CHARTER A LAKE ERIE FISHING TRIP WITH BLUE SKY CHARTERS
Who We Are and What We Do
Fishing doesn't get any better than this! Here in Ohio’s Western Basin of Lake Erie we have the best walleye fishing in the world. It is estimated that millions of walleye are caught in our area each year. Don't forget those fun to catch, great to eat yellow perch! Lake Erie is truly a sport fisherman’s dream. Whether you are a group of guys or women, a family with kids, or entertaining a group of clients, this is the exciting fishing trip you will forever remember. Come earn your braggin’ rights with Blue Sky Charters.
28’ Baha Cruiser Hardtop
Powered by 8.1 liter, 370 HP Mercruiser Engine
Equipped with marine radio, electronic fish finder, GPS and a private enclosed marine head toilet.
U.S. Coast Guard Safety Equipment
Licensed for up to 6 paying anglers, plus a Captain & First Mate.
Our style of fishing is light tackle, drift fishing for Lake Erie Walleye.
Blue Sky Charters and our Blue Diamond has been featured on:
Outdoors Ohio with D’arcy Egan (Season 4, episode 14)
Ohio Valley Outdoors Magazine, 21 Walleye Aboard The Blue Diamond by Brenda Laymen
OhioMagazine.com, Fishing with the First Lady
Come Aboard with Captain Peg Van Vleet!
A lifetime of experience fishing Lake Erie
U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master Captain
Ohio Licensed Guide
Member of the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association
2016 Captain of the Year, Lake Erie Charter Boat Association
Loves to teach kids of all ages how to fish!
A message from Captain Peg:
Like many captains, I grew up in the Walleye capital of the world and was a recreational angler before I became a captain. I learned the lake and the movement of the fish at a young age. As a captain, my job is not just to put you on the fish, but to find the fish that are biting. Erie is a big lake and finding the right area to fish is a process that starts before and continues during the charter. The area with the best bite changes, and I’m fortunate to work with other great captains who share information on fishing conditions. Working together allows us to spread out and fish a larger area. We can narrow the depth, the count, lure type, and color to increase our catch.
I’m thankful that I can share my love of fishing with others who enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks for taking the time to explore Blue Sky Charters website, and I look forward to sharing my world on Lake Erie with you.
May, 2023 - Port Clinton News Herald - Captain Peg wins S.H.O.R.E. award
Captain Peg named VP of Environmental Issues for the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association
Captain Peg Featured in the 2022 Shores & Islands Travel Guide
Captain Peg Featured in Country Living Magazine
Captain Peg Featured on "Gleason Family Adventure" website
On Tuesday, April 18, 2023, Captain Peg was awarded the SHORE Award by Lake Erie Shore & Islands. This award, the Superior Hospitality Recognition “SHORE” Award recognizes an individual in the Shores & Islands Ohio’ tourism industry who demonstrates the true spirit of hospitality, customer satisfaction, and commitment to service to the people of our community and our guests. This individual goes beyond the typical job description to enhance the guest's experience which contributes to the overall destination success of Shores & Islands Ohio.
“It’s a great capstone to my fabulous fishing career.”
Something for Every Angler
Captain Peg and any Captain that runs for her are U.S. Coast Guard Captains and Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) licensed guides.
Whether your interest is in Walleye fishing or Perch fishing, Blue Sky Charters offers the perfect outing for you! Come fish the Great Lake where the fish are jumpin! We fish with you until your limit is caught or maximum of 8 hours dock to dock, whichever comes first.
Walleye (1-6 Anglers)
*Due to fluctuating fuel costs rates subject to change without notice. Please verify prior to departure date.
Perch (1-6 Anglers)
*Due to fluctuating fuel costs rates subject to change without notice. Please verify prior to departure date.
Executive (1-6 Anglers)
Includes boxed lunches, beverages (water and soda drinks) a first mate, and fish cleaning
$100 deposit due within 7 days of reservations. Balance due before leaving dock. Cancellation due to weather is solely at the Captain’s discretion. If this does occur, another date will be offered.
Full Day – 8 hours or daily catch limit: 6 walleyes per day per angler.
Departure time is 6 a.m. - adjustable due to timing of sunrise and weather conditions
May 1 to October 1
Click here for current available dates.
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Check or Cash ($20 processing fee for credit cards)
*The captain reserves the right to delay or cancel a charter due to inclement weather conditions.
All COVID precautions are taken: boat sanitation, hand sanitizers, masks when not in open water.
A customized group charter offers a great way to spend quality time with family or friends while creating the fishing memory of a lifetime.
Charters for Guys
Get away for the day with a good friend or a group of your buddies, and have a blast while fishing Lake Erie. Planning a guys’ weekend getaway or a men’s church social event? A fishing charter is the perfect excursion.
Charters for Women
Ladies, let's go fishing! Even if you've never fished before, you’ll be sure to have a blast learning how with Captain Peg! Captain Peg and her crew will teach you the ropes!
An executive charter with Blue Sky Charters is second to none if you need to entertain clients or do something special for your top employees. You can enjoy the day fishing with your business associates without the usual interruptions and distractions. Boxed lunches and non-alcoholic drinks are included.
Bring the kids and enjoy a great day of fishing on Lake Erie. Kids of all ages are welcome. No one can teach kids to fish like the Captains of the Blue Diamond. It will be an experience they will never forget. So, come on, what are you waiting for, create some memories that will last a lifetime. Just remember that kids age 16 and older are required to have an Ohio fishing license.
A look at some past trips
Your Questions, Answered
All bait & tackle.
On-board fish cooler and ice for your catch.
St. Croix Rods and high-end spinning reels so you do not have to worry about bringing any gear and can just focus on enjoying your trip. Rods are for you to use on a “you lose it, you bought it” policy. Cost: $200.00
Custom, hand-tied lures with the highest quality parts.
Advice on lure presentation and fishing techniques, even for the novice angler.
The experience and commitment to make your fishing trip an exciting and memorable one.
Box lunches and non-alcoholic beverages are available for additional fees. Please request at time of reservation.
What should I bring?
Valid Ohio fishing license (For anyone 16 yrs. of age and older. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty while on leave or on furlough are not required to have a fishing license.)
Motion sickness medication – recommended starting this the night before your trip and again that morning.
Dress appropriately for the weather, Lake Erie can change quickly and in the spring or fall it can be cold. You can check the current weather conditions here (Port Clinton zip code is 43452).
Soft sole (non black) shoes.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, jacket, rain gear.
A way of taking a photo of your big catch!
Food and beverages, one non-wheeled cooler per party.
No glass bottles or hard liquor, beer is okay. Please know your limit for safety sake.
Cooler to take your catch home. Please leave this in your car.
Where can I get a license?
You can purchase your license from various bait and tackle stores in the area. You can also purchase your license over the internet at:
Can I bring my own rods and tackle?
Yes. If you decide to bring your own fishing gear, please limit yourself to one tackle box per group. Please no large tackle boxes. We have all the tackle and fishing gear you need. We also have rods for you to use, on a “you lose it, you bought it” policy. $250 replacement cost.
Can I cancel if I feel the weather is too bad?
Cancellation due to weather is solely at the Captain’s discretion. If this does occur, another date will be offered.
First Mate: Tipping
Your First Mate acts as the Captain’s second in command. At Blue Sky Charters, we always have a First Mate aboard any charter. Like food service workers, First Mates work for tips.
During the Charter, they are on board to serve both experienced and inexperienced anglers. Before and after the Charter, they clean and sanitize the boat, and they stock and service the equipment. It is customary to tip your First Mate 15% to 20% the cost of the Charter.
Many First Mates can be hired to clean your fish for you also. You are welcome to ask your First Mate about his or her terms for doing so.
How long is the fishing day?
A typical fishing day is 8 hours, or when reaching daily catch limit.
Are there any age restrictions?
There are no age restrictions. Just keep in mind that the charter could last up to 8 hours before we catch our limit. Young children may lose interest after that long. Kids age 16 and older are required to have an Ohio fishing license.
What is the maximum amount of people that are permitted on your charter?
Our charter license allows for 6 paying anglers plus a Captain and First Mate.
Did you catch a qualifying Fish Ohio award fish? Check out the link to register your fish for your award
To view the current fishing report for Lake Erie visit:
"Captain Peggy was great! She knows Lake Erie and where the fish are biting. We always have a great time and leave with more knowledge about fishing and the Great Lakes. Definitely be booking again for next year."
"Had another great day of fishing on Friday with Captain Peggy of Blue Sky Charters. If you're looking for a Captain that knows the lake and teaches you so you have the best experience on the water. Go checkout Blue Sky Charters. We limited out and no one lost a pole this year. Lol"
"Captain Peg and Mate Justin provided a fantastic day of fishing. Thank you both for the phenomenal experience. We'll definitely be booking another trip with Captain Pegg"
"Had a blast with Peg and Justing on Blue Sky Charters. She is one awesome captain. Put us on fish 2 days straight. Gal knows what she's doing. Hook up a trip with her. Won't be disappointed."
"Captain Peg and Justin were amazing! Mother Erie was in a “mood” but the Captain handled the Blue Diamond masterfully and Justin kept the rods, reels and bait moving without a hitch! Such a fantastic way to celebrate our anniversary...which is normally spent catching walleye in NE Ontario but Covid had other ideas! As fate usually does, it brought us together and now we’re planning on being back in the spring and can’t wait! For a super memorable and enjoyable charter Blue Sky Charters is the one to call! Kathy and Tony💕"
"Our family had a great day on the water with Captain Peg and first mate, Justin. Both of them were great with our kids, ages 13, 15 and 19 and gave the kids tips and tricks since they had very little fishing experience. Boat was nice and clean, equipment was new. Overall our family had a wonderful day and caught our limit. We would definitely recommend Blue Sky Charters and Peg to a friend and we hope to go out again in the future."
"We had a great time out on Lake Erie with Captain Peg and our first mate, Justin. They were great at helping our kids get started and teaching them some tips along the way. Excellent experience!"
-Chad & Karen Mossing
"Excellent service. Well prepared ,personable and professional. We had a great time, caught our limits, and had fun with the crew. We will do it again in a heartbeat."
"Booked a charter with Peg. Could not be more pleased. Boat was great, they provide the poles and bait. Also Captain and First Mate were excellent. Recommend them to a friend and will be booking another trip soon."
"We had a great day fishing with Captain Peg and Justin! They were very accommodating and knowledgeable. Lots of fun and caught some nice walleye! Definitely recommend them!"
"I had a memorable bachelor's party out on Lake Erie with five other guys. Captain Mark and Justin helped us get our limit of walleyes today. I would recommend this charter to anyone that would like to have a fun day out on the lake.They provided excellent service and clean our fish. Outstanding experience!"
"We had a blast!! Thank you for making our trip fun and exciting. Captain Peggy brought us right to the fish and Cody and Mark were so helpful."
"We were lucky to have two captians and a first mate and they were all excellent. They put us one the fish and gave good advice on how to get 'em to bite without talking down to us. Our group was a mix of experienced fishers and newbies and it's to the Capitans' credit that the newbies out fished most of the rest of us. Limited out early, and fished for fun for another couple of hours. We will definitely charter through Blue Sky again next time we come up to Lake Erie."
"What an amazing fishing trip Captain Peg and First Mate’s Cody and Mark gave us. (We went out 2 days) Captain Peg put us on top of the fish, and we caught our group limit pretty fast. Leaving out early in the morning was great to see the sunrise on the water. Looking forward to next years trip. We had a group of 5, so for the two days we walked off the boat with 60 walleye! We will be eating good, for a while. Thanks for the memories."
"We had a great time. My son loved it. We plan on making this a yearly father/son trip. We loved Blue Sky Charters"
Blue Sky Charters is located at the Lakefront Marina 2 miles west of downtown Port Clinton on Lakeshore Drive. Exit State Route 163 (Port Clinton-Oak Harbor) off of State Route 2. Go over the railroad tracks and turn right at the “T” Intersection (Lakeshore Drive). We are located ½ mile up on the left.
Blue Sky Charters
1805 W. Lakeshore Dr.
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452