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Fishing Lake Erie
Fishing Lake Erie

Whether you're fishing out of your own boat or participating in a charter trip, fishing opportunities abound on Lake Erie.

The latest Lake Erie fishing information is recorded weekly and is available by calling 1-888-HOOKFISH

Fishing Hotspots

Western Basin

SEASON WALLEYE YELLOW PERCH SMALLMOUTH BASS WHITE BASS
Winter Breakwalls; Lakeside, Marblehead, Catawba. Ice Fishing; Reef Complex, Bass Island Area, Catawba, Marblehead.
 
Ice Fishing; Catawba, Bass Islands, Marblehead, Sandusky Bay. Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Marblehead. Bass Islands, Sandusky Bay, Marblehead.
Spring Maumee River, Sandusky River, Sandusky Bay, Reef Complex, Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Marblehead. Catawba, Marblehead, Bass Islands, Kelleys Island. Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Marblehead, Sandusky Bay, Reef Complex. Maumee River, Portage River, Sandusky River.
Summer West Sister Island, Northwest of North Bass Island, East of Kelleys Island, Toledo Shipping Channel. Catawba, Marblehead, Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Toledo water intake, Metzger's Marsh Pier. Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Marblehead, Sandusky Bay, Reef Complex, Maumee River, Portage River, Sandusky River. Bass Islands, Sandusky Bay, Marblehead.
Fall Kelleys Island, Bass Islands, Breakwalls; Lakeside, Marblehead, Catawba. West Sister Island, Toledo Shipping Channel, Marblehead, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Bass Islands, Toledowater intake. Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Marblehead. Bass Islands, Sandusky Bay, Marblehead.

Central Basin

SEASON WALLEYE YELLOW PERCH SMALLMOUTH BASS STEELHEAD TROUT WHITE BASS
Winter Breakwalls; Huron, Huntington Beach, Lakefront State Park, Fairport Harbor. Breakwalls; Huron, Huntington Beach, Lakefront State Park, Fairport Harbor. Nearshore, harbors and marinas; Fairport, Perry, Ashtabula, Conneaut; Cleveland artificial reefs. Vermilion, Rocky, Chagrin, Grand rivers and Conneaut Creek; smaller tribs from Cleveland east. Breakwalls and Warm Water Discharges; Lorain , Lakefront State Park, Eastlake, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula.
Spring Same as winter, also Grand River and nearshore areas from Vermilion - Conneaut. Breakwalls and nearshore locations: Huron, Lorain, Lakefront State Park, Mentor Headlands, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula.
 
Nearshore; Ruggles Reef, Vermilion, Fairport, Perry, Ashtabula, Conneaut; Lorain, Cleveland artificial reefs. Vermilion, Rocky, Chagrin, Grand rivers and Conneaut Creek; smaller tribs from Cleveland east. Breakwalls and Warm Water Discharges; Lorain, Lakefront State Park, Eastlake, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula.
Summer Ruggles Reef, Lorain, Cleveland, Euclid, Eastlake, Fairport, Geneva, Ashtabula, Conneaut; inshore early, offshore late. Nearshore to offshore: Huron, Vermilion, Lorain, Cleveland, Euclid, Eastlake, Fairport, Geneva, Ashtabula, Conneaut. Nearshore to offshore; Ruggles Reef, Vermilion, Fairport, Perry, Ashtabula, Conneaut; Lorain, Lakewood, Cleveland artificial reefs. Offshore depth-controlled trolling from Lorain Sandbar - Avon, Cleveland - Fairport, Geneva - Ashtabula. Nearshore areas near harbors; Breakwalls; Lorain, Lakefront State Park, Eastlake, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula.
Fall Huron, Ruggles Reef, Vermilion, Lorain, Cleveland, Euclid, Eastlake, Fairport, Geneva, Ashtabula, Conneaut; eastern locations early. Offshore to nearshore: Huron, Vermilion, Lorain, Cleveland, Euclid, Eastlake, Fairport, Geneva, Ashtabula, Conneaut. Nearshore; Ruggles Reef, Vermilion, Fairport, Perry, Ashtabula, Conneaut; Lorain, Cleveland artificial reefs. Piers, beaches and breakwalls from Cleveland east; Vermilion, Rocky, Chagrin, Grand rivers and Conneaut Creek; smaller tribs during high water in mainstems. Nearshore areas near harbors; Breakwalls and Warm Water Discharges; Lorain, Lakefront State Park, Eastlake, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula.


Fishing Guide Information

Charter Boat Organizations

Lake Erie Charter Boat Association
Central Basin Charter Boat Association
Sandusky Charter Boat Association
West Sister Charter Boat Association

Become an Ohio Lake Erie Fishing Guide

Ice Fishing Guides

If you are going ice fishing on Lake Erie, the Division of Wildlife recommends contacting a licensed Ohio Lake Erie ice fishing guide.


Boating Conditions

Weather Resources

Lake Erie Weather Forecast
NOAA Graphical Forecasts
NOAA CoastWatch 
Michigan State University Satellite Images -Water Temperatures


Lake Erie Fisheries: A Collaborative Success Story