Fishlander Charters

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!



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  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 30
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    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
    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
    price breakdown
    $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!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 30
    $425
    price breakdown
    $425
    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
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 30
    $425
    price breakdown
    $425
    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.
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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
73 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.

About this listing

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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
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

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.81
out of 5 stars from 73 reviews
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Angler Rating
65
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
81%
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Nozomi P.
Johnstown, New York
 5.00
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Family Fishing Trip!

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on August 12, 2020
We booked the 5 hour trip from 3-8 PM and really wished we got the 8 hour one! Captain James and First Mate Jerry made the...
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Phil L.
Buffalo, NY
 5.00
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5 hour trip great experience

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on September 12, 2020
My Father and I did a five hour trip trolling for King Salmon. Captian Jim and his first mate Jerry were incredibly friendly...
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Robert D.
Marion, NY
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Full 8 hrs. with Captain Jim.

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on August 18, 2020
My brother Craig “SIX” and I Chartered a trip with Captain Jim and first mate Wyatt. Both of us had been on dozens...
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Frank P.
Buffalo, NY
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Full day trip!

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on July 22, 2020
We absolutely loved our day on the lake with Captain Jim and First Mate Jerry!  All the charters started out a little...
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Shawn W.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Great Trip, Excellent Captain and Mate

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on August 16, 2020
We had a great trip on the 16th. Ready to go on time but weather held us back a bit. Caution was warranted and Skipper made...
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