Here is everything you need to know about your fishing charter on Lake Superior (we hope).

Do you clean our catch? Yes, after the trip when the pictures are done, we will fillet and package your catch for you.

Do I need a fishing license? Everyone sixteen years and older needs a Minnesota fishing license and trout stamp. Persons sixty-five years and older do not need a trout stamp. You can purchase your license at any outlet that sells licenses, on the web at, or by calling 1-888-665-4236.  Happy Hooker IV has 24hr licenses for sale on the boat for $9.50. You do not need a trout stamp with the 24 hr. license.

What happens if I have to cancel my Charter? A credit card will be required at the time of booking.  Charters must be cancelled within 14 days of departure otherwise a $200 deposit will be collected from the credit card on file.  Reservations will be confirmed by markings on our online calendar after receipt of credit card information. 

What do we need to bring? Even on warm days, Lake Superior can be quite cool sometimes, so you will need to bring warm clothes. In May, June and September you will want a warm jacket and hat or hooded sweatshirt, July and August a light jacket or sweater. Make sure to bring rain gear, a hat with a visor, sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks, and beverages, and don’t forget the camera. Also bring a cooler to take your fillets home.

Is alcohol allowed? Yes, but remember, drink responsibly.

How big will the waves be? Some days it’s flat calm, but usually there is some chop and at times it can get rough were the boat is rocking. If you think you may be prone to motion sickness, you may want to take Dramamine before departure.

How far out do we go? That depends on where the fish are. Sometimes the fishing is really good close to town. Later in the season, we may be as far as ten to twelve miles up the lake.


Happy Hooker IV Charters


Captain: Marty Running

Address:  325 Lake Av S
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Phone: (218) 391-8466


Email: Captain Marty

Charter Dock Location:

Canal Park - Duluth

Waterfront Plaza

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