The good-eating yellow perch are abundant in the waters of Lake Erie, along the Ohio coastline. The West and Central Basin of Lake Erie are most popular with perch anglers and a variety of fishing charters are available, primarily out of Ashtabula or Port Clinton. Yellow perch are bottom feeders and anglers typically use live bait to catch them. Charters are usually offered April through October, with the best fishing during the early spring and late summer to fall months, when the water is cooler.
The charter company, owned and operated by Captain Jim Bonner (as of March 2010), has been around since 1983. Charters are offered daily from April through October aboard a 27-foot Sportcraft. Fishing trips last for nine hours or until the daily limit is caught. The company provides rods, reels, tackle and live bait. Anglers use live minnows on spreaders or perch rigs, bouncing the bait off the bottom of the lake to attract and land yellow perch. The company also offers a 10-hour combination charter, combining trolling and drifting for walleye with bottom fishing for yellow perch.
5650 E. Harbor Road No. 204
Lakeside, OH 43440
The company, based near Port Clinton, offers spring through fall perch fishing charters on Lake Erie. The company reports that most daily limits are caught within five or six hours. During summer months, fish measuring 8 to 10 inches are common. Larger sizes, averaging between 12 and 14 inches, are common during the spring and fall months. The company will custom design trips and adjust starting times to suit your schedule. Badman also offers combination charters, targeting yellow perch and walleye. The combination trips leave at 7 a.m. and include 10 hours of fishing time.
2211 Martins Point Road
Sandusky, OH 44870
Lucky Strike Sportfishing
Captain Art Miller, based on the shores of Lake Erie near Ashtabula, has had more than 30 years of experience fishing the Great Lakes, as of March 2010. He offers perch fishing charters from April through October. His Rampage Sportsman charter boat can accommodate up to six people and trips last about eight to nine hours or until you've caught your daily limit. He supplies all rods, reels, tackle and live bait (minnows.) Professional fish cleaners are on hand in the harbor when you return with your catch or you can take the fish home to clean yourself.
Lucky Strike Sportfishing
202 W. Main Road No. 60
Conneaut, OH 44030
Article Written By Pamela Wright
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