- What time are the fishing charters?
- Where do I go for my charter?
- Which state fishing license is required?
- Where can I get my fishing license?
- Is my annual state fishing license good enough?
- What type of fish will we catch?
- Who cleans the fish we catch?
- What are the limits for Salmon and Trout?
- Do we need to bring any tackle?
- What should I bring on my fishing charter?
- Is alcohol allowed?
- Is smoking allowed?
- What type of boat will we be on?
- How many people can go out on a charter?
- Is your charter boat handicapped accessible?
- Are there any additional charges to anticipate?
- How do I book charter?
- What happens if there is bad weather for my charter?
- How do I cook Salmon and Trout?
1. What time are the fishing charters?
Full day and morning charters start at 6 am Central Time. Afternoon charters (typically only available during the spring) start at 12 noon Central Time. However, you must arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time so that we have time to load gear, check licenses, and have a thorough safety orientation.
2. Where do I go for my charter?
You will meet Captain Mike Orr at Hammond Marina (a.k.a. Hammond Port Authority) located at 701 Casino Center Drive, Hammond, IN 46320.
3. Which state fishing license is required?
Captain Mike fishes where the fish are biting. So, ultimately the fish determine which state fishing license is needed. You will need a fishing license in the state where we fish, because there is no reciprocal fishing licensing between the states on Lake Michigan. Typically in the spring we are fishing Indiana waters. As summer approaches we fish the waters of Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. Captain Mike will give you a courtesy call the week before your charter is scheduled. He will inform you of where you will be fishing, which license you may need, and any other information required for your enjoyable trip.
4. Where can I get my fishing license?
The cost of the fishing license IS NOT included in the charter. You can get your fishing license ahead of time by going here on the site. Captain Mike also has a limited number of fishing licenses for sale on the boat. This will be discussed during the courtesy call the week before your charter.
5. Is my annual state fishing license good enough?
Even if you already have an annual state fishing license, a Lake Michigan Trout/Salmon stamp is required for the day of your charter. If you do not have this stamp on the day of your charter, then you will need to purchase a 1-day fishing license aboard the boat. This rule applies for Indiana, Illinois and Michigan fishing licenses.
6. What type of fish will we catch?
Typically during the early spring months we catch our limits of Coho Salmon and Brown Trout. As we get into the summer months, you can expect to catch a variety of species of Salmon and Trout such as Chinook Salmon (“Kings”), Coho Salmon, Steelhead Trout, Lake Trout, and Brown Trout.
7. Who cleans the fish we catch?
Upon returning from your charter we will take pictures of you with your fish on the catch display board. After pictures Captain Mike will clean and bag all your fish for you. There is no additional charge for this - it is included as part of your full-service charter.
8. What are the limits for Salmon and Trout?
The daily state bag limit is 5 per person (for a mix of salmon and trout). Additionally, in Indiana and Illinois each person may have no more than 2 Lake Trout in their total mix. In Michigan each person may have no more than 3 Lake Trout in their total mix.
9. Do we need to bring any tackle?
No. All top quality fishing equipment is provided. During your charter you will get hands on training, as well as tips and techniques for setting the equipment to get your group more involved with the charter.
10. What should I bring on my fishing charter?
Bring enough food and drink for your trip, but not the whole mini-mart (space is limited). You should also bring extra clothes (to accommodate weather situations), rain gear, tennis shoes or soft-soled shoes (for your safety and comfort), a camera (with extra disk/film and batteries), a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, extra water (in the summer) and the required fishing license(s). You may also want to bring a large cooler to transport your fish home.
11. Is alcohol allowed?
Alcohol is allowed as long as everyone on the charter is of legal age and acting responsibly.
12. Is smoking allowed?
Cigarette and cigar smoking is allowed unless anyone objects.
13. What type of boat will we be on?
You will be aboard the Five Orr’s, a 29 foot Baha Cruisers Sport Fisherman. For more details on the boat's feaures be sure to check out the Boat Info page.
14. How many people can go out on a charter?
A maximum of six guests are allowed on any fishing charter or special event cruise.
15. Is your charter boat handicapped accessible?
Yes, the Five Orr’s is handicapped accessible. However, if you have any special requests or concerns, please contact Captain Mike.
16. Are there any additional charges to anticipate?
The only thing not included in the quoted rates are any fishing licenses you might need. There are no hidden charges with Five Orr's Sport Fishing Charters. There is no fuel surcharge. There is no charge for cleaning the fish you catch.
17. How do I book a charter?
Call (219) 838-8510 or (219) 775-5598 or e-mail Captain Mike with the date you would like so he can check availability. To book a charter Captain Mike will need your name, address, home phone, cell phone, and a $100 deposit (by check or money order – credit cards are not accepted).
18. What happens if there is bad weather for my charter?
If bad weather prevents fishing, your trip will be rescheduled, or your deposit refunded. If a charter must be terminated early due to bad weather (the Captain makes this decision) you will be charged for the time away from the dock. If a charter is cut short due to sea sickness, minimum rate will be charged.
19. How do I cook Salmon and Trout?
Captain Mike has provided a few recipes that are perfect for the salmon and/or trout that you will catch on your charter. Check out the Recipes page for these printable recipes.