Fishing In Erie PA

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About Erie PA

Erie is a city located on the south shore of Lake Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States. Erie is the fourth-largest city in Pennsylvania. Its located north of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, halfway between Buffalo, New York, and Cleaveland, Ohio.

Erie, PA is known for being the “Flagship City” because of being the home port for the wooden-hulled ship, Niagara, used at the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

Erie, Pennsylvania, is home to the oldest land lighthouse on the Great Lakes and was chosen by Field and Stream as one of the nation’s top twenty family-fishing spots. The waters of Lake Erie are known for incredible sport fishing for Walleye, Steelhead, Lake Trout, and smallmouth bass.

Lake Erie PA

Lake Erie is the 13th largest natural lake globally and is a unique waterway with incredible fishing. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes with a depth of 210 feet at its deepest points; other Great Lakes reach depths of over 1500 feet. Lake Erie covers 9,910 square miles, bordering four states and Canada. Lake Erie supports a wide variety of healthy fish populations, including bass, trout, walleye, steelhead, salmon, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, sunfish, pike, and muskie. These fish species thrive in quality and quantity, making Lake Erie a top destination for fishing charters. On top of its famous sport fishing, Lake Erie has more consumable fish than all the other Great Lakes combined.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Charters

Lake Erie, PA, is one of the premier smallmouth bass fisheries in the country. The big smallmouth bass is attracted to the Presque Isle Bay, known as their premier spawning grounds. Erie bass fishing charters are best when the lake begins to warm, making season from late April through August.

The hungry, aggressive smallmouth bites until early summer. It’s not uncommon the catch 6-pound smallmouth bass in Lake Erie, Pennsylvania.

Sport Fishing

Lake Erie is most known for its size and abundance of gamefish, making for memorable fishing trips. An average of 1.5 million fish is caught every year in Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, and the tributaries.

The most popular game fish that call Lake Erie home are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, lake trout, walleye, and steelhead.

The fish in Lake Erie is known for being plentiful and to grow large, which is the reason for such successful fishing charter trips. The sportfishing season officially starts when the water warms up in the early summer and the larger fish move to deeper waters. 

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Erie PA Fishing Charters

Anglers from all over the nation and walks of life come to Lake Erie, PA, to target game fish like bass, trout, walleye, and steelhead.

Your full-time captain is available to accommodate families, couples, kids, avid anglers, or novices looking to target a specific fish species or experience all of the famous Lake Erie.

Our Lake Erie fishing guides have been fishing the lake since they were kids. Our mission is to expose the great town of Erie, PA, and all the great smallmouth and walleye sport fishing Lake Erie has. Your licensed captain will have everything you need for a successful trip, including the United States Coast Guard Safety equipment, fishing gear, tackle, boat, and knowledge of Lake Erie fish’s habits to find the best spots.

The high season for smallmouth fishing charters begins in May after their annual spawn. The Walleye fishing charters prime time starts in June.

Guided fishing trips are an ideal way to experience the incredible fishing on Lake Erie. Your chances of going home with your personal best are the highest while onboard a Lake Erie fishing charter.

Walleye Fishing Charters

Lake Erie, PA, is often referred to as the Walleye sport fishing capital of the world. The Walleye charter fishing heats up in Lake Erie, PA, as temperatures begin to rise in the early summer months.

The best months for walleye sport fishing charters are June, July, August, and September.

Walleye charters are done when the water temperature reaches the mid 50’s to low 60’s when the Walleyes begin to school in 50 to 60 feet deep waters. Resident Walleye can be caught near shore as the season starts picking up and offshore as the summer progresses.

Later in the summer, walleye fishing charters usually involve your guide trolling deeper water with downriggers, spoons, and dipsey divers. Another productive method used on Walleye fishing charters is open water drifting with jigs towards the water column’s bottom.

Lake Erie, PA, provides an ideal environment for trophy Walleyes by giving them easy access to colder water and high protein baitfish.

Lake Trout in Lake Erie, PA

Lake trout are active targets starting as early as April. The month of May is the best month for your Lake Trout fishing charter on Erie, with the highest chance to catch a hard-fighting trophy, Lake Trout. Typically trolling is the best method to fish for Lake Trout in Lake Erie. These Lake Trout tend to prefer Shiners, Gobies, and other small baitfish. Fishing for Lake Trout slows down around early June, right as the Walleye season is starting.

Steelhead in Lake Erie, PA

Lake Erie fishing means steelhead to many anglers, providing world-class steelhead charters. Lake Erie, PA, and its creeks provide the perfect habitat, allowing them to thrive in great numbers. A steelhead fishing charter is best during the fall months in Lake Erie. Steelheads gather at the creeks’ mouth as the waters of Lake Erie start to cool down for their annual run upstream. The creeks of Lake Erie, PA, are famous internationally for the annual spawning runs of Pacific steelhead trout.

Lake Erie Reviews

Great fishing with mark

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Hey mark that was a great day I think you are a great guide and know where the fish are. Bass online is a great guiding business thank you for taking Eric shock,Carson shock ,and Isaac shock those two days.
- Carson

Amazing experience!

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Amazing experience! Mark is passionate about his fishing career. He is professional and extremely knowledgeable. If you want to catch some big fish, ride in a pretty cool boat and learn tips from the best, then definitely use Bass Online.
- Pittsburgh Circus Center

Captain Mark did a great Job

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Captain Mark did a great Job putting us on the fish! Went with a 14 tear old and 11 year old. He was very professional, knowledgeable, and had a lot of patience with the youngsters. I would highly recommend him, and will definitely be scheduling with him again soon!
- Vic Laurenza

Excellent captain

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Mark is an excellent captain and his knowledge of Lake Erie is exceptional. He put us on 30+ large mouth first thing in the morning and then went to the main lake after smallies and despite the tough time of year for them we still hooked up with a few! Highly recommend booking with Mark if you want a good time.
- Force Incorporated

4 hour fishing trip with Capt. John

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4 hour fishing trip with Capt. John Miller - Erie PA We had an awesome outing with Capt. John. He was very accommodating and wanting to make sure we had a great experience fishing. Right from the start – he was ready to go even before we arrived. He had went out earlier to check the spots we were to be fishing. I booked this trip as a surprise to my wife and Capt. John knew it and wanted to make it a special time for us. He was diligent in finding us the right spots to fish and he was in communication with Capt. Mark as well keeping up on the fishing reports. We had an enjoyable and fun time with him and didn’t realize how fast time was going. We caught a lot of small-mouth bass as well as perch and rock bass and I can “truly” say that you should have seen some of the ones that got away! Capt. John was so excited for us catching bass that he just extended our time and wanted to see us keep catching. We would highly recommend going out with Capt. John and we are looking forward to fishing with him again.
- Duane Britton

My schedule was too

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Unfortunately the weather didn’t hold up and we had to cancel, but Mark was more than accommodating. He provided several options even offering to drive down to another spot out of the weather. My schedule was too rigid for his options, but sure wish I could have as he knows the fishing areas around Erie.
- Chris Moore
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Lake Erie PA Fishing Charter Seasons

January, the ice over Lake Erie, PA, is thick enough for ice fishing or fish for pike in the bay with large golden shiners.

In February, target Steelhead with egg sacks or perch with minnows. Ice fishing can still be good if the weather calls for it.

In March, the Perch, Walleye, Steelhead, and smallmouth are there but hard to find. Tributaries would be the best place to go.

In April, Early season Walleye fishing charters are jigging and trolling the lake’s tributaries’ waters.

In May, the fishing is rapidly picking up in Lake Erie, PA. Lake Erie fishing charters are catching Perch, Walleye, and Smallmouths.

In June, Steelhead is found in deeper waters offshore on Lake Erie, PA, fishing trips. Smallmouths are biting, and Walleye fishing charters are entering the prime season.

July fishing charters mean Lake Erie’s Central Basin’s deeper waters to find large quantities of Trout and Walleye. Some Walleye fishing charters are also staying nearshore to find the resident walleye.

August is still all about the Walleye fishing charters and catching that trophy Lake Erie Walleye. Steelhead and bass are still being caught.

In September, Walleye and Steelhead fishing charters are still thriving in certain parts of the lake.

In October, the Steelhead and Perch are numerous. Walleye charters are still running.

In November, local fishing charters are running in the tributaries, but boating season has generally ended.

December is for the Erie ice fisherman to head to the bay. Steelhead can be found under the Lake Erie bridges. 

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Erie, Pennsylvania is home to several professional arts groups, semi-pro sports and offers plenty to do on both land and water. Attractions and waterfront dining surround lake Erie.

Lake Erie attracts over four million visitors every summer for recreational activities in Presque Isle Park. Presque Isle State Park has 7 miles of beaches for boating, swimming, fishing, and world-class sunsets.

Popular Erie Tours and Attractions

The city of Erie has a tour for almost everything. Some of the most popular tours include Whiskey Barrel Tasting, Erie Food Tours, Allen Stoneware Gallery, and Board and Brush. Other popular attractions near Lake Erie, PA include Erie Zoo, Splash Lagoon, the Erie Maritime Museum, and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

Lake Erie Wine

Lake Erie is also known as the Lake Erie Wine country because of its 20 distinct wineries across the lake’s southern shores. Pennsylvania ranks 4th nationally in the number of grapes grown and 8th in wine production, with approximately 14,000 acres of grapes. Pennsylvania’s mild climate and rolling terrain provide some of the best grape-growing conditions on the East Coast. Specifically, the warm waters of Lake Erie are ideal for growing grapes.

Lake Erie Ale Trail

Erie’s region is home to many different breweries that together make up the Lake Erie Ale Trail. Each brewery uses simple ingredients and personalization to refine their beer. Each brewery is unique and continuously expanding.

Presque State Park

The area of Presque Park provides a lot to see and do. The 3200-acre park has some of the most scenic beaches, trails, and marinas in the region. The park has plenty of spots for biking, hiking, skating, swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, and sport. Many different types of birds migrate through Presque Isle, making this park perfect for birdwatchers. 

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