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Lake Erie Fishing Charter – Western Basin

Book Your Lake Erie Fishing Charter

Fish and Fowl is one of the finest fishing charters in northern Ohio. All our Captains are born and raised in the Lorain, Port Clinton, and Cleveland area. We’ve grown up fishing for Perch, Walleye and even some Bass on Lake Erie. We have over 100 years of combined experience fishing the lakes and rivers in the area, and have done thousands of Walleye charters and Perch charters as well as charters for the Fall Brawl.

We love chartering for the Fall Brawl. The most important – and easiest – thing you can do is to hire a professional fishing guide to take you through the basin for a fishing derby, especially one as large as the Fall Brawl.

We are such fanatics of hunting the big walleye, we’ve fished around the clock many times. Even missed some Cleveland Browns games on TV, though we still get the games on the radio. We’re not that crazy! In 2018 the Fall Brawl winner hauled in a 13 pound 7 ounce walleye – and he took home a $100,000 Warrior Boat. You know where he caught that winning fish? We do! In roughly the same area that Jim reeled in a walleye that tipped the scale at 12 pounds 3 ounces.

If only he reeled it in last November, that would have been big enough to place second in the derby.

Let’s talk Lake Erie Walleye. Walleye fishing is usually at it’s best in spring and fall. However, in the last several years it has been really good fishing all year around. There are so many Walleye in the area, the Ohio Department of wildlife has increased the limit of walleye because of the massive increase in population.

So, when you’re looking for a fishing charter on Lake Erie, you need to give us a call at 419-707-1065. If you’re in Cleveland for a business trip, Sandusky for a mini vacation or just passing through the great North Coast, we’ll supply all the gear – all you need to do is show up and get ready for a good time! Day or night, we are the finest fishing charter Lake Erie has to offer.


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Lake Erie Walleye Fishing Charters

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 fishing on Lake Erie
Awesome Walleye Charter Fishing

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 focus our fishing efforts in 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

Lake Erie Fishing Charters
Charter Fishing for Lake Erie Walleye

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.

TACTICS:
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.


Walleye Hunter

Our 30′ boats are seaworthy vessels equipped with hard tops, enclosed cabins and private bathrooms. They can hold up to six (6) people. Rods, tackle, bait and ice are included in the charter price.

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Lake Erie Perch Fishing Charters

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Yellow Perch are of the abundance in Lake Erie and widely considered to be 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 – and 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 can be very simple. Their small size, abundance and constant action they provide make them a popular fish for young anglers.

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Perch charters on lake erie
Limit of Perch

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

TACTICS

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.


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Maumee River Walleye

FishIn 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

River RigFishing the Maumee River is an active style of rod in hand fishing, called cast drifting. While most anglers struggle wading to their desired fishing locations, our Maumee River Walleye Run Charters are from the convenience and comfort of a specially designed River Boat. Our clients come back year after year to fish the Maumee River with us because of the action packed fishing and comfort of our River Boat.

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 1-2 people. All fishing charters include rods. tackle. & bait in the price of the charter.

Don’t fight the crowds, come run the Maumee River in Style!
Gatortrax – 19′ GATORTRAX ~ Capt. Zack George – (419) 575-6986 ~ Rate: $300 per day (5 hrs. dock to dock) ~ 1 to 3 people

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.

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.

What To Bring:


*Ohio Fishing Licenses

For more information about purchasing an Ohio fishing license or to purchase online, go to: Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

  • Nonresident Lake Erie Fishing Permit $11 (for non-resident anglers only, between Jan. 1 and April 30)
  • Resident Fishing License (age 16-66) – $25
  • Resident Senior Fishing License (age 66+) – $10
  • Lake Erie Charter 1-Day Fishing License – $14
  • Annual Nonresident License – $51
  • 3-Day Nonresident Tourist’s License – $25

**Michigan Fishing Licenses

For more information about purchasing a Michigan fishing license or purchase them online at: 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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