Port Clinton Walleye Fishing Charters

Port Clinton Walleye Fishing Charters

Best Walleye Fishing Charters in Port Clinton

Top Walleye Fishing Charters in Port Clinton

Walleye Fishing in Port Clinton

Walleye
  • Size 1 to 10 lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats River, Lake

(Stizostedion vitreum)

Port Clinton Walleye charters on Lake Erie are something that never disappoints. The Western Basin of Lake Erie produces thousands of trophy catches season after season. After just one fishing trip Port Clinton can easily become your next happy place.

When to catch

Right after the winter temperatures start to fade and the ice melts, Port Clinton becomes alive. Walleye begin their spawning on the shallow water reefs in February. By mid-March, there are plenty of smaller fish ready to be caught. If you want something a bit larger, try reeling in the big females.

The first weekends in May are prime time for bigger Walleye. They finish the spawning on the reefs and move out to deeper flats, staying in Port Clinton on their way to the east. Walleye fishing in May is dynamite, with arguably the biggest Walleye anywhere in North America.

Summer Walleye fishing is great for those who have done their homework and have learned to be patient. The Lake Erie’s superstar becomes lazy in the deeper waters. They are looking for an easy meal and fishing is unpredictable. Some days are on fire and can result in a great number of keepers, while other days will leave you with smaller Walleye.

Port Clinton Walleye fishing in the fall, starting from late August, can’t be overlooked. The season produces some of the largest catches of the year. Every time you cruise out of Port Clinton on an autumn day, you know you will come back to shore with a pile of Lake Erie’s gold bars.

Port Clinton Walleye fishing techniques

When drifting the rocks piles for pre-spawning Walleye, jigs with blade baits and minnows are the ticket. If drift fishing is your technique of choice, you can stick to spinners until early November.

When Walleye are done spawning, you can switch to weight-forward spinners tipped with a piece of nightcrawlers. They remain the most common presentation every year along with minnow-leeches.

Aside from drifting, bottom bouncing, jigging, and spinning, trolling remains the most popular fishing method in Port Clinton. Use planer boards, as they allow you to get your baits away from the boat and avoid spooking Walleye. You will cover more water while trolling, hence more potential Eaters at the end of your line!

Plan your Lake Erie trip for earlier or later time of the day. A combination of a low-light fishing and open-water back-trolling can be very productive. However, the opposite strategy can also work. Troll large crankbaits at a speed up to 3.0 mph to pick up some aggressive Walleye.

Walleye Season

There is a fair amount of catches of pre-spawning Walleye from February until March. The end of March can still be pretty cold, although Walleye fishing in Port Clinton is nothing short of excellent. The best weather won’t come until June, but it doesn’t affect the bite. You can chase Walleye on the lake’s western basin until early November.

Ice fishing is also a thing when the conditions permit.

Port Clinton Walleye Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Walleye fishing in Port Clinton varies moderately throughout the year. High season is July to August. Low season is January and December. There is no closed season.
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What anglers said about Walleye Fishing in Port Clinton

Make damn sure you booked with Captain Frank Sherry & South if Heaven Guide Service.
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Make damn sure you booked with Captain Frank Sherry & South if Heaven Guide Service.
Patrick  C.
Patrick C. Westchester, IL
Be ready for great action. Even though it was raining we caught a cooler full and had a blast catching and releasing many large fish.
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Be ready for great action. Even though it was raining we caught a cooler full and had a blast catching and releasing many large fish.
Joe  P.
Joe P. Monclova, OH
Use a charter service like Billy D’s to give yourself a better chance of catching fish
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Use a charter service like Billy D’s to give yourself a better chance of catching fish
Sott  D.
Sott D. Washington, PA
Have layers of clothes Listen to your captain of whats working to catch the fish
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Have layers of clothes Listen to your captain of whats working to catch the fish
Ken  P.
Ken P. Blacklick, Ohio
The size of the boat and the engine largely determines how fast and how far you can go during your time. We plan to come back in June next year, instead of July.
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The size of the boat and the engine largely determines how fast and how far you can go during your time. We plan to come back in June next year, instead of July.
Terry  B.
Terry B. Morgantown, West Virginia
Definitely!!!! That catfishing is of superior quality. For numbers.... And average size.
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Definitely!!!! That catfishing is of superior quality. For numbers.... And average size.
Tim  D.
Tim D. CANAL WNCHSTR, OH
We fished out of Catawba Island, not Oak Harbor. The Captain recently moved his boat out of Oak Harbor.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We fished out of Catawba Island, not Oak Harbor. The Captain recently moved his boat out of Oak Harbor.
Scott  M.
Scott M. Bowling Green, OH
The bay cat fishing trip can't be beat if you want to catch lots of fish in a short amount of time. Kids have little patience and they certainly get lots of action on this trip !
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The bay cat fishing trip can't be beat if you want to catch lots of fish in a short amount of time. Kids have little patience and they certainly get lots of action on this trip !
Phil  F.
Phil F. Vermilion, Ohio
Come ready for an enjoyable outing and listen to the Captains instructions.
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Come ready for an enjoyable outing and listen to the Captains instructions.
Matthew  P.
Matthew P. Winchester, VA
Forget what you did in the Past to catch Walleye and do what the Captain tells you!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Forget what you did in the Past to catch Walleye and do what the Captain tells you!
Thomas  A.
Thomas A. Gallatin, TN
Captain Mike asked if he could move the location to farther east before I arrived so that he could put us on more walleye. I said yes and was glad I did.
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Captain Mike asked if he could move the location to farther east before I arrived so that he could put us on more walleye. I said yes and was glad I did.
Kate  H.
Kate H. Nashville, TN
Sites, attraction, and accommodations were readily accessible and easy to use.
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Sites, attraction, and accommodations were readily accessible and easy to use.
Tim  M.
Tim M. Marion, OH
April and May may be the best for numbers of walleye, however, we caught 6 walleye & 1 perch on calm waters during 4:30 - 7:30 pm on July 28th while enjoying a beautiful evening.
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April and May may be the best for numbers of walleye, however, we caught 6 walleye & 1 perch on calm waters during 4:30 - 7:30 pm on July 28th while enjoying a beautiful evening.
Gary  W.
Gary W. Dublin, OH
Mike actually asked us if we wanted to switch to Lorain. He thought the fishing was better over there and the catch would be larger. We did get into some larger fish there and caught our limit in 2-3 hours.
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Mike actually asked us if we wanted to switch to Lorain. He thought the fishing was better over there and the catch would be larger. We did get into some larger fish there and caught our limit in 2-3 hours.
Doug  B.
Doug B. Loveland, OH
I would like to recommend to take pictures if you haven't experience something like it because it's that great, and take family members because yall can create great memories and get some good laughs of things that happen.
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I would like to recommend to take pictures if you haven't experience something like it because it's that great, and take family members because yall can create great memories and get some good laughs of things that happen.
Ronnie  G.
Ronnie G. United States