Top Shelf Charters LLC

(22) Just booked!
301 North Harbor Drive
Grand Haven MI, United States

Lake Michigan is one of those places that are simply blessed with incredible fishing. Combine that fact with the immaculate service that Top Shelf Charters provides to its guests and you have the recipe for an unforgettable fishing adventure!

Join Captain Kirk Heilman on board of his 40’ Sea Ray, the “Black Label.” She was originally built in 1987 and restored in 2013 – like a fine wine she only got better with age. Powered by twin 400 HP Crusaders, you will cruise along comfortably. She’s quite spacious thanks to her large aft, allowing for up to 6 anglers to fish in comfort, without tangling lines or knocking over gear.

Serious fishing requires serious equipment, and she’s chock full of it! A flybridge allows you to spot your topwater prey from far away. Outriggers and downriggers are essential when trolling for Salmon or other species, and your reach will be extended with them, both to the side and below. If you need to take a break from the reel-screaming action the fully air-conditioned cabin with a toilet and bed is ready. No need to worry about holding it in on longer trips, a full-head toilet is available.

Capt. Kirk will take you fishing for the famous King Salmon, as well as Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Lake and Brown Trout. The Black Label has ample space to fill her coolers with all the keepers you reel in (within local regulation).

Kids are welcome on board, provided they are aged 3 and above. The captain will supply you with PFDs in all sizes. A fishing license is required; you can buy one on the boat.

If you’re ready to see just why Lake Michigan has a reputation for excellent fishing, book a trip with Top Shelf Charters and get ready to cast off on a fishing experience of a lifetime!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    US$ 800
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Spend the entire day fishing the waters around Grand Haven for Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Steelhead, and whatever else takes the bait! All the required equipment will be provided to you by the charter operator.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand!
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    US$ 550
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This 6-hour trip will take you fishing first thing in the morning. Straight out of bed and straight on to the absolutely gorgeous Salmon that lives in the waters around Grand Haven.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand!
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    US$ 550
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Sleep in and then go fishing – what can beat this as the perfect way to spend a day off? Go fishing on Lake Michigan for excellent Salmon and Trout on this 6-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Cruise - No Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    2 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    US$ 275
    up to 6 persons
    Scenic tour around Grand Haven and out to Lake Michigan. Take a break from it all and enjoy the stunning nature of Michigan. There won't be any fishing on this trip, but there'll be plenty of fun!
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Brown Trout
  Lake Trout
  Perch (Yellow)
  Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

  Salmon (Chinook)
  Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Sea Ray (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1987, and restored in 2013. Powered by 2 400HP Crusader engines.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 30 days before the trip date.
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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

About the Captain

Kirk Heilman
Grand Haven, Michigan, United States
Member since August 2016
22
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Captain Kirk Heilman has been fishing for almost 3 decades now, starting as a first mate when he was just 10 years old! He does around 130 trips every year – a testament to his skill and the satisfaction of his customers. Using his vast experience (he spends countless hours researching), advanced electronics, and an ample amount of tackle, he'll work hard to put you on the hottest bite and give you the chance of landing that personal best!
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Grand Haven Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.91 out of 5 stars from 22 reviews

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Had a great time with captain Dylan and the first mate Dakota. They got us on the fish and we caught a lot of nice fish. We will definitely be coming back had a great time excellent fishing!!!!!!!

Fished June 16, 2018
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Fished June 14, 2018
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We had a great time on Top Shelf with Kirk and Dillon. Beautiful clean boat and excellent fishing guides. They put us on the fish early and had a steady stream all morning. The King Salmon was the highlight of the trip!
Finished up the day by eating our catch at Kirby’s, they fixed the salmon and trout 4 ways!!! Thank you great day!

Fished June 13, 2018
Kirk Heilman (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 14, 2018

Thank you Mike it was a pleasure having you on board Black Label with us today. Look forward to having you back again someday.

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Fishing Reports

Storm front brought in the fish

June 16, 2018

What a crazy day of fishing, plenty of fish to go around as a storm front pushed through the fish were biting everywhere. This summer continues to produce lots of fish. We have openings still and would love for… Read Full Report →


Excellent 2018 fishing

June 06, 2018

2018 continues to be an incredible year for fishing lots of big king salmon, coho salmon, and lake trout are being caught. Downrigers have been working great, dipsy divers catching lots of trout and our copper long lines producing… Read Full Report →