Bushwacker Charters Muskie Fishing

Bushwacker Charters offers fishing trips for Musky on Lake St. Clair out of Detroit, Michigan. Captain Steve has been a real threat to Muskie for over 25 years, and he catches from 5 to 15 Muskies per trip. Fishing on Lake St. Clair can be challenging even for an experienced angler, so if you are up to a challenge of fighting the big fish, welcome aboard!

Enjoy your trip aboard a Coast Guard and DNR-inspected 27-foot Tiara boat, which comes powered by twin 350 HP Crusader engines. With enough space for up to five guests to fish in comfort, this fishing machine is ideal for the local waters. It is equipped with modern navigational electronics, safety equipment, a live bait tank, and downriggers for a professional trolling experience. It also features a stand-up toilet and a cabin. Your catch will stay fresh in the ice-box, and you’ll also find a refrigerator on board.

Fishing more Muskie is an exciting experience for anglers of all skill levels, even for a professional fisherman. Captain Steve primarily troll for the tough fighters with planer boards and wash rods. For those of you who are not familiar with the technique, it was originally used on the waters of Lake St. Clair and involves speed trolling with heavy tackle. If you want to butt heads with a big Muskie like a pro, the lake’s waters are the best place to do it: they have become renowned all across North America as the leading producers of quality Muskie.

All trips come with rods, reels, tackle, lures, and bait. Captain Steve will send your catch home cleaned and filleted. You only need to bring your own food, drinks, and licenses. The season begins at first weekend of June and runs through December.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Musky (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 3 - Nov 30
    US $750
    Trolling and casting for Muskie on beautiful Lake St. Clair! Come experience it.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Musky (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 3 - Nov 30
    US $750
    Trolling and casting for Muskie on beautiful Lake St. Clair! Come experience it.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Walleye (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 1
    US $750
    Head out early and get back in time for lunch with fish in tow! On this 6-hour Walleye trip, you'll be provided with all the necessary fishing equipment, and whatever catch you bring in will be cleaned and bagged for you.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Walleye (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 1
    US $750
    Troll for Walleye and enjoy the sunset over beautiful Lake St. Claire. Available only during the months of June and July, this trip makes for a perfect way to catch yourself a treat while soaking in the sights.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Musky
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 3 - Nov 30
    US $850
    Casting or trolling for Musky on beautiful Lake St. Clair! Let's catch some fish.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Walleye
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 1
    US $850
    Grab this limited opportunity during the months of June and July, and spend the day trolling Lake St. Claire for Walleye. These fish make for great table fare so don't miss out on the chance to catch yourself a dinner.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 31 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
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Cameron G.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

STEVE WAS GREAT

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Musky (PM) on June 22, 2024
Steve busted his ass to make sure we had a great time. We weren’t lucky enough to get a Muskie but it wasn’t for a lack...
Cameron G. recommends Bushwacker Charters Muskie Fishing
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William V.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Steve

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Walleye (AM) on June 29, 2024
William V. recommends Bushwacker Charters Muskie Fishing
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Dave D.
Naperville, Illinois
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Father - son musky fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Musky on August 5, 2023
Steve and his partner were fantastic! Took my son out with hopes he’d catch his first musky, and they delivered! Very professional...
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RUSTY Y.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Very good
4.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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Fishing with Steve

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Musky (AM) on October 6, 2023
RUSTY Y. recommends Bushwacker Charters Muskie Fishing
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Tom T.
Dearborn, Michigan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Musky (AM) on July 11, 2023
Always get a Muskie with Bushwacker Charters…
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FAQs about Bushwacker Charters Muskie Fishing

Bushwacker Charters Muskie Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $750 per group - Half Day Trip – Musky (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $750 per group - Half Day Trip – Musky (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $750 per group - Half Day Trip – Walleye (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $750 per group - Half Day Trip – Walleye (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $850 per group - Full Day Trip – Musky (8 hours)
  • US $850 per group - Full Day Trip – Walleye (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Bushwacker Charters Muskie Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Bushwacker Charters Muskie Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

Bushwacker Charters Muskie Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing

Bushwacker Charters Muskie Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Bushwacker Charters Muskie Fishing include:
  • Muskellunge (Musky)
  • Walleye

Meet the Captain

Steve VanAssche
Harrison Charter Township, Michigan, United States
52 Customer reviews
Response time 11 hours
Member since March 2017
Captain Steve VanAssche is a USCG licensed Master with towing endorsement. Steve has been featured in 18 different articles by The Detroit News & Free Press and Wood-N-Waters magazine, as well as on television programs like Michigan Out Of Doors and North American Fish & Game. Renowned outdoor writer Dave Richey voted Captain Steve as the number 1 Muskie Guide on Lake St. Clair. With such an outstanding reputation, passion, and involvement, Steve is your best choice for a Musky fishing experience!

About this listing

Targeted species

Muskellunge (Musky) Muskellunge (Musky)
Walleye Walleye

Boat specs

Tiara (Sportfishing) originally built in 1987. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
27 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
You Keep Catch

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Checks

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