Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc.

Gold Coast Charter Service was born out of a longstanding fishing tradition. Captain Eric Walline has been fishing out of the scenic port of Frankfort since 1978. Frankfort lies on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Traverse City.

You will be fishing aboard Captain Eric’s 30’ offshore sport fishing boat, the Trophy Cup. Apart from all the necessary safety and navigation gear, it has a private head, downriggers, and plenty of room for up to six anglers. The boat was designed with charter fishing in mind, meaning it’s got good seating as well as enough room to make moving around less of a hassle when fishing.

The fishing season in Frankfort starts around mid-May and lasts up until mid-September. During this time, you will be fishing for Salmon, Lake Trout, and Steelhead, which can all be found in great numbers. Trolling is the name of the game here, and has proven time and again to be probably the best way of hooking lots of fish in the waters of Lake Michigan. You will be exclusively using artificial lures during the trip.

The price includes all the necessary rods, reels and terminal tackle you’ll need for a successful trip. A Michigan fishing license is not included, but can easily be found online. After the trip, the crew will clean and fillet anything you catch for your convenience. Bring along a pair of sunglasses as well as some drinks and snacks if you’re so inclined and the adventure can begin.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    A full day option is great for family trips, or just those who would like to see everything these waters have to offer. You will be trolling for Salmon and Lake Trout in the inshore waters. Depending on the bite and weather conditions, you can also go some miles nearshore in search of bigger biters. Included in the price are rods, reels, and terminal tackle, and your catch will be cleaned and filleted after the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - AM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 30
    $525
    price breakdown
    $525
    This trip will take you trolling for Salmon and Lake Trout in the inshore waters near the port of Frankfort. The price of the trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle. This is a good option for new anglers or those looking to get a quick lay of the land. Bring a pair of sunglasses, some drinks, and snacks if you like, and you're all set.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - PM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 30
    $525
    price breakdown
    $525
    For those who don't have a lot of time to spare in the morning hours, this trip will depart in the late afternoon and come back in at dark. You will be trolling for Salmon and Lake Trout in the inshore waters. Included in the price are rods, reels, and terminal tackle. Feel free to bring along drinks and snacks if you are so inclined.

About the Captain

Eric Walline
Elberta, Michigan, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
8 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since November 2016
Welcome...I have owned and operated Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc. since 1992. I've been fishing out of the Port of Frankfort since 1978. I have fished many Lake Michigan ports and prefer Frankfort because of the scenery, good fishing and the proximity of good fishing destinations. Our family has owned a small house in Frankfort for more than 30 years and both my sons grew up fishing with me. I enjoy helping customers catch fish and also informing them of the local history as well as information about the freighters that we often see out on the lake. I think our area is the most beautiful part of the state. My boat was designed for charter fishing and is equipped with the fishing and safety electronics we need to catch you fish and keep you safe. To summarize, we offer a knowledgeable captain, beautiful scenery, a large safe boat and great fishing!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Salmon Salmon

Boat Specs

Cherokee (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1986. Powered by 2 270HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

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
Checks

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
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Caught this beautiful sunset
Half day trip with Captain Eric and first mate Mike
Half day trip with Captain Eric and first mate Mike
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
83%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
83%
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Daniel M.
Cedar Springs, Michigan
 5.00
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VERIFIED   NEW  August 31, 2020
captian eric and first mate mike where outstanding! did every thing they could to catch fish.
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Ryan H.
Chelsea, MI
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VERIFIED   July 28, 2020
Captain Eric and mate Mike were excellent guides! They truly know what they are doing and they are all about having fun. Highly...
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Todd M.
Interlochen, MI
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VERIFIED   July 14, 2020
Great half day morning trip.No Salmon yet ,but the trout were a great fight.Limited out in 3 hours.I have never caught a full...
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Dillon R.
Traverse City, Michigan
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Half day trip with Captain Eric and first mate Mike

VERIFIED   August 1, 2020
Absolutely awesome crew! Went above and beyond to catch us fish. They were wonderful with our small children as well.
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John N.
Manistee, Michigan
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VERIFIED   July 2, 2020
First time charter fishing. Truly enjoyed it. Plan on doing it every year with captain Eric.
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