Where can I find an experienced ice fishing guide in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands (Port Clinton, Ohio specifically) is known as the Walleye Capital of the World. Fishing enthusiasts know that some of the best walleye catches come from a hole cut through several feet of ice on a frozen Lake Erie. The fishing community is abuzz about the record size and number of walleye being caught so far this ice-fishing season. But don’t go it alone. Experienced fishing guides are available to teach you the ropes and assist with on-ice safety measures.

Ice Fishing Guides

MarbleheadIce Fishing

Capt. Brad Leyda
330.416.0830

Port Clinton

Blake’s Ice Fishing
419.341.5509

Char-Tom Charters
Contact: Chuck Crum
614.419.8265

Fishin’ Ful & Myrmidon Charters
419.734.9711 or 877.434.9711

Put-in-Bay

Buckeye Fishing Charters
Contact: Jeff & Melissa Jump
419.341.8011 or 419.341.8010

Capt. Bud Gehring
419.261.0165

Mike’s Sportfishing
419.308.6925

Sandusky

Air1 Airboats
Capt. Toni Muscioni
419.366.8472

Put-in-Bay Lodging

Bay Lodging Resort – 888.742.7829

Black Squirrel B&B – 419.285.7181

First Island Son B&B – 419.285.4448

Linda’s B&B – 419.285.3045 or 419.341.0928

Transportation to Put-in-Bay

Airplane from Port Clinton: Erie Ottawa National Airport

Griffing Flying Service – 419.734.5400

Island Air – 419.573.2960

Lake Erie: Giving “Fishing Hole” a Whole New Meaning

Ice FishingJanuary’s low temperatures have driven a lot of people inside where it’s warm. Here in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands “inside” sometimes means a shanty on top of a thick layer of ice. That little hut contains a heater, a couple of stools, a hole in the ice, and the chance to catch a lot of walleye and perch! It’s been three years since ice fishing has been possible in our area and the charter captains, lodges, and restaurants that cater to this audience are rolling out the icy carpet! Whether you’re a pro or wanting to try it out for the first time, Lake Erie Shores & Islands has what you need for a memorable day on the ice. Here is a list of ice fishing resources:

Marblehead
Captain Brad Leyda
330.416.0830

Port Clinton
Char-Tom Charters
Chuck Crum
614.419.8265

Fishin’ Ful & Myrmidon Charters
419.734.9711 or 877.434.9711

Put-in-Bay
Buckeye Fishing Charters
Jeff & Melissa Jump
419.341.8011 or 419.341.8010
Facebook: buckeyefishingcharters

Captain Bud Gehring
419.261.0165

Hardwater Charters
419.285.3106

Put-in-Bay Lodging
Ahoy B&B – 419.285.2469
Bay Lodging Resort – 888.742.7829
Black Squirrel B&B – 419.285.7181
First Island Son B&B – 419.285.4448
Linda’s B&B – 419.285.3045

Bait Stores
Fisherman’s Wharf
83 Madison St., Port Clinton
419.734.9002

Herb’s Sportsman’s Supply
1713 N. E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
419.797.2455

Hi-Way Bait & Tackle
7006 E. Harbor Rd., Marblehead
419.734.3601

Rickards Bait & Tackle
17 N.E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
419.734.2496

Transportation to Put-in-Bay
Airplane from Erie Ottawa Regional Airport, Port Clinton:
Griffing Flying Service – 419.734.5400
Island Air – 419.573.2960

Air Boat from Catawba:
Hardwater Charters – 419.285.3106

Fishing Hot Spots in Lake Erie Shores & Islands

No matter the season, Ohio’s Lake Erie & Shores & Islands is a freshwater fishing hot spot where both pro anglers and beginners join in the fishing fun.

Although most known for walleye, perch and smallmouth bass, in certain waters at many times of the year you will also find steelhead trout, white bass, rock bass, largemouth bass, catfish and other species. Below is a list of fishing hot spots during the spring months in the Central and Western Basin of Lake Erie.

Western Basin Fishing Hotspots

Walleye: Maumee River, Sandusky River, Sandusky Bay, Reef Complex, Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Marblehead

Yellow perch: Catawba, Marblehead, Bass Islands, Kelleys Island

Smallmouth Bass: Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Marblehead, Sandusky Bay, Reef Complex

Central Basin Fishing Hotspots

Walleye: Breakwalls; Huron, Huntington Beach, Lakefront State Park, Fairport Harbor plus Grand River and nearshore areas from Vermilion – Conneaut.

Yellow perch: Nearshore; Ruggles Reef, Vermilion, Fairport, Perry, Ashtabula, Conneaut; Lorain, Cleveland artificial reefs

Smallmouth Bass: Vermilion, Rocky, Chagrin, Grand rivers and Conneaut Creek; smaller tribs from Cleveland east.
For more information, please visit Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Wildlife.

Are there any fishing charters available in the Shores & Islands area?

No matter the season, Lake Erie’s southern shore is a freshwater fishing hot spot where both pro anglers and beginners join in the fishing fun.

Although most known for walleye, perch and smallmouth bass, in certain waters at many times of the year you will also find steelhead trout, white bass, rock bass, largemouth bass, catfish and other species. Charter captains and walk-on head boats make the fishing experience easily available for all ages.

Char-Tom Charters
2240 E. Harbor Rd., Port Clinton
614.419.8265
Fish for walleye, perch and bass on one of Lake Erie’s finest charters. Three and five hour evening charters are also available, with island pick up at Kelleys Island, Put-in-Bay and Pelee. Lodging is available, all equipment is provided and lunches are offered on fishing days. Casting and trolling charters are available for novice or seasoned anglers. Large groups of 60 or more are welcome. ADA accessible. Apr-early Oct.

Dad’s Girl Charters
83 Madison St., Port Clinton
419.341.4027 or 800.331.9382
Offering an all-inclusive fishing experience that you won’t soon forget. What they don’t provide nature does, and she provides fish in abundance. All you need to bring is the desire to catch lots of walleye, perch and bass – and you will. ADA accessible. Open daily Apr-Oct. Book early for the best dates.

Fishin’ Ful and Myrmidon Charters
1124 Lee Ave., Port Clinton
419.734.9711 or 877.434.9711
Charter a great day of fishing on Lake Erie. Specializing in light tackle sport fishing with two boats to serve you and your party. Standard, executive and Canadian trips available for walleye, bass and perch. Ice fishing off the mainland available, weather permitting, with a heated ice shanty for up to two people.

Geno’s Holiday Charter
839 Curran St., Sandusky
419.625.4366 or 419.271.4366
Enjoy a Great Lake experience, fishing and cruising in comfort aboard a custom 30′ twin engine Cherokee hardtop. “Come as guests…leave as friends.” Only minutes from Cedar Point, and offering customized walleye or perch trips. Plus, you may also plan an adventurous portion of your day for sightseeing. Plan tomorrow’s memories today – and welcome aboard.

Middle Bass Charter Company
Middle Bass Island & mainland near East Harbor State Park, Marblehead
614.443.3595 or 419.285.2617
Offering fishing and cruising charters around the islands of western Lake Erie as well as guided waterfowl hunting in season. May-Oct.

Shore-Nuf Charters
at Drawbridge Marina
247 W. Lakeshore Dr. (SR 163), Port Clinton
419.734.9999
Fishing charters and walk-on headboats accommodate groups up to 48 with five boats available. Fish for walleye in the spring and summer and perch in the fall. Apr-Oct.

Speerfish Charters
570 Bimini Dr., Sandusky
419.627.8340 or 800.735.1218
Sport fishing charters for walleye, perch and bass on Lake Erie. Fishing out of two locations; Sandusky and Wild Wings Marina in the Western Basin. Mar-Nov, daily.

Tibbels Charter Service
6965 East Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Marblehead
419.734.1143
Private group fishing charters for 20 people and individual walk-on charters are available. Call in advance for reservations. Fishing for walleye, perch and smallmouth bass. Late Apr-Oct.

Fishing License Information:

Resident $19.00
(Persons age 16-65 who have resided in Ohio for the past six months)

Annual non-resident $40.00

One-day resident or non-resident $11.00

Three-day non-resident $19.00

Resident senior $10.00
(Persons age 66 or older and born on or after Jan 1, 1939)

No charge for persons born before Jan 1, 1939.

Fishing licenses and the 2010-2011 Ohio Fishing Regulations Brochure are available from most bait shops and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Licenses are renewable by March 1 of each year.

Fishing Report:

Lake Erie Fishing Hotline
888.HOOK.FISH (466.5347)

Ohio Division of Wildlife
305 E. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
419.625.3187 or 800.WILDLIFE (945.3543)

You can also hear the Lake Erie Fishing Report on our website!