Meet the Angler: Ronnie Rhodes

Jul 6, 2021

Lance Kozic

Long-time tournament angler, Ronnie Rhodes, comes from Sheffield Lake, Ohio. He has competed and successfully finished in many tournament series such as RCL, PWT, MWC, NWT and was the LEWT champion back in 2014.

Ronnie says he started tournament fishing back in 1998 after he first grew up mating on Lake Erie with his dad. During his interview, you are able to see the many plaques he has earned throughout his fishing career. After developing a passion and love for fishing, he decided to get his captain’s license so he could share some of his knowledge as a guide on Lake Erie. Although he loves fishing for walleye, Ronnie also enjoys multi-species fishing, center pinning for trout, and saltwater fishing in Cabo when he’s not practicing or competing for Head2Head’s Pro Walleye Series.

Ronnie’s home body of water is Lake Erie, which he also says is his favorite body of water. He has fished the Detroit River for many years and really looked forward to the first event of the PWS season which took place there. Ronnie thought that it would be a jigging bite for that event, but if there had been dirty water, handlining could come into play. He says he hasn’t been to some of the other bodies of water on the series this year and has been doing his homework on them during the winter.

When Ronnie isn’t on the water, you can find him spending time with his wife, Katie, and their two dogs. He has worked full-time at Ford for 28 years and says he currently works in the body shop there making the right side doors for pickup trucks.

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