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Top Fishing Charters in Sheboygan

Fishing in Sheboygan

Sheboygan charter fishing, just like the city’s lifestyle, beaches, and amazing street art all over the town, will make you fall in love with this part of Wisconsin. Cast a few lines and it won’t take long to realize how much Sheboygan fishing has to offer.

Great Lakes enthusiasts love exploring Lake Michigan’s bite. Sheboygan is based on its western shore, right at the mouth of the Sheboygan River. The town is ideally situated to chase Salmon and Steelhead in the open waters, before following them upstream later in the season. Whatever you decide, get ready to experience arguably the best fishing in Wisconsin.

Sheboygan fishing spots

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan charters are the local guides’ bread and butter in Sheboygan. And there is a good reason why anglers of all skill levels come to battle Lake Michigan fish here season after season. These waters are rich with various types of Salmon and Trout. Here, you can hook into Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, and Steelhead almost any time from May until October. There are also great numbers of Perch around, which is especially exciting for those who want to fill their freezers.

Sheboygan fishing charters usually run both half and full-day trips. A half-day adventure would cost around $500 for 3 anglers and the price for a full 10-hour charters would range from $700 to $900, depending on the size of your party.

Sheboygan River

The Sheboygan River flows right to Lake Michigan at the city. The river got its name from Native Americans and is believed to mean “River Disappearing Underground.”

River-run Steelhead are the main target in spring, and the fall months see Salmon running upstream. The Sheboygan River is actually teeming with Steelies from fall through spring.

Even though Sheboygan River fishing offers exemplar Trout and Salmon opportunities, they don’t end there. The River is also home to Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, and Northern Pike, which heat up in the summer months. Channel Catfish, Rock Bass, and White Sucker, along with Perch, Bluegill, and Carp can also be found in the River.

Types of fishing in Sheboygan

Trolling Lake Michigan

When you are out on the water in Sheboygan, get ready for a lot of trolling. Your main targets will be Coho “Silver” Salmon, Chinook “King” Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, and Steelhead.

Kings can be up to 40 lbs, while Cohos are just a bit smaller. Both Salmon are ferocious fighters and make excellent table fare.

Sheboygan Salmon charters usually troll deeper waters with downriggers and dipsy divers. It’s not uncommon to use planer boards to spread the lines - your guide will always know how to get the best trolling experience.

However, as you already know, Sheboygan charters don’t only focus on Salmon. Trout are usually caught with the same technique, which is trolling baits.

Fishing the Sheboygan River

Sheboygan River fishing is usually done by spinning or fly fishing. As Salmon make their move up the river in autumn, they cruise around and seem to actually enjoy bumping into your feet when you stand in the water. You can easily hook into a 20-30-pound Salmon which will surely put up a fight.

Come spring and anglers rush to the river for their own Steelhead. Spinning methods work best this time of year, but fly fishing is also productive if you have some experience. Plus, you can always hook into Northern Spike while targeting Steelies.

The summer months are the best time to grab your ultra light spinning gear and fish the low waters for Pike, Crappie, and Smallmouth Bass.

Ice fishing is also a favorite pastime for the local anglers and visitors. Steelheads are around even in the dead of winter - can it get more exciting?

Need to know

In order to enjoy fishing in Sheboygan, you will need to purchase a valid fishing license. It can be done online or at the dock if available.

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Sheboygan Fishing Seasons

It’s all about the weather conditions right no. It can be warm enough to go fishing for Steelhead on a spinner or cold enough to try a little bit of ice fishing.

If the waters of Lake Michigan are frozen, you can try ice fishing. We are talking about the Sheboygan Marina, of course. You can bring a nice dose of Northern Pike through the ice.

Head to one of the piers and enjoy shore fishing. Jumbo Yellow Perch can be found if you know where to look. Hook in your first spring catch!

Brown Trout are biting right now! Lake Michigan waters are getting warm and almost ready to produce good numbers of Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, and various types of Trout.

Head to Lake Michigan for Salmon and Trout action. Stay close to shore and fish for Whitefish, which can be found off the bottom. Those species are delicious and the fishing is just fantastic.

Summer has come and fishing is getting hot. You can chase acrobatic Steelhead or go for Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, and who knows what else.

This mid-summer fishing allows you to get your hands on anything from Lake Trout to Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Brown Trout, and Steelhead. Fishing is hot right now!

Most of Trout and Salmon hang out in deeper waters this time of year. Before they head to the spawning grounds, you can hop on board and catch your daily limits.

Enjoy the beautiful warm waters of the shoreline and get your hands on Trout and Salmon. Both species are ready to run upstream and can be still found at the mouths of the rivers.

Find yourself a local guide and head to one of the piers. You can get your hands on large Northern Pike using gold shiners. The shoreline waters are getting cold after a warm summer.

Head to the North Pier with a local guide and check the bite there. You can use bottom rigs for Steelhead and bobbers for Northern Pike. The winter is also around the corner - enjoy fishing!

You can treat yourself to a fishing trip right before or after Christmas. Your guide will equip you with golden shiners and proper gear to catch Brown Trout and Northern Pike.

Sheboygan Fishing Calendar

Top Targeted Species in Sheboygan

Lake Trout

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Brown Trout


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