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The Boat:

The  "CACCHEN" is a 38 foot Chris Craft Commander. The boat is inspected by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as required by Michigan law. This inspection assures the passengers that the boat is a seaworthy vessel and that  all the required safety equipment is on board and  in good working order.

The lower cabin has a galley with hot and cold running water and dinette that will seat four people. Across from the dinette is a full length couch. A full service head (restroom) is just off the main cabin. The forward V-berth has two full length bunks.

The aft deck, with over 120 square feet, has abundant room for the whole crew to enjoy the fishing experience. 

Central air conditioning is available if the weather becomes too warm. This doesn't happen too often on Lake Superior.

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The Harbor:

Black River Harbor is a quaint small harbor located on the south shore of Lake Superior. It is owned by the U.S. Government and operated by the Ottawa National Forest. The harbor has four operating charter boats, several private slips and room for transients. A small concession stand is at the fuel dock. They have soft drinks, snacks and souvenir's. Ice is available for coolers.  A ramp is available for launching smaller boats.

Adjacent to the marina is a picnic area and campground. A pavilion is available for use during in climate weather. It has indoor restrooms with running water. Abundant parking is available for single vehicle and vehicles with boat trailers

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The fishing season begins in mid May and continues until September. Early fishing can be spotty due to the cold water. The fishing usually gets good in early June and continues for the remainder of the season. Lake Trout are the most abundant species of fish. Coho Salmon is the next most abundant, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Chinook Salmon are caught frequently. Lake Herring are occasionally caught.

All fishing equipment is furnished and it consists of downrigger rod controlled depth fishing using Cannon Downriggers. Dipsy Diver are used to get a spread near the boat. The Fishing Ski method is used to run baits up to 240 feet from the boat. This what the mast is for as shown in pictures of the boat.

The high breading of these two fishing system creates a very successful method. The average catch for a days fishing is fifteen to twenty fish.

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All fishermen need their electronics toys to help them catch fish. The CACCHEN is no exception. For safety and navigation there are two VHF marine radios. One is permanently installed I-Com. The other is a handheld        I-Com. For navigation a large Danforth magnetic compass sits in the binnacle and Garmin 230 GPS is at the helm with a handheld Garmin GPS 12 for back up. A Raytheon radar is our eyes in the fog. For fishing a Sitex dual frequency color video graph/plotter lets us know what is under the boat. A Horizon digital depth sounder, that is good to 500 feet, indicates the depth of water. Water temperature is monitored by a Fish Hawk temperature computer. It indicates temperature at surface and depth when the sensors are installed on the downrigger.

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What to Bring:
  • A warm set of clothes. A long sleeve shirt and full length pants.
  • Rain gear for some of the crew.
  • Beverages
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Soft soled shoes
  • Camera, Lake Superior is beautiful place.
  • Cooler to transport fish.
  • Sunglasses
  • Michigan Fishing License with trout stamp or a one day license. The one day license is available at the dock.

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  • Full Day
    • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • 4 Persons 
      $520.00***$130.00/ Person
    • 5 Persons         
      $560.00*** $112.00/Person
    • 6 Persons
      $600.00***  100.00/ Person
  • Half Day
    • 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • 1:00 pm -  6:00 pm
    • 4 Persons         
      $410.00*** $102.50/ Person
    • 5 Persons         
      $430.00***  $86.00/ Person
    • 6 Persons         
      $450.00***  $75.00/ Person

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Last Up Date on: Sunday March 16, 2014



Bud's Charter Service:
Captain Bud Johnson
128 East Larch Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
Home:906 932-5652
Cell:    906 250-3324