get on the fish,highly recommended
Butch  A.
Butch A.
Lured In Fishing Charters LLC
Lured In Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Capt. Jack did a great job with us (2-adults and 4 children) and worked alot for us. And he also has good repertoire with other, more experienced (15-25 yrs) charter captains and finds good spots & uses their techniques, accordingly. highly recommend!
Matthew  L.
Matthew L.
Lake Erie Charter Service LLC
Lake Erie Charter Service LLC
Fishing charter in Lorain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(180 reviews)
We caught our limit of great walleyes. Biggest was 27 inches, with no fish under 17 inches. A super fun day fishing!
Joel  A.
Joel A.
Hook'in Hogs Fishing Charter – Ranger
Hook'in Hogs Fishing Charter – Ranger
Fishing charter in Geneva-on-the-Lake
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Our trip was very enjoyable Captain Mike was great his knowledge was excellent. Fish ON !!
Heather  D.
Heather D.
Draggin Hooks Sportfishing
Draggin Hooks Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Lorain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
I would highly recommend Captain Josh when booking your charter. He went above and beyond to make sure we caught some walleye. We will definitely be using him again. Thank you Captain Josh
James  E.
James E.
Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Fishing charter in Erie
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(88 reviews)
Mark really has a great setup. His boat is the baddest bass boat on Lake Erie. Beautiful day and Mark never gave up to find us fish.Ended up landing 5, missed 4. 👍🏼
Richard  G.
Richard G.
Dirty 30 Lake Erie Charters
Dirty 30 Lake Erie Charters
Fishing charter in Fairview
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
My son wanted a charter for his birthday. The poor captain worked his ass off running back and forth between poles and netting fish. Will definitely book again
Chuck  P.
Chuck P.
Capt. Larry's Walleye Magnet
Capt. Larry's Walleye Magnet
Fishing charter in Lorain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(29 reviews)
Caught our limit captain was awesome very knowledgeable about the waters and fishing
Jack  A.
Jack A.
Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Fishing charter in Erie
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(88 reviews)
Captain Mark was great. The weather had been bad for 3-4 days before, but we had a nice day on the lake. The fish were not biting but Mark took us to 5 or 6 locations until we found some. My grandson had a great time. We will come back.
Debbie  M.
Debbie M.
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
First trip on Lake Eerie, Captain Tom was very knowledgeable about where the fish where hiding. His first mate was top notch as well. I would highly recommend this charter. Would love to do it again. 6 stars 🌟
Michael  G.
Michael G.
Crooked Creek Charters
Crooked Creek Charters
Fishing charter in Conneaut
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(74 reviews)
It was our first family fishing trip…it was a wonderful experience! We had such a great time! Captain Ted was absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to go again next year!!!!
Stacey  C.
Stacey C. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Chelsea Charters
Chelsea Charters
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
We had a great trip. Despite the 6-8ft waves, the captain got on some fish, and everyone took home a couple walleye and some perch.
Daniel  B.
Daniel B. Dalton, OH
Reef Bobber Fishing Charters
Reef Bobber Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
4 of us went out on a tough day when no one else was catching fish and coming back empty handed. We still caught 5. John is great with kids. Can’t wait to go back when fish are biting are hungry. We will use him every time!
Aaron  P.
Aaron P.
Champion Charters
Champion Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
We had a great time. The weather didn't cooperate, we made the best of it. Eli worked extremely hard to find us fish in the very rough water.
Mark  J.
Mark J. Cincinnati, OH
Lake Erie Charter Service LLC
Lake Erie Charter Service LLC
Fishing charter in Lorain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(180 reviews)
Just what we were looking for. Great weather and a good relaxing day of fishing. Captain Jeff was awesome.
Jared  T.
Jared T. Vineyard, UT
Tall Tales Fishing Charters
Tall Tales Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Had a full 8 hour perch trip with captain Jim. He was well prepared and we couldn't ask for more. The boat was clean and everything we needed was supplied. He put us on the fish right away. When the bite slowed he was willing and able to find us more fish. 110 fish for four of us. He shared great stories, great time and a great boat. Will definitely use in the future. Highly recommend the knowledgeable captain Jim. Thanks again for a great trip
Kim  S.
Kim S. Medina, OH
Lake Erie Charter Service LLC 2
Lake Erie Charter Service LLC 2
Fishing charter in Lorain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Great day on the water! 3 guys Limited out before the end of the trip. Quality fish.
James  W.
James W. Canton, OH