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Frequently Asked Questions

Your Salmon fishing charter will include

  • Captain / Guide
  • Rods, Reels and Bait
  • USCG Life Vests and Safety gear
  • Fish cleaning and bagged up *see below*
  • Small boat includes a cooler for your drinks and snacks*
  • Fish cleaning but read below
  • We will only filet the fish and put in large freezer bags for transportation home. WE WILL NOT CUT UP IN SMALL PORTIONS OR CUT THE HEADS OFF. you are welcome to do this yourself back at the dock in Mckinley's Marinas fish cleaning station if open.

*Eggs/Skein/Roe is not included. This is how we make a living in fall and winter months. We use them to catch fish in fall and winter Skein Trips. 

Layers, Layers, Layers!

*LONG PANTS see below. We suggest you dress in layers. This way, you are comfortable, whether it is hot or cold. The best estimate for temperature offshore is to subtract 10-20 degrees from the temperature on land. Early mornings and later night trips are cooler than midday.

*It is also important to note that it can get "buggy" on the lake, long sleeves and pants help to protect from the bugs. 


Closed-toe shoes are crucial. No one wants to step on a hook in flip flops.

Rain gear 

Unless there is lightening or hazardous conditions, we fish rain or shine! 


Yes: You will need to bring proof or a printed copy of your fishing license with the Great Lake Stamp the day of your trip. You will Not need the inland trout stamp

Children under 16:  children under 16 years old do not need a license.

Best Deal In State & Out-of-state Clients: The 2 day license option because this includes the Great Lake stamp (this option is cheaper than purchasing a one day license + buying the stamp). Look for this option

Great Lake Fishing, 2-day (includes Great Lake Salmon/Trout Stamp) $14.00

*if you already have a resident of Wi annual fishing license make sure you have  the require great lake stamp NOT the inland trout stamp

* If stopped by Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources (DNR), you will need to show them this document

Wisconsin DNR website

  • Your fishing license with Great Lakes Salmon and Trout stamp
  • Motion-sickness relief 30 minutes to an hour before the trip
    • If you wait until you feel sick it will be too late.
    • We can bring you back to shore, but once the boat leaves the dock it is considered a trip and you will be charged for the full trip.
  • 2 large bags of ice, one for the fish box on the boat and one for the cooler.
  • Medium-sized cooler for cleaned fish. leave in your car or on our dock for later
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Drinks and snacks and a cooler for the 29ft or 31f t boat Our Tournament boat Dorado has a cooler
    • soft alcoholic beverages are permitted, though please, refrain from bringing glass bottles.
  • Bug lotion (we love Picaridin insect repellent)
    • It surprises many of our clients to find that there can be a lot of flies on Lake Michigan that tend to bite ankles and feet (long pants, socks and closed-toe shoes can also help).
  • * Note-Larger coolers will take away deck space and make it harder to reel in fish. On the 23' Dorado we have a large cooler we can transfer drinks and snacks into. If your cooler is small enough we can bring aboard.

Upon clicking "book now", or "view Trips" or the link below you will be redirected to our booking site where you will be able to search for a boat or trip you want.

click on the product photo or choose the Date view option  then choose month/day wanted on the calendar. Scroll down for trip options  (click) the available time you want choose Qty 1 

Either Click Our floating Booking Button Below 

 or on mobile phone users click any blue button.


You only need to be here 5-10 min before your trips departure time. Your captain will arrive to the marina about 15min before your departure time. Please do not call us until 5 min before your trip. If we call you, you are late. see below on what number to call and where to meet your captain.

When you arrive at McKinley Marina* (directly across the street from Colectivo coffee), you will park in the first lot to your right. This lot is free to the public. you also can park on the east side wall next to the boat ramp. 

Finding Your Captain

After parking, walk down the road to the roundhouse (octagon shaped building with a white roof) to meet your captain. Our boats are located inside the locked pier, so you will need to call to notify us that you have arrived! Please note, if you call the other boat you may not get through. This is a goof time to use the restrooms in the roundhouse. Don't use-porta -potty outside, they are nasty.

Milwaukee Offshore Fishing I - Capt Nick       


Milwaukee Offshore Fishing III 4 person - Tournament Dorado


Milwaukee Offshore Fishing II - Capt Mark    


*McKinley Marina's website shows that the roundhouse is closed. This does not affect these directions or your charter.

**Weather on land does not always predict the weather offshore! In the event of a weather cancellation, we ask that you respect and trust your captain's decision.**

Rain: We fish rain or shine! Sometimes rain can even be better for fishing!

Lightning: Some days we are able to delay the trip until lightning passes and other days we have to cancel/ reschedule.

Wind: Windy conditions create waves that can be difficult and hazardous for fishing (e.g. it may cause lines to get tangled or be difficult stand up while reeling in a fish). If the forecast calls for significant wind, your captain will likely cancel/ reschedule the trip. We may need to return earlier than originally planned, if the wind picks up while fishing.

Safety: While these boats are well-equipped and capable of handling many conditions, our captains are experienced in determining what will be safe and enjoyable for you.

Customer Cancellations: Milwaukee Offshore Fishing Charters strives to provide excellent service to all our customers. Due to our short, high demand fishing season, we must enforce a strict cancellation policy to ensure operational efficiency and fairness for all our customers. 

  • Deposit Forfeiture: If you cancel within five months before your scheduled trip, your deposit will be forfeited. Our short season requires us to turn away many potential customers to hold your spot, and late cancellations significantly impact our small business.
  • Full Trip Charge: If you cancel within one week of your scheduled trip, you will be charged the full trip. Last minute cancellations make it nearly impossible for us to fill that spot, leading to a complete loss in revenue for that trip. This loss negatively impacts the quality of service we can provide to all our customers, including maintaining and upgrading our gear and boats, ensuring our customers have the best possible experience on the water.
  • Unforeseen circumstances: Under extreme and unforeseen circumstances, we may hold your deposit or full trip payment and apply to a rescheduled trip within the same season. This is our way of accommodating genuine emergencies while balancing the needs of our business.


Legally, we cannot guide more than 6 people on a boat. If you have 7-an 16 people in your group you can book with us we have many boats and we can divide your group. This inspires some friendly competition!


  • you might be asked for a larger deposit for holding more then one boat

Yes, absolutely! Fishing can be fun for all ages, though we ask that children under 8 years old wear a life jacket at all times. 

Milwaukee Offshore Fishing has many options to pay your balance on the day of your trip. We do Not hold your deposit. Your balance will be the trip amount minus your deposit given to us at booking, 

Cash: Cash is King

Venmo: Captain Nick Only

Credit card: We take all major brands including discover.

*credit card and Venmo transactions have a 4% extra fee added to your balance

Tips : 15%-20% is normally what most customers tip for a service based experience

Must Have

  • Fishing License (printed) with Great lakes stamp
  • Bring bag of ice to the boat 5-10lb for the Fish cooler on the boat

Must do

  • We must be able to contact you the week of the trip to confirm your reservation. If you have not heard from us please call us at 1-414-553-9800 to confirm your trip date and start time.. Your trip could be given away and you will lose your deposit. This is a reminder for you and us to make 100% sure the booking is correct and you have all the proper items needed for your trip. We will call the week of the trip to confirm as well.

Thanks for Booking with us and we are excited to have you on the boat.

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