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Old 03-29-2008, 12:02 AM
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I am just curious about perch charters on Lake Michigan? Unless anyone on here does any perchin in the big lake. What can I expect to pay for a day on the lake for perch? I could of swore my old man told me it was pretty cheap when he was a kid. Of course gas prices could have made that price jump.
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Last I heard they were selling their boats, not sure if they're still in business. Here their info.

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Don & Vickii Nichols
515 Williams St. South Haven, Mi 49090
269-637-2507 after 5pm 269-236-6433
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CAPTAIN NICHOLS is gone. One of the boats is now in Hawaii, not sure where the other went. Perch charters are going to run no less than $300 for 4 hours. My opinion, those that offer perch charters don't really do that great of a job.
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Thats too bad. I was hoping to take my boy out on the big lake. 300 dollars!!! really!!! Oh well I guess I wait for ice out down here in Jackson and hit inland lakes. Thanks for the info guys
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Thats too bad. I was hoping to take my boy out on the big lake. 300 dollars!!! really!!! Oh well I guess I wait for ice out down here in Jackson and hit inland lakes. Thanks for the info guys
I think they still have a party boat going out in the summer.
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might be $300 but if you can get a group of 6 together its not so bad.
years ago we used a charter out of saugatuk(sp) for perch. It was called "U.S.Male" They where sub- chartered out of "Best chance charters" .
As far as I know, "U.S." is still in biz. They do salmon as well, we hit the perch big time with Approx 350 perch we brought back to dock in a 4 hour PM trip...
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Yes I believe duckman is correct.I think they still do some charters out of saugatuck,But if not I am sure you could find someone willing to take you once they start up.I only have a 16ft. but would be glad to take you this summer. i fish mainly out of Holland.
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might be $300 but if you can get a group of 6 together its not so bad.
years ago we used a charter out of saugatuk(sp) for perch. It was called "U.S.Male" They where sub- chartered out of "Best chance charters" .
As far as I know, "U.S." is still in biz. They do salmon as well, we hit the perch big time with Approx 350 perch we brought back to dock in a 4 hour PM trip...
Ya know, I'm trying really hard not to laugh at seeing "U.S. Male" and "out of Saugatuck" in the same sentence.

I can't do it....LMAO!!!!!
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I called them last summer and was told the captain had retired. It's too bad, I was hoping someone would take over the business. The last time I went was with a group of about 20, and had a real good time. Don't know of another place in MI were that many people could all go out on a boat together fishing.
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I think there should be a boat like that out on erie. Anyone want to loan me the money to get the business set up and buy a boat of that size????
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I think there should be a boat like that out on erie. Anyone want to loan me the money to get the business set up and buy a boat of that size????
There already is! I believe it's out of Port Clinton, OH. I've seen it a few times while walleye fishing on the reefs.
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Ya know, I'm trying really hard not to laugh at seeing "U.S. Male" and "out of Saugatuck" in the same sentence.

I can't do it....LMAO!!!!!
You beat me to the punch!!!
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The best part is, those boats are actually called "head boats". hows that grab ya TC?
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I am just curious about perch charters on Lake Michigan? Unless anyone on here does any perchin in the big lake. What can I expect to pay for a day on the lake for perch? I could of swore my old man told me it was pretty cheap when he was a kid. Of course gas prices could have made that price jump.

Here's a place that last I knew still runs a big party boat. Not sure how good they do though. They have some campsites and are just north of singing bridge on lake huron. I stopped and got a brochure once, and its only like $25 a person, and $15 for kids. I think the best bet would be Lake Erie though as mentioned, there's a few down that way, and more perch probobly.

I will send you a pm where you can catch them in summer with your own boat though.

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There already is! I believe it's out of Port Clinton, OH. I've seen it a few times while walleye fishing on the reefs.

There's a few that run out of Port Clinton and east of there. The going rate is usually 35 a person and they usually get you onto the fish. I think the first part of the summer they drift for walleye and switch over to perch later on.
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