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St. Joseph: 18 fishing charters available
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in St. Joseph

According to customer reviews, Our Leg-A-Sea Charters, Flagship Fishing Charters, and In The Box Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in St. Joseph, Michigan. Full list of top fishing charters in St. Joseph.

The average price for a private 4 hour St. Joseph fishing trip is $696, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $823 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Our Leg-A-Sea Charters, Flagship Fishing Charters, and In The Box Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in St. Joseph.

The most popular fish species you can target are Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), and Chinook Salmon. Top fishing techniques include Trolling, Light Tackle, and Heavy Tackle. Lake fishing, offshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Known locally as “St. Joe,” this city is nestled in the southwest corner of Michigan, right along Lake Michigan’s eastern shoreline. It’s the perfect place to begin your Great Lakes adventure, as there’s a whopping variety of St. Joseph fishing charters to choose from. You’ll also be able to explore other prolific waterways, such as the Paw Paw and St. Joseph Rivers. Grab your rods and reels – it’s time to get your fish on in the Great Lake State!
 
If you’re visiting St. Joe, chances are you’ll end up casting a line in Lake Michigan. The season kicks off in April, when you’ll be able to hook into Chinook and Coho Salmon, Steelhead, and Brown Trout. Lake Trout, Perch, and Steelhead show up mid-summer, and the lake is bustling with all these creatures in fall. 
 
The St. Joseph’s river is the perfect place to cast a line when you can’t get out on the lake, but it’s also an impressive fishery in its own right. You can fish here year-round for Walleye, Steelhead, Crappie, Brown Trout, Salmon varieties, and Bass. You can also head to the meeting point of the St. Joseph’s and Paw Paw Rivers, where you can try wading. Here, you can catch Smallmouth Bass, Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout.
 
You’ll find local fishing charters dotted all around St. Joseph, especially along the lakefront. Local guides run trips that last anywhere from four hours out on the water to a full day of angling action, so you’ll find something that perfectly suits your skill level and personal preferences!
 

Rules & Regulations

All anglers aged 17 and above need to purchase a Michigan fishing license before casting a line in St. Joseph. Certain species, like Trout and Salmon varieties, are subject to specific regulations, and require you to purchase a Great Lakes Salmon/Trout Stamp, too. 
 
St. Joseph
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January

If you’re eager to wet your line at the start of the year, test the waters of the St. Joe River for Walleye and Steelhead. Lake Michigan is usually still iced over!

February

You probably won’t be out on Lake Michigan during this month, depending on weather conditions, but you can try your luck fishing the river. The average temperature at this time of year is 28°F, so be sure to bundle up!

March

It’s getting busier out on the river, with Brown Trout making their entrance sometime in March. Walleye and Steelhead are still biting, and soon you’ll be able to head out on the lake.

April

Spring has sprung! This month heralds the true start of St. Joseph's fishing season. In April, you can fish Lake Michigan for Salmon (Chinook and Coho), Steelhead, and Brown Trout.

May

Come May, Lake Michigan is teeming with Salmon, Brown Trout, and now Lake Trout too. You won’t find Steelhead in the river at this time, but you can still fish for Walleye and Panfish. 

June

Big Chinook Salmon and deepwater Steelhead are popular in the lake at this time. Keep an eye out for Skamania (summer-migrating Steelhead), too! They’ll be making their way from Lake Michigan into the rivers.

July

By July, you’ll be able to fish for almost anything in the lake, including King and Coho Salmon, Trout, Steelhead, and Perch. In the river you’ll catch Walleye, Steelhead, Catfish, and Bass.

August

August is one of the hottest months of the year, with an average temperature of 70°F. The fishing is on fire, too, with your choice of Steelhead, Salmon, Lake Trout, and Perch in Lake Michigan.

September

The start of fall is your last chance to get out on the lake for what’s left of the Chinook and Coho Salmon. These fish are now heading toward the rivers, where you’ll also find Steelhead and Brown Trout. 

October

If you missed your chance to get out on the lake, fear not —j ust head to the St. Joe River for Salmon, Trout, Steelhead, or Walleye.

November

The weather is growing colder, with an average temperature of 40°F. But don’t let that stop you! There’s still great fishing to be had in the river for Walleye, Steelhead, and Brown Trout.

December

Even in the dead of winter, the St. Joe rRver lives up to its excellent fishing reputation. Add a little angling to your holiday plans and come catch Steelhead, Walleye, or Brown Trout. 

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Look up Flagship fishing charters for the best experience in st Joseph Michigan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look up Flagship fishing charters for the best experience in st Joseph Michigan
Aaron  B.
Aaron B. Rossburg, OH
Do some research on the charter that you are considering and check out the reviews of what others have experienced with the charter, captain, boat, and equipment.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do some research on the charter that you are considering and check out the reviews of what others have experienced with the charter, captain, boat, and equipment.
Tony  D.
Tony D. South Vienna, OH
Be ready for any possible weather. Cold. Hot. Rain. Calm. High winds. Anything can happen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for any possible weather. Cold. Hot. Rain. Calm. High winds. Anything can happen.
Amy  R.
Amy R. Benton Harbor, MI
Find Captain Chris and his boat it was totally worth the 2 hour drive. The guys are fish whisperers .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find Captain Chris and his boat it was totally worth the 2 hour drive. The guys are fish whisperers .
Larry  W.
Larry W. Chicago, IL
If you’re looking for a big haul, go out early, but no matter what time you go you’ll have a great time on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you’re looking for a big haul, go out early, but no matter what time you go you’ll have a great time on the water.
Patsy  J.
Patsy J. College Station, TX
Captain was great! Awesome experience and very knowledgeable captain. Friendly and all around n great service. Definitely recommend.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain was great! Awesome experience and very knowledgeable captain. Friendly and all around n great service. Definitely recommend.
Raul  C.
Raul C. Utica, Michigan
Just remember it's Michigan! Weather can change anytime. Always be prepared for the weather to change and get too hot or too cold.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just remember it's Michigan! Weather can change anytime. Always be prepared for the weather to change and get too hot or too cold.
Tammy  G.
Tammy G. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
With any fishing trip weather plays a big role especially in April. If you can get out during March or April that would be best. Run a spread of lines from top to bottom to produce best results for multi species.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
With any fishing trip weather plays a big role especially in April. If you can get out during March or April that would be best. Run a spread of lines from top to bottom to produce best results for multi species.
Bill  D.
Bill D. Cedar Springs, MI
Have to do it. Captain jarrod is a great captain with lots of knowledge and experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have to do it. Captain jarrod is a great captain with lots of knowledge and experience
David  C.
David C. Bar Nunn, WY
Give Capt. Kyle a try at Sliver Beach Fishing. He and his crew were great with me and my whole family.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give Capt. Kyle a try at Sliver Beach Fishing. He and his crew were great with me and my whole family.
Fredrick  L.
Fredrick L. Fenton, MO
You will catch more fish in the morning. Jarrod told us to come back and do a morning trip and we would catch more fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will catch more fish in the morning. Jarrod told us to come back and do a morning trip and we would catch more fish!
Kris  W.
Kris W. McCordsville, IN
Do it very early in the morning, we started at 6:00 am. August is a great month to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do it very early in the morning, we started at 6:00 am. August is a great month to fish.
Michael  S.
Michael S. Chicago, IL
Make sure you take something for sea sickness, the waves can be a bit much.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Make sure you take something for sea sickness, the waves can be a bit much.
Jeanette  W.
Jeanette W. Toledo, OH
The water temp had changed over night and got colder so the fish were not very attractive and the bit was slow .we plan to try again in September hoping for better luck
Excellent
4.3 / 5
The water temp had changed over night and got colder so the fish were not very attractive and the bit was slow .we plan to try again in September hoping for better luck
James  W.
James W. United States
Just enjoy what mother nature and the crew has to offer. You will not regret it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just enjoy what mother nature and the crew has to offer. You will not regret it.
Mark & Beth Loveless
Mark & Beth Loveless Grand Haven, Michigan
It was great. We couldn't control the weather, lol..but the experience was excellent.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was great. We couldn't control the weather, lol..but the experience was excellent.
April  B.
April B.
I would try in the Box charters was a wonderful experience Jared was a great captain and very experienced we had an awesome time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would try in the Box charters was a wonderful experience Jared was a great captain and very experienced we had an awesome time
Lori  F.
Lori F. Baroda, MI
Bring your coat! The water is still very cold and also can be quite rainy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring your coat! The water is still very cold and also can be quite rainy.
Byron  A.
Byron A. South Bend, IN
Such a great and fun town for a family trip. Fishing is great and so many more activities to do when you take a break from fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Such a great and fun town for a family trip. Fishing is great and so many more activities to do when you take a break from fishing.
Keith  A.
Keith A. Frankfort, IL
Evidently July and August are not the best times for steelhead and coho but we had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Evidently July and August are not the best times for steelhead and coho but we had a great time.
David  L.
David L. Cypress, TX

Blue Harbor Charters
Blue Harbor Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Captain Josh was good company and an experience fishing guide. thanks Josh.
John  V.
John V. Rochester Hills, MI
Flagship Fishing Charters
Flagship Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
This was an amazing experience. Captain Chris Baird does an awesome job of keeping you involved throughout the charter. Captain Chris explains things very well is a great fisherman. I am comfortable to say that Captain Chris was a hired charter, but now can call him a friend. We will be going out again with Captain Chris with flagship fishing charters. Thanks captain Chris for a great day on lake Michigan. Aaron Bey
Aaron  B.
Aaron B. Rossburg, OH
In The Box Fishing Charters
In The Box Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
Captain Jarrod got us right on the fish. Cause our limit for 4 people in just 3 hours! We were all from Minnesota and never fished on the Great Lakes before and had a great time. Would highly recommend Jarrod to anyone who wants to go slay fish.
Jacob  B.
Jacob B. Wayzata, MN
Blue Harbor Charters
Blue Harbor Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Booked this trip for my husband as an anniversary gift! They all had so much fun. Would highly recommend this charter to anyone!
Rebekah  A.
Rebekah A. Laingsburg, MI
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Was an awesome experience with Chris and his wife they were very knowledgeable out on the lake definitely will be booking again with them Thank you!!!!!!!
Bryant  K.
Bryant K. Indianapolis, IN
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
My wife and 2 kids had a blast on their morning half day trip! Conditions were less than optimal but they made sure we got into fish and didn’t let up until we Tralee in a big one! Boat was great and Chris and Pepper were awesome! Could not have had a better time. Highly recommend
Hunter  H.
Hunter H. Cleveland, OH
In The Box Fishing Charters
In The Box Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
We went from 2-7pm. While this is not the best time to fish, Jarrod never gave up helping us look for fish. We ended up with a pretty good day of fishing for us -our first time on a charter- and a great family experience we won’t forget. Thank you to Jarrod and In The Box Fishing Charters!
Andy  H.
Andy H. Glendale Heights, IL
Fish Stalker Charters
Fish Stalker Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Was worried about weather but the experienced captain had no trouble helping us fill the boat. Def recommend. Thank you!
Lenny  W.
Lenny W.
Flagship Fishing Charters
Flagship Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Great time with friends would definitely recommend, cpt Chris knows his stuff. Thanks again!
Andy  H.
Andy H. Bremen, IN
In The Box Fishing Charters
In The Box Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
Wonderful experience! Our first time out on a charter fishing boat, and had a great time! Captain Jarrod took us rookies through all the basics and had us catching fish without any issues! A great vacation memory that my sons are ecstatic about! Would definitely seek him out for our next outing!
Matthew  M.
Matthew M. Columbus, OH
In The Box Fishing Charters
In The Box Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
Great experience for all ages! Jarrod was amazing! Very knowledgeable, was great with the kids and patient during the process!! Had an amazing catch in the end and the kids were so excited to take the catch home and cook it up!!
Sara  V.
Sara V. Munster, IN
Flagship Fishing Charters
Flagship Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Captain Chris did a great job for us! He’s relaxed, easy going and flexible. We were set up quickly and had fish on in no time. I would highly recommend Flagship Charters, and we will be back!
Jim  S.
Jim S. Bloomington, IN
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
this was our first time doing something like this and we had a blast. The crew was very engaging and knowledgeable. We even stayed out an extra hour because the fish hadn't been biting that great. During that extra hour, the final member of our group caught a fish, so it was well worth it. Thank you for a memorable experience.
Paul  B.
Paul B. Seymour, IN
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Such an amazing morning out on the lake. Captain Chris and Pepper had our lines biting in no time. They were extremely professional and knowledgeable of the lake. We would highly recommend them and also planning a return trip to book with them again.
Toby  A.
Toby A. Polo, IL
Legends Sport Fishing
Legends Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Great day for our family. Our first time on the charter boat. Caught a lot of fish in a very short period of time. It is a great memory we will cherish as a family. We would highly recommend. We plan on coming back again .
Sanja  B.
Sanja B. Marshall, Michigan
Legends Sport Fishing
Legends Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Capt Jeff and Crew took care of business and our group was definitely set up to have a good time! Caught a few nice kings as well. 21 fish in the box! Will be back again for sure! Thanks again Legends Charters for a great day on the lake!
Josh  B.
Josh B. Indianapolis, Indiana
Fish Stalker Charters
Fish Stalker Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Kevin was top of the line captain! He worked hard to get us fish and we did catch them. His equipment is top notch! If I go again it would be with him.
Larry  L.
Larry L. Sidney, NE
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
We had a wonderful experience with our 4 boys ages 8-14. Captain Chris and Pepper were friendly and engaging and explained everything they did. They definitely knew what they were doing and were so helpful. The boat is so comfortable and everyone felt right at home. We highly recommend this charter!
Amy  K.
Amy K.
Legends Sport Fishing
Legends Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
We had a great fishing trip, and made some wonderful memories!!! Thank you Captain Jeff and First Mate, Jake, for a fabulous time! Super helpful with all our needs and made it an extremely fun day for all four of us!
Deborah  A.  G.
Deborah A. G. Lawton, MI
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Our Leg-A-Sea Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
We had a great time on our charter. Captain Chris and Pepper were so nice and had an efficient system. We enjoyed the trip and were able to haul in some big fish.
Pete  K.
Pete K. Rochester Hills, MI

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