Lake Michigan Ice Fishing Charters

Lake Michigan Ice Fishing Charters

Best Ice Fishing Charters in Lake Michigan

Top Ice Fishing Charters in Lake Michigan

Ice Fishing in Lake Michigan

Ice fishing on Lake Michigan is your ticket to an unforgettable winter adventure. If you’re “itchin’ to go fishin’” or simply looking for a new way to leave your comfort zone, put on your warmest clothes and head out to the frozen kingdom. As ice fishing requires a different approach, make sure to take this trip with a professional guide.
 

When to Go

Most fishing guides run their ice fishing trips from mid-December till mid-March. Each year’s season depends on weather conditions, so it sometimes starts as late as  January. You may be eager to start your trip as soon as possible but it’s better to be patient and wait for the ice to get thicker – safety first!
 
If you’re not sure what time of day to head out, many fishing guides recommend early morning. This is because fish react to temperature and light change, so you can expect the most activity and hardest bites as the sun rises.
 

What to Expect

If you picture an ice fishing experience as standing above a hole in the ice with a rod and freezing, you’ll be happy to know it’s nothing like that. Most captains in the area use heated ice shacks, so you’ll be safe from the cold wind. Just be sure to dress warm enough and feel free to ask your guide what to expect ahead of time.
 
Your fishing guide will drill several holes in the ice, provide you with fishing equipment, and then it’s mostly a waiting game. Once you get used to the surroundings, you’ll find that it’s actually quite relaxing.
 
The usual winter catches are Walleye and Lake Whitefish, but significant numbers of Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, and Trout are there too. Yellow Perch is a great fish to start with if you’re a novice or bringing your kid, as they require less skill than Walleye. 
 

Need to Know

  • Anglers age 17 or older need to have a valid fishing license. 

  • During the Free Fishing Weekend in February, everyone can fish without a fishing license. This applies to both residents and out-of-state visitors.

  • Ice shacks can be very comfortable and warm, but the “floor” is still lake ice – make sure to wear thick socks and warm boots.

 
A Lake Michigan ice fishing trip is something you ought to try at least once. Some anglers even prefer winter fishing, and the only way to find out why is to give it a go yourself! 
 
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Reviews of Fishing in Ice Fishing in Lake Michigan

Half day with Captain Troy
Charles G. fished with Walleye Mafia – World Class Fishing on September 15, 2020
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Just taking the experience if the fish are biting great and if not remember you're not working
Half day trip with Captain Brian
Kevin G. fished with Our Reel Heroes Charters on August 21, 2020
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Charter a trip with Our Reel Heroes for a great experience!!
Half day with captain Kyle
Shannon W. fished with Silver Beach Fishing Co on August 2, 2020
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Look up Captain Kyle with Silver Beach Fishing Co.
Mostly Good!
Stuart A. fished with Whitecap Charters – Charlevoix on July 29, 2020
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Don't park in the marina parking lot even if it is empty like it was for us so early in the morning. You may get a parking ticket like we did.
Captain Dave was amazing
Michelle T. fished with Salmon Slayer Sportfishing Charters on July 26, 2020
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Just make sure if it’s ruff waters you take the appropriate motion sickness meds for you
Half day trip with Captain Greg
Tiffany H. fished with Dog Bone Charters on June 26, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Contact Dog Bone Charter. They are true professionals and want you to catch fish!
Half day trip with Captain Dennis
Martin K. fished with Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay on October 20, 2019
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Dress warm! It’s always a bit colder on the water then it is on land!
Half Day Trip with Captain Jim
John H. fished with Fish With Jim Outfitters on October 10, 2019
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Elk Rapids is one of the finest marinas in the area. Restrooms were spotless, nice attractive outbuildings.

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