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Guided Duck Hunting

HUNTING CHARTERS

HUNTING
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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

• 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.

Redhead

• 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.

Canvasback

• 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.

Merganser

• 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.

Scoter

• 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.

Mallard

• 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

• 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

• 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.

Long-tailed

• 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

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Lake Erie Walleye

LAKE ERIE WALLEYE

WALLEYE
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Fishing for walleye in Lake Erie differs from anywhere else.

Walleye are typically considered a nocturnal feeding fish, most easily caught at night and in the pre-dawn hours. This is not the case when fishing Lake Erie. Lake Erie has the best daytime walleye fishery in the world. Countless baits and tactics are used to land these beautiful fish such as trolling, casting, jigging and more.

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. Their primary food source in Lake Erie are Emerald Shiners, generally referred to as minnows. Lake Erie Walleye also consume Shad, Smelt and Small Yellow Perch.

Port Clinton is considered by most to be the “Walleye Capital of the World."  Unlike many other states and inland Walleye Lakes, the Ohio portion of Lake Erie does not have a closed season on Walleye.  Liberal limits and year round fishing is a testament to the abundance of Walleye that Lake Erie has to offer.

We mainly fish the best known areas that hold Walleye year round, including but not limited to:
The Western Basin Reef Complex, specifically:

• Niagara Reef                                          • Flat Rock Reef
• Toussaint Reef                                       • Crib Reef
• Round Reef                                            • Crane Reef
• Locust Reef                                            • Turtle Reef
• Big Pickerel Reef                                   • West Reef
• Little Pickerel Reef                                • North West Reef (the Bean)
• Cone Reef

We also catch walleye off the Bass Islands Area such as South Bass Island (also where Put-in-Bay happens to be located), North Bass Island, Middle Bass Island, Green Island, Rattlesnake Island, Catawba Island and West Sister Island. The Camp Perry National Guard Firing Range Buoys; A-Can, B-Can, C-Can, D-Can, F-Can, G-Can.  Maumee Bay, The Turn Around Buoy and the Sputnik are also good areas to target summertime walleye. The Sand Bar off of Vermilion, The Dumping Grounds off of Lorain, The Vermilion Weather Buoy, Beaver Park located on Beaver Creek, The Humps off of Avon, and Avon Point produce some of the largest walleye in the country.

During the early spring, walleye migrate to Lake Erie’s south shore reefs and streams to spawn. We utilize vertical jigging with hair jigs to land these fish. Purple, dark green and black jigs are our most productive colors. Crank baits work best when the water is cold, so our guides advise to couple crank baits with slow trolling strategies to entice larger fish and get them moving.

Post spawn season, which starts around May, brings the Walleye schools to the Western Basin Reef Complex near the Lake Erie Islands. The warmer months bring out our large boat. During this time, we use drift casting, bottom bouncing, and trolling tactics. Small spoons work well, but double worm willow harnesses provide anglers with a great back-up plan on bad spoon days.

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.

Our smaller boat works great for parties of 5 or less. The 21’ Walleye Hunter provides Anglers with a smaller, more affordable option for smaller parties. We will Troll behind in-line planer boards with crankbaits, worm harnesses with in-line weights to get them down to the fish. Also casting weighted spinners & trolling with Dipsey Divers with spoons & worm harnesses.

WEISS GUY - 30' SPORTCRAFT
Capt. Larry Weiss - (419) 707-1065
Rate: $750 per day, 7hrs. dock to dock 1-6 people
WALLEYE HUNTER - 21' HEWESCRAFT
Capt. Jim Woods - (440) 371-3767
Rate: $500 per day, 7hrs. dock to dock 1-4 people can add a 5th person for an additional $125

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The Benefits of a Hunting Guide Service for Fishing and Waterfowling

Few things are more enjoyable to those who hunt and fish than taking a trip to spend time outdoors, be it with a shotgun or fishing pole in hand.  There’s something about experiencing the wilderness—and having a nice haul at the end of the day—that just keeps us coming back again and again.  However, if your grand outdoor endeavor happens to pull you out of familiar territory, it can be greatly beneficial to utilize a guide service to optimize your experience.

What Does a Hunting Guide Service Do?

A guide service—such as Fish and Fowl—has the ability to provide guests with extensive knowledge of the area, including some of the greatest spots to hunt or fish. They’re also well-versed in regards to all of the local rules and regulations—have questions about tags, permits, stamps? Your guide can help! Plus, a good hunting guide is worth his or her weight in gold when it comes to knowing the best ways to hunt or fish in whatever area you happen to be working out of.

Do I Need a Hunting Guide Service?

So, you may be asking yourself, do I need a guide to go waterfowling or fishing?  Well, the short answer is: no. However, the longer—and more accurate—answer is that opting to use a guide can be extremely beneficial to the success of your outings. Guide services have the ability to remove much of the stress related to logistical issues off the shoulders of the client, thereby adding another layer of enjoyment and ease to the overall hunting or fishing expedition.

For instance, purchasing permits is necessary for activities such as hunting and fishing.  A guide service can provide their clients with information as to exactly what permits may need to be acquired, such as a migratory bird stamp for duck hunting.  Plus, guide services typically provide the decoys, boats, etc. so that guests can focus on having fun (as opposed to trying to figure out if 50 duck decoys can be packed into carryon luggage…trust us, it can’t be done!). A guide will also know exactly what locations and times are best for the hunting/fishing excursion.

Remember, the next time you’re off in search of fish OR fowl, enlisting the services of an experienced guide can go a long way towards helping you enjoy a smoother and less stressful experience on the water!

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