Walleye - May thru October

Perch - April thru May and September thru October

Bass - April thru October

Lake Trout - Dunkirk only - August thru September

Walleye - May thru October

Fishing from Buffalo, Sturgeon Point or Dunkirk NY

Lake Erie Fishing Charter

from  Buffalo, Sturgeon Point or Dunkirk NY

Walleye

Perch

Smallmouth Bass

Lake Trout

“If the weather is bad ….. I won’t take you.   If the fishing is no good …… I won’t charge you.

Captain Mark Lorenc

Professionaly Fishing Lake Erie Since 2016

38+ Years Experience Fishing Lake Erie

Call Today To Book Your Trip – 716-534-5905

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Trip Prices

FULL DAY

7 hours of fishing

Total Charter cost:
Up to two (2) people: $550
Three (3) people: $600
Four (4) people: $650

HALF DAY

4 hours of fishing

Total Charter cost:
Up to two (2) people: $400
Three (3) people: $450
Four (4) people: $500

Fishing Charter includes all the tackle, bait, and fish cleaning. Everyone aboard the LADY DI must have a valid New York State fishing license.

$75 deposit is due to secure your reservation with the balance due upon boarding the morning of your departure.

I’ve fished two seasons with Captain Mark. Six charters to date and booked, cut my teeth trolling the finger lakes fifty years ago, fished most of the east coast and some out west. I count Mark Lorenc among the best of the best men I ever met. Make no difference if it’s your first time out or you’re and old salt yourself, Mark’s the guy you want to fish with. He’s compassionate capable, and old school entertainer and gentleman sportsman first class. Thanks Mark for all. Looking forward to seeing you in July.

Eric Mead

Mark had the 3 of us limited out before noon with 18 tasty walleye. Very informative about fishing and the area. Looking forward to next year’s trip. Great family run.

Warren Sherman

Great day fishing Walleye. Friendly, methodical and hard-working Captain. Very professional and clearly likes what he does. We are two old fishermen, but learned a lot of techniques and strategies from Captain Mark. Certainly a smart and dedicated fishing guide. Caught a lot of fish! Highly recommend ‘Mark Lorenc Charters’!

Issac Lavari

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by filling out the form to the right.  I’ll get back to you as soon as possible …….

Captain Mark Lorenc

 

I love fishing and really enjoy teaching and helping others on how to catch fish.   I’ve been fishing the eastern end of Lake Erie for over 30 years and have a good understanding of the unique fishing patterns on this portion of the lake.

Many times, during the year, we can catch multiple species of fish in the same trip.  Walleye and Perch, Perch and Bass, Walleye and Lake Trout etc.   This is one of the things that makes Lake Erie such a popular fishing destination.

Book a trip with me this season, we will have a great time and will put some trophy fish in the boat! 

Fill out my online form.

2023 – 22’ WX2200 Deep-V Skeeter

 

Multi-species fishing boat designed for Big Water.  Yamaha 300 HP main motor & Yamaha 9.9 HP Kicker Motor

Two Humminbird® Helix 12 CHIRP MEGA SI GPS G4N on dash

Mega Live Hand Control

Minn Kota Ulterra 112/MDI/IP-LINK 72” Bluetooth

Troll master Pro

Insulated 25 Gallon Livewell

Infinity Bluetooth Stereo w/speakers

Ship to shore radio

Trim tabs

Captain Mark Welcomes Both Experienced And Novice Fishermen

Lake Erie Fishing Trips

Walleye

Lake Erie has many different species of game fish, but the most popular and coveted is the Walleye.

The walleye fishing on Lake Erie is some of the finest fishing that you can find anywhere in the world.

The walleyes we catch weight between 3 and 8 pounds on average. Occasionally, we get a few fish over 8lbs.  A limit of six walleye per fishermen will put a lot of fillets in the freezer.

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Perch

The perch fishing on Lake Erie is outstanding during April through May, and Perch fishing starts up again in late August through October.   These are the times of year that the perch can be found in large roaming schools.

Lake Erie Perch run about a pound each and the limit is 50 per fishermen per day. The first 100 perch will be cleaned by me. The remaining of our catch will be your responsibility.

Once filleted, perch are a delicious fish that can be enjoyed different ways, such as grilled, fried or baked.

Bass

When fishing for smallmouth bass I engage in catch and release only.

Smallmouth run between 3lbs and 5lbs and the fishing can be fast and furious.   Catching 50 fish per day is common during certain times of the year.

Depending on the time of year we can also catch walleye when fishing for bass, which adds another dimension to the day.

Fishing for Smallmouth is a real treat.  Both novice and experienced fishermen will enjoy fishing for smallmouth bass on Lake Erie.

Lake Trout

Lake Erie is known for its trophy lake trout.  Fish can run 25 lbs. or more and can put up an amazing fight.

We can generally combine Lake Trout fishing with walleye or bass trips.  When fish are plentiful, we can usually hook into a couple big Lake Trout within an hour.

The best time of year to fish for lake trout is in the month of August.   Book a trip with me and we can end the day by bringing in a trophy lake trout. 

Frequently Asked Questions

My daughter and I have gone on your charter twice before and had a wonderful time. Both of those were in August when she was in between semesters as a college professor. This year she has some time off in May. Is that a reasonable month for catching some decent walleyes (May)?

May is a great time to catch walleyes on Lake Erie! I would go later in the month for you and your daughter to give the water a  chance to warm up and the fish to get a little more active. The beginning a May can be still cool on the water, with the water and air temperatures in the low 50°F.

I am looking to book a fishing trip for next year in May. I will be entertaining and will be for 4 people. If I booked a full day, could it be split half walleye/half perch or if limited out on walleyes switch to perch?

May is a great time to catch walleyes and perch on Lake Erie! The best perch fishing is in April. I recommend fishing as early as possible in May to catch both perch and walleyes.

I am looking forward to my fishing trip this coming Friday afternoon. One quick question, right now the weather is calling for a 40 to 50% chance of rain, will this affect my trip in anyway?

My charters do fish if there is light rain during our fishing trip because it still can be fun. My charters do not operate in heavy rain, lighting or when there is a small craft advisory posted for your fishing day. Also, on Lake Erie I will not take anyone fishing when the National Weather Service forecast sustained winds of 15 MPH in any direction. Winds of this speed produce waves between 3 and 5 feet – not fun to fish in. If your fishing trip is cancelled because of the weather, you can either have all your deposit returned or pick any open date on my calendar you would like to fish. It is your choice.

I have never fished Lake Erie for walleyes. Please let me know if you would be willing to take us out and answer lots of "how to" questions?

I will be happy to show you the techniques that I use aboard my boat to catch walleyes and answer any of your questions. Walleyes are constantly moving throughout the day and throughout the season. So, the techniques I use to target walleyes are always changing because of the wind, water clarity, sun position, clouds, water temperature, weather (high or low pressure) and the cycle of the moon. It’s a lot a fun!

When do you take reservations for next year?

My Availability Calendar is always open for next year on my web site. In the calendar for the month of October in the upper right corner of that month is a small arrow key. Press the arrow key until the month you wish to fish next year is shown. All the dates in green are available to fish. If you want to book over a weekend this can be arranged. However, the wait times at the ramp are longer because of the additional boat traffic associated with the weekends.

Are there any offerings for solo fisherman?

Yes. I offer private fishing charters from one through four people fishing on my boat. You would need to pay the rate for up to two people fishing and go alone or invite a friend along for free.

Would it be okay if we brought alcoholic beverages on the boat, nothing too crazy, just a few?

Yes, as long as you can act like an adult. You can bring and drink alcoholic beverages in moderation on my boat if you are above 21 years of age. Please note the following policy regarding your behavior on my boat: If I, your Captain, deem it necessary to cancel your charter due to your behavior you will owe me the complete cost of the fishing charter and no refunds will be offered.

I want to get my dad a charter so he can take his grandkids out for a half day of fishing. What would be the best time of year for him to take them out with you? The kids are 10,10 and 8. What fish would be best for them to catch?

The best time of the year to fish with young children on Lake Erie is from mid-June to mid-September. The water and air temperature on Lake Erie is the warmest and therefore the most pleasant time of the year to be on an open fishing boat. We will be catching either walleyes or smallmouth bass during this time. Both are a lot of fun. Smallmouth bass jump which is always a thrill. Walleyes we take home to eat for dinner. Just let me know what the children prefer to fish for the night before so I can bring the appropriate live bait.

I would like to book a full day in late May thru mid-June. Is that too late for perch? Could a perch/walleye trip work that time of year?

Yes, it is possible for a combination walleye and perch trip in the first two weeks of May. The best perch fishing is April through mid-May. The walleye fishing is great from mid- May through the end of October. 

For walleye, would you suggest we book a morning half day or an evening half day?

The best time to fish on Lake Erie is usually the mornings. The biggest issue on Lake Erie is the size of the waves caused by the wind. Typically, during the night, the winds lessen in velocity and in the morning the lake can be almost smooth. As the sun heats the earth during the day, the wind velocity and the wave height  typically increases throughout the day. 

One of our party is female and she is concerned about bathroom facilities on board. Is there a head on board?

There is no head on my open fishing boat. There is an emergency toilet on my boat if necessary. My recommendation is for you to schedule a half day charter. Or, for a full day charter, we can schedule a return to port about half way through the trip so that everyone can use the flush toilets available at the marina.

A friend and I are interested in a charter in May for walleye/perch/smallmouth. What dates do you recommend?

The earlier in May the more productive the perch fishing. However, the best combination in May is smallmouth bass and walleyes. We can fish for smallmouth bass and walleyes all month long in May. We fish around 30 feet of water using jigs, spoons and blade baits and we catch both species as we drift over humps and rocks out in the lake with the wind. Perch are located in deeper water in May, usually around 50 to 60 feet and we would need to travel much further out into the lake from shore to target perch at this depth.

My son Patrick and I have been out with you a couple of times and it was fantastic! We would like to go for small mouth bass this year, is there a favorite month you'd recommend?

The best time for smallmouth bass is in May. I try to avoid the first three weeks of June because the female smallmouth bass are actively spawning and the males are on their nests. We can try for post spawn females out in the lake at this time but this is usually not very productive. From July to the end of October we can catch smallmouth bass anywhere in the lake, from inshore along the walls in the harbor to out in the lake on any of its’ bottom structures. If you prefer warmer weather, fish July though mid-September. If you want trophy smallmouth bass, fish in May and again late August through end of October when smallmouth bass have fed all summer long and are as big as they get before winter and the cold water slows their growth.

What is the best time of year for perch?

The best time of the year for perch is April. Then again from end of August through the end of October. In April the perch are actively schooling together before they spawn. In the fall the perch school up again and actively feed on all the bait fish that are now full size out in the middle of the lake.

What is the best time of year for walleye?

The best time of the year for walleyes is mid-June through the end of October. In May the water is cold and we catch walleyes by drifting jigs, spoons, and blade baits on the reefs out in the lake. Fun, but you need some skill not to catch the lake bed all day. By mid-June the water temperature in Lake Erie is above 60°F and I switch to a worm harness presentation. I use between 3000 and 5000 worms during this time fishing for walleyes. I use an electric trolling motor, bottom bouncer weight and a worm harness traveling at 1.0 MPH. This is my preferred fishing technique for catching walleyes, lots of fun. You feel the fish strike the worm and the walleyes fight all the way to the boat because the boat speed is so slow.

What is the best time of year for lake trout?

The best time for lake trout is August through mid-September fishing from Dunkirk, NY. I fish for lake trout on my boat by long lineing spoons on the bottom with 3-way swivels traveling at 1.6 MPH using the electric trolling motor. You need to pump the spoons by hand to make them flutter just off the bottom. You will feel the strike, and then I slow the boat down to 1.0 MPH for you to fight the fish into the boat. It’s a great time, the fish are big!

What do you recommend to bring on board to eat and drink and what else would you recommend to bring aboard?

You may bring any pre-prepared food that does not need to be warmed or need utensils to eat, with one exception- no bananas (you can ask me if you want to know the story on the boat). You may bring any drinks that you would like. I will provide a cooler on board the vessel with ice for your lunch and beverages.

I would also recommend the following:  Adequate clothing suitable for the weather (always bring rain gear and warm clothing, always colder on the water than on shore).  Clean, soft bottom shoes like sneakers – the boat is carpeted. Sunscreen (spray sunscreens are not allowed to be used on my boat). Sunglasses and a hat. Motion sickness medication (if needed). A cooler to transport fish home (please leave the cooler in your vehicle).  And most importantly – A desire to catch fish and have fun! 

What information is needed to reserve a fishing charter?

I need the following information to plan a successful fishing charter for you: 1. How Many Fishermen in your group (1, 2, 3, or 4).  2. 1/2 day (4 hours) or full day (7 hours – start at 7 AM). For the half day trips: Morning (7 AM) start or afternoon (12 PM) starting time. 3. Cell phone number to reach you by text (so I may contact you a couple days before your charter to confirm everything because of the weather). And 4. I need a $75 deposit to hold the date you wish to reserve for the fishing charter.

A valid New York State fishing license is required for everyone on board this charter who is 16 years old and older.

Do you provide fish cleaning at the end of the fishing charter?

Yes, my fishing charters include cleaning the fish at the end of the charter.  It also includes all the tackle and bait you will need to fish.

 

What is needed to purchase a gift certificate?

I need the following information for a gift certificate:  The name and phone number of the purchaser and the name and phone number of the recipient.  Gift certificates are priced by number people fishing (1-4) and either full or half day. The person that receives the gift certificate picks the date they wish to fish. My gift certificates never expire. If the day chosen has bad weather, we just reschedule the fishing charter to another day.

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