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
    4 Hour - Walleye (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Sep 15
    $375
    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 AM Trip – Spring Lake Trout
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 23 - May 15
    $375
    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 Trip – Fall Lake Trout
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 8 - Dec 1
    $375
    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 (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 23 - May 15
    $375
    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
    6 Hour - Walleye
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Sep 15
    $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!
  • 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
    $425
    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!
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About the Captain

Ryan Raines
Fairview, Pennsylvania, United States
ID & License verified
35 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since October 2020
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 (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
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
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

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 34 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Awesome Walleye Fishing
Rough weather but captain put us on fish
Rough weather but captain put us on fish
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
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Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Derek C.
Hershey, PA
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Awesome Walleye Fishing

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour - Walleye on August 6, 2022
My wife and I came to the Walleye capital of the world to catch some Walleye and Lake Erie and Capt. Ryan did not disappoint....
Derek C. recommends Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie
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John B.
Lascassas, Tennessee
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Half day trip with Captain Raines

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour - Walleye (PM) on July 21, 2022
We had a great time despite the choppy conditions.  Had plenty of action and caught our limit of walleye, as well as some...
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TIMM S.
Dillsburg, PA
Excellent
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Lake Trout Day

VERIFIED   4 Hour - Walleye (AM) on May 15, 2022
Captain Ryan is a class act. We went on a morning trip for Lake Trout. Started slow but we didn’t give up, ending up having...
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Michael J.
Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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Half day trip on Erie with Captain Ryan

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Spring Lake Trout on April 30, 2022
April 30 day started calm and we had our limit of Lake Trout by 9AM.  Then we fished for Steelheads and hooked 4 but 3 got...
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Jeff E.
Vanport, PA
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Half day experience with captain Ryan.

VERIFIED   6 Hour - Walleye on June 29, 2022
My daughter and I had a great experience. Captain Ryan was very knowledgeable about Lake Erie. We were catching fish in the...
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FAQs about Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie

Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie offers the following trips to customers:
  • $375 per group, additional $125 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour - Walleye (PM) (4 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $125 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour AM Trip – Spring Lake Trout (4 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $150 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Fall Lake Trout (4 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $125 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip–Spring Lake Trout (PM) (4 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $125 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour - Walleye (6 hours)
  • $425 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