Lake Erie Walleye & Perch Rules & Regulations

A fishing license is required to fish on Lake Erie. Ohio fishing licenses are valid beginning March 1st and expiring on the last day of February of the following year.

A fishing license is not required of persons who are:

  • Less than 16 years of age
  • Giving assistance to an angler who is physically disabled, provided the 2 persons together are using only 1 line
  • Fishing in a private pond
  • Fishing on land and water which they or their parents own
  • Fishing on land and water where they or their parents are tenants on which they reside and from which they derive the majority of their income from agricultural production on that land ( except state owned lakes )
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on annual leave or furlough

Ohio Fishing Licenses Fees

  • Ohio Resident:
  • 1-Day $14 •Annual $25 •Seniors 66+ $10
  • Non-Resident:
  • 1-Day $14 •3-Day $25 •Annual $51

Walleye Limits on Lake Erie

  • Daily Bag Limit:
  • 6 fish per angler per day. Ohio does not have a possession limit so multiple days catch can be transported home with you.
  • State Record:
  • 33” 16.19 lbs caught on Nov. 23, 1979
  • Fish Ohio Qualification:
  • 15”

Perch Limits on Lake Erie

  • Daily Bag Limit:
  • 30 fish per angler per day
  • Ohio State Record:
  • 15 3/4” 2 lbs 14oz caught on April 18, 2016
  • Fish Ohio Qualification:
  • No size limit although 10” to 13” perch are common


2016 produced one of the best walleye hatches ever recorded, followed in 2017 with another excellent hatch of walleye Lake Erie is set for well above average walleye fishing for the next 5-7 years. Three year old will be the majority of the catch in 2020 however there are still plenty of trophy fish from previous hatches.

“With these hatch index results, we are expecting the walleye fishing in Lake Erie in the next three to five years to be exceptional,” said James Zehringer, director of the ODNR. “This is outstanding news for Ohio anglers and out-of-state anglers who enjoy fishing on Lake Erie, the Walleye Capital of the World.”



Walleye Fishing

Once again, we had a very successful 2019 fishing season. We fought some bad weather the first part of the season but once the weather stabilized fishing was good. We had to handle a lot of walleye to keep a nice cooler of fish at the end of the day. It was common to catch 50-80, sometimes 100 under sized(12”-14.5”) fish per day. The future is bright as Lake Erie continues to produce excellent hatches of walleye year in and year out. The 2018 walleye hatch was exceptional with a hatch rate that was almost 3X the average and produced most of the under sized walleye we caught all summer. These walleyes will be 18”-22” in 2018.

Couple these fish with the many trophy fish that remain from previous hatches and we are set up to have fantastic walleye fishing for years to come

Yellow Perch Fishing

Overall, July, August, September, and October perch fishing was good. The size of the fish was the best we have seen in a long time, consistently catching 9-13 inch perch. Most days perch were averaging about 2.3-2.5 fish per pound. The hatch rates have been consistent over the past few years so I have no reason to believe perch fishing will change in the next year or two.

Salmon Fishing, Olcott NY, Lake Ontario

As some of you have heard we are moving one of the boats to Lake Ontario to charter for king salmon and steelhead. Like Lake Erie this is a world class salmon and trout fishery. If you are looking for drag screaming action this is the place to be. We will be in Olcott, NY July and August during the prime salmon and steelhead fishing season. Walleye and perch operations will continue in Oak Harbor, OH during this time as well.