Prime Time Fishing Charters

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Join Prime Time Fishing Charters for an unforgettable fishing experience out of Traverse City. They specialize in half and full day fishing charters on Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay from April to October.

Their 30’ Sportcraft, “Prime Time,” is powered by twin 300 HP Mercruiser engines. It’s well suited to charter fishing, with a 10’ beam and a spacious cockpit to accommodate up to 6 anglers. The boat is equipped with modern marine electronics to ensure your trip is both safe and successful.

Being based in Traverse City gives Captain Jerry easy access to Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. Here, the Lake Trout fishery is good all season long, and Salmon fishing is excellent from mid-August to early October. They fish both arms of the Grand Traverse Bay to make sure you are always in the best place to catch fish.

All tackle and equipment are included in the price of any given trip, but you’ll need to bring your own Michigan fishing license with you for the trip. Capt. Jerry will take care of the rest, and will even clean and bag your catch after the trip. For the best experience, be sure to bring a pair of polarized sunglasses and some sunscreen. Come on down to Traverse City and make your angling dreams come true!



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    Even a shorter trip to Grand Traverse Bay means a lot of fishing. You'll be going after Trout and Salmon to your heart's content.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    Even a shorter trip to Grand Traverse Bay means a lot of fishing. You'll be going after Trout and Salmon to your heart's content.
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About the Captain

Jerry Walkowiak
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
Angler's Choice
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66 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2016
Captain Jerry Walkowiak has been fishing the Great Lakes for over two decades. His goal on every trip is to use the experience he's built up over the years to show you some great fishing and an unforgettable time to boot! He's more than happy to accommodate anglers of all preferences and skill levels.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Boat Specs

Sportcraft (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2002. Powered by 2 300HP Mercruiser engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.91
out of 5 stars from 66 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Chris M.
Royal Oak, MI
 5.00
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King Salmon was worth it.

VERIFIED   NEW  July 19, 2020
So we showed up at 530 in the morning and wouldn’t you know there was a huge storm and we couldn’t go out. Captain...
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Scott G.
Homer Glen, Illinois
 5.00
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Amazing trip!

VERIFIED   NEW  August 6, 2020
We had a fantastic time on our fishing charter with Prime Time Fishing.  Captain Jerry and his son Taylor were great and...
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Keith B.
Winder, GA
 5.00
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8 hour trip with Captain Jerry

VERIFIED   NEW  July 14, 2020
We didn’t have a first mate but Jerry took good care of all 6 of us.  We all caught fish and he even let us help...
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Mike W.
Lapeer, MI
 5.00
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  July 24, 2020
We had a great fishing experience and we all caught a fish, lake trout.  Next time we will make sure to get up earlier...
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Jim N.
Davison, Michigan
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  July 20, 2020
Great experience. Jerry was extremely well informed and his deck hand was very quick and experienced dealing with the multiple...
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