The Finest Fishing Experience

World Class Fishing on Lake Michigan

TRIPS

Outdoorsmen Charters is a great choice for experienced anglers or families of all ages looking for a fun day on the water. Whether you’re an early bird, an afternoon person, or an all-day angler, we have trip options that are perfect for you.

Fishing

Morning Trip
$ 750 Starting At
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Fishing

Afternoon Trip
$ 750 Starting at
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Scenic

Sunset
$ 750
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Target fish

Our captains aim to catch four of the most sought-after sport fish species in the Great Lakes: King Salmon (Chinook), Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, and Steelhead (Rainbow Trout). Our fishing method of choice is trolling on Lake Michigan. During a typical outing, we deploy multiple lines into the water and troll at slow speeds. The choice of line setups and lures varies depending on factors such as the time of year, prevailing conditions, and the specific species we're targeting. With rods secured in holders, anglers have the freedom to move around the boat, indulge in snacks, and soak in the breathtaking scenery of Lake Michigan while awaiting the thrilling strike of a fish.

Fully Licensed and Insured.
Regardless of whether you're new to fishing or an experienced angler, our goal at Outdoorsmen Charters is to ensure your success. We offer the expertise needed to locate and reel in fish on the expansive Big Lake. Whether you're joining us for a family excursion, a corporate retreat, or any other occasion, anticipate thrilling fishing adventures throughout the entire season.

Our goal is to give our customers a reason to want to come back to see us, build customer loyalty, and foster many friendships along the way.

Recent Trips

Over 60 years of combined experience!

MEET THE CAPTAINS

Josh Smith
Captain
Captain Josh has been fishing Lake Michigan for 20 years. Fishing rivers with close friends started his passion for the salmon and trout fishery. Josh spent years traveling around Michigan to different rivers and streams chasing these amazing fish, leading him to open his own sports shop to sell river fishing gear. Then a very dear friend took him out on Lake Michigan, and it was love at first sight. Josh bought a boat and started fishing for fun with friends before getting into tournament fishing. Slipping his boat near all the charter boats, he soon made friends with a few captains and started working as a first mate. He then decided to get his Captain’s license and fish for a living. He closed his sports shop and started working with a few of the busiest boat owners on Lake Michigan and at the Outdoorsmen Pro Shop in Jenison. Now Captain Josh is also one of the busiest Charter Captains on the lake and enjoys sharing his passion and love for the water with others. Captain Josh holds military veterans very close to his heart and feels that we can never do enough for our heroes. He also loves to take kids fishing and says one of the best parts of his job is seeing the kids’ faces light up with excitement as they hold a fish.
Nate Geerts
Captain
Captain Nate has 40+ years of experience fishing on Lake Michigan. An avid outdoorsman and tournament fisherman, Nate has spent his life on the water and in the woods building a skill set and knowledge that not many can compare to. As a young man, Nate started working at The Outdoorsmen Pro Shop in Jenison Michigan, where he has given 40 years of hard work and fished with some of the captains and friends who were around for the start of the Salmon fishery in Lake Michigan. As the general manager of The Outdoorsmen Pro Shop, Nate provides the gear for charter trips, and, with his true inside advantage, he’s one of the best guys to talk to about big lake rigs.

FAQ

Nope! We provide everything you need to catch fish: rods, bait, tackle…everything. We’ve got you covered.

Yes! Each person in your group who is 16 or older must carry a valid Michigan all species fishing license with them on board. You can purchase a license online through Michigan DNR at www.mdnr-elicense.com or at local bait shops and major retailers.

Dress in layers! The weather can change quickly out on the lake, going from quite cold in the mornings to hot on a sunny afternoon. We recommend bringing at least a jacket or sweatshirt and a raincoat (we fish in the rain at the Captain’s discretion but not during severe weather). In cooler seasons you may also want a winter hat, gloves, and a heavier jacket.

We also recommend wearing sunscreen and sunglasses to prevent sunburn and glare. Rinse your hands after applying sunscreen so the fish are not put off by the smell!

Please wear soft-soled footwear on the boat. You may be asked to change out of any footwear with the potential to damage surfaces on the boat.

Please bring a cooler to transport your catch home after the trip!

Bring any snacks and drinks you will want during the day, and feel free to pack these in a smaller cooler to bring on board.

Feel free to bring a camera and take as many photos as you want throughout the day!

We permit alcohol on board but reserve the right to cancel the trip if anyone becomes intoxicated for safety reasons. Additionally, recreational drugs are strictly prohibited. The Captain will promptly terminate the trip if anyone’s safety is compromised.

Yes! We will have an approved personal flotation device for each person on board. As per Michigan law, children under 6 will need to wear their life jackets whenever we are underway.

We never go out in unsafe conditions. If it’s raining but otherwise safe, we can still have a great trip. Bring a rain jacket! However, we will cancel in cases of severe weather and/or high waves. Deciding what conditions are safe is at the Captain’s discretion.

We ask that you please tell us if anyone in your party has a medical condition. It could take up to an hour to return to the dock, so we need to be aware of any medical emergencies that may occur.

If you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend taking a prevention measure such as a pill, patch, or bracelet before the trip. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for trips cancelled due to someone on board becoming motion sick.

Absolutely! We will clean and pack up your catch so you don’t have to. You’ll just need to take care of transporting it home. There’s no charge for cleaning your fish, however, it’s customary to tip if you appreciate this service.

To receive a full refund of your deposit, please cancel at least 7 days before the date of your scheduled trip. We charge half the price of the charter for no shows or cancellations within 24 hours of a trip’s start time. If the Captain cancels a trip due to severe weather or dangerous wave conditions, you may either reschedule for another date or request a refund of your deposit.

WEATHER

Monitoring the weather is essential for both safety and ensuring a successful fishing experience. While we’re prepared to fish in the rain, unfavorable wave conditions might necessitate rescheduling or canceling trips, with a full refund provided. Stay updated on the latest conditions by checking here.

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