Pappy's Charter Service

Pappy’s Charter Service is a freshwater fishing charter that offers spring trips on the Detroit River and Lake Erie. Captain Joe Pappas has spent most of his life fishing the local waters, and it’s safe to say he knows the water like the back of his hand. His aim is to provide his guests with the most memorable day on the water as possible.

Joe’s boat is a brand new 22’ Lund 2175 Pro V that was built in 2020. The vessel is powered by a 300 HP Mercury Pro XS engine that can have it speeding at up to 45 knots. This ensures you’ll be on the fishing grounds in no time at all. It’s got all the necessary safety equipment, navigation electronics, and a livewell for storing bait.

Lake Erie is the world’s largest freshwater fishery, and it attracts droves of anglers from all over the country. Captain Joe specializes in fishing the lake for Walleye and Perch, as well as Walleye and White Bass on the Detroit River. Your standard Lake Erie trip is sure to consist of a good amount of trolling and drift fishing, simply because it’s the best way to get results.

Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of a trip, as well as complimentary water and snacks. Once the trip is over, the captain will clean the catch for your convenience. Make sure to have a valid fishing license with you, as well as a pair of polarized sunglasses, and you’re all set.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 31 - May 20
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    With a full day trip, you have plenty of time to visit the best fishing spots around for Spring Walleye, and Joe knows just where those are. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome, as he is happy to assist you every step of the way. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 31 - Jun 2
    $300
    price breakdown
    $300
    This trip involves fishing the Detroit River for Walleye and White Bass. An afternoon trip is a great option for anyone who's not a big fan of early morning fishing. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are provided in the price of the trip. Please make sure to bring a valid fishing license and a pair of polarized sunglasses.
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About the Captain

Joe Pappas
Wyandotte, Michigan, United States
Angler's Choice
9 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2018
Captain Joe Pappas grew up in Wyandotte, MI, and has spent most of his life fishing the Detroit River, Lake Erie, and Lake St. Clair. He began his fishing career right after getting a bachelors degree in HVAC Engineering Technology, fishing several local Walleye and Bass Tournaments. After winning a major tournament on Lake Erie in Buffalo, NY, he decided to completely devote himself to becoming a charter captain.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Smallmouth) Bass (Smallmouth)
Bass (White) Bass (White)
Perch (Yellow) Perch (Yellow)
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Lund 2175 Pro v (Angler) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 300HP Mercury Pro XS engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.96
out of 5 stars from 9 reviews
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100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Jason H.
Cincinnati, OH
 4.67
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   May 11, 2020
I would recommend to anyone I know. We had a great experience. Great captain and his experience shined on our trip. We were...
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Mike R.
Mitchell, IN
 5.00
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Half Day Detroit River Walleye

VERIFIED   May 9, 2018
Hands down the best charter fishing I’ve ever experienced!!  Joe is a fantastic guy-I can’t say enough good...
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Danny W.
Ridgway, CO
 5.00
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What a catch day we had

VERIFIED   May 21, 2019
Limited out in two hours after we caught the walleye Joe took us out to one of his favorite spots for white Bass. We caught...
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Louis M.
Midlothian, Illinois
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Half day trip with Joe. May 6 2019

VERIFIED   May 6, 2019
.Joe took time to tell us how to catch walleyes, when on the water,took time to make sure we’re doing it right therefore...
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Chad B.
Troy, Michigan
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Great day!

VERIFIED   April 5, 2019
We recently chartered with Captain Pappas and had a great time. Joe was a great guy and wonderful with our 9 year old. We’ve...
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