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LAKE ERIE WALLEYE

WALLEY
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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 three 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.

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: $450 per day, 7hrs. dock to dock 1-4 people can add a 5th person for an additional $125

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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 three 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.

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: $450 per day, 7hrs. dock to dock 1-4 people can add a 5th person for an additional $125

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MAUMEE RIVER WALLEYE

WALLEY
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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

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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

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