Lake Erie Ice Fishing Charters

Lake Erie Ice Fishing Charters

Best Ice Fishing Charters in Lake Erie

Ice Fishing in Lake Erie

Lake Erie ice fishing is a dream come true for those who simply can’t get enough of the Great Lake. When the majority of local anglers sit home and think about their next Lake Erie season, true ice-fishermen get out to the lake and fish. Just think of the thrill of pulling trophy Walleye or Perch through the ice hole… How can you miss the opportunity?

When should I try ice fishing in Lake Erie?

Whenever the prolific waters of Lake Erie freeze, the season has potential to be solid gold. But ice coverage can be inconsistent, so you never know whether you will be making awesome catches this year. 
 
When the weather cooperates, the lake is covered with ice. The magic usually happens from January until late February. Walleye and Perch stay close to shore early and later in the season. During mid-January, they usually hang out around the Lake’s many islands. You can find your Walleye and Perch 10 miles and further from many of the access points. 

How to do it

When heading out to Lake Erie during the winter months, it’s vital to remember that the ice deserves extreme caution. It goes without saying that you need a local guide to have a safe adventure. The recipe for a good trip is a combination of the right means of transport, a local professional, and the  gear. 
 
Snowmobiles are the most common type of vehicle. However, if you decide to bring your fishing buddies and a lot of equipment with you, snowmobiles can be somewhat limiting. Airboats, on the other hand, provide more space. They are one of the safest options, but can be tricky to control in high winds. And Erie is famous for its winds like no other lake around! Plus, you can always just walk out and fish earlier or later in the season when the bite is nearshore.
 
As soon as you’ve found the right guide, you can head out, drill a hole, and start fishing. Navigational and fish finding electronics are not the most necessary part of the process. However, it’s not a secret that the bite of the lake’s migratory Walleye can be unpredictable. Use a good sonar and a camera to check what’s hiding under the ice. Believe it or not, underwater cameras can do magic and save your time. It’s like playing videogames while fishing! 
 
Use spinning rods and reels, as well as jigging spoons designed for ice-fishing. When choosing a right color for the lure, go for whatever catches your eye - most colors will work. When the keeper Walleye or Perch get close to the hole, it’s fish on. 

Lake Erie ice fishing season

Lake Erie ice fishing season usually begins in January, as soon as the waters are covered in ice, and goes through February. 
Lake Erie
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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What anglers said about Ice Fishing in Lake Erie

What a great experience! My goal was to create quality time with my son and his BFF. I wasn't disappointed. Captain Chris was very professional and knew exactly what he was doing. I've done similar trips in the past, but this is my most notable one. Thank you!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
What a great experience! My goal was to create quality time with my son and his BFF. I wasn't disappointed. Captain Chris was very professional and knew exactly what he was doing. I've done similar trips in the past, but this is my most notable one. Thank you!
Neil  G.
Neil G. Brighton, MI
It’s not as busy in this location as it is other places it’s not as touristy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s not as busy in this location as it is other places it’s not as touristy.
Philip  D.
Philip D. Columbus, Ohio
We booked a hotel in Elyria overnight after fishing. About 30minutes from Lorain. Very nice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We booked a hotel in Elyria overnight after fishing. About 30minutes from Lorain. Very nice.
Michael  W.
Michael W. Lynn, IN
Bring snacks and drinks, fishing license, and be ready to have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring snacks and drinks, fishing license, and be ready to have a great time.
Ron  K.
Ron K. Farmington, Missouri
Yes if you looking to catch a few big ones along with good quality sizes, they have them there
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes if you looking to catch a few big ones along with good quality sizes, they have them there
Donald  H.  H.
Donald H. H. Weirton, WV
If you're unfamiliar with fishing the waters in Wyandotte or the Detroit River, book a tour and learn how the tricks of the trade.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're unfamiliar with fishing the waters in Wyandotte or the Detroit River, book a tour and learn how the tricks of the trade.
Jose  D.
Jose D. Warren, MI
GREAT FISHING TRIP, AND REALLY ENJOYED TIME WITH CAPTAIN KEVIN, AND A GREAT WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, ON THE WATER FISHING FOR WALLEYE.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
GREAT FISHING TRIP, AND REALLY ENJOYED TIME WITH CAPTAIN KEVIN, AND A GREAT WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, ON THE WATER FISHING FOR WALLEYE.
Imad  J.
Imad J. Oakland Charter Township, MI
The fish this trip weren't cooperating. I've fished Erie before and hammered them. That's fishin' What makes a good trip isn't always limits and full stringers. It's spending time with good people and our loved ones. I'll be back Erie!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fish this trip weren't cooperating. I've fished Erie before and hammered them. That's fishin' What makes a good trip isn't always limits and full stringers. It's spending time with good people and our loved ones. I'll be back Erie!!!
Robert  G.
Robert G. Drums, PA
Get out there with a quality crew and boat like Scaled Up Fishing. You will learn what you need to have a great fishing experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get out there with a quality crew and boat like Scaled Up Fishing. You will learn what you need to have a great fishing experience.
Fred  S.
Fred S. Hastings, MI
Early April til early May is best, get a good captain late scouts out the area and have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Early April til early May is best, get a good captain late scouts out the area and have a great time.
Jeff  M.
Jeff M. Waterford Township, MI
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
Be ready to catch fish and enjoy a world class fishery in the Detroit River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready to catch fish and enjoy a world class fishery in the Detroit River
Troy  F.
Troy F. Schoolcraft, MI
Bring warm clothes, weather changes quick out there. It's easier to take layers off than b cold and miserable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring warm clothes, weather changes quick out there. It's easier to take layers off than b cold and miserable.
Joe  M.
Joe M. Greendale, WI
Bring warm clothes for the morning , so you can remove layers in the afternoon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring warm clothes for the morning , so you can remove layers in the afternoon
John  K.
John K. Middletown, OH
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

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