Char-Tom Sport Fishing Charters is a full-service fishing trip spearheaded by Charles Crum. A full-time U.S. Coast Guard captain, Captain Crum has fished all over the United States but loves Lake Erie above all else.

The waters of Lake Erie produce so much fish that it is easy to hook one, even on your first time. Board one of the Tommy C boats for an unforgettable experience!

Char-Tom provides you with everything you need for a successful fishing trip. Remember to bring your fishing license for those over 16, Ohio, or Canadian. Bring a camera, sun protection, and soft sole deck shoes. Pack a lunch and some beer or wine. Just make sure to leave the glass bottles at home. You can also order lunch directly from Char-Tom. Talk about service!

Char-Tom specializes in perch, walleye, steelhead trout, and smallmouth bass. Captain Crum’s knowledge is so in-depth, he charters specific boats for each fish. The fish are found in different places depending on the time of year.


The numbers for Walleye are a little lower than fishery biologists would like. However, there is still a good number to fish from. This fish likes the cooler waters. March and April is the time for jig fishing walleye while casting and trolling are best in Late May and July. Walleye limits are set in May.


Perch fishing is excellent from April through September. These tasty fish can grow up to 9 to 13 inches. Late August always sees an increase in numbers

Steelhead Trout

Steelhead Trout charters leave from Catawba Island. This type of trout prefers deep cool waters and can be tricky to locate.

Smallmouth Bass

Bass numbers are at their highest in August through September. Since these fish are still under attack by the invasive Round Goby, there is a 5 bass limit for fishermen.


Claire H: “I am so glad that we found and chose your charter. Cap’n Charlie got us on fish and was patient with our fishing skills. We had 3 great days of fishing, memories and he even gave us great advice to get our fish back to Texas. We’re looking forward to a future charter with them. Thanks so much!”

Rebecca W: “My boyfriend and I went out on a fishing trip with Char-Tom Charters and have enjoyed each trip we’ve had out on the water. We’ve limited out each time on perching and walleye trips. Capt. Charlie and crew have always been very pleasant! I’d highly recommend this charter.”

Shannon C: “Had a perfect day on the water. Thank you to the crew that stepped up in the time of loss. Our prayers are with you, Captain Charlie. This was our second charter with Char-Tom and we are already planning next year’s trip!”


For families, couples, and even large groups, Char-Tom Sport Fishing Charters is the ultimate fishing charter for Put-in-Bay.