WIFinlander Guide Service

Head to Wisconsin to join WIFinlanders Guide Service for a fun-filled adventure on Lake Michigan. If you don’t have a big party and want to fish with a couple of fishing buddies or your kids, this family-friendly company is an excellent choice.

During the spring and summer months, Captain Tim Hyvonen uses trolling as his main method to target and tach Trout and Salmon. If you are planning a trip in fall, Capt. Tim will pull out his spinning rods and jig for staging Chinook Salmon, Brown Trout, and Coho Salmon. Steelhead and Lake Trout are also around all throughout the season.

Once Salmon move into the rivers, Capt. Tim brings out the fly rods and targets them using large streamers. Later in the season, you can catch Steelhead with float rods, centerpins, and fly rods.

If the open waters of Lake Michigan are not your main goal, let Capt. Tim show you some hot spots that the inland lakes have to offer. There, you will be able to target Bluegill, Bass, Northern Pike, and Crappie.

Your boat for the day will be a 20’ Skeeter MX-2025, which is an excellent fishing machine for up to 4 anglers. It comes powered by a single 200 HP Yamaha engine and outfitted with everything you need for a successful fishing trip.

You will need to purchase a valid Wisconsin fishing license and bring your choice of drinks and snacks. All the rods, reels, and tackle will be provided by Capt. Tim.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:45 AM
    $450
    The duration of this trip is 5 hours or catch limit. You will be fishing Lake Michigan or its tributaries, depending on the season.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $450
    This trip will see you fishing on Lake Michigan when the season allows or its tributaries when Salmon and Trout run upstream.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Inland Mixed Bag
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    This is a full-day trip that will take you to any of the inland lakes for Bluegill, Crappie, Nothern Pike, and Bass.
  • Private trip
    4/5 Hour Trip - Inland Mixed Bag
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $300
    All rods, bait, and tackle will be provided for this trip. You will be fishing various inland lakes for Bluegill, Crappie, Bass, and Northern Pike.
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About the Captain

Tim Hyvonen
Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States
43 Fishing Reports
16 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2016
I started fishing at a very early age and landed my first Brown Trout out of the Root River at 5 years old and I was hooked. For the past 25 years, I have learned and created different techniques that have produced fish time and time again. After spending three years in the Coast Guard I came back home and started my own business, WIFinlander Guide Service, with a focus in springtime Steelhead in the rivers of Lake Michigan. I spent a few years fishing with other tournament fishermen and other charter captains learning the ropes and in 2014, I bought my first boat and started trolling on Lake Michigan and did very well in my first Salmon A Rama out of my own boat. Since then, I have continued to learn and progress and last fall I decided to embark on getting my Captains License. There is no better feeling than seeing the smile on someone's face who just caught either their first or biggest Trout/Salmon.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Crappie Crappie
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Pike (Northern) Northern Pike

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon Salmon
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

Boat Specs

Skeeter (Dual console) originally built in 2013. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Ice Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Linda N.
Mequon, Wisconsin
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Half day inland trip with Captain Tim

VERIFIED   4/5 Hour Trip - Inland Mixed Bag on September 20, 2021
We booked this trip as a 15th birthday gift for our grandson. Tim was very accommodating of our crazy schedule and had everything...
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Iowa City, IA
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Half a day with Captain Tim

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on August 19, 2021
You never know when they are going to bite. Spent the first few hours baking in the sun waiting for a bite. Once they started...
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Michael B.
Oshkosh, WI
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VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip - Inland Mixed Bag on October 5, 2021
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Racine, WI
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VERIFIED   4/5 Hour Trip - Inland Mixed Bag on July 18, 2021
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FAQs about WIFinlander Guide Service

WIFinlander Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $250 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 4/5 Hour Trip - Inland Mixed Bag (5 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 8 Hour Trip - Inland Mixed Bag (8 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with WIFinlander Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with WIFinlander Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

WIFinlander Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

WIFinlander Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Ice Fishing

Top targeted fish species with WIFinlander Guide Service include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Crappie
  • Lake Trout
  • Pike (Northern)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)