Erie Doghouse Charters

Whether you’re looking to try hooking up a Walleye for the first time or are a seasoned freshwater veteran going for a personal best for Steelhead, Erie Doghouse Charters has a trip just for you!

Captain Tony Kesselring invites you to join him on board his 25’ Carolina Classic. She can hold 4 anglers fishing at the same time in comfort, thanks to her spacious deck. You won’t waste any time looking for fish, her onboard navigation and fishfinding system will quickly spot your targets. The boat is crafted to handle ocean waters and conditions, which means it’s perfectly suited to the diverse weather conditions on Lake Erie.

Capt. Tony will put you on the hottest bite on Lake Erie, whether that’s in the shallows or in the depths offshore. You’ll go for the famous Walleye, Steelhead, and Perch.

You will be provided with high-quality Okuma rods and a variety of lures from companies like Reef Runner, Bay Rat, and much more, switching it up as the season progresses.

A first mate is present to give you a hand with whatever you need and ensure that your trips are memorable! He works very hard and gratuity is greatly appreciated (20% is the local industry standard).

If you’re ready to see why Lake Erie has such a sterling reputation for freshwater fishing, book a trip with Erie Doghouse Charters! Just remember to bring your polarized sunglasses, food and drink, and Pennsylvania fishing license. Kids are always very welcome onboard.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Lake Trout (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 28 May
    $650
    up to 4 persons
    8-hour morning trip launching from North East or Lampe Marina. Captain will confirm the Lake Erie launch location with you after booking. Departing at 6:00am, returning to dock at 2:00pm unless limit is achieved more quickly. This trip is only available for a short period of time in early season- book now while you can!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Walleye (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 20 May - 1 Nov
    $650
    up to 4 persons
    This trip will take you in the bountiful waters of Lake Erie where you can target the gorgeous Walleye. As a special bonus, you can even hook up some Steelhead offshore August-September, but you need a Trout-stamped fishing license to keep them.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Walleye (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 20 May - 1 Nov
    $650
    up to 4 persons
    Spend the entire day going after the beautiful local Walleye! During the hot months (August-September) you can even find some Steelhead offshore. This trip will last for 8 hours or until you hit the limits, whatever comes first.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Walleye (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 20 May - 1 Nov
    $550
    up to 4 persons
    Dock to dock or til limit is achieved if sooner. Head out onto Lake Erie to target trophy Walleye and take home some tasty fish. You can catch Steelhead on these trips in the months of August-September when you are offshore so there may be a little bonus if lucky! Remember you need a PA fishing license with a Trout stamp to keep the bonus Steelhead.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Walleye (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 20 May - 1 Nov
    $550
    up to 4 persons
    This trip will last six hours or dock to dock or until you hit your limits. Head offshore to troll for Walleye in the lake's top spots. Between August and September, you can hook up Steelhead on this trip too. Remember that you need a valid PA fishing license with a Trout stamp to keep these pleasant surprises! As an added bonus, you can finish your trip by catching the beautiful sunset over Lake Erie.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Steelhead (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 31 Oct
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    Steelhead sniff the creeks in the fall to make their run and they stack up outside the mouths of the creeks. You'll troll shallow and these fish will put up a good fight!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Steelhead (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 31 Oct
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    This trip will take you after the gorgeous Steelhead that lurks in the mouths of the local creeks. You'll go trolling the shallow waters. All required equipment is provided by the captain.

About the Captain

Tony Kesselring
Fairview, Pennsylvania, United States
Angler's Choice
61 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
21 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2018
Love Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping

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Targeted Species

Perch (Yellow) Perch (Yellow)
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Carolina Classic (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1995. Powered by a 347HP Chevy 454 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 33 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.97
out of 5 stars from 21 reviews
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Rhue M.
Saint Paris, OH
 5.00
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Successful day!!

VERIFIED   July 5, 2019
Great trip with Captain Tony and first mate Caleb. We were on fish immediately - from perfect eaters to a handful of fat ones! ...
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Evening trip with Captain Tony

VERIFIED   September 7, 2019
What an EPIC trip. Half hour out, two hours on the fish and half hour back. Captain Tony had us on the fish as soon as we were...
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West Alexander, PA
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Walleye trip with the Doghouse and Capt Tony

VERIFIED   July 25, 2019
Fishing with the family.  3rd trips with Captain Tony and 3 walleye limits. 3 walleye over 6 lbs and a 6.5 lbs steelhead...
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Ronda K.
Pittsburgh, PA
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VERIFIED   August 3, 2019
Great trip for my husbands birthday. The captain and mate are fantastic. Highly recommend !!
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Rudy M.
Canal Winchester, OH
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Gone fishing!!!

VERIFIED   June 22, 2019
We had a blast..captain Tony very cool dude..and his mate could not have been better!!!
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Fishing Reports

A lot of walleye

September 16, 2019

Fishing is still red hot out of Erie Read Full Report →


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