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
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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 8
    $600
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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 11
    $125
    price breakdown
    $125
    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
ID & License verified
23 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
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.

Customer Reviews

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4.95
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Todd W.
Greenville, PA
 5.00
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Half Day Walleye with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM) on July 26, 2020
We had an absolutely great time with Captain Jim and First Mate Jim.  Our experience was beyond expectations.  They...
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Teddy R.
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Fishing trip with Mike and his 1st mate

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Yellow Perch (AM) on September 15, 2020
Great sailor whom was professional and objective.  Caught some beautiful fish and observed Jim navigate with the rules...
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Kara M.
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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7hr walleye trip

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM) on July 18, 2020
I bought this trip for my boyfriend who love to fish. We will definitely be coming back! Captain Jim was very nice and knowledgeable....
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Craig H.
Kent, OH
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Half day trip with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Walleye (AM) on July 8, 2020
It was a slow day for most, but Captain Jim and Maria worked hard to assure we caught our limit of Walleye. We had a great...
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Jessie C.
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Evening Trip with Jimmy

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM) on August 15, 2020
A great time was had by all!  Jim and Jimmy were able to put us on fish even during a major wind shift!  Would highly...
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