Captain
Samuel Downing

Member since June 2019 Lakeside Marblehead, United States
Background
I grew up in western Pennsylvania and was introduced to hunting and fishing as soon as I was old enough to hold a rod and a gun. I remember fishing trips with my dad to the Allegheny River to night fish for suckers and cat fish as a little boy. Then moved on to wading the streams fishing for Trout, learning the finesse techniques of fly fishing, and the patience involved with the sport. As I grew older, we ventured to the great lakes in New York and Pennsylvania to fish for Salmon and Steelhead creating great memories. Then I went into the Air Force and ended up stationed in North Dakota where I was exposed to Walleye fishing on Devils Lake. I fell in love with the challenges of catching Walleye. Several years later I ended up living in Michigan surrounded by tremendous Walleye fishing opportunities. I purchased a Lund boat, gained knowledge and experience and decided to upgrade to my North River and get a charter license to share what I have learned.
Techniques
I troll, jig, drift and cast for walleye. We have the boat equipped to do them all with all the gear needed. Some customers like the rod in hand, others like to just reel them in and let the boat do the work so we let the customers decide. My preference changes with the season and the weather. We jig and troll in the spring, we drift, troll and cast in early to late summer and we troll in the fall into winter.

Hey, I'm Captain Samuel Downing

Lakeside Marblehead, United States
Background
I grew up in western Pennsylvania and was introduced to hunting and fishing as soon as I was old enough to hold a rod and a gun. I remember fishing trips with my dad to the Allegheny River to night fish for suckers and cat fish as a little boy. Then moved on to wading the streams fishing for Trout, learning the finesse techniques of fly fishing, and the patience involved with the sport. As I grew older, we ventured to the great lakes in New York and Pennsylvania to fish for Salmon and Steelhead creating great memories. Then I went into the Air Force and ended up stationed in North Dakota where I was exposed to Walleye fishing on Devils Lake. I fell in love with the challenges of catching Walleye. Several years later I ended up living in Michigan surrounded by tremendous Walleye fishing opportunities. I purchased a Lund boat, gained knowledge and experience and decided to upgrade to my North River and get a charter license to share what I have learned.
Techniques
I troll, jig, drift and cast for walleye. We have the boat equipped to do them all with all the gear needed. Some customers like the rod in hand, others like to just reel them in and let the boat do the work so we let the customers decide. My preference changes with the season and the weather. We jig and troll in the spring, we drift, troll and cast in early to late summer and we troll in the fall into winter.
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Fishing Reports

Anniversary trip

July 26, 2020

Had a very fast trip On the lake this morning with this couple celebrating thier anniversary. We boated limits for them very quickly. Read Full Report →


Two brothers and two brothers

July 26, 2020

Had a great afternoon trip with these sets of brothers from california and ohio. We boated nice limits of walleye. Read Full Report →


Great morning with this ohio crew

July 26, 2020

Had a nice trip this morning on lake erie with this crew from ohio. Got nice limits of walleye. Read Full Report →


Elevator hero’s trip

July 25, 2020

Had a great teip with this crew of elevator guys from michigan. We boated a nice limit of walleye and a nice steel head. Read Full Report →


Great morning trip with nevada crew

July 25, 2020

We had a great teip with these folks from nevada and missouri. We boated a nice limit of walleye. Read Full Report →


Nice pile of walleye

July 18, 2020

Had a hot afternoon trip boy was it warm out there. But we managed to get an ohio couple a nice pile of fish before we had to come back in as one passenger was feeling sea sick. Read Full Report →


Slam fest morning trip

July 18, 2020

We boated 40 walleye this mornkng in 1.5 hours of fishing wow what a great trip with this group from eastern ohio. Read Full Report →


Father son day

July 17, 2020

Had a great trip with this father son crew from ohio. We got them their limits and mine and my mates as well. Great afternoon on the lake. Read Full Report →


Steel head and walleye today

July 17, 2020

We had a great trip today with this awsome crew from southern indiana. We boated 36 walleye and two nice steel head some great fishing today. Read Full Report →


very good evening trip tonight with this

July 12, 2020

we boated this couple a nice limit of 12 walleye and one really nice fish o. it was beautiful on the lake this evening. Read Full Report →


very nice afternoon trip with this ohio

July 12, 2020

third time was a charm for this crew as they had two weather cancellations prior to this trip. It was worth the wait as we boated them their 12 fish. Read Full Report →


great morning trip with some boys from o

July 12, 2020

We boated a 4 man limit this morning for this crew from ohio. we caught some nice sized fish on this trip. Read Full Report →


Mounts for customers from March fishing

July 10, 2020

These two mounts are complete for 2 of my customers from some March fishing prior to the covid shut down. Read Full Report →


super afternoon trip today

June 28, 2020

we caught at least 30 walleye on this trip and kept the nicest bag of 18 fish. great trip limits in 2 hours. Read Full Report →


this was a catching trip this morning

June 28, 2020

We caught a 6 man limit in 2 hours today. it was absolutely catching and not fishing. fantastic trip today. Read Full Report →


great afternoon trip with a MI crew.

June 26, 2020

Had a fun trip with this crew and got them all their first walleye on a charter boat. Very fun trip. Read Full Report →


great trip with a KY crew.

June 26, 2020

this trip was for a bachelor party as one of them is getting married. We found them some great fish to take home and had some good fun on the boat. Read Full Report →


day 2 with the south bend crew

June 25, 2020

another great trip with this crew and a farewell to one of them headed out to the army in a week. great trip. Read Full Report →


Day 1 with my southbend IN crew

June 24, 2020

Had a great afternoon graduation trip with this crew from south bend Indiana. We got them their limit of lake erie walleye. Read Full Report →


Day 3 with my Wisconsin crew

June 24, 2020

We had a decent day 3 with the Wisconsin crew and a final limit of walleye for them. It was a nioce 3 day trip and lots of walleye fillets going home with them. Read Full Report →


Productive second trip with thjs wiscons

June 23, 2020

Had a great afternoon trip with this crew of friends from wisconsin. We boated them a 4 man limit of nice [email protected] Read Full Report →


Great father son trip

June 23, 2020

I had a father, son crew today from cleveland ohio. We boated them a nice 2 man limit of walleye and first time walleye for each of them. Great morning on the lake. Read Full Report →


2nd day with wisconsin crew

June 22, 2020

We had a rough second trip With this crew today. The wind was blowing hard and waves getting bigger. We landed this crew their limits of walleye even though it was rough out on the lake. Read Full Report →


Super afternoon trip for first time fish

June 22, 2020

Had a great afternoon trip with a crew from seattle and arkansas today. We boTed them a 4 person limit of walleye and caught this young lady her first walleye. Read Full Report →


Great fathers day morning trip

June 21, 2020

Had a great crew from eastern ohio this morning and we hoated them a five mAn limit in 2 and half hours this morning. Fishing is off the hook good. Read Full Report →


A nice evening trip with some firefighte

June 20, 2020

Had a nice evening reip with some firefighters from indiana tonight. We boated them a two man limit in hour and half this evening. Some great fishing. Read Full Report →


Great afternoon trip for first timers.

June 20, 2020

I had a great afternoon trip With this cool famy from kentucky. We caughtbgjem a nice 4 person limit of walleye and got these boys their first walleye. A great afternoon trip. Read Full Report →


6 man smack down

June 20, 2020

Had a great trip with this ohio crew as we boated a 6 man limitbof nice fat walleye. It was rods reels and elbows on this trip. Read Full Report →


Great big fish morning trip

June 19, 2020

We had a great morning on the lake in flat calm conditions. We boated at least 40 walleye today and kept a nice 3 man limit with a pair of 27” walleye for this crew. Bery nice mornjng on… Read Full Report →


Productive afternoon trip

June 19, 2020

We boated a 6 man limit of walleye for this southern Ohio crew this afternoon with some nice sized walleye. The weather was perfect this evening to be on the lake. Read Full Report →


Crew from wisconsin

June 19, 2020

We had a nice morning trip today with a couple old friends from wisconsin. We boated them a nice limit of walleye Nd this big 27” walleye as a bonus. Read Full Report →


good afternoon trip with some repeat cus

June 13, 2020

It was windy and waves building to 4' but we got it done for these fellows and got them their 18 walleye. Read Full Report →


windy Saturday morning trip.

June 13, 2020

It was a windy bumpy morning on the lake. Had to find those sea legs today. We managed a nice limit of walleye for this nice crew of old friends and good fishing stories. Read Full Report →


Great weather for this afternoon trip an

June 12, 2020

We had a super afternoon with this crew from Ohio and Dillon caught his first walleye and is hooked for good. Read Full Report →


Great morning with a Michigan crew

June 12, 2020

We got right on the walleye for this Michigan crew and Desmond caught the biggest fish. nice morning on the lake. Read Full Report →


Very nice afternoon trip with a couple f

June 08, 2020

We left the launch at 11:30 and had limits of nice walleye for this nice couple by 1. filleted them up and sent them home with some good meals to come. Read Full Report →


nice morning trip today with some old fr

June 08, 2020

we had a great trip this morning with some repeat customers from Indiana. we got on the fish by 6:30 am and had limits on board and back in be 10. great fishing and perfect morning. Read Full Report →


Very nice afternoon father and sons trip

June 07, 2020

we launched at 11:45 and got on the fish right away. We boated about 50 walleye and kept the best 18 for this crew. The rest went back to swim another day. Weather was perfect for this trip. Read Full Report →


fantastic morning trip with this cool In

June 07, 2020

wwe launched at 6 am and headed north to troll south with the wind. We had a fish on the first line going out and that set the pace for the morning. we had a four man limit in… Read Full Report →


Great trip with a Brazilian soccer star

June 01, 2020

We had a great trip this morning on Lake Erie with thes great guys one of whom is a soccer star from Brazil. We got them on the walleye and boated a four man limit in 2 hours. We… Read Full Report →


soccer star from Brazil on this trip

June 01, 2020

We left the dock at 6:30 and had a 4 man limit of nice walleye by 8:30 am. the fish where really biting good this morning. had constant action right out of the gate. Cool to have a Brazilian… Read Full Report →


very productive morning trip

May 31, 2020

We took this crew of 5 out for a great fishing morning. we boated a 5 man limit and 2 for the captain. had a stiff north wind and it was a little chilly but the fish didnt seem… Read Full Report →


nice afternoon weather trip

May 31, 2020

we left the dock at 12:30 with this crew and found a calm lake with lots of sunshine. we got right on the fish and got this crew their 3 man limit of nice eating walleye. Read Full Report →


Super nice afternoon trip today

May 30, 2020

We left the dock at 12:30 and boated a 6 man limit by 4 pm. the fish where chomping big time today. The lake laid down and the sun popped and it was really nice out. Great trip with… Read Full Report →


great make up trip from corona virus del

May 30, 2020

We got this crew their 3 man limit in just a few hours this morning a little bumpy on the lake with the stiff west wind, but we got it done for them. Read Full Report →


Fishing stays very stable

May 25, 2020

Had a great trip this memorial day morning. We started at 6 am and boated a 6 man limit by 10 AM. Fishing doesn't get much better. Read Full Report →


Warm afternoon trip

May 24, 2020

it was very hot this afternoon but we had a good trip. we boated a 4 man limit of nice walleye. there where a ton of recreational boats today and it made a lot of wakes making the lake… Read Full Report →


Beautiful sunrise and great fishing

May 24, 2020

Gorgeous morning on the lake we started at 6 am and had a 5 man limit by 10 am. the fishing has been fantastic. This was a very fun crew. We had a very good morning. Read Full Report →


successful morning trip.

May 23, 2020

we had a good trip this morning for a four man limit plus a few for the captain. We started at 7 am and found a midge hatch that was something fierce. those pesty little bugs where everywhere and… Read Full Report →


great afternoon trip with a 4 man limit

May 22, 2020

We left the dock at noon and headed to our fishing grounds. We where on fish in the first 10 minutes and reeled in a 4 man limit of walleye plus a few for the mate. other than rain… Read Full Report →


First walleye for this young man

May 22, 2020

Had a good trip today and caught a 3 man limit plus a few for the captain. This young man had his first walleye trip ever with a nice limit of walleye. Read Full Report →


Walleye Capital of The World

May 16, 2020

The walleye they drop at new years in port clinton and my son with some of his catch for the day. Book your trip today. Read Full Report →


Another nice day on Erie

May 15, 2020

I fished with my tournament partner today and we caught a heavy 2 man limit of nice walleye. Book an open date for your trip today. Read Full Report →


Finally back to charter fishing

May 14, 2020

We had a great first trip back on the lake. We managed a nice 3 man limit. Fish are abundant and all around the islands. Get on here and book your trip. Read Full Report →


great trip today with a couple of great

March 18, 2020

we had a nice trip today with a 3 man limit and 2 personnel best walleye for these two great guys from MI and IL. We sent them home with a nice cooler of fresh fillets. Read Full Report →


really great trip today with a bunch of

March 17, 2020

We got into some really great fish today and had a blast with all the kids. We caught a really nice personnel best for this happy fisherman and for both the kids. Read Full Report →


fantastic trip #2 today with a crew from

March 14, 2020

We had an absolute great big fish trip with crew number 2 this afternoon. we landed some really nice big fish for them and two of them are getting mounted as personnel best fish. they took home a nice… Read Full Report →


Awsome day with an Amish family

March 14, 2020

We had a great trip #1 with an Amish family from MI today. We landed some very nice fat fish and they took home a great cooler of walleye. i filleted them up for them to take home. Read Full Report →


What a day on Lake Erie for March.

March 07, 2020

Had an amazing day on the lake with this cool crew from MI. We boated 40 fish and took home a 5 man limit and sent 10 back to swim another day. Absolute perfect weather for March. Book your… Read Full Report →


Sweet first time trip with my new friend

February 18, 2020

We had a great first time trip on lake Erie for walleye with my new Texas friend. We caught him his first walleye and 5 more with it for a full limit. I filleted them up for him and… Read Full Report →


Super February day fishing on Lake Erie

February 16, 2020

Had a great trip with this crew from Michigan today they took home limits of walleye on a beautiful sunny February day, this weather is awesome. some great dates still available for March and April get on the site… Read Full Report →


The Spring bite is almost upon us.

February 10, 2020

The fantastic spring walleye bite is almost here. Now is the time to get your trip booked for this great opportunity to get a trophy wall hanger walleye. Select and click to reserve your date now. Read Full Report →


Great day on the lake with some kiddo's

December 23, 2019

Had a nice trip on lake erie today with a crew of kids for Christmas. The bite was tough but everyone caught some walleye. Great weather for December. Read Full Report →


Great December trip on lake Erie

December 22, 2019

Had a great trip on Erie today we boated 4 - 9 lb fish and a 3 man limit some really great fishing for December with these repeat customers. Read Full Report →


One of the best days on Erie this year

October 20, 2019

Picked up this crew from southern Indiana on Sunday morning and headed out and got right on the walleye. Vance set this trip up to learn more about trolling for walleye and we took him to school today. We… Read Full Report →


Great first fall brawl trip for Scott wi

October 19, 2019

I took Scott and his son out on Saturday morning and we brought in a 3 man limit of very nice walleye with a 30" that hit the leader board for week 1. It was a great day on… Read Full Report →


Filling up the live wells out of Lorain

October 05, 2019

Nice couple trips saturday out of Lorain in the big waves. We boated some nice fish preparing for the Fall Brawl. The fall fishing is going to be great call to book your trip. Read Full Report →


Nice afternoon trip with some repeat cus

September 28, 2019

We launched at Mazurik at 1PM and headed to the weather buoy and we got on the fish. we had to deal with some rain and some wind coming back in but the cabin of the north river kept… Read Full Report →


Awsome fishing date with this young coup

September 28, 2019

We launched at Mazuriks at 7 am and headed north east to the weather buoy. We set up the TR1 auto pilot and started sending the bandits down to 50 feet deep. We caught this crew some nice limits… Read Full Report →


Great trip with some first time customer

September 21, 2019

We launched at Mazurik at 7AM and headed north east towards the weather buoy. We set down and immediately where marking fish. we sent the bandits down with 2oz weights and it was fish on. we had doubles and… Read Full Report →


Awsome day on lake erie catching walleye

September 16, 2019

Big fish day, nice grade of fish today. A 10 lb walleye is getting mounted and 2 young guys caught first walleye ever. Really fun trip. Read Full Report →


Great fishing with my indiana crew.

September 14, 2019

Had great couple days fishing with a cool crew from Indiana. Some nice fish and a five man imit. Caught out by canada line on bandits. Read Full Report →


Cool morning with father / son

August 11, 2019

Had a great trip today with a father son crew from Ohio. We trolled phantom daggers and bandits. Got them their limits of walleye. great morning on the lake. Read Full Report →


Great birthday trip with a crew from Mic

August 04, 2019

We launched at 7:30 and where setting lines east of Kelly's island along the border around 8 AM. We ran bandits back 85 to 100 blue chrome, we ran flicker minnows back 50/100 with 2 oz perch colors, we… Read Full Report →


afternoon Father / Son-in-law trip

July 15, 2019

We had a very Productive trip running out of Lorain this afternoon with a father and son-in-law from Iowa. We fished in deeper water north of the dumping grounds out of Lorain, Ohio towards the Canada boarder and found… Read Full Report →


Beautiful morning trip with a couple fro

July 15, 2019

Wow Wow and Wow did we have a great trip Monday morning with a really nice couple from West Virginia. When the husband called he said they had a bad trip in the outerbanks not catching any fish. He… Read Full Report →


Fishing with a crew from Cincinnati

July 14, 2019

It was as fast as you could reel them in this morning out of Lorain Ohio. We fished out towards the weather buoy in 60 foot of water and found a nice grade of fish. had a lot of… Read Full Report →


some cool cats from Cleveland walleye fi

July 13, 2019

Had a really fun second trip with a couple cool cats and their boys from Cleveland Saturday afternoon. We had a blast laughing and singing fishing songs while we boated 30 walleye. We filleted them up and sent them… Read Full Report →


Walleye fishing with first timer family

July 13, 2019

Great Saturday morning trip with a family from Virginia. First time walleye fishing for them all and we boated over 30 walleye we sent them all back but three to live another day, kept just enough for supper since… Read Full Report →


Great 4th fishing out of Huron Ohio

July 04, 2019

Had a nice trip out of Huron yesterday morning before the rain. We went straight out just east of the dump in 42 foot of water. There where very large globs of hatching mayfly in the water about 10… Read Full Report →


Father Daughter trip in Lorain.

June 22, 2019

Had a great morning fishing in Lorain with a father daughter crew from Columbus. We drifted and cast weapons rigs until the wind died then we trolled. Caught at least 50 walleye. They took home a three man limit.… Read Full Report →


Fathers day weekend in Lorain

June 16, 2019

Spent the weekend fishing in Lorain. Saturday aftenoon was a solo run havn't done that in a while. I caught and released 30 walleye in just a few hours. All on the Phantom Dagger 7 pulled behind a jet… Read Full Report →


LEWT championship tournament 6/7-9

June 07, 2019

We finished our LEWT tournament series last weekend fishing between vermilion and Loraine Ohio. We pulled some nice fish on bandits and phantom dagger 7 body baits. we finished 18th out of 60 and had a great season. We… Read Full Report →


7 man limit in 4 hours amazing fishing

May 26, 2019

we had a trip with a 7 man crew this past sunday and wow was the fishing amazing we caught a 7 man limit north of kelly's island in 4 hours several doubles and triples came on the boat.… Read Full Report →


Great fishing with my dad and son

May 24, 2019

We had a blast fishing over the memorial weekend. We caught 4 man limits both days in just a few hours on bandits south of kelly's island. Great times to remember with family can't wait to do it again… Read Full Report →


Sandusky LEWT tournament

May 18, 2019

We had a lot of fun pre-fishing and fishing in the LEWT tournament this weekend out of sandusky. We got on some real nice fish while pre-fishing but just couldn't get the bit we where looking for during the… Read Full Report →


3 man limit 5 days straight

May 16, 2019

I was lucky enough to fish with these two guys from wisconsin 5 days straight and we limited out on walleye each day in just a few hours. Amazing fishing all on bandits 70 to 90 back at 1.7… Read Full Report →


Great trip with a father and sons from g

May 10, 2019

Had a great trip with these three fellas today, we got on the fish and they took home what they came for. Good group of guys and we had a lot of fun. all on Bandits today 65 to… Read Full Report →


Crew from Wisconsin

May 07, 2019

We had a nice trip with this crew of 3 from Wisconsin. The big fish in the middle is getting mounted it was a 9 pounder. They took home a nice limit of fish all on bandits out by… Read Full Report →


Anniversary trip

May 05, 2019

I had a great trip with a couple from Grand Rapids celebrating their anniversary. They went home with a limit of nice walleye that we caught in just a few hours. the fishing was amazing today very fast and… Read Full Report →


Howell, MI crew

May 04, 2019

We reeled up a 4 man limit today on the Pork Chop Express. These fellas where happy taking home the cooler full of fillets we got them today. All on bandits 70 to 85 back great fishing continues. Read Full Report →


2 day trip with a crew from Indiana

April 26, 2019

We had to dodge the wind and waves but we made it happen for this crew of fun guys from Indiana. We got them their 6 man limit of very nice walleye both trips. all on bandits 60 to… Read Full Report →


Training trip Day

April 21, 2019

I had a nice one on one training trip today with a nice fella that has inherited a boat but hasn't ever fished lake Erie for walleye. Our main goal was to train and deploy many different styles of… Read Full Report →


Crew from Cincinnati

April 13, 2019

We had a rough day on the lake today with wind and waves but we made the best of it and got this crew out on some really nice fish. They where happy to get out and be able… Read Full Report →


Crew from Cleveland

April 07, 2019

We had a great trip today with a crew from cleveland ohio They wanted to catch some big fish and they did. 5 over 10 lbs today. The fishing was great all on bandits 45 to 70 back great… Read Full Report →

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Lisa T.
Toledo, OH
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Walley trip with Captain Sam and his mate!

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Captain Sam and his mate were awesome!  The waters were not cooperating on the day we scheduled and Captain Sam called...
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Feels so good to Limit.

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captian Sam knows his fishing. The boat is awesome and has lots of room. We had an epic time reeling in the Limit in less than...
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Akron, OH
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Half day with Captain Sam

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Beautiful weather, good fishing. We did have a bout of motion sickness and returned an hour early but it was still a fun time.
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6AM with Captain Sam

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Sam was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and professional.  He took care of my son and I for sure.  We came home...
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