About Our Boat
Our boat is a 36′ Hatteras Sportfish with plenty of room for six people, including a flybridge that seats four passengers. We have salon area seating for four people with extra fold out chairs. The forward area sleeps four and includes a couch, as well as a full kitchen and bathroom. Our available equipment includes more then 50 rods, at least 500 lures, a Fish Hawk speed and temperature sensor, and two Lowrance sonar / GPS fish finder chart plotters, as well as autopilot.
Captain Chad Haynor
Captain Chad has been tagging along with his dad, Capt. Roger, on the waters of this great state of Michigan since he was a child. They both share a passion for fishing the waters of Lake Michigan. Following in his dad’s footsteps, Chad acquired his USCG Master Mariners license for a 100-ton vessel. Captain Chad is a true master of boating on the waters of Lake Michigan and welcomes the opportunity to share this great experience with you. Whether he is at the helm or he shares it with a friend, Captain Chad is eager to be on the water and share his charter fishing experience.
Captain Roger Haynor
Captain Roger has been fishing the waters of Lake Michigan for over 40 years. His passion for boating and fishing inspired his desire to provide a charter fishing service. Roger believes that everyone should have the opportunity to join in the pleasures that his family and friends have experienced on Lake Michigan. Captain Roger is a USCG Master Mariner, and is licensed to operate up to a 100-ton vessel. Most of his experience has come on the waters of Lake Michigan from South Haven to Leland. Roger is the owner/operator of the 36′ Hatteras “Evolution” docked at Grand Isle Marina out of the port of Grand Haven, MI.
About Lake Michigan Fishing Charters
Lake Michigan—and the Great Lakes in general—are well-known for their excellent fishing. Warm water species such as smallmouth bass, walleye and bluegill are abundant, but Lake Michigan is also one of the best places in North America to try your hand at fishing for cold water game fish as well. With 22,300 square miles of water and 1,660 miles of shoreline, your options are almost limitless! Travelers keen on doing some cold water fishing will find plenty of places to do so in Lake Michigan. Trout and salmon are the predominant cold water fish in Lake Michigan, along with several species of salmon—most notably Chinook and Coho salmon. Pink and Atlantic salmon can also be found in the lake, but are less common. Trout species include brown trout, brook trout, lake trout and “splake,” a hybrid between brook and lake trout. Rainbow trout that spend their lives in the Great Lakes are generally referred to as steelhead, and are among the most sought-after game fish in Lake Michigan.
About Grand Haven Michigan
Grand Haven is a thriving vacation town known for its pleasure boating, charter boat fishing, and active Coast Guard community. The city has over 100 miles of cycling trails, a state beach with lighted boardwalk for romantic strolls at the water’s edge, and a pier for anglers on both sides of the Grand River/Lake Michigan where anglers catch perch, brown trout, steelhead and king salmon. Grand Haven is the port for an exclusive charter fishing fleet at Grand Isle Marina—the home port for the Evolution Lake Michigan fishing charters! Grand Haven is also a Great Lakes sand port. Glass sand is plentiful here and shipped all over the world.
Grand Haven State Park was nationally recognized for having one of the top five beaches in the United States. In summer, water temperatures at Grand Haven can reach the low-70s, attracting thousands of visitors which are a huge boost to the local economy. The State Park also includes a camping area right on Lake Michigan, and campers can walk to the pier or lighthouse directly from their campsite. For winter travelers, the city features a snow & ski park. The waterfront locations bring vacationers from all over the country for pleasure boating, sailing, jet skiing, and wind surfing.
Located directly across from the downtown area on the opposite shore of the Grand River, the Grand Haven Musical Fountain was built in 1969—and it was the largest musical fountain in the world at the time! You can hear the fountain playing nightly during the summer season.
Grand Haven is a popular destination for visitors from mid- and West Michigan. Travelers from Grand Rapids and Detroit visit regularly to take advantage of the Grand Haven beach on Lake Michigan, the State Park, restaurants, and thriving night life. Many even have summer homes along the Grand Haven shore, where they spend their summers relaxing.
Grand Haven is proud to be a home to the United States Coast Guard since 1924. Grand Haven holds the annual Coast Guard festival and the attendance for this event exceeds 200,000 people over the two-weeks of the festival. Grand Haven was officially designated as “Coast Guard City” by Bill Clinton, signed by the president on November 13, 1998.