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Lake Erie Perch-fishing Tips and Etiquette

Common courtesy when coming up on a pack of boats is really appreciated. Never anchor too close or off someone’s bow. Anchoring behind someone or off to the side about 50 yards or so is proper etiquette. You have to be patient for perch. On Noah’s Ark Charters we anchor and wait. On most trips you start out with a few white perch, then a few small yellow perch then the occasional sheep-head. If they are around the bigger perch will come in and take over the bite. We usually never move unless we hear a better report from a fellow fisherman.

Perch really like a light to moderate chop and are then really aggressive. When the wind dies down the bite is really tough. Start your blower and it will attract the perch back to biting. Perch love noise. The big perch can be tricky to hook especially when they are biting light. Using perch spreaders or perch rigs with live or frozen emerald shiners are the best bait. If you happen to be using frozen minnows because live ones are hard to find, keep them frozen in a small cooler and just bring them out as you use them. A half minnow will catch just as big a perch as a whole minnow and they are harder for the jumbos to steal. Many of the bait stores have them. Erie-outfitters always keeps a good supply. Once they get soft you can let them dry out in the sun. They get leathery and are just as productive as when frozen. When the bite is really tough and light and you’re getting cleaned we nickname you “Empty Hooks”. To avoid this let your line down and let some slack in it. Count to 10 and then slowly lift up. When you feel the extra weight set the hook with a quick lift. Don’t jerk too hard or you will pull the hook right out of their mouths. Perch can be also caught from the break-walls and piers in the fall. Best times are early in the morning and towards evening. The limit is 30 per person on Lake Erie.

We’re cranking out walleye right now, but the perch fishing will be excellent in the fall until the water ices over.

Good fishing to all!
Captain Moses

What People Are Saying

  • Captain Moses and Noah’s Ark is the best walleye and perch charter boat on Erie. Very professional and knows the lake better than the back of his hand. Reasonable prices and great teacher of novice anglers and seasoned fishing vets alike.

    - David Baringer
  • My 86 y.o dad and my son have had wonderful and memorable fishing trips with Captain Yonkers and his first mate (son) each year. We look forward to it and it has become an annual tradition as part of our Fourth of July Liu Family Reunion. Moreover we catch the big walleyes!

    - James Liu
  • Both times my husband, friends and I went fishing with Captain Moses, we limited out! I would characterize both outings as highlights of our summer. Captain Moses knows all the hot spots, and is so friendly and accommodating. He genuinely wants everyone to have a fabulous time and that really comes across. A Noah’s Ark charter is a fabulous way to spend a beautiful summer day on Lake Erie.

    - Laurie H.
  • If you want a “fishing trip” there are a lot of Charter outfits to choose from. If you want a “fishing experience” go with Captain Moses at Noah’s Ark Charters. You will not only catch fish on a first rate boat with the best captain on the lake but you will walk away with a new friend.

    - Bill P.
  • Capt. Moses is the best on Lake Erie!  We have booked a number of trips and caught a ton of fish every time.  Even when conditions were not ideal Capt. Moses works really hard to make sure you catch fish and have a great time!  I would recommend Noah’s Ark Charters to anyone looking to catch fish.

    - Mike DeMoss
  • You are the greatest captain of the high seas. You make my mom’s annual fishing trip the most enjoyable experience due to the death of my dad and having to give up the family fishing boat.

    - Russell H.
  • The nicest Captain on Lake Erie. No one better at finding the perch. Years of success fishing the waters of Lorain, Ohio for perch and walleye. Beautiful boat, always feel comfortable and safe when aboard. Captain Moses makes everyone feel like a part of his family. Wonderful location in a beautiful harbor with quick access to Lake Erie.

    - Richard B.
  • Fishing on Noah’s Ark is so much more than fishing, it’s an experience. Captain Moses is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced captain’s on Lake Erie. His number one priority is everyone’s safety and that everyone has the best possible time they can have. He cares deeply about everyone who goes on his boat. If you catch 1 fish or 50 fish, one thing is for sure – you are going to have a blast. If you want an experience that is top notch from start to finish – Noah’s Ark is your boat and Captain Moses is your guy.

    - Nate Taylor
  • I’ve had the pleasure of being on a number of fishing charters using Noah’s Ark Charters. If you are looking for a Great fishing experience I’d strongly recommend Captain Moses and his Charter Services. He has a passion for fishing and is extremely knowledgeable. Nobody can guarantee limiting out or a good fishing day but Captain Moses increases your chances greatly. When others strike out he seems to have a productive day. For me, Noah’s Ark Charters is the best choice out there!

    - Bob Lea

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