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 Listings

WIFinlander Guide Service

5 reviews
Oak Creek
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trips from $250

WIFinlander Guide Service - Free Radical

3 reviews
Racine
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trips from $400

Fishing Reports

Fall kings are starting to chew!

August 31, 2020

Got on the water yesterday morning with my cousin and after a slow start we finished 3 for 5 jigging for fall kings they went 18, 21 and 23lbs. Read Full Report →


Great not running 20mi

August 19, 2020

Had a fun, relaxing morning on the water checking water that I haven’t fished in quite some time. Finished the morning 4-9 in 2.5hrs just as the south wind decided to kick up. 2 small kings, 2 lakers and… Read Full Report →


Who’s ready for the fall?

August 11, 2020

Looking back at the books, it’s only a short two weeks before the mature kings start showing up shallow to stage for the salmon run. Days are starting to fill up so don’t miss out on some fast pace… Read Full Report →


Double header Sunday 8/9/20

August 09, 2020

Had a solid day of fishing on Sunday, both groups did great. Morning group went 10-15 with a great mixed bag then the afternoon group finished 10-14 but instead of mostly silver, the lakers came out to play before… Read Full Report →


Final tournament of the salmon season

August 08, 2020

Saturday 8/8/20, we finished out the salmon tournament season on a high note finishing 7th overall and took first for the Southwest Salmon Series giving us enough TOTY points for a 4th place finish. Now it’s time to knock… Read Full Report →


Fishing remains strong

July 20, 2020

Fishing out of both Milwaukee and Racine Wisconsin remains solid. Good numbers of lake trout with the occasional coho and king are being caught. Don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me a message to book your… Read Full Report →


Fishing’s still good

July 19, 2020

Fishing out of both Milwaukee and Racine Wisconsin remains solid. Good numbers of lake trout with the occasional coho and king are being caught. Don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me a message to book your… Read Full Report →


Hog hunting

June 02, 2020

Had a fun morning on the water with Jeff and his friend. I asked Jeff if they had any preference on what they caught and he said he’d like to go for big ones. Well even though the numbers… Read Full Report →


Weekend full of fish

May 22, 2020

Had a great time with trips Thursday thru Sunday. All with the exception of Sunday yielded 10 fish including a couple of quality kings. The winds are looking favorable the rest of the week and I still have Sunday… Read Full Report →


Coho beat down 5-15-20

May 15, 2020

Got Tim and Aaron our this morning to chase a tip I heard about cohos being caught. In 5 hours we finished 14 for 25. Despite missing a pile of fish, I couldn’t be upset with the beautiful morning… Read Full Report →


Afternoon run 5-14-20

May 14, 2020

Got out on the Free Radical yesterday afternoon looking for silver. We found 3 coho’s and 7 lakers. Fishing is starting to heat up! Read Full Report →


Great morning of trolling

May 12, 2020

Got out on Tuesday with two good friends and absolutely pounded the fish. It wasn’t fast and furious but steady bites. Out of the three person limit we ended up with 8 lake trout and 7 coho in only… Read Full Report →


Perfect day to get on the water

April 08, 2019

With such a perfect day before a week of nasty winds, I couldn't pass up the chance to get on the water. It didn't take long after I set up to troll that the first fish being a quality… Read Full Report →


July is heating up

July 05, 2018

Fishing has been up and down this past week but it is starting to heat up in a hurry. Big fish of the week were twin 23.5lb chinooks and a 24.4lb lake trout on the Free Radical. Last night… Read Full Report →


Fishing remains solid out of Racine Wisc

June 21, 2018

With fish starting to scatter, coho and chinooks have been a little tougher to find but once you do, they are still eating. Lake Trout fishing has been great and the Steelhead have been steady with 1 and 2… Read Full Report →


Late morning multi species trip

June 17, 2018

Got out with Nate, his brother and their dad Sunday for a half morning of multi species fishing. Fishing started off a little slow but they were able to put a handful of really nice bluegills in the boat.… Read Full Report →


Inland fishing with a day of tournament

June 11, 2018

This past week was a blast between inland fishing and tournament fishing on Lake Michigan with both boats. Thursday I got a repeat client out for a day of pre fishing water out of Milwaukee with the Whitewater Express.… Read Full Report →


Salmon Unlimited Open

June 09, 2018

This past weekend was awesome for both fishing and weather. Despite a couple of storms, the weather played nice for the Salmon Unlimited Open Tournament. Friday we put a box of 12 fish together and fished some water we… Read Full Report →


Springs heating up

May 10, 2018

Fishing has been steady to good the past two weeks. Good numbers of Coho's have been starting to show up along with some quality Chinooks. To book a trip or for more information give me a call or send… Read Full Report →


Ice is here

December 28, 2017

The lakes and harbors are iced over and the ice is now thick enough to run guide trips. I'm booking both inland multi species trips along with harbor trout trips. To book a trip give me a call or… Read Full Report →


Week of first's

November 23, 2017

This week has been nothing short of a grind but good news is there's still a few fish to be caught.  With the lack of rain, new steelhead are taking their sweet nature time showing up in the rivers. … Read Full Report →


Cold temps hot fishing

November 04, 2017

As the temps have started dropping, the fish have been on the move. This past weekend was quite epic with two friends from Canada. The first two days we spent in the river beating up on Steelhead followed by… Read Full Report →


Tanker Alert!

September 02, 2017

Saturday was a day for the record books on my buddies boat.  Fishing started out slow off of the port of Racine but after we decided to leave the pack of boats to find non pressured fish, it paid… Read Full Report →


Pre Salmon A Rama report

July 10, 2017

The last two trips have been nothing shy of phenomenal. The first afternoon trip I did with a coworker yielded 10 for 11 in 3.5hrs (dock to dock) and tonight I went scouting with a friend for a couple… Read Full Report →


June Update

June 14, 2017

June fishing still remains excellent when the winds are not blowing 30mph. I ran an early morning charter this morning and the two guys did a great job putting 6 fish in the box before I could get all… Read Full Report →


Salmon Unlimited Open

June 03, 2017

Saturday June 3rd kicked off my tournament season with the SU Open out of Racine WI. After making a run to water that I knew held quality brown trout, we started setting lines and before I could get the… Read Full Report →


June is starting the way May ended

June 01, 2017

After seeing the wind was going to play nice yesterday morning, I decided to run deep with my two clients. It didn't take long to get two coho's in the box and missed two others. After working deep, I… Read Full Report →


May fishing still on fire

May 27, 2017

Fishing this week has been the same as the rest of May, absolutely phenomenal! Friday the 26th, I took out a husband/wife combo (he booked the trip for his wife's birthday) and despite loosing a few fish they still… Read Full Report →


Crappies continue to bite

May 09, 2017

I ran my first inland crappie trip yesterday and with the wind, we had to do a little bit of work to get them to go. It wasn't until my client finally threw his banana overboard (after I broke… Read Full Report →


Spring Mayhem Continues

April 23, 2017

This past weekend I got on the boat with an old timer I fish with on Saturday and after having to search for the fish we finally got into them going 9 for 13 with the big fish being… Read Full Report →


Winter Brown Trout

April 02, 2017

I was able to get away from the rivers on Sunday to go chase brown trout and lakers with a good friend. Needless to say it was a blast beating up on quality brown trout in shallow water. I… Read Full Report →


Jigging silver chinooks

September 22, 2016

Today was just shy of stupid jigging for chinooks on Lake Michigan. Over 30 hits and landed 15 of them. Nice thing is they were all silver and perfect for the grill! I still have Friday morning and Saturday… Read Full Report →


Jigging a Lake Michigan Grand Slam

September 17, 2016

Had another fantastic morning trip today even though it started off slow going 1-3 in the Milwaukee harbor while trolling Berkley flicker shad and flicker minnows. It didn't take very long to abandon that idea and make a run… Read Full Report →


Three man limit, 15 for 18!

September 13, 2016

What a FANTASTIC day on the water! 3 man limit in just under 5 hours, would have been under 4 if the guys would have stuck 3 that got off. But none the less great job! 8 Browns, 1… Read Full Report →


slower bite but still catching fish

September 04, 2016

I had the pleasure of taking Karen and her brother out Sunday morning and despite the water being extremely warm, we still managed landing a 10lb chinook, 13lb brown trout, 6lb steelhead and a small coho (released). On top… Read Full Report →


Three Trips in two days

August 28, 2016

Sunday was a blast out of Bender Park in Oak Creek, the morning charter went 10-15 with a mix of steelhead, brown trout, a 9lb coho and small chinook. I tried as hard as I could to find 1… Read Full Report →


Great weekend of trolling on Lake Michig

August 22, 2016

This past weekend has had it's up and downs but overall it was a great weekend. I started out Friday evening after a line of thunderstorms passed and ended up 4-8 in only a few hours of fishing with… Read Full Report →


Lake Michigan Grand Slam

August 15, 2016

I got out yesterday morning with a good friend and decided to run a little deeper than usual. I set up just shy of one of my deeper wave points and it didn't take long to get into some… Read Full Report →

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4.67
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Jeffrey L.
Delafield, WI
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AM trip with Capt. Tim

VERIFIED   June 2, 2020
Enjoyed another successful trip with WIFinlander.  I requested “HAWGS”, and Capt. Tim delivered two very beefy...
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Fishing with Tim

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Alesia J.
Benton, WI
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July fishing trip

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Birthday Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   August 2, 2019
Tim was awesome! He was very knowledgeable and personable. He worked his magic and we were able to catch quite a few fish....
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Jeffrey L.
Delafield, WI
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Half day trip with Capt. Tim

VERIFIED   July 9, 2019
Capt. Tim was knowledgeable, flexible, and worked to locate and stay on fish.  We caught 2 Coho, a Lake trout, and a Rainbow. ...
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