Lake Erie Fishing Charters

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Lake Erie: 358 fishing charters available
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5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Lakeside Marblehead
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trips from US $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(16 reviews)
Vermilion
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trips from US $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Lorain
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trips from US $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Lorain
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trips from US $475
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5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Lorain
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trips from US $475
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5.0 / 5
(186 reviews)
Lorain
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trips from US $500
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Lorain
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trips from US $500
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5.0 / 5
(139 reviews)
Lakeside Marblehead
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trips from US $425
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Lakeside Marblehead
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trips from US $450
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4.9 / 5
(147 reviews)
Lakeside Marblehead
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trips from US $450

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Lake Erie

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Erie are: Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Erie

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Erie fishing trip is US $484, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $654 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Lake Erie that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Lake Erie are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Lake Erie are:

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Many fishing charters in Lake Erie provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Lake Erie are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Lake Erie are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $490
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $500
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $580
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $650
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,080

Fishing in Lake Erie

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 Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in Lake Erie

Captain knew where to go ! We came back loaded and other (on their own) were empty handed !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain knew where to go ! We came back loaded and other (on their own) were empty handed !
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Be ready for a truly off shore experience! My first time on a Great Lake and was totally in awe of its massive size!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a truly off shore experience! My first time on a Great Lake and was totally in awe of its massive size!
Hammertime Sportfishing
Hammertime Sportfishing
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.
Lured In Fishing Charters LLC
Lured In Fishing Charters LLC
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.
Champion Charters
Champion Charters Cincinnati, OH
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.
Chelsea Charters
Chelsea Charters Dalton, 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.
Following Dreams Fishing Charters
Following Dreams Fishing Charters 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 !
Hook'in Hogs Fishing Charter – Ranger
Hook'in Hogs Fishing Charter – Ranger 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.
Capt. Larry's Charters WM
Capt. Larry's Charters WM Avon Lake, 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.
Lake Erie - Sundance Sportfishing
Lake Erie - Sundance Sportfishing
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.
It's About Time Fishing Charter LLC
It's About Time Fishing Charter LLC Saint CLAIRSVLE, OH
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!
Capt. Larry's Charters WM
Capt. Larry's Charters WM 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.
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
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.
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing 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.
Reel Runner Charters
Reel Runner Charters Dayton, OH
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.
Pacifictime Sportfishing
Pacifictime Sportfishing 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.
Pro-Tek Fishing  Walleye Charters
Pro-Tek Fishing Walleye Charters 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.
SunSetter Adventure Port Conneaut Ohio
SunSetter Adventure Port Conneaut Ohio 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.
Makin' Waves Fishing Charters – 28'
Makin' Waves Fishing Charters – 28' 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.
Dog's Life Sport Fishing
Dog's Life Sport Fishing 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!
Relentless Pursuit Lake Erie
Relentless Pursuit Lake Erie New Columbia, PA

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Lake Erie?

Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
The trip was awesome! We catch so many fish. Tom , the boat owner and other guy are so nice, so informative, professional, knowledgeable and careful.The boat is comfortable. We have a lot of fun. I would recommend this company to everybody.
Yevgeniya  V.
Yevgeniya V.
Possessed Again Fishing Charters – IV
Possessed Again Fishing Charters – IV
Fishing charter in Lorain
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(23 reviews)
Everything was in working order. The boat wasn’t the fanciest but for the dollars it was right where we expected it to be. The captain worked his tail off to get us some fish and to overcome our date. Nighttime winter walleye aren’t always active and they worked hard and kept at it to put fish in the boat. The smallest was a 20 inch walleye.
Bud  M.
Bud M.
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
In a time when most charters are shut down and fish are slow, this captain put us on four limits of fish. He went above and beyond…. Considering the conditions were not even close to optimal! You’d be crazy to pass this guy up if you’re in the area!
Brian  H.
Brian H.
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
We had a great time with our after Christmas fishing trip! Boat was toasty enough for the kids to sleep when they got bored and we enjoyed our time catching our limit of Lake Erie walleye! Thank you so much for accommodating us and making the experience memorable!
Sami  K.
Sami K.
Possessed Again Fishing Charters – IV
Possessed Again Fishing Charters – IV
Fishing charter in Lorain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
I brought my boys in the summer with Captain Bronson and it was a great trip. We brought the boys back and it was a spur of the moment trip two days after Christmas. Needless to say another awesome day with great results! Best Boat and Captain there is. You will not be disappointed
Josh  K.
Josh K.
Possessed Again Fishing Charters – IV
Possessed Again Fishing Charters – IV
Fishing charter in Lorain
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(23 reviews)
Had an excellent time on this trip. Nothing else needs to be said. Capt was on his game and put us on the fish. Already planning our next trip back!
Chris  M.
Chris M.
22 Sport Fishing Charters – Port Clinton
22 Sport Fishing Charters – Port Clinton
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Had a great time! Knowledgeable captain, we caught a ton of fish and definitely want to do it again!
Tyler  O.
Tyler O.
22 Sport Fishing Charters – Cleveland
22 Sport Fishing Charters – Cleveland
Fishing charter in Cleveland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Top notch equipment and Captain. We caught fish right away. Captain Denny knows his stuff. Great time was had by all. If anyone asks me, I’m sending them to you. Thank you again
George  S.
George S. Auburn, Indiana
Pork Chop Express Charters
Pork Chop Express Charters
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Captain Sam and his crew (son Caleb) did a very good job getting us on the fish, and helping us catch our limit of walleye.
Thomas  R.
Thomas R.
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(35 reviews)
First time with Triple S and had a great experience. It was tough getting our limit but Tom made sure to find them. We marked a lot but can’t you make them bite. Fish cleaning was a bonus too. We plan to book another trip soon and will use Triple S again.
Darryl  H.
Darryl H.
Fish-R-Biting Walleye Fishing
Fish-R-Biting Walleye Fishing
Fishing charter in Vermilion
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Frank was great! Highly recommend. I will be using him again in the spring.
Jeffrey  T.
Jeffrey T. Avon Lake, Ohio
Capt. Larry’s Charters WG
Capt. Larry’s Charters WG
Fishing charter in Lorain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Great day on the water captain mike educated us on how to fish and we got our limit. Highly recommend this charter
Roy  W.
Roy W.
Thomas’ Guide Services
Thomas’ Guide Services
Fishing charter in West Springfield
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We had such a great day with Thomas! He was fantastic and very tolerant helping us as newbies to the fly fishing world. His gear was phenomenal and he was so helpful.
Ben  W.
Ben W.
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Tom is a great captain put me on the fish as soon as the lines were in the water.
Michelle  M.
Michelle M.
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Detroit
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(113 reviews)
Capt. Eric is very knowledgeable, helpful, and super patient (our grandsons had many questions)! Capt. Eric made it fun and we learned a lot ! We had a great trip !!
Cheryl  C.
Cheryl C.
On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair
On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair
Fishing charter in St. Clair Shores
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Best fishing trip ever. Captain Jeff Hamilton is an accomplished fisherman; friendly and very knowledgeable. His bass boat has every device needed to find and catch fish. I recommend Jeff for your next fishing trip.
THOMAS  Y.
THOMAS Y.
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Detroit
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(113 reviews)
Eric was a fantastic captain. I caught my limit in no time! I highly recommend Eric!!
Frank  T.
Frank T.
Seeing Red Charters
Seeing Red Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Great captain and the equipment was first rate. He had the cleanest boat I have ever been on!
Don  M.
Don M.
Lake Erie Charter Service LLC
Lake Erie Charter Service LLC
Fishing charter in Lorain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(186 reviews)
fantastic trip!! Amazing captain , great fishing, and an amazing experience with mu son on his 18th birthday!! Thank you very much!! We will be back someday! Doug and Preston Burton
Doug  B.
Doug B.
Five-O Fishing Charters – Lake Erie
Five-O Fishing Charters – Lake Erie
Fishing charter in Newport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Took a few customers out for a day of fishing. Keith was very knowledgeable of the waters. The boat was comfortable for the five of us plus the captain and first mate. The equipment was all in tip top shape. Everyone had a great time. Thank you Keith! We will definitely be booking again.
Dustyn  B.
Dustyn B.

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