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Michigan: 292 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(22 reviews)
Newaygo
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trips from $240
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Grand Haven
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trips from $630
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Manistee
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trips from $650
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(45 reviews)
Brethren
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trips from $300
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(79 reviews)
Brethren
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trips from $300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Spring Lake
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trips from $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(65 reviews)
Traverse City
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trips from $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
St. Joseph
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trips from $650
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(103 reviews)
South Haven
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trips from $700
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(90 reviews)
Williamsburg
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trips from $590

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Michigan

According to customer reviews, Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies, Last Call Sportfishing Charters, and Pro Fish'n Sea Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Michigan. Full list of top fishing charters in Michigan.

The average price for a private 4 hour Michigan fishing trip is $573, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $682 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies, Last Call Sportfishing Charters, and Pro Fish'n Sea Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Michigan.

The most popular fish species you can target are Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Chinook Salmon, and Walleye. Top fishing techniques include Trolling, Light Tackle, and Jigging. Lake fishing, river fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

When a state has nicknames like “Great Lake State” and “Water Winter Wonderland,” you better believe that fishing there is off the hook. With 11,000 inland lakes, 3,000 rivers, and more big-water coastline than Florida and Oregon combined, casting a line in Michigan is a dream come true. To help you in your search for the next great catch, Michigan fishing charters are at your disposal.

The state borders four of the five Great Lakes, which speaks volumes about the angling action. Whether you’re after Salmon on Lake Superior, Walleye on Lakes Erie and Huron, Trout on Lake Michigan, or Muskellunge and Bass on Lake St. Clair, you can’t go wrong.

The rich inland waters are brimming with just about every species you can think of. Northern Pike, Bass, Crappie, Perch, and Sunfish are all in the cards. Don’tforget about miles of Trout streams, where you can find Brookies, Browns, and Rainbows. On top of that, ice fishing is also excellent.

You’ll find Michigan fishing charters on most bodies of water and there’s usually a variety of trips on offer. If you’re after big Walleye and Salmon, full day expeditions are recommended. Going fishing with your family? Half day trips are a great way to have fun and catch some dinner.

The whole of Michigan is one large fishing hub, so there’s no shortage of hotspots. The Great Lakes, St. Mary’s River, Saginaw Bay, and Detroit are just some locations to check out.

Rules & Regulations

Everyone who’s 17 and older needs a valid Michigan fishing license, and there are several options to choose from. If you’d like to cast your line in Canadian waters, remember to bring your passport, and buy an Ontario fishing license along with an Outdoors Card.

Michigan
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27689 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

You can expect safe ice on most lakes in Michigan at the start of the year, with the chance to hook dozens of different species while ice fishing. Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Pike are just some of the A-listers you could reel in.

February

Winter fishing continues, with Michigan’s hardy anglers making the most of frozen lakes across the state. This can be the perfect time to reel in an impressive Walleye, Lake Trout, Musky, and that’s just to get you started.

March

The Trout season is upon us! Some lakes and streams are thawing on the lower peninsula, giving anglers the chance to head out to open water before the crowds set in. Up north, you can enjoy a few more weeks of ice fishing.

April

Come April, many anglers are packing up their ice shanties and getting ready to haul their boats to the lakeshores. High season is just around the corner, and anything from Walleye and Trout to Salmon is biting these days.

May

On the Great Lakes, May marks the start of the season for many Michigan fishing charters. Come aboard and troll for Coho Salmon, or explore the inland streams and catch some spring Steelhead. Still not enough? Walleye fishing on Lake Erie is on fire.

June

This is one of the most productive months in Michigan. June is a great time to catch large Musky on the St. Mary’s River or troll for Salmon in the Great Lakes. Fly anglers on the lower peninsula are looking forward to the hex hatch later this month.

July

At the height of summer, Salmon fishing is the name of the game. From Chinook and Coho in the lakes to Atlantic Salmon in the streams, these fish keep anglers busy for days. For a change of pace, focus on premier Walleye action all over the state.

August

The hottest weather of the year sends Trout deep into the lakes in search of cool water. With a savvy guide and the use of downriggers, you can still be very productive. Salmon are also biting, as well as Musky, Walleye, and Perch.

September

Fall is quickly approaching, so Salmon will start leaving the Great Lakes and heading upstream. While the charter boat season is coming to a close, guided fishing on the rivers picks up, and that means top-notch Trout action.

October

This is a great time to fish for Salmon and Steelhead in Michigan’s streams. Bass fishing on small lakes is also on point. You can even go after Sturgeon if you’re feeling adventurous. Some anglers are still fishing for Walleye, Steelhead, and Bass in the open waters of the Great Lakes.

November

November brings frigid temperatures, so most lake charters shut down during winter. Guides with aluminum boats will still be eager to take you through the streams in search of Steelhead, and you can also find some Salmon in southern parts of the state.

December

Michigan’s lakes start to freeze over in December, with the shallowest of them already offering safe ice early in the month. Grab an auger and your ice tackle, and head out for some prime winter fishing for Perch, Walleye, Pike, and Musky.

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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.
Jennifer  S.
Jennifer S. New Hudson, MI
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!!!
Danielle  C.
Danielle C. 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.
Robert  T.
Robert T. 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.
Lerae  G.
Lerae G. 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.
Mark  W.
Mark W. 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
Ron  O.
Ron O. 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.
Nathan  L.
Nathan L. 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.
Clark  L.
Clark L. 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.
Van  K.
Van K. 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!
Tanya  D.
Tanya D. 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
Ann  B.
Ann B. Ypsilanti, Michigan
Look up Flagship fishing charters for the best experience in st Joseph Michigan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look up Flagship fishing charters for the best experience in st Joseph Michigan
Aaron  B.
Aaron B. Rossburg, OH
Very pleased with our catch, we brought in for king, salmon, but unfortunately let a couple get away. Fishing was great and they really started hitting around 9 AM.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very pleased with our catch, we brought in for king, salmon, but unfortunately let a couple get away. Fishing was great and they really started hitting around 9 AM.
Bill  B.
Bill B.
Sure, lots of charters there, so I presume fishing there is good at the right time. I will book again for a 2nd time with the same captain.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sure, lots of charters there, so I presume fishing there is good at the right time. I will book again for a 2nd time with the same captain.
Sam  E.
Sam E. Warren, MI
A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. catching lots of fish this time of the year? I don't know? But we still had a great day fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. catching lots of fish this time of the year? I don't know? But we still had a great day fishing.
Sam  E.
Sam E. Warren, MI
The fishing is great, and the scenery is outstanding! There are wonderful dunes, fantastic sunsets, and charming towns.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing is great, and the scenery is outstanding! There are wonderful dunes, fantastic sunsets, and charming towns.
Jim  B.
Jim B. Rochester Hills, MI
We had a great time in late August and caught 4 Kings. Was told that May and June might have been a better time. In late Aug fish are moving quite a bit and are less predictable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great time in late August and caught 4 Kings. Was told that May and June might have been a better time. In late Aug fish are moving quite a bit and are less predictable.
Thomas  J.
Thomas J. Ann Arbor, MI
Do some research on the charter that you are considering and check out the reviews of what others have experienced with the charter, captain, boat, and equipment.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do some research on the charter that you are considering and check out the reviews of what others have experienced with the charter, captain, boat, and equipment.
Tony  D.
Tony D. South Vienna, OH
If you have no experience, don't whine and cry! Try listening! These Captians try everything possible to try to catch fish and make it an experience of a lifetime for you and your group! Remember, it's called fishing not catching!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have no experience, don't whine and cry! Try listening! These Captians try everything possible to try to catch fish and make it an experience of a lifetime for you and your group! Remember, it's called fishing not catching!
Joseph  B.
Joseph B. Pinckney, MI
We unfortunately came the day after they had really bad north wind storm. None the less we still caught Salmon and had a great time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We unfortunately came the day after they had really bad north wind storm. None the less we still caught Salmon and had a great time!
Leslie  B.
Leslie B. Peoria, IL

Pro Fish'n Sea Charters
Pro Fish'n Sea Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(29 reviews)
For the end of the salmon season we had a great time fishing! Thank you Captain Josh for the great experience! We'll see you again in August 2024!
Ben  R.
Ben R. Rogers City, MI
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Harrison Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
Captain Eric was great! He was kind, patient, knowledgeable and worked hard to put us on the fish. He has a relaxed disposition that promotes a state of comfort and fun, not impatient or grumpy. He was very familiar with the fish in the area, as well as the underwater terrain. He took pictures of our adventure so that we can enjoy this happy memory over and over again. We highly recommend him and will definitely be back. Thank you Eric!
Tina  F.
Tina F. Madison Heights, Michigan
Osprey Fishing of Michigan
Osprey Fishing of Michigan
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Had a great experience with Chris, really enjoyed fishing with him. He is a great captain, and a lot of fun to go with. Highly recommend fishing with him.
Nick  M.
Nick M. Mount Vernon, IN
Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies
Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies
Fishing charter in Newaygo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Our plans were originally set with Captain Dan to fish days before he contacted us and let us know that the fishery was better an hour away so we decided to go with that. He was very knowledgeable on the water he went above and beyond to find us the salmon but no luck the lunch he provided us on the water was amazing he cook (steak and corn) I would definitely do it if in the area
Donnell  P.
Donnell P. Chicago, IL
GT Charter Services
GT Charter Services
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(12 reviews)
Had a great time. Would love to go again when the bite is a little better.
Liane  M.
Liane M. Warren, Michigan
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Harrison Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
Captain Eric is very knowledgeable and very courteous. Equipment is fantastic and he knows his stuff. We brought my son fishing for his 17th birthday. We caught a few big ones that put up a fight and were fun to catch. We didn’t catch em all like I hoped my son would, but it was a gorgeous day and made great memories. Would definitely go again!
Sarah  P.
Sarah P. Grand Rapids, MI
Jerryriggin Sport Fishing Charters
Jerryriggin Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(39 reviews)
This couple was very knowledgable and kind. They ensured that we had a successful trip and were just as excited for us when we caught fish. It was a pleasure for sure and definitely will be coming back. I would definitely use this specific charter again. Thank you captain and first mate Kirsten. I would like to say the women rule.(wink wink)
Rickie  A.
Rickie A. Carleton, MI
Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)
Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Got this trip from a simple google search for a fishing charter for my fiancé as a father’s day gift. Money well spent! He enjoyed the trip. They didn’t catch as much as he hoped but the experience was great! Well worth it ! Will definitely book again in the future.
Matthew  B.
Matthew B. Brook Park, OH
Fish Junky Charters LLC
Fish Junky Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Fun time fishing. Captain Johnathon was fun and friendly. We had to reschedule due to weather. He answered his emails right away. I would highly recommend booking with him.
Darlene  B.
Darlene B. Flint, MI
Balls Deep Charters
Balls Deep Charters
Fishing charter in North Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(99 reviews)
Chad was very professional and showed a ton of pride in his craft!! Our whole group thoroughly enjoyed fishing with him and his first mate Tom!! They filet our fish for us and helped us throughout the whole process!! The boat, fishing supplies and energy was awesome!! 10/10 recommend checking them out if you have the chance!!!
Danielle  C.
Danielle C. Flint, MI
Sweet T Sportfishing
Sweet T Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Allegan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
I’ve been fishing all my life but my friend is new to to fishing and a great experience and captain all around
Frank  S.
Frank S. Greenwood, SC
Blue Harbor Charters
Blue Harbor Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Captain Josh was good company and an experience fishing guide. thanks Josh.
John  V.
John V. Rochester Hills, MI
Dog Bone Charters
Dog Bone Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Greg and Chris were absolutely great! Hooks in the water before sunrise and first strike within 10 minutes! Wish we could've stayed out longer! Already booked for next year! Thanks guys, we had a great day!!!
Rich  S.
Rich S. Detroit, MI
Dog Bone Charters
Dog Bone Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Beautiful September 16 day. The boat crew is very chill, well organized, and proficient. Each of the kids caught a salmon. Was hoping for more but it is late season, it is what it is. Next time.
Brian  H.
Brian H. Lansing, Michigan
On The Fly Charters
On The Fly Charters
Fishing charter in Spring Lake
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Being end of season, didn’t know what to expect but they put us on fish early. Was rough out and had to cut trip short but would definitely recommend and would book again with Captain Chris.
Doug  B.
Doug B. Grand Haven, Michigan
Last Call Sportfishing Charters
Last Call Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Grand Haven
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Jared & Tristin did a fantastic job from before light fishing to perfect cleaning and icing the fish! Very easy to communicate with and always working to do everything perfectly for us. He exceeded my expectations!! I would highly recommend to everyone!
Rick  E.  W.
Rick E. W. United States
Last Call Sportfishing Charters
Last Call Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Grand Haven
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Calm morning seas, great sunrise, fish action at sunrise and never stopped. Capt Jarrod and first mate put us on fish all morning Great team. Left with 14 huge fish and lifetime of memories Thanks so much for a great time. I would recommend last call charters for an exceptional fishing experience
Daniel  T.
Daniel T. Detour, MD
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(192 reviews)
Captain Alonzo and Tucker were amazing. They brought us out and knew all the places where the fish bite. Unfortunately, on our day out, the fishes weren’t biting much. Many boats weren’t able to catch anything, but we came home with three fish! We are very grateful for the time we had with them. We will definitely be coming back!
Jamila  P.
Jamila P.
Last Call Sportfishing Charters
Last Call Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Grand Haven
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
My sisters and I had a blast. Capitan Jarrod and AJ were awesome! Very knowledgeable and we didn't leave empty handed. Would highly recommend.
Kim  K.
Kim K. Byron Center, MI
Balls Deep Charters
Balls Deep Charters
Fishing charter in North Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(99 reviews)
Thoroughly enjoyed our 6 hour charter with Captain Chad and First Mate Sawyer! We’ll definitely rebook next year! We really appreciated their on site ice machine!
Frank  P.
Frank P. Brighton, Michigan