Prime Time Fishing Charters

Join Prime Time Fishing Charters for an unforgettable fishing experience out of Traverse City. They specialize in half and full day fishing charters on Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay from April to October.

Their 30’ Sportcraft, “Prime Time,” is powered by twin 300 HP Mercruiser engines. It’s well suited to charter fishing, with a 10’ beam and a spacious cockpit to accommodate up to 6 anglers. The boat is equipped with modern marine electronics to ensure your trip is both safe and successful.

Being based in Traverse City gives Captain Jerry easy access to Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. Here, the Lake Trout fishery is good all season long, and Salmon fishing is excellent from mid-August to early October. They fish both arms of the Grand Traverse Bay to make sure you are always in the best place to catch fish.

All tackle and equipment are included in the price of any given trip, but you’ll need to bring your own Michigan fishing license with you for the trip. Capt. Jerry will take care of the rest, and will even clean and bag your catch after the trip. For the best experience, be sure to bring a pair of polarized sunglasses and some sunscreen. Come on down to Traverse City and make your angling dreams come true!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    $500
    Even a shorter trip to Grand Traverse Bay means a lot of fishing. You'll be going after Trout and Salmon to your heart's content.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    $500
    Even a shorter trip to Grand Traverse Bay means a lot of fishing. You'll be going after Trout and Salmon to your heart's content.
  • Private trip
    Midday
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 31
    $500
    Fishing can be slower in the midday.
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About the Captain

Jerry Walkowiak
Williamsburg, Michigan, United States
Angler's Choice
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138 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2016
Captain Jerry Walkowiak has been fishing the Great Lakes for over two decades. His goal on every trip is to use the experience he's built up over the years to show you some great fishing and an unforgettable time to boot! He's more than happy to accommodate anglers of all preferences and skill levels.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Boat Specs

Sportcraft (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2002. Powered by 2 300HP Mercruiser engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Kari D.
Hubbardston, Michigan
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Morning Trip with Captain Taylor

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 15, 2021
My husband and I surprised our kids with a fishing trip, their first ever on the “big water” and a charter they had no...
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Maple Heights, OH
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Half Day trip with Captain Jerry and First Mate Taylor!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip (AM) on June 19, 2021
Booked a full day trip and the lake trout were biting so good we hit our max before we reached a half day. So we got our fish...
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Lake Ann, MI
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Evening bite

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 21, 2021
Fishing had been slow for a few days, bite had disappeared and was made aware of that via text and over the phone by Taylor...
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Midday on August 18, 2021
We had a half day trip on 8/18/21. We informed the captain that we had minimal experience on a charter boat. The captain and...
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Martha Y.
Kokomo, IN
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Half Day Trip (AM & PM)

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on September 4, 2021
We went during Labor Day weekend and had a great time with Captain Taylor and Jeremy. Despite being a busy weekend, we...
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FAQs about Prime Time Fishing Charters

Prime Time Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Midday (4 hours)

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

Trips booked with Prime Time Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Prime Time Fishing Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Prime Time Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Prime Time Fishing Charters include:
  • Lake Trout
  • Salmon (Chinook)