Join Water Fox Charters for an exciting day on Lake Erie. Captain Gary has been fishing in the area since 1982. He gained lots of fishing experience all over the country but there’s one thing he kept coming to – Lake Erie and Walleye fishing. He’s passionate about his job and there’s not a day he’s not on the water. You can join him anytime you want and learn from him.

Capt. Gary’s charter accommodates up to 6 anglers for trolling and casting trips. You’ll be fishing on a 28.5’ Baha Hardtop. She’s powered by a 454 HP Volvo Penta engine and will get you to your fishing spot in no time.

You’ll target Walleye and Yellow Perch. The techniques you’re using depend on the season. No matter what trip you take, they are suitable for all skill levels. You can cast your line for the first time or catch fish for the 100th time – it’s always exciting on Lake Erie. Walleye are excellent table fare and you can keep 6 fish per person. Cleaning is being extra charged.

You’ll be provided with Okuma fishing equipment, lures, and bait. You can purchase your fishing license online or at the dock. Bring some snacks and drinks for the day or even your fishing equipment if you prefer it.

Water Fox Charters offers flexible fishing trips year round. Get in touch and book your spot!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Cast or Troll (PM) 3:00-9:30 Sunset
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $425
    This is a cast, troll, or combo trip. You'll fish from 3 p.m. till dark. We do Walleye and Perch with a very good catch rate.
  • Private trip
    Troll/Cast Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 11 - Mar 31 (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $425
    You can troll or cast for Walleye and Yellow Perch. Right out of Turtle Creek a short ride out of the channel, and you'll find yourself right in the middle of this awesome fishery. Don't forget to purchase your fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Spring Jig Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - May 10 (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $385
    We will be fishing the finest jig bite on the Lake Erie reef complex. Right out of Turtle Creek a short ride out of the channel and we are right in the middle of this awesome fishery. This trip accommodates up to 6 anglers.
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About the Captain

Gary Bendele
Oak Harbor, Ohio, United States
6 Fishing Reports
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5 Customer Reviews
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Member since January 2020
I come from a family of fishermen. I started fishing Lake Erie in 1982. and haven’t slowed down since. During my brief 4-year long bull riding career, I've traveled all over the country. Of course, I always used the chance to go fishing. I keep coming back to Walleye fishing on Lake Erie. I am a casting pro and will teach you techniques to help you on your trip. But, if you want to troll, we will put out our big boards and send our tackle to the fish zone!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Perch (Yellow) Perch (Yellow)
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Baha Hardtop (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 1990. Powered by a 454HP Volvo Penta engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 36 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch

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
PayPal

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Recent Fishing Reports

Weekend of limits
Weekend of limits
June 6, 2021
What a weekend trip is limiting with great big fish several Fish Ohio Walleye caught .thanks everyone for coming
Captain back in by 1030am
Captain back in by 1030am
May 22, 2021
We put the meat hammer down with back in by 10:30. Crew Captain’s and first mate limit what a day! Thanks for coming guys!!

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Half day trip

VERIFIED   Troll/Cast Trip on May 15, 2021
Very friendly. And really works hard to get you fish.
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VERIFIED   Cast or Troll (PM) 3:00-9:30 Sunset on July 17, 2020
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Fishing with Gary

VERIFIED   Cast or Troll (PM) 3:00-9:30 Sunset on July 10, 2020
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VERIFIED   Cast or Troll (PM) 3:00-9:30 Sunset on July 25, 2020
Gary worked hard all day providing us with a good fishing experience. He met us early and gave us extra time on the boat he...
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FAQs about Water Fox Charters

Water Fox Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $385 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Spring Jig Trip (6 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Cast or Troll (PM) 3:00-9:30 Sunset (6 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Troll/Cast Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Water Fox Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Flush toilet)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with Water Fox Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Okuma spinning rods)
  • Live Bait (Used for jigging, prepared in advance)
  • Lures
  • First Mate (On trolling trips; tips are appreciated)

Water Fox Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Erie)
  • Reef Fishing (Complex )

Water Fox Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Cast Jig or Worm Harness )
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Water Fox Charters include:
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Walleye