Michigan Sport Fishing

Great lakes sport fishing charters with Captain   John Milbourne

Frequently asked Questions

Below is a list of questions that come up frequently.

Please browse through them and if you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me.


How and where do we clean the fish?

The Captain and or Crew will filet and bag your fish for salmon trips. Custom Cleaning will have a small fee such as steaking etc.

For walleye trips fish cleaning is available at an additional charge.

Are alcoholic beverages permitted?

Yes, But if anyone in your party becomes overly intoxicated the charter will be cut short and the full rate will be incurred by your party. Your safety is my responsibility. Absolutely no illegal drugs are allowed

Will I need a fishing license? 

Yes, the D.N.R. requires anyone 17 or older to have on their person a valid fishing license plus an all species license or a one day license if you are fishing for Salmon or Trout. If we decide to fish in Ohio waters on Lake Erie trips ,an Ohio license will be needed ,Ohio offers a one day license as well .

Does your boat have a bathroom?

I have a toilet enclosed in the cabin.

What equipment do I need to bring?

We furnish all fishing equipment.

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Do I get my own rod ?

I offer a personal "get your own rod" approach to charter fishing. You can do as little or as much as you choose, its up to you. Sit back and reel em in or help set the gear and hook your own fish. First time fisher folks? not to worry I will show you what to do, 20 years experience ? I can deal with that too.

What about motion sickness?

Over the counter products such as Dramamine can be found at most Pharmacies. If you have concerns about these products consult your physician.





Valid Michigan fishing license  All species for salmon and trout trips

Lake Erie trips may require an Ohio fishing license

 Layered clothing

 rain gear




soled shoes

 Food and beverages

Please limit coolers onboard to 12 pack style coolers


 Motion sickness medication if needed

 All tackle will be furnished

 Empty cooler for your fish

What about bad weather or rough water?

If charter must be canceled for weather related problems, we will reschedule if possible. The Boat can handle rough water, but it's not very fun for most.  Once the decision to fish is made if we must come back due to sea sickness as long as the Lake and conditions have not changed for the worse you will be responsible for the Minimum charge for the trip.



Michigan Sport Fishing - Frequently asked Questions