Merganzer Fishing Charters

Merganzer Fishing Charters offers full-service fishing experiences at a variety of lengths, heading onto Lake Michigan for Salmon, Trout, and Perch. The focus of each trip is to make sure everyone has a fun and productive time on the water, no matter their age or experience level. So get down to the dock, and get ready for some of the best fishing Lake Michigan has to offer!

There is no better place to enjoy the beauty of the Great Lakes than aboard Captain Daryl’s 34 Tiara cruiser. The vessel is large and spacious enough to carry 6 guests in complete comfort, and has an air-conditioned interior with a cabin, galley, enclosed head, and plenty of space to relax in the cool on a hot summer’s day.

This is not just some pleasure cruise, however, the vessel has been set up for targeting the best and biggest the lake has to offer, and comes equipped with everything from GPS and Fishfinder to outriggers and downriggers to make sure you get the best angling experience fishing for the delicious fish which inhabit the lake.

The thing that sets Merganzer Fishing Charters apart from the pack is the skill and care with which each trip is run. Captain Daryl has been fishing Lake Michigan for over 30 years, and has been running charters for almost two decades. He is joined on each trip by his energetic and experienced first mate, and the two of them will work with you from the moment you book to make sure your trip is as special as it can be.

All trips come with tackle and bait, just remember to bring your fishing license with all necessary stamps, and a big cooler to take all your catch home in at the end of the day!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Fri-Sat-Sun
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $880
    Spend the day on Lake Michigan! This 8 hour dock to dock trip will give you enough time to aim for your limits of fish and bring home some delicious Salmon.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Fri-Sun (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $740
    Spend the afternoon on Lake Michigan, fishing for local species such as Salmon, Trout, and Perch.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $740
    Get out on Lake Michigan, and target great local species such as Salmon, Trout, and Perch.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Mon-Thur (PM) 4-6 Ppl
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $660
    5 hour, 4-6 person afternoon trip
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Sat-Sun (AM) 6 MAX
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $660
    Get out on the water with family or friends, and fish Lake Michigan for Salmon, Trout, and Perch.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Sat-Sun (PM) 6 MAX
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $660
    Spend a sunny weekend afternoon fishing for Salmon, Trout, and Perch on Lake Michigan. It doesn't get any better than this!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM/PM) 4 MAX
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $640
    This trip is for 4 or less.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Mon-Thur (PM) 3 MAX
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $600
    This is a 5 hour trip for a maximum of 3 people.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (PM) 3 Max
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $600
    The departure time can be agreed upon with the captain. 3 people maximum.
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About the Captain

Daryl Szyska
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
41 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
55 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2017
I have been living the fishing and hunting lifestyle my entire life, and have been fishing Lake Michigan for over 30 years. I want people to catch fish, so whatever we need to do to make your day both enjoyable and productive, we will get it done.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Perch (Yellow) Perch (Yellow)
Salmon Salmon
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Tiara (Cruiser) originally built in 1987. Powered by 2 350HP Mercury Cruiser engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

Length
34 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Kitchen
Refrigerator

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
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
Visa
Mastercard

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Nathan N.
Algonquin, Illinois
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Father son fishing trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Mon-Thur (PM) 2 Max on August 12, 2021
My 13 year old son and I enjoy fishing but have never paid for a fishing charter before. After our first trip with Captain...
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Desmond S.
Sterling, CO
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Half day trip. Highly recommend

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (PM) 3 Max on August 14, 2021
The Capt and his first mate Craig were great hosts. We had 2 younger kids (5&3) and they were very accommodating to them to...
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Joshua B.
Hammond, IN
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Incredible experience with Captain Daryl and First Mate Craig

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Fri-Sat-Sun on August 7, 2021
Captain Daryl and First Mate Craig are top-notch! They were excellent at navigating the waters and hooking fish. Great boat...
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Wilson G.
Northbrook, IL
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5 hour afternoon trip with Captain Daryl

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Mon-Thur (PM) 4-6 Ppl on July 27, 2021
Our crew had a great time with Captain Daryl. We had 2 adults and 4 teenage boys and we each caught a fish (3 lake trout, 2...
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Lansing, IL
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They did a Great Job

VERIFIED   NEW  8 Hour Trip – Fri-Sat-Sun on September 25, 2021
The weather didn’t cooperate at all but the guys both were outstanding to have as the crew.  Knowledgeable, friendly, helpful...
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FAQs about Merganzer Fishing Charters

Merganzer Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (PM) 3 Max (5 hours)
  • $600 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Mon-Thur (PM) 3 MAX (5 hours)
  • $640 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM/PM) 4 MAX (5 hours)
  • $660 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Mon-Thur (PM) 4-6 Ppl (5 hours)
  • $660 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Sat-Sun (AM) 6 MAX (5 hours)
  • $660 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Sat-Sun (PM) 6 MAX (5 hours)
  • $740 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Fri-Sun (PM) (6 hours)
  • $740 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM) (6 hours)
  • $880 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Fri-Sat-Sun (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Merganzer Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS (Ray Marine Axiom)
  • Fishfinder (Ray Marine Axiom)
  • Bed
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Merganzer Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • First Mate (First mates work for tips)

Merganzer Fishing Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Merganzer Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Merganzer Fishing Charters include:
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Salmon
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)