Reelsteel Charters LLC – Manistee

Reelsteel Charters is your key to the finest Salmon and Trout fishing on Lake Michigan. Cruising out of Manistee, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the nation’s finest big game, freshwater sport fishing!

Reelsteel Charters will make you feel like you’re part of the crew aboard the “Salmonhead”, a 30’ Cherokee fishing machine. Her 300 HP Chevrolet Crusader engines will power you to the hottest grounds quickly and safely.

The “Salmonhead” is also fitted with the latest in navigational electronics, as well as all the necessary safety equipment. There’s plenty of space for up to 6 guests on board so feel free to bring your fishing buddies, family, and friends.

Reelsteel Charters begins its season in July. Troll the lake for Coho Salmon and target Steelhead, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout. To make a great catch possible, the crew will provide you with top-notch gear, tackle, lures, and bait. When you return to the shore, your catch can be cleaned and filleted at an additional cost of $1 per fish.

The Reelsteel Charter’s season goes on until Labor Day weekend. Don’t miss it! Bring your own fishing license, appropriate clothing, and something to eat and drink.

Experience some of the best freshwater fisheries on this side of the coast with Reelsteel Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Salmon/Trout
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 12 - Aug 30
    $600
    Head out for 5-6 productive hours of fishing the great lake waters of Manistee Onekama and Arcadia. This trip comes inclusive with all of your rods, reels, tackle, lures, and bait. All you'll need to bring is a valid fishing license and any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy. Spend
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Salmon/Trout
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 12 - Aug 30
    $600
    Spend 5-6 afternoon hours fishing the great lake waters of Manistee Onekama and Arcadia for delicious Salmon and Trout. This trip is suitable for anglers of all skill levels and comes inclusive with all of your rods, reels, tackle, lures, and bait. Bring along drinks and snacks and, most importantly, don't forget a valid Michigan fishing license.
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About the Captain

Sean Brafford
Manistee, Michigan, United States
5 Fishing Reports
38 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2017
Captain Sean Brafford is a real threat to any fish. He's an avid outdoorsman with many years of experience. Capt. Sean enjoys meeting new people and sharing his vast knowledge and expertise with his friends and clients. His repertoire includes Salmon, Walleye, and Perch fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Cherokee (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1986. Powered by 2 300HP Chevrolet Crusaders engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Friendly captain
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93%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Catch intended fish
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Charles S.
Maple Heights, Ohio
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Battled Salmon and Nausea. We won.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Salmon/Trout on August 10, 2021
Sean and Andy were great. Knowledgeable and friendly but right down to business when it came to setting the lures and getting...
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William C.
Highland Charter Township, MI
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Salmon/Trout on August 14, 2021
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Robert A.
Lapeer, MI
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Half day trip with Captain Nick and mate Mason

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Salmon/Trout on July 24, 2019
Captain Nick and Mason were excellent! Nick knew exactly where to catch fish and by the second hit we had a King Salmon on...
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Kenneth F.
Grand Ledge, Michigan
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Morning trip with Captain Nick

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Salmon/Trout on August 12, 2020
Our entire experience was incredible! Captain Nick was personable, an excellent instructor, and gave our family a perfect first...
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Robert R.
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Afternoon trip with Nick as Captain.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) – Salmon/Trout on August 6, 2020
One of those days when nobody on the lake was catching fish. Nick was very competent and also good company. His persistence...
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FAQs about Reelsteel Charters LLC – Manistee

Reelsteel Charters LLC – Manistee offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) – Salmon/Trout (5 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) – Salmon/Trout (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Reelsteel Charters LLC – Manistee, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Reelsteel Charters LLC – Manistee include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting ($1 per fish extra)
  • First Mate

Reelsteel Charters LLC – Manistee offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing

Reelsteel Charters LLC – Manistee offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Reelsteel Charters LLC – Manistee include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)