Featured Partner: Kenosha Charter Boat Association

5/1/2018 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Featured Partner, Lake Michigan, Sports & Outdoors
Kenosha Charter Boat Association
man fishing on Lake Michigan with Kenosha Charter Boat Association
Kenosha Charter Boat Association
a fishing lesson on Lake Michigan with Kenosha Charter Boat Association
man's catch on Lake Michigan with Kenosha Charter Boat Association
fish caught on Lake Michigan with Kenosha Charter Boat Association

Lake Michigan is one of the world’s largest bodies of fresh water and offers the finest sport fishing in the Midwest. Whether you’re an expert at fishing or have never tried it, a memorable adventure on the Great Lake awaits when you book an excursion with the Kenosha Charter Boat Association. Kenosha is the trout and salmon capital of Wisconsin, with the highest catch-per-hour rate in the state. The Kenosha Charter Boat Association was formed in 1982 by Jim Matzur, who owns Boat House Pub & Eatery. There are currently 13 active captains. Most of the group’s customers come from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri – states where the association attends sports shows. Customers also travel from other places near and far; the group has even booked many international groups.

Half day, full day, and multi day trips can be arranged with up to six passengers per boat. For large groups, multi boat charters can be arranged. The price includes the bagging and cleaning of the fish. Your catch will be either gutted or filleted for you – your choice. Your charter captain will provide all your fishing equipment from rods to bait and will be ready to assist you when you are out on Lake Michigan. A Wisconsin fishing license is needed, but can easily be purchased online.

What will you catch? According to the association’s Fish Kenosha guide: “The size, species, and numbers of fish will depend mainly on what time of season you take your charter. The general rule of thumb is, Springtime – large quantities of fish, smaller average size; Summertime – larger size fish, more variety; Fall – typically the largest fish of the year – trophy fish.”

Booking a charter is simple: call, text, or email Captain Rae Ann Geisser, the association’s booking agent (see contact information below). She can answer all of your questions and pair you with a captain. You should notify Rae Ann and your captain in advance of any special arrangements. Accommodations for people with disabilities are available.

Local restaurants Boat House Pub & Eatery and tg’s Restaurant & Pub can take your fresh-caught fish and prepare it for you for a memorable lunch or dinner experience. Or, let the Boat House smoke your fish for you to take home. (It’s recommended you call ahead for these services.)

In Summer 2017, Food Travelist bloggers Sue Reddel and Diana Laskaris fished with the Kenosha Charter Boat Association. Being foodies, their favorite part of the experience was the “Shore Lunch” with their fresh catch at the Boat House Pub & Eatery. Sue wrote: “They will prepare up to one pound of fish per person. You can have your fish fried, blackened or lemon pepper broiled.” Side dishes include fries and coleslaw. “We had our fish prepared all three ways and each one tasted better than the next. All the preparations were delicious but I have to say that our favorite most surprisingly was the very lightly breaded fried salmon.” Read more>

A charter fishing excursion is ideal for family outings, celebrations, corporate events, and more. Adjacent to the lakefront is Downtown Kenosha, where there are numerous restaurants, shops, and attractions to round out your visit – as well as lodging options. Come for the fish and stay for more Kenosha fun!

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May 2018

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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