With beautiful sunsets, ferocious storms, and world-renowned freshwater fishing, Lake Huron is every angler’s dream up north. Spanning over 23,000 square miles, Lake Huron makes up the eastern shoreline of Michigan and the western shore of Ontario, Canada. Averaging a depth of 195 feet, anglers can take their chances on lake trout, walleye, whitefish, yellow perch, coho salmon, Chinook salmon, and steelhead. Yet, to fish this lake, you’ll want a boat or to hire a charter. Don’t have a boat? No worries, here are the best charters found through Michigan on Lake Huron.
1. Sturgeon Bay Charters – Drummond Island
Kicking off this list is Sturgeon Bay Charters, which is guided by lifetime Sturgeon Bay fisherman Captain Gavin Ivan Gable. Come on board the 27-foot Sport Craft that has been fitted with downriggers for trolling sport fish. This charter is family-friendly and anglers can expect to catch all species available on Lake Huron. But catches will be dependent on seasonality. Children under the age of 16 can ride for free, with half-day packages starting at $400 for a party of up to four. But, if the fishing doesn’t work out, feel free to ask Captain Gavin about his lighthouse tours.
2. North Shore Sport Fishing Charters – St. Ignace
With thirty years of experience, Captain Chris takes charter guests on a fishing adventure through the Straits of Mackinac. Take a ride on the 24-foot Hewescraft Pacific Cruiser and ogle at the sites of the scenic Mackinac Islands and Mackinac Bridge. North Shore Sport Fishing specializes in catching King salmon, Atlantic salmon, steelhead, and lake trout. That said, charter prices are available upon inquiries, with full-day and half-day charters available.
3. Diabolical Sport Fishing – Cheboygan
Captain Mark McClutchey has been fishing salmon on the Great Lakes for more than 20 years. When he isn’t operating charters, he’s participating in salmon fishing tournaments on the Great Lakes. So, you can say he’s passionate about salmon fishing. Thus, the charter runs on the 31-foot Diabolical, a Pursuit 3070 Express with 225 HP of power. Charter prices are available upon inquiry, with custom packages available in addition to half-day trips or full-day trips.
4. Trout Scout V Sportfishing Charters – Alpena
With an astonishing 40 years of experience, Captain Ed Retherford, knows all the hotspots around Thunder Bay, Roger City, Presque Isle, and Alpena. Suitable for all ages, take a ride on the Trout Scout V, a 30-foot Marlin Charter Sportfisherman that is equipped with a bathroom and sleeping quarters. Past charter guests have had plenty of luck catching King salmon, brown trout, and walleye. As for packages; a two-person half-day trip starts at $425 and increases in price with additional patrons. As well as, full-day trips being available. And it should be noted that all charters are private and never shared with other parties.
5. Overkill Charters – Saginaw Bay
What started as a hobby of simply taking family and friends out on the water turned into Overkill Charters. Manned by Captains Ron and Don, they knew with all their experience they could build a thriving charter business. Fast-forward to today, charter guests can expect to target walleye and perch around scenic Saginaw Bay. The charter runs on a 29-foot Tiara 2900 Open Fisherman that is fully equipped with downriggers for trolling and a stand-up washroom. Only morning trips are offered on Lake Huron, which start at $550 for a party of up to four over six hours.
6. Stormy Chinook Charters, LLC – Port Austin
Chinook salmon, coho salmon, Atlantic salmon, steelhead, lake trout, walleye, and whitefish, are common catches onboard the 28-foot Albemarle. Captain Dan Cruchon has operated this charter since 1985 and knows a thing or two about hot spots in southwestern Lake Huron. The charters are favored for being family-friendly and have even coined the slogan, “come as a guest, leave as a friend.” As for charter prices, a party of up to four will run you about $580.
The Last Word
Nevertheless, booking a charter is an exciting endeavor. But, there is some prep needed for your big day. To fish on Lake Michigan, you will need to purchase a fishing license in advance. If you intend on bringing children, it’s always a good idea to let the captain know, so all adequate life vests are provided. On this topic; if you intend to invite additional people on your charter, some state laws cap capacity at six guests, so it’s always a good idea to check in advance. And finally, where do you intend to store your catch once your day is complete? Don’t forget to bring a cooler with you, so you’re not sitting with bagged fish at the end of the day.