Lake Michigan

253 Fishing Charters

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters

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Lake Michigan: 253 fishing charters available

Top Notch Sportfishing LLC

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Sheboygan
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $425

Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(36 reviews)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Finquest Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(55 reviews)
Kenosha
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trips from $620

Fish-X-TC

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(148 reviews)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(94 reviews)
Baileys Harbor
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $430

Last Call Sportfishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(27 reviews)
Grand Haven
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trips from $600

Showtime Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Traverse City
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trips from $650

Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
Kenosha
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850

Fish-On Guide Services of Wisconsin

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Port Washington
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $625

Twenty Four VII Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Winthrop Harbor
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Lake Michigan

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

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Michigan fishing trip is $578, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $683 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Lake Michigan that received great reviews from families are:

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

The top 3 fishing techniques in Lake Michigan are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Lake Michigan are:

Many fishing charters in Lake Michigan 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 Lake Michigan are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Lake Michigan are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $522
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $597
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $780
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $780
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $921
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,050

This Great Lake is a must-visit for any angling enthusiast. It’s the largest lake located in one country in the whole world and its name, Lake Michigan, comes from michi-gami, the Ojibwe word for “great water.” Surrounded by Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, its fish-filled waters are accessible from a huge variety of locations. This means you’ll find plenty of Lake Michigan fishing charters just waiting to help you explore this fantastic fishery!
 
An angling adventure in Lake Michigan is all about famous freshwater fish. These vast, deep waters are home to a huge host of world-famous species. Brown Trout, Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, and Steelhead were all introduced here in the 20th century to ward off an invasive species of Herring – and they’ve remained strong to this day! On top of that, you’ll also be able to target Walleye, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass varieties, Musky, Perch, and tasty Whitefish.
 
No matter where you go, Lake Michigan’s captains offer a wide variety of trips. They tend to start at five hours, which is a perfect introduction to this fishery for newbies, families, and experienced anglers alike. If you’re looking to explore deeper waters, you’ll find longer trips starting at seven hours. The action doesn’t stop during winter, either – specialist guides offer Lake Michigan ice fishing trips, with Walleye being a favorite catch!
 
When it comes to choosing the perfect starting point for your adventure, you really are spoilt for choice. All of the lake’s bordering states are filled with excellent fishing locations. If you’re looking for a city adventure, head to Chicago or Traverse City. The ports of Milwaukee and Port Washington hold a huge number of charters, and provide access to Milwaukee Bay. For an ice fishing experience, wrap up warm and head to Green Bay. 
 

Rules & Regulations

All anglers age 16 or older need to bring along a valid fishing license with the necessary stamps. You can purchase yours online, at Walmart, or a variety of bait and tackle shops. 
 
Lake Michigan
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

While the lake itself isn't too active at the moment, if you have an urge to fish, there's still plenty to explore. Head to Lake Michigan's tributaries, where Steelhead can be found, along with Brown Trout. 

February

February is much the same: Lake Michigan is quiet, but the rivers are full of Trout. These fish spend their time there awaiting spring spawning time. The season is about to begin, with only a few weeks left! 

March

The Steelhead spawning run has begun, with big silver bullets ready to be caught. Lake Trout are also lurking beneath the lake. 

April

The southern basin between Chicago and Waukegan is where Coho Salmon and Rainbow Trout can be hooked during this month. Lake Trout are bustling around Milwaukee's harbor.

May

Late spring is great for Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, and Steelhead. This time of year offers some of the most exciting fishing around. Big fan of Perch? You could also be busy in May...

June

Coho varieties weighing over 10 pounds are common in June. King Salmon are a frequent catch nearshore, while Steelhead are mostly found in the deepest parks of the lake. June's Lake Trout can weigh up to 30 pounds.

July

Tackle-busting King Salmon can be found lurking the lake, so bring your best rods and reels! Steelhead, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, and big Lake Trout are abundant. On top of that, the weather is wonderful!

August

Large, mature Chinooks are plentiful in August. Coho Salmon are still active as well, and are joined by a plethora of Lake Trout and Brown Trout. If you're also after big hauls of Steelhead, now is the best time to visit. 

September

As fall arrives, September might just be the most beautiful time to be on Lake Michigan. Lake Trout are lurking around rock-reef structure offshore, while Chinooks, Brown Trout, and Steelhead can also be hooked.

October

Are you a hardcore trophy hunter? Then head to Lake Michigan in October to catch your limits! Brown Trout and Lake Trout are ready for your hooks, and King Salmon are also around.

November

The action out on the lake starts to wind down, but we can hardly think of a better time to target Steelhead in the rivers and tributaries. The fall Rainbow Trout are here, and are all about explosive runs and jumps.

December

Although the lake is quieter in winter, you can still end your year on a high note! Lake Trout fishing is great in northern Indiana, near the artificial reefs and rock walls, and Steelhead are still active in the rivers.

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My experience has been to book a trip in mid May for lake trout and steal head. Book a trip around mid August for Kings and Coho.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
My experience has been to book a trip in mid May for lake trout and steal head. Book a trip around mid August for Kings and Coho.
Marty  S.
Marty S. Normal, IL
Make sure to dress and layers and have adequate clothing for the trip from rain gear to sunglasses. If you haven't spent time on big water or have issue with car sickness buy dramamine. Better to be groggy than get sea sick
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to dress and layers and have adequate clothing for the trip from rain gear to sunglasses. If you haven't spent time on big water or have issue with car sickness buy dramamine. Better to be groggy than get sea sick
Jim  B.
Jim B. Hibbing, Minnesota
Manistee not only offers some great fishing . The scenery is beautiful too !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Manistee not only offers some great fishing . The scenery is beautiful too !
Gerald  A.
Gerald A. Northwood, OH
Don’t forget your motion sickness medication if it is your first time. Also dress in layers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t forget your motion sickness medication if it is your first time. Also dress in layers.
John  P.
John P. Wixom, MI
Yes. Get the best charter Captain and boat. Our Captain, Al, was great as was his boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. Get the best charter Captain and boat. Our Captain, Al, was great as was his boat.
MICHAEL  M.
MICHAEL M. Benton Harbor, MI
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
I would recommend taking The Fish Fly Charter & come prepared for any type of weather!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend taking The Fish Fly Charter & come prepared for any type of weather!
Bonnie  H.
Bonnie H. Clare, MI
Enjoy! A motion sickness pre trip, wasn’t real bad but times of feeling a little queasy could be eliminated with some motion sickness medication. OTC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy! A motion sickness pre trip, wasn’t real bad but times of feeling a little queasy could be eliminated with some motion sickness medication. OTC
John  A.
John A. United States
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
Try it out. Captain is very friendly and polite and gives you tips while realing them in.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try it out. Captain is very friendly and polite and gives you tips while realing them in.
Jannell  K.
Jannell K. Traverse City, MI
Like all fishing, bite can be anywhere from hot to cold. A good guide will increase your odd greatly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Like all fishing, bite can be anywhere from hot to cold. A good guide will increase your odd greatly.
DANIEL  S.
DANIEL S. Castle Rock, CO
Just go out there with the mindset of having A great time and you’ll catch the fish. Look forward into making it a memorable experience. Enjoy yourself.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just go out there with the mindset of having A great time and you’ll catch the fish. Look forward into making it a memorable experience. Enjoy yourself.
Timothy  M.
Timothy M. Chicago, IL
Catch up with DaydreamerCharter boat "badhabit" captain Ben Orr does a great job and has fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Catch up with DaydreamerCharter boat "badhabit" captain Ben Orr does a great job and has fun
Joan  F.
Joan F. Bellaire, MI
Arrive before 6am as this is the start time. Not 7am. Fish were active and feeding early.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Arrive before 6am as this is the start time. Not 7am. Fish were active and feeding early.
Christopher  J.
Christopher J. Miamisburg, OH
Give Capt. Kyle a try at Sliver Beach Fishing. He and his crew were great with me and my whole family.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give Capt. Kyle a try at Sliver Beach Fishing. He and his crew were great with me and my whole family.
Fredrick  L.
Fredrick L. Fenton, MO
You can't control mother nature and be prepared to alter plans. Regardless you will have fun and catch something.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You can't control mother nature and be prepared to alter plans. Regardless you will have fun and catch something.
Renae  B.
Renae B. Greenbrier, TN
Book with Captain Fluffy! We had a wide range of fishing a abilities and he made each of us feel welcome and gave great instructions to reel in these big fish!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Fluffy! We had a wide range of fishing a abilities and he made each of us feel welcome and gave great instructions to reel in these big fish!!!
Trudi  F.
Trudi F. Le Grand, IA
Call Captain Tim at Powderhorn -- very professional and engaging. He knows his stuff!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Captain Tim at Powderhorn -- very professional and engaging. He knows his stuff!
Holly  V.
Holly V. Fennville, MI
My Captain says fishing in May (and April) are the best time if you want to be catching and not just fishing. It seems that Salmon is a bit harder to time, but Lake Trout seem abundant in May. We like Lake Trout, so it is not a disappointment.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My Captain says fishing in May (and April) are the best time if you want to be catching and not just fishing. It seems that Salmon is a bit harder to time, but Lake Trout seem abundant in May. We like Lake Trout, so it is not a disappointment.
John  W.
John W. Le Roy, MI
As explained to us, late in the season do the morning or evening trip, not the midday. We went evening and the sunset was amazing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As explained to us, late in the season do the morning or evening trip, not the midday. We went evening and the sunset was amazing!
Kevin  H.
Kevin H. Houghton Lake, Michigan

Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Overall a great charter would recommend to anyone. Good boat, good equipment and Tyler definitely knows how to put you on the fish!
Lino  S.
Lino S. SELFRIDGE, MI
Milwaukee Offshore – Port Washington
Milwaukee Offshore – Port Washington
Fishing charter in Port Washington
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(18 reviews)
Nick and Silas were super helpful and professional during our charter! Both offered guidance during our first experience salmon fishing and made us feel really comfortable. We are looking forward to booking with them again in the spring! Thanks guys for an awesome experience!
Abby  G.
Abby G. Kronenwetter, WI
Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
We had such a great time on our first fishing trip! Tyler is a very knowledgeable and skilled angler with a nice boat and equipment. He took a ton of pictures for us and even showed us how to pose with our catch! Highly recommend this experience!
William  F.
William F. Waterford, Michigan
Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Great trip, great fishing, awesome Captain ! Highly recommend and will be back
Maxwell  O.
Maxwell O. EAST GRAND RA, MI
Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha
Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
This is one of the best fishing trips I have been on. The boat captains were very nice, Helpful, prepared and knowledgeable. The boat was the most comfortable I’ve ever been on. Two comfy couches if you feel like relaxing for a bit and a bathroom. We caught some huge fish, had some great conversation, and an unforgettable time. Thank you 24 seven charters.
Nicole  E.
Nicole E. Indianapolis, Indiana
CRC River Guide – Big Manistee
CRC River Guide – Big Manistee
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
This was an amazing experience! Eric was great! He was helpful and very knowledgeable. We had the best time! We will definitely be booking with him again!
Brittany  B.
Brittany B. Sylvania, OH
SNS Sportfishing And Guide Service
SNS Sportfishing And Guide Service
Fishing charter in Pere Marquette Charter Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
This was our second trip with Captain Eric and once again it was a blast. Eric is a great guy and super knowledgeable, and he does a very nice job. Our first trip was in Alpena this past summer and now we went to ludington to fish in the fall and he put us on fish both times. 10/10 experience
Tommy  W.
Tommy W. White Lake, MI
Mainstream Guides - Wellston
Mainstream Guides - Wellston
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Was amazing, best guide i ever had will definitely be going on another trip with him soon.
Kevin  M.
Kevin M. Wayland, Michigan
Big River Outfitters
Big River Outfitters
Fishing charter in Grand Rapids
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(29 reviews)
Mid October. Salmon trip but steelhead were starting to bite creating extra excitement.
Kammie  G.
Kammie G. Monroe, MI
Finquest Sportfishing
Finquest Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Captain Tim did a awesome job, getting us on fish, managing the boat in very rough waters and staying out at our request after all other boats went in. Thanks Captain Tim
Paul  F.
Paul F. Elgin, IL
Happy Hooker Charters
Happy Hooker Charters
Fishing charter in Sheboygan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Had a blast. Captain and mate where stand up guys. Very informative with questions that where asked. Got us on fish right away in the morning. Could have asked for a better time!
Shawn  K.
Shawn K. Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Great day on East Bay today! We were fishing within 15 min. of hitting the water. Trolled the whole trip. I didn't know what a cisco was prior to this trip. I know now. They were on fire. Fun to catch. 2-4 lb. each. We all caught our limits. Captain Travis was a great guide. He knew the area and where to look. Hoping to get up here again earlier in the year and have him take us out for salmon. Looking forward to dinner tonight and several more nights.
Joseph  P.
Joseph P. St. Louis, MO
Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Captain Tyler was super knowledgeable of the area and did a great job of getting us on fish fast. His knowledge and equipment helped us land 7 fish. He explained the best ways to fish clean and eat Cisco, and he was not wrong about frying them!
Daniel  T.
Daniel T. Belleville, Michigan
High Life Sport Fishing Charters
High Life Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Had a great time spent with family, capt was very knowledgeable of area and tried to get us on fish all afternoon. Sometimes the fish just don’t bite. Would go again if back in area
James  K.
James K. Montpelier, Vermont
Chromeseekers – Big Manistee River
Chromeseekers – Big Manistee River
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
What a great experience, Keygan cared very much about putting us on fish and was a pleasure to spend time with. I would definitely book again.
Kelly  B.
Kelly B. Elgin, IL
Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Pure Angling – Troll/Jig Perch, Trout, Salmon
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
We had a great experience with Captain Tyler. Although the day was a bit windy (which he obviously couldn’t control), he worked hard to insure my family and I had a great time and caught fish. We caught 5 Cisco and 1 lake trout. Tyler was not only efficient at helping us catch fish, he was great with our kids and a great conversationalist. Awesome experience all around.
Amanda  C.
Amanda C. Detroit, MI
Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies
Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies
Fishing charter in Newaygo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Had a great day with Dan. We got into a ton of fish and he worked super hard to give us every opportunity to close the deal. He’s very knowledgeable and was willing to share with us and coach us when ever we asked. We caught some great salmon and will definitely be back.
Jeff  H.
Jeff H. Canton, Michigan
Chromeseekers – Frankfort Charter
Chromeseekers – Frankfort Charter
Fishing charter in Elberta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Cap'n Dan was fabulous! 4 of us (one who never fished before!) limited out and had a great time on Lake Michigan in October. Cap'n Dan definitely knows how to shake the fish loose... and he's very personable, professional and relatable. Boat is top notch, and tackle is as well. Recommend 110%.
Karin  T.
Karin T. Detroit, Michigan
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
This guy is amazing! My husband and four of his closest friends and family went out with Captain Jim and had a blast. His knowledge and skill plus the memories made were so much fun. My husbands 60th birthday party was definitely a success. Thank you Captain Jim!
Sarah  W.
Sarah W. Elgin, Illinois
TC Bass Destination Charters
TC Bass Destination Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Captain Butch provided a great trip. He analyzed the weather prior to launch to ensure the wind/waves would be fishable. He had Emily and I one nice smallmouth right away. Emily caught her first smallmouth on this charter. Each of us had a great day on the water and would highly recommend Captain Butch. He was enjoyable to talk to about fishing and the Traverse city area in general. Would highly recommend!
Evan  G.
Evan G. Wadsworth, Ohio