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GUIDE TRIPS

  • Our Specialties & Rates

Allow the Bigwater Team to customize a Lake Erie walleye fishing trip to fit your needs. We realize that everyone has not only different expectations, but also different skill levels. This thinking allows you to have the best fishing trip possible whether you are a first timer, or skilled angler.

Different needs, size of groups and time of year all can change the rate of a trip. Contact Capt. Ross directly to get current rates for a trip that fits your needs.

 

  • Two Man Educational Trips
  • Trophy Walleye
  • Spring Jig Fishing
  • Fall Night Fishing
  • Precision Trolling
  • Multiple Boat Trips

Deposit & Cancellations

A deposit is required to hold any date that is reserved. Bad weather cancellations are at the captain’s discretion. If the Captain cancels due to weather, an alternate date will be provided or your deposit refunded. Deposits are otherwise not refundable without prior approval

WHAT TO BRING

  • Good Rain Gear
  • Lunch and Drinks
  • Sunscreen & Sunglasses
  • Motion Sickness Meds
  • Cooler to transport catch
  • Camera

 

The Big Water Guide Service provides all fishing equipment for your Lake Erie walleye fishing trip. You will be fishing out of top of the line boats, which are loaded with state of the art equipment that is not older than three years. Let us customize a trip to fit your needs.

FISHING LICENSES

PUT-IN-BAY WEATHER

LAUNCH POINTS

Mazurik State Park Launch Ramp

8957 Northshore Blvd. Marblehead OH 43440

Catawba Island State Park Launch

4049 E. Moore's Dock Rd. Port Clinton OH 43452

Turtle Point Marina

10275 West Lakeview Boulevard Oak Harbor, OH 43449

Turtle Creek Marina

6338 N Humphrey Rd, Oak Harbor, OH 43449

Huron River Boat Launch Ramp

41 Cleveland Rd. E (US 6) Huron OH 44839

Vermilion River Boat Ramp

South Street Boat Launch -777 River Road, Vermilion, OH

Lorain “Hot Waters” Boat Launch

First Street at Oberlin Avenue. Lorain, OH

Shelby Street Public Boat Launch

101 Shelby St. Sandusky OH 44870

OUR CLIENTS' WORDS

"The best fishing trip I ever had. We managed more than 50 walleyes, including a monster 11lber. The surprise 6lb smallie was an added bonus. Thanks again to Ross and the Bigwater crew."
Walt Gawronski
Paulding, OH​
"My wife and I had an awesome time. Even though we have our own boat, we wanted to learn more. We already ordered our own marine bean bag and Bert's trees. Gotta love the bean bag. We can't say enough about the great time. We will definitely go again"
Jeff Sayers
"If you're looking for a premier walleye fishing guide and trip look no further! Our first day on the water we boated seven walleyes over 10lbs! One of the most professional guides I have ever been with, the best part is that he teaches you along the way so you can take the skills back with you. Highly recommend getting your trip booked with Ross Robertson!"
Dan Struder
"I've fished with a number of guides and charter captains thru the years and Ross is the best I've ever fished with. Not only is he a great fisherman he is also highly entertaining! If you fish with him, I promise you won't be disappointed!"
David Bradley
"Best fishing trip I've been on. Not only did I catch a wall hanger, but had a great time with Ross and my buddy. I never felt at any point that Ross was my guide, it seemed as though we'd known each other for a long time and the trip went too fast! We caught our limits worth while other groups we came across at the cleaning stations came back with less than a 1/4 of what we caught.. we filled our freezers and we look forward to going back next year! If you are fishing Lake Erie for donkeys... this is the guy you NEED! Period."
Cole Weihe
"Ross Robertson is truly a master of his craft. He not only has command of his vessel, but an uncanny ability to put you on, and keep you on fish, no matter what the conditions were.
Tracy Troxel
Fremont, OH


"I have fished with Ross every year for the past four years. Caught some of the biggest walleye in my life. The fishing experience and knowledge he provides will change the way you fish. Highly recommend his service.
Mike Moon
"We have fished with the "Walleye King" many years. He is a first class fisherman for sure. We have always gotten our limits when others are lucky to catch half as many. In my opinion Ross is the best guide on the water and has the knowledge of what it takes to catch the "Donkeys" as he calls them. The latest equipment out there and you feel like a pro. I have several of the walleye I have caught mounted but seems like every year I get a bigger one! Not a bad thing! I would highly recommend you giving him a try I don't think you will disappointed."
Donna Davis
"Ross is the guy you spend a day with that you never want to end! He knows Lake Erie and the big walleye that live there. Years and hours worth of patterning makes him a library of knowledge. One that you get to pick his brain and ask questions that can't keep you from becoming a better angler!"
Brad Gumpf
"I've been out with friends and my wife and my dad. Ross acclimates to his clients with all ending in a good time and freezers full of fun. Top notch guy with Lake Erie knowledge that most charters fall shy of.."
Kevin Coy

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I book a trip?—Call or email Ross to discuss options, rates and availability. A deposit is required to hold a date. With the large amount of inquiries and questions it can be very difficult to respond to and keep track of social media messages. Don’t be afraid to call, Ross is very good about calling back in the late afternoons to early evenings. We’ve found that a brief call does wonders to getting on the same page and nearly eliminating any confusion.

What do we need to know Just before your trip? — When your travel to Lake Erie requires leaving a day or two in advance make sure to touch base with Ross prior to leaving your house to make sure weather is still good. Please understand that weather, water clarity and fish movements change constantly and therefore we rarely know where we will launch the boat more than the night before. In most cases we will depart no more than a 30 minute drive east or west of Port Clinton, Ohio and that is where lodging should be reserved unless your Captain specifies differently. The night before our fishing trip we will touch base on meeting specifics.

Do you do this fulltime?– We have been a full time year round guide service for more than 20yrs with some of the most experienced and versatile Lake Erie guides around on staff. By doing this fulltime we are able to stay on the fish, understand daily movements and have sponsors that allow us to have cutting edge and new fishing equipment and boats. We are fully licensed, insured and a drug free vessel.

When do we book? —A majority of our desired spring dates are booked well in advance, typically booking up solid before the season starts. A majority of these trips are booked from our email list. To be added simply sign up for our newsletter. (HERE) This is also a place where we will keep in touch with cancellations or additional availability. We typically begin this process in the late fall to early winter before that given spring. When in doubt give us a call for availability, but don’t wait till the last minute or you might be out of luck!

Deposit Policy— If your trip is canceled due to bad weather then you will be given the opportunity to either receive a refund on your deposit or move to a future trip. This decision can ONLY be made by the captain of your trip. Weather conditions such as rain is not cause to cancel a trip. On the other hand, if you choose to cancel your trip due to a personal, work, financial or other issues including ALL COVID-19 complications (Except on our end) the deposit will be kept and the remaining additional funds are owed to Bigwater Fishing LLC, depending on the situation and the amount of notification

How many Guests can you accommodate?—We can comfortably accommodate up to 3 guests total per boat. In the early and late seasons many of our guests prefer two per boat. If you have a larger party we have additional boats to accommodate much larger parties.

What do I need to bring?—We provide all of the fishing tackle but you’ll need a valid fishing license. A 48qt or larger cooler to leave in your vehicle when fishing to transport fish after the trip. A small cooler for your lunch and drinks (please no glass bottles or alcohol), sunglasses, sunscreen. MOST IMPORTANTLY—Dress in layers and have top and bottom rain gear. It is often much cooler on the lake and it doesn’t need to be raining to require rain gear. Regardless of the forecast bring it!

How long is a trip?—We don’t really clock watch, but most trips can extend up to 6 to 7 hrs. While by guidelines fishing is to be concluded when your limit is reached, if weather conditions and ability to responsibly catch and release fish is possible talk with your captain to continue. We don’t really have set departure times because we only run one trip per day and will leave when optimal fishing or weather conditions dictate. In the summer this generally means leaving earlier than in the spring and fall.

Should we tip our captain?—Your captain works hard for you not only during your trip, but puts in long hours before and after to make sure we are as dialed in with gear and conditions as possible. Tips are not required, but are accepted and greatly appreciated!

When in doubt with any questions or concerns give Ross a Call

GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BOOKING A LAKE ERIE WALLEYE TRIP

Bigwater Guide Service & Promotions
Captain Ross Robertson
hogwalleye@yahoo.com
(419) 283-7069

 

 

“Bad weather cancellations are at the captains discretion. An alternate date will be provided or your deposit refunded. Deposits are otherwise not refundable without prior approval.”