The Drifters Guide Service

The Drifters Guide Service invites you to sign up for some of the best fishing in the whole of Northern Michigan. Freshwater areas near Traverse City are great for anglers of all ages and skill levels. If you’ve been looking at possible places to take the whole family along for a fun day of fishing, you’ve come to the right place.

You’ll be fishing from a custom-built Headwater jet boat that comes with a single 150 HP Mercury OptiMax engine. It’s equipped with everything you’ll need for a productive river trip, from a GPS and fishfinder device to a wireless trolling motor for those silent runs. There’s enough room on the boat for up to 3 people and all the fish they land during the trip.

When on a standard trip, you’ll be fishing the Betsie River for as many Salmon and Steelhead Trout as you can manage. It’s a smaller, more intimate river, and you can always count on the fish to give you a run for your money. Salmon season starts in August, while you can expect Steelhead to turn up around November.

Captain Jimmy will provide you with all the necessary rods, reels, and terminal tackle, while it’s up to you to bring a valid freshwater fishing license. His first mate, Matt, will clean and fillet the catch after the trip for your convenience. Don’t miss your chance to join them for a memorable freshwater adventure!

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Salmon & Steelhead
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Aug - 15 Dec
    up to 3 persons
    This trip involves Steelhead and Salmon fishing on Betsie River. You could say it's more of a creek, 25-30ft deep, with a sandy bottom. Pretty much anyone can do this type of fishing, be it kids, older folk, and whole families. 30-40lb braid will be used. Salmon fishing usually starts in August and you'll be jigging them in the bay. Steelhead come in November to feed on the salmon eggs.
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About the Charter Operator

The Drifters Guide Service
Benzonia, Michigan, United States
2 Reports
1 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since April 2018
Captain Jimmy has a big love for fishing, and is always eager to share his passion in some the coolest places to be fishing and catching the most beautiful fish around. A father of two himself, he knows how to make the whole fishing experience especially fun and interesting for the little ones.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon Salmon

Boat Specs

Headwater (Jet boat) originally built in 2009. Powered by a 150HP Mercury OptiMax engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

19 ft
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Drift Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate


FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Customer Reviews

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Jiggin' Kings in Betsie Lake
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Friendly captain
Recommend this charter
Appropriate for children
Satisfied with the boat
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Phil S.
Traverse City, Michigan

Full day with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   August 22, 2018
Only caught one but we were happy. Still a little early in the season. Captain Jim was fantastic
Phil S. recommends The Drifters Guide Service
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