Lake Erie is renowned for its fishing. Walleye, perch and bass are caught in
abundance close to the islands, and the islands have long been a popular
destination for fishing vacations all year round. From early spring through late
fall, fishermen come from all over the east and Midwest, and license plates from
places such as North Dakota and Kansas are common on pickups pulling fishing
boats, which arrive at the islands on the ferries.
Did you know that Lake Erie
produces more sportfish than all the other Great Lakes combined? Why? Because
it's relatively shallow and warm western, central and eastern basins allow fish
to use all of the lake, as opposed to just portions of the other lakes.
Fishing licenses can be purchased online at PermitMe.com,
but are delivered by U.S. mail.
NOTE: Fishing licenses CANNOT be
bought on Middle Bass Island.
can now also register your Ohio boat online at the ODNR
Lake Erie Islands Boating and Fishing Services
Pat Chrysler’s Page. Based on Put-in-Bay,
he bills himself as a year round fishing guide specializing in walleye,
perch, and bass. In the winter he offers ice fishing and ice
transportation via snowmobile, four-wheeler and trailer, and ice buggy or
airboat. In the spring and fall, he offers fishing from a 20-person
diesel-powered craft with a closed and heated cabin. In the summer, he
offers a 31-foot Sport Fisherman. (419) 285-4631
Water Charters. Captain Joe Kostura
Put-in-Bay offers charters in a 30' Sport Craft. In the winter, he
provides ice shanties with propane heat, ice rods, bait, and transportation
to and from the shanties. (419) 285-3106
Fishing Charters, a section
of the BoatOhio Web site listing companies that offer charter fishing in the
Western Lake Erie basin. The emphasis is on Sandusky and Erie counties.
Many are based in Port Clinton.
Shanty Rentals on Middle Bass. Several individuals provide them. Call any of
the motels/cottages/inns on the island for more information. See the Yellow
Fishing Home Page. For those who cannot
take a break from fishing during the winter, the Ice Fishing Home Page tells
you how to do it without joining the fish. This site includes an
excellent safety directory, with articles on the threat from carbon
monoxide, portable heater safety, dealing with ice fractures, hook removal
"from your body", self rescue techniques, long rescue rope, spring
ice safety considerations, and safety tips from state departments of natural
resources. Minnesota recommends, "Avoid driving on ice whenever
possible.... In the 117 ice fatalities occurring in Minnesota since 1976, 68
percent involved a vehicle." The site has a great directory of
Web ice fishing resources including augers, clothing, tackle,
transportation, shelters, regional ice fishing sites (including some in
Finland and Greenland). For anyone who wants to give himself a quick
education on ice fishing, this is the place to go.
Leaders. Under the heading, Ice Fishing
Tactics and Technology, this site offers an ice fishing forum, information
on ice fishing tactics, tackle electronics, augers, shelter, clothing and
bait. Here is a site to visit if you ice fish or want to and want to have a
dialogue with some people who know what they are doing.
Ice Tour is designed to boost public
interest in the sport of ice fishing. Run by Chip Leer and Tommy
Skarlis, it conducts in-store demonstrations and seminars, attends fishing
contests, sport shows and tournaments throughout the Upper Midwest and
Erie Walleye Online is the site of Lake Erie Walleye Magazine. It
has both online and paper editions. The online version costs only
$5.00. For $10/year, the subscriber can get both the online and paper
editions. In February, it announced the introduction of a $2.9 million
professional walleye fishing circuit known as the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye
Series. The first tournament of the new series will be held April 11-14,
2001 on Lake Erie in Port Clinton, Ohio. The first walleye
caught in 2001 were 12 pounds and 6 pounds, caught off Catawba on January 7.
Lake Erie Walleye P.O. Box 421 Ballwin, MO 63022
Central. The mother of all walleye sites,
this one bills itself as providing "more walleye information than you
can handle." This site includes featured articles on how and
where to catch a good walleye. It offers articles, a store, a message
board, a chat site and more. It's a place where walleye fishermen can
ask for and give advice. Lots of photos of big men with big fish.
It has hyperlinks to the major walleye fishing clubs. The geographical
focus is the upper Midwest, but it has a real depth of information regarding
Western Lake Erie. It invites subscriptions to Walleye Central
good advice about our favorite lake, see Rick Olson’s article “All Eyes
on Lake Erie.” It starts out: “Where in the world can
you go and have a real shot at catching a walleye over nine pounds every
time you get out on the water? The answer is none other than Lake Erie, the
world’s finest walleye fishery, bar none.” He recommends paying a
lot of attention to lake weather. Walleye Central also publishes
a magazine: Walleye Central Magazine. Walleye Central, 6585 Edenvale
Blvd., Suite 120, Eden Prairie, MN 55346. Phone (952) 949-1109.
Fax: (952) 937-5010.
Walleye Capital of the World".
This site includes a printable version of the GPS coordinates taken from
charts, maps, and C-Map cartridges of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration for Western Lake Erie including the area around the Lake Erie
islands. There is also a useful table showing the estimated age of
various types of fish based on their weight. The site also includes a
list of marinas, charter companies, restaurants, bait and tackle shops,
lodging, and beaches.
Fishing Home Page. What Walleye Central is
to the walleye world, this site is to the world of bass fishing. It
addresses such issues as places to fish, fishing tactics, rods and reels,
electronics, boats and motors, boat ramps, trailers and towing, fly fishing,
fishing kids. It is the bass section of
It lists boats for sale, tackle shops and fishing guides. The boat ramp
stories are hilarious. Its geographical focus is North America,
but its bass fishing message board includes list entries from Ohio
Fishing Home Page: Ohio Information
Great Lakes Angler
Magazine - A wonderful fishing publication covering all of the Great Lakes,
with a fishing tournament calendar for all of them.
Fishing Regulations. This site provides
information on license fees, free licenses, exemption requirements, and Ohio
nuisance species. It lists the wildlife officers by county.
Ottawa County's is John Waltos, who can be reached at (419) 855-4981.
Division of Wildlife and their separate
Ohio Department of Natural Resource's Division of Wildlife posts a Lake Erie
fishing report, fishing regulations, news about Lake Erie, lake maps and
similar fish resources. This site is a good place to go to find out
what's legal and what's not. The state does not want Lake Erie fish
populations decimated by over-fishing. And it does enforce fishing
Lakes Sport Fishing Council is a
confederation of organizations and individuals involved in sport fishing,
the natural and stocked resources that make this fishing possible, and the
ecosystem of the Great Lakes. It has news on fishing, local fishing
reports, links to angler Web pages, tournaments, state and federal agencies,
and fishing clubs. Some of the fishing clubs raise walleye and salmon
in ponds to stock the lakes. Others adopt a river or monitor
Ohio A section of the main site is devoted to Ohio and calls itself
Ohio Anglers Online. It has links to fishing charters, fishing clubs
and associations, Ohio fishing reports, Department of Natural Resources
sites, and the home pages of Ohio members.
Search Index for Fishermen Here is a
place to find information on bait shops, motor boat accessories, fish chat
rooms, fishing electronics, fishing media, marinas, taxidermists, etc.,
etc., from all over the world. A search under Lake Erie yields some
links to sites closer to home.
If you come to Middle Bass to fish and
plan to do it from a boat, this site has useful information about both
boating and fishing. Its Angler's Alley section has fishing reports, fishing
regulations, Ohio fishing applications, a list of Ohio's record fish, and
fish recipes, the Lake Erie weather forecast, and more.
Fishing Madness offers the
Erie Fishing Email List, an Internet mailing list.Subscribers can send fishing-related email information and requests
to all subscribers.It’s free
and a great way to share information with other fisher people.
Walleye List does thesame kind of thing but is devoted
exclusively to walleye fishing.The
list is a great resource for exchanging information and developing
from all over the world below.The
list claims members from the Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) , USFA Team
Walleye, Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC), and Professional Team Walleye
(PTW)as well as the guys you see out there on the lake.
Anglers Forums also
provides a place for anglers to exchange information.In early March, someone wanted information on Lake Erie fishing.The reply recommended a visit to the islands to get the best small
Lakes Forecasting System makes regularly
scheduled predictions regarding physical and related variables in the Great
Lakes. It presents the recent water surface temperature for Lake Erie
and, in the winter, an ice analysis. It consists of three-dimensional
numerical circulation and wave models developed on a supercomputer.