Meet the Captain

Before Dawn Charters is owned and operated by U.S. Coast Guard Master Charter Boat Captain, Paul Putnam. Our captain is highly educated and practiced on the sport of walleye fishing. Passion for walleye fishing is a long-time family tradition passed down from his father. It continues to be a favorite pass time he shares with his brother, son, and nephews today. After taking many friends and friends of friends on countless fishing trips and witnessing the thrill and excitement through their experiences, he made the decision to earn his master charter boat captain’s license.


Credentials include: 


U.S. Coast Guard Master Charter Boat Captain License, Michigan and Ohio

-Authorized to engage in commercial assistance towing

State of Michigan Commercial Driver License-Group A

-Enrollment in a random drug screening program

-Certified Fishing Guide by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

–Certified by the American Red Cross in Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED

Fully Insured    

Our Boat

Our vessel is a 2019 Lund Pro V, equipped with premium gear and equipment. All of our trips are fully insured and include everything necessary to enjoy a safe and productive day on the water. We undergo rigorous safety inspections by the State of Michigan DNR and maintain all required USCG approved safety supplies onboard, including life preservers for every passenger.


Whether it is the quantity of fish or the wall mounter that you’re after, our captain and crew work hard to make your trip a success. Most importantly, we provide a safe, knowledge-filled, and memorable experience.


To find out more about our fishing charters, click hereview our FAQs, or contact us to make a reservation. 


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