“Kids welcome & adults tolerated” is the motto of Danel Sportfishing and what they are all about. This charter company has been a family business on the boardwalk at Chinook Pier Grand Haven since 1984 and continues the tradition today.

Danel Sportfishing was founded by Dana Bonney Sr over three decades ago but his same values are present today. They believe that kids are the future and offer family-friendly adventures on Lake Michigan.

Whether you are planning that get-away fishing trip, a summer vacation with your family and friends, or even want to entertain corporate clients, Danel Sportfishing and the Grand Haven area are all ready for you.

You will be fishing aboard the ‘Danel’, a 33’ Trojan boat. She provides a very stable trolling platform and more comfort than the 30’ boats in the area. Built back in 1985, she was overhauled in 2013 and can cruise at a top speed of 30 knits thanks to her twin 350 HP Crusader engines.

The Danel can comfortably accommodate up to 6 anglers and is rigged with modern electronics and technologies to save your time while searching for a big one. Her top-notch GPS and fishfinder build up a clear image of where the fish are hiding.

On your day out, you will be trolling for Chinook and Coho Salmon, along with Steelhead, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout. All trips include the use of quality rods, reels, and lures, as well as the assistance of the First Mate, who works for tips. Just bring a valid Michigan fishing license, your food, drinks, and hop onboard. The only thing that’s missing is you!

The crew also participates in the Catch and Cook program that allows you to bring your catch at select local restaurants. Just let the captain know that you’d like to take part in the program.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Prime Season 1/2 Day – 1-6 People
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 3 - Sep 7 (Sat, Sun)
    $870
    Weekend prime season trip for 1 to 6 people.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Weekend (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 4 (Sat, Sun)
    $690
    This is a weekend morning trip to the mighty Lake Michigan, where you will be trolling for Chinook Salmon, Steelhead, Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, and Brown Trout.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Weekend (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 4 (Sat, Sun)
    $690
    There is nothing better than spending your afternoon out on the water, especially after a tiring week at work. Have a family gathering on Lake Michigan and make a great catch possible!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Weekday (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $620
    This is a standard trip, which is great for any angler no matter the age or expertise. You will be targeting Salmon and Trout on Lake Michigan.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Weekday (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 22 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $620
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About the Captain

Dana Bonney
Grand Haven, Michigan, United States
Angler's Choice
2 Fishing Reports
123 Customer Reviews
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Member since May 2018
I grew up as a second-generation fisherman. I have fished Lake Michigan since 1981 and love sharing this incredible resource as a captain. I have fished and won tournaments on Lake Michigan but my focus is providing a great family fishing trip. Kids are the future and I will never forget the charter trips I went on with my dad as a kid. I was lucky enough to fish with some great captains not only here in the Great Lakes but the East Coast and Southern US. These experiences were incredible as a kid and now I am lucky to be able to share the same kind of adventures with my customers. My family moved to the Grand Haven area with the sole purpose of starting our charter business and I am proud to continue that tradition today.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

Boat Specs

Trojan 10 Meter (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1985, and restored in 2013. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
33 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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
Disabled Accessible

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
99%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Dave D.
Hastings, MI
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High winds and long fins with Brendan and Brian

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Weekend (PM) on August 8, 2021
Had a fun day with the family, and First Mate Brendan and Capt’n Brian.  We had our first family charter experience, and...
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Gordon V.
Gardner, IL
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Half day trip with Captain Brendan

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Weekday (AM) on August 3, 2021
Our group of three enjoyed a great morning salmon fishing out of Grand Haven. Captain and first mate were hard working and...
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Travis Z.
Comstock Park, MI
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Afternoon half day trip with Captain Travis and First Mate Dakota

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Weekend (PM) on July 17, 2021
Had a great time on the water and managed to pull in a some nice fish! We went on an afternoon trip and the weather was amazing....
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Maggie S.
EAST GRAND RA, MI
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Half day trip with Captain Dana

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Weekday (PM) on August 31, 2021
Captain Dana and first mate Dakota went out of their way to ensure a great experience.  They even helped land a 22 pound...
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Bryan S.
Tecumseh, MI
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Half day am trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Weekday (AM) on August 17, 2021
Big thank you to Dana and Dakota. Was a good fishing trip even know fishing was slow. We got 1 fish but the crew did everything...
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FAQs about Danel Sportfishing

Danel Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $620 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Weekday (AM) (5 hours)
  • $620 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Weekday (PM) (5 hours)
  • $690 per group, additional $75 per person after 5 guests - Half Day Trip – Weekend (PM) (5 hours)
  • $690 per group, additional $75 per person after 5 guests - Half Day Trip – Weekend (AM) (5 hours)
  • $870 per group - Prime Season 1/2 Day – 1-6 People (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Danel Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS (Fully Intergrated System)
  • Fishfinder
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Danel Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (We Provide all equipment)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Gratuity is Appreciated by crew)
  • First Mate (Tips are appreciated)

Danel Sportfishing offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Michigan)

Danel Sportfishing offers the following fishing technique:
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Danel Sportfishing include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)