Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan

It’s time to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and get back to nature. Book a trip with Elsie K Charters today and enjoy spending the day fishing with Captain Gabe Graham. Captain Gabe has nearly 3 decades of fishing experience and many fishing tournament trophies under his belt. You’ll be in safe and capable hands fishing with him.

There is space for 6 anglers on board to fish comfortably, as well as an enclosed cabin to protect you from the elements. There is seating for the ride out – you’re sure to be too excited to be sitting for long once the action starts. This combines to make this boat great for everyone – kids, beginners, and experienced anglers alike will love this boat.

Between July and September, you can catch your fill of Salmon, including Steelhead, Chinook, and Coho. When you reach your limits, the captain will direct you to fish for Lake Trout, Brown Trout, and Walleye. Capt. Gabe will fillet your catch for you, ready for you to decide how to cook!

Kids of any age are welcome on board and will have life vests provided for them. They’ll love being able to catch their own dinner! Capt. Gabe is a patient teacher and will have the kids catching fish in no time.

The rods and reels are included in the price of the trip. You must buy a fishing license before the day, which can be signed on the day of the trip. You’ll also need to bring along your own food and drink for the day. Light alcohol, such as beer, is fine, but should be in cans only.

It’s best to wear light layers of clothes, ready for whatever the weather throws at you. White-soled shoes should be worn on boats so as not to leave marks.

There’s no better time to book. The peak season gets busy, so book today to avoid missing out. Capt. Gabe of Elsie K Charters looks forward to welcoming you on board to start making some epic fishing memories together!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Salmon (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    $600
    This 5-hour trip will have you mainly targeting Salmon. There is also the chance to catch other species in season. You'll mostly be trolling, making this trip great for the kids and novice anglers. You must buy a fishing license before the day of the trip. You can bring food and drink along with you, just no glass on board. Wear warm clothing in layers. Don't forget sunglasses to help with the glare off of the water.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Salmon (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    $600
    This afternoon trip will predominantly target Steelhead, Chinook, and Coho Salmon. These short trips are good for novice anglers and children. You need to bring a fishing license along on the day and have your own food and drink. All fishing gear is provided. You should wear warm layers of clothing and bring along sunglasses.
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About the Captain

Gabe Graham
Manistee, Michigan, United States
86 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2018
Capt. Gabe loves teaching kids. He's been a captain for 5 years but has over 25 years of fishing experience. He regularly participates in Salmon Tournaments – that's how he actually got obsessed with fishing.

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
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Cherookie (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1988. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

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

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 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Douglas H.
Royal Oak, Michigan
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I told them I wanted to fill the freezer

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Salmon (AM) on June 22, 2021
And they delivered. Morning charter tagged out on lake trout at 9:30am. Would’ve liked to add some other salmon species but...
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Royal Oak, MI
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Half day trip with Captain Gabe

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Salmon (AM) on July 10, 2021
I have been on several charters in the Ludington, Manistee and Frankfort area and Captain Gabe and his first mate were the...
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Lake Orion, Michigan
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Fantastic morning with crew and fish!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Salmon (PM) on July 5, 2021
Our trip was delayed due to high winds, but was able to quickly reschedule. Probably was for the best all the way around. Had...
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Rich H.
Cedar Springs, MI
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Gabe’s got some hustle!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Salmon (PM) on September 3, 2021
Captain Gabe took some first time charter guests out for an awesome time. Extremely attentive to the lines, always paying attention...
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Clark C.
Maple Heights, OH
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Morning trip with Captain Gabe Graham

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Salmon (AM) on August 2, 2021
As a Captain trying to keep three adults and three children (two which are autistic) Gabe is outstanding t keeping customers...
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FAQs about Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan

Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip – Salmon (AM) (5 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip – Salmon (PM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Private)
  • Fighting Chair (Fighting bench )
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System (Bluetooth radio)
  • Ice Box (Coolers)

Trips booked with Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Industry standard tip is 15-20%)

Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Walleye