Fishlander Charters calls for anglers, fishers, and lake water admirers to step on board! Captain James takes you after Coho, Chinook, loads of Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon. All on the “Lake of Shining Waters.”

You’ll set out from Sodus Point, a hamlet lying where the Sodus Bay touches Lake Ontario. From there you’ll ride atop a 31’ Baha Cruiser, built for sportfishing pleasure of up to 6 anglers. It is powered by twin Twin MerCruiser engines that can reach speeds of up to 30 knots and easily weather the lake waters.

The fishing gear will be supplied on board. Grab your licenses, some snacks and drinks, and head out. The boat carries the safety equipment, life jackets, and also has a toilet. It has reliable navigation electronics to put you on track.

The fish palette in the area varies throughout the season, and so do the routes you’ll take. Early in the spring, the bite takes place near the shoreline, and then moves further out. Capt. James knows where to take you: “Fish with me in April when we are catching lots of Brown Trout along the shoreline, we might even get a Coho Salmon or some Steelhead.”

“Rather fish in May? Ok, let’s go get some more Browns! Steelhead fishing is getting really good, starting to catch some King Salmon in the 10 to 15 lb class. Well, what about June? More kings starting to show up – not the real big ones – but more of them in the 10 to 20 lb class. Still getting Steelhead and Browns and some Coho Salmon, too.”

“July and August offer up the big boys, now we are starting to catch our bigger Salmon in the 20 to 35 lb range. Good time of the year to come, all of our fish have been eating and putting on weight. September and October are also big fish months, fish have been eating, getting ready to run up the creeks, streams, and rivers for the winter.”

“When should you come? When you can. Nothing beats a great day of fishing.” Join Fishlander Charters and have a fishing adventure you won’t forget!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 30
    $600
    This full day trip is packed with action on Lake Ontario. You'll go after Lake Trout, Brown Trout, occasional Coho, or Chinook. There might be Steelhead as well. What's biting depends on the season, so you might want to read ahead. Or consult Capt. James – he's an experienced angler with plenty of hacks up his sleeve. Rods, reels, and tackle are all supplied, you should bring your license, snacks, and drinks, and are good to go!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 30
    $500
    If you want to spend the afternoon atop lake waters, join Capt. James on this 5-hour trip. He'll take you fishing for Salmon and Trout. All gear is supplied on the boat, so you should just take care of the license. Bring snacks and drinks, and a cooler to store your catch, and enjoy the pristine waters of Lake Ontario.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 30
    $500
    Rise and fish! Join Capt. James and go after a variety of Salmon and Trout. There's Coho, Chinook, Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Lake Trout, and loads of Brown Trout to reel in. This 5-hour trip gives plenty of opportunities to try light tackle and trolling. Rods, reels, and tackle are supplied on board, grab snacks and drinks, put on adequate clothes, and head out! These trips will leave a little later during the summer months of July and August.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – April Special -10%
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Apr 30
    $450
    ON THIS SPECIAL DEAL YOU GET A $100 REFUND IF YOU DON'T CATCH A FISH!!! This full day trip is packed with action on Lake Ontario. You can hope for plenty of Brown Trout. There might be Steelhead as well. What's biting depends on the season, so you might want to read ahead. Or consult Capt. James – he's an experienced angler with plenty of tricks up his sleeve. Rods, reels, and tackle are all supplied, you should bring your license, snacks, and drinks, and are good to go!
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About the Captain

James Van Hooft
Sodus Point, New York, United States
Angler's Choice
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
99 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2017
Captain James started working as a first mate, then took business over in 2000. Ever since, he has been running fishing charters. Most of people who come fishing with him are satisfied returning customers. The biggest enjoyment he gets out of his work is watching people catch fish and have a good time.

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Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Atlantic) Salmon (Atlantic)

Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Baha Cruiser (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1988. Powered by 2 270HP Twin merc cruiser 350s engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
78%
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Great half day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (PM) on September 11, 2021
I booked this as a bday gift for my husband. We were joined by his brother and father. Captain Jim let us know before the trip...
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8 hr trip with Capt Jim Vanhooft and first mate Jerry

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on July 10, 2021
Wonderful time again with Capt Jim! He never fails to see you have a good time if you are catching fish or not…we were. We...
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Half day trip with Jim and Jerry

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on June 8, 2021
We had a great time! Jim and Jerry are super knowledgeable about fishing the lake and the entire area, their equipment is in...
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Half day with captain jim

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on May 31, 2021
Great trip about the 4th time out with captain Jim we pick his boat everytime because we love how great of a captain he is...
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10 hour Trip

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on August 10, 2021
Fishing was very tough the day we went due ti change of wind direction but we still caught 2 fish and lost another.Capt Jim...
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FAQs about Fishlander Charters

Fishlander Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip – April Special -10% (8 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (8 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fishlander Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed

Trips booked with Fishlander Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Fishlander Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Fishlander Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Fishlander Charters include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Atlantic)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)