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Top Fishing Charters in Algoma

Fishing in Algoma

Algoma fishing charters take you exploring the bite on Lake Michigan and at the mouth of the Ahnapee River. Algoma captains and professional anglers know all about world-class fish and where to find them. Plus, the charm of this small town attracts anglers from all over the state.

No-one knows how the local captains and guides do their magic and put their clients on top of the biggest fish on Lake Michigan. Algoma holds many Wisconsin state record catches, including massive Chinook Salmon, Pink Salmon, Steelhead, and Brown Trout.

The port of Algoma is home to some of the most experienced charters fleets on the lakeshore. Almost every time you step off the boat after an Algoma fishing charter, you have a richer knowledge of Lake Michigan’s angling life. All you need is a day of pulling trophies until the sun sets on this beautiful part of Wisconsin.

Algoma fishing spots

Lake Michigan

Algoma's Lake Michigan charter boats begin their season just a bit earlier than some other ports around. The reason for this is the Brown Trout fishing, which can begin as soon as February before the rest of the species show up.

Come spring, and the early season offers limits of catches of Lake Trout. The locals begin taking their clients out to enjoy the fishing for trophies.

June offers great chances of a mixed bag of Steelhead, Lake Trout, and Salmon. This time of year, you can schedule a charter both in the morning and afternoon. If you want bigger catches, July is your time. You can land all sizes of fish in mid-summer.

King Salmon fishing trips are in full steam in August, when Chinooks are feeding like crazy, reaching their top size. Late summer allows anglers to get a mixed catch of both Trout and Salmon.

In early fall, adult Salmon and Brown Trout stage near the harbor mouth, ready to spawn. If you are after trophy catches, you can head just a few miles offshore for reel-peelers Steelhead and Salmon.

Ahnapee River

Ahnapee River fishing is not as popular amongst charter operators as Lake Michigan, but it’s definitely worth a shot. The river attracts a decent run of Steelhead and Brown Trout. Chinooks can also spawn in the upstream section, along with Cohos cruising near the piers.

Ahnapee River anglers use spoons, spinners, and spawn to get occasional strikes. The most exciting thing about exploring the river is the wide variety of wildlife. If getting tons of catches is not a priority for you, than give the river a try. Enjoy watching the birds, listening to the sounds of the water, and feel that ultimate connection with the outdoors. And who knows, something might begin to bite your hook at the same time!

Algoma fishing techniques

Lake Michigan Salmon and Trout charters are mostly done by trolling. When you find your summer Salmon, get ready for a fight of a lifetime. They will jump and do death rolls just like alligators. Line-ripping Salmon and reel-screaming Steelhead are not only a highly prized catch but also taste like a victory.

Your trolling trip will involve using planer boards, downriggers, or dipsy divers. Spawning Steelhead can be targeted with cured eggs tied into bags and “spawn skeins.” When you’re fishing colder and deeper water offshore, your guide will most likely use artificial imitations of prey.

When fishing for Brown Trout early in the season, you will be targeting 5 to 20’ of water using stick baits.

Fly fishing and spinning are also among the popular methods of catching Steelhead.

Need to know

You will need to purchase a Wisconsin fishing license with the Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp.

When looking for a suitable Great Lakes charter boat, size matters. The waters of Lake Michigan can be a bit rough, so make sure you book a bigger boat that can handle the waves.

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Algoma Fishing Seasons

It’s time to check weather the local lakes are covered in snow, gather your friends and family, and head for an ice fishing trip. Or just wait until Lake Michigan season begins in spring.

Even though it might seem a bit early for the season to begin, we have news for you. If you feel up to a fishing trip on Lake Michigan, now is the time to head out for a Brown Trout action.

Spring has come and the beautiful and productive waters of Algoma and Lake Michigan in particular, offer some fantastic Brown Trout action right now.

Enjoy a mid-spring fishing trip on the mighty Lake Michigan. Take your family and friends and open your own season with one of the local guides. Right now it’s now to score some nice Brownies.

The season is getting hot and anglers sea to the lake’s waters for Salmon fishing. If you don’t feel like waiting until the last days of May, head out a bit earlier to get Lake Trout.

Come and explore the sky-rocketing Steelhead, which can range from 3 to 15 pounds. Or go test your angling skills and battle Salmon, which are also biting throughout June.

It’s mid-summer and the waters of Lake Michigan are warm. Salmon fishing is in full swing. Ut can’t get any better than that! You can get nice limits and have fun with your family and friends.

You can expect to find the biggest sizes of Salmon on Lake Michigan. Of course, there are other species you can get your hands on right now, but huge Salmon are arguably the most exciting ones.

The fall has come and the Salmon season reaches its peak right now. They are hanging out around the river mouths, ready to run upstream to spawn. Some Salmon can be up to 25 pounds!

You can still check the bite close to shore, targeting Trout or Salmon. Or explore the waters of the Ahnapee River, one of Lake Michigan’s tributaries. It’s up to you!

The fishing season is over this time of year. It’s better to enjoy some time with your family and friends and explore some other outdoor activities. Make plans for the upcoming season as well!

Winter has come and offers some nice ice fishing opportunities on the inland lakes. If you find a local guide who knows the best spots, you can get your hands on some exciting species.

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What People Are Saying About Algoma


Scott H. fished with Midnight Run Charters on August 13, 2018


"5 hour trip with Jeff and his son."

Joyce P. fished with Midnight Run Charters on June 12, 2018

Go with Jeff!! He made our grandson so comfortable!

"5 hour trip with captain Byron Broerman"

Jeremy T. fished with Hakuna Matata Charters on August 15, 2017

Talk to the captain before you go he will tell you what you need to bring.

"Full day trip with Capt. Jeff"

Kevin L. fished with Midnight Run Charters on July 13, 2017

Ask a lot of questions of the Capt. so you know exactly what to expect. Be flexible and courteous to everyone else on the boat. Thank the Capt. and mate with a good tip. They will work hard so you have a good time.

Top Targeted Species in Algoma

Lake Trout

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Brown Trout

Salmon (Coho)

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