Prepare For A Trip

There are a few considerations when booking your trip, but we’ll help you make it as smooth as possible. Here are some answers to the questions we get asked most often.

The start of our season is really dependent upon the date of “ice out” on the lake. This is when the water is free of all the hard water from the previous winter. This generally happens in mid- to late-April, but can go as late as May. Our season will go through the summer months and ends in late September as we prepare the boats for a long winter’s nap. Check out our seasonal calendar to better understand when each fish species tends to be the most active.
Optimum Charters offers anyone who books with us a 20-30% discount at The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza. The hotel is situated in the heart of Duluth’s historic Canal Park, and it’s just a quick walk across their parking lot to our boats. Contact Us to book your trip and receive the discount code for your lodging.

If you prefer to stay elsewhere, there are many great lodging options in the Duluth area. Check out the Visit Duluth website for all your needs and a wonderful stay in this historic town.

Optimum Charters will provide you with a knowledgeable crew, a comfortable boat, all safety equipment, and all the tackle and bait needed to catch fish. We’ll also clean and package all your fish at the end of the day.

We recommend you bring the following items for a fun and safe outing on Lake Superior:
Valid Minnesota Fishing License
(A one-day license can be purchased online from the MN DNR)
Trout Stamp
(Note: a one day license does not require a Trout Stamp)
Cooler for your fish fillets (50 quart is sufficient; please leave in vehicle until we return to dock)
Warm clothes (Duluth and the lake can get very cool, even in the summer)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Soft sole shoes

Please No Bananas. They’re Bad Luck!

Our fleet of fishing boats is docked at the Waterfront Plaza Marina in the heart of Duluth and right next to the historic William A. Irvin ore boat (now a museum). We share a parking lot with Red Lobster Restaurant and The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza.

It’s easy to get here from the Twin Cities:
Take highway 35 north out of town
In Duluth take the Lake Avenue exit
Turn right and look for the William A. Irvin ore boat. We’re right next to it.

If you have any issues just Contact Us and we’ll be happy to “guide you into the docks”. You can also “click for directions” via Google Maps on our Home Page.

There’s so much to do in Duluth and along the North Shore of Minnesota’s “Arrowhead” region that you could stay for many days and never run out of activities. Here are just a few of the local attractions:

Aerial Lift Bridge
Area Restaurants and Breweries
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
Superior Hiking Trail
Split Rock Lighthouse

Check out the Calendar of Events from Visit Duluth to get more details on all that Duluth has to offer.

We fish in Minnesota waters and the following license requirements apply. You can purchase a license at many convenient stores (e.g. Holiday Station Stores), sporting goods stores (e.g. Marine General) and also online.

– Ages 16-89 require a valid MN fishing license
– Ages 18-64 require a valid MN trout stamp

– Ages 16-89 require a valid MN non-resident fishing license
– Ages 18-64 require a valid MN trout stamp

Both Residents and Non-Residents are eligible to purchase a one-day fishing license which does not require the purchase of a trout stamp.

Who Doesn’t Need A Fishing License?
– Residents under 16 years of age
– Residents over 90 years of age
– Minnesota residents enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, stationed outside the state, and home on leave (you must carry leave or furlough papers while fishing or transporting fish)
– A Minnesota resident who has served in federal active service outside the U.S. during the preceding 24 months and is now discharged from overseas duty (you must carry discharge papers while fishing or transporting fish)
– An in-patient of a U.S. Veterans Administration hospital