Makin' Memories Fishing Charters

Makin’ Memories Fishing Charters invites you on Lake Erie trophy Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Steelhead fishing trips. Lake Erie is known as the Capital of Walleye and produces the finest specimens of this species year round. Captain Jim Fishel, who has chased trophy fish since he was a boy with his father, will take you to the best spots where the best fish can be found.

Captain Jim Fishel has many great stories about the days of the “Blue Pike” that were caught on Lake Erie. His passion drives him to track the Walleye migration as it passes by the Port of Conneaut. He has over 60 years of fishing experience on the Great Lakes.

In 1991, Captain Jim Fishel teamed up with Captain Jim Holtzman, and since then, this dynamic duo has been running trips from daylight to dark, whenever the fish are biting. This fishing tag team has over 100 years of Great Lakes experience together!

The Makin’ Memories team will take you fishing aboard Makin’ Memories: a 30-foot Cherokee offshore sport fishing boat with 12-foot beams. This fishing vessel is powered by twin Chevrolet Crusader motors of 230 HP each. The boat is equipped state of the art fishing and navigation equipment. 

The deck of the boat is so spacious it can carry six guests and crew comfortably. You and your crew will enjoy a secure, relaxing, and pleasurable ride on Makin’ Memories.

Makin’ Memories Fishing Charters will include live bait, lures, rods, reels, and tackle on your trip. At an additional charge, your catch can be cleaned and filleted for you by the local bait shops once the trip is over. Book today to experience the awesome fishery that Lake Erie has to offer!

Makin’ Memories also has a great Black Friday offer – reduced prices for fishing trips in June or July of 2019. Book your trip while these incredible prices are still available!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Combo: Walleye/Perch AM
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Sep - 31 Oct
    $800
    up to 4 persons
    + $200
    each additional person
    This trip is time permitting based on the fish bite and doesn’t have to be decided until once you’re on the boat, at the discretion of the captain.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip: Walleye AM
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 31 Oct
    $700
    up to 4 persons
    + $175
    each additional person
    Early departure is recommended for this 8-hour trolling (or limit) trip for Lake Erie Walleye utilizing artificial and live bait. You will be going for Walleye and Rainbow Trout, using trolling fishing technique. You will handle all the rods and learn how to operate the fishing equipment. Your experience will be more like the crew than just a passenger along for a ride. You can learn detailed fishing tricks and tips, so at the end of your trip, you will feel like you could run your own boat!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip: Walleye PM
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    7 hours trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 31 Oct
    $700
    up to 4 persons
    + $175
    each additional person
    Afternoon departure of an 7-hour trolling (or limit) trip for Lake Erie Walleye utilizing artificial and live bait. You will be going for Walleye and Rainbow Trout, using trolling fishing technique. You will handle all the rods and learn how to operate the fishing equipment. Your experience will be more like the crew than just a passenger along for a ride. You can learn detailed fishing tricks and tips, so at the end of your trip, you will feel like you could run your own boat!
  • Private trip
    AM Trip: Steelhead Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip available 25 Sep - 12 Nov
    $440
    up to 4 persons
    + $110
    each additional person
    Early departure is recommended for this 4-hour trolling (or limit) trip for Lake Erie Steelhead Trip utilizing artificial. You will be going for Steelhead (Rainbow Trout), using trolling fishing technique. You will handle all the rods and learn how to operate the fishing equipment. Your experience will be more like the crew than just a passenger along for a ride. You can learn detailed fishing tricks and tips, so at the end of your trip, you will feel like you could run your own boat!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Yellow Perch AM
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Sep - 20 Nov
    $440
    up to 4 persons
    + $110
    each additional person
    An early departure is recommended. This is an 8-hour (or limit), anchored vertical fishing trip for Lake Erie Yellow Perch utilizing fresh, frozen or live bait. You will handle all the rods and learn how to catch monster Yellow Perch. This type of trip is very hands on, and gets you up close and personal with baiting, and removed Perch. There's also a first mate there to help you out if needed. This trip is great for the novice or children who want to experience world class Perch action.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip: Yellow Perch PM
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Sep - 31 Oct
    $440
    up to 4 persons
    + $110
    each additional person
    Afternoon departure for an 8-hour (or limit), anchored vertical fishing trip for Lake Erie Yellow Perch utilizing fresh, frozen or live bait. You will handle all the rods and learn how to catch monster Yellow Perch. This type of trip is very hands on, and gets you up close and personal with baiting, and removed perch. There's also a first mate there to help you out if needed. This trip is great for the novice or children who want to experience world class Perch action.
  • Private trip
    PM Trip: Steelhead Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 25 Sep - 12 Nov
    $440
    up to 4 persons
    + $110
    each additional person
    Early departure is recommended for this 4-hour trolling (or limit) trip for Lake Erie Steelhead Trip utilizing artificial. You will be going for Steelhead (Rainbow Trout), using trolling fishing technique. You will handle all the rods and learn how to operate the fishing equipment. Your experience will be more like the crew than just a passenger along for a ride. You can learn detailed fishing tricks and tips, so at the end of your trip, you will feel like you could run your own boat!

About the Captain

Jim Fishel / Holtzman
Conneaut, Ohio, United States
Angler's Choice
49 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
13 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2017
Captain Jim Fishel owns and runs Makin' Memories. Lake Erie charter fishing is his job and his passion. His love of Lake Erie began over five decades ago, where he was able to share his passion for walleye fishing with family and friends. Captain Jim will teach you his secret fishing tricks: what bait works best, and how deep you should target feeding fish. He will be sure to show you the best spots! Of course, they’re qualified… But what you will love most is Jim's passion for fishing and making sure his clients have the very best experience.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Boat Specs

Cherokee (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1989. Powered by 2 230HP Chevrolet Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch

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
PayPal
Checks

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

Customer Reviews

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4.92
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Fred A.
Pittsburgh, PA
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Charles D.
Mather, PA
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VERIFIED   July 6, 2019
Very slow drift fishing not enough chop on water so we trolled and limited out in an hour
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Brian M.
Akron, OH
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VERIFIED   June 24, 2019
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