Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie

40 reviews
In demand!

Old Timer Charters is a full-service fishing charter on Lake Erie. They are based out of Erie, Pennsylvania and offer half and full day trips throughout the year.

Captain Vince Silvaggi, who owns and operates the charter has fished Lake Erie his whole life and it was a clear choice for him to run charters here. After all, who better to take you fishing than a local?

Capt. Vince offers a variety of trips from May through September. During this time, Lake Erie, known as the Walleye capital of the world, becomes a hub of the Walleye enthusiasts. You will target these hard-fighting fish by trolling the eastern basin of Lake Erie. Lake Trout, Steelhead, and Perch are also abundant in the lake.

Fishing is done aboard a 26’ Striper walkaround with a capacity for up to 3 anglers. Powered by twin 150 HP Johnson engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 46 knots, the boat will get you to the fishing grounds in no time.

The captain will use a GPS and a fishfinder to locate the schooling fish, and there’s a live bait well on board and a cooler for your catch. Your guide will provide top quality rods and reels such as Okuma, Daiwa, Shimano, Fish Hawk, and more. Tackle, bait, a first mate, and fish cleaning are also included in the trip’s price.

The vessel also has a porta potty on board which is a big plus when you’re spending the whole day on the water or are taking kids fishing.

Please make sure you have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license with Lake Erie permit and Trout stamp if fishing for Steelhead or Lake Trout. Don’t forget to stock up on food, snacks, and drinks as well.

Join Old Timer Charters for a day of excellent angling action that will make you fall in love with fishing all over again!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Lake Trout (Fall)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 9 - Dec 23
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    Spend 8 hours on Lake Erie chasing Lake Trout. These fall trips are available from October through December. At the same time, you could be catching Steelhead and Perch until November. Don't forget your fishing license with the Lake Erie permit and Trout Stamp, and some drinks and food are also a good idea.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Lake Trout (Spring)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jun 1
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    Chase Lake Trout in the spring months and see how quickly you can catch your limit. The expedition is available from March through June. Steelhead, Perch, and Walleye are also in the cards. A valid fishing license with appropriate stamps is a must, and don't forget a supply of food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Steelhead
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Apr 15
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    This full day trip will give you 8 amazing hours on Lake Erie and a chance to target Steelhead. They are present year-round and a joy to catch, because they're excellent fighters. You'll need a fishing license with a Trout Stamp for this trip, and you'll definitely want some food and drinks on this longer expedition.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Walleye
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 4 - Oct 1
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    Trolling for Walleye in the eastern basin of Lake Erie is a treat, especially when you get to do it for 8 hours. A valid Pennsylvania fishing license is necessary here, and you should also think about bringing food and drinks to keep you energized.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Lake Trout (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 8 - Dec 23
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    Rise and shine and spend your morning going after Lake Trout for 4 hours. Capt. Vince will provide all the fishing gear you need, all you have to do is put it to good use. That won't be hard, because the Trout bite is excellent. Remember to buy a fishing license with a Trout Stamp.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Lake Trout (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 8 - Jun 1
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    If you are after a healthy dose of Lake Trout, this is your trip. Rods, reels, tackle, and bait will be provided for the trip. On your end, you should bring snacks, drinks, and of course, a valid fishing license with a Trout Stamp.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Steelhead (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Apr 15
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    Dedicate 4 hours to chasing Steelhead on Lake Erie and come home with a cooler full of fish fillets. These beautiful fish are available year-round, they're fun to catch and even better to eat. Pack drinks, snacks, and your fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Steelhead (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Apr 15
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    You will fish for the afternoon bite of Steelhead on this 4-hour trip. This species is one of the favorite local catches and for all the good reasons – they're known for their fighting abilities and make for top-notch table fare. To make this adventure possible, come aboard with a valid fishing license and a Steelhead Stamp.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Walleye (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 4 - Oct 1
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    This is a 4-hour trolling trip for Walleye in the eastern basin of Lake Erie. A valid Pennsylvania fishing license is necessary. Departure time will vary from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m., depending on the time of the year.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Walleye (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    The Walleye bite in the eastern basin of Lake Erie is impressive any time of the day so you can be sure that the afternoon fishing action will be strong. All you need for this excursion is a valid fishing license, some snacks, and refreshments.
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About the Captain

Vince Silvaggi
Fairview, Pennsylvania, United States
Angler's Choice
13 Fishing Reports
42 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2017
I've been hooked since I was 3 years old. I grew up fishing the Great Lakes with my dad and grandfather. I've had the dream of becoming a charter captain since I was about 12 years old. Now I own and operate Old Timer Charters.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Perch (Yellow) Perch (Yellow)
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Striper (Walkaround) originally built in 2001. Powered by 2 150HP Johnson engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 46 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

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 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
PayPal
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.87
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Angler Rating
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97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Heather H.
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 5.00
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Walleye with Captain Vince

VERIFIED   August 31, 2019
Our fishing trip was awesome.  Captain Vince was knowledgeable,fun and very personable. First mate Steve, was very hard-working,...
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Shawn T.
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 5.00
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Afternoon trip with Old Timers Charters

VERIFIED   NEW  July 23, 2020
The trip was alot of fun. First time fishing for walleye using this method of fishing. Bite was a little slow, but still got...
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Inga K.
Red Hill, PA
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It was great before my family got sea sick :)

VERIFIED   NEW  July 24, 2020
Great captain and the boat. But, my husband and kids did not tolerate the choppy water, so we have to return home with single...
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Fishing with Vince

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Molly B.
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Half day with captain vince

VERIFIED   July 4, 2020
Captain Vince and his first mate Daniel were terrific! They were friendly and helpful and we had a great time! Caught our limit...
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