Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie

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
    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
    US $500
    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
    US $500
    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
    US $500
    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
    US $500
    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 Jun 1 - Oct 1
    US $500
    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 Jun 1 - Oct 1
    US $500
    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.
  • 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
    US $550
    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
    US $550
    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
    US $550
    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
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 1
    US $550
    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.
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FAQs about Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie

Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $500 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Lake Trout (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Lake Trout (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Steelhead (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Steelhead (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Walleye (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Walleye (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip – Lake Trout (Fall) (8 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip – Lake Trout (Spring) (8 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip – Steelhead (8 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip – Walleye (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Porta potty
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Okuma, Shimano, Daiwa, Cannon)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Only works for tips)

Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Erie)

Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie include:
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Walleye

Meet the Captain

Vince Silvaggi
Fairview, Pennsylvania, United States
25 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
83 Customer reviews
Response time 1 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.
Our Team
Daniel S.
First mate
Heather Z.
First mate

About this listing

Targeted species

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

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
Lake Erie

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Porta potty
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Okuma, Shimano, Daiwa, Cannon
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Only works for tips

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 30 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Aged 7 and up; vests provided
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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

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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 81 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (89)
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Angler rating
72
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Caught fish
97%
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Daniel M.
Venetia, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Overall

6hr trip for Walleye with Captain Vince

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Walleye on July 22, 2023
We had a great first experience fishing on Lake Erie with Captain Vince and his first mate Daniel.  There were 4 of us on...
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James W.
Westford, MA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fun and educational trip!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Walleye (PM) on July 14, 2023
Captain Vince and his mate took a lot of time to teach us about the rigging as well as fishing on Lake Erie.  They were super...
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Marc P.
Erie, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Walleye (AM) on July 30, 2023
We took my dad out for a morning of walleye fishing for his birthday. We had a great time,Lots of laughs and lots of fish....
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James R.
North East, PA
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Vince

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Walleye on July 6, 2023
Very professional and on top of his operation.  Friendly and polite .  After selling my own boat ten years ago we started...
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Matthew L.
Ellwood City, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Full day walleye trip with capt Vince.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Walleye on July 10, 2023
Capt Vince was great, he had us on fish within a hour and limited out 5 guys in under the full day. Had two 10 year olds on...
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