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-Sun
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $770
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the entire day on board for the ultimate fishing experience. The captain will do whatever it takes to find the fish, so you can be sure you won't leave empty-handed!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip Mon-Thurs
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $770
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the entire day on board for the ultimate fishing experience. The captain will do whatever it takes to find the fish, so you can be sure you won't leave empty-handed!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip Fri-Sun (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $670
    up to 6 persons
    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 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15 (Sat, Sun)
    $670
    up to 6 persons
    Get out on Lake Michigan, and target great local species such as Salmon, Trout, and Perch.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip - Sat-Sun (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15 (Sat, Sun)
    $600
    up to 6 persons
    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)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15 (Sat, Sun)
    $600
    up to 6 persons
    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 4 ppl AM/PM
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 31 (Sat, Sun)
    $560
    up to 6 persons
    This trip is for 4 or less. If you have additional people they are 25.00 per person
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip - 4-6 people
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $550
    up to 6 persons
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip - 3 people MAX
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $450
    up to 6 persons
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip - Mon-Thur (PM) 2 ppl
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $390
    up to 6 persons
    This is a trip and price for 2 people max
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About the Captain

Daryl Szyska
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Angler's Choice
22 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
15 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
Perch (Yellow)
Salmon
Salmon (Chinook)

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
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Kitchen
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
PayPal

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.82
out of 5 stars from 15 reviews
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Angler Rating
13
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
87%
Satisfied with the boat
93%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Bobby O.
Columbus, IN
 5.00
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Fishing with Daryl

VERIFIED   August 17, 2019
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Richard T.
United States
 5.00
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VERIFIED   July 9, 2019
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Shay-ping W.
Wheeling, Illinois
 3.33
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July 13 trip

VERIFIED   July 13, 2019
It was 90+ and the ship did not have air conditioning. There were a lot of blood sucking flies but no repelent. Due to the...
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Chris W.
United States
 5.00
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Half day morning trip with captain Daryl

VERIFIED   June 17, 2018
It was awesome. Daryl was very knowledgeable and very down to earth and had a great time learning from him. He explained everything...
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Dawn S.
Carmel, Indiana
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Morning Half Day Trip with Captain Daryl

VERIFIED   September 15, 2018
My husband, myself, & our twin 10-year old boys had a wonderful trip with Daryl. The boat was great, the fishing equipment...
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