Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)

Buckets Charters – Big Dawg – 30ft Cherokee

Capt. Dan Kelly Erie, PA Incorporated Licensed Insured

Buckets Charters in Erie, Pennsylvania was founded in 1996 by Captain Dan Kelly. Let the Buckets Charters team show you why Lake Erie is the freshwater fishing capital of the world! Get ready for a day trolling the bountiful waters of Lake Erie in search of a variety of gamefish. 


Captain Dan’s success has led him to own and operate a charter fleet of 5 vessels (This alone should show you how qualified he is!). Captain Dan has been fishing in Pennsylvania ever since he was old enough to hold a rod. He started fishing on Lake Erie in 1988 with his 10th grade math teacher as an incentive to do better in school… Obviously it worked! Since the days of being a First Mate, to making it big in the charter business in Erie, Pennsylvania, Captain Dan is living his dream… Sharing his passion for fishing with others! 


Lake Erie has been dubbed the freshwater fishing capital of the world, and Captain Dan is here to help you take full advantage of it. He’s great with first timers, young families, seasoned vets, large parties, you name it! If you’re looking to spend a rod bending day on the water, you’re in the right place.


You’ll be fishing on charter boat Big Dawg- a 30ft Pilothouse originally built in 2009. She receives regular maintenance and is powered by twin engines. Her spacious cockpit allows Captain Dan to comfortably fish up to 6 anglers. The Big Dawg was built for fishing and has a variety of equipment on board to help make the most of your day on Lake Erie. For comfort features, the vessel is equipped with A/C and there’s also a toilet on board. 


Buckets Fishing Charters offers Full Day trips, starting at 7am. The trip start time can be flexible, but remember, Captain Dan sets his launch time to take advantage of the feeding patterns of the Lake Erie game fish! The season dictates which fish you’ll be targeting, but you can expect to catch the following species: Walleye, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Muskellunge, Steelhead, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, and more! 


Captain Dan Kelly and the rest of the team at Buckets Charters are looking are looking forward to showing YOU why they’ve dedicated their lives to the freshwater fishing capital of the world! You came to Lake Erie to fish with the best, book with Buckets Charters today! 

  Launch Location

5 State Street, Erie

 (833) 446-3474

Trips start at $800

1 Trips

6-6 guests

See available trips

2009 30' Pilothouse

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Radar
  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Hard Liquor. Beer Allowed.
  • No Illegal Substances



Select an Available Trip


Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 7:00am to 3:00pm (8 hours)

100% if customer cancels within 30 days, 50% if within 7 days

Welcome aboard Big Dawg – a roomy and stable 30ft x 12ft fishing platform boat, with twin engines that provide speed and reliability.  As with all the boats in the Buckets Fleet, Big Dawg is well equipped to ensure a safe and enjoyable day of fishing on Lake Erie.  While rods, reels, tackle and lures are included - Fishing Licenses are not.  Please make sure to bring your own.  This eight hour, full day trip will have you targeting Walleye, Trout, Bass and more.  You keep your catch and the crew will clean and fillet it for you.  Buckets Charters is family-friendly and children are welcome

Close details

Fish Species

Atlantic Salmon
Brown Trout
Coho Salmon
Lake Trout
Smallmouth Bass

Additional Details

Safety Features

  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First-Aid Equipment
  • CPR-Trained Crew
  • Flares
  • VHF Radio


  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Radar

Boat Features

  • Air Conditioning


  • Toilet

Boat Gear

  • First Mate

Fishing Techniques

  • Trolling

Fishing Policies

  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Hard Liquor. Beer Allowed.
  • No Illegal Substances

Price Includes

  • Catch Cleaning & Filleting
  • Lures
  • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle

Fishing Location

  • Lake

About the Vessel


Capt. Dan Kelly

Boat Type


Boat Length

30 ft

Year Built


Number of Engines


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