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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 $634, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $555 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 – $615
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $612
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $682
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $768
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $980
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $1,999

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. 

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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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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
(56 reviews)
Went out for a half day trip in the morning with Captain Chris. He worked his butt off to get us on the fish and had a good day for the end of the season. We'll be back for more in the Spring!
Ben  E.
Ben E. Fort Wayne, IN
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(56 reviews)
Had a great day of fishing with Captain Nick and First Mate, Silas! They prepared us for catching these beasts! We caught 15 fish with several over 20#! That's not including 5 that didn't want to be caught today! I highly recommend this charter service! We will be using them again!
John  M.
John M. Colorado Springs, CO
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Chris was our captain and he was very knowledgeable! We caught numerous fish as well as quality! Would highly recommend!
Chris  L.
Chris L. Cedar Falls, IA
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing II, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing II, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Nick is an amazing young captain great personality would definitely book this charter again
Randal  R.
Randal R. Glendale, AZ
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Very rough windy conditions, but my 2 grandsons were able to catch 6 fish. We had a great time thanks to the captain and his crew!
BARRY  B.
BARRY B. Cambridge, WI
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
We were in Milwaukee for vacation and wanted to get un some fishing and booked a trip with Milwaukee Offshore Fishing and it was the highlight of our vacation. Captain Nick was amazing, he was friendly,informative and made sure our fishing experience was the best! Fun for the whole family!
Shay  R.
Shay R. Grand Junction, CO
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Great trip. Vince was great with our son. Very knowledgeable and explained everything we were doing in terms an 11 year ole could understand. We landed 5 salmon including Oliver’s personal best a giant king!
Peter  M.
Peter M. Iowa City, IA
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Had a great outing on a warm day. Mark and Vince were very knowledgable about the lake, their equipment and baits to try. Everyone in my group was lucky enough to haul in a fish with their help. A little slow, according to them, but swapping stories helped to pass the time was fun.
Andrew  H.
Andrew H. Madison, WI
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Had a great afternoon out after Coho salmon. Filled our limit in just a couple of hours. Had times when we had more fish on than fishermen.
ERICH  H.
ERICH H. Sun Prairie, WI
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Captains Nick and Mark are top shelf. Everything was ready as promised, and the equipment and knowledge of the Captains was spot on. We had a wonderful assortment in our catch - 3,big Kings, lots of Coho, a Steelhead, and a big beautiful Lake Trout. Our catch topped everything we saw in the harbor. These guys know what they’re doing. We’ll do it again!
Roger  N.
Roger N. Madison, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
We had a great time fishing with Nick and Mark! They are both very knowledgeable and friendly and did a great job/were determined on getting us our limit of fish. Thank you Nick and Mark for a great experience on the water. I will definitely be fishing with you guys in the future.
Jeffrey  R.
Jeffrey R. Benton, WI
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(56 reviews)
We went out for a few hours in the early morning. Couldn’t believe how beautiful the water was! Catching a fish was a bonus.
Jamie  W.
Jamie W. Big Lake, Minnesota
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
We booked an afternoon trip as a birthday present to our boys and they had a blast! Captain Mark and Chris were great with them and made the trip very enjoyable. It was a wonderful day and we will definitely be booking another trip!
Sandra  U.
Sandra U. Oconomowoc, WI
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
without a doubt went above and beyond to help make this trip the best it could be! Girlfriend got sick and still let me go out yhe next day to have a decent fishing trip! Can't ask for a better experience.
Kyle  D.
Kyle D. Cedar Falls, IA
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Excellent experience. Booked an afternoon trip. Caught two king salmon (22lbs and 18lbs). Will definitely go back next year!
Ants  V.
Ants V. Chicago, IL
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
These 2 guys Nick & Dave we’re very good at their job. Putting us on the fish!!! We took home our limit an had 4 varieties of fish. Coho, kings, lake trout & rainbow. They made the whole experience very worthwhile
David  J.
David J. Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(56 reviews)
Talented and ambitious crew. Bigger boat would of been nice but this was a good value deal. Will book again in the future.
Janusz  L.
Janusz L. Salt Lake City, UT
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
It’s simple - these guys are great at finding big fish and helping you catch them. I limited out with the biggest fish I’ve ever caught and they apologized for not finding bigger fish. Can’t wait to go again.
Kim  M.
Kim M. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
My son and myself went out early Tuesday morning (July 17). Captain Mike and his first mate Nick had lines out immediately. Fishing was slow and we landed our first salmon about two hours into the trip. We landed another about an hour later and that was it. That's why they call it fishing!!
Frank  P.
Frank P. Franklin, WI
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Captain Mark was very responsive & informative. Everyone on the trip caught the max for the day. The guys had a blast catching some BIG fish!! I would recommend this trip to everyone. 7 hours was perfect. Well worth it!!
Laura  B.
Laura B. Sussex, WI

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