Buckets Sport Fishing Charters

Buckets Sport Fishing Charters invites you to spend a day with Captain Dan Kelly and find out why Lake Erie is so popular! Departing from Erie, Pennsylvania, you will be provided a safe and memorable fishing trip on Lake Erie out of the Port of Erie. After all, Erie is the Freshwater Fishing capital of the world!

Lake Erie fishing is excellent for Walleye, Lake Trout, Steelhead, and Yellow Perch, making this area very productive. You can either troll or bottom fish depending on the weather and the species you are targeting.

The Viking Express is a41’ Viking yacht with a 14’ beam and a capacity for six guests. Powered by twin 450 HP Detroit diesel engines, the boat is built to withstand the rigors of canyon fishing on the eastern coast of the United States.

The vessel features a fully air-conditioned salon and a private bathroom for your convenience; a Raymarine 96-mile radar, Raymarine fishfinder and GPS, and autopilot. For your safety, there is a 10-person inflatable life raft, Cisco planner system, Cannon downriggers, trolling valves, and Craig rod holders. 

Buckets Sport Fishing Charters provides rods, reels, tackle, a full complement of the latest lures, and live bait. The first mate will help bait your hooks and reel in the catch, and don’t forget, he works for tips, which are customary at 15-20% of the trip’s price.

Your catch can be processed at the end of the trip for a full experience. Make sure you obtain a Freshwater fishing license prior to the trip.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip - Evening Charter
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    You can fish the afternoon bite of Walleye, Lake Trout, Yellow Perch, and Steelhead. The trip runs until it gets dark.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    This is a full day of Walleye, Lake Trout, Steelhead, and Yellow Perch fishing on Lake Erie. You will mostly troll or bottom fish using a variety of lures.
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About the Captain

Dan Kelly
Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
2 Fishing Reports
5 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since March 2016
Captain Dan Kelly started out as a first mate on a local charter boat and gradually worked his way up to the current fleet he has now. He is proud to be the founder of the largest charter operation on the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie. Of course, to run such an operation takes more than one person, so he's enlisted help from captains Kurt, Mark, Dan, and Larry.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Boat Specs

Viking (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1987. Powered by 2 450HP Detroit engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 26 knots.

Length
41 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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
You Keep Catch
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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