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Sandusky Bay: 90 fishing charters available
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Lakeside Marblehead
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Port Clinton
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trips from $450
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Lakeside Marblehead
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trips from $450
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Lakeside Marblehead
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trips from $450
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Port Clinton
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trips from $790
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Lakeside Marblehead
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Lakeside Marblehead
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Port Clinton
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Port Clinton
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Sandusky Bay

According to customer reviews, South Of Heaven Guide Service, Triple S Walleye Charters – 22', and Another Limit Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Sandusky Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Sandusky Bay.

The average price for a private 4 hour Sandusky Bay fishing trip is $461, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $655 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

South Of Heaven Guide Service, Triple S Walleye Charters – 22', and Another Limit Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Sandusky Bay.

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

Sandusky Bay is one of Ohio’s hidden gems that has a lot to give to all levels of anglers. Even though it’s sometimes overlooked in favor of the legendary Lake Erie, which is just around the corner, the Sandusky Bay fishing opportunities are ample. Locals are in the know about these productive fishing grounds, and more visiting anglers discover it every year.

The bay is nestled at the mouth of Sandusky River and, in its waters, you’ll find a good variety of fish that would make every freshwater enthusiast happy. Catfish is one of the most commonly caught species, and there are specimens in the bay that can weigh well over 10 pounds.

The Largemouth Bass action is very good and there’s a lot of them to catch because the area is still underfished. Not only are Largies abundant, but they can also get quite plump, which is always good news. Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, and Walleye are on the to-catch list as well, especially if you move to the east side of the bay, towards Lake Erie.

Because one of the Great Lakes is a stone’s throw away, local fishing guides regularly offer combo trips, where you can explore both the bay and the lake. Bear in mind that when you pick a shorter excursion, you’ll probably stay in the bay the whole time. Full day options will take you past Cedar Point, and into the Western Basin of Lake Erie, where hard-fighting Walleye await.

Sandusky Bay is surrounded by well-known fishing destinations such as Port Clinton, Lakeside Marblehead, and the city of Sandusky. Wherever you’re staying, you can find a local captain that will help you explore the bay’s fishing potential.

Rules & Regulations

The most important item you’ll need for the fishing trip is a valid Ohio fishing license – your guide is in charge of everything else.

Sandusky Bay
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27689 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

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

February

Temperatures are slowly rising, so if you’re going out on the ice, be very careful. The bite is, naturally, slower than in the summer months, but there’s some Walleye and Perch in the eastern part of the bay and the Western Basin of Lake Erie. 

March

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 there’s a fair amount of Bass for you to chase as well.

April

In April, more and more charters are opening for business every day, as the peak season is around the corner and all the favorites come out to play. Catfish, Bass, Walleye, and Perch are out there for the taking, and the best part – this is just the beginning!

May

Water temperatures are rising, and fishing in Sandusky Bay is very good in May. The Walleye action is excellent this time of year, Catfish are congregating around bridges, and Perch are practically everywhere.

June

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, if you’re out with the kids, focus on Catfish around rocks and pilings, along with Largemouth Bass.

July

Whether it’s Bass or Yellow Perch, Walleye or big Channel Catfish you’re after, Sandusky Bay will provide! Largies are particularly active, and you can hook them by the dozens, so get ready. If you’re up for the ultimate challenge, big Lake Erie Walleye await.

August

Fishing for pretty much all species is going strong in August. Remember that 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 land your next Catfish trophy.

September

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, either way, it’s a lot of fun.

October

The fall is in full swing, so the fishing is slowing down, but there’s still time for a productive day of fishing in Sandusky Bay. Chunky Walleye and Yellow Perch are always hungry, and Bass action is still solid, so make the most of it.

November

The open water 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 to create good ice fishing conditions. On mild days, you can target Perch from shore.

December

It’s freezing 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? Both the Walleye and Perch bite are on and will keep you busy.

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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.
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.
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
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.
Make sure you understand the fish cleaning aspect. If you come from far away, it is essential to know what's up!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you understand the fish cleaning aspect. If you come from far away, it is essential to know what's up!!
Guy  L.
Guy L. Chillicothe, OH
Make sure you select the right charter. Some of these guys are uptight and will make the charter seem like a chore, others will treat it like an experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you select the right charter. Some of these guys are uptight and will make the charter seem like a chore, others will treat it like an experience.
Jacob  R.
Jacob R. Chillicothe, OH
Expect better perch fishing & trophy sized walleye in early spring or in fall.. However, the walleye fishing is usually good the entire season depending on the weather... When the lake has been turbulent from storms it's best to wait for a couple days of stable calm water before heading out to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect better perch fishing & trophy sized walleye in early spring or in fall.. However, the walleye fishing is usually good the entire season depending on the weather... When the lake has been turbulent from storms it's best to wait for a couple days of stable calm water before heading out to fish.
Andrew  O.
Andrew O. Uniontown, OH
If you are fishing in the Port Clinton area, make sure to contact Triple S Walleye Charters. They will put you on the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are fishing in the Port Clinton area, make sure to contact Triple S Walleye Charters. They will put you on the fish.
Tom  T.
Tom T.
I think we lucked out catching a good amount during the warm weather. Sounds like it's more consistent when weather is a little cooler.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I think we lucked out catching a good amount during the warm weather. Sounds like it's more consistent when weather is a little cooler.
Troy  S.
Troy S.
Get a great captain and first mate like we did! They made it so easy and the fish just kept coming in! How they fished (all the lines and trawling techniques)was as interesting as fishing itself! Of course nothing beats catching the fish and that just happened one after another.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a great captain and first mate like we did! They made it so easy and the fish just kept coming in! How they fished (all the lines and trawling techniques)was as interesting as fishing itself! Of course nothing beats catching the fish and that just happened one after another.
Frederick  S.
Frederick S. Shinrock, OH
Book a fishing trip with South of Heaven fishing charters with Captain Frank Sherry!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a fishing trip with South of Heaven fishing charters with Captain Frank Sherry!
Steven  C.
Steven C. Columbus, Ohio
Captain Lloyd is a great guy! He will get you to the fish. He doesn’t just sit in one spot all day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Lloyd is a great guy! He will get you to the fish. He doesn’t just sit in one spot all day.
Ray  C.
Ray C. Lisbon, OH
Hire a professional charter first time out to learn the waters and study the techniques employed. You should be able to get the hang of things after a charter or two. Then you should be able to set off on your own. Just don't wander too far out at first. Tight lines!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire a professional charter first time out to learn the waters and study the techniques employed. You should be able to get the hang of things after a charter or two. Then you should be able to set off on your own. Just don't wander too far out at first. Tight lines!!
John  K.
John K. Downers Grove, IL
Always be prepared for inclement weather. Bring your rain gear even if it is sunny. The weather changes quickly and it will not be fun if you are wet and cold.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Always be prepared for inclement weather. Bring your rain gear even if it is sunny. The weather changes quickly and it will not be fun if you are wet and cold.
Walter  D.
Walter D.
Always take a light jacket or hoodie along as it can be cool in the morning on the water. Water, a sandwich or snacks, sunscreen, a hat are important as well. Most of all, enjoy your day of fishing and making memories
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Always take a light jacket or hoodie along as it can be cool in the morning on the water. Water, a sandwich or snacks, sunscreen, a hat are important as well. Most of all, enjoy your day of fishing and making memories
Tony  R.
Tony R.
Easy to get to. Fishing spots are very close to the dock. Caught lots of fish too! I'd recommend Vitamin Sea and Captain Nick.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Easy to get to. Fishing spots are very close to the dock. Caught lots of fish too! I'd recommend Vitamin Sea and Captain Nick.
Kevin  D.
Kevin D. Boulder, CO
Talk to your captain about Jig Fishing and Trolling in the same day. It's the perfect time of year to do both if the Jig fishing bite is still good....
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to your captain about Jig Fishing and Trolling in the same day. It's the perfect time of year to do both if the Jig fishing bite is still good....
Bob  I.
Bob I. Covington, KY
I would highly recommend getting a charter boat and going out for some great eating lake erie walleye.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would highly recommend getting a charter boat and going out for some great eating lake erie walleye.
Devon  C.
Devon C. Sandusky, OH
Make sure to bring some layers or rain gear, it is a little chilly on the water when the wind picks up a bit
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to bring some layers or rain gear, it is a little chilly on the water when the wind picks up a bit
Gregory  F.
Gregory F. Muskegon, Michigan
Be prepared to put up with the weather. Make sure you bring along warm clothes no matter what. You can always take things off.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be prepared to put up with the weather. Make sure you bring along warm clothes no matter what. You can always take things off.
BARRY  P.
BARRY P. Albany, WI

Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Terence. He exceeded our expectations. Came home with plenty of walleye!
Danielle  A.
Danielle A. Brook Park, OH
Pork Chop Express Charters
Pork Chop Express Charters
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Captain Samuel and son provided an enjoyable experience despite heavy weather. His sea worthy boat, equipment and expertise ensured we bagged our limit on yellow perch in record time. A good time was had by the customers and crew. Plan to do it again.
Joseph  J.
Joseph J. Parma, OH
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Terrance was an exceptional and personable guide. Hard working to meet our limit and quality of of fish. His passion for the sport is evident. The photos speak for themselves. Scott Pulliam
Scott  P.
Scott P. Crawfordsville, IN
Reef Bobber Fishing Charters
Reef Bobber Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(141 reviews)
A half day just wasn’t long enough! Go do a full day, it will be worth it! The fishing was great, the captain was very friendly and knowledgeable. We just didn’t want to stop!
Dionn  C.
Dionn C. Port Clinton, Ohio
Reel Runner Charters
Reel Runner Charters
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
By far the most fun we have had on a charter. We came when the bite was slow and captain Joe knew exactly where to get them to bite at. We can not thank captain Joe and mate Ryan enough!!!
Christopher  S.
Christopher S. Rising Sun, IN
South Of Heaven Guide Service
South Of Heaven Guide Service
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(136 reviews)
I bought this as a gift for my guy at Christmas. He went with his son and they had a terrific time and brought back plenty of fish. He had great things to say about their experience.
Christine  B.
Christine B. Pataskala, Ohio
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
We came to Lake Erie to fish for walleye, and that’s exactly what we did. Captain Tom had the boat in the water and ready to go by time we got to the dock at 6 AM. After a short run, we were fishing. Captain Tom got us on the fish and we fill the cooler and enjoy the day. The boat and equipment are top-notch. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Stephen  J.
Stephen J.
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Capt. Tom and first mate Tom were awesome! Limited out due to the years of experience. They know the lake like the back of their hand. Would recommend this charter. Thanks again Capt. Tom for a great day.
Al  P.
Al P. Saint Johns, MI
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(110 reviews)
Good trip, Captain Nick was knowledgeable and helpful. Caught some walleye despite the water being a bit choppy. Recommend highly.
Jerry  W.
Jerry W. Birdsboro, PA
Lake Erie - Sundance Sportfishing
Lake Erie - Sundance Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Captain Bobby has grown up on the lake and knew where to take us in the case of windy weather. Very accommodating and great instruction to my family that has little experience fishing. Thanks!
Khampannha  K.
Khampannha K.
Capt. Ken’s Walleye Tiara Yacht 39’
Capt. Ken’s Walleye Tiara Yacht 39’
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
We had a blast even thought it was a tough day. we did manage to be the top boat for perch on a slow day. The captain/1st mate tried their hardest to keep us on the fish. We was supplied with everything we needed . we appreciated all the hard work thanks again you guys was awesome. We or I will see you again in the future.
Nathan  B.
Nathan B.
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Triple S Walleye Charters – 22'
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Far from prime conditions and still had a blast. Managed to pull some fish two…lol.
Kevin  S.
Kevin S.
BlackH2oDog Charters LLC
BlackH2oDog Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
Had a great day on the water, we were on the fish for most of the trip. Had a great day.
Richard  W.
Richard W. Carbon, IN
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Erie Outlaw Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Went above and beyond to find spots where fish were active. Friendly and knowledgeable.
Lee  R.
Lee R. Londonderry, OH
Another Limit Charters
Another Limit Charters
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
We had a great experience with our first fishing charter! The captain and second mate were wonderful and patient with the kids. We will be back during walleye season!
Lisa  G.
Lisa G. Groveport, OH
Lake Erie - Sundance Sportfishing
Lake Erie - Sundance Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(11 reviews)
Fantastic time! Will go again. Thanks so much for the lessons and working so hard to ensure our family had a great trip. Much appreciated!
Tiffany  C.
Tiffany C. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wicked Eye Charters – Wicked Eye II
Wicked Eye Charters – Wicked Eye II
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
My family had an excellent experience on this charter; the captain helped provide instruction to our twin boys, had up to date safety equipment and a nice and spacious boat, and optimized the experience of fishing after a storm. We would definitely book again!
Heather Or Andrew Matthies
Heather Or Andrew Matthies
H2O Boss Charters
H2O Boss Charters
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(42 reviews)
My family and I just enjoyed a delightful morning of charter fishing with Captain John and First Mate Scott. They were super-friendly, well-equipped, and knew where the perch were biting. They were also quite patient with my wife and daughter, who had never gone on a fishing charter before. We also felt safe and secure throughout our trip. It was a marvelous experience, and we can’t wait to book with them again!
Angelika  H.
Angelika H. Cincinnati, Ohio
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Vitamin Sea Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(110 reviews)
We fished in between peak seasons and still caught fish. Great captain and we really enjoyed the experience.
Alex  A.
Alex A.
South Of Heaven Guide Service
South Of Heaven Guide Service
Fishing charter in Lakeside Marblehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(136 reviews)
This man is the truth. He knows the Lake and we limit out. GREAT TIME we will be back he also teaches as we fish you can go wrong when booking with him. Thank you for a great time Captain Frank.
Marvin  W.
Marvin W. Delaware, Ohio