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Fishing in Sandusky Bay

If you’re looking for a new destination that is as productive as it is beautiful, you should go fishing in Sandusky Bay. Nestled at the mouth of the Sandusky River and within sight of Lake Erie, this body of water sports some of the most enticing freshwater opportunities you’ll find in the state of Ohio.

What to Expect

The very first thing you’ll have to decide is where you want to start your fishing adventure. Port Clinton, Lakeside Marblehead, and Sandusky are all popular choices for prospective anglers looking to catch their limits and score a mixed bag.
Here, fishing charters abound and you can find an experienced local captain to take you out just about anywhere in the bay. If it’s your first time fishing Sandusky Bay, having a seasoned guide is a foolproof way to fill your cooler with delicious fish fillets.

What to Catch

You could find all the local favorites on the end of your line, including Yellow Perch, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, and of course, Walleye. While Perch are easier to hook and make a great first catch for your kids, Walleye are the ultimate fighters of the area. Lake Erie is known as “the Walleye Capital of the World,” so it’s hardly a surprise that going after these feisty fish is one of the top activities in the bay. The Western Basin of the lake (aka eastern Sandusky Bay) is famous for its Walleye runs, and you can easily hook a new personal record here.
Catfishing is another reason for Sandusky Bay’s strong fishing reputation. You can find some real lunkers here that easily weigh 10 pounds and more. 
Channel Catfish are very fun to catch for the whole family because there’s so many of them and they’ll give you a run for your money. But make no mistake, seasoned anglers come here too, to battle massive Cats that will fight them with everything they’ve got.

When to Go

The prime season to go fishing in Sandusky Bay is anytime from late April all the way through October. During this time of year, the weather is perfect for a day of first-class action on the water.

What to Bring

One of the perks of choosing Sandusky Bay for your next fishing trip is that you can pack light. Local charters will provide all the gear and bait you need for your trip, as well as all the expert advice you need.
You’ll need to buy a fishing license before you hop aboard, and if you’re going on a longer expedition, then some drinks and food are a good idea. After that, you’re ready to go exploring and see just how many fish you can catch in one go!
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Sandusky Bay Fishing Seasons

Winters are no joke in Ohio, but even under the ice, fish are still active. This means only one thing – ice fishing. If weather conditions align and the ice is thick enough, head out for Perch and Walleye.

Temperatures are slowly rising, so if you’re going out on the ice, be very careful. Fishing is still far from its peak, but Walleye are active in the eastern part of the bay and the Western Basin of Lake Erie.

You can feel spring in the air, so fish are a-coming! Walleye are getting ready for their spawning season, so you can target them in the shallow waters closer to shore, and you can find a fair amount of Bass as well.

In April, more and more charters are open for business every day, as the peak season is around the corner and all the favorites are coming out to play. Catfish, Bass, Walleye, and Perch are all there for the taking.

It’s getting hot on the water, both when it comes to the temperatures and the bite. The Walleye action is very good this time of year, Catfish are congregating around bridges, and Perch are practically everywhere.

Whatever technique you choose these days, chances are you’ll come back to shore with a full cooler. Head to the east side of the bay to chase Walleye, or focus on Catfish around rocks and pilings.

Whether it’s Bass or Yellow Perch, Walleye or big Channel Catfish you’re after, Sandusky Bay will provide! Bass are particularly active, and you can hook them by the dozens, so get ready.

As the summer is coming to a close, your prey will head to the deeper waters and this is where you should go to catch ‘em all. This is as good a month as any to set your sights on your next Catfish trophy.

Whether it’s the size or the number of the fish you’re after, you won’t be disappointed in September. You can troll, bottom fish, or drift fish for Walleye, Bass, and Catfish. Or just catch a bit of everything.

The fall is in full swing, which means that the fishing is slowing down, but there’s still time for a productive day in the bay. Chunky Walleye and Yellow Perch are always hungry.

The fishing season is over for the next several months, so it’s time to enjoy the holidays and avoid the cold, at least until the temperatures drop enough and create good ice fishing conditions.

It’s cold out there, so you can’t expect fish to be jumping around. The bay is quiet, but if it’s cold enough, why not head east and go ice fishing on Lake Erie? The Walleye bite is very good.

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Top Targeted Species in Sandusky Bay



Perch (Yellow)

Perch (Yellow)

Bass (Smallmouth)

Bass (Smallmouth)