What to bring for your adventure
|Everyone in your party 17 or older requires a valid Michigan Fishing License with trout stamp. One day licenses are available for $6.00. They can be purchased in Fish.Travel. They can be purchased in advance for the date of your trip.|
|Cooler to take home your cleaned and bagged catch|
|Camera and or VCR to capture the magic moments|
|Snacks, Beverages etc (Try to get everything in one or two small coolers|
|Sun lotion or block, Chap stick|
|Soft soled (non-skid soles) for your safety, light colored soles PLEASE|
|Dress for the weather. It can be cool in the early morning and very warm by mid morning. It's also been known to rain occasionally in Michigan. You can always take it off. But, it's hard to put it on if you didn't bring it.|
Charter Boats provide a Full Day trip of 8 or 9 hours and a
Half Day trip
of 5 hours.
We offer an 8 hour and a 6 hour trip
Some days we have extraordinary fishing and we come in early with our angler limit. But it doesn't happen too often, especially with parties of 4 or more (that's 20+ fish landed and the fish have been known to get away). In general I've found that a 5 hour dock to dock trip does not give us enough time to do a professional job for you. 9 hours tends to be a very long day with no added benefit.
Why book an 8 hour
|When is the best time to
go schedule a trip? That's the most commonly asked question. The
answer isn't easy. In Ludington we are very fortunate to have
excellent fishing from ice out to ice up. What will vary is what we
catch , their size and fighting ability. Most people book trips in July
and August. It's vacation time, the weather is usually the most
cooperative, and we have opportunities for all species of fish.
However, May and early June often provide outstanding action and pound for
pound more fight from feeding Kings.
The four year old Salmon start to move in on their spawning rivers in early August and on average reach their biggest size in mid to late August. While the "average size" is the biggest during this time we typically find the largest fish 30+ are caught from early July until Mid August. These fish grow fast and head up river early. After the four year olds move into the river we have excellent fishing for three year olds and Steelhead.
A 12 lb Salmon caught in May or Late September will often out fight a a 25lb Salmon caught in late August.
If you can, fish mid week. Boat traffic tends to spook the fish. Mid week has less traffic and makes fishing easier. You can't pick a bad time to go fishing in Ludington.
As a wise man once said "The best time to go fishing, is anytime you can! My worst days of fishing have beat the heck out of my best days of working"