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Best Walleye Charter in Ohio

Well, we think so anyways. Our reviews speak for themselves. 11 years in the business and 3 boats strong. Thank you to all of our customers for continued support. We don’t always get limits of Walleye on our charters but we work hard and we think it shows. Heavy winds have hampered our efforts this last week, with a few cancelations in there, but when we’re getting out, we’re catching fish. More and more limits should come as the weather begins to stabilize. Bring on Summer.

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Lake Erie Walleye Fishing Charter Success!

Wow, what a week! As I write this, reflecting back on the last 7 days, Walleye fishing has been nothing less than spectacular. The Jig Bite is officially in full swing on Lake Erie. The weather has been cooperating and our clients have been catching limits. We even put a 10 lb. Walleye in the box this week. Follow us on Facebook for up to date Fishing Reports. We also post last minute openings and special discounted Lake Erie Fishing Charters there, so be sure to check back often.

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Spring Jig Bite for Lake Erie Walleye

There is nothing like catching Walleye in shallow water in April on Lake Erie. During the month of April millions of Walleye migrate to the shallow waters of the Western Basin of Lake Erie. The best way to catch them is with a spinning rod with a Purple Hair Jig attached. Other colors work well, but check the rods on any Charter Boat in the area and the rods will all have purple or black 3/4 oz. Hair Jigs on them. Tipping these jigs with minnows can help, but most of the time we fish them bare. Catching a limit of shallow water Walleyes is some of the most fun and rewarding Charter Fishing on Lake Erie.

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Waterfowling 101: Things to Pack When Going Duck Hunting

When you’re headed out to the water in search of fowl, there are a lot of things you could fill your bag with.  With limited storage space, however, you’ll want to make sure that you are using it wisely, packing items that will provide the most utility.  Here are a few things to think about:

Ammunition: When on the water, you may encounter many different shooting situations that can be affected by the size of the birds, the range that you are shooting at, and the way the birds are decoying at any given time.  It can be helpful to pack a variety of shells so that you can perform the best in all situations. Also, many states have certain ammunition requirements (no lead, nontoxic, etc.), so make sure that whatever you’re bringing along complies with state regulations. In our neck of the woods, you’re not allowed to take waterfowl while possessing shot other than approved nontoxic shot.

Clothing: Let one thing be known: Duck hunting is cold!  As the season takes place during the winter months, cold temperatures should be expected.  We have been on duck as cold as twenty-below-zero, and when you’re on the water, the air will be carrying a lot of moisture, which, with a breeze behind it, can cut through layers of clothing.  Long underwear is always a great option to help you stay warm.  In addition, brands like Sitka Gear make lines of coats, vests, bibs, and waders that are specially designed for hunting waterfowl, which are both lightweight and will keep you extremely warm.  Socks and gloves are also important.  Packing a few different pairs of gloves, ranging from heavier pairs to lighter ones, is a good idea.  And, a nice pair of thick wool socks will go a long way towards keeping your feet warm.

Equipment: Before we get into gear and equipment, remember: it’s always a good idea to bring a knife along. You will always need a knife at some point. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the first item we’d recommend is a good case and cloth for your shotgun.  Out on the water, there’s a lot of moisture in the air, which will condense on the metal components of your firearm.  Storing it properly can help prevent any damage. Before you even put it away, though, it’s a smart idea to wipe it down with a rag or cloth.  This will help get any moisture off of the barrel, out of the action, or anywhere else it may end up on your gun. Other items that may be quite nice to have on hand would include hand and foot warmers, a compass, binoculars, earplugs, and protective eyewear.

So, fellow waterfowlers, on that note… stay safe, and happy hunting!

If you’d like to see the list of items we tell folks to bring on Fish & Fowl hunting charters, you’ll find it on our Hunting Charters page.

Ice Fishing on Lake Erie

Come to Lake Erie for a Guided Ice Fishing trip for Walleye!

When conditions permit we will be providing guided ice fishing trips on Lake Erie. We use Snowmobile Sled combinations or a UTV  for transportation, provide you with a heated shanty and all the bait and tackle to make your adventure a memorable one.  We can transport up to three persons per trip, but we will be glad to make arrangements for larger groups with advance notice.

What To Bring:


A 25% non-refundable deposit of the total cost of your trip (or a minimum of $180) is required to hold any date on our booking calendar. If you must cancel, your deposit can be applied to a future available date.

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Hunting Information

General Information

All of our waterfowl hunting charters are for 1-4 people. Customers will need to bring their own guns and non-toxic shells.  A valid Ohio or Michigan hunting license, Ohio or Michigan state Duck Stamp, and a Federal Duck Stamp are required.  Waders are recommended but not necessary.  Camouflage clothing is also recommended but not necessary.  Rain gear is highly recommended.

What To Bring:

  • Valid Ohio Waterfowl Hunting License*, including H.I.P. Survey, State Stamp & Federal Duck Stamp or
  • Valid Michigan Waterfowl Hunting License**, including H.I.P. Survey, State Stamp & Federal Duck Stamp
  • Warm Clothes
  • Rain Gear
  • Chest Waders
  • Camouflage
  • Plugged Shotgun with non-toxic shells only
  • Bagged Lunch & Snacks
  • Duck & Goose Call (not necessary but recommended)


A 25% non-refundable deposit of the total cost of your trip (or a minimum of $180) is required to hold any date on our booking calendar. If you must cancel, your deposit can be applied to a future available date.

*Ohio Hunting Licenses

Find out more information about purchasing an Ohio hunting license or purchase them online at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website.

Ohio Hunting License – Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp –  Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp
Resident Annual Hunting License  $19.00
Non-Resident (Tourist) 3-day Hunting License $40.00
Non-Resident Annual Hunting License  $146.00
Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp  $15.00
Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp  $25.00

**Michigan Hunting Licenses

Find out more information about purchasing a Michigan hunting license or purchase them online at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website.

Base License Resident $11.00
Base License Non-Resident $151.00 or
a Small Game 3 Day Non-Resident $50.00Waterfowl Hunting License $12.00
Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp $25.00

Fishing Information

General Information

All of our fishing charters are for 1-6 people. Rods, tackle, bait & ice are included in the price of the charter. You can upgrade any charter to an “Executive Charter” which will include lunch, snacks, beverages & fish cleaning for an additional $180.

What To Bring:

    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Camera (with Batteries)
    • Food & Drink
    • Cooler for Fish
    • Motion Sickness Medicine
  • Rain Gear


A 25% non-refundable deposit of the total cost of your trip (or a minimum of $180) is required to hold any date on our booking calendar. If you must cancel, your deposit can be applied to a future available date.

*Ohio Fishing Licenses

Find out more information about purchasing an Ohio fishing license or purchase yours online at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website.

Nonresident Lake Erie Sportfishing Permit $11.00
(for non-resident anglers between Jan. 1 and May 1)
Resident Fishing License (age 16-66) – $19.00
Resident Senior Fishing License (age 66+) – $10.00
Lake Erie Charter 1-Day Fishing License – $11.00
Annual Nonresident License – $40.00
3-Day Nonresident Tourist’s License – $19.00

**Michigan Fishing Licenses

Find out more information about purchasing a Michigan fishing license or purchase them online at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website.

DNR Sportcard $1.00

All-species Fishing Licenses
Resident Annual $26.00
Nonresident Annual $76.00

24-hour (Resident or Nonresident) $10.00
72-hour (Resident or Nonresident) $30.00

Lake Erie Perch


photo of a yellow perch isolated from background

Yellow Perch are of the abundance in Lake Erie and widely considered one of the more tasteful freshwater fish. The Lake Erie Perch is a yellow-gold fish with dark-striped sides and grows to be 5 to 15 inches in length perfect for a family outing. When a school of perch goes into a feeding frenzy, the fish can provide anglers with plenty of action, rewarding them with a nice cooler for supper.

Perch fishing is very simple. Their small size, abundance and constant action they provide make them a popular fish for young anglers.

Terms to know:

  • Up & Down/Hot & Heavy: As soon as you lower your bait, you’re reeling it up
  • Double Header: You’re catching two yellow perch at a time, using a double hook tactic
  • Triple Header: Similar to a Double Header, except three perch! This mostly occurs during a frenzy
  • Steady Pick: When Yellow Perch are biting, but it’s not a frenzy
  • Slow Pick: The perch are biting every once in a while

Lake Erie Perch are not picky eaters, especially during a feeding frenzy. Once we find a school of perch on our electronics, we will anchor over them. We use perch-spreaders with two hooks on each line baited with Emerald Shiners. A favorite fishing method is to hook the shiners through the tail, not the mouth. Baiting shiners in this manner allows them to move and wiggle more on your hook and attract larger perch.

When Emerald Shiners do not work, we use other live baits such as larvae, night crawlers, wax worms, and grubs. Perch also enjoy cut bait like crayfish and perch eyes.

Anglers should lower their spreaders to the bottom and, lift it up a bit and simply wait for a bite—we let the minnows do the action. Another popular method is to use Crappie Rigs in the same manner.

Our 30' boat the Weiss Guy is a seaworthy Sportcraft equipped with hard top with an enclosed cabin and a private bathroom. It can hold up to 6 people and rods, tackle, bait and ice are included in the charter price.

Our smaller boat works great for parties of five or less. The 21' Walleye Hunter provides anglers with a smaller, more mobile, and affordable option for smaller parties. We will trot behind Offshore Hine Planer boards with Colorado Made worm harnesses utilizing inline weights to get them down to the fish.

Capt. Larry Weiss - (419) 707-1065
Rate: $750 per day, 7hrs. dock to dock 1-6 people
Capt. Jim Woods - (440) 371-3767
Rate: $450 per day, 7hrs. dock to dock 1-4 people can add a 5th person for an additional $125


Maumee River Walleye Run



In North America Walleye are mostly considered to be a nocturnal feeding fish and are most easily caught at night and in pre-dawn hours. This is not the case in the Maumee River, as the river offers the best daytime Walleye fishery in the world.

The Maumee River Walleye Run offers a true one-of-a-kind fishing adventure that is on many anglers’ bucket list. The main reason walleye populate these waters is during their spring spawning season, but are active feeders while doing so. It has been said that there are more Walleye per cubic foot of water in the Maumee River during the Spring Walleye Run than in any other place in the world. Liberal limits and the high volume of happy anglers is a testament to that.

Walleye are olive and gold in color with very sharp teeth. These freshwater predators can grow up to 30" long and weigh up to 15 lbs.

We also offer Detroit River Jig Fishing.

Our main strategy to landing Maumee River walleye is cast drifting. This exciting style of fishing uses the river’s currents to propel the boat. Drifting, paired with casting, allows anglers to cover a large amount of walleye territory during their charter.

Our River Rig is a 19' GatorTrax powered by a Mudbuddy 5500 Blackdeath Surface Drive motor. This boat affords us the ability to run and gun the river in style and go where most only dream. Our river fishing charters are for 1-3 people. All fishing charters include rods. tackle. & bait in the price of the charter.

Gatortrax - 19' GATORTRAX
Capt. Zack George - (419) 575-6986
Rate: $300 per day, 5hrs. dock to dock  1-3 people


Guided Duck Hunting


A Scaup duck isolated from background sitting on water

Lake Erie is an annual hotspot for thousands of migrating ducks. Starting in early October, numerous species of waterfowl will come and go, until the lake freezes. Rather than congregating around the shores, these ducks tend to camp 1 to 10 miles off the shores in surrounding lake bottoms. These lake bottoms are littered with buffets of Zebra Mussels and provide diver ducks with endless amounts of rich food.

What you need to bring:

• Customers will need to bring their own guns and non-toxic shells
• A valid Ohio or Michigan hunting license
• Ohio state Duck Stamp
• Federal Duck stamp
• Waders are recommended but not necessary
• Camouflage clothing is recommended but not necessary
• Rain gear is highly recommended

Our guides utilize layout boat hunting, as it’s the most effective way to bag these fast and exciting waterfowl. This hunting style uses specialized equipment, so most hunters use a guide when doing so. Our big water strategies start by surrounding our large layout boat with 100 to 200 Magnum and Super Magnum decoys. This large number of decoys provokes ducks to land in these areas, as large amounts of ducks indicate a safe area with ample amounts of food, which the herd of decoys mimics. While calling does help, it’s not vital to success, as the sheer number of decoys is enough to convince waterfowl that the area is safe.

The tender boat used to transport the layout boat is anchored a distance away from the area to avoid spooking approaching waterfowl. All of our boats are USCG tested and approved to assure you feel comfortable and safe throughout the hunt.

Ducks are typically divided into two categories based on their feeding habits: Divers and Dabblers. These ducks have adapted to large bodies of water, like Lakes Erie and St. Clair, and dive to the bottom of lakes for food. On the other hand, dabbling ducks are adapted to shallow bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, and marshes, and feed by tipping or skimming along the water. They rarely ever submerge like their diver counterparts.

Aside from Mallards and American Black Ducks, most of the ducks you will encounter on Lakes Erie will be diver ducks.

Scroll down for a complete list of ducks you may encounter during your hunt:

Scaup “Bluebill”

• Bluebills get their nickname from their grayish-blue bills. They spend their breeding months diving in the Hudson Bay and Alaska waters, but spend the winter months on U.S. and Canadian coasts, as well as The Great Lakes.


• Bufflehead habits are unique. They spend most of their breeding months in Canada, but winterize on the coast with no major population concentration. These divers tend to congregate on large lakes or rivers until they freeze, like The Great Lakes.


• Redheads breed in northern U.S. and Canada prairies and winter to the east, west and south of their breeding grounds. They are the most common diving ducks in the United States.


• Canvasbacks spend both winter and breeding seasons diving in The Great Lakes, especially during the winter months. Males are known for their beautiful chestnut brown head and mostly all white body for which they are named after.

Common Goldeneye

• Simply put, these diving ducks breed in Canada and Alaska and winter in a vast majority of the continental United States. Similar to the Barrow’s, the Common Goldeneye is named after it’s bright, golden iris.


• Mergansers breed in Canada, Winter in the middle and southwest portions of the U.S., and live year-round along the U.S./Canada border. These divers feed on invertebrates in both marine and freshwater habitats.


• Scoters breed in Alaska and Canadian territories Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland. These diving ducks can be found feeding at The Great Lakes during winter months.


• Other than Daffy and Donald, most people picture Mallards when they think of ducks. These dabbling feeders are found anywhere in North America and are the most abundant of North American Duck. According to Duck’s Unlimited, there were over 10.488 million Mallards in the world, more than doubling the second most abundant species.


• Ring-necked Ducks breed in Canada and the northern U.S. and winter in the southern and coastal portions along the way. They make annual pit stops at The Great Lakes to dive for food during their migration south.


• Ruddy’s dwell practically year-round at The Great Lakes. They’re known for their fan-shaped tail that helps them dive for food, as well as their copper body and bright-blue bill.

American Black

• American Black Ducks are found throughout the eastern portion on North America, depending on the season. The dabbler feeders can be found year-round at The Great Lakes.


• The longer the tail, the deeper ducks can dive, and the Long-tailed duck is amongst the best. They can be found on The Great Lakes and the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines when wintering.

Rate: $720 per day 1-3 hunters. $960 per day 4 hunters. Hunts are 8 hrs. dock-to-dock

Capt. Zack George - (419) 575-6986
Capt. Larry Weiss - (419) 707-1065