Pork Chop Express Charters

Pork Chop Express Charters is here to help you catch your personal best, trophy-size Walleye and Perch. This Great Lakes charter service provides fishing trips on Lake Erie in Ohio. Captain Sam Downing (Pork Chop) primarily covers water from Port Clinton to Huron. He loves teaching people how to fish, helping them create lifelong memories, and showing them the quality of fishing in this area.

The boat you’ll be fishing from is a 2017 North River Seahawk. This 27’ aluminum boat accommodates up to 6 guests and there’s enough room for everybody to fish at the same time. She’s fully equipped with a Garmin Electronics package and top safety gear. As she’s powered by a strong 300 HP Yamaha engine, rest assured you’ll reach your fishing spot quickly.

Capt. Sam trailers the boat so you can use docks between Oak Harbor and Lorain, depending on where the fish are located, the time of year, and the weather. You will know ahead of time what will be the meeting point for your trip. Pickup is available upon request at an extra charge.

You can troll, drift, cast or jig (in the spring) – the choice is yours. You can also choose the time that suits you best – morning, afternoon, and night trips are available.

The captain provides everything needed for fishing from rods and reels to bait. Catch cleaning and filleting is included in the price for Walleye only. You’ll need to bring your fishing license, proper clothing, food and drinks, and a cooler for them. Don’t forget motion sickness medicine if you know you’ll need it.

From complete novices and the kids to experienced pros, you’ll have a great day fishing with Pork Chop Express in search of some Lake Erie gold.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Executive Charter (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $600
    Includes boxed lunch, cooler with soda of choice and water, all fish filleted and bagged, and a pork chop express t-shirt for each person.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Walleye/Perch Combo
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 15 - Oct 15
    $500
    This full day trip will give you the best chances of catching Walleye and Perch. We will troll for Walleye and then jig for Perch. All bait and tackle will be provided and all Walleye will be filleted for you. This is a great combo trip offered Aug thru October.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Night Trip – Walleye (MAX 4)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 17 - Nov 28
    $450
    Three to 4 person night trolling trip for Walleye. This trip includes all tackle, bait, and Walleye filleting. The fall is a good time to night fish. Walleye are natural night feeders and stay very active at night. You'll light up the small planer boards and send them out with body baits and watch the boards go back as the fish hit the baits. It is a lot of fun!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Aug 1
    $400
    The captain will clean and fillet your catch after the trip, so you can expect a well-earned meal once you get off the boat. Purchase your fishing license on time. The captain will prepare your fishing equipment.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Walleye (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $400
    This 6-hour adventure will take you targeting Walleye. The captain will clean and fillet your catch after the trip, so make sure you bring ziplock bags and a cooler to take the catch home. Purchase your fishing license on time.
  • Private trip
    Special 2 Person Trip (Sunset)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $400
    Special 2 person trip for Walleye 4 hours dock to dock. All bait, tackle and gear provided. All Walleye filleted.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 15
    $375
    Spend this afternoon targeting Walleye with different techniques. Depending on the season, you can try trolling, drift fishing, or trolling. Bring your fishing license, food, and drinks. The captain will clean your catch after the trip free of charge.
  • Private trip
    Special 2 Person Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $375
    Special 2 person trip for Walleye 4 hours dock to dock all bait, tackle and gear provided. All Walleye filleted.
  • Private trip
    Special 2 Person Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 15
    $375
    Special 2 person trip for Walleye 4 hours dock to dock. All bait, tackle and gear provided. All Walleye filleted.
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About the Captain

Samuel Downing
Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio, United States
282 Fishing Reports
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43 Customer Reviews
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Member since June 2019
I grew up in western Pennsylvania and was introduced to hunting and fishing as soon as I was old enough to hold a rod and a gun. I remember fishing trips with my dad to the Allegheny River to night fish for suckers and cat fish as a little boy. Then moved on to wading the streams fishing for Trout, learning the finesse techniques of fly fishing, and the patience involved with the sport. As I grew older, we ventured to the great lakes in New York and Pennsylvania to fish for Salmon and Steelhead creating great memories. Then I went into the Air Force and ended up stationed in North Dakota where I was exposed to Walleye fishing on Devils Lake. I fell in love with the challenges of catching Walleye. Several years later I ended up living in Michigan surrounded by tremendous Walleye fishing opportunities. I purchased a Lund boat, gained knowledge and experience and decided to upgrade to my North River and get a charter license to share what I have learned.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Perch (Yellow) Perch (Yellow)
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

North River (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
27 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
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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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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8 hour walk eye charter with Captain Sam

VERIFIED   NEW  8 Hour Trip – Walleye/Perch Combo on August 18, 2021
We had a great time with Sam!  He was very knowledgeable and was awesome to chat with.  He did a great job keeping us fishing...
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North Canton, Ohio
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Half day trip for walleye

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM) on June 17, 2021
If you want to catch walleye this captain and charter are extremely knowledgeable. The boat is very spacious and safe. I have...
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Fantastic Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Special 2 Person Trip (AM) on August 19, 2021
What a fantastic fishing experience, this guy knows what he is doing. Caught our limit in our 4 hour trip. Want to catch walleye?...
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Half day on Potk Chop Express

VERIFIED   Special 2 Person Trip (PM) on June 11, 2021
Sam was very knowledgeable about the area and where the fish were biting and we landed a 29 inch walleye and a couple of other...
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM) on September 25, 2020
Booked the trip at the last minute.  Captain Samuel worked with me to meet my schedule.  Customer service, boat and equipment...
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FAQs about Pork Chop Express Charters

Pork Chop Express Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $375 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM) (4 hours)
  • $375 per group - Special 2 Person Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $375 per group - Special 2 Person Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM) (6 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Walleye (AM) (6 hours)
  • $400 per group - Special 2 Person Trip (Sunset) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $125 per person after 3 guests - 8 Hour Night Trip – Walleye (MAX 4) (8 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Walleye/Perch Combo (8 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $150 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Executive Charter (AM) (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Pork Chop Express Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Porta potty with privacy curtain)
  • GPS (Garmin)
  • Fishfinder (Garmin)
  • Live Bait Well (Two live wells)
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (Auto pilot on main and kicker)

Trips booked with Pork Chop Express Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Okuma)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Walleye only not perch)

Pork Chop Express Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Erie from Port Clinton to Lorain )

Pork Chop Express Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling (We troll for walleye with off shore boards)
  • Spinning (We cast for walleye with weight forward spinners)
  • Jigging (We jig for walleye and perch)
  • Drift Fishing (We drift with weapons rigs and bottom bouncers)

Top targeted fish species with Pork Chop Express Charters include:
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Walleye