Go fish!

Don’t have the money to buy a boat or equipment to go fishing on Lake Erie? Not experienced enough to be successful at fishing for Lake Erie’s premier fish?

Don’t have the money to buy a boat or equipment to go fishing on Lake Erie? Not experienced enough to be successful at fishing for Lake Erie’s premier fish?

Lake Erie charter boat captains can provide the boat, fishing gear and knowledge of fishing. There are countless chartered trips available to provide both experienced and novice anglers information on how to handle rods, reels and lures, plus a variety of successful hands-on fishing techniques.

Charter boats take up to six people at a time and usually charge between $450 and $750 for an eight-hour trip. The Lake Erie fish limit is six per person. Charters provide the group with fishing rods and reels, bait, lures and tackle — and some even provide lunch for a few extra dollars.

Some charters specialize in steelhead, yellow perch and smallmouth bass, but most focus mainly on the prize of Lake Erie … walleye.

The average size of a walleye is about 18 to 20 inches for males and 23 to 25 inches for females. Since the phenomenal Maumee River hatch of 2003, the fish have been ranging up to 30 inches.

CHARTER YOUR FISHING TRIP

PORT CLINTON
Walleye Charter; Keith Unkefer; trophy walleye, steelhead and perch; 41-foot Viking Yacht “Pooh Bear”; $700 (six people, eight hours) or $540 (four hours); call (888) 698-2381 toll free or (419) 341-2506, or go to www.walleyecharter.com.

Angel Eyes Charters; Gary Watkins; walleye, bass and perch; 28-foot Baha Sports Fisherman and 27-foot Sportcraft; $540 (six people, eight hours) and $450 (four people, eight hours); call (800) 475-8655 or (419) 734-3803, or go to www.tera-link.com/inet/angeleyes.htm.

Hawg Alert Charters; Doug Krabacher; walleye, bass and perch; 30-foot Baha Fisherman; $510 (six or
fewer people); call (888) 304-8767 or visit www.lake-erie-charters.com.

LORAIN
R-Boat Charters; Dave and Mary Anne Kasti; bass, perch, steelhead and walleye; 31-foot Stamas; $550 (six people, eight hours for walleye), $400 (six people, eight hours for perch); call (440) 282-7023 or (216) 346-1416 or visit rboatcharters.com.

J&H Sport Fishing Charters; Jim Cooper; bass, perch, steelhead and walleye; 28-foot Baha Fisherman; $480 (six people, eight hours); call (800) 595-6673.

VERMILLION
Lucky Duck Charters; Rick Comstock; walleye, bass, perch and steelhead; 30-foot Sportcraft; $530 (six people, eight hours); call (877) 967-6853 or visit www.luckydcharters.com.

GENEVA
DB Sportfishing Charters; John Gribble; walleye, bass, perch and steelhead; 27-foot Sportcraft; prices range from $320 from 4 p.m. to sunset for smallmouth bass and perch, to $600 for all fish for an eight-hour trip; call (800) 769-1750 or visit www.dbsportfishing.com.

Gremlin Charters; William Rimes; walleye, bass, perch and trout; 34-foot Baha Hardtop; call (800) 865-8732 or (440) 428-4440.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass