I'd Rather Be Fishing Charters

Lake Superior’s name is quite fitting when it comes to fishing, it’s one of the best freshwater fishing grounds in the world, both in size as well as the quality of the fight that the fish provide. The aptly named I’d Rather Be Fishing Charters is keen on showing you exactly why this reputation exists, so join them for an exciting lake adventure!

You will fish from their 32’ flybridge boat, the “Rendezvous II”, manufactured by Trojan. She’s powered by twin Chevy engines, each providing 225 HP of thrust – that allows her to develop a maximum cruising speed of 23 knots, more than respectable for a boat her size on this great lake. She can hold up to 6 anglers fishing at the same time in comfort. The boat was originally built in 1982, but has been restored in 2015; you get the best of both worlds, all the modern amenities you may wish for, combined with the tried-and-tested quality of the boat’s build.

Captain Nathan Fondness will be your guide and assistant on this fishing charter. He’ll take you after a variety of gorgeous local species such as the Pike, Walleye, Musky, Chinook and Coho Salmon, as well as the Brown, Lake, and Steelhead Trouts. The fishing techniques are geared toward the best fight you can get, so light tackle is used exclusively.

Capt. Nathan will take you fishing up to 15 miles offshore, so customers should bring adequate clothing. There’s no minimum age for kids on board of I’d Rather Be Fishing Charters. Clients are advised to also bring polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, and a waterproof camera. The Rendezvous II is disabled accessible, but the captain asks customers to contact him prior to arriving, to work out the details.



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $550
    If you're itching for some excellent lake fishing, Lake Superior is the place for you. This trip will take you on a morning adventure targeting a variety of species such as Chinook and Coho Salmon, various Trouts, Muskies, Pikes, Walleyes, and other species. All required equipment is provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:20 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $550
    If you're in the mood to burn some calories after brunch, this afternoon trip is perfect for you. You'll target a variety of exciting local species like Brown, Rainbow, and Lake Trouts, Muskies, Salmons, Walleyes, Pikes, and others you may run into. The charter will supply you with all necessary equipment.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $1,000
    If you can't get enough fishing done in a couple of hours, why not double down? This trip will take you fishing for the whole day to a variety of fishing spots at Lake Superior. The species you will target are Muskies, various Trouts, Chinook and Coho Salmons, Walleyes, Pikes, and others.
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About the Captain

Nathan Fodness
Duluth, Minnesota, United States
ID & License verified
36 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2018
Captain Nathan Fodness didn't start out as most captains did, living on the sea. Instead, he grew up inland and only discovered his extreme passion for fishing in his early 20's. As he continued fishing more and more, he discovered he would do this professionally and decided to follow his dream. Capt. Nathan's clients are mostly families with children and he's very excited about teaching kids the joys of angling every time they come on board his charter.

About this listing

Targeted species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Muskellunge (Musky) Muskellunge (Musky)
Pike (Northern) Northern Pike

Boat specs

Tiara (Flybridge) originally built in 1990. Powered by 2 350HP Chevrolet engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Offshore Fishing
up to 15 miles

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Electric reels available
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Tips are welcome

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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
no min. age, life jackets supplied
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible
Please contact for additional info

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 36 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (42)
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Blane S.
Saint Paul, MN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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Half day trip (morning)

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on September 11, 2022
Awesome experience with Nathan. His boat is very nice and he has top notch equipment. Captain Nathan and Jake are both very...
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Chris Y.
Spicer, MN
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half-Day Trip on Lake Superior

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 15, 2022
Even though the fishing was a little slow, Nathan and Jake did their best to give our family an amazing experience. Our kids...
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Melissa S.
Sheridan, WY
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Awesome!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 14, 2022
Amazing day! Enjoyed it so much! Booked this for my Husband, Three kids and I! Nathan and Jake were out guides! Amazing time!...
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Hunter D.
Pulaski, WI
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with captain Nathan

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 15, 2022
We had a blast fishing on Lake Superior with captain Nathan. He was super nice, and you could tell he knew what he was doing.
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   August 21, 2022
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FAQs about I'd Rather Be Fishing Charters

I'd Rather Be Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with I'd Rather Be Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with I'd Rather Be Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Tips are welcome)

I'd Rather Be Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (up to 15 miles)

I'd Rather Be Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing (Electric reels available)
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with I'd Rather Be Fishing Charters include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Muskellunge (Musky)
  • Pike (Northern)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Walleye