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Lake Fishing Guides In Michigan

Fishing in Manistee

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Manistee Salmon Slam

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River Fishing Guides In Michigan

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Fishing in Wyandotte

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Fishing in Gladstone
Fishing in Gladstone
Fishing in Gladstone
trip description for UP Walleye & Smallmouth Trip in Gladstone

If you're looking for great fishing and picturesque scenery, you're in the right place! Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula, which separates Lake Michigan from Lake Superior, is a hidden gem of the northern Midwest and an incredible place for a trip. There's no better way to experience the thrill of fishing in these pristine waters than on a guided fishing charter with Captain Ken! On this trip, you'll be going out on board Captain Ken's 23' Ranger bass boat to chase down Walleye and Smallmouth Bass. With years of experience and a deep passion for fishing, Captain Ken knows exactly where to find the best spots for catching these popular sportfish species. As you cruise along the sparkling waters, you'll also be surrounded by stunning scenery, including towering pine trees, rugged cliffs, and tranquil bays. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, Captain Ken will provide all the equipment and expertise you need to make the most of your day on the water. He'll teach you the tricks of the trade, including the best lures and techniques for reeling in the biggest catch of the day. And as you wait for that elusive bite, you can sit back and relax, taking in the breathtaking views of the Upper Peninsula's natural beauty. With Captain Ken at the helm, you're sure to have an amazing time, catching fish and creating memories that will last a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Book your fishing charter with Captain Ken today and experience the thrill of fishing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula like never before! Read More

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UP Walleye & Smallmouth Trip

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Fishing in Ludington
Fishing in Ludington
Fishing in Ludington
trip description for Luxury Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon in Ludington

If you've been "feeling the itch" and wanting to go chase some monster fish on one of the world's biggest lakes, this trip has your name on it! Captain Steven is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and will put you on big Kings, Cohos, Lake Trout and morecome hell or high water. Captain Steve and his crew always strive to find fish and provide a fantastic charter fishing experience! You'll be going after the fish using mostly trolling techniques. Salmon and Lake Trout hunt at different depths, but both love to hit fast-moving baits and lures! These big fish are great fighters, so bring your strength and stamina on this trip! You'll be fishing off of Captain Steve's 43' Tiara 4300. She's powered by a pair of twin 550-horsepower Detroit diesels and outfitted with state-of-the-art Raymarine electronics. This includes radar, chart plotter, CHIRP down-imaging fish finder, two marine radios and autopilot. We use a combination of both Shimano and Okuma rod and reels, Magnum Metalz downriggers and holders, and a FishHawk speed/temp probe. On the day of your trip you will need to bring a valid Michigan Fishing Licence, a pair of sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen and soft-soled shoes. Captain Steve also recommends you bring any beverages and snacks you'd like to enjoy onboard (cans only), a cooler for your catch (fish cleaning is provided), and multiple layers of clothing (temperatures can fluctuate) as well as rain gear just in case! Get out there and have a blast. Read More

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Luxury Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon

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Fishing in Traverse City
Fishing in Traverse City
Fishing in Traverse City
trip description for Traverse City Smallie Special in Traverse City

Although Traverse City is known for its Salmon and Steelhead fishing, this area is also prime territory for Smallmouth Bass! Captain Butch has decades of experiences hooking wallhangers in the Bay and on the nearby inland lakes, and he excels in putting his clients on big fish. Smallmouth Bass offer a great experience to all levels of anglers. These fish hit both baits and lures, and you can expect massive topwater takes in addition to big bites when you're jigging off the bottom. Captain Butch is happy to give you some expert advice so that you can improve your cast, perfect your retrieve, and hit a personal best! On your fishing adventure, you will be fishing aboard a 21' Ranger skiff. She's ideal for fishing the shallow waters where big Smallies like to hang out, and she's powered by a 250-HP Yamaha outboard so you'll get out there in a hurry. Captain Butch will bring everything you need for an awesome trip, including all the rods, reels, and tackle. Just bring weather-appropriate clothing, your MI fishing licenses, and some sun protection, and you'll be ready to whack some big ones! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near South Boardman

Traverse City Smallie Special

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Fishing in Whitehall
Fishing in Whitehall
Fishing in Whitehall
trip description for Lake Michigan Charter Adventure in Whitehall

Take a trip out with Captain Dan and experience the great freshwater fishing that Lake Michigan has to offer! Lake Michigan is the third-largest of the Great Lakes and the fifth-largest lake in the world, with just over 22,000 square miles of surface area. It's loaded with fish, including fantastic sportfish species such as Steelhead, King Salmon (also known as Chinooks), Coho Salmon, and Lake Trout—all of which you can target on this trip with Captain Dan. On this trip, you'll primarily be trolling lines to attract big Salmon, which love to take fast-moving baits and lures. When these powerful fish hit the hook, you'll feel it! Salmon are great fighters that will really test your strength, stamina, and skills—so bring your A-game! You'll also have the opportunity to drop your lines down to hook up some massive Lake Trout, which prefer the deeper, colder parts of the Lake. In addition to their fighting abilities, all of these species are terrific table fare! Whatever you're hoping to catch, Captain Dan is an expert when it comes to finding, hooking, and fighting fish in these waters. You'll be fishing from the deck of his 33' Wellcraft sportfisher. She's a beautiful boat with all the equipment necessary for a great day of fishing, including twin Volvo engines and a cabin to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the fall. Your captain will bring everything you need for an ideal trip, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. Dan and his crew will also clean and package all your keepers at the end of the trip. All you need to bring is a Michigan fishing license with the appropriate stamps, a cooler with snacks and drinks, proper clothing, sunscreen, and a smile! Get out there and enjoy the clear, cool waters of Lake Michigan with Captain Dan! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near South Boardman

Lake Michigan Charter Adventure

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Fishing in Spring Arbor
Fishing in Spring Arbor
Fishing in Spring Arbor
trip description for Michigan Sportfishing Special in Spring Arbor

Get on out to Lake Michigan and enjoy the best sportfishing the Great Lakes has to offer! Join Captain John for an action-packed adventure targeting massive freshwater Salmon and Lake Trout. Salmon aren't native to Lake Michigan, but they can grow to epic proportions here, so this is your chance to hook the catch of a lifetime. Captain John can fit up to 6 guests on his 31’ Tiara Yacht. The vessel is powered by twin engines and will get you out there smoothly and comfortably. The spacious deck can comfortably fit many anglers casting at once, so everyone on your trip should have a blast! You will be using light tackle to try and reel in a trophy catch, and Captain John is happy to provide tips and tricks to improve your fishing experience. Besides his wealth of knowledge, Captain John will provide all the rods, reels, bait, and tackle once on board. You do need a valid Michigan fishing license, which is easy to get online before your trip. Other than that, you should bring appropriate clothing and your own snacks. Check the weather forecast before your trip to determine what to bring. Finally, you will need a cooler if you want to keep your catch, which Captain John will clean and fillet for you. This trip is an incredible opportunity for anglers of all experience levels, so come on out. It’s a great day to have a day! Read More

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Michigan Sportfishing Special

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Fishing in Whitehall
Fishing in Whitehall
Fishing in Whitehall
trip description for Weekend Sportsman Special in Whitehall

For some reason, many people don't seem to know that the Great Lakes are home to some of the biggest, baddest freshwater sportfish in the USA. The stocks include Chinook (King) Salmon, Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, and Steelhead, all of which are powerful fighters and excellent table fare. If you've been looking for a top-tier sportfishing trip on Lake Michigan—America's third-largest lake and the fifth-largest in the world—then you're in the right place. Captain Terry is a pro when it comes to fishing the lake, and has been running successful trips out of Whitehall, MI for many years. Captain Terry runs his trips aboard a 31' Tiara cuddy cabin. She has a spacious deck for fishing, and sports Crusader engines to get you out there fast. Plus, she has a full cabin to keep you out of the sun and the wind. This vessel is built to cut smoothly through choppy water, so you should be trolling with the utmost comfort. She also features a full kit of electronics, and an ice box for your keepers. You'll chase bites using a variety of baits and lures on trolling gear. All of the Salmonids—the family that includes Salmon and Trout—love to hit fast-moving targets, and when one of these fish takes the hook, you'll feel it! Salmon and Trout both have fast runs and big jumps, so these fights are nothing short of spectacular! After you pull in a monster, you can store it in the icebox so it stays fresh during the remainder of your voyage. Back at the dock, Captain Terry will clean and bag your catch, so you can take home a delicious dinner. Captain Terry provides all the equipment needed for a successful day of fishing, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. You should bring food and drinks so you don’t get worn-out, plus appropriate clothing, some sunglasses, and sunscreen. Other than that, your captain has got you covered! The only question is, when are you coming up? Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Michigan

What are the best fishing trips in Michigan?

Why should I book a fishing trip in Michigan with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 35 trips in Michigan, and the most popular trips in the area are Harsen's Island Charter Adventure guided by Tom, Grand Traverse Bay Trip guided by Jim, and Michigan Salmon Drift Fishing guided by Alex.

Our guides in Michigan are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3189 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Michigan? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Michigan.

What types of fishing trips are common in Michigan?

Lake fishing is the most popular in Michigan as well as river fishing and nearshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Michigan are: 1. chinook salmon, 2. coho salmon, 3. lake trout, and 4. steelhead.

The most common fishing techniques in Michigan are light tackle fishing, trolling, and artificial lure fishing but live bait fishing and heavy tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much does a Michigan fishing trip cost?

in Michigan prices can range anywhere from about $400 to $1,035, but the average price for a half day trip in Michigan is $639. The average price for a full day trip in Michigan is $791.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Michigan?

The most popular season for fishing in Michigan is fall, and most anglers book their trips 48 days in advance.

Do I need a Michigan fishing license and what are the bag limits in Michigan?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Michigan, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Michigan. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Michigan.

What is fishing in Michigan about?

Fishing in Michigan is a beloved pastime that thrives within the state's extensive network of lakes, rivers, and expansive Great Lakes shoreline. With over 11,000 inland lakes and countless miles of rivers and streams, Michigan offers anglers a diverse range of fishing opportunities throughout the year. The Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, provide world-class fishing experiences for species like salmon, trout, walleye, and perch. Anglers can access these abundant fisheries from bustling ports like Ludington, Traverse City, and Mackinaw City, where charter boats venture into deep waters for thrilling offshore excursions.

Inland, Michigan's lakes are teeming with a variety of fish species, making it a haven for freshwater anglers. Locations such as Higgins Lake and Torch Lake are renowned for their crystal-clear waters and excellent trout and bass fishing. Fly fishing enthusiasts find solace in rivers like the Au Sable and Pere Marquette, which offer pristine habitats for native trout species amidst serene forested landscapes. Additionally, the state's numerous inland lakes provide ideal settings for families and avid anglers alike to fish for panfish, pike, and muskellunge.

Michigan's commitment to conservation and fisheries management ensures sustainable fishing opportunities for future generations. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources oversees regulations, stocking programs, and habitat restoration efforts to maintain healthy fish populations and preserve the state's natural resources. Whether casting lines in the vast waters of the Great Lakes, exploring scenic rivers for trout, or enjoying the tranquility of inland lakes, fishing in Michigan promises unforgettable experiences and ample opportunities to reel in prized catches amidst the state's picturesque surroundings.

What are the most popular months to go fishing in Michigan?

Fishing seasons in Michigan offer a dynamic blend of opportunities throughout the year, reflecting the state's diverse aquatic environments and abundant fish populations. Spring marks the beginning of the fishing season with the opening of inland trout season in April, drawing anglers to rivers like the Au Sable and Manistee for prized species such as brown and rainbow trout. As temperatures warm, the focus shifts to the Great Lakes, where anglers target steelhead and lake trout during their spawning runs in rivers like the Muskegon and Pere Marquette.

Summer in Michigan brings peak fishing conditions across the state's lakes and rivers. Anglers flock to the Great Lakes for excellent walleye and smallmouth bass fishing, particularly around the Saginaw Bay and St. Clair River. Inland, Michigan's numerous lakes come alive with activity as anglers pursue largemouth bass, pike, and panfish using a variety of techniques from casting with crankbaits to jigging with live bait. Families and recreational anglers also enjoy Michigan's warm summer months for relaxing shore fishing and boating excursions on lakes like Torch Lake and Higgins Lake.

Fall in Michigan offers some of the most exciting fishing opportunities of the year, especially for salmon enthusiasts. The Great Lakes see impressive runs of Chinook and Coho salmon as they return to spawn in rivers such as the Big Manistee and St. Joseph. Anglers use techniques such as trolling with spoons and plugs or casting with spawn bags and flies to target these powerful fish. Additionally, fall is a prime time for trophy muskellunge and northern pike in inland lakes like Lake St. Clair and Houghton Lake, providing thrilling challenges for anglers seeking big gamefish. Understanding Michigan's fishing seasons allows anglers to plan their trips accordingly, ensuring they can capitalize on each season's unique fishing opportunities and enjoy the state's diverse and vibrant fishing scene to the fullest.

What types of fishing are popular in Michigan?

Fishing in Michigan offers a wide array of types and techniques tailored to its diverse aquatic environments, from expansive Great Lakes to tranquil inland lakes and rivers. Along the shores of Lake Michigan, anglers often engage in trolling for salmon and trout using downriggers and planer boards to present lures at various depths. Charter fishing from ports like Ludington and Traverse City provides access to deep waters where Chinook salmon, lake trout, and steelhead are plentiful during their seasonal migrations.

Inland, Michigan's numerous lakes and rivers cater to a variety of fishing styles. Bass fishing enthusiasts can target largemouth and smallmouth bass in lakes like Lake St. Clair and Torch Lake, employing techniques such as casting with topwater lures, crankbaits, or soft plastics near weed beds and structure. Trout fishing in Michigan's rivers such as the Au Sable and Pere Marquette is popular among fly fishermen, who use delicate presentations of dry flies and nymphs to entice native brown and rainbow trout in clear, flowing waters.

Ice fishing is another cherished tradition in Michigan during the winter months, especially on frozen lakes like Higgins Lake and Houghton Lake. Anglers set up heated ice shanties and drill holes through the ice to fish for species such as panfish, perch, walleye, and northern pike. Techniques such as jigging with ice fishing rods or using tip-ups with live bait are common methods to attract fish in the cold depths beneath the ice. Whether casting from a boat on a summer day, fly fishing in a peaceful river, or braving the ice for winter fishing, Michigan offers diverse fishing experiences that cater to anglers of all skill levels and preferences throughout the year.

What species are popular for fishing in Michigan?

Fishing in Michigan promises a bounty of species across its vast and varied waterways, providing anglers with a wide range of fishing opportunities throughout the seasons. Along the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, anglers can target prized catches like Chinook salmon, coho salmon, lake trout, and steelhead. Spring and fall are prime times for these species as they migrate closer to shore and into rivers like the Manistee and Muskegon for spawning runs, attracting anglers who use techniques such as trolling with spoons, plugs, and flies to hook into these powerful and delicious fish.

Inland lakes and rivers offer their own allure with species such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, and a variety of panfish. Bass fishing enthusiasts find ample opportunities in lakes like Lake St. Clair and Torch Lake, where they can cast with topwater lures or jig with soft plastics to entice these aggressive predators. Walleye, known for their delectable flesh, are abundant in lakes such as Saginaw Bay and Lake Erie, where anglers often use trolling techniques with crawler harnesses or crankbaits to lure them in.

Michigan's rivers and streams are also renowned for their trout fisheries, with species including brook, brown, and rainbow trout thriving in cold, clear waters. Fly fishing in rivers like the Au Sable and Pere Marquette is a popular pursuit, offering anglers the chance to test their skills against these elusive and prized fish using delicate presentations of artificial flies. Whether casting from a boat on one of the Great Lakes, navigating a river for trout, or ice fishing on a frozen lake in winter, Michigan's diverse fisheries ensure there's always a new adventure waiting for anglers to explore and enjoy.

What are the best places to fish in Michigan?

Michigan boasts an abundance of top-notch fishing destinations that cater to anglers of all interests and skill levels. Along the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan stands out as a premier spot for both shore and boat fishing. Cities like Ludington and Traverse City offer easy access to excellent salmon and trout fishing, with anglers targeting Chinook and coho salmon, steelhead, and lake trout during their seasonal migrations. Charter fishing trips from these ports provide thrilling opportunities to reel in trophy-sized fish amidst the stunning backdrop of the lake's expansive waters.

Inland, Michigan's numerous lakes and rivers offer diverse fishing experiences. Lake St. Clair, located between Michigan and Ontario, is renowned for its exceptional bass fishing, drawing anglers from around the country. Whether casting for largemouth bass in its weed beds or targeting smallmouth bass along rocky shorelines, Lake St. Clair provides ample opportunities for anglers to test their skills. Additionally, the Au Sable River in northern Michigan is celebrated for its trout fishing, offering pristine waters and abundant populations of brown and rainbow trout. Fly fishing along the Au Sable's scenic stretches is a favorite among anglers seeking both relaxation and challenge amidst picturesque forested landscapes.

Michigan's commitment to conservation and fisheries management ensures sustainable fishing opportunities across its waters. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources actively manages fish populations and habitats to maintain healthy ecosystems and ensure thriving fisheries for generations to come. Whether exploring the shores of the Great Lakes, casting lines into tranquil inland lakes, or wading in a cool river for trout, Michigan's best fishing spots promise unforgettable experiences and abundant opportunities to reel in impressive catches year-round.

Where is the best salmon fishing in Michigan?

Michigan offers some of the best salmon fishing in the United States, with several prime locations known for their abundant salmon populations and excellent fishing conditions. Here are some of the top spots for salmon fishing in Michigan:

#### Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan is one of the premier destinations for salmon fishing in the state. The lake's shoreline, particularly along the west coast of Michigan, provides numerous access points for anglers. Popular spots include:

- Grand Haven: Known for its deep waters and strong salmon runs, Grand Haven offers excellent fishing opportunities.
- Ludington: This area is famous for its salmon tournaments and is a hotspot for anglers looking to catch Chinook and Coho salmon.
- Muskegon: Muskegon Lake and the connecting waters to Lake Michigan provide great salmon fishing, especially during the fall run.

#### Manistee River
The Manistee River is one of the best rivers in Michigan for salmon fishing. The river is known for its large Chinook salmon, which migrate up the river in the fall. The stretch between Tippy Dam and Lake Michigan is particularly productive.

#### Pere Marquette River
The Pere Marquette River is renowned for its excellent salmon fishing, especially for fly fishing enthusiasts. The river is known for its healthy runs of Chinook and Coho salmon, with peak fishing occurring in the fall.

#### St. Mary's River
The St. Mary's River, which connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron, is another top spot for salmon fishing. The river offers a unique fishing experience, with opportunities to catch both Atlantic and Pacific salmon species.

#### Betsie River
The Betsie River is well-known for its fall salmon run, where large numbers of Chinook salmon make their way upstream. The river's accessibility and productive fishing spots make it a favorite among local anglers.

#### Platte River
The Platte River, particularly near the Platte River State Fish Hatchery, is a popular destination for salmon fishing. The river sees significant runs of Coho salmon, providing anglers with excellent fishing opportunities.

#### Au Sable River
The Au Sable River, known for its scenic beauty, also offers good salmon fishing, especially in the lower stretches near Lake Huron. The river sees runs of both Chinook and Coho salmon.

These locations offer a variety of fishing experiences, from boat fishing on the Great Lakes to wading in scenic rivers. The best time for salmon fishing in Michigan generally occurs in the fall when the salmon are running upstream to spawn.

Does Michigan have good fishing?

Michigan is celebrated as a premier fishing destination, offering a wealth of opportunities across its expansive network of lakes, rivers, and streams. The Great Lakes, including Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Huron, are renowned for their world-class fishing. Anglers flock to these waters for a chance to catch a variety of species such as Salmon, Trout, Walleye, Perch, and Bass. Whether fishing from a boat, pier, or shoreline, the Great Lakes provide ample opportunities for both recreational and tournament fishing, with picturesque views and plentiful catches.

Inland, Michigan's numerous inland lakes and rivers offer diverse fishing experiences throughout the state. The inland lakes, like Houghton Lake and Lake St. Clair, are popular for Bass and Panfish, providing accessible fishing opportunities close to urban areas. Michigan's rivers and streams, such as the Au Sable River and the Pere Marquette River, are famous for their Trout fishing, attracting fly fishing enthusiasts seeking pristine waters and challenging catches. The state's varied landscapes, from wooded forests to rolling hills and sandy shores, ensure that anglers can find the perfect fishing spot to match their preferences and expertise.

Michigan's fishing community is robust and supported by a variety of resources and events. The state hosts numerous fishing tournaments and festivals, such as the Bassmaster Elite Series and the Michigan Salmon Tournament, which draw anglers from across the country. Local bait shops, fishing guides, and charter services provide valuable assistance and local knowledge to help anglers plan successful trips. Michigan's commitment to conservation and sustainable fishing practices ensures that its fisheries remain healthy and productive, preserving the natural beauty and recreational opportunities that make Michigan a top destination for fishing enthusiasts.

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  • ★★★★★
    Casey is an amazing guide! Very personable, knowledgeable and patient. He taught us the skills we needed to catch fish. It was a spectacular day. I would highly recommend to first timers and experienced alike.

    Brian C. with Casey R. of South Boardman, Michigan

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time found fish for us

    Alfred J. with Butch D. of Traverse City, Michigan

  • ★★★★★
    Casey was an awesome guide!

    Rodney A. with Casey R. of South Boardman, Michigan

  • ★★★★★
    My daughter and I had a great time fishing with Butch. She had never caught a smallmouth before. Not only did she catch more than me she caught the biggest (4.40 lbs). Weather wasn't ideal with slick water and overcast most of the time but he still managed to put on some good fish. Our best 5 went a little over 16.5lbs. Was a good trip and I would recommend Butch as he has a lot of guide/tournament experience in the area. We went in the West Bay out of Traverse City.

    Terry K. with Butch D. of Traverse City, Michigan

  • ★★★★★
    Mate Jeremy and Captain Issac were an awesome team. My son, grandson and I caught 9 fish....7 kings and 2 rainbows. Biggest king was 41.5 inches long. Great trip!!

    Skip T. with Dan S. of Whitehall, Michigan

  • ★★★★★
    It was a great trip Captain Jim really knew what he was doing. We limited out in about 3 hours.

    Michael L. with Jim C. of Elk Rapids, Michigan

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