Superior, Wisconsin may not be the most famous fishing place in the world, but don’t let that fact fool you, for the fishing is amazing in this area. The proximity of the St. Louis River with its bountiful fish as well as the grand Lake Superior make for an excellent location for charters - something Optimum Charters fully understands and combines with their fantastic service.

Climb aboard Opti V, a 36’ Tiara, the ultimate Great Lake charter boat. She’s powered by twin Crusader engines, each delivering an impressive 350 HP each. That kind of juice gives the boat more than enough power and speed to cover any sort of distance quickly and to get you to the fishing spots in no time. She’s fully equipped for serious sportfishing, with a state-of-the-art electronic navigation and fish finding system onboard. Additionally, outriggers and quality downriggers are present on board, to widen your grasp when trolling.

The species targeted are varied, offering a fun, new experience every time you charter with Captain John Stieben. The famous local Walleye is one target, along with Lake Trout, Chinook and Coho Salmon, and the Musky. Light tackle and trolling are the primary techniques used to catch these beauties on this charter. Special trips for up to two anglers are available, the perfect surprise for your favorite fishing partner!

The crew offers catch cleaning, as well as filleting and packaging it. There is no minimum age for children and the captain provides vests in all sizes, but customers are allowed to bring vests for their children if they want to.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Mixed Bag
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    $850
    This full-day trip is fantastic for customers who are looking to get some serious fishing going. Depending on the time of year, it is possible to go after nearly all of the local species such as Walleye, Chinook and Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, or Musky. All required equipment is supplied by the charter.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - 2 PAX Special
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    $750
    A full-day trip that is perfect for the solo angler looking to relax, or the dream-team of two anglers. The species targeted on this trip will be Musky, Lake Trout, Coho and Chinook Salmon, as well as Walleye.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) - Mixed Bag
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    $600
    This half day trip will take you fishing on the St. Louis River or Lake Superior. The species targeted are Lake Trout, Musky, Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, and maybe some Walleye even. All required equipment is provided by the charter.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) - Mixed Bag
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    $600
    If you're looking to bring a group of friends fishing on Lake Superior and in the great St. Louis River, this is the trip for you. You will target Walleye, Lake Trout, Coho and Chinook Salmon, and other species you may run across. All the required equipment is provided by the captain.
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About the Captain

John Stieben
Superior, Wisconsin, United States
1 Fishing Report
31 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2018
Capt. John has spent over 25 years fishing salmon and trout on the Great Lakes, while also fishing salmon from Washington to British Columbia and Alaska. Captain John has been featured on ESPN, ESPN2, The Outdoor Channel, and local TV outlets on such shows as Minnesota Bound, Backroads with Ron and Raven, and Backland Outdoors. He also delivers seminars all over the Midwest on trolling for trout and salmon in the Great Lakes, and owns a fishing tackle business that makes downrigger trolling equipment (roemerrelease.com). Captain John is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain and licensed as a guide in Minnesota and Wisconsin

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Targeted Species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Muskellunge (Musky) Muskellunge (Musky)
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Tiara (Convertible) originally built in 1986. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Good experience
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
84%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
72%
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Ronda W.
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) - Mixed Bag on August 5, 2020
I took my 11 year old twins boys on an afternoon fishing trip we caught our limit of lake trout and one walleye.  The captain...
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Annie H.
Saint Paul, MN
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Half day from shing with captain John

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) - Mixed Bag on July 11, 2020
Great captain.. Great boat and equipment!  Fishing was slow but the captain was on in and trying different depths and bait...
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Michael H.
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Half day with captain Paul.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) - Mixed Bag on July 17, 2020
Took a chance on a last minute booking and it worked out.  Captain Paul was awesome and my son and I had a blast.  Caught...
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Half day trip with Captain Rob.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) - Mixed Bag on July 24, 2020
Very experienced captain. Fish weren’t bitting much that day but that didn’t discourage the captain. He changed lures,...
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Darcie J.
South Range, WI
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GREAT fun on one of our GREAT LAKES today

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) - Mixed Bag on August 16, 2020
Captain Paul was Awesome! Everyone had a great time. Would definitely book with him again.  Next time will be without our...
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FAQs about Optimum Charters

Optimum Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) - Mixed Bag (5 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) - Mixed Bag (5 hours)
  • $750 per group - Full Day Trip - 2 PAX Special (8 hours)
  • $850 per group - Full Day Trip - Mixed Bag (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Optimum Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS (Sitex)
  • Fishfinder (Furuno)
  • Outriggers (24' )
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Optimum Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Optimum Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (St Louis River Estuary)
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Superior)

Optimum Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Optimum Charters include:
  • Lake Trout
  • Muskellunge (Musky)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Walleye