Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA

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
    4 Hour AM Trip – Spring Lake Trout
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 21 - May 15
    US $425
    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!
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
  • 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
    US $425
    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!
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip–Spring Lake Trout (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 23 - May 15
    US $425
    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!
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
  • Private trip
    6 Hour - Smallmouth Bass
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - May 14 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $425
    This is a nearshore or offshore adventure, chasing the famous Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass. We're typically casting and jigging for these early season monsters. Trolling while less preffered can also be effective on days when fish are more scattered. Kiddos encouraged!
    Types of fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
  • Private trip
    6 Hour - Walleye AM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $425
    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!
    Targeted fish
    Walleye
    Walleye
  • Private trip
    6 Hour - Walleye PM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $425
    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!
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Walleye
    Walleye
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Spring Lake Trout
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 21 - May 15
    US $475
    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!
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
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Derek C.
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Spring Lake Trout

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Spring Lake Trout on April 26, 2024
Capt. Ryan showed me and my father in law a great time on Lake Erie. Even with tough conditions he managed to put us on fish....
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AMAZING Experience!

VERIFIED   4 Hour - Walleye (PM) on August 10, 2023
Our fishing trip with Ryan was awesome and so much better than previous charter experiences. Captain Ryan has a great personality,...
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Meredith H.
Hegins, PA
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Awesome Fishing Trip!

VERIFIED   4 Hour - Walleye (PM) on July 26, 2023
Our fishing trip with Captain Ryan was amazing. He is so knowledgeable of the area and knows exactly where to go to catch fish....
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Kurt C.
Foxburg, PA
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Walleye fishing trip with Ryan Raines from Chasing Dreams fishing charter.

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Walleye (AM) on August 14, 2023
Had an amazing time with Ryan from chasing Dreams who who made our experience one of best fishing trips we’ve ever had due...
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Strong recommendation

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Walleye (AM) on July 26, 2023
Captain Ryan was everything we thought he would be. We both limited, and we caught some nice sized fish. We’re already thinking...
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FAQs about Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA

Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $425 per group, additional US $125 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour AM Trip – Spring Lake Trout (4 hours)
  • US $425 per group, additional US $150 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Fall Lake Trout (4 hours)
  • US $425 per group, additional US $125 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip–Spring Lake Trout (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $425 per group, additional US $125 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour - Smallmouth Bass (6 hours)
  • US $425 per group, additional US $125 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour - Walleye AM (6 hours)
  • US $425 per group, additional US $125 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour - Walleye PM (6 hours)
  • US $475 per group, additional US $125 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Spring Lake Trout (6 hours)

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

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

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

Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA 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, PA include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Freshwater Drum
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Walleye

Meet the Captain

Ryan Raines
Fairview, Pennsylvania, United States
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46 Customer reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since October 2020
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I've been fishing since I was too young to remember. As I grew up I fished in every conceivable piece of water I could reach via bicycle. As I got older I was lucky to spend tons of time on Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay. It was my dream to be able to take people fishing for a living one day.That dream was interrupted by a 20 year career in information technology, starting a family, and building a future. In the summer of 2019 I lost my mother to cancer. In the aftermath of that experience I knew I had to make a change in my professional life. Shortly there after I refocused on my passions and Chasing Dreams Sportfishing was born. Today I'm lucky to share my love of fishing with people of all ages and skill levels.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Skeeter (Bass boat) 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
Generally most effective for Perch
Trolling
Our primary method
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
No Vapping
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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