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Traverse City Smallmouth Bass Trip

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Traverse City Smallie Special

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Grand Traverse Bay Trip

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Manistee Salmon Slam

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Fishing in Manistee

Lake Fishing Trip near Traverse City

Manistee Salmon Slammin'

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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

Lake Fishing Trip near Traverse City

Luxury Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon

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43 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,200
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 near Traverse City

Lake Houghton Ice Fishing

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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 near Traverse City

Michigan Streamer/spin Trout Fishing

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Fishing in Thompsonville
Fishing in Thompsonville
Fishing in Thompsonville
trip description for Michigan Salmon Drift Fishing in Thompsonville

From the end of August to early October, King and Coho Salmon migrate from Lake Michigan into many rivers along the west coast of Michigan. Captain Alex specializes in targeting these fish with a fly rod on remote upper stretches of the Betsie River and Little Bear Creek south of Traverse City, Michigan. Private access allows us to float stretches of river inaccessible to other fisherman. This results in beautiful, scenic floats where it is common to see more bald eagles than other fisherman. Throw in large numbers of fish and you have the recipe for a great day on the water! ​ Both stretches of river are cleared of large debris early in the season to ensure safe travel downstream. However, they are kept overgrown to promote healthy trout habitat as well as deter other boaters from floating it. For these reasons the boat may have to be pushed over a sandbar, under a log, or through brush... but that just adds to the experience! ​ Captain Alex targets these Salmon early in the run when they are fresh, aggressive, and staged up in large holes. Bottom bouncing techniques work best when run with egg flies, wooly buggers, or egg sucking leeches. Certain days will allow us to strip streamers for these fish as well. ​ Spinning gear can be provided to cast thundersticks or float skein under a bobber if anglers wish. Double check with your guide to ensure that this is an option. A hot lunch is also served stream-side on all full day trips. All you need to bring is a good attitude and your Michigan fishing license! Read More

River Fishing Trip near Traverse City

Michigan Salmon Drift Fishing

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15 ft 1 - 2 People From $550
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 near Traverse City

Premier Nighttime Trout Fishing

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16 ft 1 - 2 People From $400
Fishing in Elk Rapids
Fishing in Elk Rapids
Fishing in Elk Rapids
trip description for Elk Rapids Ice Fishing Adventure in Elk Rapids

Can’t wait for the dog days of summer to start hauling in fish? Switch it up and join Jim on an ice fishing expedition! Out on one of many Michigan inland lakes, you will be dropping lines through holes in the ice and waiting for a bite. Your prey might include, Trout, Pike, Perch, Burbot, or Walleye. These fish are less active in the cold winter months, but still just as tasty! Jim will clean and bag your catch for you, which is lucky because these freshwater species are delicious! This trip can accommodate big groups, making this fun for family and friends. Make sure everyone on your trip is bundled up tight though—you don’t want to catch a chill. Jim will set up an shelter to keep you warm, but it is still important to have warm socks and several layers of thick clothing. Other than warm clothes, you don’t have to bring anything! Jim will provide all the rods, reels, bait, and tackle needed to bring up a big one. Feel free to bring some snacks and drinks though, so you don’t get hungry on the half-day trip. If you’ve never been ice fishing before, this trip is an incredible opportunity to learn a fun winter sport! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Traverse City

Elk Rapids Ice Fishing Adventure

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Traverse City

What are the best fishing trips in Traverse City?

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

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 8 trips in Traverse City, and the most popular trips in the area are Traverse city smallmouth bass trip guided by Owen and Traverse City Smallie Special guided by Butch.

Our guides in Traverse City are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3246 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 Traverse City? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Traverse City.

What types of fishing trips are common in Traverse City?

Lake fishing is the most popular type of fishing in Traverse City as well as river fishing and nearshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Traverse City are: 1. chinook salmon, 2. steelhead, 3. coho salmon, 4. brown trout, and 5. lake trout.

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

How much does a Traverse City fishing trip cost?

Prices in Traverse City can range anywhere from about $330 to $864, but the average price for a half day trip in Traverse City is $500. The average price for a full day trip in Traverse City is $661.

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 Traverse City?

The most popular season for fishing in Traverse City is fall, and most anglers book their trips 89 days in advance.

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

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

Popular Types of Fishing In Traverse City

Traverse City fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters in Traverse City include lake fishing, river fishing, and ice fishing.

Lake fishing charters are popular for catching salmon, trout, and walleye. River fishing charters are great for catching steelhead, brown trout, and smallmouth bass. Ice fishing charters are perfect for catching perch, bluegill, and crappie.

Traverse City fishing charters often visit landmarks such as the Old Mission Peninsula and the Boardman River. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, there's a Traverse City fishing charter that's perfect for you.

The Best Places To Fish In Traverse City

Traverse City, Michigan is a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its abundance of lakes and rivers, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a variety of fish. Here are some of the best places to fish in Traverse City, whether you're looking to go on a fishing charter or cast your line from shore:

1. Boardman River: This river is known for its trout fishing and is a popular spot for fly fishing enthusiasts.

2. Grand Traverse Bay: This bay is home to a variety of fish, including salmon, trout, and bass. Fishing charters are available for those looking to explore the bay.

3. Long Lake: This lake is known for its walleye and pike fishing, and is a great spot for ice fishing in the winter.

4. Lake Leelanau: This lake is home to a variety of fish, including bass, pike, and walleye. Fishing charters are available for those looking to explore the lake.

5. Torch Lake: This lake is known for its crystal-clear waters and is a popular spot for fishing charters. It's home to a variety of fish, including lake trout, salmon, and bass.

6. Platte River: This river is known for its salmon and steelhead fishing, and is a popular spot for fly fishing enthusiasts.

7. Green Lake: This lake is known for its bass and pike fishing, and is a great spot for ice fishing in the winter.

8. Crystal Lake: This lake is known for its crystal-clear waters and is a popular spot for fishing charters. It's home to a variety of fish, including lake trout, salmon, and bass.

Other Things To Do In Traverse City

While Traverse City fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this vibrant Michigan city. Take a scenic drive along the Old Mission Peninsula, where you can visit wineries, orchards, and stunning views of Lake Michigan. For a taste of local culture, check out the Dennos Museum Center, which features exhibits on Native American art and contemporary art. If you're looking for outdoor adventure, head to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where you can hike, bike, or even sandboard down the dunes. And don't forget to indulge in Traverse City's famous cherry pie and other local culinary delights.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    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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