Your Trip

When you book a trip with Ben Kueng’s Guide service you can expect the highest level of expertise and professionalism.

My goal for each trip is to provide a fun, safe, informative, and productive outing. I am generally on the water 7 days a week whether I have clients or not. Patterning the daily transitions and movements of the fish ensures the best possible fishing for my customers. I spend more time on the water and ice than anyone else in Southern WI and can accommodate angler’s of any experience level.

There are many different fishing opportunities to take advantage of 365 days a year. Click on one of the boxes to read more about the many species of fish that we pursue throughout the season.

You will be fishing from a Ranger 620 tiller “Deep V” multi-species boat with a 115 Yamaha 4 stroke. My boat is over 20’ with plenty of room for 3 anglers plus myself and is very comfortable to fish from, even with a good chop on the water. My boat is set up to troll 10 lines with planer boards, down rods, down riggers and lead-core, but I typically prefer to cast, jig or live bait fish. My goal is to put you on the most fish that I possibly can, by utilizing the most productive seasonal techniques during your trip.

Spring

Starting March 1st I am running charters from my boat for trophy lake trout. Unlike your typical Lake Michigan fishing, we pursue these fish with light spinning tackle instead of trolling. If done correctly, this type of fishing is usually more productive than trolling, not to mention it’s a lot more fun fighting a 15lb laker on a 7’ med action spinning rod. From March 1st through the second week in April, it is not uncommon to hook into 20-40 lake trout with an average size of 8-10lbs. 20+lb fish are not uncommon and fish in the mid-high teens are caught almost daily.

At this time I will also be running trips on the Milwaukee harbor for trophy brown trout. Brown trout fishing in the spring is very similar to lake trout fishing except for your fishing different areas of the harbor. Casting crank baits at this time can be deadly on big browns. Fish in the 15-25lb class are caught on a regular basis and in the last 4 years Lake Michigan has given up 2 world record brown trout tipping the scales at over 41lbs!

In addition to charter trips on Lake Michigan I will also be guiding for walleyes on the Rock River, Wisconsin River and Fox River. If you want your best chance at a trophy class walleye you can’t beat the Fox River in spring. These giant walleye migrate out of the Bay of Green Bay and up the river in spring to spawn. April is your best chance at landing a 10lb walleye!

The Southern WI game fish season opens the first Saturday in May and that’s when I turn my attention towards the inland lakes for big musky, pike and bass. All the fish are generally shallow and this can be one of the best times to catch numbers of big fish that are stacked up in big schools. I generally focus on casting and live bait fishing at this time, but trolling is also an option. I have developed proven seasonal patterns that consistently put big fish in my boat year in and year out, and spring has always been an especially good time for us.

I spend a majority of my time on Pewaukee, Okauchee and Oconomowoc, but I also fish the Madison Chain and Green Bay for muskies as well. Spring is a great time to be fishing for muskies and I have some very particular techniques and baits that I guarantee will make you a more successful angler year round.

Summer

In July I start jigging for giant king salmon on Lake Michigan. Kings fight harder than any other freshwater fish that swims in WI and are an absolute blast to catch on light tackle. Hands down, this is the most fun you can have on a rod and reel in the Midwest. The salmon will generally start showing up in late June and so long as the weather cooperates slightly, the bite will be in full swing by early July. Salmon can be caught trolling, but I prefer to target these giant fish on Med. action spinning tackle. Either Jigging or casting will produce fish and it’s not uncommon to land over 15-30 salmon in 5 hours of fishing. In late summer/early fall when the salmon start to move into the marinas and rivers to spawn, I will start casting crank baits. These fish are the biggest and hardest fighting fish that you will hook into.

The summer inland bite generally starts around late June and that’s when Ill typically start trolling for muskies, or fishing live bait for pike, bass and walleye along the deep weed lines. In addition to trolling I will also be running night trips for trophy musky. This is the best time to pursue the biggest fish that swim in any lake.

Summer is when the fish are feeding the heaviest and it is not uncommon to catch over 30 pike/bass in a full day trip. The live bait techniques I use for bass and pike at this time are very easy for just about anyone to replicate on their own.


Fall

Fall is another great time to be on the water chasing big muskies around Southeast Wisconsin. In the fall I generally switch back to casting in addition to pulling big suckers rigged on quick strike rigs behind the boat. This is the best time of the year to catch that trophy of a lifetime. With the extended musky season south of Hwy 10, I will be running trips for musky until ice-up on Pewaukee Lake, Okauchee Lake and Oconomowoc Lake. Sucker fishing in the fall is one of my favorite techniques for catching big muskies and the later the season gets, the bigger the fish get.

I will also be running trips at this time for trophy musky on The Bay of Green Bay. This is by far the place where you have the best chance of landing a 50”+ musky in the state of Wisconsin. Our most productive technique for contacting the most fish is trolling, but there can also be a good casting bite at this time in a few of the rivers. The best time frame for fishing Green Bay is from the opener through the second week in June. By this time most of the fish are scattered across a large area. By late summer a majority of the musky in the Bay will start migrating towards the rivers. This is one of my favorite times of the year and for good reason. It is not uncommon to catch multiple fish over 45” in the same day, and the potential for a new world record definitely exists in these waters. Over the years there have been multiple fish over 50lbs caught and released from the Bay, and it’s only a matter of time before that fish of a lifetime decides to eat.

This can also be one of the best times of the year to catch big pike, walleye and bass on suckers. The live bait bite on the Waukesha area lakes can also be very good and it’s not uncommon to catch some of the biggest fish that swim in any system. Late fall is when the biggest musky, pike and walleye follow schools of migrating ciscoes into the shallows. The ciscoes are there to spawn and the game fish will be right behind them looking for a free meal.

After musky season I switch over to brown trout fishing from the boat and will be getting prepared for ice fishing.

Winter

As soon as the lakes and marinas are safe enough to walk on I will start running trips through the ice for trophy brown and rainbow trout on Lake Michigan in addition to inland fishing for pike, walleye and pan fish.

The port of Milwaukee is blessed with the best brown trout fishery in the world and the action doesn’t stop when the marinas ice up. This is when I will pull out the automatic fisherman (automaticicefisherman.com) and chase these monster trout through the ice. Every fish we hook up is fought on a 33” rod and reel so you can only imagine how hard a 20lb brown trout fights on this set-up. At this time we will also catch steelhead and rainbow trout mixed in with the browns. These fish fight just as hard under the ice as they do in open water and 15-30 min battles are common.

I do most of my inland fishing on the lakes around Waukesha and Racine County for pike, walleye and pan fish.  Early and late ice is usually best for pan fish and walleye, but the pike action continues all winter long.

The portion of the Milwaukee River that leads into the Milwaukee Harbor is also accessible from the boat for a majority of the winter. This can be one of the best times of the year to jig for open water trophy brown trout and steelhead. On a good day it’s not uncommon to land more than 50 brown trout and steelhead on light action spinning gear, and on occasion I’ve had customers land over 80 fish during a 5 hour charter! If ice fishing isn’t your thing than fishing the Milwaukee Harbor for giant brown trout and steelhead will be the perfect trip for you.

2012 Rates

Lake Michigan Trout/Salmon
Boat Charters
5-6 hours  $350.00
8-9 hours   $450.00
*Each additional angler $50.00

Ice Fishing
Full Day, $300.00
$50.00 For Each Additional Person Up to 4 People.
After 4 People $100.00 Per Person
Hot Lunch On The Ice,
equipment and Heated Ice Shacks.

Inland Lakes/Rivers May-December

8-9 hours   $350.00
5-6 hours   $250.00
*Live bait NOT included
*Each additional angler $50.00

Bay Of Green Bay/Fox River-Spring/Fall
Trophy Musky             Trophy Walleye    
10-11 hours $500.00     10-11 hours $500.00 
2 anglers                      2 anglers
*Each additional angler $50.00

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