About Us

Jack’s Charter Service has established itself as Lake Michigan’s premier charter service. We have been fishing the waters of Lake Michigan out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Racine, Wisconsin since the late 60’s. It is always our goal to provide a safe, fun, enjoyable and, of course, successful day on the water. As full time charter captains we give you 100% on every fishing trip, as it is our reputation on the line every time we leave the dock. We understand that our business depends on our reputation to provide a memorable experience for each and every one of our guests. We appreciate the importance of repeat bookings and will always strive to assure that each guest leaves as a satisfied client and more importantly becomes a friend. Competitive tournament fishing keeps the Jack’s Charter Service crew sharp in order to assure your trip is the finest fishing and boating experience that is offered from Milwaukee and Racine, Wisconsin. To see our captains in action visit our YouTube channel, Catch-22.

Our captains have tournament-winning success behind them! Each year the Jack’s Charter Service team fishes tournaments out of multiple ports along the Wisconsin and Illinois shores of Lake Michigan. We have been competing for years and look forward to doing so every year. Below is a short compilation of some of our top 5 finishes and accomplishments over the years. Due to our rigorous chartering schedule with customers, we have started to fish some tournaments with our customers. Please let us know if you are interested in fishing a tournament with us.

Captains

Captain Ken

Captain Ken is a full time charter fishing captain that has been fishing Lake Michigan for over 30 Years. Captain Ken has been licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and the State of Wisconsin for over 20 years! Jack’s Charter Service is also fully insured for commercial operation. We are also fully insured for our guided Ice Fishing and River trips.

Captain Ken has been featured on many Outdoor Wisconsin television shows, Midwest Outdoors and countless cable TV shows. In addition he provides information for Dick Ellis’s On Wisconsin Outdoors blog and magazine as well as The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Captain Ken has given numerous seminars to help others gain the knowledge that he has learned from the countless hours on Lake Michigan. Captain Ken is Pro-Staff and sponsored by all of the top names in the fishing industry as you can see on the bottom of the home page.

Captain Ken has expanded Jack’s Charter Service to include many destination trips including Copper Harbor Michigan on Lake Superior for Splake, Little Bay de Noc for Trophy Walleye and Smallmouth bass. They also Ice fish Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Wisconsin for Trophy Brown Trout and Steelhead. In the Spring Ken travels to Port Clinton Ohio to Charter for Trophy Walleye on Lake Erie. Jack’s Charter Service travels to many locations to get people massive fish that become their PB of all the species we target.

Captain Joe

Since joining Jack’s Charter Service 8 years ago Joe has become one of the top captains in Wisconsin. Joe is extremely passionate about fishing and even chooses to fish on any day that he does get off from chartering/guiding. Joe worked with Capt. Ken on his boats for 5 years as his first mate and had operated his own boat for the past 3 years. Joe has landed many fish over 30 pounds when some charters have never landed one. Joe has an attention to detail that may be better than any Captain Ken has ever seen. Joe has literally a lifetime of experience shore fishing the rivers and tributaries of the rivers and shoreline in southeastern Wisconsin. He is an expert at fishing the Root River in Racine, Milwaukee River & Grant Park as well as all of the marinas from McKinley in Milwaukee south to the Kenosha Harbor. Capt. Joe has mastered Ice Fishing for massive Brown Trout. The Ice fishing season is likely Joe’s favorite season. He loves watching customers catch massive Brown Trout.

Captain Andrew

Capt. Andrew has joined the team this past year. Andrew fishes almost every day weather he has a trip with customers or not. Andrew has made the Root River in Racine his home, he knows all of the hot spots for the Steelhead Run and huge Brown Trout. Andrew has a passion of fishing for the staging King Salmon. He loves getting people out to jig and skein fish for these massive Kings on spinning gear in the harbors, marinas and tributaries as these fish are on the way in to spawn. Andrew is also great at Walleye and Smallie fishing in Green Bay, Sturgeon bay and Lake Geneva in the Spring and Fall. Andrew also spends a ton of time running ice fishing trips for the massive Brown Trout during the winter. He loves seeing people catch their personal best fish!

Our Boats

Leader II

Added in 2021. 38′ Pursuit/Tiara Yacht, largest in the Racine/Milwaukee fleet. Features twin Cummins 6CTA Diesel Engines with 900 horsepower. This includes a private bathroom and heat & air in the cabin and cockpit.

Leader

A custom 36′ Tiara Yacht for tournament and charter fishing. Tiara Yachts have one of the largest back decks, perfect for fishing off of, and is built to withstand Lake Michigan waves smoothly, guaranteeing a comfortable trip for all passengers.  This includes a private bathroom and twin high-performance 8.1L /496ci Crusader engines (950 HP).

The Ranger

2022 622 Pro Ranger is used primarily in the spring and fall for Walleye and brown trout fishing. Features a 400hp Mercury Verado as well as a 15hp Mercury kicker engine, able to reach speeds above 60mph. This includes Traxstech downriggers, Rod holders, and Shimano Rods & Reels.

Lund

Lund 19 ft , Features a 150hp Yamaha with 99 hp kicker engine. All Garmin electronics with livescope as well as St.Croix + Shimano rods + all Shimano reels.

Our Tournament Proven Team

Both of our captains have tournament-winning success behind them! Each year the Jack’s team fishes tournaments out of multiple ports along the Wisconsin and Illinois shores of Lake Michigan. We’ve been competing for years and look forward to doing so each year. Below is a short compilation of some of our top accomplishments over the years. Due to our rigorous chartering schedule the amount of tournaments we compete in each year varies.

2022 Tournament Season

Brew City Tournament – 4th Place Leader II, 6th Place Leader

Salmon A Rama – 5th Place – 5 Heaviest Fish

Salmon A Rama – 10th Place Lake Trout

2021 Tournament Season

Brew City Tournament – 5th Place

2020 Tournament Season

Swamp Donkey Tournament – 7th Place – Green Bay, Wisconsin

2019 Tournament Season

Swamp Donkey Tournament – 3rd Place – Green Bay, Wisconsin

Brew City Fishing Tournament – 7th Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2018 Tournament Season

10 Heaviest Fish Salmon A Rama – 1st Place – Racine, Wisconsin

Brew City Tournament – 4th Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Southwest Lake Michigan Salmon Series 333 – 4th Place – Various locations from Northpoint Marina, Illinois to Port Washington, Wisconsin

2016 Tournament Season

Brew City Salmon Tournament – 8th Place (Chartered Tournament)

Southwest Lake Michigan Salmon Series – 3rd Place – Various locations from Northpoint Marina, Illinois to Port Washington, Wisconsin

2015 Tournament Season

PFC Geoffrey Morris Fishing Tournament- 3rd Place – North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

Salmon Unlimited Opener- 3rd Place – Racine, Wisconsin

Salmon-A-Rama- 1St Place Rainbow Trout (Charter Customer) – Racine, Wisconsin

2014 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament – 2nd Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

PFC Geoffrey Morris Fishing Tournament- 7th Place – North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

Salmon Unlimited Opener- 3rd Place – Racine, Wisconsin

2013 Tournament Season

PFC Geoffrey Morris Fishing Tournament- 5th Place – North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

2012 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 1st Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

PFC Geoffrey Morris Fishing Second Chance Tournament- 1st Place – North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

Port Washington Shootout- 5th Place – Port Washington, Wisconsin

Salmon Unlimited Opener- 3rd Place – Racine, Wisconsin

Southwest Lake Michigan Salmon Series- 2nd Place – Various locations from Northpoint Marina, Illinois to Port Washington, Wisconsin and running from June through August

2010 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 4th Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Salmon Unlimited Opener- 4th Place – Racine, Wisconsin

2013 Tournament Season

PFC Geoffrey Morris Fishing Tournament- 5th Place – North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

2012 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 1st Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

PFC Geoffrey Morris Fishing Second Chance Tournament- 1st Place – North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

Port Washington Shootout- 5th Place – Port Washington, Wisconsin

Salmon Unlimited Opener- 3rd Place – Racine, Wisconsin

Southwest Lake Michigan Salmon Series- 2nd Place – Various locations from Northpoint Marina, Illinois to Port Washington, Wisconsin and running from June through August

2010 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 4th Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Salmon Unlimited Opener- 4th Place – Racine, Wisconsin

2008 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 1st Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bob Uecker/Make–A-Wish Great Lakes Invitational- 3rd Place – Reef Point Marina, Racine, Wisconsin

2007 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 2nd Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

PFC Geoffrey Morris Fishing – North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois Tournament- 5th Place

2006 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 3rd Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Cash on the Line- 5th Place

Southeast Wisconsin Lake Michigan Challenge Series- 1st Place

2008 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 1st Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bob Uecker/Make–A-Wish Great Lakes Invitational- 3rd Place – Reef Point Marina, Racine, Wisconsin

2007 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 2nd Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

PFC Geoffrey Morris Fishing – North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois Tournament- 5th Place

2006 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 3rd Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Cash on the Line- 5th Place

Southeast Wisconsin Lake Michigan Challenge Series- 1st Place

2005 Tournament Season

Cash on the Line- 1st Place

Great Lakes Angler Silver Challenge- 1st Place

Two in a Boat- 2nd Place

Southeast Wisconsin Lake Michigan Challenge Series- 2nd Place

2004 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 2nd Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Two in a Boat- 4th Place

South East Wisconsin Lake Michigan Challenge Series- 2nd Place

2003 Tournament Season

Brew City Fishing Tournament- 5th Place – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Supersweepstakes- 4th Place – Racine, Wisconsin

Two in a Boat- 3rd Place

2002 Tournament Season

Cash on the Line- 2nd Place

1999 Tournament Season

Salmon-A-Rama- 1St Place Brown Trout – Racine, Wisconsin

1997 Tournament Season

Ozakee Fish In- 2nd Place – Ozaukee, Wisconsin

1996 Tournament Season

Salmon-A-Rama- Grand Prize- $25,000.00 – Racine, Wisconsin

1995 Tournament Season

Salmon-A-Rama- 1st Place Brown Trout Racine, Wisconsin

Get Rigged Like The Leaders

Looking at rigging a new boat or updating electronics and hardware on your current boat? Jack’s Charter Service is here for you on and off the water with our marine electronics and equipment installation service. Inquire with one of our captain’s about our installation service and options.