Captain
Tim Hyvonen

Member since August 2016 Oak Creek, United States
Background
I started fishing at a very early age and landed my first Brown Trout out of the Root River at 5 years old and I was hooked. For the past 25 years, I have learned and created different techniques that have produced fish time and time again. After spending three years in the Coast Guard I came back home and started my own business, WIFinlander Guide Service, with a focus in springtime Steelhead in the rivers of Lake Michigan. I spent a few years fishing with other tournament fishermen and other charter captains learning the ropes and in 2014, I bought my first boat and started trolling on Lake Michigan and did very well in my first Salmon A Rama out of my own boat. Since then, I have continued to learn and progress and last fall I decided to embark on getting my Captains License. There is no better feeling than seeing the smile on someone's face who just caught either their first or biggest Trout/Salmon.
Techniques
During the spring and summer I use trolling as my primary method to target and catch trout and salmon. In the fall I pull out the Shimano spinning rods and jig for staging chinooks, cohos and brown trout.

Hey, I'm Captain Tim Hyvonen

Oak Creek, United States
Background
I started fishing at a very early age and landed my first Brown Trout out of the Root River at 5 years old and I was hooked. For the past 25 years, I have learned and created different techniques that have produced fish time and time again. After spending three years in the Coast Guard I came back home and started my own business, WIFinlander Guide Service, with a focus in springtime Steelhead in the rivers of Lake Michigan. I spent a few years fishing with other tournament fishermen and other charter captains learning the ropes and in 2014, I bought my first boat and started trolling on Lake Michigan and did very well in my first Salmon A Rama out of my own boat. Since then, I have continued to learn and progress and last fall I decided to embark on getting my Captains License. There is no better feeling than seeing the smile on someone's face who just caught either their first or biggest Trout/Salmon.
Techniques
During the spring and summer I use trolling as my primary method to target and catch trout and salmon. In the fall I pull out the Shimano spinning rods and jig for staging chinooks, cohos and brown trout.

My Charter Listing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(35 reviews)
Oak Creek
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Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 35 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (33)
Success during tough weather
May fishing trip
Half day with Captin Tim
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
97%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
94%
Catch intended fish
70%
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Jadin A.
Bloomington, IN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

5 hour trip extended to closer to 6

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on August 25, 2023
Day started a little bit slow. Fish were being a pain lol nothing Tim could’ve done about that. Kept losing fish, so towards...
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Jim J.
Port Washington, WI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day trip with Tim was fantastic!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip - Inland Mixed Bag on September 3, 2023
Surpassed expectations!  Tim works really hard and is a great guide in teaching us things about handling equipment and understanding...
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Bradley R.
Holland, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day with Captin Tim

VERIFIED   Special 5 hour trip for Bradley Rietveld on May 7, 2023
Tim knows his stuff, if you’re looking for a local guide don’t hesitate to book with him. Straight forward no bs kinda...
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John M.
Brownsburg, IN
Very good
4.0 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Very good
4.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
Overall

Success during tough weather

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (AM) on September 13, 2023
Even towards the end of the season, we found 1 King salmon, a 4 year old. Tim works hard to find us fish to target. It was...
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Michael M.
Elmhurst, IL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Inland Mixed Bag on July 4, 2023
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