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.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • 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
    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
    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
21 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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
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.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Justin C.
East Lansing, Michigan
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Half day in May

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on May 3, 2021
We had an awesome afternoon with Captain Joe.  We had two ten year olds fishing in our group and Joe was very patient while...
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Gary K.
Wixom, Michigan
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Afternoon charter with Joe

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on May 11, 2021
Had a great day with captain Joe.  Highly recommend Joe; we battled a few rain cells and high winds but he kept us on the...
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Joe M.
Grand Rapids, MI
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Morning trip with Captain Joe

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 13, 2021
We scheduled our trip from 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. We limited out by 7:30 a.m. We kept fishing for a bit and really enjoyed the entire...
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Robert L.
Traverse City, MI
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Half day with Pappys

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on May 4, 2021
Had a great time and caught lots of fish very pleased with the whole experience and can’t wait to book another trip.Thanks...
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Joanne G.
Pinckney, MI
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Fishing with Joe

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on May 21, 2021
Awesome time catching walleye
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FAQs about Pappy's Charter Service

Pappy's Charter Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (5 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (7 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