Summer Walleye FishingLake Michigan FishingThe Early BirdCatching the Big Ones

Summer Walleye Fishing

Lake Michigan Fishing

The Early Bird

Catching the Big Ones

Our Services

Fishing Charter trip times are dock to dock. We supply all the equipment and your fish are cleaned and bagged for your trip home. Charter times can be modified to fit your schedule and the fishing conditions. Cedar River Charters is licensed to take up to six people. For your enjoyment, two to four are preferred.

Helpful Tips

Weather Cancellations – Your charter will be rescheduled to another date of your choice or your money will be refunded.

Fishing Charter Rates are subject to change.

$200 Deposit Required. Deposit refunded with fourteen days notice

The Boat

A 2004 621SVS/DVS multi-species fiberglass Ranger Boat with warrantied 225 Mercury OptiMax, and 15 Mercury four stroke start trolling motor, full wrap around windshield, built in cooler, and a Lowrance incredible and phenomenal new LCX-111 CHD color to read combo 10.4 inch diagonal screen, Combo sonar GPS (Global Positioning Satelite) plus WAAS that has superb mapping capabilities, with Nautic Path, U.S. Coastal, and preloaded “Great Lakes electronic chart coverages”. Simply awesome color unit for locating and catching walleyes and salmon! Plus Lowrance LCX 15 MT, with GPS.

The Ranger boat is a whopping 21 feet 3 inches with an 8-foot beam! It has a 55 Gallon fuel tank, to either run long distances to get to the fish or to use for additional weight for a smooth ride in rough seas when the “walleye chop” picks up, it has plenty of storage, and canvas top if needed. This boat is equipped with the latest fish catching equipment up to date rod holders etc. This boat is safe, large, fast, and fully insured. The Ranger boat is equipped with an  AM-FM Satelite CD player. It also has several heavy duty fully cushioned high back seats for your comfort!

Fishing Tactics

Salmon and Walleye relate to shallow or deep structure and will feed in these areas heavily at certain times of the morning, day, or night. Location” is the biggest factor in catching big fish or numbers of fish! The water currents and “the wind” will effect the bait fish, so each year at “specific times of the year” the fish will find the spot on the spot.

Sometimes it will be a big spot! The fish will be suspended in the water column near the structure or at the base of the structure, or simply right on the structure. Sometimes the fish
will be right over the mud in the middle of nowhere, where at a 1-3 foot depth changes or current breaks relating to the clouds of bait. Tactics used is trolling spinners, cranks, spoons with either mono-filiment line or the the new super lines! We use bottom bouncers, split shots or snap weights, or all three. Sometimes we use live baits rigs with big red tails, shiners with jigs or crawlers ranging from 1/16 to to 2 oz.

Captain Polfus will troll leadcore line with either 1-3 colors with 25-50 foot leaders, either with spinners or cranks deep or shallow. We use dispsey divers for both the salmon and walleye to reach the depths required. He will fish them with spinners, spoons, or cranks, dodgers and flys, spin doctors and flys. We also are using Big Jon electric downriggers with the aformentioned equipment.

Welcome To Our Site

Captain Lloyd Polfus is licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard, and his vessel is safety inspected by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Captain Lloyd Polfus has recently won “1st” place the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, Lowrance and the Outdoor Channel walleye tournament here in the Bays De Noc, Cedar River, MI. with 29.99
lbs.. Won $19,000.00 for winning first place in the (MWC).

For the last 26 years he has also placed high in tournaments, from here to Greenbay, Big Bay De Noc, Fox River, Oconto, Pensauke and Wisconsin waters. Captain Lloyd Polfus frequently fishes some Pro walleye tournaments to continuously find “new” yearly migratory fish locations, and stays on the cutting edge of developing and using new equipment and developing and learning new tactics that consistently catch more fish!

Captain Lloyd Polfus is personal and passionate in his fishing endeavors, he will show you his new locations that hold fish at specific times of the year! He will also teach you and assist you with his brand new and old fashion fish catching tactics that are truly proven!

Captain Lloyd Polfus has a daughter Ayla (who loves to fish too) and son Jamen Lee!! This website is dedicated to them for their love and compassion and support that allows Captain Lloyd to be gone from home doing what he loves “fish”. Captain Polfus is a Bark River resident, that has fished the bays and Cedar River area for over 30 years, he is a military veteran that served a short 6 years and 30 days in the United States Navy Seabees.



  • We will meet again Lloyd. Thanks a bunch. I treated my neighbor as he had done me a few favors and he had a very good time on his first big water adventure!! I ate my first non-commercial catfish last...

    -No Weeds and Tight Lines
  • On the weekend of 8/27/2005, my wife and I chartered an afternoon fishing trip hoping to catch some walleye with Capt. Lloyd from Cedar River Charters. We checked into our room on Sat. at 1:00 p.m. We met (the owner...

    -Got our Limit!!!
  • Fishing with Capt. Lloyd was an educational and pleasurable fishing trip! We learned new water, and techniques. He is versatile, precise, and quick in trying new tactics and locations within our trip that produced some big beautiful walleyes! His positive...

    -Educational and Pleasurable!!!
  • Capt. Lloyd saved my fishing trip to the U.P. He took my charter on one day’s notice after an unfortunate cancellation, as I had already made all my travel arrangements in advance. I was very impressed with his professionalism and...

    -Saved the Trip!
  • If you are wanting to charter some great fishing? then look to charter with Capt. Lloyd from www.cedarrivercharters and you will be amazed at what this guy can do to put you on the fish of a lifetime. He is...

    -Thank you for the Great Fishing