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 6 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
    3/4 Day Trip - Walleye (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 20 - Nov 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    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 Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 20 - Nov 1
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    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
    Full Day Trip - Lake Trout (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - May 31
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    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!
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About the Captain

Tony Kesselring
Fairview, Pennsylvania, United States
65 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
38 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2018
Love Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping

About this listing

Targeted Species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
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 496 stroker engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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
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
Photos by reviewers (35)
4.97
out of 5 stars from 38 reviews
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Experience
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+32
Angler Rating
34
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Elijah E.
Hookstown, PA
 5.00
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Great day!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Walleye (PM) on August 1, 2020
Captain Tony and his first mate Anthony are the real deal! The day started a little rough due to weather and a slow bite. They...
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Eric D.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 5.00
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Great day!!!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Walleye (AM) on July 21, 2020
captain Tony and his mate ryan work as hard as they can to get you walleye. Captain tony is an expert.  He is skilled,...
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Scott M.
Pittsburgh, PA
 5.00
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Morning trip with Tony

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Walleye (AM) on July 9, 2020
Had an awesome trip on a flat as glass lake. Captain and mate were very friendly and accommodating. Had our limit in 3 hours...
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Gerald S.
Canfield, OH
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Afternoon Trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Walleye (PM) on August 15, 2020
Great experience had alot of fun Captain Tony and Anthony were helpful an very knowledgeable. Cant wait to go again soon!
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Susan F.
Wilpen, PA
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Great Morning

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Walleye (AM) on July 6, 2020
Beautiful day on Lake Erie! Caught our limit by 10:30am! Captain Tony was awesome, he stuck to his plan and we caught fish...
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