meet your captains

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Troy Mattson

Troy Mattson

Originally a "flatlander" from the State of North Dakota, I have been an avid outdoorsman my entire life.

I have spent the last 28 seasons fishing the legendary waters of Algoma, Wisconsin, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, and the bay of Green Bay. I am a proud husband (with a very understanding wife) and dad to two awesome girls. I am completely "obsessed" with the salmon fishing industry. I enjoy every aspect of the business, as there is truly never a dull moment! I am committed to giving customers a great experience and want to show others why we love this Great Lake!

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Bret Cook

Bret Cook

Fishing in the mid 1990's took an abrupt change for me when a job opened up on a local charter boat owned by a friend.

By the year "2000" I was affiliated with Lake Michigan's #1 charter operation, Kinn's Sport Fishing. Partnering up with the legendary Howard Kinn proved to be an invaluable and adventurous experience. Providing you a high quality, fun, and safe Lake Michigan Salmon fishing experience is something myself and crew take great pride in. Huge Kings, leaping Steelhead, and pulse Pounding Browns are just a few of the highlights you will experience with us here at Kinn's Sport Fishing.

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Bryan Wiesner

Bryan Wiesner

I have been active in the outdoor world and competitive sports my entire life.

My enthusiasm for the outdoors had me wading in streams in Door County Wisconsin from a young age battling line screaming Kings. I started my career in 1986 getting my first job with my uncle as a first mate, and later obtaining the coveted USCG Master license. My passion for fishing has turned into a life career, I hope that you can find the same passion as I do and come fish the Big pond for memorable experience you won't soon forget. Hope to see you on the big pond!

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Alex Ackerman

Alex Ackerman

At the age of 13, I started my voyage with Kinn's Sport Fishing, and never in my wildest dreams after 10 years did I think I would still be working for this awesome company.

I started hoping to just do some part time work for a little cash in the summer. After about the first week, there was no more "part-time". It was all or nothing. I have been a captain now for 5 years and have enjoyed every minute-the customers and the people are incredible. I also am a graduate of Lakeland College with a degree in business management. I hope to see you on the Obsession IV this year and for many years to come. There's nothing like reeling in hi-flying steelhead and screaming kings.

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Steve Luedke

Steve Luedke

Living in Algoma almost my entire life has given me the opportunity to fish Lake Michigan ever since I've been old enough to hold a rod and reel.

Being a Captain allows me to share this great resource and I love the challenge of putting our clients on the fish. You can expect nothing less than a 100% effort from our crew at all times. I'm married to an extremely understanding wife and have two great little girls who are already showing a love for the water. I have a Business degree from St Norbert College. My job has taken throughout the US and various countries around the world and I can honestly say that's its tough to beat the view from the back deck of the boat when the sun is just starting to rise and there's bent rods and screaming drags from our King Salmon. I look forward to seeing you on the water!

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Bill Classon

Bill Classon

Having lived all my life in Algoma, I have been able to spend a lot of time fishing Lake Michigan.

I have been fortunate enough at the age of 13 to be working on the back decks of the Kinn's Sport Fishing fleet. Now as a captain of 10+ years myself, I have been able to put to use all those things Howard had taught me. Over the years many things have changed in the sport fishing industry, but one thing has remained the same, my commitment to giving my customers a successful trip and a Lake Michigan fishing experience to remember. I hope to see you this summer on the back deck of Kinn's Katch to see for yourself the incredible salmon and trout fishing Algoma has to offer.

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Brad Wiesner

Brad Wiesner

Fishing hunting and the outdoors have been a passion of mine since childhood.

I've been fishing on Lake Michigan for the past 30 years for the last 15 I've been lucky enough to call it my job I'm very eager to be joining the Kinn's fishing fleet as a captain on the Battalion 1, a very state of the art very well equipped fishing vessel for Lake Michigan with plenty of room for your family's or friends hope to get a chance to meet you for a couple of fun filled days of angling on Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Richard Stephenson

Richard Stephenson

I've been charter fishing for over 30 years now. I'm married to my best friend of 25 plus years Michelle, and have 3 wonderful children Anna, Andrew, and Ashton.

Fishing is my life and I will always do my best to insure not only a pleasant experience with me but also return safely to the dock. Hope to see you soon!

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Jason Charles

Jason Charles

I grew up on a farm just outside of Algoma and fell in love with Lake Michigan at a very young age. At about the age of 18 I had the opportunity to mate on a charter boat for Kinns.

I was hooked, From that point on I knew that one day I would captain a boat on lake michigan. I met a lot of great fisherman back then including, Troy Mattson and Bret Cook. Who knew that eventually they would buy kinns sport fishing and turn it into the premier charter on Lake Michigan. Very happy to have been offered the opportunity to come back to the company I started with so many years later, and pursue my passion for fishing among the greats. Look forward to seeing all the return customers and new ones as well.

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Casey Groessl

Casey Groessl

Having lived in Algoma and raised along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan my entire life, I was fortunate enough to not only grow up in one of the greatest sport fishing ports the Great Lakes has to offer,

I have spent many fishing seasons on the lake, beginning at the age of 12 under my first Captain, Troy Mattson. I fished the summers for much of my youth until deciding to take a break to finish high school and attend college. Life took me in a different direction for several years, where I received my associates degree in Fire Science from Fox Valley Tech, married my best friend, and started a family. My passion for fishing and the great outdoors eventually led me back to the Lake, working to provide you with the fishing that I love and the experience expected from our clients. As your Captain, I will continue to work hard to get our customers fish, but also a fun, safe and memorable trip they will want to repeat year after year. I look forward to seeing you on the water!

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Carter Zimmerman

Carter Zimmerman

I started fishing for Kinn's Sport Fishing at the young age of 13. The first time I stepped foot onto the dock, I was immediately hooked on the charter fishing and the atmosphere it brings.

I have recently obtained my USCG 6 pack license and am excited to start my captaining adventure with Kinn' Sport Fishing. I look forward to sharing laughs and memories with those of you that fish with me.

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Eric Rasmussen Meet The Team

Eric Rasmussen

My passion for fishing began as a small child fishing the Mississippi River and Rock River in Northern Illinois. I followed my childhood dream to move to Wisconsin in pursuit of the world class fishing opportunities available here!

As a kid, my passion for fishing was fueled by my father as he took me fishing just about every weekend. We fished for just about anything that would bite a lure from Walleyes and Bass to Muskies and Pike. As I became older and began to drive, fishing started to become more serious as the boat rarely was unhitched from the truck. Soon the small jon boat was no longer sufficient for my dreams of larger bodies of water. I soon was off to college at UW-Platteville where I studied Biology and fished the Bassmaster College series. As I graduated, I found a teaching position in Algoma and my love for Lake Michigan was born. Salmon and Trout soon became an obsession and guiding became the perfect summer job for a teacher.

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Captain Grant Tritabaugh Meet The Team

Grant Tritabaugh

Being born and raised in Green Bay meant having the best of both worlds of fishing within miles of each other. Fishing became a passion at a young age for me. From the walleye run in the spring in the Fox River, and the dog days of summer on the lakeside, I couldn’t get enough of it.

Luckily, a job opportunity with Kinns Sport Fishing opened up for me when I was 17. I still remember the first time hearing drag screaming from the back deck. I was hooked. Recently, I’ve received my Merchant Mariner Credentials and will start my time as a captain with Kinns Sport Fishing. I’m more than excited for this upcoming season, and I’m looking forward to fishing with everyone!


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