Fishing with Capt. Dusty Hafner

DH Custom Rods & Tackle is located in Wayzata and offers to show you a memorable time in these waters. Come fish with some of the best in the Midwest.  Lake Minnetonka is one of the best, most underrated fishing lakes in the land of 10,000 lakes. Lake Mille Lacs trips can be accommodated with sleeping quarters at an additional cost. Your crew can work with large corporate events and even coordinate tournament-style competitive trips as a fun event.

Capt. Dusty will do his best to make sure you have a fun day full of fishing. This involves 4 to 7-hour trips, mainly fishing for Bass both largemouth and small. Sunfish, Muskellunge, Pike, Crappie, and Walleye, depending on the season and conditions on the day. On these trips, you can expect to use techniques such as light tackle, trolling, ice fishing, jigging, and spinning.

Your fishing adventure starts on a 23’ Mako boat that can safely take up to 6 anglers. This boat comes with an ice-box and a wireless trolling motor.

All rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price so you can focus on what really matters, fishing. Please make sure to buy a valid fishing license ahead of time. The boat will be supplied with drinks for your pleasure, be sure to let the captain know if you have any questions or want to bring your own.

Book your trip now and hit the water with DH Custom Rods & Tackle.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Lake Minnetonka (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $450
    A Lake Minnetonka guided trip. The target species will depend on the conditions and time of year. Obviously, the goal is to put you on the best bite there is to ensure you have the best trip! These trips last from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Lake Minnetonka (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $450
    Enjoy a guided trip on Lake Minnetonka. The species you will target depend on the conditions and time of year. The crew's goal is to put you on the fish and make your trip the best possible. These trips last from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Walleye
    Walleye
    Crappie
    Crappie
    Pike (Northern)
    Northern Pike
    Sunfish
    Sunfish
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Lake Minnetonka
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $650
    Seven lovely hours on Lake Minnetonka. Target species depends on conditions, and time of year. The captain's goal is to put you on the best bite available and ensure you have lots of fun. Join him aboard and make memories fishing!
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Lake Mille Lacs
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 11 - Oct 31
    US $750
    Embark on a 7-hour adventure on Lake Mille Lacs and make lovely fishing memories. You and Captain Dusty will go after any available species, depending on the season and the conditions. Obviously, the captain aims to help you land a good catch and make your trip as enjoyable as possible!
    Types of fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Walleye
    Walleye
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
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Great time!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Lake Minnetonka (PM) on October 21, 2023
Deb and I had the pleasure of fishing with Capt. Dusty Hafner recently, and despite the cold and overcast weather, it turned...
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John J.
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Fishing with Dusty

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Lake Minnetonka (PM) on August 27, 2023
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Ronald S.
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Fishing with Dusty

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Lake Minnetonka (PM) on August 18, 2023
Ronald S. recommends Fishing with Capt. Dusty Hafner
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John V.
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Fishing trip in July

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Lake Minnetonka on July 30, 2023
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Paul V.
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Morning Minnetonka Trip with Dusty

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Lake Minnetonka (AM) on July 23, 2023
Great trip.  5 Stars all the way. We arrived at meeting point and Dusty met us with a smile.  Very inviting.  Boat and equipment...
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FAQs about Fishing with Capt. Dusty Hafner

Fishing with Capt. Dusty Hafner offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $450 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Lake Minnetonka (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $450 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Lake Minnetonka (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $650 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - 7 Hour Trip – Lake Minnetonka (7 hours)
  • US $750 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - 7 Hour Trip – Lake Mille Lacs (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Fishing with Capt. Dusty Hafner, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Fishing with Capt. Dusty Hafner include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Utilize our DH Custom Rods! on your trip! )
  • Live Bait (Rarely do we use live bait but in the case we do, it is included in the price. )
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Iced cooler on board with basics! Bring if desired)

Fishing with Capt. Dusty Hafner offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Fishing with Capt. Dusty Hafner offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Ice Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fishing with Capt. Dusty Hafner include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Crappie
  • Muskellunge (Musky)
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Pike (Northern)
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye

Meet the Captain

Dusty Hafner
Spring Park, Minnesota, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
76 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2019
As the owner of DH Custom Rods and Tackle, fishing has been Captain Dusty's passion since his youth. He made an exit from the corporate grind over 13 years ago to design and build custom fishing rods. Now with two retail Pro Shops in the twin cities and multiple guide boats, his company is one of the most complete outfitters in Minnesota.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Crappie Crappie
Muskellunge (Musky) Muskellunge (Musky)

Boat specs

Mako (Sportfishing) originally built in 2019. Powered by 2 150HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Ice Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Utilize our DH Custom Rods! on your trip!
Live Bait
Rarely do we use live bait but in the case we do, it is included in the price.
Lures
Drinks
Iced cooler on board with basics! Bring if desired

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 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 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
No age limits. However, children under 12 are required to wear like jackets. That said, most kids like to use their own for comfort. I do have a couple on board. But encourage bringing what your kids will be comfortable in.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Recent fishing reports

Been a great week on the water! Lots of
Been a great week on the water! Lots of
June 4, 2024
Been a great week on the water. With plenty more to come! The Bass are being caught in the usual post spawn weed flat edges. Ned rigs and drop shots are on fire! Book today, and let Capt. Dusty put a smile on your face!
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