Lake Erie fishing offers the sport fisherman the chance to be challenged by many species of fish, foremost among them being the walleye. The best fishing takes place in July and August, when the lake is usually calm. Ice fishing in the winter is popular also. Lake Erie is known by many as the walleye capital of the world, and sportsmen come from all over to fish here. The lake also offers many other fresh water fishes, including steelhead trout and largemouth bass. A valid Ohio fishing license is needed. Check with localities as to limits on the number of fish and the minimum size that can be caught.
Beaty Landing & Recreation Park
417 E Walnut St.
Painesville, OH 44077
Beaty Landing, located along the Grand River just before it flows into Lake Erie, provides fishermen 3300 feet of river frontage to go after steelhead trout, known as one of the most tenacious and challenging fish to do battle with. Labeled "steelhead alley," it is recognized as one of the best places in North America to fish for this kind of trout. Each year the Ohio Division of Wildlife releases 100,000 steelheads here. Every fall they migrate from Lake Erie upstream to spawn and then return to the lake in the spring.
Headlands Beach State Park
9601 Headlands Rd.
Mentor, OH 44060
After leaving your comfortable Painesville inn, just drive a few miles from Painesville to this park, which 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 largemouth bass, yellow perch, walleye, salmon and carp. Crappies, channel catfish and bullhead can also be caught here.
Geneva on the Lake State Park
4499 Paddanarum Rd.
Geneva, OH 44041
A half hour's drive to the east, Geneva on the Lake State Park also is known for great Lake Erie fishing. In addition to having large and small mouth bass, catfish, walleye and steelhead trout, the park also gives fisherman the opportunity to use a private charter fishing boat and take advantage of a professional guide, which is useful for both those who are experienced or a novice. There are several located in the marina in the park. Fish cleaning is available in the marina.
Cleveland Lakefront Metro Parks
870 Lakeshore Blvd NE
Cleveland, OH 44108
West of Painesville, the city of Cleveland has several locations that are popular with anglers. Surveys show that sport fishing ranks sixth in popularity of outdoor activities among residents. Edgewater Park features a fishing pier and fish are plentiful. The pier also has a concession stand where bait can be purchased. The East 55th Street Marina has a larger, 1200-foot fishing pier. Gordon Park has a number of on-shore fishing platforms. Rocky River is popular with those looking for steelhead trout.
Kiwanis Recreation Par trout
301 Lattimore St.
Painesville, OH 44077
Painesville also offers a fishing spot for beginners and children. The fishing pond at Kiwanis Recreation Park is stocked and offers the chance to catch sunfish, bluegills and other fish. Every summer the city's Recreation Department hosts a fishing derby and clinic. Call ahead for details and times. After a long day of fishing, return to your Painesville bed and breakfast to relax.