Fish’n Tales Charters

Fish’n Tales Charters is based in Ludington and offers a year-round fishing adventure on Lake Michigan. Join Captain Michael, who’s been fishing these waters his whole life. Whether you’re an avid angler or a beginner just looking for something different on your day off, you’ll enjoy a trip with Capt. Michael. He’ll share his tips and tricks, so you’ll become a better fisherman by the end of the trip, at least for a tiny bit.

You’ll be fishing on a 39’ Searay boat that accommodates up to 4 guests. The boat is powered by twin 400 HP Crusader engines and features the latest navigational electronics. The boat also has a toilet, downriggers, a cooler, and even a bed where you can rest if you get too tired of fishing.

You can target Coho and Chinook Salmon, or if you are more of a Trout fan, go after Steelhead, Lake, and Brown Trout. Choose how long you want to stay on the water and troll for your favorite fish.

The captain covers your fishing equipment, including lures. He’ll also clean your catch after the trip, so bring a cooler to keep your fish fresh. If you’re happy with the service you get from the skipper, feel free to leave a tip.

When it comes to preparations, you need to purchase your fishing license and pack some snacks and drinks.

Fish’n Tales Charters is ready for another great day at Lake Michigan. Just pick the date and join them.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15
    $700
    This trip is for 7-8 hours of fishing for Chinook Salmon, Coho, Brown Trout, and Steelhead. All poles, baits, and lures are supplied, so you don't have to rent anything. On the full day trip, lunch will be available if needed.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15
    $550
    Spend a few hours at the lake and target Salmon, Steelhead, and Brown Trout. The captain will help you with anything you need, so don't worry if you've never fished before.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15
    $550
    Depart around 3 p.m. and spend the afternoon fishing for Steelhead, Brown Trout, or Salmon.
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About the Captain

Michael Ryckman
Ludington, Michigan, United States
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36 Customer Reviews
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Member since May 2020
Fish’n Tales Charters is a service for people who wish to be on the water that don’t want to incur the cost of owning a boat. We target King Salmon, Steelhead, Coho, Lake Trout, and Brown Trout. Call us today and let’s get you set up to go fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Searay (Performance fishing) originally built in 1986, and restored in 2014. Powered by 2 400HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
39 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
93%
Catch intended fish
79%
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Sara S.
Saint Johns, MI
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Morning half day trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 5, 2021
What an awesome experience!  Booked the trip to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday and it did not disappoint!  The first...
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Mark M.
New Knoxville, Ohio
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Half Day Trip with Captain Mike

Half Day Trip (AM) on July 2, 2021
My brother, my 7 year old nephew, and I took a trip with Captain Mike and we had an absolute blast.  We had fish biting within...
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Donald M.
Bloomfield, KY
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One great trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 2, 2021
My Dad and I did a two day trip and had the best trip ever. The captain and his first mate were just excellent people and we...
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John R.
Ferndale, Michigan
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Last Minute Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on May 30, 2021
Booked with Captain Michael last minute on Saturday afternoon for a Sunday afternoon trip.  Michael and his first mate Tim...
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Theresa B.
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Excellent Half Day Trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 17, 2021
Our trip with Captain Mike and First Mate Tim was awesome!! They worked super hard to keep lots of poles in the water and help...
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FAQs about Fish’n Tales Charters

Fish’n Tales Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $550 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $700 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fish’n Tales Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fish’n Tales Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (It is customary for the clients to pay a tip)

Fish’n Tales Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Fish’n Tales Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Fish’n Tales Charters include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)