What is Erie PrOH?
This certification is NOT a substitution for the annual Lake Erie Fishing Guide license required by the Ohio Division of Wildlife to guide fishing trips on Lake Erie. To apply for this license and to learn more about becoming a licensed Lake Erie Fishing Guide, please visit Lake Erie Fishing Guide & Boat Captains | Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
What is an Erie PrOH certified guide?
Certification recognizes fishing guides for using fishing and boating techniques that contribute to a healthy environment and sustainable fisheries. Certification may help distinguish a fishing guide’s business, increase booking rates, and enhance market visibility, while helping to create a business reputation known for responsible Lake Erie stewardship.
Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio Division of Wildlife view fishing guides as potential ambassadors for environmental stewardship. Clients will learn about sustainable fishing and boating practices, carrying this with them on future outdoor experiences and potentially sharing these practices with friends, family, and the next generation of anglers.
An Erie PrOH certified guide:
- has detailed knowledge about topics and issues that affect Lake Erie.
- can act as a responsible steward of Lake Erie.
- can help others understand the importance of enjoying and protecting Lake Erie.
- holds certification for five years after Erie PrOH course completion.
- will receive an Erie PrOH vessel sticker to display for customers.
- will have access to curated resources provided by Lake Erie-focused professionals that will help when communicating science to customers.
- will be designated, recognized, and promoted as “Erie PrOH Certified” on a webpage hosted by Ohio Sea Grant.