Lake Erie Fishing
Lake Erie is one of the world’s largest freshwater commercial fisheries and fishing is a popular halftime attraction for visitors. While you don’t have to be an expert, all it really takes is the proper equipment and a whole lot of patience. The fish species available for you to catch depends on many factors. Some of which include the season, and the temperature of the water. We’ve narrowed down five main types of fish you are likely to find when fishing in Lake Erie.
The first fish you are likely to find while fishing in Lake Erie is the Bluegill. Bluegills inhabit a great majority of streams, lakes, rivers, and ponds in North America. These fish are typically 6”-12” long and weigh anywhere between ¼ pounds to 4 1/2 pound. These fish are omnivores.
The second fish you are likely to find in Lake Erie is the Smallmouth Bass. The Smallmouth Bass is a species of freshwater fish in the Sunfish family. They are normally brown, but can sometimes appear black or green. Smallmouth Bass in Lake Erie weighs between 2-6 pounds.
The third fish you are likely to find in Lake Erie is the Steelhead fish. Steelhead fish migrate out into Lake Erie and spend their summers in the cooler part of the lake before returning to streams during the fall through spring. Lake Erie Steelhead typically averages 25” in length and weigh 5-6 pounds.
The fourth fish you are likely to find while fishing in Lake Erie is the Walleye fish. Walleye is a medium-sized fish native to most of Canada and to the Northern United States. It is also known as a Pickerel. Walleyes average between 14”-22” in length and can weigh up to 20lbs.
Fun fact: Some recognize Port Clinton as the Walleye Capital of the World!
The last fish you are likely to find while fishing in Lake Erie is the Yellow Perch. The Yellow Perch is a freshwater perciform fish that is native to North America. Lake Erie Perch may grow to be 4”-11” inches long.
Fun Fact: The Yellow Perch has a variety of nicknames including the Dodd fish, coontail, and raccoon perch!