What To Bring On Your Fishing Charter

Charter Fishing Necessities

To adequately prepare you for your fishing charter and ensure you have what is needed to make your trip a pleasurable experience we have prepared a list of essential items to review prior to your trip.

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  • Soft Soled Shoes (Work boots scuff boat decks and are slippery)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen - No spray on sunscreen as it stains the seating.
  • Camera
  • Hat or Cap
  • Rain Gear
  • Appropriate layered clothing for the conditions
  • Large cooler to take home your catch. You can leave this cooler in your car until after the trip and then put the cleaned bagged fish in after your trip.
  • Cooler to bring on the boat with any food or drink that you would like. Please do NOT bring bottles as they may break on the boat.
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Motion Sickness Prevention

A major concern among Lake Michigan fishermen, especially the first-time angler, is motion sickness.

  • Make sure to take this early enough so that it works for you.
  • To help reduce, or in many cases, eliminate seasickness, get a good night’s sleep and eat a solid breakfast.
  • There are also a number of over the counter remedies available such as Dramamine or Bonine.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about what is right for you and be sure to follow the directions.
  • Be sure that when taking Dramamine or Bonine that you take it in advance of your trip so it can get into your system and start to work.
  • Do not wait until your on the boat or begin to feel motion sick to take your remedy...once you start to feel the affects of motion sickness it is too late.

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Wisconsin Fishing licenses

Wisconsin Fishing License that includes a Great Lakes Trout/Salmon Stamp. Please get this before you arrive at the marina. Available online at Wisconsin DNR below. You can also get your license at any Fishing Stores, K-mart, and Wal-Mart etc.

  • If you already have a Wisconsin Fishing License ensure that you have the Great Lake Salmon / Trout Stamp.
  • If you dont have the stamp the cost is $10 to purchase it online for both residents and non-residents or at a store like Cabelas, Gander Mountain, Walmart, Farm and Fleet or a Wisconsin bait shop.
  • Those of you who are coming from out-of-state or do not have a resident Wisconsin fishing license and will be fishing for two days or less the license to purchase is the Great Lake Fishing, 2 day (includes Great Lake Salmon/Trout Stamp) for non-residents or the 2-Day Great Lakes Fishing (includes Great Lake Salmon/Trout Stamp) license which are $14 (same cost for both residents and non-residents). These cover all your charter fishing needs.
  • Be sure to select the correct link relating to your Wisconsin Residential status to the right for the Wisconsin DNR site