Lake Erie is now being recognized as one of the top smallmouth producing waters in the world, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Lake Erie's waters are teeming with smallmouth bass! Smallmouth Bass fishing is gaining popularity as anglers discover the excitement of pursuing these high-jumping, feisty fish. If you're looking for an action packed fishing trip this is it! Smallmouth Bass jump, twist and turn making them certainly one of the most fun ways to spend the day fishing Lake Erie. These feisty "Smallies" are sure to entertain anglers of all ages and skill levels!
Smallmouth Bass have been plentiful all around Lake Erie's Western Basin Island's and reefs.
Rocky structures are key with smallmouth bass, which is why the near shore reef complex right off of our marina makes for amazing smallmouth fishing, with walleye nearby for great combo trips late May through July. Combo trips are 10 hour fishing trips.
Chelsea Charters - Lake Erie Fishing Charter boats are always equipped to fish for Smallmouth Bass... casting salt tubes while drifting over rocky reefs. We know that live bait is really where it's at when it comes to smallies though! We will reccommend at least a dozen softcraws per angler for most Smallmouth Bass fishing trips. Softcraws must be pre-ordered and will be charged at Market Price.
Smallmouth Bass catches currently average 14-17 inches, with many larger fish in the 18-20 inch range. Ohio's State Record smallmouth bass was caught here in Lake Erie's Western Basin islands area, weighing in at 9.5 lbs. and 23.5 inches in length!
:::Current Ohio Smallmouth Bass Regulation does not allow possession May 1 - June 27. During this time Catch and Release only. Smallmouth Bass are a Lake Erie Sportfish Favorite. We hope to protect their legacy by striving to release healthy thriving fish for future anglers to enjoy.
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