North Bay Charter LLC I

Bedore Street
Harsens Island MI, United States

North Bay Charter offers exciting fishing trips on Southeast Michigan’s lakes Huron and Lake St Clair. You will enjoy a day on the water in the Muskie and Walleye capital of the entire country, aboard a fine sport fishing vessel and in the company of an experienced captain.

The charter is operated by Captain Tom Arlington who’s been running it for over 40 years and has enjoyed seeing many satisfied customers he’s taken out. This kind and interesting person is well informed about the local fisheries, and will gladly share his knowledge with you.

You will fish aboard his 24-foot Shamrock offshore sport fishing boat, originally built in 2003, and restored in 2013. It is powered by a 210 HP Ford engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots. This gives it perfect speed on the lakes when locating the productive spots or moving between them.

The boat is fully equipped with all the safety and electronic features such as life jackets and a fishfinder. It features a toilet and has cabin facilities for your comfort, and has a set of outriggers and downriggers to maximize the catch.

North Bay Charters will take you fishing for various species such as Salmon and Trout from April to June, Walleye and Bass from May to August, Perch from May to October, and Muskie and Northern Pike from June to October.

Depending on the species you wish to target, Captain Tom will take you to the lake where they can be found the most. He will provide you with the fishing gear, but you are welcome to bring your own if that’s what you prefer. Just make sure to let him know in advance so he can make room on the boat for your equipment.

You will leave out of one of the following ports: Port Sanilac, Harbor Beach, and Harsens Island. Captain Tom will advise you in advance where you’ll meet so you can embark on a fishing adventure of a lifetime.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Muskie / Northern Pike Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 1 Oct
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This trip is taken from June to October as the species are present in this period in good numbers. You will be casting or trolling for them. The length of 7 hours is when fishing on the American side. Bring the proper license either Michigan/Ontario
  • Private trip
    Salmon / Trout Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 30 Jun
    US$ 400
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    You will fish for Salmon and Trout in the Spring months of April, May, and June. The fishing method used is trolling. If fish need cleaning, your trip is 30 minutes less than above mentioned. You need to bring fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Perch Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Oct
    US$ 375
    up to 4 persons
    You will fish for Perch from May to October using casting or drifting techniques. You fish can be cleaned at an extra cost.
  • Private trip
    Walleye / Bass Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Aug
    US$ 375
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 40
    each additional person
    This trip is available April through August as this period is when Walleye and Bass are most present. You will mostly be using jigging, casting and trolling as fishing methods. If fish need cleaning, your trip is 30 minutes less than above mentioned. Bring your fishing license and a cooler for your catch
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Bass (Smallmouth)
  Lake Trout
  Muskellunge (Musky)
  Perch (Yellow)

  Pike (Northern)
  Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Boat Specs

Shamrock (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2013. Powered by a 210HP Ford engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

24 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible


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:
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Tom Arlington
Harsens Island, Michigan, United States
Member since February 2017
Captain Tom has over 40 years of experience fishing the local waters. he has vast knowledge of the local fisheries and where the best spots are to catch a limit of Walleye, Perch, Bass, Trout, Salmon, trophy Muskie and more. His goal is for everyone to leave with a cooler full of fish and memories to last a lifetime!
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

4.83 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews

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My father - who loves to fish and was visiting from Singapore - and I went out with Captain Tom for half a day. And we had the best time. Harsens Island is such an oasis, with waters teeming with lake wildlife. We left promptly at 7am and fished for the next 5 and a half hours, as Captain Tom had promised. He was friendly, helpful and professional. He had ample fishing rods (6 total) for trawling for Walleye, and other rods for catching Perch. And boy did we do well - we caught a total of 23 fish, including two large Walleyes and a giant Catfish. Our experience was fun and memorable, and my dad absolutely loved it. We’ll definitely be back at the next opportunity.

Fished August 25, 2017
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Strictly speaking, this turned out not to be a charter. Captain Tom Arlington explained that what we wanted to do would not work out because of weather considerations. Rain and cool water temps would not get us many walleye by trolling at the time. He said if we were willing to split our group and go in small boats, we’d catch fish. He also explained the boats were not licensed or inspected as charters and we would not be obligated to pay because of this. Our consensus? We wanted to catch fish. We were fine with the equipment and splitting up. Tom and Jarrod did not disappoint. We got our limit and I got a one-off of a smallmouth (not in season-went back after he got his portrait done). We are already talking about going again. Tom’s goal is customer service and getting you to the fish. That was our goal too.

Fished May 10, 2017
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Fishing Reports

Fishing Improving Daily

May 22, 2018

The temps are moving fish up the coast. Laker trout predominate but more silver fishing are coming. Today we went 4 for 4 with this beautiful salmon of 10 plus pounds. Fishing will improve very soon ! Read Full Report →

A nice King on a Super nice morning on H

May 16, 2018

The captain showing off a bit Read Full Report →