Fantasy Charters

Looking to relax and take your family on a memorable fishing trip? Fantasy Charters is right up your alley, with amazing freshwater fishing set in the stunning nature of Michigan!

Capt. Jim invites you to join him on board of his 31’ Silverton, “The Fantasy.” She was originally built in 1980 and restored in 2003, demonstrating the outstanding quality of her build and design. You can bring your entire fishing party on board, as she can hold 6 anglers fishing in comfort, without knocking over gear while fishing. You’ll get to your fishing grounds in no time, thanks to the twin 270 HP Crusader engines on board.

Fantasy Charters is all about fishing some of the most prestigious fish to grace the waters of Michigan, Walleye, and Perch. You’ll hit the productive waters of the area going after these species. Hooking up Walleye mostly consists of trolling with planer boards, while fishing for Perch will be done on light tackle.

Captain James will happily clean and fillet your Walleye, though he won’t do Perch – you’ll probably catch too many of them! He will recommend a great fish cleaning service in the marina though.

You’ll have live bait available and ready to use before your trip starts.

There’s no minimum age for kids and life jackets in all sizes are provided. In fact, kids are encouraged as Capt. Jim loves getting young anglers hooked on sportfishing. All you need to bring is a valid fishing license, as well as some sunglasses and sunscreen.

Book a trip with Fantasy Charters and get ready to cast off on an exciting fishing adventure!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Perch (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Oct 15
    $580
    price breakdown
    $580
    Start the day off right with some exciting Perch fishing! You'll head out to the best Perch areas and anchor up once you find them. Fish cleaning available in the area.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Walleye (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 25
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Head out in the morning and target the gorgeous Michigan Walleye! You will go trolling and the captain will provide you with all the required equipment. Fish cleaning available in the area.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Walleye (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 25
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Sleep longer and then go fishing for Walleye, what better way to start your day off? You'll troll for these gorgeous fish. Fish cleaning available in the area.

About the Captain

James Manley
La Salle, Michigan, United States
10 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since May 2018
"I started fishing at the age of 5 and have been hooked till this day. Every change of season brings a new opportunity to target different species and styles of fishing." Captain James Manley has over 30 years of experience fishing the Great Lakes. He's guided customers on amazing fishing trips since '91, all the while honing his skills and improving his customer service. He loves getting his guests involved as much as possible on the fishing trip, so they can really feel the rush of hooking and reeling in a hard-fought catch!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Perch (Yellow) Perch (Yellow)
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Silverton (Convertible) originally built in 1980, and restored in 2003. Powered by 2 270HP Crusader engines.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 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
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.87
out of 5 stars from 10 reviews
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Great day great catch !!
Wonderful Trip!
July fishing trip
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Steve T.
Kalamazoo, Michigan
 5.00
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Half day perch trip

VERIFIED   NEW  September 7, 2020
Excellent time. Caught 110 perch. Capt Jim 1st mate Ken made the trip very enjoyable. Very attentive.
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Cathy L.
Tecumseh, MI
 4.00
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Great Day On The Water

VERIFIED   July 10, 2020
Had a great day with Captain Jim and Tom on the water. Caught our max before time was up. We were a group of 5 adults and I...
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John E.
Perrysburg, OH
 5.00
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Great day great catch !!

VERIFIED   June 29, 2020
Thanks Captain Jim!!
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Rick G.
Lapeer, MI
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 24, 2020
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John E.
Perrysburg, OH
 5.00
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Almost perfect day!

VERIFIED   August 5, 2019
Some things you do not control - the fish were not biting - but everything else was GREAT. This was our second year going out...
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