Lake Erie Ice Fishing Charters

Lake Erie Ice Fishing Charters

Best Ice Fishing Charters in Lake Erie

Lake Erie: 8 fishing charters available

Hawg Hanger

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Oak Harbor
 Instant Confirmation

Strikemaster Charters–Port Clinton

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(20 reviews)
Port Clinton
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Yeah Baby Fishing Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Huron
 Instant Confirmation

Adventure Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Lakeside Marblehead

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
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Ice Fishing in Lake Erie

Be prepared for wind. Lake Erie is a gem for all of us in the US to enjoy. Also note as a word of advice, fish cleaning is not allowed anywhere near where we put in. Be prepared to pay for a service to clean fish in town. Just takes more time and money.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Be prepared for wind. Lake Erie is a gem for all of us in the US to enjoy. Also note as a word of advice, fish cleaning is not allowed anywhere near where we put in. Be prepared to pay for a service to clean fish in town. Just takes more time and money.
GREGORY  L.
GREGORY L. Ames, IA
Call CAPT Adam at show up& fish. He will find you the fish and you will definitely enjoy your trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call CAPT Adam at show up& fish. He will find you the fish and you will definitely enjoy your trip!
Matthew  A.
Matthew A.
Brothers. Communication great regarding charter ,weather, and arrangements. Youth fisherman had a ball ,we did too.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Brothers. Communication great regarding charter ,weather, and arrangements. Youth fisherman had a ball ,we did too.
Richard  B.
Richard B. New Castle, PA
Use someone who knows the waters. If water is cloudy it can be hard to hook up on the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use someone who knows the waters. If water is cloudy it can be hard to hook up on the fish.
Anthony  M.
Anthony M. Uniontown, OH
Do a little research on what fish are active at different times of the year. Dress for cold weather in early spring.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a little research on what fish are active at different times of the year. Dress for cold weather in early spring.
Andrew  S.
Andrew S. Crothersville, IN
Make sure you dress for the weather. The river is wide and the wind will certainly be a factor for how cold it is going to be on the water. Nothing worse than getting into the fish and having a bad day because you are under dressed. You can always take some clothes off. I recommend that you go with someone that has experience with fishing the river for your first trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you dress for the weather. The river is wide and the wind will certainly be a factor for how cold it is going to be on the water. Nothing worse than getting into the fish and having a bad day because you are under dressed. You can always take some clothes off. I recommend that you go with someone that has experience with fishing the river for your first trip.
David  L.
David L. Dansville, MI
If this is your first fishing trip here I would highly recommend booking a day or two out with Captain Terrance. He knows the best area to fish and catch fish. He is safe, friendly, funny and knowledgeable of the local area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If this is your first fishing trip here I would highly recommend booking a day or two out with Captain Terrance. He knows the best area to fish and catch fish. He is safe, friendly, funny and knowledgeable of the local area.
Harold  C.
Harold C. Foraker, IN
Be prepared for April in Michigan, the weather can be 80 one day and 40 the next, rain or shine you will catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for April in Michigan, the weather can be 80 one day and 40 the next, rain or shine you will catch fish.
Steve  B.
Steve B. Grand Rapids, MI
Research your guide if it’s your first test me. We used planer boards with our guide and repeated that on our own boat. Took us a bit longer, but had a great time fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Research your guide if it’s your first test me. We used planer boards with our guide and repeated that on our own boat. Took us a bit longer, but had a great time fishing.
Karen  K.
Karen K. Ankeny, IA
Listen to the Captain. His instructions are key to your experience of getting Hooked Up!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the Captain. His instructions are key to your experience of getting Hooked Up!
James  D.
James D. Dexter, MI
About Time Charters is the charter to choose when looking to book a trip for walleye. Captain Damon is really nice, has great equipment and gets the fish! You won't be disappointed. Sincerely, Jim
Excellent
5.0 / 5
About Time Charters is the charter to choose when looking to book a trip for walleye. Captain Damon is really nice, has great equipment and gets the fish! You won't be disappointed. Sincerely, Jim
James  P.
James P. Bangor, MI
You can expect to catch bigger fish in April but the number of fish caught might be better in late or May. The weather conditions and water temperatures can make fishing in early April at times a bit difficult. We had to reschedule a trip as a result of bad weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You can expect to catch bigger fish in April but the number of fish caught might be better in late or May. The weather conditions and water temperatures can make fishing in early April at times a bit difficult. We had to reschedule a trip as a result of bad weather.
Nick  B.
Nick B. Westland, MI
Get somebody that knows the Detroit river and Lake Erie like captain Nick does.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get somebody that knows the Detroit river and Lake Erie like captain Nick does.
Mike  B.
Mike B. Dearborn, Michigan
Make damn sure you booked with Captain Frank Sherry & South if Heaven Guide Service.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make damn sure you booked with Captain Frank Sherry & South if Heaven Guide Service.
Patrick  C.
Patrick C. Westchester, IL
Great catch Lake Erie Perch 9/16/21. Waves and wind seemed to unlock more bites!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great catch Lake Erie Perch 9/16/21. Waves and wind seemed to unlock more bites!
Brian  C.
Brian C. Amherst, Ohio
Do your research but definitely recommend Captain dawn of you want to catch the big fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your research but definitely recommend Captain dawn of you want to catch the big fish!
Jennifer  B.
Jennifer B. Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Don't bring too young of children it may be a rough trip but for the adult a very good fishing experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't bring too young of children it may be a rough trip but for the adult a very good fishing experience!
Keith  B.
Keith B. Oswego, 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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use a charter service like Billy D’s to give yourself a better chance of catching fish
Sott  D.
Sott D. Washington, PA
Fish bite when they bite, do not expect to fill the boat. Be grateful for what you do catch.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Fish bite when they bite, do not expect to fill the boat. Be grateful for what you do catch.
Mark  C.
Mark C. Temple, TX

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