Happy Hooker Charters Established 1976

The bountiful waters of Lake Superior are some of the best places to do freshwater fishing in the world. Combine that fact with the vast experience Happy Hooker Charters have fishing this productive area and you have the recipe for a fun and memorable fishing adventure!

Climb aboard their 32’ Marinette express cruiser, originally built in 1970 and restored in 2016. She’s proven the quality of her build over decades of use, now refurbished with all the modern amenities you can expect. You’ll stay comfortable while hitting up to 30 knots, her maximum cruising speed. A full-head toilet, bed, and kitchen are present on board, to ensure you can focus on the fish.

Experienced captains of Happy Hooker Charters will take you after the gorgeous fish in Lake Superior, St. Louis Bay, and St. Louis River. You’ll mostly troll for Lake Trout, but other species targeted are Chinook and Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Steelhead, and Walleye. Downriggers are available to extend your reach when trolling.

You will be provided with quality rods and reels made by Shimano. The crew will clean and fillet your catch free of charge. The first mate is on board to give you a hand with anything you need, he works for tips so gratuity is greatly appreciated. Children, seniors, and veterans are more than welcome aboard!

If you’re ready to see just why the Dahl family has been one of the most successful fishing charters on Lake Superior for over 40 years now, book a trip with Happy Hooker Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM) MAX 2
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    $550
    September special, 2 persons for $550.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM) MAX 2
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:15 PM
    $550
    September special, 2 persons for $550.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 7
    $600
    If you're up for a quick jaunt out for some fishing in the morning, this trip is perfect for you. You'll target Steelheads, Brown and Lake Trouts, Chinook and Coho Salmon, Walleye, and other species you may run into!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:15 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    $600
    If you're looking to blow off some steam in the afternoon, this trip is perfect for you. You'll go after a variety of gorgeous local species like Chinook and Coho Salmons, several species of Trouts, and Walleyes, among other fish you run into! All the required equipment is provided by the charter.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 7
    $900
    Spend the entire day fishing the great waters of Lake Superior and nearby areas! You'll troll the waters for Chinook and Coho Salmons, Steelheads, Lake Trouts, Brown Trouts, Walleyes, and whatever else you run into. All equipment that's necessary is provided by the charter.
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About the Charter Operator

Happy Hooker Charters
Duluth, Minnesota, United States
1 Fishing Report
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123 Customer reviews
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Member since February 2018
Four generations of captains. Our services are in great demand as we have grown over the years. Providing exceptional service to our customers keep them coming back year after year. We are now operating Seven Fishing Boats – “Hooker Too”, “Treble Hook”, “Happy Hooker”, “Hooker IV”, “Hooker V” , "Nauti Hooker" and "ALUMINAUTI" The “Fish Dynasty” of Lake Superior

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Marinette (Express cruiser) originally built in 1987, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 250HP Chrysler engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
St. Louis River
Lake Fishing
Lake Superior
Inshore Fishing
Walleye and Muskie in St. Louis Bay
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Lowrance and Garmin
Fishfinder
Lowrance structure scan
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano
Live Bait
When conditions dictate
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Free filleting and bagging
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
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 113 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Kick ass Nodaks
Half day trip with Joe and Pete
Half day trip with Joe and Pete
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Angler Rating
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Good experience
99%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Hilary B.
Montgomery City, MO
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Half day trip trip with Captain James

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 3, 2022
We were scheduled for the afternoon trip and when we arrived it was extremely windy. Captain Jamie explained the situation...
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Elizabeth S.
Waterloo, IA
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Morning trip with Captain Jamie Cotner

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 27, 2022
This was our first fishing trip in this area and with a guide. This trip was for our 2 grandsons so it was important to us...
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Jonathan A.
Granby, Connecticut
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Half Day Trip with Capt. Jamie and Graham

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 9, 2022
How satisfied am I and my family with this trip?  We are planning to book again and will be requesting the same crew.  Captain...
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Carmen W.
Hopkins, Minnesota
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Kick ass Nodaks

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (PM) MAX 2 on September 28, 2022
Great time fishing! Limited out with trout plus a bonus salmon. Appreciated the experienced and helpful crew. Thanks Joe and...
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Kjell P.
Duluth, MN
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 30, 2022
We had an amazing time!! Captain Jamie and his first mate Graham were fantastic. If only Graham had been willing to sing along...
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FAQs about Happy Hooker Charters Established 1976

Happy Hooker Charters Established 1976 offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group - 5 Hour Trip (AM) MAX 2 (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 5 Hour Trip (PM) MAX 2 (5 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Happy Hooker Charters Established 1976, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS Lowrance and Garmin
  • Fishfinder Lowrance structure scan
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box Cooler for your fish
  • Radar Lowrance3G

Trips booked with Happy Hooker Charters Established 1976 include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano)
  • Live Bait (When conditions dictate)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Free filleting and bagging)
  • First Mate

Happy Hooker Charters Established 1976 offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (St. Louis River)
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Superior)
  • Inshore Fishing (Walleye and Muskie in St. Louis Bay)
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Happy Hooker Charters Established 1976 offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Happy Hooker Charters Established 1976 include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Walleye