“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. 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
    1 Hour–Lighthouse/Pier Fishing Tour
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    1 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 27 - Oct 2
    $220
    Combo boat ride / fishing from Grand Haven Harbor to Lake Michigan. We depart from Chinook Pier towards Lake Michigan. You will get to see the Big Lake Lighthouse and even get to put a rod in to catch a fish. The fishing portion of this trip would target Sheephead and species other than Salmon and Trout. Great for families. This quick 1-hour trip will let you see the harbor and lake and possibly catch one.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Weekday (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 16 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $690
    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 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 16 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $690
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Weekend (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 16 (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 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 16 (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
    7 Hour Trip – Ultimate Weekday
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 16 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $890
    This is the trip for the angler who would like the best opportunity possible. This 7-hour all-day trip departs at 6:00 a.m. and has extended time versus our other trips. This trip provides the best opportunity for success. Just make sure to pack your lunch or snack!
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Ultimate Weekend
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 16 (Sat, Sun)
    $890
    This is the trip for the angler who would like the best opportunity possible. This 7-hour all-day trip departs at 6:00 a.m. and has extended time versus our other trips. This trip provides the best opportunity for success. Just make sure to pack your lunch or snack!
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About the Captain

Brian Moat
Grand Haven, Michigan, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
149 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since May 2018
Captain Brian knows these waters like the back of his hand and will be happy to show you everything there is to know. Together with his crew, he works tirelessly to make sure his guests have a memorable time aboard.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Fishing techniques

Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fully Intergrated System
Fishfinder
Refrigerator
Multimedia System

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
We Provide all equipment
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Gratuity is Appreciated by crew
First Mate
Tips are appreciated

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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
If clients do not want their catch, we donate it
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible
Wheel Chairs Allowed/Crews assist limitd mobility

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

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 149 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (104)
Great fishing
Nice Drum that we caught, we tossed this back, not edible
Nice Drum that we caught, we tossed this back, not edible
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Melissa M.
Grand Haven, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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Awesome Crew

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Weekend (PM) on July 9, 2022
I was impressed with their knowledge of fishing and high level of courtesy. They even had a bottle opener on their flip flops,...
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John B.
Saranac, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Birthday Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Weekend (AM) on July 2, 2022
Our trip was celebrating my son’s 16th birthday. Captain Dana and First Mate Astro were great and worked their hardest to...
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Danielle F.
East Lansing, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Weekend (PM) on September 4, 2022
We had an absolutely blast! Captain Brady and 1st Mate Astro were knowledgeable, helpful, and patient with my 10 and 7 year...
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Gretchen C.
Hillsdale, MI
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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Fishing with Dana

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Weekend (PM) on June 4, 2022
We went with captain Dana and Astro both were great. They both were very knowledgeable and professional couldn’t have asked...
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Elizabeth D.
Park Ridge, IL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Amazing time!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Weekend (AM) on June 4, 2022
We had a killer time with this crew, they were the best, and I can’t say enough how great of a time we all had. Highly recommend...
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FAQs about Danel Sportfishing

Danel Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $220 per group - 1 Hour–Lighthouse/Pier Fishing Tour (1 hour)
  • $690 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Weekday (AM) (5 hours)
  • $690 per group, additional $75 per person after 5 guests - Half Day Trip – Weekday (PM) (5 hours)
  • $690 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Weekend (AM) (5 hours)
  • $690 per group, additional $75 per person after 5 guests - Half Day Trip – Weekend (PM) (5 hours)
  • $890 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 7 Hour Trip – Ultimate Weekday (7 hours)
  • $890 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 7 Hour Trip – Ultimate Weekend (7 hours)

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

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)