Lake Michigan

244 Fishing Charters

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters

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Lake Michigan: 244 fishing charters available

Top Notch Sportfishing LLC

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

Last Call Sportfishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Grand Haven
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Twenty Four VII Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Winthrop Harbor
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $750

Fish-X-TC

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

Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Kenosha
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $750

Finquest Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(48 reviews)
Kenosha
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $620

Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(59 reviews)
Kenosha
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $690

Fish-On Guide Services of Wisconsin

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Port Washington
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Showtime Fishing

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

Blue Max Charters Salmon Fishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(70 reviews)
Milwaukee
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $475

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Lake Michigan

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Michigan fishing trip is $573, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $671 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Top Notch Sportfishing LLC, Last Call Sportfishing Charters, and Twenty Four VII Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Michigan. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Michigan.

Top Notch Sportfishing LLC, Last Call Sportfishing Charters, and Twenty Four VII Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake Michigan.

The most popular fish species you can target are Chinook Salmon, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), and Lake Trout. Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and jigging. Lake fishing, offshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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 24785 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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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
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
Be prepared for the water to be a bit rough this time of year. Be sure to check out the light house and the nice town of Frankfort. Bring good layers of clothing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for the water to be a bit rough this time of year. Be sure to check out the light house and the nice town of Frankfort. Bring good layers of clothing.
Vickie  J.
Vickie J. Flint, Michigan
While we had great weather, I'd recommend that you watch the forecast and come prepared.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
While we had great weather, I'd recommend that you watch the forecast and come prepared.
Jim  C.
Jim C. Tipp City, OH
Try to go on a cool day. Cooler water is better for fishing. Love them King Salmon.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try to go on a cool day. Cooler water is better for fishing. Love them King Salmon.
Mike  H.
Mike H. Muskegon, MI
Waters were rough going out. But then it settled down and was a great day to fish. Weather has been very unpredictable this season!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Waters were rough going out. But then it settled down and was a great day to fish. Weather has been very unpredictable this season!
Jody  L.
Jody L. Mount Pleasant, MI
Do the research on your charter boat reviews, that says it all. I highly recommend The Trophy Hunter of the Fish Fly Charters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do the research on your charter boat reviews, that says it all. I highly recommend The Trophy Hunter of the Fish Fly Charters.
Bonnie  H.
Bonnie H. Clare, MI
You will catch more fish in the morning. Jarrod told us to come back and do a morning trip and we would catch more fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will catch more fish in the morning. Jarrod told us to come back and do a morning trip and we would catch more fish!
Kris  W.
Kris W. McCordsville, IN
There's a dedicated pier for charter fishing at the Chinook pier, but I would recommend booking well in advance. Parking can be a pain(especially if it's a nice beach day), but even if you cannot find parking at the pier, the parking around the area makes for a short walk through beautiful downtown Grand Haven.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There's a dedicated pier for charter fishing at the Chinook pier, but I would recommend booking well in advance. Parking can be a pain(especially if it's a nice beach day), but even if you cannot find parking at the pier, the parking around the area makes for a short walk through beautiful downtown Grand Haven.
Travis  Z.
Travis Z. Comstock Park, MI
We are newbies and had a very knowledgeable Captain as our guide. The whole expirience couldn't have been better! Caught lots of fish. Improved as we went along and had loads of fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We are newbies and had a very knowledgeable Captain as our guide. The whole expirience couldn't have been better! Caught lots of fish. Improved as we went along and had loads of fun!
Todd  M.
Todd M. Waterville, OH

Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Milwaukee Offshore Fishing, LLC
Fishing charter in Milwaukee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 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
Silver Lining Charters
Silver Lining Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
We had a great trip! Captain and first mate were very knowledgeable and fun. The boat was very clean and comfortable. The captain and crew even stayed out a little bit longer so we could catch a few more fish. We will definitely use this Captain and boat again. The boat was large enough to get through a bit of rough waves at the end of the trip. We had a slow morning and the captain had tubs upon tubs of lures that we tried and we ended up getting a good amount of fish in the end.
Nathan  A.
Nathan A. Bexley, OH
Showtime Fishing
Showtime Fishing
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Was a very windy day but Captain Cam and his first mate John did a great job of changing baits and different depths. Really worked hard to get us a successful day. Grayson was a good luck charm! We ended up getting a nice amount of lake trout plus gained lots of knowledge about salmon fishing and the surrounding Waters. Great day!
Eugene  B.
Eugene B. Traverse City, MI
Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(6 reviews)
Captain was great, boat was clean and proper. No complaints. We put fish in the bag, was a good time on the water
Ryan  C.
Ryan C. West Alexandria, OH
2 B Caught Charters – Muskegon Lake
2 B Caught Charters – Muskegon Lake
Fishing charter in Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Bryan was so friendly and good with kids, my son forgot that he was a hired captain and not an old family friend! I look forward to our next fishing trip with him.
James  A.
James A. RAISINVL Township, MI
Storm Force Sportfishing
Storm Force Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
The boat was clean and well maintained. When we arrived at 5 AM the captain and crew were ready and waiting. The fishing was excellent. Captain Blake found the fish and kept us on them. He has a good network of fellow charter captains that allows him keep informed on what the fish are biting on. We had great weather but it was clear that safety came first. I would recommend Storm Force to anyone.
Michael  L.
Michael L. St. Charles, IL
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(166 reviews)
Had an awesome morning with Captain Taylor! Got out early hooked up with a couple salmon right off the get go, then limited out on lake trout. Boat had more then enough room for my wife and I and two kids. Captain told us all about the line set ups, what to expect and made sure to get us on fish that even the kids could handle reeling in. We were very happy with our trip and our cooler full of fish. Thanks again, we will definitely be booking another trip in the future!
Brandon  H.
Brandon H. Milford, Michigan
Kinn's Sport Fishing - Algoma 38'
Kinn's Sport Fishing - Algoma 38'
Fishing charter in Algoma
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
We enjoyed our trip and caught fish, that is why we went. The crew was very efficient but the captain could have been a bit more talkative. Thanks for a great fishing experience. Julie
Julie  C.
Julie C. Hawick, MN
Showtime Fishing
Showtime Fishing
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain Cam and Johnny were awesome hosts. Beautiful day on the water and a few fish to spare. Highly recommended to anyone. My boys and I will definitely be back.
Daniel  C.
Daniel C. United States
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Capt. Jim turned a rough water day into a great day on the lake. It took a little time but he put us on the fish. We will definately go fishing with him again.
Brian  F.
Brian F. West Point, IA
Finquest Sportfishing
Finquest Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Tim is great guide and put us on fish all morning. First time big lake fishing for us and we'll definitely do it again.
Ben  J.
Ben J. Williams Bay, WI
Whitecap Charters – Little Traverse Bay
Whitecap Charters – Little Traverse Bay
Fishing charter in Charlevoix
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Had an amazing time! Captain was friendly, very intuitive and helpful. He trolled three different styles to maximize our chance in catching fish and it payed off as we caught plenty! Boat was comfortable and meeting to go out was very easy. Pretty much everything you would want in a charter plus they clean your catch after and have a nice spot to take pictures of your catch. Will definitely be going out on Whitecap charter again in the future!
Jess  N.
Jess N. Cheboygan, Michigan
All Jack'd Up Charters
All Jack'd Up Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Had a great time cruising west bay chasing small mouths. My brother in law and I both caught several 3-4 pounders. Captain Jack worked hard to pot us on fish. Will definitely book with him again.
Dominic  G.
Dominic G. Flint, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(166 reviews)
Taylor & Prime Time were cordial, helpful, and most important - put you where the fish were. Great time on water, great time catching fish, great time hauling in 23 lb King (by my 13 y/o son).
Jason  H.
Jason H. Gaston, IN
Michigan Addiction Sport Fishing 38
Michigan Addiction Sport Fishing 38
Fishing charter in Algoma
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Excellent experience chartering with Michigan Addiction. Highly recommend. Captain Stuart and his First Mate/Daughter were fantastic. Very knowledgeable of Lake Michigan.
Dean  A.
Dean A. Haslet, TX
Top Notch Sportfishing LLC
Top Notch Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Sheboygan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Booked Top Notch based on ratings, and was not disappointed. Capt Darren and mate Tony were wonderful. Kids loved it, caught more than enough fish. Very nice boat, excellent equipment. Would highly recommend this outfit.
Carolyn  K.  D.
Carolyn K. D. Chicago, Illinois
Twenty Four VII Charters
Twenty Four VII Charters
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Booked the half day trip out of Kenosha. From start to finish, we had a fantastic time. Never doubted for a moment that Captain Frank would get us on the fish. And he sure delivered! A great time was had by all. Top quality from the boat, the local knowledge, the patience, the professionalism and the neatly packaged filets we’ll be eating for weeks!! Do not hesitate to book with Twenty Four VII Charters - you will not be disappointed.
Robert  S.
Robert S. Glenview, IL
Sea Flea Charters LLC
Sea Flea Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Grand Haven
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Brian and Tim were wonderful. I got a "little" sick but I still caught a 19 pound King and more. My husband caught a nice 22 pound King also. We all had a perfect 2 day trip and caught quite a few good size Kings, Steelhead and Trout. If we ever come back to the area I will definitely book with Sea Fleas again. Do not hesitate booking with them. You will not be disappointed! Thank you Brian & Tim for everything!! Tyrell, Julie, Sara and Kevin
Julie  G.
Julie G. Chicago, IL
Merganzer Fishing Charters
Merganzer Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waukegan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Thank you for your hard work and flexibility! A specially for not canceling the trip because of bad weather and working in rain.
Jack  O.
Jack O. Alpharetta, GA
Top Notch Sportfishing LLC
Top Notch Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Sheboygan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Rain and thunderstorms were bound to foul up our fishing trip. Our crew ensured our trip would be a success and would be safe. We found fish and had a great time. We will be back! We recommend completely!
Shad  W.
Shad W. Two Rivers, WI