From the height of summer to the depths of winter, River Valley Charters will show you Lake Ontario’s best fishing. It would be a shame to miss out on the incredible fish on offer. That’s why Captain Benjamin Roggie runs trips from his boat and offers ice fishing trips in the colder months. One of the youngest professional captains around, he’s managed to build his business through his commitment to getting customers on the fish and reeling in loads of them.

The 26’ Stamas cuddy cabin comes equipped with everything you need and more for a successful and comfortable day on that water. On board you’ll find all the necessary safety equipment, along with the latest Lowrance navigational gear. You’ll have a porta potty on board for your convenience, while the livewell will make sure to keep your bait fresh. Rest assured that you’ll be in for a safe, fun, and memorable day’s fishing.

Head out to the eastern basin of Lake Ontario for world-class fishing. The cold water fishery contains King Salmon, Lake Trout, and Brown Trout as the most common targets. Trophy-sized Trout in excess of 20 pounds are not uncommon on summer charters, and many anglers join the “20 lb Club” from the Stamas. Although you can target Salmon year-round, late summer through fall brings the most action-packed Salmon fishing, as King and Coho Salmon stage for spawn!

You’ll have your catch cleaned and prepared at the end of the trip, so you can relive the day and memories over a delicious meal that evening. The region is also rich in history and other forms of recreation. Capt. Ben will gladly assist in building a multi-day itinerary for you and your party upon request. You’ll be hard-pressed to find any company that goes as above and beyond as River Valley Charters. Come and see for yourself!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Bass/Pike/Walleye
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    $750
    From May 1st, you'll have the opportunity to target Pike and Walleye, while the Smallmouth Bass season commences on the 3rd Saturday of June. These fantastic creatures will do whatever possible to get off the end of the line, so you're in for a thrilling day trying to get them aboard, not to mention the delicious treat you're in for at the end of the day. Their meat is highly-prized, so you'll want to hook plenty of them aboard. Thankfully, you're in the right place to ensure that happens.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Salmon/Trout
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 1
    $750
    Delicious and exciting, Salmon and Trout are every angler's dream. They'll put up a strong fight to resist getting hooked onto the boat, while their meat will provide a tasty, filling meal at the end of the day – just what you deserve. Spending 8 hours on the water will give you the maximum chance of hitting your daily limit, so get ready for an intense but productive day aboard on the famous Great Lake.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Trout
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 24 - Jun 30
    $750
    Get out on Lake Ontario during the peak Trout fishing period. The season runs from the beginning of May through the end of June, and you'll target these tough-fighting and delicious species by trolling. Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout – they're all here. By spending 8 hours on the water you'll maximize your potential of reeling in a boatful and take home plenty to cook up for a delicious meal.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Bass/Pike/Walleye
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    $650
    Throughout the summer, you'll have the chance to head out on Lake Ontario and target exciting Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, and Walleye. These incredible fish are a favorite of anglers all over North America for their excellent game and delicious tasting qualities. Six hours on the lake is sure to get you reeling in these great creatures. Just note that the Pike and Walleye season begins May 1st, while Smallmouth Bass starts on the 3rd Saturday in June.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Salmon/Trout
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 1
    $650
    Spend 6 hours on Lake Ontario throughout the summer catching incredible Salmon and Trout. You'll head out first thing in the morning, as dawn breaks, to troll the rich waters and catch the first bite of these exciting and delicious fish. Try to reel in as many as possible to feed you and your family for a week or more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Trout
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 24 - Jun 30
    $650
    Lake and Brown Trout are at their peak during May and June in Lake Ontario. Make the most of this season and get out early in the morning to catch these exciting and delicious species. Six hours should be plenty of time with an experienced captain to reel in as many fish as possible, as you'll troll these productive waters to entice the bite.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Pike/Bass/Walleye (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 7 - Oct 1
    $650
    Troll the back bays of Lake Ontario's Eastern Basin for a variety of warm water fish. In previous seasons, this has been one of the hottest times of the year for Trophy Lake Ontario Walleye throughout the Eastern Basin! Trophy class Northern Pike, Pickerel, and Small Mouth Bass are also target species and give us the option to produce a "multi-species" day without having to pull rods and relocate!
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Pike/Bass/Walleye (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 7
    $650
    Troll the back bays of Lake Ontario's Eastern Basin for a variety of warm water fish. In previous seasons, this has been one of the hottest times of the year for Trophy Lake Ontario Walleye throughout the Eastern Basin! Trophy class Northern Pike, Pickerel, and Small Mouth Bass are also targeted species and give us the option to produce a "multi-species" day without having to pull rods and relocate!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Trout (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 7
    $650
    An afternoon trip for Spring Brown and Lake Trout! Brown Trout are typically the target species, however Salmon, Steelhead, and other gamefish are common. If the shallow water bite is slow, the deeper waters can provide steady rod action for Lake Trout if you prefer!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Trout & Salmon (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 25
    $650
    Half day afternoon fishing charter for Lake Trout and Salmon on Lake Ontario! Lake Trout fishing in the Eastern Basin of Lake Ontario from June through August is unmatched by any other area of the Lake! While Lake Trout are the primary target species in June and July, Kings are still common and caught regularly! Steelhead and Brown Trout are also occasionally taken on these trips!
  • Private trip
    Half Day "In Harbor" Trip – Weekend
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 7 (Sat, Sun)
    $500
    FishingBooker ONLY special! This is the perfect trip for those that prefer not to travel long distances in the boat, and want a shorter day on the water "closer to home" so to speak. This specific trip is an "in harbor" trip which means you'll remain in the Henderson Bay fishing warm water fish species. The day could consist of trolling, jigging, or both! Target species for this trip will be Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Smallmouth Bass, and Perch!
  • Private trip
    Half Day "In Harbor" Trip – Weekday
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 7 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $450
    FishingBooker ONLY special! This is the perfect trip for those that prefer not to travel long distances in the boat, and want a shorter day on the water "closer to home" so to speak. This specific trip is an "in harbor" trip which means you'll remain in the Henderson Bay fishing warm water fish species. The day could consist of trolling, jigging, or both! Target species for this trip will be Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Smallmouth Bass, and Perch!

About the Captain

Benjamin Roggie
Henderson, New York, United States
11 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
17 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since January 2019
I have been fishing the waters of NY since childhood, and have worked as a hunting & fishing guide or guide's assistant across 3 states since 2007. Unlike many of my competitors, this is not something I do part time, as a "hobby business," or as a way to finance my personal fishing recreation. Working as a guide, whether hunting or fishing, is my full time job and career. At almost half the age of most of my competitors, I was able to stand on my own two feet and do this for a living when the rest could not, even when they had twice the experience and time invested. That alone tells the story of my capabilities as captain, and my willingness to please my customers! I look forward to seeing you on the water this season so you can experience first hand what separates our boat from the rest of the fleet! Tight lines!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Brown Trout Brown Trout
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Perch (Yellow) Yellow Perch

Pike (Northern) Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Atlantic) Atlantic Salmon
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon

Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Stamas (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 1979. Powered by a 450HP Chevrolet 454 V8 engine.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Trolling
Jigging
Ice Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 60 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 60 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Part of our limit on lakers
King salmon
The big one...22 lb laker
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
87%
Friendly captain
93%
Recommend this charter
88%
Appropriate for children
67%
Satisfied with the boat
87%
Catch intended fish
67%
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Anita C.
De Peyster, New York
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Fishing with Benjamin

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Trout & Salmon (PM) on August 17, 2021
I selected this charter based on the web description.  We were not disappointed.  Of course, as in any fishing trips, patience...
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Larry T.
West Sand Lake, NY
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Full day with Capt Ben and mate Eric

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Salmon/Trout on August 20, 2021
Our second year going out with Ben and Eric. Could not have asked for a better day on the lake. While the walleye bite was...
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Scott M.
Waverly, NY
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Salmon/Trout on June 26, 2021
Ben communicated about the weather and expectations days prior to the trip. He explained what we were doing and why we were...
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Watertown, New York
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Full day trip !

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Bass/Pike/Walleye on June 22, 2021
Overall great experience. Huge weather change affected the fishing some, but the guys worked hard to get us on some good action.
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Mark B.
Roanoke, VA
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Salmon/Trout on July 27, 2021
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FAQs about River Valley Charters

River Valley Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day "In Harbor" Trip – Weekday (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day "In Harbor" Trip – Weekend (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Bass/Pike/Walleye (6 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Salmon/Trout (6 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Trout (6 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day – Pike/Bass/Walleye (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day – Pike/Bass/Walleye (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Trout (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Trout & Salmon (PM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Bass/Pike/Walleye (8 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Salmon/Trout (8 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Trout (8 hours)

When you book a trip with River Valley Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Porta Potty)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with River Valley Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

River Valley Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Ontario)

River Valley Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Ice Fishing

Top targeted fish species with River Valley Charters include:
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Pike (Northern)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Atlantic)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Walleye