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Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing
Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing

Milwaukee • 33 ft • 6 persons

We feature 6, 7, and 8-hour charters for more fish and fishing time!

"Captain Jim and his wife were outstanding. Our group had a fantastic time and we limited out within the first few hours of the trip." —⁠ Josh,
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trips fromUS $540
Reel Obsession Sport Fishing
Reel Obsession Sport Fishing

Milwaukee • 27 ft • 4 persons

Troll Lake Michigan’s deep blue waters with Reel Obsession! Operating out of McKinley Marina, Captain Kurt Hantsche always works hard to make sure you get exactly what you want from your time on board.

"Wow, what an incredible experience!!  Five stars!!  I recently had to travel to Wisconsin for work and was looking for ways to entertain myself while in town, that’s when I discovered that Lake Michigan was stocked with King Salmon." —⁠ Samuel, Missouri
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trips fromUS $575
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC

Milwaukee • 32 ft • 6 persons

Milwaukee Offshore Fishing Charters has 3 boats, a 31' Tiara, 29' Tiara, and a center counsel offering the most exciting adventures for Salmon on Lake Michigan, Wisconsin.

"Captain communicated several times before the trip, weather wasn’t good but the boat had sides and top on it so you could get out of the weather when you weren’t fighting fish." —⁠ William,
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trips fromUS $398
Leisure Time Charters
Leisure Time Charters

Milwaukee • 37 ft • 6 persons

Book a trip with Leisure Time Charters and captain Mike will gladly take you out and show you some of the best fisheries on Lake Michigan, all while keeping your comfort and safety first and foremost.

"Had a planned group trip with my father, father-in-law, and other family out on Lake Michigan." —⁠ Nick, WI
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trips fromUS $675
Crabby Charters - Trout & Salmon
Crabby Charters - Trout & Salmon

Milwaukee • 34 ft • 6 persons

Crabby Charters invites you down to Lake Michigan to discover the thrill of fishing for Trout and Salmon.

"I highly recommend Crabby Charters.  We had a fabulous time!" —⁠ Mike, IA
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trips fromUS $675
Manhardt Charters Lake Michigan
Manhardt Charters Lake Michigan

Milwaukee • 32 ft • 6 persons

Manhardt Charters on Lake Michigan catch Salmon and Trout in record numbers and this is what they will take you out to do.

"Our trip with captain rob was a fun filled day! We learned a lot and caught a lot of fish!" —⁠ Lindsay,
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trips fromUS $650
Threel Seaker Charters
Threel Seaker Charters

Milwaukee • 32 ft • 6 persons

Spend the day with Threel Seaker Charters and let them show you what makes the fishing in Milwaukee so memorable!

"We went out in not the best weather but Rocky and his crew made..." —⁠ Luke,
trips fromUS $650
Jack’s Charter Service - Milwaukee 36'
Jack’s Charter Service - Milwaukee 36'

Milwaukee • 36 ft • 6 persons

Jack’s Charter Service operates out of Milwaukee and Racine, WI running unbeatable trips targeting Trout and Salmon on beautiful Lake Michigan.
trips fromUS $847
Grizzly Charters
Grizzly Charters

Milwaukee • 18 ft • 4 persons

Experience epic freshwater fishing on Lake Michigan’s productive western bank with Grizzly Charters!

"We had a great time fishing with Captain Tim. He was patient and gave us a real hands on experience." —⁠ Jill, Illinois
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trips fromUS $400
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing II, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing II, LLC

Milwaukee • 25 ft • 4 persons

Three boats now. Book an exciting adventure with Milwaukee Offshore Fishing Charters!

"CaptainnMark and mate Will made the trip happen.  We were in the fish within 45 minutes , and filled the cooler within two hours." —⁠ Peter,
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trips fromUS $498
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Milwaukee

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Fishing in Milwaukee

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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Milwaukee Fishing Seasons

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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