Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay

The outstanding fishery of Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan needs no introduction – you just need an experienced charter guide to take you out. Lure-In Fishing Guide Service and Captain Dennis Ansell will make sure you come back to shore with a cooler full of fish.

You could find a wide array of favorite catches at the end of your line – from Catfish, Bass, and Walleye to Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Steelhead, and Salmon. Capt. Dennis specializes in using artificial lures to get the fish to bite, but using live bait is also an option if you prefer it.

Try your hand at a variety of techniques, from jigging to fly fishing, depending on what you’re targeting. The captain will have rods and reels for you to use, so you don’t have to bring your own. If you’re a passionate fly fisherman, your guide can also provide fly fishing equipment.

Climb aboard a 21’ Tuffy boat and your fishing adventure can begin. The vessel is equipped with a 225 HP Evinrude engine and can fit up to 4 anglers. On board, you’ll find quality navigational electronics that will help you stay on the fish’s trail, and outriggers to extend your reach. After the trip, you’ll get your catch filleted and ready to serve as soon as you come home.

Kids are welcome on the trips, regardless of their age, and Capt. Dennis will have life jackets for everyone on board. Explore the abundant depths of Lake Michigan with Lure-In Fishing Guide Service!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 1
    $450
    When you've got 8 hours to fish Lake Michigan, you know you're in for a day of superb fishing action. You can expect massive Chinook, Coho, and Pink Salmon, as well as Walleye, Steelhead, Bass, Northern Pike, and Muskellunge. Get ready for the trip by buying a fishing license, food, and drinks, and Capt. Dennis will provide with the fishing gear.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip Afternoon
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 1
    $330
    If you don't have one whole day to spare to go fishing, half-day excursions are the next best thing. On your to-catch list is a variety of species – Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Steelhead, Walleye, Catfish, and more. Bring your fishing license with you, as well as some drinks and snacks. Rain gear is also a good idea in the autumn months.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip AM
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 1
    $330
    If you don't have one whole day to spare to go fishing, half-day excursions are the next best thing. On your to-catch list is a variety of species – Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Steelhead, Walleye, Catfish, and more. Bring your fishing license with you, as well as some drinks and snacks. Rain gear is also a good idea in the autumn months.
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About the Captain

Dennis Ansell
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Angler's Choice
5 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
66 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since February 2016
I enjoy eating fish so I wanted to put food on the table. My father taught me how to fish with plastic worms and I became interested in tournament fishing. As I fished more tournaments for different species and became consistent at it, I wanted to be able to pass along what I learned to others. So I started guiding for fish, and I really enjoy teaching people how to catch fish on artificials as well as live bait.

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Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Bass (Largemouth)
Bass (Smallmouth) Bass (Smallmouth)
Catfish Catfish
Muskellunge (Musky) Muskellunge (Musky)

Pike (Northern) Pike (Northern)
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Pink) Salmon (Pink)
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Tuffy (Other) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 225HP Evinrude Etec engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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

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
PayPal
Checks

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Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
83%
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Half-Day Trip with Captain Dennis

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip AM on June 4, 2021
Dennis is a terrific guide. He has a very detailed understanding of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, knows where to fish based...
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Morning trip on the bay

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip AM on July 26, 2021
We had a great time with Captain Dennis and landed 6 walleyes at a time when I’d heard others weren’t catching much. Although...
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Full Day Trip With Captain Dennis

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 10, 2021
I went on this fishing charter with two of my college friends. We had an absolute BLAST with Captain Dennis. The fishing conditions...
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Excellent Half Day Fishing Trip with Dennis

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip AM on September 16, 2020
My wife and I, fishing beginners,  really enjoyed the half-day fishing trip with Dennis in Sturgeon Bay, WI.  Dennis really...
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Half day trip for salmon and trout

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip AM on July 31, 2020
Dennis did a great job one our half day trip.  My dad and I went out for salmon and trout.  Dennis informed us the night...
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FAQs about Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay

Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay offers the following trips to customers:
  • $330 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip AM (4 hours)
  • $330 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip Afternoon (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Catfish
  • Muskellunge (Musky)
  • Pike (Northern)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Salmon (Pink)
  • Walleye