Showtime Charters runs angling trips out of Traverse City and offers to show you what fishing the Great Lakes is all about.

Captain Johnny Barlow is here to get you on some fish, and to make sure you have fun doing it. You’ll be using techniques like bottom fishing and trolling, depending on what you’re going after. As part of their 4-hour trips, you can target species like Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, and Brown Trout, depending on the season and weather conditions.

Your fishing adventure starts on a 31’ Tiara offshore sportfishing boat that can safely take up to 6 anglers. She features a toilet, ice box, and fighting chair to give you everything you need for a productive and comfortable day. When it comes to rods, reels, and terminal tackle, everything you need is also included in the price.

Want to bring the rest of the family along for the ride? Kids are welcome aboard, so you’re free to make it a family adventure. Capt. Johnny and his first mate Liam promise to teach them all about fishing, and they’ll even clean and fillet your catch at the end of the day. Tips are always appreciated for a job well done. All you need to do is buy a fishing license before the trip.

Book your trip now and hit these world-class waterways with Showtime Charters!



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Sep 30
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $600
    All you need to bring is your drinks, food, and a one-day fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased online for $11 or at Meijer grocery store in town.
    Types of fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
    Herring
    Herring
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (Evening)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:15 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Sep 30
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $600
    Going after Lake Trout and switching to Salmon if possible about half way through. All you need to bring is your drinks, food, and a one-day fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased online for $11 or at Meijer grocery store in town.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Sep 30
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $600
    All you need to bring is your drinks, food, and a one-day fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased online for $11 or at Meijer grocery store in town.
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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John D.
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Ultimate Family Fishing!! 10/10

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (Evening) on July 7, 2024
They say, “If you can take a kid fishing, do it!” Our family couldn’t agree more after our incredible experience with...
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Mary W.
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What a great time !!!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 17, 2024
This trip was a gift to my husband for Father’s Day.  He rarely has time to go fishing but he loves it so much!  He had...
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Lerae G.
Carleton, MI
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Half Dat trip with captain john

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (Evening) on September 10, 2023
This was the best fishing charter we have ever had. We have done alot of charters from Hawaii to San Diego to Aruba. John and...
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Thomas F.
HUNTINGTN WDS, MI
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Morning trip with Johnny and Chris on Showtime

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 20, 2023
Awesome trip on Showtime in West Grand Traverae Bay.  Weather was beautiful.  Captain Johnny was top notch.  I’ve been...
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Tara F.
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Fishing with Johnny

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 18, 2023
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FAQs about Showtime Charters

Showtime Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $600 per group, additional US $25 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $600 per group, additional US $25 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (Evening) (4 hours)
  • US $600 per group, additional US $25 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Showtime Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box Cooler to keep your catch in
  • Radar

Trips booked with Showtime Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Teaches and will coach you through how to catch )

Showtime Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Showtime Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Showtime Charters include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)

Meet the Captain

Johnny Barlow
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
82 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2022
I have been fishing in and around Traverse city since 2016. I enjoy getting out on the water and helping others enjoy what West Bay has to offer, and am privileged to do it with my son.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Tiara (Sportfishing) originally built in 1984. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Kitchen

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Teaches and will coach you through how to catch

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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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