Will I need a fishing license?
Yes, the D.N.R. requires anyone 17 or older to have on their person a valid
fishing license plus an
all species license or a one day license if you are fishing for Salmon
or Trout. To purchase your on-line license click here . We also have
daily licenses on board too.
What equipment do I need to bring?
We furnish all fishing gear, rods, reels, lures etc..
What if we don't
have any hits by fish?
Well that probably won't happen. I've yet to have that happen. But if it does, we would reschedule for
another date at my expense!
Does your boat have a bathroom?
Yes, enclosed for your privacy.
How big and what make is your boat?
We have a 3100 open Tiara 31' long and 12' wide. This boat was design for the Great Lakes Charter Captain. It is
powered by 2 big block Chevy 454's. Fishing area is clear of all obstacles
7'x12' . This boat easily
accommodates 6 passengers plus crew. Walker downriggers with temp. sense,
GPS, Sonar [fish finder], Marine radio, loran, Ray Marine Auto Pilot and much more.
What about weather or big waves?
If charter must be canceled for weather related problems, we will reschedule if possible. The Boat
and the Captain can handle rough water, but it's not very fun for most. Your input on this matter as
we view the lake will weigh highly on the decision to fish. The Captain wants you to have a good
time. That means if you're uncomfortable we will turn back!!!! Once the decision
to fish is made if we must come back due to sea sickness as
long as the Lake and conditions have not changed for the worse
you will be responsible for the Minimum charge for the trip.
How and where do we clean the fish?
The Captain or the mate or both will clean [ filet ] and bag your fish. Custom Cleaning will have a
small fee such as steaking etc..
Should we bring anything to eat or drink?
Yes, which ever trip you take, 5hr or 7hr trip you will get hungry and thirsty. It's better to have
to much then not enough.
What's the best time of year to fish?
Anytime you can is good. If you want to target a particular species here's a short time table.
Coho Salmon-- April, May, August
King Salmon--April, May, July, August
Steelhead--May, June, July, August
Lake Trout--May, June, July, August
Brown Trout-- April, July, August
What about sea sickness?
Over the counter products such as Dramamine can be found at most gas stations. If you have
concerns about these products consult your physician.
Are alcoholic beverages permitted?
Yes, But if anyone in your party becomes overly intoxicated the charter will be cut short and the
full rate will be incurred by your party. Your safety is my
should we and if so how much? Well your discretion on
this is completely yours. Normally the Mate works for nominal wages
and not unlike a waitress, tips make up a good part of their income
for there efforts. Use your own judgment on this.
about lodging ? I have set up the web site so
everything is at your finger tips. At the bottom of each page
is lodging info for the St. Joseph and surrounding areas.
How do I find your Boat? I have included a
map to the boat on my area lodging page. Just go to the bottom
of this page and click on Lodging. If you have any problems
with the location feel free to Email or call.
Can I buy My Michigan fishing or hunting license on-line? Yes,
here is the link to the Michigan