Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie

Treat yourself to our beautiful lake and everything it has to offer above and below the water. Chasing Dreams Sportfishing is here to make this day an unforgettable one. Most of the crew on board are family, and when you’re with us, you’re family too. We look forward to serving you!

Meet Captain Ryan Raines, a life-long Erie County resident and fishing addict. He’s also a father to a princess and counts it a blessing to help you and your family and friends enjoy their time on Lake Erie.

Capt. Ryan looks forward to welcoming you aboard his 20’ Skeeter, where you’ll find everything you need for a safe and exciting day on the water. Rest assured knowing that they have you covered with the fishing and navigation via three extra large Humminbird GPS Plotters/Fishfinders, a VHF radio, two gas, and one electric trolling motor also offer redundancy to keep you safe. Along with those basics, there are dozens of rods/reels and more tackle than you can count.

The majority of the guests choose to target Walleye, Lake Trout, and Steelhead trolling, but this can be accommodated to suit the needs of your group.

If you’re interested in early season jigging and drifting trips, let the captain know in advance. He can arrange a trip for smaller groups throughout Northwest Pennsylvania. He offers this trailered option to get you on the water wherever you are.

Whether it’s your first fishing trip, or you’re a seasoned veteran chasing a trophy, you’ll have a great time with Chasing Dreams Sportfishing on the water!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Spring Lake Trout
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 23 - May 15
    $400
    This is a 6-hour fishing trip targeting Lake Trout by trolling. The weather can be chilly, so dress accordingly, but the fishing is HOT for these Slimy Dinosaurs. You could catch the next state record! Kiddos encouraged!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour - Walleye
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Sep 15
    $375
    This is a nearshore or offshore adventure, chasing the famous Lake Erie Walleye. You may even run into some Steelhead - (Jumpy Fish) as well. You'll have an awesome time trolling or drifting nearshore or offshore depending on conditions and cooperation from the fish. Kiddos encouraged!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Fall Lake Trout
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 8 - Dec 1
    $350
    This is a 4-hour fishing trip targeting Lake Trout, either by trolling or by casting. The weather can be chilly, so dress accordingly, but the fishing is HOT for these Slimy Dinosaurs. You could catch the next state record! Kiddos encouraged!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Spring Lake Trout
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 23 - May 15
    $350
    This is a 4-hour fishing trip targeting Lake Trout by trolling. The weather can be chilly, so dress accordingly, but the fishing is HOT for these Slimy Dinosaurs. You could catch the next state record! Kiddos encouraged!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour - Walleye (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Sep 15
    $325
    This is a nearshore or offshore adventure, chasing the famous Lake Erie Walleye. You may also run into some Steelhead - (Jumpy Fish) as well. You'll have an awesome time trolling or drifting nearshore or offshore depending on conditions and cooperation from the fish. Kiddos encouraged!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour - Walleye (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Sep 15
    $325
    This is a nearshore or offshore adventure, chasing the famous Lake Erie Walleye. You may also run into some Steelhead - (Jumpy Fish) as well. You'll have an awesome time trolling or drifting nearshore or offshore depending on conditions and cooperation from the fish. Kiddos encouraged!
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About the Captain

Ryan Raines
Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
ID & License verified
21 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since October 2020
I've been hunting and fishing my whole life. I nearly failed my freshman year of college because of the Steelhead run. I have just expanded from taking people fishing for fun to taking people fishing as a way to help provide for my family.

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Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Freshwater Drum Freshwater Drum
Lake Trout Lake Trout

Perch (Yellow) Yellow Perch
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Skeeter (Performance fishing) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha 250 SHO engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Snacks
Drinks

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 Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Megan W.
Beaver Falls, PA
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Great 4th of July!!!

VERIFIED   4 Hour - Walleye (PM) on July 4, 2021
Ryan was great! Because of high waves he moved our p.m. trip to a.m. for the same price on the 4th of July!!! Ryan was very...
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TOP NOTCH !

VERIFIED   4 Hour - Walleye (AM) on August 28, 2021
If you are looking to book a charter, I would highly recommend Captain Ryan and Chasing Dreams to anyone.He is very knowledgeable...
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Neil D.
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Walleye fishing at its best

VERIFIED   4 Hour - Walleye (PM) on May 15, 2021
Captain Ryan made sure that fish were put in the boat. He definitely knows the fish and knows how to find them.  While we...
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Ryan is a Fish Whisperer.

VERIFIED   6 Hour - Walleye on July 15, 2021
Very little time passed on our walleye trip when there wasn’t a fish on one of the lines.  Not only does Ryan know where...
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Nicole A.
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Catching a beast with Captain Ryan!

VERIFIED   4 Hour - Walleye (PM) on June 12, 2021
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience with Captain Ryan! He definitely knows the ropes when it comes to catching...
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FAQs about Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie

Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie offers the following trips to customers:
  • $325 per group, additional $150 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour - Walleye (AM) (4 hours)
  • $325 per group, additional $150 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour - Walleye (PM) (4 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $150 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Fall Lake Trout (4 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $125 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Spring Lake Trout (4 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $150 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour - Walleye (6 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $125 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Spring Lake Trout (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Bottom Fishing (Generally most effective for Perch)
  • Trolling (Our primary method)
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Freshwater Drum
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Walleye