The 5 Best Lake Erie Fishing Spots by Avon Lake

Sport fishermen know that Lake Erie fishing is about as good as it gets. There is an opportunity to be challenged by many species of fish, most notably the walleye, which is known for the fight it can put up. The lake also offers many other freshwater fish, including steelhead trout and large and smallmouth bass. The best fishing takes place in July and August, when the lake is normally calm, but ice fishing is also popular.

Cleveland Lakefront Metroparks
870 Lakeshore Blvd NE
Cleveland, OH 44108
(216) 881-8141

A short drive from Avon Lake, the city of Cleveland has several locations to experience Lake Erie fishing. Edgewater Park features a fishing pier where largemouth bass, yellow bass, salmon and carp are abundant. The pier also has a concession stand where bait can be purchased. The East 55th Street Marina has a 1,200-foot fishing pier, and private fishing craft can be chartered here. Gordon Park has a number of on-shore fishing platforms. Rocky River is a popular location with those looking for the thrill and challenge of steelhead trout fishing. Metroparks also conducts programs to teach fishing skills. Call for details. After a productive day of fishing, drive back to your friendly Avon Lake bed and breakfast and relax.

Headlands Beach State Park
9601 Headlands Rd.
Mentor, OH 44060
(216) 881-8141
www.dnr.state.oh.us

30 minutes east of Cleveland, Headlands Beach State Park offers superb Lake Erie fishing. The federal breakwall at the eastern end of the beach is a well-known spot where locals go to catch smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch, walleye, salmon and carp. Crappie, channel catfish, bluegill and bullhead can also be caught here. Adjacent to the state park, the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve and Marina offers fishermen the opportunity to hire a private charter.

Beaty Landing and Recreation Park
417 E Walnut St.
Painesville, OH 44077
(440) 354-3434
www.downtownpainesville.org

Labeled "steelhead alley," Painesville, just minutes from Headlands Beach State Park, is located along the Grand River before it flows into Lake Erie. It provides fishermen with 3,300 feet of river frontage to go after steelhead trout, known as one of the most challenging of fish to battle because of their tenacity. This is recognized as one of the best places in North America to fish for steelhead trout. Each year the Ohio Division of Wildlife releases 100,000 of the fish here.

Huron Boat Basin
330 Main St.
Huron, OH 44839
(419) 433-4848
www.midwestconnection.com

West of Avon Lake, Huron is a deep water port and the hub of Lake Erie fishing. Walleye, bass, perch and catfish are plentiful. You can fish from shore, or charter a fishing boat to benefit from the expertise of a professional. Huron hosts many fishing tournaments throughout the year, so call for details. After a day out on the lake, you'll be able to rest up when you return to your Avon Lake inn.

Passport to Fishing
Veterans Memorial Park
32756 Lake Rd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012
(440) 933-6141
www.avonlake.org

This program will help you learn how to tie and bait your hook, identify different fish and how to cast. Programs are offered in the summer for children ages 7 to 17. Call for information and dates.