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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:


Deposits

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)

Deposits

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

Deposits

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

LAKE ERIE PERCH

PERCH
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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.

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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