Yes. We can put you in touch with a Captain who you can make arrangements with separately.
Yes, It is your boat for the rental period. Enjoy and do as you please! Note howver, that boats rented for recreational use will NOT be equipped for fishing.
In Wisconsin, kids 15 and under fish without a license every day. So do anglers born before 1927. For everybody else, a variety of license options can get you out on the water quickly and easily. Get your license to relax and enjoy what Wisconsin has to offer! Note that a Wisconsin fishing license AND Great Lakes Trout stamp are required to fish Lake Michigan.
Getting your first license or just visiting? Discounted license options are available including:
All licenses are available for purchase through Go Wild, sales locations or at one of our DNR Service Centers unless otherwise noted. A valid driver's license or social security number is required to purchase a license online through GoWild. Note for Lake Michigan fishing that a paper copy of your license must be available for presentation to a Conservation Warden upon request.
Rigged and Ready staff keep up with all the latest fishing reports and will help guide you to the hottest spots. We also have a chart plotter on our Garmin electronics that will assist you to see where the previous fishermen have had success. We can’t guarantee you’ll catch that monster, but we’ll do our best to put you in the best possible locations. Check out Lake Michigan - Wisconsin Fishing Reports (lake-link.com)
King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Brown Trout. Certain times of year are better than others for the various species, but all of these species are caught throughout the season.
Abundant catches can happen at any time during the season!
You can take your fish home with you as is or a beautiful fish cleaning station is located at the north McKinley Marina boat launch / roundhouse area. A large cooler will be provided for you while on the boat, but bring a cooler to take home your catch and transport accordingly. Note, fish cannot be cleaned on the boat while on the water or back at the dock.
Our experienced Rigged and Ready crew will set the lines up for you at the dock with the hottest lures for the time of year and species you would like to target. Just show up and get fishing! Our basic fishing package includes rods, reels, two electric downriggers, dipsey divers, lead core and flat line set ups coupled with spoons, flashers, flies. plugs, etc. Looking for something specific? Let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.
If you have never fished before and / or never trolled, we highly recommend you first enjoy an outing on one of the many fine Milwaukee area fully chartered outings. While we can provide the basics at the dock before you head out, once on the water, the rest is up to you!
YES! The fish finder and charting are designed to help you locate optimal fishing areas.
You can, but we will also have equipment with the boat rigged and ready for your use. You are however responsible for lost gear while fishing. Our fishing boats are set up by fisherman, for fisherman, so ask questions before of what gear you will be provided and we will do our best to accommodate additional equipment.
There is no definite age restriction on our boats. Various boat laws do apply as to age restrictions regarding operating boats, wearing of life jackets, etc. Be sure to let us know how many children will be onboard to ensure we have the proper safety equipment for them.
For your safety (and your security deposit), we do not allow smoking on our boats.
Yes. Adults 21 years and over may bring beer, wine, etc. Cans and plastic bottles are preferred over glass as it is very easy to break glass with the boat moving. We request that you drink responsibly as excessive drinking will not be tolerated and may result in a shorter or canceled trip. Absolutely no illegal substances of any kind are allowed on the boat. Lake Michigan and the associated rivers you will be on are patrolled by a variety of law enforcement personnel and drunk drivers will be prosecuted. We highly recommend the driver of the boat refrain from all alcohol while operating our boats.
We provide a cooler and ice. Feel free to bring beverages and snacks! Warm clothes are always recommended. Lake Michigan can be a fickle beast and it can get chilly out there! A camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks and drinks or extra dry clothing are also good items to have along.
Physical Location of Boat:
100 East Lagoon Drive
Center Slips, Slip G5
Directions: From Lincoln Memorial Drive, turn onto Lagoon Drive (Veteran’s Park Entrance). Then take the first left at the sign that says, "Center Slips". Then turn left before the parking gate into the parking lot. Walk towards the building at the marina and contact us once you reach the pedestrian gate. We will open the pedestrian gate and walk you to the boat.
Well, this is an individual occurrence and one we have no control over. This usually only happens when out on the lake, not on the rivers. The boat takes the waves nicely, but for those that may get queasy, Dramamine BEFORE you get on the boat is always a good idea.
Customers can cancel up to 72 hours in advance to receive a full refund. If a customer cancels within 48 hours, they can reschedule at no charge. No-shows will be charged in full. Rigged & Ready reserves the right to cancel a booking due to inclement weather. Examples include a small craft advisory, waves bigger than 3 feet, fog and / or thunderstorms. If your booking is canceled by Rigged and Ready, you will be given a credit to use at a future date.
Yes, the boat features a Bluetooth-equipped sound system and radio.
Yes. We do require drivers to have experience with operating and docking powerboats. Our boats can go high speeds, which is very different from other rentals you typically see on the Milwaukee River. If you lack experience, please contact us to arrange for a Captain.
There are only a couple of times per year when the fishing is good on the rivers and you are only able to fish the initial portions of the rivers up to the first railroad crossing / bridge. Additionally, while you are able to fish these portions of the rivers, with the amount of traffic, especially on the weekends, we discourage it. It's very easy to have inexperienced boaters cut across your lines.
Head down the Milwaukee and Kinnickinnic Rivers to enjoy the sights of the City from the water. Stop for a beverage or meal at one of the numerous bars/restaurants with public docking typically available. Just be mindful of time as the entire riverways are "Slow No Wake" and completing an entire loop, can take upwards of 150 minutes from dock to dock as the majority of the trip is slow no wake. Head north and you can view Bradford Beach or head south and check out the South Shore beach area or beer garden. We recommend you stay within the inner harbor / break wall for calmer seas.
Our home port of McKinley Marina is located just outside downtown Milwaukee with easy access to numerous bars, restaurants, hotels, festivals and events. If not accessible by boat, many are within easy walking distance or a short drive away. Uber and Lyft service this area and are readily available.