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

Their 31’ Sportcraft, “Always Prime Time,” is powered by twin 300 HP Mercruiser engines. It’s well suited to charter fishing, with an 11’ 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. We now have our 21’ boat available for up to 4 passengers.

Being based in Traverse City gives Captain Jerry and Captain Taylor 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 and Capt. Taylor 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
    $550
    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
    $550
    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 22
    $550
    Fishing can be slower in the midday.
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About the Captain

Jerry and Taylor Walkowiak
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
ID & License verified
195 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2016
Captain Jerry Walkowiak and Captain Taylor have been fishing the Great Lakes for over two decades. Their goal on every trip is to use the experience they have built up over the years to show you some great fishing and an unforgettable time to boot! They are more than happy to accommodate anglers of all preferences and skill levels.

About this listing

Targeted species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon

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
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days 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

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 187 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (220)
Morning Trip with Captain Taylor
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
99%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Brad A.
Ankeny, IA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day (PM) Trip with Capt Taylor

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 25, 2022
Went out 5-9 pm in late July.  Capt Taylor informed us trout were in deeper depths due to water temps, and it may be slow. ...
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Elizabeth W.
Troy, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Mid-Day Day Trip with Captain Jerry

VERIFIED   Midday on June 12, 2022
My husband and son (8 years old) joined Captain Jerry on a half-day trip (11-3). They had a wonderful time. Captain Jerry was...
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Brandon H.
Milford, Michigan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day AM trip with Captain Taylor

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 10, 2022
Had an awesome morning with Captain Taylor! Got out early hooked up with a couple salmon right off the get go, then limited...
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David D.
Traverse City, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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4 hour evening fish with captain Taylor

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 21, 2022
When we set this up we were in contact with Cpt. Jerry and Taylor. When we got there Jerry was not available due to a medical...
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Leah M.
Saint ANTHNY VLG, MN
Excellent
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Overall

Great weather. Great time. Great haul!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on September 23, 2022
Captain Taylor’s charter was awesome and we had a great time catching our limit in lake trout and hanging out on the boat,...
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FAQs about Prime Time Fishing Charters

Prime Time Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - Midday (4 hours)

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

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)