What do we need to bring?
Drinks, snacks, cooler for fish filets, camera/phone, sunglasses, foul/cold weather gear, soft soled/boat friendly shoes, fishing license & required stamp, positive attitude!
What licenses do I need?
Wisconsin residents can either buy a WI fishing license with the Outlying Trout/Salmon stamp or just add the stamp to the existing license. Non-residents can buy a 2-day license which includes the stamp.
Where do we show up and when?
For fishing on the 35’ Viking on Lake Michigan, come to 1640 Memorial Dr. on the west/north side of Sturgeon Bay (The Lodge at Leathem Smith). Park in the lot and go to the farthest left dock. If you’re fishing in the 22’ Lund for light tackle species, the departure location changes frequently depending on the species and the bite. We’ll have to keep in touch in days prior. Show up 10-15 minutes early so we can getting after the fish ASAP.
What are the fishing times?
On the 35’ Viking on Lake Michigan, we run the most popular early morning trip (3:30, 4:00, 4:30) depending on date/sunrise time. We can run a mid-day trip getting you back for dinner (11:00 or noon). Or we can run an evening trip to catch the evening bite (2:30 or 3:00). On the 22’ Lund for light tackle, times are more flexible and can work with your schedule. Usually, we run a morning (6:00ish) and an afternoon (1:00ish). Walleye fishing trips commonly go at night especially in April. We can discuss these times.
How long will we be gone?
Trips on the 35’ Viking are 6 hours dock to dock. We frequently go over 6 hours but understand if you need to get back. Trips on the 22’ Lund are 5 hours dock to dock and also commonly run past time unless told otherwise. The 6 and 5 hour packages are minimums. You will be charged the full time rate if trip has to be cut short. Barring a conflict, you’re welcome to book longer trips at an hourly rate we can discuss.
What if I get seasick?
If seasickness is a concern for you, I recommend taking Dramamine, (or less drowsy Bonine) the night before your trip and another before you board. Spend as much time as you can outside on the back deck and keep your mind on fishing and your crew. In my opinion, seasickness is 90% mental….
What ages can come along?
Ages 4 and up are welcome if the parents are comfortable. I’ve had 4 year olds crank in fish with just a little help holding the rod.
Is there a place to stay, eat, drink nearby?
Yes!! The Lodge at Leathem Smith is a very nice resort just across the road from our dock. They have wonderful rooms, a great restaurant and a fun little bar a very short walk from the boat. Click on the link on the main page and don’t hesitate to choose a package deal!!
What else can we do in the area?
Door County is home to 5 state parks, 19 county parks including the very popular Cave Point County Park, 11 lighthouses, phenomenal golf courses, and 300 miles of breathtaking shoreline and more restaurants and shops than I can count. You can rent bikes, boats, jet skis, segways or take a Door County Sunset Cruise by Reel Impression. Visit our Thing to Do page for more suggestions and links!