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The “Number 1 Salmon Fishing Port in Michigan” has a lot to offer visiting anglers. It’s located right on the shores of Lake Michigan, and provides direct access to the mouth of the Pere Marquette River. Head out on one of the many Ludington fishing charters on offer, and you’ll have the chance to explore two fantastic fisheries!
 
Lake Michigan really needs no introduction. It’s a freshwater fishing staple, thanks to the world-famous species it holds. Depart from Ludington and you can cast your line for all of ‘em! Spring sees huge Brown Trout, summer brings Lake Trout and Steelhead, and fall is considered the best time to get your hands on Chinook and Coho. Captains offer a variety of trips, including half day adventures suited to newbies and full day excursions for more experienced anglers.
 
Then there’s the Pere Marquette River. It’s the birthplace of brown Trout, so it comes as no surprise that the spring and summer months are full of world-class trophy Trout fishing opportunities! Many local anglers choose to cast a line on the fly for their catch. The rest of the year offers great Salmon and Steelhead fishing. Again, you’ll find captains running trips anywhere from a few hours on the water to a full day chasing your chosen species.
 
You’ll find Ludington fishing charters dotted along the lakefront and the mouth of the Pere Marquette River. Lake Michigan charters are most popular during fall, whereas summer sees anglers flock here to explore the river. Make sure you time your trip wisely!
 

Rules & Regulations

Any angler over the age of 16 needs a valid fishing license to cast a line in Ludington. Some species, such as Salmon and Trout, require specific fishing stamps too. Your captain will be able to tell you more about this.
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January

In January, find yourself a local guide and explore Ludington's ice fishing opportunities if the weather allows. Head to the tributaries for Perch fishing or target Northern Pike.

February

Before the ice begins to melt, you can still enjoy fishing for Northern Pike and Perch in one of the local lakes and rivers. Be very cautious with the ice conditions, though!

March

Boats begin to head out onto the lake, and trollers see nice numbers of Brown Trout. Shore anglers are casting their lines for Brownies and Lake Trout. Ludington's fishing is really warming up right now!

April

The Pere Marquette area produces Perch in March, if you feel like targeting these tasty Panfish. Shoreline trolling trips are also a great way to explore the lake on an early fall trip.

May

The lake's surface is getting warmer., as well as the Pere Marquette River. Lake Trout fishing is strong, and Chinook Salmon can be caught in 150-200 feetvof water. You can even find a couple of Walleye by the piers. 

June

Summer has truly arrived, which can only mean that Lake Michigan's fishing opportunities are getting hotter. The water is warm and is home to various types of Salmon and Trout. Happy fishing! 

July

In July, fishing yields nice doses of Salmon and Trout. You can hit Lake Michigan and troll its plentiful waters, or cast a line in the plentiful Pere Marquette River. 

August

Nothing beats a trip to Lake Michigan on a warm summer morning in August. You can enjoy fishing for various types of Salmon and Trout before they make their way to the tributaries to spawn.

September

Salmon and Trout are ready to make their way upstream. You can chase them close to shore on a warm afternoon or morning, or head to the Pere Marquette River for some angling action. 

October

It's all about river fishing in October! The waters of the Pere Marquette are home to Trout and Salmon. Grab your fly fishing or spinning gear, find a guide, and head out on an exciting adventure.

November

You can enjoy fishing the waters of Ludington Set Park for Perch if you don’t feel like giving up on jumbo fish just yet. You'll find 'em hanging out in deeper waters, along with Steelhead, in the Pere Marquette.

December

In December, the Pere Marquette is full of Northern Pike and can also hold Perch. Steelhead can also be found early in December if you know where to look. Be careful when ice fishing!

Ludington Fishing Calendar

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Absolutely gorgeous 1/2 day trip on Lake Michigan
Bonnie H. fished with The Fish Fly Charter – Ludington on August 7, 2021
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Do the research on your charter boat reviews, that says it all. I highly recommend The Trophy Hunter of the Fish Fly Charters.
Captain Dave was amazing
Michelle T. fished with Salmon Slayer Sportfishing Charters on July 26, 2020
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Just make sure if it’s ruff waters you take the appropriate motion sickness meds for you
Half day trip
Erich H. fished with Elite Charters - Lake Michigan on July 23, 2019
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Capt Chris came to Pentwater and our trip was on Lake Michigan.
Half day {afternoon} with George fishing trip
Ken G. fished with Free Style Charters on June 20, 2019
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Great place to go and nice small town feel, We fished nine miles up the cost North and caught lots of fish, i am planning on going back next year,
Full day trip with Captain George and First mate Corey
Jack R. fished with Free Style Charters on September 15, 2018
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Book with Freestyle Charters and stay in Naders Hotel
6 hour trip on Salmon slayer!
Maria O. fished with Salmon Slayer Sportfishing Charters on September 2, 2018
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Its s gamble in September because the fish are headed up the rivers...they on the verge of spawning and dont bite as well! I would probsbly go in mid to later August next time!
Awesome Half day trip with Captain Chris
T J. C. fished with Elite Charters - Lake Michigan on July 25, 2017
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The charter was out of Remus - the fishing was an hour north out of Pentwater

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Ludington

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Ludington costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $526, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $662. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Ludington is 29 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Fish’n Tales Charters, Knotty Girl Charter Fishing, and The Fish Fly Charter – Ludington are some of the most popular fishing charters in Ludington, Michigan. Full list of top fishing charters in Ludington.

Fish’n Tales Charters, Knotty Girl Charter Fishing, and The Fish Fly Charter – Ludington all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Ludington.

The best way to experience fishing in Ludington is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Ludington, Michigan.

The most popular fish species you can target are Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Salmon (Chinook), and Lake Trout. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and jigging. Lake fishing, nearshore fishing, and river fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

It's all about river fishing in October! The waters of the Pere Marquette are home to Trout and Salmon. Grab your fly fishing or spinning gear, find a guide, and head out on an exciting adventure. Check availability for local fishing charters in Ludington.

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