The best months on the “Best Walleye Lake in the World”, are April through early May and again through October for trophy potential – 26″ and up (6lbs to 101bs). Summer months are good for numbers of 2 to 4 pound fish. Generally, a good drift is required for best presentations with wind speeds from 5 to 20 mph.
Most Charter Captains do a good job of keeping clients on schools of active fish, but some are better than others. We recommend “Cleaver Charters” as they are probably the most consistent father and son captains on Erie. Call (419) 734-4767 for Reservations. They provide condominium accommodations on the Lake with all the amenities as well as cooking facilities.
Recommended tackle requires a 6 1/2′ – 7′ spinning rod by St. Croix. Most spinning reels will do as long as they hold 80 to 100 yards of 8# line. We use and recommend Shimano Symmetre or Stradic 2000 spinning reels.
For 90% of your time on the “Big Lake”, Erie Dearies are the lures of choice. Sizes should range from 5/8 to 3/4 ounce. Best colors are chartreuse, fluorescent green and on dark days, red and gold seem to be proven producers. A new bait on the market that has taken weight forward spinners to new heights is the Storm Pygmy in firetiger. The other 10% of the time, when the drift is non-existent, vertical jigging with 1/4 and 3/8 ounce jigs with Power Grubs or Fuzzy Grubs in green or chartreuse are the ticket. Eight pound line is the all round accepted test of choice. Berkley XL Green has a good history with big walleyes or if conditions are tough, one may need to down size to 6# Magnathin.
A full day of fishing runs about $100.00 including lodging, lunch, pop, bait and fish cleaning service (based on a party of 5-6). The boats are 27′ sport fishing crafts that will hold up to 6 fishermen comfortably.Ohio fishing licenses can be purchased for 3 days at a cost of $10.00. The only extra costs are breakfast and dinner with restaurants near by. Kitchen facilities are provided with coffee makers.
Taxidermy services are available throughout Port Clinton or Marblehead, Ohio for a trophy fish generally recognized from 28″ to 31″ or 81bs to 11LBS. For the discriminating fisherman, reproductions are an option for returned trophy fish to their haunts. Prices range from $275 to $295 for identical and authentic reproductions. Fax us length and girth dimensions and we will process your trophy with a 50% deposit.