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, Captain Don Anderson 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, allowing 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. Just be sure to purchase a fishing license beforehand.

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
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $840
    Spend the whole day on Lake Michigan and fish for Lake, Brown and Rainbow Trout, Perch, as well as King and Silver Salmon over the course of 8 hours. You'll be supplied with all the gear you need for a successful day. Any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy, you're welcome to bring aboard. Most importantly, don't forget to purchase a fishing license beforehand.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $660
    This morning 6-hour trip will take you into Lake Michigan where you'll fish for Lake, Brown and Rainbow Trout, Perch, as well as King and Silver Salmon. All of the gear you need for a successful day is provided. Don't forget to purchase a valid fishing license beforehand and feel free to bring any drinks and snacks you'd like to have on board.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $660
    Prefer to fish in the afternoon instead? This 6-hour choice is the one for you. Head into Lake Michigan and go after Lake, Brown and Rainbow Trout, Perch, as well as King and Silver Salmon. Your captain provides your gear so all you need to bring is a fishing license, drinks, and snacks.
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About the Captain

Don Anderson
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
15 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 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 a charter boat captain is the perfect combination of my two life long passions. I look forward to welcoming you aboard and showing the thrills of freshwater fishing on Lake Michigan.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho) 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

Light Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

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
PayPal
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   August 9, 2020
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Jeffrey P.
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6 HR morning

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip (AM) on May 2, 2021
Trip and crew were great .beautiful place and wonderful experience
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Matt T.
Taylor, Michigan
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Great Lake Day

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on July 16, 2020
Had a great day on the water with Captain Don! He kept us in the loop regarding lake conditions and suggested we look at a...
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Merrillville, Indiana
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Great Experience

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on September 13, 2020
We went out fishing with captain Don on Sunday morning Sept. 13 2020. We were a group of 6 and had a very pleasant and great...
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Robert L.
Lansing, IL
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Afternoon trip with Captain Don

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (PM) on July 12, 2020
Had a great time! We caught our limit of lake trout. Several were over 10#. I would highly recommend Captain Don and the Spend...
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FAQs about Captain Don's Charter Service

Captain Don's Charter Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $660 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $660 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $840 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Don's Charter Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Captain Don's Charter Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Only on the AM trips)

Captain Don's Charter Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Captain Don's Charter Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Captain Don's Charter Service include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)