Captain Don's Charter Service

Have you tried fishing the productive waters of Lake Michigan yet? If you haven’t, a trip with Captain Don’s Charter Service is the perfect opportunity. If you have, Capt. Don will remind you why you keep coming back to this fantastic locale.

You’ll start your fishing adventure by setting foot on board Capt. Don’s 39’ Tiara. She’s powered by twin Crusader engines with 350 HP each that allow the vessel to cruise at a max speed of 25 knots. You’ll have plenty of room to fish without tangling your lines, the capacity is 6 people plus the crew. There’s a full-head toilet on board.

Capt. Don will take you after all of the A-listers of Lake Michigan. Chinook and Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Jumbo Perch – all of these species can be targeted. You’ll mainly troll which gives you the perfect opportunity to swap fishing stories with the captain.

Kids are welcome on board, but the captain doesn’t recommend younger kids due to the weather on the lake. You’ll be supplied with top-of-the-line tackle and safety equipment on all trips. 

Let your stress melt away as you hook up hard-fighting fish. Book a trip with Captain Don’s Charter Service now and enjoy the productive waters of Lake Michigan.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Weekend
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 13 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    This 8-hour will take you into Lake Michigan where you will go after Lake, Brown, and Rainbow Trout, Perch, as well as King and Silver Salmon.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekend AM
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 13 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $610
    up to 6 persons
    Looking for a way to blow off the stress from the work week? Nothing melts stress like hooking up various Trouts, Chinook and Coho Salmon, and Jumbo Perch on Lake Michigan.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekend PM
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 13 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $610
    up to 6 persons
    Looking for a way to blow off the stress from the work week? Nothing melts stress like hooking up various Trouts, Chinook and Coho Salmon, and Jumbo Perch on Lake Michigan.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Weekday
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 13 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $580
    up to 2 persons
    + $70
    each additional person
    This 8-hour will take you into Lake Michigan where you will go after Lake, Brown, and Rainbow Trout, Perch, as well as King and Silver Salmon. Departure time can be 5 AM or you can agree about it with the Captain.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekday AM
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 13 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    + $40
    each additional person
    This 6-hour will take you into Lake Michigan where you will go after Lake, Brown, and Rainbow Trout, Perch, as well as King and Silver Salmon.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekday PM
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 13 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    + $40
    each additional person
    This 6-hour will take you into Lake Michigan where you will go after Lake, Brown, and Rainbow Trout, Perch, as well as King and Silver Salmon.

About the Captain

Don Anderson
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
4 Customer Reviews
Response time 6 hours
Member since May 2017
Boats have been part of my life since I was 10 years old and fishing began much earlier. Being a Lake Michigan fishing guide and charter boat Captain is the perfect combination of my two life long passions.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout
Lake Trout
Perch (Yellow)
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Tiara (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1988. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
39 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. 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
Checks
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.25
out of 5 stars from 4 reviews
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Half day trip with captain Don
Half day trip with captain Don
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
75%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Kevin G.
Lombard, Illinois
 4.67
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Half day trip with captain Don

VERIFIED   August 17, 2019
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Luis S.
Chicago, IL
 5.00
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6-hr trip

VERIFIED   August 18, 2018
Our family had a great time out in the water. Captain Don and his first mate, Pete (I believe that was his name, sorry...
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Brian D.
Greenup, IL
 5.00
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   June 23, 2018
Captain Don was very personable and knowledgeable. First Mate Pete was diligent and continually worked the lines and put fish...
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Rossen M.
Chicago, IL
 2.33
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Not a good day of fishing

VERIFIED   September 29, 2019
We had 6 people on board, but fished with 3 lines for most of the time. The explanation was that they tangle… I have...
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