Northern Michigan Fishing: Northern Michigan anglers can set out on a charter boat in the morning and enjoy their fresh catch at a Northern Michigan restaurant in the afternoon. The new Catch and Cook program (launched prior to Memorial Day weekend in time for the start of the summer season) brings together the best of a Northern Michigan day  – time on the lake, Northern Michigan fishing and time at the table with family and friends – while supporting local economies and Northern Michigan businesses.

Catch & Cook promotes and encourages safe and creative marketing of Northern Michigan fishing through a partnership between the charter fishing industry and Northern Michigan restaurants.

“This program is a wonderful opportunity to promote the the state's $3.7 billion recreational fishing industry and to boost Michigan jobs and Michigan businesses,” said Rodney Stokes, Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “The Great Lakes are a unique and extraordinary natural resource – Michigan’s defining resource. Providing one more opportunity for people to enjoy the lakes goes to the heart of who we are as a state.”

Aside from being good for business, the Catch and Cook program celebrates all that we love about Northern Michigan.

“Catch and Cook highlights all that makes us Pure Michigan. From lake to plate, consumers are experiencing the beauty of our Great Lakes and culminating it with a tasty sampling of our food and agricultural bounty" said Keith Creagh, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development " Pair fresh caught fish with a locally-grown side dish like asparagus or potatoes, and top it off with a Michigan wine or microbrew, and you have a great meal.”

The program is a partnership among the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan Charter Boat Association and the Michigan Restaurant Association.

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Participating Traverse City Restaurants

Scalawags Whitefish & Chips 303 State Street Traverse City MI 49684

Apache Trout Grill 13671 S. West Bayshore Dr. Traverse City MI 49684

Participating Traverse City Charter Fishing

Reel Fun Fishing Charters Captain John VanDusen
313 East Front Street? Traverse City? MI?

Participating Charlevoix Restaurants

The Grey Gables Inn Restaurant  308 Belvedere Avenue Charlevoix  MI 49720

 The Village Pub  427 Bridge Street Charlevoix MI 49720

Terry's Restaurant of Charlevoix 101 Antrim Street Charlevoix MI 49720

Participating Charlevoix Charter Fishing

Ward Brother's Boats, Inc. 106 E. Antrim Street  Charlevoix MI 49720

Participating Frankfort Restaurants

Villa Marine Bar & Grill 228 Main Street Frankfort MI 49635

Participating Frankfort Charter Fishing

HAWG-TIDE Charter Fishing Captain Andy McQuillian
324 Lake Street Frankfort  MI

Participating Leland Restaurants

The Riverside Inn & Restaurant 302 River Street Leland MI 49654 231.256.9971

The Cove Restaurant 111 River Street Leland MI 49654

Participating Leland Charter Fishing

Far Fetched/Northwest Charters Captain Scott Anderson
Leland MI

Fishtown Charter Service Captain Jim Munoz
Leland  MI

Participating Manistee Restaurants

The Bungalow Inn 1100 28th Street Manistee  MI

River Street Station 350 River Street Manistee MI 49660 231-723-8411

Participating Manistee Charter Fishing

Decoy Fishing Charters Captain Gary Miserlian
Ship Watch Marina
297 6th Avenue Manistee MI 49660

Killin' Time Charters Captain Craig Kent
Manistee MI

Renegade Charter Fishing Captain Ron Guenthadth
Shipwatch Marina
297 6th Avenue Manistee MI

Kelley's Ketch Sport Fishing Charters Captain Mike Kelley
Riverside Motel and Marina
520 Water Street Manistee MI

Reel Pleasure Charters Captain Larry Scharich
Manistee MI

Participating Onekama Restaurants

The Glenwood 4604 Main Street Onekama MI 49675

Participating Onekama Charter Fishing

True Blue Sportfishing Denny Blue
Onekama Marine, Inc.
4378 Crescent Beach Road Onekama MI 49675

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