Lake Erie

268 Fishing Charters

Lake Erie Fishing Charters

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Lake Erie: 268 fishing charters available

Chelsea Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Lakeside Marblehead
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $720

South Of Heaven Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Lakeside Marblehead
 Instant Confirmation

Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(78 reviews)
Huron
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Liberty Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(15 reviews)
Oak Harbor
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $690

Erie Outlaw Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(61 reviews)
Port Clinton
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $150

Billy D Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(41 reviews)
Port Clinton
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $740

Reely Livin Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Lorain
 Instant Confirmation

Pacifictime Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Erie
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $650

BlackH2oDog Charters LLC

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(48 reviews)
Lakeside Marblehead
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225

Mega Bites Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(71 reviews)
Vermilion
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $575

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Lake Erie

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Erie fishing trip is $468, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $647 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Chelsea Charters, South Of Heaven Guide Service, and Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Erie. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Erie.

Chelsea Charters, South Of Heaven Guide Service, and Vitamin Sea Fishing 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, jigging, and light tackle. 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 25008 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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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
Be open minded to a variety of weather conditions and be prepared for any. If your not sure of how you will handle a boat in rougher water - take your Dramamine!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open minded to a variety of weather conditions and be prepared for any. If your not sure of how you will handle a boat in rougher water - take your Dramamine!!!
Tom  R.
Tom R. Johnston, IA
I recommend to ask for captain Mike the boat tail chaser. He’s very professional excellent fisherman and he knows what the hell he’s doing. I would go with Mike again and again. Thanks, Mike. Sincerely Jen Blackwood.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend to ask for captain Mike the boat tail chaser. He’s very professional excellent fisherman and he knows what the hell he’s doing. I would go with Mike again and again. Thanks, Mike. Sincerely Jen Blackwood.
Jim  B.
Jim B. Lewes, DE
Be prepared for the black flies if the wind is not blowing, so you may want to wear long pants. Also, don't forget your sunscreen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for the black flies if the wind is not blowing, so you may want to wear long pants. Also, don't forget your sunscreen.
Thomas  K.
Thomas K. Canfield, OH
Be prepared for wind. Lake Erie is a gem for all of us in the US to enjoy. Also note as a word of advice, fish cleaning is not allowed anywhere near where we put in. Be prepared to pay for a service to clean fish in town. Just takes more time and money.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Be prepared for wind. Lake Erie is a gem for all of us in the US to enjoy. Also note as a word of advice, fish cleaning is not allowed anywhere near where we put in. Be prepared to pay for a service to clean fish in town. Just takes more time and money.
GREGORY  L.
GREGORY L. Ames, IA
Call CAPT Adam at show up& fish. He will find you the fish and you will definitely enjoy your trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call CAPT Adam at show up& fish. He will find you the fish and you will definitely enjoy your trip!
Matthew  A.
Matthew A.
Brothers. Communication great regarding charter ,weather, and arrangements. Youth fisherman had a ball ,we did too.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Brothers. Communication great regarding charter ,weather, and arrangements. Youth fisherman had a ball ,we did too.
Richard  B.
Richard B. New Castle, PA
Use someone who knows the waters. If water is cloudy it can be hard to hook up on the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use someone who knows the waters. If water is cloudy it can be hard to hook up on the fish.
Anthony  M.
Anthony M. Uniontown, OH
Do a little research on what fish are active at different times of the year. Dress for cold weather in early spring.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a little research on what fish are active at different times of the year. Dress for cold weather in early spring.
Andrew  S.
Andrew S. Crothersville, IN
Make sure you dress for the weather. The river is wide and the wind will certainly be a factor for how cold it is going to be on the water. Nothing worse than getting into the fish and having a bad day because you are under dressed. You can always take some clothes off. I recommend that you go with someone that has experience with fishing the river for your first trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you dress for the weather. The river is wide and the wind will certainly be a factor for how cold it is going to be on the water. Nothing worse than getting into the fish and having a bad day because you are under dressed. You can always take some clothes off. I recommend that you go with someone that has experience with fishing the river for your first trip.
David  L.
David L. Dansville, MI
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 prepared for April in Michigan, the weather can be 80 one day and 40 the next, rain or shine you will catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for April in Michigan, the weather can be 80 one day and 40 the next, rain or shine you will catch fish.
Steve  B.
Steve B. Grand Rapids, MI
Research your guide if it’s your first test me. We used planer boards with our guide and repeated that on our own boat. Took us a bit longer, but had a great time fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Research your guide if it’s your first test me. We used planer boards with our guide and repeated that on our own boat. Took us a bit longer, but had a great time fishing.
Karen  K.
Karen K. Ankeny, IA
Listen to the Captain. His instructions are key to your experience of getting Hooked Up!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the Captain. His instructions are key to your experience of getting Hooked Up!
James  D.
James D. Dexter, MI
About Time Charters is the charter to choose when looking to book a trip for walleye. Captain Damon is really nice, has great equipment and gets the fish! You won't be disappointed. Sincerely, Jim
Excellent
5.0 / 5
About Time Charters is the charter to choose when looking to book a trip for walleye. Captain Damon is really nice, has great equipment and gets the fish! You won't be disappointed. Sincerely, Jim
James  P.
James P. Bangor, MI
You can expect to catch bigger fish in April but the number of fish caught might be better in late or May. The weather conditions and water temperatures can make fishing in early April at times a bit difficult. We had to reschedule a trip as a result of bad weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You can expect to catch bigger fish in April but the number of fish caught might be better in late or May. The weather conditions and water temperatures can make fishing in early April at times a bit difficult. We had to reschedule a trip as a result of bad weather.
Nick  B.
Nick B. Westland, MI
Get somebody that knows the Detroit river and Lake Erie like captain Nick does.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get somebody that knows the Detroit river and Lake Erie like captain Nick does.
Mike  B.
Mike B. Dearborn, Michigan
Make damn sure you booked with Captain Frank Sherry & South if Heaven Guide Service.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make damn sure you booked with Captain Frank Sherry & South if Heaven Guide Service.
Patrick  C.
Patrick C. Westchester, IL
Great catch Lake Erie Perch 9/16/21. Waves and wind seemed to unlock more bites!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great catch Lake Erie Perch 9/16/21. Waves and wind seemed to unlock more bites!
Brian  C.
Brian C. Amherst, Ohio
Do your research but definitely recommend Captain dawn of you want to catch the big fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your research but definitely recommend Captain dawn of you want to catch the big fish!
Jennifer  B.
Jennifer B. Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Show Up & Fish Charters
Show Up & Fish Charters
Fishing charter in Monroe
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
We had the best time and fun on this fishing trip with captain Adam . We definitely coming back for more trips with captain Adam.
Adrian  S.
Adrian S. Willis, Michigan
Tail Chaser Fishing Charters
Tail Chaser Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Got us set up on fish in tough conditions due to a cold front. Still caught a nice dinner of walleye and some bonus other species along the way!
Kyle  K.
Kyle K. Oak Creek, WI
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
Eyes Ready Charters LLC
Eyes Ready Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Fairport Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
The crew treated us well and gave us a great trip. Fish weren’t biting great, but of the charters I saw, we were the last to come in. I appreciate them trying to bolster or number of fish and get close to our limit. Our charter ended up with the most fish that chimed in on the radio. Thanks fellas.
Ed  L.
Ed L. Painesville, OH
Makin' Waves Fishing Charters
Makin' Waves Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Ashtabula
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Second year in a row caught our limit. My 7 year old son got his first walleye. Great time! See you next year!
Tyler  A.
Tyler A. Columbus, 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
Mega Bites Charters
Mega Bites Charters
Fishing charter in Vermilion
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(71 reviews)
Very beautiful day on Lake Erie. Captain Tony helped find us 9 walleye and 1 catfish. We had 5 in our group that had never fished on a charter boat. The boat was very nice.
Chris  S.
Chris S. Sutton, West Virginia
Lake Affect Fishing Charters
Lake Affect Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Westfield
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
We wanted big fish and we got em. Pulled in a cooler full of Walleye. Conditions were perfect and the sunset ride home was beautiful. Codey and his first mate gave us a day trolling that we'll never forget. Thanks!!
Mark  F.
Mark F. Buffalo, NY
Fishin Mission Charters
Fishin Mission Charters
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Adult son and I had a terrific experience with Captain Paul. He was incredibly knowledgeable and, unlike many charters I have been involved with, he explained why we were doing certain things and how to bring in the fish. On a slow day, we did very well. Captain Paul was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, entertaining and patient. I have been using charters for some time, and this was my best experience ever, hands down. I would even say that if we caught nothing. Highly recommend Captain Paul!
Steve  H.
Steve H. Virginia Beach, VA
Lake Erie Charter Service LLC 2
Lake Erie Charter Service LLC 2
Fishing charter in Lorain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Have fished with many charters on lake Erie in my life. This is by far the best. Thank you for a great time.
Gene  R.
Gene R. Millersburg, OH
BlackH2oDog Charters LLC
BlackH2oDog Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
I had one goal today and it was to see this guy catch a nice fish and here he is catching his first 25 inches. Captain Was very helpful and knowledgeable about the fish and the area we had a blast
Greg  W.
Greg W. Kimmell, IN
Erie Angler LLC
Erie Angler LLC
Fishing charter in Oak Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
Our group of 4 had a great time. Captain Jim was very hospitable, and had everything prepared when we arrived. He put us on fish at the first spot, and we caught fish all day long.
Colton  W.
Colton W. Bardstown, KY
Ditch Chicken Charters
Ditch Chicken Charters
Fishing charter in Erie
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Had a great time! Lots of room on the boat! Captain did a great job getting on fish! I will definitely be booking more charters!
Terry  C.
Terry C. Luthersburg, PA
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Huron
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 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
Makin' Waves Fishing Charters
Makin' Waves Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Ashtabula
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Mike put us on fish within 5 minutes after the first lure was wet and we where on fish the whole time we where on the water. Mike and Jim never got a chance to take a break, the didn’t stop working to make sure we had lines in the water and fish in the net…… Great Day for all!!! We will definitely be back!!!! God Bless
Drey  L.  S.
Drey L. S. Johnsonburg, PA
South Of Heaven Guide Service
South Of Heaven Guide Service
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Great trip, and great learning experience fishing with Capt Frank! He was very knowledgeable and always willing to teach along the way. Excited to enjoy the fresh catch for many days to come. Boat and fishing gear were in very nice condition, highly recommend a trip with him. Look forward to future trips to Lake Erie with Capt Frank!
Casey  F.
Casey F. Howard, OH
Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie
Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie
Fishing charter in Fairview
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
Captain Vincent recently took my friends and me out for steelhead. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and had some great stories. Our trip was awesome, and we all had a ton of fun. Looking forward to our next outing with him!
Kyfer  R.
Kyfer R. Mars, PA
Pro-Tek Fishing  Walleye Charters
Pro-Tek Fishing Walleye Charters
Fishing charter in Cleveland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
I bought this as a gift for my husband and son. They had a wonderful time and brought home some amazing fish! Shawn was a great captain and worked hard to get them their limit in fish! Would highly recommend!!!
Julie  M.
Julie M. Navarre, OH
South Of Heaven Guide Service
South Of Heaven Guide Service
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Fishing was a little slow but Frank made the experience a good one and put us on top of fish throughout the day. If you are contemplating a trip I would definitely recommend South of Heaven.
Ronnie  L.
Ronnie L. Bloomfield Hills, MI