If you want to get out onto the water and snag some fish during your trip to Put-in-Bay, let Captain Bruce and Captain Steve help you do it on their Lake Erie fishing charters. Between the two, they bring 50 years of experience with fishing charters to Put-in-Bay Charter Fishing. Their business is helping you land the big one, and they’ll do so by sharing all the knowledge they’ve acquired over the years about the migration patterns of the game fish of Lake Erie. If there’s a secret spot anywhere near the island, they know it, and they’ll take you there. They are fully insured and licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and the State of Ohio.

There are half-day and full-day packages available at Put-in-Bay Charter Fishing. And if you’re looking for the VIP experience, ask about the Executive Package. This comes with beers and soft drinks, as well as a lunch out on the water for some great sightseeing. You will need to provide your own cooler, but for a fee, they will clean your catch so you can enjoy it for dinner on the island. Also, don’t forget that Ohio fishing license. If you need one, stop by the Wharfside, where they have them for sale.

Fishing Around Put-in-Bay

Despite the island chain being called the Bass Islands, Bass is not the fish you will encounter most frequently. That would be the Lake Erie Walleye. In fact, the area has earned its nickname, The Walleye Capital of the World! There is plenty of Bass around as well, particularly Smallmouth Bass. That name did not come from nowhere after all. Some of the other fish you may land are rock bass, crappie, catfish, and perch. Perch features many menus at different restaurants and bars on Put-in-Bay Island.

Check out Put-in-Bay Charter Fishing Service’s website here. There you can find their Lake Erie fishing charters prices. If you can’t find the answer to your question there, give them a call at (419) 341-2805. Both Captains are Put-in-Bay residents, so they stand prepared to answer any of your questions about their offerings and the fishing up at the Bay!


Brant B: “My brother, myself, and our 3 combined sons had an experience we won’t ever forget. When we do it again, we will definitely call Bruce to set it up. Excellent communication leading up to the trip and through delivering our cleaned Walleye. Very organized and good boat and equipment. Steve is the best charter boat captain I’ve had whether at Lake Erie, Gulf of Mexico, or off the Atlantic coast. Very knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and just fun to work with.”

Brianna R: “Just got back from Put-in-Bay and took two half days with Captain Steve, was hands down the best time of the whole trip! Steve knew exactly where we needed to be because we hit our limit on both trips. We are an easy-going group and we have fished Lake Erie many times with different charters, but we will be working with Captain Bruce & Steve again for our next trip. Thanks again for making it a memorable experience!”

Mitchell S: “The only fishing charter I’ll ever use in Put In Bay! My family and I go to Put-in-Bay at least once a year for vacation. I bought my father our first fishing charter for Christmas this past year. I scheduled it with Captain Bruce in November, and he kept in touch with me throughout the next several months until we went on the trip in April. Had some bad weather that day, but Bruce kept us safe and let us go out once the conditions were right. Once we got started fishing, one of my brothers got seasick. They were EXTREMELY accommodating, letting us drop him off at shore and they took us back out. Since we spent so much of the day sailing around to accommodate the sick brother, they cut the price down for us! We had a great time and can’t wait to do it again with them. Thanks, Bruce and Steve!! From Mitch and the guys.”

Exploring the Island

There are many ways to start exploring the great Put-in-Bay attractions here on South Bass Island. You can take the tour train that starts their expedition at the Miller Ferry drop-off. The tour train will take you to all of the most important spots on the island including Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial so you can learn about the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie. You’ll also be able to see downtown Put-in-Bay, some Put-in-Bay wineries and grape fields, South Bass Island State Park, The Chocolate Museum, Derivera Park and so much more! 

Another option is to explore the Island on your own terms in your own Put-in-Bay golf cart rental. Check out our antique car museum, the Put-in-Bay airport, or our great Put-in-Bay restaurants. Head over to Perry’s Cave to go gemstone mining, play some miniature golf, or challenge yourself to get through the maze at Fort Amaze’n. We also recommend going to Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial to go up on the observation deck for some spectacular views. Then head over to the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society and visitor center to learn some amazing things about the monument and island history. 

The nightlife is not the only fun to be had on South Bass Island. Whether you arrive on the island via Put-in-Bay ferry, like the Miller Ferry or Jet Express, Put-in-Bay airport, or even Jet Ski you’ll be sure to have a fantastic time while you’re here. During your next getaway take a Put-in-Bay taxi or Put-in-Bay golf cart rental to the South Bass Island Lighthouse, The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, The Boardwalk, or the lakeside South Bass Island State Park. We also have two major cave tours on the island (Crystal Cave and Perry’s Cave). As well as two major Put-in-Bay wineries (Heineman’s Winery and the Put-in-Bay Winery). Take a nice stroll down Catawba Ave, Delaware Ave, or stop and get some ice cream at the Chocolate Museum. 

One must-see on the island is Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial by downtown Put-in-Bay. This monument is one of the most important sights to see on the island! Right near Derivera Park, the monument is named after Oliver Hazard Perry during the war of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie. At the monument they also have an observation deck that you can go out on and see everything surrounding PIB, like Gibraltar Island. They often also have live reenactments right in the grass outside of the monument. One of the best Put-in-Bay family-friendly activities on the island is Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center. Choose from a variety of kid-friendly activities at the Family Fun Center like mini-golf, gem mining, the Butterfly House, a rock climbing wall and more! Boaters usually come down to fish for some fresh Lake Erie Walleye. Stay for one of our Put-in-Bay events like Pyrate weekend or Jeep Fest. Play a couple holes at the golf course, kayak the Bay, or check out a couple of our great Put-in-Bay restaurants. Come explore all of the things to do here at Put-in-Bay! 



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