smallmouth Fishing Trip Packages and Pricing

Let our experienced guides take you on the trip of a lifetime, whether you are fly fishing solo, with your friends, or as part of a corporate retreat.

Great Lakes Smallmouth Bass

Here in NE Ohio, we are truly blessed to have such an incredible native smallmouth bass fishery. Lake Erie boasts one of the healthiest trophy smallmouth bass fisheries in the world. Pound-for-pound smallmouth, sometimes called “smallies” or “bronzebacks”, are some of the hardest-fighting fish in freshwater and are extremely apt to eat a fly! This fun filled fish can be targeted in a variety of ways and vastly different areas, we break them down into two distinct categories; Lake Run and Resident.

Lake Run Smallmouth Fishing (April-June)

Living near Lake Erie, we get an amazing opportunity each spring to target trophy-sized smallmouth bass in Lake Erie’s bays, break walls and beaches, as well as its tributaries. Reaching sizes of trophy stature (20+ inches), these giant Lake Run smallies emerge from the depths of the lake and make their way into the shallows and up the rivers to spawn. This annual migratory behavior allows us as anglers to target these awesome sportfish year after year.

Resident Smallmouth Fishing (May-October)​

Lake Erie’s tributaries, as well as other inland rivers, creeks and reservoirs, host stellar populations of smallmouth which stay inland year-round, thus why we call them residents. Fisheries toting both quality and quantity exist locally.

These beautiful, smart, and slow-growing fish are as sporting of a quarry as they come. One of the most fun fish to catch on the fly, resident smallmouth presents some amazing topwater opportunities. Known for their hard, drag-peeling fights and numerous leaps, inland bronzebacks earn their stripes as “the most sporting fish in North America.”

We target our amazing lake-run smallmouth in two ways:

Lake Fishing

Right in our backyard is a world-renowned smallmouth fishery that produces trophy-caliber fish every year. Smallmouth on the fly is one of the harder-fighting freshwater fish and it’s not uncommon for clients to hook into a TROPHY 5+ POUNDER. Our guides can put you on exceptional fishing either on the fly or with conventional tackle. Trips are out on Lake Erie or in one of the numerous bays, coves, or river mouths with one of our USCG-licensed guides.

River Fishing

As these trophy-caliber smallmouth head up our rivers, we also follow their migratory trip upstream. Casting streamers, crayfish patterns, or topwater flies for lake-run smallmouth offer incredible fishing opportunities inland as well. Trips are either by float boat or walk and wade on our local rivers.

Packages and Pricing

Walk/Wade

(Full Day)
$525
  • What’s included:
  • 2 Anglers
  • 1 ORVIS Guide
  • Snacks and bottled water
  • Additional Options:
  • Private water access - $100/angler
  • Wader rental - $25/angler
  • Boot rental - $25/angler
  • Extra Anglers - $100 each

Walk/Wade

(Half Day)
$375
  • What’s included:
  • 2 Anglers
  • 1 ORVIS Guide
  • Snacks and bottled water
  • Additional Options:
  • Private water access - $50/angler
  • Wader rental - $25/angler
  • Boot rental - $25/angler
  • Extra Anglers - $100 each

River Float

(Full Day)
$600
  • What’s included:
  • 2 Anglers
  • 1 ORVIS Guide
  • Snacks and bottled water
  • Additional Options:
  • Wader rental - $25/angler
  • Boot rental - $25/angler

Lake Boat

(Full Day)
$600
  • What’s included:
  • 2 Anglers
  • 1 ORVIS Guide
  • Snacks and bottled water
  • Additional Options:
  • Cold Lunch- $25/angler
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Lunch Options

Don’t want to pack a lunch? No problem. Lunch can be added to any of our trips allowing you to spend more time fishing.

Cold Lunch - $25 per angler

Sandwich or Soup with chips, fruit, & chocolate