Lorain County offers spectacular angling year ’round.

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Walleye are the most-pursued game fish, and can be found nearshore beginning in the spring and continuing through the entire season. Deeper offshore waters offer anglers plenty of walleye action from summer through fall by both deep trolling and drifting/cast methods. The famous sandbar rises up from the depths between Lorain and Vermilion, creating a natural habitat for summer and fall walleye. During the fall, this area is well-known for producing trophy-size walleye.

Public launch ramps and marinas provide excellent access for anglers wishing to trailer or dock their boat. Charter fishing boats are also available, offering angling adventures for walleye, steelhead, smallmouth bass and yellow perch. Smallmouth bass are plentiful along the entire length of Lorain County’s rocky shoreline and artificial reef structures, providing fast action from spring through fall. Numerous bass fishing tournaments originate from Lorain Harbor due to both the abundance and size of Lorain County smallmouth.

Don’t overlook Lorain’s artificial reefs, which are a natural haven for the smallmouth. In addition, walleye and yellow perch are also frequent visitors to these mounds of rock and concrete rubble. (For more information and locations of the artificial reefs, visit the Ohio Sea Grant website at:

Steelhead trout are stocked annually in tributary streams, seeking out the colder, deeper waters offshore of Lorain County in the summer months to feed and grow larger. Many offshore anglers fish specifically for steelhead during June-August, frequently taking limit catches, along with many trophy sized walleye!

From mid-October through early May, steelhead enter Lorain County tributaries for annual spawning, providing opportunity to catch a trophy Lake Erie fish. Fly-fishing with artificial and spinning tackle with live bait, spawn sacs, and spinners work well. Plenty of public access can be found in the Lorain County Metro Parks along the Vermilion River, a stocking location for steelhead, as well as Elyria Parks along the Black River. Never fished for steelhead but want to try? A number of steelhead river guiding services are available in Lorain County; contact Visit Lorain County for a list of local guides. Stream angling maps are available at the Ohio Division of Wildlife site: click here.

You can also get up to date information on fishing, events and charters at the Lake Erie Fishing Facebook page:

The ‘gold’ of Lake Erie, yellow perch, provide angling opportunity from spring through fall. Spring months will find yellow perch closer to shore in search of spawning habitat. Beginning in September, schooling perch again move shoreward, only this time for their pre-winter feeding spree. Limit catches are generally the rule in Lorain County waters during spring and fall, yet limit catches are very common through out the summer in deeper waters.

Make Lorain County’s Lake Erie your angling destination; catch that trophy fish, and fill your freezer!

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