Captain Mike Schmitt runs the Get Fish Vessel for Get Fish Charters. He has an extensive background in fishing. This includes countless years of experience on Lake Erie chasing walleye, perch and bass. He and his mate will work hard to show you a good time, pass on fishing education and put fish in the cooler!
For the 2022 season, we are primarily booking trips on Fridays and Saturdays. All trips are weather dependent. There may be pop up trips on other days, but they won't be consistent. Sundays may occasionally be booked. We will fish out of Fenwick Marina in Oak Harbor, OH most of the time. We do trailer to other launch sites occasionally, so we are flexible.
Not all fishing charters are the same. We specialize in small groups and hands on fishing. We get more enjoyment out of passing on fishing education than anything, so that's what we will focus on. If you want a trip where you sit back and do nothing but reel fish in, we can do that too. The captain is a runner and gunner. We do not float around waiting for something to happen.
Your trip will be spent on an Alumacraft Trophy 205. It is fully rigged with all the gear required to get you to the fishing grounds and back home safely. We supply all bait, tackle and fishing gear. All required safety gear is on board at all times. You will receive a safety briefing before each trip. No restroom on the vessel. We do have a porta potty bucket on the boat for emergencies. Make sure you go at the dock before we launch!
By the Book
You are booking a charter that is fully licensed, insured and registered with the USCG and the State of Ohio. Captain Mike will show you his credentials at any time. Check our vessel's windshield to see our Lake Erie Guide License. The captain and mate are also actively enrolled in a drug free, random testing program.
Morning trips are 6 hour trips. Evening trips are 3-4 hour trips. We offer additional hours at $50 per hour. We also offer an 8 hour trip. If we catch your limit before your trip is finished, you decide if you want to play catch and release for the duration of your trip. It's up to you!
We spend most of our time trolling for walleye. Depending on how severe winter is, we will troll through winter as well. When the lake freezes, open water fishing typically starts back up early to mid March. On an average year we fish from March until January. Different times of the year provide opportunities for different tactics, locations and styles of fishing. Walleye are excellent table fare. Don't forget your cooler for your catch!
Perch fishing is seasonal. The best time of the year to book a trip for perch fishing is late July - November. This is rod in hand fishing. The last few years have been hit or miss. In 2021 we did very good on most trips. With recent record perch hatches, the future years of perch fishing should only improve. Perch are our favorite fish to eat. Make sure you don't forget your cooler to take your catch home!
We don't bass fish as much as we used to but do occasionally target them in spring/early summer. If we do target them, it's seasonal and usually best from late April - June. Before we got addicted to Lake Erie walleye and perch, we were tournament bass fishing maniacs. If the time of year is right for the western basin, it can be a blast.
Fresh Water Drum AKA Sheepshead
Targeting fresh water drum for catch and release can be an absolute riot! They fight like crazy and will bend the rod as hard as any species. Depending on the time of year, we can run trips targeting fresh water drum specifically, or it can be an add on to an existing trip. We also have some back water areas to target them on days where the lake is too rough to fish.
Passenger Waiver and Participation Agreement
All participants must sign the passenger participation waiver before spending a day on the water with us. You can review it below. We will have copies available to review and sign the day of your trip.