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Certified Guides

Erie PrOH is a voluntary certification course for fishing guides and crew members who work on Lake Erie

Erie PrOH Certified

Erie PrOH is NOT a substitution for the USCG Merchant Mariner Credential or Ohio Division of Wildlife Lake Erie Fishing Guide License, which are required to guide fishing trips on Ohio’s Lake Erie. This list solely indicates successful completion of the Erie PrOH certification. It’s good practice to confirm that any Lake Erie guide that you hire is properly licensed and insured.


The Erie PrOH Certification program was developed in collaboration with Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. (Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife) and guided by an advisory committee and a working group.

Advisory Committee

Larry Fletcher, Shores and Islands Ohio
Neil Stein, Remarkable Lake County, Ohio
Paul Pacholski, Lake Erie Charter Boat Association
Tom Banyas, North Coast Charter Boat Association
Sarah Orlando, Ohio Clean Marinas Program

Working Group/Authors

Ohio Sea Grant

Tory Gabriel, Extension Program Leader
Chris Winslow, Director
Jill Bartolotta, Extension Educator
Angela Greene, Education Specialist

ODNR- Division of Wildlife

Scott Hale, Executive Administrator of Fish
Matt Leibengood, Supervisor, Lake Erie Law
Travis Hartman, Lake Erie Fisheries Program Administrator
Eric Weimer, Supervisor, Sandusky Fisheries Research Unit
Abigail Rhodebeck, Marketing Coordinator, Education and Outreach

Ohio Travel Association

Melinda Huntley, Executive Director