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Fishing in Winthrop Harbor

Lake Fishing Trip in Winthrop Harbor

Lake Michigan 4 Hour Twilight

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39 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
Fishing in Grand Haven

Lake Fishing Trip in Grand Haven

Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $675
Fishing in Grand Rapids

Lake Fishing Trip in Grand Rapids

Trophy Panfish On The Fly

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $295
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Fishing in Kenosha

Lake Fishing Trip in Kenosha

Kenosha Salmon Hookfest

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33 ft 1 - 6 People From $875
Fishing in Grand Rapids

Lake Fishing Trip in Grand Rapids

Lake Michigan Steelhead Special

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $295
Fishing in Custer

Lake Fishing Trip in Custer

Michigan Bass And Trout Special

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Most Popular Types of Trips in Lake Michigan

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Lake Fishing Guides Near Lake Michigan

Fishing in Ludington

Lake Fishing Trip in Ludington

Luxury Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon

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43 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,200
Fishing in Grand Rapids

Lake Fishing Trip in Grand Rapids

Lake Michigan Steelhead Special

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $295
Fishing in Grand Haven

Lake Fishing Trip in Grand Haven

Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $675
Fishing in Spring Arbor

Lake, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Spring Arbor

Michigan Sportfishing Special

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $825
Fishing in Custer

Lake Fishing Trip in Custer

Michigan Bass And Trout Special

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $295
Fishing in Algoma

Lake Fishing Trip in Algoma

Cohos, Kings, And Lake Trout Trip

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33 ft 1 - 6 People From $700

More Fishing Guides Near Lake Michigan

Fishing in Whitehall
Fishing in Whitehall
Fishing in Whitehall
trip description for Lake Michigan Charter Adventure in Whitehall

Take a trip out with Captain Dan and experience the great freshwater fishing that Lake Michigan has to offer! Lake Michigan is the third-largest of the Great Lakes and the fifth-largest lake in the world, with just over 22,000 square miles of surface area. It's loaded with fish, including fantastic sportfish species such as Steelhead, King Salmon (also known as Chinooks), Coho Salmon, and Lake Trout—all of which you can target on this trip with Captain Dan. On this trip, you'll primarily be trolling lines to attract big Salmon, which love to take fast-moving baits and lures. When these powerful fish hit the hook, you'll feel it! Salmon are great fighters that will really test your strength, stamina, and skills—so bring your A-game! You'll also have the opportunity to drop your lines down to hook up some massive Lake Trout, which prefer the deeper, colder parts of the Lake. In addition to their fighting abilities, all of these species are terrific table fare! Whatever you're hoping to catch, Captain Dan is an expert when it comes to finding, hooking, and fighting fish in these waters. You'll be fishing from the deck of his 33' Wellcraft sportfisher. She's a beautiful boat with all the equipment necessary for a great day of fishing, including twin Volvo engines and a cabin to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the fall. Your captain will bring everything you need for an ideal trip, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. Dan and his crew will also clean and package all your keepers at the end of the trip. All you need to bring is a Michigan fishing license with the appropriate stamps, a cooler with snacks and drinks, proper clothing, sunscreen, and a smile! Get out there and enjoy the clear, cool waters of Lake Michigan with Captain Dan! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Whitehall

Lake Michigan Charter Adventure

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33 ft 1 - 6 People From $765
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Fishing in Algoma
Fishing in Algoma
Fishing in Algoma
trip description for Lake Michigan Adventure in Algoma

On this big-time trip out of Algoma, WI, you'll be exploring the amazing waters of Lake Michigan on a 33' 30 Open, equipped with all the latest equipment and gear that will quickly and safely get you on the fish. You'll be targeting the premier Lake Michigan species: Lake Trout, Steelhead, and King and Coho Salmon. These species are all members of the Salmonid family, and are voracious predators of small baitfish. In order to "get bit" you'll be running trolling gear with baits and lures, both of which are great at drawing in hungry Salmon and Trout. Without any predators in these waters, these fish can get huge, even breaking the 30-pound mark (the record is over 40 pounds!). When a monster takes your hook, strap in for a battle—these fish are known for their ferocious fighting abilities, which can feature big runs and even water-clearing jumps. Any catches you would like to take home can be cleaned and filleted by the Captain when you get back on the dock! Everything you need will be waiting for you, including all the rods, reels, tackle, and bait. Just bring proper clothing, some sunglasses and sunscreen, and your fishing licenses! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Algoma

Lake Michigan Adventure

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33 ft 1 - 6 People From $900
Fishing in Hastings
Fishing in Hastings
Fishing in Hastings
trip description for Salmon Special in Hastings

If you've been searching for some Salmon action on the Great Lakes, look no further. On this trip with Captain Zach, you'll go after trophy King and Coho Salmon on Lake Michigan, a premier freshwater sportfishing destination! Captain Zach knows how to get you on the big ones! He targets King (Chinook) Salmon, Coho Salmon, as well as Lake Trout. Make sure you bring your A-game, because these fish love to put up a fight! You'll be fishing from the deck of his 18' Blazer jet boat. She's perfect for this type of trip, and is powered by a 60 HP Mercury engine so you can cruise smoothly. Your captain will bring everything you need for an ideal trip, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. Zach is also happy to clean and package your keepers at the end of the trip. All you need to bring is a Michigan fishing license with the appropriate stamps, a cooler with snacks and drinks, proper clothing, sunscreen, and a smile! Get out there and enjoy the clear, cool waters of Lake Michigan with Captain Zach! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Hastings

Salmon Special

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $395
Fishing in Manistee
Fishing in Manistee
Fishing in Manistee
trip description for Manistee Salmon Slam in Manistee

Get ready for an exciting day of Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan with Captain Fred! Lake Michigan is the third-largest of the Great Lakes and the fifth-largest lake in the world, with just over 22,000 square miles of surface area. It's loaded with fish, including famous sportfish species such as Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Lake Trout—all of which you can target on this trip with Captain Fred. These fish are a blast to catch and are even better to cook up with friends and family! Fred captains a 31' Tiara sportfisher custom-built in Michigan. It can comfortably fit up to 6 fishermen, so call some buddies for this trip! She's powered by two 385-HP Crusader engines, so this boat will get you to the fish in a hurry. With outriggers, a GPS navigation system, and fishfinder, Fred's sportfisher is perfect for putting you on the fish and haulin' em' in! As an added bonus the onboard bathroom will keep in you in the action for the entirety of the trip. Fred provides you with all the rods and tackle you will need, but be sure to have your fishing license upon arrival. Be sure to dress accordingly with some rain gear, hat, and sunglasses so you can stay comfortable on the water. The only other thing you'll need is an ice chest to take home your fresh catch! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Manistee

Manistee Salmon Slam

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $825
Fishing in Waukegan
Fishing in Waukegan
Fishing in Waukegan
trip description for Salmon & Trout fishing in Waukegan

You will be fishing the Coho capital of Illinois we are also known for our Lake trout population theirs always something biting out of Waukegan that's what makes fishing from this port so exciting. 8 hour trips provide more opportunities to catch more fish! And are especially worth while on days when the fish are little further out or further up the coast and require a little bit more of a drive to get to! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Waukegan

Salmon & Trout Fishing

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36 ft 1 - 6 People From $750
Fishing in Waukegan
Fishing in Waukegan
Fishing in Waukegan
trip description for Epic Salmon and Trout Trip in Waukegan

Did you know that the Great Lakes are home to some of the biggest freshwater Salmon and Trout in the world? These huge fish are famously delicious, but they’re also fun to catch for anglers of all experience levels. Get out on the water with Captain Jim for a family fish-whacking adventure! You can spend either a half or full day casting lines with up to 6 of your family and friends, and come home with an amazing meal to boot. Captain Jim’s 36’ Trojan sportfisher has a spacious deck and twin diesel engines with a total of 660 horsepower. The vessel cuts smoothly through the waters of the lake, so you should be trolling with the utmost comfort. Once your reel starts screaming, you better be prepared for battle! If you successfully pull in a monster, you can store it in the icebox so it stays fresh during the remainder of your voyage. Back at the dock, Captain Jim will clean and bag your catch, so you have a tasty dinner that night. Captain Jim provides all the equipment needed for a successful day of fishing, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. If you are bringing any younger anglers, Captain Jim will bring lifejackets for them. You should bring food and drinks so you don’t get cranky throughout the day, and appropriate clothing. Other than that, Captain Jim has got you covered! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Waukegan

Epic Salmon And Trout Trip

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36 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Lake Michigan

What are the best fishing trips in Lake Michigan?

Why should I book a fishing trip in Lake Michigan with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 29 trips in Lake Michigan, and the most popular trips in the area are Lake Michigan 4 Hour Twilight guided by Josh, Trophy Panfish on the Fly guided by Zach, and Kenosha Salmon Hookfest guided by Shane.

Our guides in Lake Michigan are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2880 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Lake Michigan? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Lake Michigan.

What types of fishing trips are common in Lake Michigan?

Lake fishing is the most popular in Lake Michigan as well as nearshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Lake Michigan are: 1. chinook salmon, 2. coho salmon, 3. lake trout, and 4. brown trout.

The most common fishing techniques in Lake Michigan are trolling, light tackle fishing, and artificial lure fishing but heavy tackle fishing and fly fishing are popular as well.

How much does a Lake Michigan fishing trip cost?

in Lake Michigan prices can range anywhere from about $473 to $1,075, but the average price for a half day trip in Lake Michigan is $662. The average price for a full day trip in Lake Michigan is $886.

What month is best for fishing in Lake Michigan?

The most popular season for fishing in Lake Michigan is fall, and most anglers book their trips 62 days in advance.

Do I need a Lake Michigan fishing license and what are the bag limits in Lake Michigan?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Lake Michigan, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Lake Michigan. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan Fishing Overview

The sixth largest lake in the world and the largest sport fishery of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan is a fishing experience like no other. You won't want to miss out on the action here. This vast northern fishery provides world-class fishing opportunities that don't exist anywhere else. Whether fishing from a boat or through a hole in the ice, big fish are always biting.

Lake Michigan is home to a long list of cold water game fish. The popular target species include steelhead, coho salmon, perch, chinook salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, and walleye. The style of fishing can vary dramatically depending on season and target species but trolling, jigging, and live bait are the most popular. The fish in Lake Michigan grow large and are formidable fighters with exception of walleye.

The sheer size of Lake Michigan can be intimidating, and every local will have their own spots. Your best chance to get some action is by heading out with a local who knows their stuff. Not only can the lake be tough to navigate, but the weather on the lake can be unpredictable, and a guide will help make sure you are safe for the duration of your time on the water.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Mate Jeremy and Captain Issac were an awesome team. My son, grandson and I caught 9 fish....7 kings and 2 rainbows. Biggest king was 41.5 inches long. Great trip!!

    Skip T. with Dan S. of Whitehall, Michigan

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely fantastic trip with Shane. He explained everything we needed to know and set expectations before the trip and was easy to find when we got there. Super knowledgable, patient, and fun, his boat was clean and he was extremely efficient. Learned a lot, got on some major trout and salmon action, and had a blast. Looking forward to the next time we can get out there with him!

    Shawna S. with Shane L. of Kenosha, Wisconsin

  • ★★★★★
    Zach was very personable and a very good guide. I fought several large salmon. We only got one in the boat but we had dozens of opportunities. I am going again.

    Tay B. with Zach G. of Custer, Michigan

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