Lake fishing the easy way

You could call this"fishing for dummies.”

Aboard the New Margaret V, Captain Rich Anderson watched the fish-finding radar screens to decide which direction to head while his son, Scott, also a captain, set the fishing poles to the most-likely-to-snag-a-salmon depth. Then he patiently watched for the telltale sign of a fish having taken the bait.

We passengers, meanwhile, huddled below to stay warm on an unseasonably cool June day and waited for Scott’s"Fish on!” call to head topside and reel in our catch.

Even the reeling was for dummies. We were coached throughout. When the struggle lasted a few minutes and my son, sporting a cast on his broken left wrist, grew tired, Scott even helped with the reeling.

To finish the job, at the end of the day, Rich and Scott gutted and cleaned the salmon so all we had to do was take it home and cook it, using the recipes they provided.

That’s just the way I like to fish—with everything done for me while I relax and enjoy the hours on Lake Michigan.

Our hosts, Fishing Charters of Racine, a 13-boat fleet that operates out of the harbor in Racine, Wis., offer half-day trips, either 7 a.m.-noon or 1-6 p.m., for $315 for up to four people, $450 for six. Should you book a charter, tell the booking agent you’re bringing kids and their ages so she can assign you to a kid-friendly captain. Dress in layers and bring a cooler to haul home your catch. Plan to buy a fishing license for anyone over age 16 when you arrive at the dock. And before you head home, stop at the Wind Point Lighthouse for an invigorating climb to the top, where the lake view is stunning.

For more information, visit To book a charter, call (800) 475-6113.

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