Lake Michigan Fishing Charters

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Lake Michigan: 308 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Manistee
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trips from US $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(27 reviews)
Sheboygan
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trips from US $550
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(95 reviews)
Brethren
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trips from US $300
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(33 reviews)
Newaygo
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trips from US $245
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
Grand Haven
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trips from US $630
Excellent
4.5 / 5
(112 reviews)
Sturgeon Bay
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trips from US $430
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(42 reviews)
Whitehall
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trips from US $595
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(82 reviews)
Port Washington
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trips from US $525
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(55 reviews)
Port Washington
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trips from US $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Winthrop Harbor
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trips from US $750

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 US $602, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $706 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:

Who are the top awarded captains in Lake Michigan?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Lake Michigan are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $409
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $586
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $617
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $621
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $738
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,050

Fishing in Lake Michigan

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
4.9 / 5
Based on 28542 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

Lake Michigan Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in Lake Michigan

Have patience and trust you're captain. You may know what you're talking about but these guys live on the rivers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have patience and trust you're captain. You may know what you're talking about but these guys live on the rivers
Manistee River Fishing Company
Manistee River Fishing Company
Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and expect to have a great time. Anyday on the water is a good day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and expect to have a great time. Anyday on the water is a good day.
Limitless Fishing Charters
Limitless Fishing Charters
Be patient and time your trip. He will find the fish, and enjoy the day. The boat is excellent as well as the captain.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient and time your trip. He will find the fish, and enjoy the day. The boat is excellent as well as the captain.
Manistee River Fishing Company
Manistee River Fishing Company
Make sure you have a dependable GPS to find your way, the area can be a bit confusing if you're a total stranger to it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have a dependable GPS to find your way, the area can be a bit confusing if you're a total stranger to it.
Manistee River Fishing Company
Manistee River Fishing Company
The salmon are running by the thousands!! Also saw some huge brown trout caught. The whole experience was just awesome and fun! And if you love the outdoors, Michigan that time of year on the river is beautiful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The salmon are running by the thousands!! Also saw some huge brown trout caught. The whole experience was just awesome and fun! And if you love the outdoors, Michigan that time of year on the river is beautiful.
Due North Guide Service
Due North Guide Service
Make sure fish are showing up in large numbers and are biting frequently.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Make sure fish are showing up in large numbers and are biting frequently.
Manistee River Fishing Company
Manistee River Fishing Company
Really check the weather conditions, if you're prone to sea sickness (or even if you're not) make sure to try to schedule a trip with as little winds as possible.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Really check the weather conditions, if you're prone to sea sickness (or even if you're not) make sure to try to schedule a trip with as little winds as possible.
Chillin The Most Charters LLC
Chillin The Most Charters LLC
I'd recommend Captain Gabe with Elsie K Charters and he'll take care of you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I'd recommend Captain Gabe with Elsie K Charters and he'll take care of you.
Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan
Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan New Hudson, MI
Listen to the local charter captains. Fish are plentiful, big, and delicious
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the local charter captains. Fish are plentiful, big, and delicious
Long Gone 3 Charters
Long Gone 3 Charters Volo, IL
Me & my group went in with low expectations not knowing what too expect but overall the whole experience was amazing and definitely worth the money, time & energy!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Me & my group went in with low expectations not knowing what too expect but overall the whole experience was amazing and definitely worth the money, time & energy!!!
Balls Deep Charters
Balls Deep Charters Flint, MI
Yes I would recommend, however but not in September, it is unpredictable, Captain Bob said that May through August is best. I will probably take my wife and my kids for next year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes I would recommend, however but not in September, it is unpredictable, Captain Bob said that May through August is best. I will probably take my wife and my kids for next year.
Maykin Baykin Charters
Maykin Baykin Charters Howell, Michigan
If your looking for a fishing charter book with captain John you will be so happy you did. This was the best charter we have done.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If your looking for a fishing charter book with captain John you will be so happy you did. This was the best charter we have done.
Showtime Charters
Showtime Charters Carleton, MI
For a first time fishing Traverse city had a excellent time. Would recommend anyone to try this what a beautiful experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
For a first time fishing Traverse city had a excellent time. Would recommend anyone to try this what a beautiful experience.
Latitude 44 Charters
Latitude 44 Charters Canton, MI
Absolutely with the big Manistee and the little Manistee converging and where they do it's an excellent area to Target salmon recommend it to anybody had a great time and planning next year's trip already
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely with the big Manistee and the little Manistee converging and where they do it's an excellent area to Target salmon recommend it to anybody had a great time and planning next year's trip already
Pro Fish'n Sea Charters
Pro Fish'n Sea Charters Mason, MI
Hit some local breweries and explore the town if you have some extra time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hit some local breweries and explore the town if you have some extra time.
Knotty Girl Charter Fishing
Knotty Girl Charter Fishing Philadelphia, PA
Take advantage of the awesome neighboring streams and lakes to try your luck at fly fishing. We rented a cabin on the Manistee River and totally enjoyed the feel of the outdoors.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take advantage of the awesome neighboring streams and lakes to try your luck at fly fishing. We rented a cabin on the Manistee River and totally enjoyed the feel of the outdoors.
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC Homosassa Springs, FL
Charter with Murphy's Law Charters. Professional crew and found the fish quickly. Great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter with Murphy's Law Charters. Professional crew and found the fish quickly. Great time.
Murphy's Law Charter Service
Murphy's Law Charter Service Frederick, CO
Recommend booking with Captain Steve! Very friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely be going back!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Recommend booking with Captain Steve! Very friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely be going back!
Knotty Girl Charter Fishing
Knotty Girl Charter Fishing Saint Anne, IL
Remember to bring a big cooler. You will get way more fish than you except. Bring a food deeper to pack them up back at your cabin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember to bring a big cooler. You will get way more fish than you except. Bring a food deeper to pack them up back at your cabin
Big Kahuna Charters
Big Kahuna Charters Ypsilanti, Michigan
If you want quantity concider between 7-15 through 8/20 and hopefully calmer lake and better temperatures it was in the 90s when I went
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want quantity concider between 7-15 through 8/20 and hopefully calmer lake and better temperatures it was in the 90s when I went
Bucket List Fishing Charters
Bucket List Fishing Charters Downers Grove, IL

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Lake Michigan?

Jerryriggin Sport Fishing Charters
Jerryriggin Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
We went out after some major wind. Seas were rough for a bit, but ended up catching our limit with time to spare. Shout out to the fist mate who did a fantastic job and was always on the ball. Definitely going again.
Robert  C.
Robert C.
Manistee River Fishing Company
Manistee River Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Weather not so good-rained steady 3/4 of day. Started catching 1st drift. Lots of missed on our part but ended with 7 netted. Lunch was hot and delicious enjoyed on the river in the heated cabin during pretty good storm. Great day
Ken  D.
Ken D.
Manistee River Fishing Company
Manistee River Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Captain Brad and the Manistee River Fishing Company work hard to make for a successful fishing day. We will definitely charter with him again.
Ronald  G.
Ronald G.
Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River
Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Post spawn, cold and rainy, three boys (2 younger). Lenny has his work cut out for him. He prevailed tremendously. He worked hard to keep the four of us entertained as we spent long hours searching for fish that just weren’t there due to an early spawn. I highly recommend him for families. We will be going back this summer to try the big lake.
Jeremiah  B.
Jeremiah B.
Musky&PikeDreamers Southern WI Tour
Musky&PikeDreamers Southern WI Tour
Fishing charter in Buffalo Grove
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Trip was super cool. Me and two buds met Capt. Mike. Super cool guy, very knowledgeable, and we all walked away learning so much about fishing with different set-ups. Bass was the target and caught few good sizes. Definitely a positive experience, and we all agreed this is gonna happen again in the warmer months. 10/10.
Brandon  M.
Brandon M.
Manistee River Fishing Company
Manistee River Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Very professional and prompt. Wife and son really enjoyed themselves. Will be a repeat customer.
Ronald  S.
Ronald S.
Thin Blue Line Fishing Chicago 27ft
Thin Blue Line Fishing Chicago 27ft
Fishing charter in Chicago
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Nailed the coho had an amazing time second to none will be back in the summer months at some point
Dustin  D.
Dustin D.
Manistee River Fishing Company
Manistee River Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
After meeting Brad at the dock my friend Kyle and myself got in the boat and headed off to catch some fish. Brad was a great guide and person!! We seen plenty of other boats but our boat was the only boat that put fish in the boat all day as far as we seen !! We were so pleased with Brad we are scheduling a trip for next year .
Brian  C.
Brian C.
Manistee River Fishing Company
Manistee River Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Great time. The captain(Brad) is a great guide and very knowledgeable of the river which yields a great time fishing
Rick  B.
Rick B.
Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies
Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies
Fishing charter in Newaygo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
We had a great time fishing with Dan, he made sure to have different set ups and bait available and also showed us different techniques. Will definitely return.
Dani  B.
Dani B.
Thin Blue Line Fishing Chicago 27ft
Thin Blue Line Fishing Chicago 27ft
Fishing charter in Chicago
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Strongly recommended! My December 2023 journey was enjoyable, and I look forward to another successful hunting trip next year.
Mir  H.
Mir H.
Sweet T Sportfishing – Allegan
Sweet T Sportfishing – Allegan
Fishing charter in Allegan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Second time fishing trip with captain Kevin was great, ..thank you captain.
Adrian  S.
Adrian S.
Manistee River Fishing Company
Manistee River Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
This was our first time on the Manistee and man was it a great time! We did a short, late season trip and he was able to get us on and hooked up with good numbers of fish! He was great with my two young boys and it’ll sure be a trip they won’t soon forget. Boat and gear were top notch and although we were prepared to battle late season cold temps, the canopy and heater kept us all warm and cozy. We will definitely be booking another trip with Captain Brad!
Jordan  D.
Jordan D.
Musky&PikeDreamers Southern WI Tour
Musky&PikeDreamers Southern WI Tour
Fishing charter in Buffalo Grove
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Me and my buddy went fishing and had an awesome time. Caught a couple of big fish. Would definitely recommend.
Alvaro  O.
Alvaro O.
Sweet T Sportfishing – Allegan
Sweet T Sportfishing – Allegan
Fishing charter in Allegan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Kevin is very professional and kind Captain. We could catch fish as limits easily. He knows fun of fishing. Thanks a lot, and I would like to highly recommend to others who wants to go trout fishing.
Hideaki  M.
Hideaki M.
Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies
Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies
Fishing charter in Newaygo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
We didn’t have a lot of river fishing experience, Dan was super knowledgeable and helped us really get the hang of everything. We had a great time fishing, chatting, and Dan made us lunch which was great. Definitely recommend working with him, he has a super strong knowledge of the area and the fishing conditions.
Michael  J.
Michael J.
Due North Guide Service
Due North Guide Service
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Brian is a fantastic guide. His knowledge of the river and personable approach are great. We ran the river on a day with a high pressure system moving in so the bites were slow, but I had a great time! I would recommend Bryan to anyone and look forward to booking again soon!
Matt  V.
Matt V.
Ripple Effect Guide Service – Muskegon River
Ripple Effect Guide Service – Muskegon River
Fishing charter in Newaygo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Quinn is an excellent guide! He knows the rivers, the habits of the fish and how they react to changing conditions. He knows the techniques needed for success and explained them well. We nailed em today!!!
Mark  B.
Mark B.
Sweet T Sportfishing – Allegan
Sweet T Sportfishing – Allegan
Fishing charter in Allegan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Cap Kevin's boat was very well equipped and his advice resulted in sensational fishing trip. My 12 year old grandson caught 2 huge King Salmons and 2 other large Steelheads .I also caught a large Steelhead and 2 good size trout.
Robert  M.
Robert M.
JM’s Fishing Adventures
JM’s Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Green Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Weather was windy and cold but Joel went out of his way to make sure that we had a great time and caught fish there were 3 of us on board and we all caught fish
Robert  T.
Robert T.

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