Makin' Memories Fishing Charters

Makin’ Memories Fishing Charters invites you to join their 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.

The Makin’ Memories team will take you fishing aboard Makin’ Memories, a 30’ Cherokee offshore sportfishing boat with 12’ beams. The deck of the boat is so spacious it can carry six guests and crew comfortably. You and your group will enjoy a secure, relaxing, and pleasurable ride. The boat is equipped state of the art fishing and navigation equipment. 

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!

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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Walleye/Perch (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 15 - Oct 8
    $800
    Joining this trip will allow you to experience the Lake Erie fishery to the fullest! The captain and crew will take you around the richest fishing grounds in the area, giving you the chance to see some exhilarating rod-bending action. 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
    7 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 8
    $600
    Join the crew for the afternoon departure of a 7-hour trolling (or limit) trip for Lake Erie Walleye utilizing artificial and live bait. Test your skills to their fullest as you battle the most exciting species the lake has to offer. You will handle all the rods and learn how to operate the fishing equipment. The experience will make you a better angler regardless of your experience level, leave you with some great catch, as well as lifetime memories!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Walleye (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 18
    $600
    Come aboard for this 8-hour trolling (or limit) trip for Lake Erie Walleye utilizing artificial and live bait. Take advantage of the morning period of high activity as you target Walleye and Rainbow Trout. You'll be covering a large area of the lake using the trolling fishing technique. Learn the basics of operating fishing gear and get a hang of the trolling technique as you cruise the lake in search of your target.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Steelhead (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 25 - Oct 8
    $440
    Early departure is recommended for this 4-hour trolling (or limit) trip for Lake Erie Steelhead trip utilizing artificial bait. 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. The experience that the crew will strive to give you will make you feel fully involved. You'll learn detailed fishing tricks and tips, making you a better angler regardless of your skill level!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Steelhead (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 25 - Oct 8
    $440
    Become a part of this experienced crew for an unforgettable experience, visiting the hottest Steelhead (Rainbow Trout) spots on Lake Erie. The captain and crew will give you the chance to learn everything from how to bait your hook, handle the rods, and operate the fishing equipment. It's a very hands-on experience that will make you feel like a natural!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Yellow Perch (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 15 - Oct 8
    $440
    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 these popular fish. There's also a first mate there to help you out if needed. A great trip for anglers new to the sport or children who want to experience this exciting fishery.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Yellow Perch (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 15 - Oct 8
    $440
    Afternoon departure for an 8-hour (or limit), anchored vertical fishing trip for Lake Erie Yellow Perch utilizing fresh, frozen, or live bait. This trip will give you a chance to have a very hands-on experience, getting you up close and personal with every aspect of Yellow Perch fishing. The first mate will also be 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
    8 Hour Trip – Drifting Special
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Jul 6
    $250
    June or July 8-hour Drifting (or limit) trip for Lake Erie Walleye utilizing artificial and live bait. You will be going for Walleye, using light weight fishing rod 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!
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About the Captain

Jim Fishel / Holtzman
Conneaut, Ohio, United States
49 Fishing Reports
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33 Customer Reviews
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Member since April 2017
For Captain Jim fishing Lake Erie is his job as well as his passion. It all began more than five decades ago, when he had the chance to share his passion for fishing Walleye with family and friends. Captain Jim will teach you his fishing tricks, such as what bait works the best, or how deep you should target feeding fish. He will take you to the best spots and will make sure you have the very best experience. And that's what people love the most about Jim. His passion for fishing as well as making his clients have a wonderful time on the water.

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
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
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

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.

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Customer Reviews

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Anna N.
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Full day walleye trip

VERIFIED   NEW  8 Hour Trip – Walleye (AM) on September 10, 2021
Captain Jim and First Mate Mariah were great. This was the first experience on such a trip for a couple of us. The Captain...
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8 hour drifting trip

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Drifting Special on June 19, 2021
Captain Jim and his First Mate Mariah were wonderful.  Mother Nature was a bit to be reckoned with as far as catching our...
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Larry J.
Wallaceton, PA
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Fishing with Jim

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Drifting Special on June 22, 2021
This was a great trip. Captain Jim worked hard along with his first mate Maria. We caught near 80 fish   Four fishermen and...
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8 hour drift and troll

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Drifting Special on June 20, 2021
It was an off day, nobody on the lake was catching anything but Jim and Mario still made it a memorable trip. Cranked in some...
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Drift fishing

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Drifting Special on July 3, 2021
short trip because of weather but we all enjoyed it
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FAQs about Makin' Memories Fishing Charters

Makin' Memories Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $125 per person - 8 Hour Trip – Drifting Special (8 hours)
  • $440 per group, additional $110 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Steelhead (AM) (4 hours)
  • $440 per group, additional $110 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Steelhead (PM) (4 hours)
  • $440 per group, additional $110 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Yellow Perch (AM) (8 hours)
  • $440 per group, additional $110 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Yellow Perch (PM) (8 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $150 per person after 4 guests - 7 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM) (7 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $150 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Walleye (AM) (8 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $200 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Walleye/Perch (AM) (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Makin' Memories Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with Makin' Memories Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate

Makin' Memories Fishing Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Erie)

Makin' Memories Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Makin' Memories Fishing Charters include:
  • Bass (White)
  • Perch (White)
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Walleye