Charter fishing operations offer great options for novice and experienced anglers

For those who don’t have a fishing boat, may not have the correct fishing gear, don’t know how to fish, are new to an area, or are just looking for a day of fun, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources suggests considering a charter fishing trip. Charter fishing businesses are located throughout the state and offer a great way to experience Michigan’s world-class fisheries.

Lake Erie walleye charter aboard the Stray Cat Monroe, MI 48145

Sam walleye fishing Lake Erie

Licensed fishing charters make a full or half-day of fishing easy and enjoyable, as they provide the boat and all the equipment, plus the knowledge needed for a day on the water. Fishing charters are for anyone, children or adult, from the first-time angler to those who are experienced. Charter businesses in Michigan help anglers of all experience levels enjoy memorable experiences – whether it’s reeling in a fish for the first time or trying one’s hand at catching a new species.

In Michigan in 2016, more than 70,000 anglers participated in more than 17,000 charter fishing trips on Great Lakes and specific navigable waters. These anglers caught more than 244,000 fish of various species, with about half of the fish caught being trout and salmon.

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Perch Fishing Report Lake Erie Michigan 07-21-2017

Perch fishing is starting to pick up in Michigan waters. W buoy out in front of Toledo Beach Marina has produced limit catches but it’s on again off again. E buoy area is producing some sizable perch to, but it’s hit or miss. Out towards the end of the Raisin River buoys in 20 feet of water  holds perch but you have to move around til you find a sizable school to fish. The bite seems to start off slow then pick up, give it a half hour in one spot. If the bite doesn’t improve move, sometimes it only takes moving 200 yards or so. Some walleye are being caught but be sure they are over 15″ if you keep them. There have been a lot of tickets passed out for “15” walleye this season on both the Michigan and Ohio side of the lake!! So far Ohio waters have produced the most consistent catches of yellow perch. Either side of the shipping channel north of the Toledo Lighthouse all the way to Sputnik. 

Perch Fishing Lake Erie

Lake Erie Perch Fishing Charter

 

Perch Fishing Report Lake Erie Michigan 09-15-2016

Most agree this has been one of the more productive perch fishing seasons in recent years!

Limit catches are common in the Western Basin. Don’t be greedy, I’ve talked to a number of angles who take a few more than their limit and have paid for it in the form of a ticket. With that said most anglers go to the usual spots reported on – like the #1 buoy or Stoney Point where you will find packs of boats. I’ve avoided these areas. I’ve fished between the packs and done very well. Between The Raisin River and Bolles Harbor along the line has been very productive and I never see a boat around us! Two of us captains fished the swamp in front of Luna Pier in 12 feet of water earlier in the week after our morning charter just to check it out. We took 100 perch in an hour and a half, all a very nice grade. We saw one boat about a half mile from us! Don’t be a pack rat move around find your own fish. By exploring the lake a little you will gain knowledge and experience. 

Lake Erie perch fishing aboard the Stray Cat Monroe MI

Lake Erie perch fishing charter trip aboard the Stray Cat Monroe Michigan

Charter Fishing Operations offer options to Michigan anglers

Walleye fishing aboard the charter boat Stray Cat Lake Erie Michigan

Grandpa walleye fishing with his Grandson aboard the charter boat Stray Cat Lake Erie Michigan

Experience Michigan’s world-class fisheries.
Licensed fishing charters make a full or half day of fishing easy and enjoyable as they provide the boat, all the equipment, plus the knowledge necessary for a day on the water. Fishing charters are for anyone, children or adults, from the first-time angler to those who are experienced. Charter businesses in Michigan help anglers have memorable experiences – whether it’s reeling in a fish for the first time or trying one’s hand at catching a new species.

In 2015, more than 68,000 anglers participated in more than 17,000 charter fishing trips in Michigan. These anglers enjoyed catching more than 205,000 fish of various species.

Find a fishing charter for a specific location by searching the web, contacting the local area Chamber of Commerce or city tourism office, or visiting the Michigan Charter Boat Association web site. For an even more individual experience and enjoyable end of the fishing trip, customers can try a “Catch & Cook” charter. Upon returning from a trip, customers take their cleaned, fresh fish to a participating local restaurant, which will prepare and serve the catch for the customer. Participating “Catch & Cook” charters can be viewed at michigancatchandcook.com.

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Michigan 2016 Spring fishing seasons opening soon

We’re just days away from the opening of numerous Michigan fishing seasons:

Lake Erie walleye fishing charter trip

Trevor with a Lake Erie walleye and Muskie

Bass Catch & Keep Season: Starts May 28 on all waters including Great Lakes
  Starts June 18 on Lake St. Clair and St. Clair & Detroit Rivers
Muskellunge, Northern Pike &   Walleye:              Starts April 30 on Lower Peninsula inland waters
  Starts May 15 on Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters & St. Mary’s River
Statewide Salmon & Trout Season:
 
Starts April 30 on (inland) type 1 & 2 streams and type A & D lakes

Fishing Report Lake Erie, Monroe Michigan 08/21/2015

There is still some walleye to be caught over the Michigan and Ohio dumping grounds. Wiggle Warts 70 to 90 feet back and low divers set at 1 1/2 – 22 feet out seemed to be the ticket earlier in the week. A captain buddy docked near me has walleye fished eariler in the week and managed to take 15 to 20 fish on each trip.

Lake Erie perch fishing charter trip aboard the charter boat Stray Cat near Monroe, Michigan

Lake Erie perch fishing charter trip aboard the charter boat Stray Cat near Monroe, Michigan

Perch fishing has been good all week. I have fished in the Turtle Island area and caught lots of Yellow Perch but really had to pick through them for keepers. There are a ton of fish in the area from Turtle Island to the 3 stacks in any where from 12 to 14 feet of water (Luna Pier). Take a little extra bait. Stoney Point has been on again and off again. West of Sputnik was good in 24 feet of water on Sunday and Monday with an average of 7 to 9 inchers. It started of with small ones but the size increased the longer we fished. I’ve been having to purchase extra bait to weed through smaller perch and small White Perch. I have caught some jumbo White Perch, kept them and ate em. Mixed in with the Yellow Perch no one could tell the difference.

Fishing Report Lake Erie Monroe, Michigan 07/17/2015

Walleye fishing has been good but we are still dealing with North East and East winds. Trolling between the Raisin River and Stoney Point with wiggle warts 90 back has produced some nice catchs in 22 to 24 feet of water. Trolling 40 jets around 65 feet produced walleye catchs faster than the wiggle warts but you will catch lots of spikes. I’ve been using the warts and have not caught a spike but the bite is a little slower. The walleye seem to like a trolling speed a little hot using the warts, some where around 2.5 to 2.7 mph. Color didn’t seem to matter.

Perch fishing has been awesome! “W” buoy is the place if you don’t want to travel far. the water looks muddy but the perch seem to still bite in it. The Raisin River outer buoys is producing good catchs with some bigger perch. The perch seem to be everywhere we stopped and tried most in the size range from 7 to 8 inchs. Right now is the time to try a combo walleye and perch trip since both fish species seem to be in the same area.

Lake Erie walleye fishing charter aboard the Stray Cat Luna Pier Michigan

Jan with her biggest Lake Erie walleye

Fishing report Lake Erie, Monroe Michigan 6-26-2015

Lake Erie walleye fishing charter

Linda with a Lake Erie walleye

Walleye fishing on Lake Erie has been on again and off again due to the weather. If you can get out and fish some of the most productive spots have been out between the shipping channel and West Sister Island in about 26 feet of water. I have been using spoons and 30 jet divers about 84 feet back, using 12lb mono. The fish have never picked out any colors accept dark days they seem to preffer painted baits and sunny days the copper and brass back shiney spoons.  When the weather has been kind the Ohio water intake area has been holding some nice walleye. I fished the Michigan dump with wiggle warts earlier in the week and took a dozen fish after a little storm had passed. The water was muddy but the dump is still holding walleye. We also caught a rock bass, a large smallmouth bass, a cat fish and a few yellow perch. This weekend is looking like a total loss fishing wise with 40 mph winds out of the North East

Fishing Report Lake Erie Monroe, Michigan 06/12/2015

Walleye fishing this past week has been a little different. Ever since the big storm on Memorial Day the lake has had a different wind direction everyday! Walleye fishing moved out over the shipping channel past sputnik east because of water conditionsss.  Good size walleye are being caught North of Sputnik  in 24 feet of water, using spoons and mini disc’s 100 feet back. It’s been tough since the wind and waves are a different direction everyday., so you have do some searching till you find them. The Mayfly hatch is on and the bigger fish are biting later in the afternoon. There are still lots of logs and timber to deal with so be careful running out and back.

Walleye fishing charter trip

Walleye fishing charter Luna Pier Michigan

Fishing Report Lake Erie, Monroe MI 5-15-2015

Walleye fishing has been on the slow side near Bolles Harbor and the Brest Bay area. The surface water temperature is still on the cool side around 58 degrees. The walleye are a little sluggish, so if your trolling, troll around 1.5 to 1.8 mph. We used Deep Thunder Stick Jr. but the fish never really picked out a color. The area between the 3 stacks and Turtle Island produced some very nice eye’s a couple of days ago in 13 to 16 feet of water. Lots of White Bass just off the dumping grounds in the flats so unless your targeting them avoid those areas.  The Ohio dump produced good numbers of walleyes to. Long slow trolling with Thunder Sticks 60 to 70 feet back seemed to be the ticket. Best colors, Superman, Brown Trout,  and Fire Tiger.

Lake Erie walleye fishing

Lake Erie walleye fishing