$229 for a Five-Hour Guided Fishing Charter for Up to Six from Diamond Charters ($460 Value)

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Helmed by a Coast Guard captain, five-hour fishing-yacht jaunts glide through Lake Pend Oreille, famed for its gigantic rainbow trout

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$229 for Five-Hour Guided Fishing Charter for Up to Six ($460 Value)

On five-hour fishing trips, groups peruse Lake Pend Oreille, famed for the record-setting size of its rainbow trout, aboard a 32’x12’ Twin Volvo Turbo Carver yacht. Outfitted with gear by Furuno, Interphase, and Raymarine—as well as more than 1,000 lures—the boat is helmed by a Coast Guard captain and features amenities such as a TV, microwave, and onboard restroom. Passengers must provide their own fishing licenses. For more information, see the reservation information page.

Diamond Charters

As soon as young Ed Dickson could swim three laps in an Olympic-size pool, he earned his free time on Lake Michigan; his mother gave him a 12-foot aluminum motorboat and told him he could fish anywhere, provided he was home by sunset. Reflecting back on his childhood, Ed suspects his family ate more fish than they wanted to.

Nowadays, Ed is the owner of Diamond Charters and a Coast Guard captain with more than 15,000 hours on the water, which he accumulated on Lake Michigan, the waters of California and Mexico, and in his current lake of choice: Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille. Since 1992, he has been cruising the landlocked lake for its rainbow trout, famed for growing to record-breaking sizes and skirting predators by blending into nearby rainbows. Ed also showcases the lake to his guests on fishing expeditions through Diamond Charters. On any given excursion, he steers passengers to the best fishing spots aboard his 32-foot Twin Volvo Turbo Carver yacht, outfitted with amenities that include a TV, microwave, and a set of more than 1,000 lures.

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