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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Shelter Bay Charters dock located?

Shelter Bay Charters dock is located on Lake Superior’s southern shoreline midway between Munising and Marquette, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We are 19 miles west of Munising, 8 miles west of Au Train, or 25 miles east of Marquette, Michigan. Click Here for directions.

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Do I need a fishing license?

Yes, if you are 17 years of age or older, Michigan law requires that each person fishing in Michigan waters must possess a valid fishing license, whether that be a seasonal license or a one-day license.

Please visit the Michigan DNR website for additional information related to fishing in Michigan.

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Why choose a charter trip with Captain Mitch?

The best opportunities for a successful sport fishing adventure, or a tour of the beautiful local shoreline, will be with a professional charter service. Captain Mitch was born and raised with the shores of Lake Superior as his backyard. He KNOWS Lake Superior and he KNOWS Trout fishing. You can be assured of fishing the hottest fishing spots while Capt. Mitch takes care of providing the fishing poles, lines, the right tackle, down riggers, fish plotting equipment and radar. He’ll take care of maintaining the boat in tip-top shape, having the necessary safety equipment on board, and years of experience in navigating the fierce waters of Lake Superior. All joking aside, if Superior changes its temperament when you out there some 20 miles from shore, you’ll thank your higher power for the experience Captain Mitch possesses. And while you’re fishing, your Captain will be minding the waters, keeping you on course, and working his tail off to make sure your trip is successful and fun.

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What is provided by Shelter Bay Charters?

Shelter Bay Charters provides all of the fishing equipment, including more jigs and spoons than available at the local hardware store; all of the technical equipment, including radar, GPS, depth finder, fish plotter, and safety equipment. You can expect to always leave on time, or as soon as your entire party has arrived. You can also expect to spend more time fishing than other charters in the area. Capt. Mitch doesn’t watch the clock – his goal is sharing his passion of fishing and providing the best possible fishing experience. The Jody Lee II is always exceptionally clean and in excellent repair. Your fish will be cleaned and cooler-ready upon our return – Just bring your ice filled cooler. Oh, and bring your camera for photos of your day – an experience you’ll long remember.

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Lodging – Are there overnight facilities close to Shelter Bay Charters?

Yes, there are overnight lodging facilities in Shelter Bay and in nearby locations. For more information, please give us a call, or you can check out ExploreMunising.comfor a variety of local information. Lodging can also be found in Au Train, Munising, and Marquette.

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Restroom – Are there toilet facilities available aboard the boat?

Yes, the Jody Lee II is fully equipped with private facilities . Please tour the Jody Lee for more information.

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Group – How many people may I bring with me on the boat?

Our vessel is licensed for 6 persons plus the Captain and Mate. We appreciate your cooperation with keeping your party to the limits as we cannot ever allow more than 6 guests.

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Time – What time does the charter leave the dock and what time zone?

We are located in the Eastern Time Zone. You may set the time that we leave the docks, but it is wise to keep in mind that most fish feed in the early morning hours. Most charters leave between 4:00 AM and 7:00 AM Eastern Time. Please view Best Times To Fish for more information.

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Are Reservations required?

Reservations are not required, but are strongly encouraged to ensure that we are available for you when you want to go. Most trips are reserved in advance because of the early departure times. Many of my repeat guests reserve a year in advance to ensure their dates are confirmed.

We truly enjoy serving our guests and ask that you make your reservation as soon as you have the date so that it is available for you.

Reservations may be made by calling us at 906-892-8230 or by sending us an email

Ten day notice required if you need to cancel your reservation. Our season is short in the U.P. so this ensures I am able to accommodate as many fishing parties as possible. If I am able to rebook your date I will refund your deposit.

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Deposit – Do we need to make a deposit?

Yes please, we require a deposit of $150.00 mailed to us within 10 days of making your reservation. A deposit is not required for those who do not have a reservation.

Please try to give us at least a ten day notice to change your date. We appreciate your advance notice to ensure ‘no day goes unfished’. In order for us to keep fishing year after year, we need to maximize our limited season. In return, I give my guarantee of providing you the best fishing experience possible.

We will return your deposit if you cancel your reservation 10 day or more in advance, or we are unable to go out on the lake due to the weather.

While we ask that payment be made when we return to the docks, most of our guests choose to pay in advance.

We accept the following forms of payment: cash, business or personal check, and money orders.

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Fish – What types of fish are fished?

Lake Superior is highly acclaimed for its’ fabulous Lake Trout fishing providing record catches. Guests also fish for Salmon and Steelhead depending on the time of year.

Shelter Bay Charters provides all of the tackle you could possibly need or desire for your fishing adventure. We also provide down-riggers, poles, and for a real thrill, free-wheel poles.

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Checklist – What should we bring?

Please view the Checklist of Things To Bring for a more complete list compiled from our years of experience. In general, remember to bring: Fishing License, Soft-soled Shoes, Warm Jacket or Sweatshirt, Food, Beverage, and any medications you may need.

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Weather – What if weather prevents us from going out on the lake?

If weather prevents us from going out on the lake, we will cancel your reservation and return your deposit. 

Please call us the day or night before your reserved date to check the weather and for any last minute updates.

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Local Attractions – What other local attractions are available?

Other than fishing? =) Other than fishing the tremendous hot fishing spots on Lake Superior, or touring its majestic vistas, the local area offers many attractions and much entertainment. Please view ExploreMunising.com for suggestions.

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