Family Time Sportfishing is located in Erie and offers to show you a memorable time in these waters.

Capt. Justin will do his best to make sure you have a fun day full of fishing on Lake Erie. This involves 5 to 8-hour trips, mainly fishing for Walleye, steelhead and lake trout, depending on the season and conditions on the day. On these trips, you can expect to use techniques such as trolling and jigging.

Your fishing adventure starts on a restored 25’ Penn Yan cuddy cabin that can safely take up to 4 anglers. The boat is equipped with GPS, fishfinder, and radio electronics.

All rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price so you can focus on what really matters, fishing. Please make sure to buy a valid fishing license ahead of time. The crew will clean and fillet your catch for you to take home at the end of the trip.

Book your trip now and hit the water with Family Time Sportfishing.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Drift Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Aug 1
    US $450
    If trolling isn’t your style and you’re looking for a hands-on experience, join us for a drift fishing trip. This is a 5-hour trip for up to 3 fishing. We will make a run to the fishing grounds and cut the engine and use light spinning tackle and pursue walleye. This method usually produces an array of different species and makes fun for the whole family. We can provide rods and tackle or bring your own.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – May Night
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 8 - Jun 3
    US $525
    During the month of May, you get the opportunity to troll the shallows for post-spawn Walleye into the dark of the night. You get a beautiful sunset with this trip along with better chances of boating trophy fish. The trip starts at 730p.m.
    Targeted fish
    Walleye
    Walleye
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Walleye
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 1 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    US $600
    This option is for those looking for a shorter trip and a good sunset. You, Captain Justin, and his first mate will troll into the evening for Walleye. The boat leaves the port at 3:30 p.m. and gets back by 9:00 p.m. Make sure to bring your licenses and any food or drinks you want.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Lake Trout
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 28 - May 20
    US $600
    This is a full day trip where you will launch out of the northeast marina and troll the depths for trophy Lake Trout. Spring is a great time to target this big prehistoric fish. Lake Trout is one of the biggest species of gamefish that Lake Erie has to offer, as it averages 10 plus pounds and it is not uncommon to see it tip the scale into the 20s!
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Nearshore Steelhead
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Nov 1
    US $600
    On this trip, you and the crew will target Steelhead in the shallows off of creek mouths as it moves in to spawn. If you are looking for a fighting and jumping fish, this is it! You and the crew depart at 6:00 a.m. and get back after 6 hours on the water.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Walleye
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 1
    US $650
    A full day trip for up to 4 people. This is an 8-hour adventure on which you will target Walleye by trolling. The boat leaves the port at 6:00 a.m. and returns either at 2:00 p.m. or when you reach the limit, whichever comes first.
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FAQs about Family Time Sportfishing

Family Time Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $450 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Drift Fishing (5 hours)
  • US $525 per group - 6 Hour Trip – May Night (5 hours)
  • US $600 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Walleye (5 hours)
  • US $600 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Lake Trout (6 hours)
  • US $600 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Nearshore Steelhead (6 hours)
  • US $650 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Walleye (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Family Time Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with Family Time Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

Family Time Sportfishing offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Erie)

Family Time Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Family Time Sportfishing include:
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Walleye

Meet the Captain

Justin Madara
Fairview, Pennsylvania, United States
3 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
22 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2022
Captain Justin Madara runs various sorts of lake fishing adventures. Join him on Lake Erie and discover its immense beauty and famed fishery!

About this listing

Targeted species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Walleye Walleye

Boat specs

Penn Yan (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 1991, and restored in 2021. Powered by a 260HP Vortec engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Lake Erie

Fishing techniques

Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 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
You Keep Catch

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 22 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (30)
Great fishing
Great fishing
Great fishing
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Angler rating
19
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
100%
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Tyler C.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing with Justin

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Walleye on August 5, 2023
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Matthew C.
Bethel Park, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5 hour trip with my boys

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Drift Fishing on July 1, 2023
Capt. Justin was awesome! I booked a drift fishing trip for my two boys (13, 11) as we wanted to attempt to land some Erie...
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Jim S.
Noblestown, PA
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Busy morning

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Walleye on August 25, 2023
Capt Justin did it all (no mate).  Went out a mile further than the other boats,  got the dipsy’s out 1st, then downriggers. ...
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Eric M.
Butler, Pennsylvania
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Full day trip with Captain Justin

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Walleye on September 15, 2023
Great trip, Great Captain. Hard working and always on the rods. Great personality. Over all a great time on the water. You...
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Benjamin B.
Franklin, OH
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Drift Fishing on July 18, 2023
Youngest got a bit seasick drift fishing, but no fault of Captain Justin! We still had a great time and put some yummy fish...
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