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Traverse City Smallie Special

4 - 8 Hours | Lake | 1 - 2 People | Trip #3484

About Your Trip

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 ... Read More

About Your Guide

Certified Damn Good Guide
8 Years of Experience
Profile photo of Captain Experiences guide Butch
After retiring as a mechanical engineer in the power industry, Captain Norvel turned his passion for bassfishing into a charter business. Come join him in Traverse City and create some awesome memories on the water!

Start Location

1495 Newport Street, Traverse City, MI 49686, United States (this guide can be flexible with their start location) | Bodies of water fished: Grand Traverse Bay, Long Lake

About Your Boat

Boat Type
Bass Boat
Boat Manufacturer
Year Built
Boat Length
Engine Manufacturer
Total Horsepower
Number of Engines

Amenities and Information

Water Type


Skill Levels

Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate


All rods, reels, and tackle are included.


This trip has multiple pickup locations.


You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.

Federal Permit

This boat is federally permitted to go deep offshore.

Fish Cleaning

No cleaning service provided.


No beer allowed.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.

Live Bait

No live bait provided.


Smallmouth Bass


Artificial Lure Fishing, Jigging, Light Tackle Fishing

Packing / Extras

Everything you'll need for your trip
All rods, reels, and tackle are included, but we also recommend bringing sunglasses, sunscreen, weather-appropriate clothing, and any gear of your own you want to use on the trip.
Where to Buy a Fishing License
Find out more about fishing licenses here.

Things to Keep in Mind

Payment & Tipping
We use a cashless autopay system. We'll send you a boarding pass, and on the day of the trip, your guide will scan your boarding pass to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is to tip your guide (we recommend 20%).
Cancellation/Refund Policy
Cancel for free up to 3 days before the trip and receive credit back to your account.

Pricing Matrix

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2 People
1 Person

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Verified Review Fishing

July 15

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 ...Read More

First Time Booking with Us?

Captain Experiences is the home of over 1500 Damn Good fishing and hunting guides. Our mission is to unlock the outdoors for everyone, and we want to help you get out there through our no-hassle online booking experience and our team of outdoors experts.
We vet our guides to make sure they are the best of the best. We want guides who not only put you on 'em, but show you a great time, keep you safe, and give you a memorable experience with your group.
Once you've paid your deposit at checkout, we'll send you a boarding pass. Just show your guide your boarding pass on the day of the trip, they'll scan it, the remaining balance will transfer automatically, and you'll be all set to get out there. Just make sure you bring a cash tip for the guide!
In the case of inclement weather, our guides will make the call and we'll work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a credit for the full deposit of the trip to be used on any of our trips across the country. Your safety is our top concern.
Each trip’s price is set by the guide and factors in all of their costs. A big determinant of cost is often the type of boat and associated fuel costs, but other guide costs include leases, marina / slip fees, bait costs, and the cost to provide and maintain all of the gear you’ll need on your trip.
Once you book the trip, we will connect you directly with the guide to go over any additional details. In the meantime, our team is always available to answer your questions via email, text, chat, or call!