Rise with the early morning sun and head to the water for a day of charter and inland fishing from Pentwater to Frankfort. With charter fishing services on both inland rivers and Lake Michigan, this region of Northern Michigan is one of the best spots to fish in the state. Soak in the vastness and beauty of the water while getting insider tips from captains with decades of experience.

Manistee/Benzie Charter Fishing 

The reach from Pentwater to Frankfort is renowned for having some of the most productive fishing anywhere in the state, both on Lake Michigan and in adjoining rivers. A state record brown trout weighing 41 pounds and stretching 43 inches long was caught in the Manistee River recently, and the area is home to trout, steelhead, Coho and Chinook salmon. No surprise, some of the finest charter captains ply these waters too. michigancharterboats.com.

Manistee River Salmon

Charter a custom jet sled specially made for these waters, and spend the day catching trout, king salmon, or maybe a trophy steelhead. Captain Ben Wolfe will expertly provide the guidance, promising a day of reel fun on the Manistee River. 877.442.4294, manisteesalmon.com.

Tiny Bubbles Charters

David Rommell, the captain of this third generation, family-friendly charter biz takes the responsibility for creating an unforgettable fishing experience seriously. You’ll catch salmon, trout and walleye on beautiful Lake Michigan, and if you don’t, he’ll take you out again, no charge. 231.383.1500, tinybubbleschaRters.com.

Pier Pressure Charters & Guide Service

You’ll find the World’s Longest Brown Trout mounted on the wall in this resort at Bear Lake. Let Captain Mark Chmura show you how it’s done on a maximum-comfort custom jet boat. 231.864.4051, pierpressurecharters.com.

Michigan Sport Fishing Company, LLC

All aboard the “Fishasaurus” for a fun day of salmon and trout fishing on Lake Michigan. Just bring yourself, family and friends and Captain John Milbourne will furnish the rest. Find him docked at Manistee Inn at Slip #8. Manistee, 517.745.0738, michigansportfishing.com.

Slo-Mo-Sean III

Captain Dick Murphy brings his 48 years of experience along when he takes you out on Lake Michigan aboard his 28-foot Cherokee in search of salmon, steelhead, lake trout and brown trout. Children’s rates and multiple-boat charters available. 989.274.6689, slomosean.com.

For more summer vacation ideas in Northern Michigan, grab the 2013 MyNorth Vacation Guide!

Your Guide to Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Leelanau, Benzie & More

From the same people who produce Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, this is a colorful, easy-to-use guide to Northern Michigan vacation ideas from Ludington to Traverse City, from Charlevoix to Mackinac Island and everything in between. It is filled with ideas, tips and hundreds of websites that connect you to fun, food, activities, lodging and recreation in every part of Northern Michigan.

  • More than 140, full color pages with stunning photography and travel stories
  • Maps of each region
  • Hundreds of resources

Be sure to also check out our free online area-specific vacation guides!

Traverse City

Ideas for your ultimate vacation in Traverse City, Acme, Fife Lake, Interlochen, Kingsley, and Williamsburg


Ideas for your ultimate vacation in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, Mackinac Island, and Boyne Country

Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes

Ideas for your ultimate vacation in Charlevoix, Alden, Beaver Island, Bellaire, Central Lake, Easst Jordon, Elk Rapids, and Torch Lake


Ideas for your ultimate vacation in Cedar, Empire, Glen Arbor, Lake Leelanau, Leland, Maple City, Northport, Peshawbestown, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Suttons Bay, and Omena

Benzie & West Shore

Ideas for your ultimate vacation in Benzie, Manistee, West Shore, Beulah, Benzonia, Crystal Lake, Frankfort, Ludington, Onekama, and Pentwater