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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Milwaukee

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are: Full list of top fishing charters in Milwaukee

The average price for a private 4 hour Milwaukee fishing trip is $633, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $670 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Milwaukee that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Milwaukee are:

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The top 3 types of fishing in Milwaukee are:

Many fishing charters in Milwaukee provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Milwaukee are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Milwaukee are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $632
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $595
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $709
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $788
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,014

Milwaukee charter fishing offers so many exciting angling opportunities that it’s hard to choose just one. The largest city in the Badger State is right along the shores of Lake Michigan. As soon as you hear the name you can’t help but think about monster Brown Trout, fiery Coho ‘Silver’ Salmon, the acrobatic Steelhead, line-ripping Chinook ‘King’ Salmon, and Lake Trout from deep waters...

Just stop for a moment and think of all the stories to be had from your catch in Milwaukee. Even though the city’s entertainment doesn’t end with dining, there are a lot of excellent breweries and local taverns that will gladly prepare your catch. Top off your day of fishing by going to a nice music venue.

Known For

They say you haven’t fished until you’ve fished Wisconsin. It’s true that there are many hot Lake Michigan fishing spots in the state, but how many of them can brag about holding the majority of the state records? Well, Milwaukee definitely can!

The Lake includes the Milwaukee Bay and the connecting rivers. There are lagoons, inland lakes, rivers, and streams, that all together make prime spots for fishing in Wisconsin all year-round. And it’s more than enough to keep your rods busy no matter the weather!

Lake Michigan fishing in Milwaukee

The western side of Lake Michigan is like a magnet for the crème de la crème of the Great Lakes species. It’s still not clear which fish species can be called the Milwaukee ‘Superstar.” Milwaukee’s side of Lake Michigan offers a world-class fishery for whatever patrols the local waters.

As soon as the temperature warms up and the fish migrate north from the southern end of the lake, the local anglers head out to their own Milwaukee fishing spots. They begin the warming up by Trout fishing early in April to gain strength for battling Coho Salmon and Rainbow Trout later in May. The brute strength and size of Chinook ‘King’ Salmon keep anglers awake during the summer months and early fall. In September and October, all the species gather in Milwaukee before they start their journey up the rivers. 

Is it worth going out for a half day?

Check the bite on a five-hour trip to get the taste of Salmon fishing Milwaukee-style. But don’t think that half-days are only designed to chase huge Salmon! There are plenty of Lake Trout, Brown Trout or Steelhead hanging around. 

Your typical 5-hour charter will make you feel that you are in the game even if you can’t come back with a nice mixed bag. The fishing grounds are pretty close from shore, so you can start trolling in less than half an hour without having to travel too far out. Bottom line - a half-day trip can be enough to make your angling dreams come true.

What if I stay out longer?

Once you are onboard, surrounded by the fishing lines and waiting for the non-stop action, you simply won’t want to come back. If you are wondering whether you should prolong your Lake Michigan charter fishing in Milwaukee, the short answer is 'absolutely yes.' Add a few more hours to your half-day trip or upgrade it to an overnight. Any type of fishing in Wisconsin is worth a full-day trip!

On an 8+ hour adventure, you will be able to truly connect with the beautiful waters of the Great Lake. One of the biggest advantages that can compensate a longer ride to the fishing grounds is the unique Steelhead playgrounds that are situated 15-20 miles offshore. Milwaukee’s proximity to those deep waters allows you to target these skyrocketing fish close to the lake’s mountain range.

How much will it cost?

Since the cost of running the boat out and back is the same regardless of how many passengers are on board, the price can differ only a little if you have a six-pack or just two anglers.

The average five-hour Milwaukee Lake Michigan charter will be somewhere around $570. Add $250 to get the price of a full-day trip.

Milwaukee River Fishing.

It’s no surprise that the productive waters of Milwaukee are A-1 fishing grounds. Some big, splashy fish can be found in the Milwaukee River. What may seem surprising (but pleasantly surprising) is that you don’t need a boat to hit up the river! Go along the shoreline, take some delicious Carp from the lower parts of the River. The warm effluence from other bodies of water attracts some pretty big Carp.

The Milwaukee River runs from the northern parts through the heart of the city and offers a seasonal pleasure for any Trout and Salmon lover. A trip to the river is a ‘must-have’ for anyone who wants to master their fly-fishing skills.

Apart from the healthy waters of the Milwaukee River, there are other places to drop a hook. Put on your wading boots and head to the beaches of the Doctor's Park for some Brown Trout. Drop a line in the Menomonee River for your acrobatic Steelie and Salmon.

Types of Fishing

Salmon

Whether you are a novice out on the ‘Big Pond’ or a seasoned angler, your chances of landing Salmon are usually 50%. You can try your hand at drift fishing or stick to the good old trolling technique.

If Coho are your main target, it’s good to use lighter fishing gear to see your hits better. Trolling crankbaits can do the job for both Silver and King Salmon, as well as trolling spoons.

Trout 

Lake Trout prefer smaller lures more than bigger ones. Some Lakers can be over 30 pounds so you will need a heavier rod. You can catch them by casting live and artificial bait or still fishing. However, just like with Salmon, it’s always a good idea to go for trolling. If you are fishing in the river, fly fishing can be a great way to enjoy some time with the Trout.

When targeting Brown Trout, you can use a light action spinning rod. Brownies have good eyesight so it’s better to use a lighter line. They can also be a bit tricky to find - seek local knowledge if you want to truly enjoy Trout fishing in Wisconsin!

Steelhead fishing in Milwaukee is another thing to keep you entertained. As long as you have a professional captain by your side, he will get Steelhead to bite! Once hooked, the legendary Steelie will show off their acrobatic jumps. Concentrate in the right depth of the water, use planer boards, and keep the optimal speed.

Rules and Regulations

If you are coming from out-of-state, you should purchase the 2-Day Great Lakes Fishing license with a Great Lake Salmon and Trout Stamp to cover your charter fishing needs. 

Milwaukee
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January

Right now, it’s all about Brown Trout on the Great Lake. Milwaukee’s big harbor is open for anyone who wants to get some Brownies while the lake is frozen. 

February

Even though Brown Trout in Milwaukee Harbor are the prime target now, Lake Trout and Steelhead are also there to be found. Winter fishing can be prolific!

March

Tributaries are full of both Brown Trout and Steelhead. You can be at the mercy of the weather, but with a right guide, you may open the Milwaukee season earlier than anyone else!

April

The Milwaukee Harbor area holds the best Brown Trout around. Limits of Lake Trout are also common. The air might still be a bit chilly, but the fishing is hot!

May

The action for Coho Salmon is almost non-stop. Rainbow Trout are as active as Kings - if you are up to a mixed bag, search for Trout and Salmon nearshore.

June

Enjoy some fast-paced fishing for Coho and grill your catch later. Don’t forget about Lakers and Brownies! This part of the season is all about catching the limits.

July

Port of Milwaukee is full of all three species of Trout, along with Coho and Chinook Salmon. Baitfish is also around. Enjoy acrobatic Steelhead and grilled Salmon after the trip.

August

Mature Salmon and Brown Trout come back to the ports to chill before they move upstream to spawn. Fish in and around Milwaukee Harbor to catch your own dose of Milwaukee's best species!

September

The spawning runs have begun, so head to the harbor for Chinook and Coho. The fish are just perfect for smoking! Brownies and Lakers are also here.

October

The King run is settled down so it’s time to be back out in the lake for a mixed bag. An early autumn trip for Salmon and Trout is a good way to wrap up the season.

November

Right after Halloween, you can head to the tributaries for the spawning Salmon. The occasional Lake Trout and Steelhead are also found in the Milwaukee River. 

December

The Brown Trout bite in Milwaukee Harbor is improving. As the water drops below 40 degrees, the fishing is improving. Get your Christmas catch!

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Check the weather pattern and contact the boat captain for trends so you can plan the trip better.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the weather pattern and contact the boat captain for trends so you can plan the trip better.
Danilo  H.
Danilo H. Naperville, Illinois
Pick a charter first to really understand the lake and the technique’s used.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick a charter first to really understand the lake and the technique’s used.
Richard  Z.
Richard Z. Hastings, MN
Be ready for a great experience, but remember it’s called fishing for a reason. We caught a lot of fish primarily rainbow trout and then lake trout too. We did not get salmon (which I would have loved to catch). But that’s why they call it fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a great experience, but remember it’s called fishing for a reason. We caught a lot of fish primarily rainbow trout and then lake trout too. We did not get salmon (which I would have loved to catch). But that’s why they call it fishing.
Kevin  C.
Kevin C. Oak Grove, MN
dress warm - it can get cool on the lake - windy - won't be any sunbathing this trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
dress warm - it can get cool on the lake - windy - won't be any sunbathing this trip!
Kathy  R.
Kathy R. Lake Mills, WI
I would recommend trying to go earlier if you can due to the inconsistent weather and wind.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend trying to go earlier if you can due to the inconsistent weather and wind.
Kevin  M.
Kevin M. Cottage Grove, WI
To understand the fishery and the sport go out with Captain Jim. Very knowledgeable!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To understand the fishery and the sport go out with Captain Jim. Very knowledgeable!!
Tom  K.
Tom K. Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Grandma’s birthday gift to grandson. We had an amazing day, caught Coho salmon, rainbow trout and lake trout. The crew were friendly, helpful, and taught my grandson about fishing. He will remember this birthday and the fun day!
Marge  M.
Marge M. Elk River, MN
Reel Obsession Sport Fishing
Reel Obsession Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
From day one of booking we had great communication with Captain Kurt. There was wind in the forecast for our original afternoon trip. He reached out and got us moved to the morning. We were able to go out and get a Great Lake Grand Slam (brown trout, lake trout, steelhead, coho and king salmon)! Kurt and Larry were very personable and knowledgeable! Thank you for the great time!
Anthony  G.
Anthony G. Solon, IA
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Captain Mark and Silas did a great job. We caught our limit in 2 hrs. It was a great time and good conversations. We would highly recommend using them on your next adventure!
Tim  K.
Tim K.
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
we had a great time fishing was a little slow but would fish with Jim again
JONATHAN  H.
JONATHAN H.
Reel Obsession Sport Fishing
Reel Obsession Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(23 reviews)
Kurt had a driven game plan. He knew his plan for our trip and executed. No wish washy wasting time out there. Results produced!
Bryan  M.
Bryan M. Lisbon, WI
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing II, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing II, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Had a great experience. My 14 yo son did too. Very welcoming. Helpful website. First mate Silas was exceptional. Would highly recommend this group.
Michella  M.
Michella M. Lisbon, WI
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Great husband and wife team! Very professional and knowledgeable. First class Equupment. We caught Coho, lake trout, and rainbows. Had our 12 and 14 yr old granddaughters and Capt. Jim was patient with them and they had a great time reeling them in. I give Blue Max charters 5 Stars!
Phillip  A.
Phillip A. Albia, Iowa
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
My wife, myself and our 3 boys had a great time fishing for the first time on Lake Michigan. The Captain and First Mate Silas were great.
Ron  H.
Ron H. St. Peters, MO
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
The captain and his wife make a good team. They worked hard to get us on the fish and we did end up catching a couple salmon!
Judy  A.
Judy A. Blaine, MN
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Enjoyed the nice weather and the captain’s guidance and expertise. Would love to go again in future!
Althea  P.
Althea P. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(97 reviews)
Great trip with Jim And Anita. I was out with my two brothers and we had a great time as first time on the lake in a charter. Jim is very knowledgeable, personable and of course experienced. I would definitely recommend this team. I may be back next year if timing and dates coincide with my schedule.
Amos  T.
Amos T. Oxford, GA
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(97 reviews)
Captain Jim and his wife did a great job getting us on the fish. It was a windy tough day to fish and we still caught fish.
Justin  A.
Justin A. Hay Springs, NE
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Captain was very informative, his wife was also very helpful. Nice boat, good equipment, let us help move rods while someone was reeling in a fish. Cleaned and filets the catch for you.
Nancy  C.
Nancy C. Greenfield, WI
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
It was most of our first charter, the caption was well prepared and friendly, we are planning on doing another one soon and at least once a year from now on.
Stacy  Z.
Stacy Z.
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
We fished two days with Captin Jim and his wife Anita. We had a great time and caught salmon and trout both days. Very nice boar, gear, and crew. We will fish with them when we come back to Milwaukee!!
Maurice  B.
Maurice B. Port St. Lucie, FL
Reel Obsession Sport Fishing
Reel Obsession Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
They didn't disappoint, we were on fish from the start till the very end. We had a double to start the day and a double on rainbows to end the day. Plus 2 nice kings. I would highly recommend very professional and made you feel comfortable. Tha ks for the experience and will definitely be calling them again.
Dustin  R.
Dustin R. Clintonville, WI
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
It was a great first experience for the most of us whose never gone charter fishing before. Captain Mike and First Mate Will's expertise put us on fish even though it was a tough day chasing them. 100% would recommend this charter service to others and come back for another trip! Thank you for the great hospitality.
Johnny  V.
Johnny V. New Berlin, Wisconsin
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Captain Jim and Anita were wonderful! The boat is awesome so clean and spacious! Jim explains details about everything! His experience shows. Anita is his right hand helping with it all! Our family had a wonderful experience I truly recommend a day with them!
Christa  M.
Christa M. Dyersville, IA
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
I'm going to start with very nice people. Captain Jim super nice answers all your questions. He has alot of knowledge and experience doing this. 4 people in our group and we got our limit for the day. We liked it so much that we are ooking to this every year with them.
Brett  B.
Brett B. Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Highly recommend Blue Max Charters! Capt Jim and Anita are great guides. Both made the fishing trip enjoyable, informative and successful for my family. We were on the fish as soon as Capt Jim started setting up the trolling gear. Anita expertly maneuvered the boat where all of us had the best chance to experience reeling in a salmon. Capt Jim provided us information about Milwaukee river area and the industries and buildings along the river banks. Will definitely charter them again.
Danilo  H.
Danilo H. Naperville, Illinois

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