Come experience an exciting and fun day on Lake Erie fishing for Walleye, Perch or Smallmouth Bass with Captain Paul Pacholski on Erie Hopper Charters. Captain Paul's customers' range from fishing fanatics to families to business-sponsored trips. Whether you're an experienced fisherman or just a novice, Captain Paul individualizes each trip to fit your needs.
Beginning April 1st., Captain Paul fishes the Western Basin of Lake Erie located 12 miles east of Toledo, Ohio at Meinke Marina West. In April and early May we begin our season jig fishing for Walleye. If you enjoy jig fishing for walleye, this is some of the fastest and most exciting action of the season. The walleye are aggressive and will practically rip the pole out of your hands. We are centrally located between the reef areas and the Maumee Bay, making a short boat ride to the hottest fishing locations.
Once the Walleye's move off their spawning beds and into the open water of the Western Basin, we drift fish, casting and retrieving weight forward spinners and worm harnesses. We DO NOT TROLL aboard Erie Hopper Fishing Charters! Walleyes are the primary target until mid-August, at which time Yellow Perch and Smallmouth Bass begin biting consistently.
In late July, we follow the Walleyes and move our center of operations to Marblehead, Ohio near the Bass Islands to Channel Grove Marina. This gives us the flexibility to fish the islands and reef areas of Lake Erie, along with venturing into Canada where we find an excellent fall fishery of trophy-sized Walleyes. This deeper, cooler water hold big Fall fish where they feed heavily in preparation for winter. This new location still makes it an easy ride to the Central Basin of Lake Erie for open water fishing of the jumbo perch that has made this area famous.
The islands area includes Kelly's Island, Bass Islands and Pelee Island in Canada where you will find some of the world's best Smallmouth Bass and Yellow Perch fishing. The bass will range in size from 15" to 21" and the Perch here are large and plentiful with an average size of 9" to 11".
Our season generally ends around the first week of November.