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
    Afternoon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 31 - Jun 12
    $400
    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.
  • Private trip
    Morning Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 31 - Jun 12
    $400
    With this 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.
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About the Captain

Joe Pappas
Wyandotte, Michigan, United States
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29 Customer reviews
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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) Smallmouth Bass
Bass (White) White Bass
Perch (Yellow) Yellow Perch
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
5 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Detroit River
Lake Fishing
Lake Erie

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

GPS
Lowrance
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
All Star, Falcon, Pinnacle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Granola bars, Packaged snacks
Drinks
Water

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

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

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 29 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Morning trip with captain Joe of Pappys Charter Service
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Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
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Paul M.
Kalamazoo, MI
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Morning trip with captain Joe of Pappys Charter Service

VERIFIED   Morning Trip on April 25, 2022
First time on Detroit River. Captain Joe was great with a group of novices. Very friendly and helpful. Knowledgeable with a...
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Randy D.
Coldwater, MI
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Afternoon trip with captain Joe

VERIFIED   Afternoon Trip on April 14, 2022
Knowledgeable captain who put us on fish in very difficult conditions. Obviously enjoys what he’s doing.
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Louis M.
Robbins, IL
Excellent
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Trip with Capt joe

VERIFIED   Afternoon Trip on May 27, 2022
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John E.
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Afternoon Trip on June 11, 2022
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Dave C.
Ottawa, IL
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Fishing with Joe

VERIFIED   Afternoon Trip on April 9, 2022
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FAQs about Pappy's Charter Service

Pappy's Charter Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Afternoon Trip (6 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Morning Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Pappy's Charter Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Lowrance
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Pappy's Charter Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (All Star, Falcon, Pinnacle)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Granola bars, Packaged snacks)
  • Drinks (Water)

Pappy's Charter Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Detroit River)
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Erie)

Pappy's Charter Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Pappy's Charter Service include:
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Bass (White)
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Walleye