Five fish you can catch, and when to go after them
Milwaukee Harbor has a world-renowned reputation for producing trophy fish. In 2011, Eric Haataja of West Allis reeled in a 38-inch brown trout, nearly a foot longer than the previous catch-and-release record, which had also been caught in our harbor.
Haataja’s boat launched out of McKinley Marina, the same marina that Jason Woda uses for his fishing charter: Reel Sensation. “We sell fun. It’s all in the personality of it,” says Woda, a South Sider who, in the tradition of all good sailors, claims to have “probably drank in every bar around here.”
Like most charters, Reel Sensation is all-inclusive. For around $100 per person (with a minimum of six), you get the boat, its captain, bait, fishing rods, all of it – just don’t forget your windbreaker and a cooler to store your haul.
“That’s the big one. Strong, hard-fighting,” says charter Capt. Jim Hirt. For a trophy catch, try late in the season.