Lake Erie fishing provides the thrill of angling and the chance to be challenged by many species of fish, most notably the walleye. Lake Erie is known as the walleye capital of the world, and sportsmen come from all over to fish here. 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. A valid Ohio fishing permit is needed. Check online as to limits on the number of fish and the minimum size that can be caught; they will vary from year to year.
Huron Boat Basin
330 Main St.
Huron, OH 44839
Huron is a deep water port and the hub of Lake Erie fishing. It's just minutes from Norwalk by car. Walleye, bas, perch and catfish are plentiful in the cool waters of the lake. 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.
Cleveland Lakefront Metroparks
870 Lakeshore Blvd NE
Cleveland, OH 44108
An hour east of Norfolk, the city of Cleveland has several locations that are popular with sport fishermen. In fact, surveys have shown that sport fishing ranks sixth in popularity of outdoor activities among city residents. Edgewater Park features a fishing pier and 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 conducts programs to teach fishing skills and fishery resource conservation. Call for details. After a great day fishing, head on back to your cozy Norwalk bed and breakfast.
Beaty Landing and Recreation Park
417 E Walnut St.
Painesville, OH 44077
Labeled "steelhead alley," Painesville, just east of the Cleveland city limits, 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. It is recognized as one of the best places in North America to fish for steelhead. Each year the Ohio Division of Wildlife releases 100,000 of the fish here. Every spring the trout swim downstream to Lake Erie. In the fall, they migrate upriver to spawn.
Headlands Beach State Park
9601 Headlands Rd.
Mentor, OH 44060
Two miles from Painesville, Headlands Beach State Park offers excellent 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. After all this you will be able to relax when you get back to your comfortable Norwalk inn.