Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters

If you’re looking for an exciting fishing experience on Lake Michigan, Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters is here to help you out! Join professional fishing guide Jeff Bajtka and explore the wonderful fishing opportunities this mighty lake has to offer. He’ll take you to all of his favorite spots and make sure to maximize your chances of reeling in big fish.

You’ll head out on his 30’ Cherokee commercial boat, with room for up to 6 anglers per trip. The boat is powered by twin 350 HP engines, making it a beast on the water. It’ll take you where you need to be in a matter of minutes. There’s a toilet on board for your convenience, as well as a refrigerator for anything you might need.

Lake Michigan is known for its majestic views, open waters, and abundant wildlife. There’s a variety of fish that inhabit these waters, but guide Jeff will take you out offshore where you’ll be trolling for Salmon. They get pretty big in these waters, so expect to have your hands full when battling these prized fish.

Jeff will have all the equipment ready for you when you board, including rods, reels, and terminal tackle. You’ll be fishing using a range of artificial lures provided on board, and the first mate will be there for anything you might need help with. Your catch will be cleaned and filleted upon your return, so you can take it home for a nice family dinner.

Children are welcome to join, so take them on a fishing trip that will leave them breathless and stay in their memory forever. All you need to bring is some food and drinks, so you can stay full of energy throughout the day. Note that you need to get a freshwater fishing license before the trip as well.

Come and enjoy a great day of fishing on Lake Michigan with Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters, making memories that will last a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:15 AM
    $600
    This is a great trip to go on if you'd like to spend some time on the waters of Lake Michigan, trolling for some prized Salmon. You can take it in the morning or in the afternoon, and your guide Jeff will take care of everything. He'll provide all the equipment, so just make sure to get a license, pack some food and drinks, and come spend 6 hours reeling in some nice Salmon!

About the Captain

Jeff Bajtka
Manistee, Michigan, United States
ID & License verified
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since July 2020
Guide Jeff has been fishing Lake Michigan for quite some time, and has developed a sense of where the fish are and how to catch them. He loves taking people out, and showing them the beauty of this big lake. The only thing he loves more is the look on people's faces when they reel in a big Salmon!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon

Boat Specs

Cherokee (Commercial) originally built in 1986. Powered by 2 700HP 350 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 23 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Refrigerator
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Refrigerator

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

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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Mark M.
Beaverton, MI
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 21, 2021
Jeff and Cain were awesome! Very knowledgeable and adapted fishing techniques to the ever changing waters and weather. Jeff...
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Ritchie J.
Jackson, Michigan
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Half day trip with Jeff

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 3, 2021
We got off to a rough start but started to pick up shortly after. Unfortunately one of are friends got a little sea sick but...
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John P.
Waynesfield, OH
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1/2 Day with captain Jeff

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 9, 2021
We have a very good time. The captain and first mate was awesome. I would recommend using brown bear charter to anyone.
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Catherine H.
Lowell, Indiana
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Annual Family Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 17, 2021
Captain Jeff is great! I highly recommend a trip out to sea with him.
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Byron G.
Swanton, OH
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Fishing with Jeff

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 13, 2021
five fish on first thing then a little slow time so captain tried something different deeper water different baits then 3 more...
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FAQs about Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters

Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters offers the following trip to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Refrigerator

Trips booked with Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters offers the following fishing technique:
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters include:
  • Salmon (Chinook)