Join Fish Whisperer Charters and get ready to troll for giant fish on Lake Erie with Captain Ben Patkus. With over 4 decades of experience, Capt. Ben has perfected the fine art of lake trolling and invites you to join him for a fun, relaxing day on the water. You’ll learn new techniques, catch some delicious fish, and have your catch cleaned and filleted so it’s ready for the grill once you get home!

Your boat for the day is a spacious 25’ Parker pilothouse, equipped with top-of-the-line electronics and fishfinding capabilities. She also comes with outriggers, downriggers, planer boards, a fighting chair, wireless trolling motor, and an array of state-of-the-art rods and reels. You’ll have a flybridge so you can enjoy the beautiful view, an enclosed porta-potty, and a spacious deck that accommodates 6 guests at a time.

Capt. Ben specializes in trolling using cutting-edge tackle to search for actively feeding fish. He knows all the honey holes and sweet spots to put you in the right place at the right time. Your main target species are Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Rainbow Trout.

On Capt. Ben’s trips, you can expect an interactive experience with a knowledgable, friendly, and patient guide. He loves teaching beginners the basics and seeing them catch their very first fish. He believes there is no greater feeling of accomplishment than getting his customers hooked and making them smile.

Everything you need is included, such as rods, reels, lures, and more. Just be sure to purchase your fishing license before the trip and arrive 20 minutes prior to departure.

Bring a cooler for your drinks and snacks, pack up some extra layers of clothing, and get ready for a fun day of fishing on Lake Erie! Book your next trip with Fish Whisperer Charters and let Capt. Ben put you on the fish!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Weekend (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 30 (Sat, Sun)
    $358
    Invite the family for an exciting adventure and get ready to catch some delicious fish on Lake Erie! You'll be able to target a range of freshwater species, including Walleye, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout. Your rods and reels are included in the price, so just pick up a fishing license before the trip and the rest will be covered! Also, feel free to bring a cooler for snacks and drinks and get ready to fill the captain's boat with fish!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Weekend (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 30 (Sat, Sun)
    $358
    Spend the afternoon trolling on Lake Erie and catch yourself some dinner for the family! Your main targets species are Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch. Tackle is included, so all you need to get is your fishing license and arrive 20 minutes prior to departure. Bring a cooler with food and drinks and be sure to pack extra layers of clothing. Book today and get ready to land some incredible fish with Fish Whisperer Charters!
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About the Captain

Ben Patkus
Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada
Angler's Choice
4 Fishing Reports
12 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2019
Captain Ben Patkus grew up in Port Burwell, ON and spent most of his childhood fishing Lake Erie. He fell in love with the nature in his backyard and became fascinated with the diversity of wildlife that this area hosts. Over the decades, he’s become an expert in targeting Perch, Trout, Pickerel, and many other freshwater species. He specializes in trolling and knows all the best feeding spots to have you on fish in no time! Capt. Ben puts safety above everything else. He’s Transport Canada certified in MEDA3, SVOP, Marine First Aid, and CPR and his boat is fully equipped with all the necessary safety gear you’d need for a safe and stress-free trip.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Bass (Largemouth)
Bass (Smallmouth) Bass (Smallmouth)
Crappie Crappie
Perch (Yellow) Perch (Yellow)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Sunfish Sunfish
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Parker (Pilothouse) originally built in 2004. Powered by 2 150HP Evinrude G2 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures

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
American Express
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

Customer Reviews

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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
83%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Sonny E.
Mossley, ON
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Half day fishing trip with Captain Ben and Bill

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Weekday (morning) on August 31, 2020
This was the first time my son and I had been on a fishing charter.  I have to say Captain Ben and Bill were absolutely amazing. ...
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Toronto, Ontario
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VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip – Weekend (PM) on July 4, 2021
A superior day, with helpful knowledgeable Captain Ben. Will definitely book again soon.
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Burr A.
Strathroy, ON
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Half day trip with Captain Ben

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Weekday (Evening) on August 4, 2020
My buddy and I went out fishing for walleyes with Captain Ben on August 5, 2020. We caught 10 eyes and they were all beauties...
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Port Dover, ON
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Half day with Captain Ben.

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Weekday (Evening) on September 14, 2020
This was my wife’s first charter and we both really enjoyed both trips with Captain Ben. Ben explained everything he did...
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Toronto, ON
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Weekday (Evening) on September 10, 2020
My wife and I enjoyed our charter. My wife caught her first rainbow, and I hooked into an old boot, lol. We are looking forward...
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FAQs about Fish Whisperer Charters

Fish Whisperer Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • CA $450 per group, additional CA $100 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Weekend (AM) (6 hours)
  • CA $450 per group, additional CA $100 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Weekend (PM) (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Fish Whisperer Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Enclosed porta-potty )
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Fish Whisperer Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures

Fish Whisperer Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing

Fish Whisperer Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle (Lead core, planer boards, dipsy divers, & more! )
  • Bottom Fishing (for Perch)
  • Trolling
  • Jigging ( for Perch)

Top targeted fish species with Fish Whisperer Charters include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Crappie
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye