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Join FishBilly Charters on Lake Michigan and get ready to have a blast with Captain William Stephenson! You’ll be exploring the productive waters between Traverse City, Frankfort, and Leland in search of world-class freshwater species. Capt. Bill has been fishing the Great Lakes most of his life and knows all the sweet spots in order to put you on big fish!

Your boat for the day is a 19’ Lund Tyee performance fisher, built in 2016 and fully equipped with state-of-the-art electronics and fishing gear. She comes with downriggers, a wireless trolling motor, a live bait tank, and safety gear. You’ll be fishing with top-of-the-line Okuma, Shimano, and Daiwa rods and reels so you get the most professional experience while on board.

You’ll be fishing from Lake Michigan, Grand Traverse Bay, and Lake Leelanau to target Yellow Perch, Walleye, Lake Herring (Cisco), Whitefish,  Smallmouth Bass, and Northern Pike. When trolling, your target will be Lake Trout. These prolific waters are abundant with freshwater species that are delicious and also fun to catch at the same time!

All you need to do is purchase a fishing license online or at a nearby shop and arrive 15 minutes before your trip. Feel free to bring a cooler with snacks and drinks, and the rest will be taken care of. Let FishBilly Charters show you an amazing time on Lake Michigan and get ready for an incredible adventure you won’t soon forget!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Jumbo Perch (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Apr 30
    $400
    We will be fishing for jumbo Lake Michigan Perch on the waters surrounding the Leelanau Penisula. During this special time good numbers of Perch collect in anticipation of warming waters. Spring Perch average 10"-12" long and it is not uncommon to catch good numbers of fish up to 15". Bring your fishing license, snacks, drinks and dress for the weather and come along for a day of Perch fishing.
  • Private trip
    Jumbo Perch (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Apr 30
    $400
    We will be fishing for jumbo Lake Michigan Perch on the waters surrounding the Leelanau Penisula. During this special time good numbers of Perch collect in anticipation of warming waters. Spring Perch average 10"-12" long and it is not uncommon to catch good numbers of fish up to 15". Bring your fishing license, snacks, drinks and dress for the weather and come along for a day of Perch fishing.
  • Private trip
    Leelanau Region – Bass/Walleye (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - May 31
    $400
    Fish the Leelanau Peninsula and Traverse City's world-class Smallmouth Bass and Walleye fisheries! You'll be fishing aboard the captain's 2016 19' Lund Tyee, equipped with everything you'll need for a productive morning on the water. Rods, reels, and tackle are included in the price, just be sure to purchase a fishing license and arrive at the dock 15 minutes before your trip. Bring snacks and drinks for the ride and get ready for an awesome morning of fishing!
  • Private trip
    Leelanau Region – Bass/Walleye (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - May 31
    $400
    Get ready to fish the Leelanau Peninsula and target world-class Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. You'll be fishing from a 19' Lund Tyee performance fisher, fully rigged with rods, reels, and tackle so you can fish like a pro. Just be sure to purchase a fishing license and arrive at the dock 15 minutes before the departure time. Bring snacks and drinks and get ready for an exciting afternoon of fishing!
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About the Captain

William Stephenson
Cedar, Michigan, United States
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Member since June 2019
Captain William has been fishing the Great Lakes for over 30 years. Apart from a possessing a lifetime fishing experience across North America, the captain is also a Michigan State University graduate and retired executive from the building products industry. In 2018, he began working as a first mate in Leland's historic Fishtown Village, gaining invaluable knowledge and launching his professional fishing career. In March 2019, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and obtained his captain's license and founded FishBilly Charters. Captain William guides all of his trips and provides top-notch service, safety, and fun to ensure you have a great experience on the water. “Our goal is to put you on fish and provide you with an experience you will remember forever. We are happy to tailor a trip to your specific interest. We aim for the best bite throughout the year and target a variety of species so you can make a catch. Our passion is fishing and we want to share it with you.”

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Targeted Species

Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Herring Herring
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Perch (Yellow) Yellow Perch

Pike (Northern) Northern Pike
Walleye Walleye
Whitefish (Lake) Lake Whitefish

Boat Specs

Lund (Performance fishing) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 39 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Ice Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

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

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

Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   Salmon & Trout (PM) on August 16, 2021
This was the most amazing time I had on a boat. This was a birthday gift to my fiancé. Not only did we catch BIG salmon the...
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VERIFIED   Salmon & Trout (AM) on July 12, 2021
Had a great time. Caught limit of really nice fish. I can’t wait to go again !
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VERIFIED   Salmon & Trout (PM) on June 2, 2021
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VERIFIED   Jumbo Perch (AM) on April 17, 2021
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VERIFIED   Salmon & Trout (Evening) on June 30, 2019
Captain Bill was awesome. He went above and beyond. Clear instructions, even suggested his website which shows what you can...
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FAQs about FishBilly Charters

FishBilly Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $125 per person after 2 guests - Jumbo Perch (AM) (5 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $125 per person after 2 guests - Jumbo Perch (PM) (5 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $125 per person after 2 guests - Leelanau Region – Bass/Walleye (AM) (5 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $125 per person after 2 guests - Leelanau Region – Bass/Walleye (PM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with FishBilly Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with FishBilly Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Okuma, & Daiwa )
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Included Walleye/Perch. Add $5 ea for Salmon/Trout)

FishBilly Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Michigan & its surrounding inland lakes )

FishBilly Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Ice Fishing

Top targeted fish species with FishBilly Charters include:
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Herring
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Pike (Northern)
  • Walleye
  • Whitefish (Lake)