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Fishing in Newaygo

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Newaygo

Full Day Fishing

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $400
Fishing in Whitehall

Lake Fishing Trip in Whitehall

Weekend Sportsman Special

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $695
Fishing in Big Rapids

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Big Rapids

Half Day Fishing

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $300
Fishing in Whitehall

Lake Fishing Trip in Whitehall

Weeknight Sportsman Special

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $595

Top Species for Drift Fishing in Michigan

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Other Trips in Michigan

Fishing in Roscommon
Fishing in Roscommon
Fishing in Roscommon
trip description for Lake Houghton Ice Fishing in Roscommon

This is a full day (8-10 hours) guided Ice Fishing Trip on Lake Houghton. You can catch a wide range of fish including crappie, perch, walleye, and pike. Your pro guide Derek will provide you with all the necessary fishing gear, equipment, and techniques to get you on the fish. Don't forget to bundle up! While Ice fishing might be a cold-weather endeavor it is a super productive way to catch fish and a great outing to spend quality time with your friends and family! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Roscommon

Lake Houghton Ice Fishing

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1 Person From $425
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 in Manistee

Manistee Salmon Slam

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $825
Fishing in St. Joseph
Fishing in St. Joseph
Fishing in St. Joseph
trip description for Half Day Salmon Slammer in St. Joseph

Get out on the clear waters of Lake Michigan to haul in trophy fish like you’ve never seen before! Captain Jarrod will take up to 6 of you and your friends and family for a half or full day adventure, where you can go after King Salmon, Lake Trout, and Steelhead—all of which which can grow to impressive sizes in the Lake. Get ready for an action-packed day of Great Lakes fishing! Captain Jarrod will take you out on his beautiful 31’ Tiara sportfisher, which is designed to bring in the big fish in big numbers. She's powered by twin Crusader engines for a total of 700 horsepower. She also comes equipped with a cooler for your catches, a full canvas canopy, and a bathroom on board for your comfort. You will be trolling the Lake using Magnum Metalz downriggers, which provide fine-tuned control of your baits and lures. Trolling trips are great because the boat and the knowledge of your captain take care of half the work for you. You get to sit back, relax, enjoy the breeze, and rest your arms while you wait for the reel to start screaming and your work to begin! Everything you need for an amazing adventure is provided by Captain Jarrod, including custom Grandt rods, Shimano-Tekota reels, and as much bait and tackle as you need. You should prepare by checking the weather before your trip and bringing appropriate clothing. You will also need valid Michigan Fishing Licenses for all passengers before you climb aboard. Once you do climb aboard, this trip offers the opportunity for the fishing experience of a lifetime! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in St. Joseph

Half Day Salmon Slammer

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $825
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

Lake Fishing Trip in Ludington

Luxury Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon

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43 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,200
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

Lake, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Spring Arbor

Michigan Sportfishing Special

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $825
Fishing in Grand Haven
Fishing in Grand Haven
Fishing in Grand Haven
trip description for Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon in Grand Haven

If you've been dreaming of chasing big fish on Lake Michigan, then Captain Phil is the guide for you. With 20+ years of experience, and tons of knowledge about the Lake, he'll get you hooked up on monster Coho and King Salmon, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, and Steelhead! You'll be trolling for these big fish on Shimano rods and reels, provided by the Captain. Salmon love to put up a fight, so come prepared! Not only are these fish fun fighters, but they're great eating fish as well. Captain Phil is happy to clean your keepers for you, so bring a cooler! Captain Phil's 31' Tiara sportfisher is outfitted with all the top trolling equipment, including Cannon downriggers and custom Cannon rod holders, a Hummingbird sonar fish finder, and GPS navigation. With the power of the twin 270-HP Crusader engines, you'll be able to get on the fish and start trolling in no time. Phil's boat also has an onboard bathroom and plenty of seating to keep you comfortable all day on the water. Be sure to purchase a fishing license prior to your trip and bring along and food or drinks you may want while fishing. Soft soled shoes are preferred on the boat. Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Grand Haven

Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $675
Fishing in Holland
Fishing in Holland
Fishing in Holland
trip description for Lake Macatawa Sheepshead Trip in Holland

Join Captain Matt for an afternoon adventure chasing massive Sheephead! These Freshwater Drum make for great sportfish because they put up a great fight, can grow well above 20lbs, and can be mighty fine table fare as well. Don't be surprised if you hook into some Walleye on these trips either! Captain Matt likes to use a couple different techniques out on Lake Macatawa. Some days the Sheephead like the slow troll, other days they're enticed by the action of a deep diving crank bait, and other times they are bottom feasting on gobies where jigs can be most effective. Luckily, Captain Matt will be there to provide insight into what technique is fishing best! Captain Matt's 30’ Baha Cruiser is the perfect vessel for fishing freshwater lakes. She can comfortably fit up to 6 guests plus the captain, so you can bring your friends and family on this trip. The 395hp Mercruiser engine will power you smoothly through the calm waters of the lake as you search for your prey. There is also a bathroom on board for your comfort. Everything you need for a successful fishing trip will be provided by Captain Matt and his crew. They bring the rods, reels, bait, and tackle, so all you need to bring is a valid Michigan fishing license and a good attitude! Well, all that and appropriate clothing. Check the weather forecast before you head out so you know what to wear. At the end of the day, Captain Matt will clean and fillet your catch, then you can head home with a delicious meal! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Holland

Lake Macatawa Sheepshead Trip

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $450
Fishing in Holland
Fishing in Holland
Fishing in Holland
trip description for Michigan Salmon Action in Holland

Looking for massive trophy fish you’ll never forget? Set out on Lake Michigan with Captain Matt! He will guide you to the best fishing areas known for Salmon and Trout, and try to put you on the catch of a lifetime. Salmon and Trout in the great lakes reach epic sizes, so be sure to bring a camera—without photo proof, your friends might not believe you! Captain Matt's 30’ Baha Cruiser comfortably fits up to 6 guests plus the captain, so you can bring your friends and family on this trip. The 395-HP Mercruiser engine will power you smoothly through the calm waters of the lake as you search for your prey. There is also a bathroom on board for your comfort. You will be trolling multiple lines, so you can sit back, relax, and wait for the scream of the reel. Everything you need on this journey will be provided by Captain Matt and his crew. They bring rods, reels, bait, and tackle for all 6 guests, and they’ll even clean your catch at the end of the day. You do need to acquire a valid Michigan fishing license, which is pretty easy to do online. You should also check the weather forecast before your trip, so you’re prepared with appropriate clothing. Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Holland

Michigan Salmon Action

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $750
Fishing in Holland
Fishing in Holland
Fishing in Holland
trip description for Lake Michigan Salmon and Trout Trip in Holland

Get out there with captain Tim 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 Tim. If you've ever wanted to fight big freshwater gamefish, this trip has your name on it. You'll primarily be trolling lines to attract big Salmon and Steelhead, which love to hit fast-moving baits and lures. Salmon and Trout are great fighters that will really test your strength, stamina, and skills—so come ready! In addition to their fighting abilities, all of these species are terrific table fare, and Captain Tim is happy to clean them for you. 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 Yamaha 330-HP engines and a comfortable 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. 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 Tim! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Holland

Lake Michigan Salmon And Trout Trip

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33 ft 1 - 6 People From $750
Fishing in Holland
Fishing in Holland
Fishing in Holland
trip description for Lake Macatawa Trophy Sheepshead in Holland

Join Captain Tim for an afternoon adventure chasing massive Sheephead! These Freshwater Drum make for great sportfish because they put up a great fight, can grow well above 20lbs, and can be mighty fine table fare as well. Don't be surprised if you hook into some Walleye on these trips either! Captain Tim likes to use a couple different techniques out on Lake Macatawa. Some days the Sheephead like the slow troll, other days they're enticed by the action of a deep-diving crankbait, and other times they are bottom feasting on gobies where jigs can be most effective. Luckily, Captain Tim will be there to provide insight into what technique is fishing best! Aboard the 33’ Wellcraft you will find all the comforts of home. The vessel has a spacious berth that includes a bathroom and table. She is powered by twin Yamaha engines with a total horsepower of 660hp. Sleek, big, and fast, this boat is extremely comfortable and luxurious. She can comfortably accommodate up to 6 guests, plus the captain. Captain Tim will provide all the rods, reels, bait, and tackle you need for an amazing afternoon. You do need to bring a valid Michigan fishing license, which is easily acquired online. Other than that, you should wear appropriate clothing and bring a camera to record your possible trophy catch! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Holland

Lake Macatawa Trophy Sheepshead

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33 ft 1 - 6 People From $450
Fishing in South Boardman
Fishing in South Boardman
Fishing in South Boardman
trip description for Premier Nighttime Trout Fishing in South Boardman

If you're an angler who thinks you've done it all, go no further. This nighttime mousing trip with Casey is a truly exceptional fly-fishing experience that shouldn't be missed—especially if you're on the hunt for a trophy Brown! This is not your average nymphing or dry-fly trip, so come prepared to go after trophy Trout in a truly unique way! Casey guides these trips for one purpose: hooking the single biggest, most predacious Trout in a given river system. You'll fish for these giants on abnormally large mouse and rat patterns, looking for the most aggressive fish out there. With Casey as your guide, you'll be mousing up absolutely massive Browns, and fishing at a time when they have no fear of predators and are just waiting to whack prey. Where most guides aim to put their clients on as many fish as possible, Casey does the opposite; he's looking to create just one or two opportunities for his clients to score a personal best fish, a true monster. In order to accomplish that goal, you'll fish the fastest, most technical, and least-crowded rivers—and there are no guarantees! You'll be fishing from a 16' Stealthcraft drift boat, which is perfect for maneuvering in shallow water. She's powered by a 40 HP Mercury, so you'll have no trouble getting where the fish are. Casey will supply everything you need for an awesome nighttime trip, including rods, reels, and flies. Bring proper clothing, a Michigan fishing license, and some bug spray, and you'll be ready to bag some personal records! Read More

River Fishing Trip in South Boardman

Premier Nighttime Trout Fishing

100% (2)
16 ft 1 - 2 People From $400
Fishing in South Boardman
Fishing in South Boardman
Fishing in South Boardman
trip description for Michigan Streamer/spin Trout Fishing in South Boardman

If you've gotten used to nymphing and dry-fly fishing, try this streamer trip with Casey on for size! This trip is a perfect way to expand your fly-fishing repertoire while going after some absolutely massive Trout on the rivers of northern Michigan. Brown Trout in particular love to hit fast-moving streamers, and if you want to hook a personal best, this trip is for you. Casey is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced guide when it come to fishing streamers, especially large ones. He's obsessed with catching trophy Browns, and will put you on the fish like none other! Fishing streamers is quite different from other types of fly fishing, because instead of looking for a perfect surface drift or trying to imitate a worm washing downstream, you're trying to match the action of a small baitfish or other prey item moving across or even against the current. You'll practice stripping in line and setting effectively on this trip, and you'll walk away a better angler with some epic memories and amazing pictures to boot! You'll be fishing the deck of Casey's 16' Stealthcraft jet boat, which is ideal for maneuvering on the river. She's powered by a 40 HP Mercury, so you'll have no trouble getting where the fish are. A half day trip does not include lunch, but on a full day Casey will put together a great midday meal. Casey will supply everything you need for an awesome trip, including rods, reels, tackle, and flies. Just bring a good attitude, a Michigan fishing license, and some sun protection and you'll be good to go! Read More

River Fishing Trip in South Boardman

Michigan Streamer/spin Trout Fishing

100% (2)
16 ft 1 - 2 People From $350

Everything to Know About Booking a fishing trip in Michigan

What are the best drift fishing trips in Michigan?

The best drift fishing trips in Michigan are:

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

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 4 drift fishing trips in Michigan, and the most popular trips in the area are Weeknight Sportsman Special guided by Terry, Full Day Fishing guided by Matthew, and Half Day Fishing guided by Matthew.

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 drift fishing guides / fishing lessons in Michigan? Check out our beginner and family friendly drift fishing guides in Michigan.

What types of drift fishing trips are common in Michigan?

Lake fishing is the most popular for drift fishing in Michigan as well as river fishing.

The most commonly sought after species for drift fishing in Michigan are: 1. chinook salmon, 2. steelhead, 3. coho salmon, and 4. walleye.

How much does a Michigan drift fishing fishing trip cost?

for drift fishing in Michigan prices can range anywhere from about $390 to $723, but the average price for a half day trip for drift fishing in Michigan is $590. The average price for a full day trip for drift fishing in Michigan is $425.

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 on a drift fishing trip in Michigan?

The most popular season to go on a drift fishing trip in Michigan is spring, and most anglers book their trips 78 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.

The Best Places to Fish in Michigan

How are fishing conditions in Michigan?

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