No previous fishing experience is required to enjoy fishing Lake Michigan on Dead Reckon Charters’ 35 ft Egg Harbor Sport Fishing boat. Whether this is the first time you’ve decided to take a fishing rod in your hand, or you are a seasoned angler hoping to get hold of a trophy-sized Salmon or Lake Trout, Dead Reckon’s experienced crew will make sure your day is one to remember.

The Dead Reckon is powered with twin Crusader engines to get her motoring fast and efficiently towards the best fishing grounds on Lake Michigan. Featuring a full suite of Furuno electronics, a galley with a refrigerator, and an enclosed, private toilet, the boat has everything you need for a successful trip on board.

Quality light tackle made up of Ugly Stick rods with 20 lb test line will be available for you to use, and a trolling spread with outriggers and downriggers will make sure you get your chance at hooking one of the lake’s many delicious species. All the fishing and safety equipment is furnished, and you are welcome to bring whatever you would like to eat and drink.

Your fishing trip will involve trolling artificial baits in a variety of different ways to catch King and Coho Salmon as well as Brown Trout, Lake Trout, and Rainbow Trout. The crew aboard the Dead Reckon has over 129 years experience fishing the Great Lakes, making them an unbeatable team. In fact, they are so confident they will put you on fish they guarantee that if your group does not catch fish, their next trip aboard Dead Reckon Charters will be FREE!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $808
    This trip is the perfect opportunity for any avid angler to test their fishing skills against some of the nation's biggest and most-loved freshwater species. Get out on Lake Michigan and uncover just one of the reasons why it's deemed so "great." You'll spend your time trolling to entice the bite of some delicious and tough-fighting species. Get ready for a serious battle as you take on a Chinook or Coho Salmon, Brown or Lake Trout, along with Steelheads. Fill the boat and head home with a tasty treat.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $646
    Go and make the most of your time on Lake Michigan by mixing up your target fish and taking a range of delicious fish home with you. Spending 8 hours on the water will give you the chance to go after Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Steelheads, and Coho and Chinook salmon. These nationwide favorites are in abundance in the lake, and you'll troll to entice their bite, before filling the boat to take home plenty to fill the fridge.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $496
    If you're on a tight schedule and want to get your fishing fix, or you just want to see what all the fuss is about – this trip has you covered. Get out onto Lake Michigan's productive waters and target some delicious and tough-fighting fish. Troll to entice the bite of Salmon and a range of Trouts before using all your strength to teel 'em in and take 'em home.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $486
    Spend the best part of your day on the water going after some of the delicious creatures that call Lake Michigan their home. Aboard a luxury boat, you'll have everything you need for a productive day as you troll using light tackle. Target Salmon, Trout, and Steelheads and catch as many as possible up to your daily limit to take back home to fill the freezer.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip PM
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $486
    Spend the best part of your day on the water going after some of the delicious creatures that call Lake Michigan their home. Aboard a luxury boat, you'll have everything you need for a productive day as you troll using light tackle. Target Salmon, Trout, and Steelheads and catch as many as possible up to your daily limit to take back home to fill the freezer.
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About the Captain

John Zabel
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
17 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 hours
Member since May 2016
I have been fishing for as long as I can remember. Now I have more fun taking other people fishing.

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Targeted Species

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

Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

Boat Specs

Egg Harbor (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1984, and restored in 2012. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
73%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
91%
Catch intended fish
45%
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Tracie A.
Tomah, WI
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6 hour trip with Capt John Zabiel

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip PM on June 19, 2021
Nice day. Not a lot of fish brought in. As storms had gone through earlier. Still had fun and was fun watching the fish being...
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Fred R.
Newton, IA
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on September 17, 2021
We had a great time. The captain and crew were great to be with and did a great job. Very conscious of our needs. Wanting to...
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Beth M.
Vicksburg, MI
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on August 5, 2021
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on August 2, 2021
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Michael L.
Taycheedah, WI
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on July 18, 2021
More fish would have been nice but experience was great
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FAQs about Dead Reckon Charters

Dead Reckon Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $486 per group, additional $32 per person after 3 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $486 per group, additional $32 per person after 3 guests - 6 Hour Trip PM (6 hours)
  • $496 per group - 4 Hour Trip (4 hours)
  • $646 per group, additional $43 per person after 3 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $808 per group, additional $53 per person after 3 guests - 10 Hour Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Dead Reckon Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Private & Enclosed)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS (Furuno)
  • Fishfinder (Furuno)
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Dead Reckon Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • First Mate (Works for tips only!)

Dead Reckon Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Michigan)

Dead Reckon Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Ugly Sticks w/ 20 pd. test line)
  • Trolling

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