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Fishing in Thompsonville

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Michigan Salmon Drift Fishing

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Fishing in Traverse City

Lake Fishing Trip in Traverse City

Traverse City Smallie Special

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21 ft 1 - 2 People From $440
Fishing in Thompsonville

River Fishing Trip in Thompsonville

Spring Steelhead Slam

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Fishing in Grand Rapids

Lake Fishing Trip in Grand Rapids

Trophy Panfish On The Fly

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Fishing in Grand Haven

Lake Fishing Trip in Grand Haven

Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon

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Fishing in Clay Township

Lake Fishing Trip in Clay Township

Harsen's Island Charter Adventure

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Lake Fishing Guides In Michigan

Fishing in St. Joseph

Lake Fishing Trip in St. Joseph

Half Day Salmon Slammer

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $825
Fishing in Roscommon

Lake Fishing Trip in Roscommon

Lake Houghton Ice Fishing

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Fishing in Custer

Lake Fishing Trip in Custer

Michigan Bass And Trout Special

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Fishing in Manistee

Lake Fishing Trip in Manistee

Manistee Salmon Slam

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Fishing in Grand Rapids

Lake Fishing Trip in Grand Rapids

Lake Michigan Steelhead Special

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Fishing in Ludington

Lake Fishing Trip in Ludington

Luxury Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon

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River Fishing Guides In Michigan

Fishing in South Boardman

River Fishing Trip in South Boardman

Premier Nighttime Trout Fishing

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16 ft 1 - 2 People From $400
Fishing in South Boardman

River Fishing Trip in South Boardman

Michigan Streamer/spin Trout Fishing

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Fishing in Thompsonville

River Fishing Trip in Thompsonville

Michigan Salmon Drift Fishing

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15 ft 1 - 2 People From $550
Fishing in Wyandotte

River Fishing Trip in Wyandotte

Detroit River Walleye

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $400
Fishing in Thompsonville

River Fishing Trip in Thompsonville

Spring Steelhead Slam

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Fishing in Wyandotte

River Fishing Trip in Wyandotte

Lake Erie Walleye Hunt

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Fishing in Wyandotte
Fishing in Wyandotte
Fishing in Wyandotte
trip description for Detroit River Walleye in Wyandotte

Join Captain George for a classic Walleye trip on the beautiful Detroit River near Wyandotte, Michigan! This trip is ideal for catching for a wall hanger Walleye, stacking fish in your cooler, or both. Captain George is a pro when it comes to Walleye fishing here, and has years of experience on the water. Walleye are one of the most popular gamefish in the U.S., and anglers everywhere love their white, flaky fillets. Small Walleyes aren't generally great fighters, but large ones can give you a run for your money! On this trip, you'll be fishing from the deck of his 21' Ranger bay boat. She's kitted out with all the equipment necessary for a great day of fishing, including twin Mercury Verado 300-HP engines and a covered console to keep you out of the sun when you're not actively fishing. Whether you're a lifelong angler or just getting into the sport, this trip will be an absolute blast! Book now and make some memories that will last a lifetime. Read More

River Fishing Trip near Traverse City

Detroit River Walleye

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $400
Fishing in Manistee
Fishing in Manistee
Fishing in Manistee
trip description for Manistee Salmon and Steelhead in Manistee

If you've been looking for a top-tier sportfishing trip here on Lake Michigan, you're in the right place! Many people don't know that the Great Lakes are home to some of the biggest, baddest freshwater sportfish in the USA, and there's no better way to hook some up than a trip with Captain Lenny. On this trip, you'll chase big Salmon and Steelhead on trolling gear. Both of these species are a blast for any and all anglers, whether you're aiming for a new personal best, hoping to fill your cooler with keepers, or all of the above! You'll hunt these fish using a variety of baits and lures on trolling gear. All of the Salmonids—the family that includes Salmon and Steelhead—love to hit fast-moving targets, and when one of these fish takes the hook, you'll feel it! Both of these big-time sportfish are known for their fast runs and big jumps, so once that fish takes off, strap in for a fight. Once you're back on the dock, Captain Lenny is happy to clean and bag your keepers for you. Salmon and Steelhead are both excellent eating, whether you choose to throw them on the grill, sear them on the stovetop, or even prepare sushi! Ask Lenny for his favorite recipes. Captain Lenny's 31' boat is built for performance! She sports twin 454.crusader engines to get you moving fast, and has an enclosed console to keep you out of the wind. This vessel is built to cut smoothly through choppy lakewater, so you should be trolling with the utmost comfort. She also features a full kit of electronics, and a cooler for your keepers. Captain Lenny 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, Captain Lenny has got you covered! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Traverse City

Manistee Salmon And Steelhead

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $800
Fishing in Elk Rapids
Fishing in Elk Rapids
Fishing in Elk Rapids
trip description for Grand Traverse Bay Trip in Elk Rapids

Captain Jim offers top-quality open-water fishing charters on Lake Michigan, as well as many of the smaller lake and rivers here in this beautiful state! He specializes in trolling for Salmon, Trout, Steelhead and other members of the Salmonid family, and when you book with him, you'll be in the best possible position to take home a trophy fish! Whether you're a beginner or an old hand, Captain Jim will ensure that you have a memorable and extremely fun fishing trip. He's great with kids and will make sure that even the smallest member of your party gets a chance to hook a fish! On board his 24' Qwest pontoon boat, you'll be able to relax in comfort until a fish hits the hook. Then, get ready for some rod-bending action! Salmon are hard-fighting fish, so you'll have to bring your muscles when you come on this charter! Jim is a friendly, enthusiastic guide who has served thousands of happy anglers since 1998. Jim's fishing knowledge and love for the sport has consistently resulted in a successful day of fishing. Jim enjoys helping others catch fish as well as sharing the secrets that have given him a competitive edge over the competition. Your fishing party will be given Jim's personal attention and best effort to ensure a successful and enjoyable guided fishing experience. Get out there and get hookin'! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Traverse City

Grand Traverse Bay Trip

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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 Traverse City

Lake Michigan Charter Adventure

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Fishing in Clay Township
Fishing in Clay Township
Fishing in Clay Township
trip description for Walleye and Bass Trip in Clay Township

Although Lake St. Claire isn't considered one of the five Great Lakes, it's part of the Great Lakes system, connecting Lake Huron to the north with Lake Erie to the south. The lake averages just 11 feet deep, but boasts a rich freshwater fishery with tons of Bass, Perch, Pike, Muskie, and more! When you're targeting multiple species, you'll naturally use different techniques to maximize your chances of success. On this trip, that means slow-trolling for Walleye, which like to hit lures moving quickly near the bottom, as well as light tackle cast-and-retrieve techniques for Smallmouth Bass. Bass are typically a catch-and-release species, but Walleye are excellent eating fish, and Captain Tom is happy to clean them for you at the dock! Just bring a cooler so you can take your keepers home. You'll be fishing aboard his 24' cuddy cabin. She's a beauty, and is perfect for the kinds of fishing you'll be doing. She sports a 220-HP Ford V8 engine, so you'll be out there trolling in the blink of an eye, and has a comfortable cabin area with seating to keep you having fun all day. Captain Tom will come prepared with everything you need for an awesome trip! Just make sure to bring proper clothing, your Michigan fishing licenses, and a smile. Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Traverse City

Walleye And Bass Trip

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Fishing in Manistee
Fishing in Manistee
Fishing in Manistee
trip description for Manistee Salmon Slam in Manistee

Get ready for an exciting day of Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan with Captain Fred! 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 famous sportfish species such as Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Lake Trout—all of which you can target on this trip with Captain Fred. These fish are a blast to catch and are even better to cook up with friends and family! Fred captains a 31' Tiara sportfisher custom-built in Michigan. It can comfortably fit up to 6 fishermen, so call some buddies for this trip! She's powered by two 385-HP Crusader engines, so this boat will get you to the fish in a hurry. With outriggers, a GPS navigation system, and fishfinder, Fred's sportfisher is perfect for putting you on the fish and haulin' em' in! As an added bonus the onboard bathroom will keep in you in the action for the entirety of the trip. Fred provides you with all the rods and tackle you will need, but be sure to have your fishing license upon arrival. Be sure to dress accordingly with some rain gear, hat, and sunglasses so you can stay comfortable on the water. The only other thing you'll need is an ice chest to take home your fresh catch! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Traverse City

Manistee Salmon Slam

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $825
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Michigan

What are the best fishing trips in Michigan?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 37 trips in Michigan, and the most popular trips in the area are Traverse City Smallie Special guided by Butch, Michigan Salmon Drift Fishing guided by Alex, and Spring Steelhead Slam guided by Alex.

Our guides in Michigan are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2711 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.

The most popular cities to book a charter in Michigan are Holland, Manistee and St. Joseph.

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 fly fishing are popular as well.

How much does a Michigan fishing trip cost?

in Michigan prices can range anywhere from about $400 to $1,000, but the average price for a half day trip in Michigan is $613. The average price for a full day trip in Michigan is $773.

What month is best for fishing in Michigan?

The most popular season for fishing in Michigan is fall, and most anglers book their trips 47 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.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    Zach was very personable and a very good guide. I fought several large salmon. We only got one in the boat but we had dozens of opportunities. I am going again.

    Tay B. with Zach G. of Custer, Michigan

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