Reel King Charters

About the Charter Trip

How long is the trip?  Our charters are 6 or 8 hours dock-to-dock or less if you’ve caught your limit.  Combo and night trips, call captain.

Where do we meet?  Usually we launch from Mazurik ramp or Catawba ramp.  When you contact us, the Captain will arrange where to meet.

 Where do we park?  You will park in the area designated for vehicles no trailers.  When you contact us, we will give you specifics on where to park.

What time should I arrive?  We ask that you arrive 15-30 minutes before your departure time.

What happens if I am running late?  Please call us if you have an emergency or are running late.  Due to scheduling, your trip cannot be extended to make up for time you are late.

Do we have to do the full 8 hours?  No, if your group has caught your limit we will return to dock.

How many people can go on a trip?  The maximum number is 3. Any exceptions have to be arranged with the captain.

Do I need a passport?  No, you do not need a passport.  Lake Erie is an international body of water, but we will only be fishing in US waters.

What if I get sick?  For your comfort and the comfort of those around you we recommend you take a motion sickness pill the night before and morning of your trip if you are concerned about seasickness.  If you do get sick, it will be up to your group to decide what to do.  A return to dock in safe fishing weather due to seasickness will not result in a refund.


Do I need a Fishing License?  Yes, everyone is required to have an Ohio Fishing License. Purchase the charter license since it is valid only at the time of signing in case of bad weather.

What is the limit for the number of fish I can catch?  Please refer to the Ohio DNR site  for the current fishing limits.

Do I need to bring poles, bait, or tackle?  No.  Rods, bait, and tackle will be provided. If you have a favorite Perch or Bass rod bring it along.

Do I have to clean my own fish?  For perch we recommend all fish go to the fish cleaner.  For walleye you must either clean your own fish, take your fish to the fish cleaners, or make prior arrangements with captain.

Where will we be fishing?    We will be fishing in the Western Basin of Lake Erie to Vermillion, Ohio.


Is there a restroom on the boat?  No.  I have a semi private porta-jon or bucket.

Are there life jackets on the boat?  Yes, the boat is equipped with US Coast Guard Type I life vests with lights and whistles.  Along with additional traveling vests.


How much is the deposit?  A $100 deposit is required for all bookings.

When do I have to pay the deposit?  At the time of booking to secure your date. The best way is thru Paypal.  Your captain will have the available dates and times.

Is the deposit refundable?  Please see our RATES page for details.

How do I pay the deposit?  Your deposit may be paid via Paypal or by check.

Please make checks out to:  Reel King Charters

Please mail deposits to:Craig Rothgeb 4729 Benzinger Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46816

When is the balance due?  The balance of your charter is due the day of the charter.

What forms of payment do you accept?  Pay deposits via Paypal or by check.  All other fees must be paid Via Paypal or In Cash. No Exceptions!

What if I have less than 3 people in my group?  Please contact us.  We may be able to pair you up with another small group.  If we are able to pair you up each group will pay a $100 deposit which will be applied to your portion of the charter price.


Can kids come on the trip?  Yes, kids are welcome!

Do kids count towards the number of people we can have?  Yes.

Does a parent have to be present?  Yes.


Can I smoke?  No smoking!  We are proud to be USCG smoke and drug free vessel.  

Can I bring beer?  Yes, you may bring beer.  NO HARD LIQUOR AND NO GLASS CONTAINERS.

Why can’t I bring drinks in glass containers?  This is a safety issue.  The first time we hit a wave while you are drinking, your teeth will thank us that you’re not drinking out of glass.

Should I bring lunch?  Yes, we recommend you bring a lunch, snacks, and drinks for your trip.

Can I bring my dog?    No, sorry.  Dogs are not allowed.  If you have a service animal please contact us to see if we can safely accommodate you and your animal.

Our Guarantee

Our seasoned captains are all Coast Guard licensed, Ohio licensed guides, and fully insured. You will be fishing out of a fully rigged Lund, which is loaded with state of the art equipment for Lake Erie Walleye. Reel King Charters is here to guide you on your next fishing charter. Call today to customize a trip to fit your needs!.

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