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Last Call Sportfishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(26 reviews)
Grand Haven
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Get Hooked Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
New Baltimore
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trips from $375

Showtime Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Traverse City
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trips from $600

Fish-X-TC

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

River Trek Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Grand Rapids
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trips from $325

Pure Angling - Perch, Trout, Cisco, Salmon

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

Prime Time Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(187 reviews)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Net Results Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Whitehall
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trips from $595

Angler One Charters - Grand Haven

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(20 reviews)
Grand Haven
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trips from $400

Fast Times Sport Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Manistee
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trips from $600

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Michigan

The average price for a private 4 hour Michigan fishing trip is $555, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $661 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Last Call Sportfishing Charters, Get Hooked Fishing Charters, and Showtime Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Michigan. Full list of top fishing charters in Michigan.

Last Call Sportfishing Charters, Get Hooked Fishing Charters, and Showtime 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 nearshore 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 25041 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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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
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
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
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
Just enjoy yourself. Remember that it is called fishing, not catching. Being out on the water is just the stress relief you need to reset.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just enjoy yourself. Remember that it is called fishing, not catching. Being out on the water is just the stress relief you need to reset.
Tyler  B.
Tyler B. United States
This was a great first experience in Presquile Isle the water and area is beautiful. I 100% recommend this trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was a great first experience in Presquile Isle the water and area is beautiful. I 100% recommend this trip!
Michael  G.
Michael G. Troy, MI
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
We caught 3 walleye and a multitude of perches - small - so probably go twice to increase chances of catching a sizeable one. Was a pretty good day ln the water anyway - with a very enjoyable Eric. Thanks,
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We caught 3 walleye and a multitude of perches - small - so probably go twice to increase chances of catching a sizeable one. Was a pretty good day ln the water anyway - with a very enjoyable Eric. Thanks,
Christophe  R.
Christophe R. Houston, TX
It was a great experience! Captain Shane took care of everything, just have a Michigan license and show and have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a great experience! Captain Shane took care of everything, just have a Michigan license and show and have fun!
Charles  V.
Charles V. Richland, Michigan
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
Call CAPT Adam at show up& fish. He will find you the fish and you will definitely enjoy your trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call CAPT Adam at show up& fish. He will find you the fish and you will definitely enjoy your trip!
Matthew  A.
Matthew A.
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
It was cold, damp and windy (this spring has been awful!), but if you like to fish, you can have a very good time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was cold, damp and windy (this spring has been awful!), but if you like to fish, you can have a very good time.
Michler  B.
Michler B. New York, NY
Make sure you dress for the weather. The river is wide and the wind will certainly be a factor for how cold it is going to be on the water. Nothing worse than getting into the fish and having a bad day because you are under dressed. You can always take some clothes off. I recommend that you go with someone that has experience with fishing the river for your first trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you dress for the weather. The river is wide and the wind will certainly be a factor for how cold it is going to be on the water. Nothing worse than getting into the fish and having a bad day because you are under dressed. You can always take some clothes off. I recommend that you go with someone that has experience with fishing the river for your first trip.
David  L.
David L. Dansville, MI
Be prepared for April in Michigan, the weather can be 80 one day and 40 the next, rain or shine you will catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for April in Michigan, the weather can be 80 one day and 40 the next, rain or shine you will catch fish.
Steve  B.
Steve B. Grand Rapids, MI

In The Box Fishing Charters
In The Box Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Joseph
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(117 reviews)
Captain Jarrod was patient, knowledgeable, and put us on the fish early and often. I highly recommend Jarrod, his boat, and his equipment to all levels of experience and am already looking forward to getting out there with him again!
Jake  W.
Jake W. Wixom, MI
TC Bass Destination Charters
TC Bass Destination Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Great experience all around! The boat, the equipment, the fishing and the guide was perfect. Will be back again. Thank You!
Van  G.
Van G. Kouts, IN
Mainstream Guides - Wellston
Mainstream Guides - Wellston
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Awesome trip! Aaron is very knowledgeable and a great guide. He knows where all the honey holes are located and the spots guaranteed to see salmon. He’s very attentive to every need we had, kept us up and fishing after snags and breaks and offers skilled tips and tricks. He was a pleasure to ride with and we had 4 hours of nonstop fun out on the Manistee. He offered snacks and drinks but we were too engaged with the fish to even bother with taking a break. Highly recommended for every angler!
Krysti  B.
Krysti B. United States
Whitecap Charters – Charlevoix
Whitecap Charters – Charlevoix
Fishing charter in Charlevoix
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
Sunny skies, calm wind, and limited out in a couple of hours, what more could you want. Captain Art set up with the right gear on the right spot. Been running charters on the lake for years and has a good local knowledge
Steven  V.
Steven V. Waynesville, OH
On The Fly Charters
On The Fly Charters
Fishing charter in Spring Lake
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
After postponing our trip due to high waves the week before we had great weather and even though it was late season Captain Chris and AJ were able to find fish and we were able to boat five. Chris is very easy to work with, knowledgeable, flexible in scheduling and puts the customer first. I would highly recommend "On The Fly Charters" for your next fishing trip.
Vining  B.
Vining B. Delton, Michigan
TC Bass Destination Charters
TC Bass Destination Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
We just came off the water after a fantastic day with Captain Norvel. We had so much fun! 1 Personal Best and lots of Smallmouth Bass. Captain Norvel is so knowledgeable and personable and committed to putting you on the fish. A phenomenal day and an even better Life experience. We had a blast and we absolutely will book again. We highly-highly-highly recommend Captain Norvel.
Mary  N.
Mary N. Dallas, TX
Last Call Sportfishing Charters
Last Call Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Grand Haven
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Hard working crew and a pleasure to be around. This was my first charter and this informative crew made the entire experience enjoyable. I will be booking with them again!
Dale  S.
Dale S. Grand Haven, MI
Following Dreams Fishing Charters
Following Dreams Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in La Salle
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
I went perch fishing with my father &10 year old son and enjoyed it. It was a windy morning so we had some waves to contend with but the fish were biting and we kept reeling them in until one of our party started feeling nauseous. We headed in with a large catch and some great memories. The captain was knowledgable and friendly and attended to my son when he needed help. My son thought he was "really nice", as did we all. So, Thank you!
Randall  S.
Randall S. Okemos, Michigan
Due North Guide Service
Due North Guide Service
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Brian is an awesome dude. My girlfriend and I had a great time! I would recommend booking with due North. 10/10!
Thomas  C.
Thomas C. Jackson, MI
Pure Angling - Perch, Trout, Cisco, Salmon
Pure Angling - Perch, Trout, Cisco, Salmon
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Capt Tyler was awesome. He was very welcoming and accomadating. He worked hard the entire trip to put us on some fish. Nice and comfortable boat. All the equipment was in in great condition. Would not hesitate to book again.
Scott  H.
Scott H. United States
CRC River Guide – Big Manistee
CRC River Guide – Big Manistee
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Eric is a helpful and knowledgeable charter captain. He has a good boat and equipment. I would recommend a charter with CRC river guide.
Jeffrey  G.
Jeffrey G. Chelsea, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
We booked a morning trip and had an amazing time with Prime Time Charters. Captain Taylor was professional, experienced and provided a fun day for me and my buddy’s. I would definitely book with this charter again.
Zach  M.
Zach M. Interlochen, Michigan
Traverse City Charter Fishing
Traverse City Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
What a blast!!! Captain Jeff and Dave were great. We had fast and furious results. Highly recommend!!!!
Mike  K.
Mike K. White Lake Charter Townsh, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(187 reviews)
Captain Taylor did a fantastic job yesterday! The fish were exactly where he said they would be. He made the fishing fun and exciting. Captain Taylor answers all of our questions and was super accommodating. When we got back to the marina he quickly made some awesome filets for us. To be honest we weren’t sure we were gonna go because we had never been on a charter before but we are so glad we did. Well worth the money!
Josh  H.
Josh H. Battle Creek, MI
Coast To Coast Outfitters
Coast To Coast Outfitters
Fishing charter in Newaygo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Great fishing on the river! Captain Mack called us in the morning and recommended we change locations to get better fishing based on morning reports. We were flexible and really appreciated his commitment to giving us the best fishing experience possible. He navigated the River flawlessly to get us on the fish and we came out with 6 at the end of the night! Definitely recommend fishing with Captain Mack!
Marie  C.
Marie C. Jackson, MI
Show Up & Fish Charters
Show Up & Fish Charters
Fishing charter in Monroe
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
We had the best time and fun on this fishing trip with captain Adam . We definitely coming back for more trips with captain Adam.
Adrian  S.
Adrian S. Willis, Michigan
Whitecap Charters – Charlevoix
Whitecap Charters – Charlevoix
Fishing charter in Charlevoix
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
We had a wonderful time with Captain Art. He was able to navigate choppy waters and get us to where the fish were. Was never in a rush to get to a new spot or back to port. He's been a lifelong resident from Charlevoix, so its nice to talk about the local area with someone who knows first hand. Looking forward to another excursion with him in the future.
Scott  L.
Scott L. Gaylord, Michigan
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
Captain Taylor's charter was awesome and we had a great time catching our limit in lake trout and hanging out on the boat, chatting with the captain and sharing stories. First experience for a couple of us and we're so glad we got the opportunity to do this. If you're looking for a charter during a Michigan summer, go with Prime Time fishing charter!
Leah  M.
Leah M. Saint ANTHNY VLG, MN
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New Baltimore
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Went out for walleye or muskie and we had a great time. He is knowledgeable and well acquainted with the lake and the fish in it.
Jim  N.
Jim N. Oak Grove, MO
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New Baltimore
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We had a great trip with Captain Eric! He knew exactly where to go and we caught a variety of fish: walleye, huge small mouth, perch and cod! His boat is awesome and comfortable. Hope to fish with him again when we get back to Michigan.
Helen  H.
Helen H. Woolwich, ME