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Welcome to Fish With Jim Outfitters

Vermilion River SteelheadFish With Jim Outfitters has spent the time and done the research for you on the most productive rivers and inland lakes in Northern Michigan, Northern Ohio and Pennsylvania. As a professional guide service we know how important your time is and how a great experience on the water can give you a much needed release from your daily grind. Fish With Jim Outfitters will give you the tools and knowledge to be in the top 10% of anglers that catch 90% of the fish!


Fish With Jim Outfitters uses a different approach than most guides, giving you simple and easy instructions from detecting the bite, to setting the hook, to reading the water - resulting in “Fish On!” Our guides have spent countless hours learning tricks to enticing fish to bite and can guarantee your best shot at having a successful day!


Jim is a friendly, enthusiastic guide who has served hundreds of happy fisher-people since 1998. Jim's fishing knowledge and love for the sport has consistently resulted in a successful day of fishing. Jim enjoys helping others catch fish as well as sharing the secrets that have given him a competitive edge over the competition. Your fishing party will be given Jim's personal attention and best effort to ensure a successful and enjoyable guided fishing experience.

Trips Starting at $99/Person

Walnut Creek Steelhead

Fall Steelhead Fishing - Starting in October - December Fish With Jim Outfitters offers quality guided trips in Northern Ohio and Pennsylvania's Steelhead Alley. Anglers can enjoy great days as this is the time when the London Strain of Steelhead run the Lake Erie Tributaries. We offer a variety of trip options and techniques.

Chagrin River Steelhead

Spring Steelhead Fishing - The Steelhead action continues at the end of February through April when thousands of Steelhead rush the rivers to spawn in Ohio. Anglers can enjoy huge days as this is the time when the bulk of the Little Manistee Strain of Steelhead run the Ohio Streams. We offer a variety of trip options and techniques.

Grand River Smallmouth Bass

Spring/Summer Smallmouth Bass Fishing - Guided river fishing trips for Smallmouth Bass in Northeast Ohio's Lake Erie Tributaries. Smallmouth Bass is a great way to enjoy Northern Ohio's rivers and for the most part it's an overlooked hotspot. All of the Lake Erie Tributaries in Northern Ohio have both resident and lake-run Smallmouth from May through August.

Featured Article

Surveying Ohio's Steelhead Scene


Vermilion, Ohio, — Fish a river enough and you'll learn spots where you can almost guarantee a strike. Steelhead guide Jim Chamberlin had that feeling about a stony point jutting from a black shale cliff that plunged into the Vermilion River a few miles upstream from Lake Erie.


Booking Your Trip


To expedite booking your trip we are asking you to fill out our contact us form. Please indicate what dates you are interested in along with all your contact information. We will be answering phone calls in the order they were received after we are off the water in the evenings and on our days off. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to fishing with you this season!


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Vermilion River Crappie
Spencer Lake Bluegill

Spring Crappie Fishing - Most people don't realize it, but Lake Erie’s south shore in the Spring harbors some really good sized crappies for anglers of all ages to enjoy.  Fish lower rivers, harbors and marshes with one of our guides in May for your chance to fill the freezer with the nations favorite panfish!

Summer Bluegill & Crappie Fishing - Enjoy a day on the water catching big Bluegill on Northern Ohio's inland lakes.  This trip is the perfect outing for people of all ages and a great way to introduce children to fishing.  Stock up the freezer with the largest average sized bluegills that we have personally caught.  You will also have the chance to catch crappie and bass on this outing.  Trips are available May through August.

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Boyne River Salmon

Northern Michigan Salmon, Steelhead & Trout - We offer guided river fishing trips for Salmon, Steelhead & Trout in the Boyne and Jordan Rivers. We visit these streams in the fall for Salmon, in the Winter and Spring for Steelhead and Trout.  Also in the Spring take advantage of the land-locked Atlantic Salmon fishing on the Clam River and Torch Lake.  We offer a variety of trip options and techniques.

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