Windrift Sport Fishing

Step aboard the Windrift and experience the best fishing Saginaw Bay has to offer. Based out of Linwood, Michigan, Windrift Sport Fishing is in a prime location on Lake Huron’s popular bay. Captain Douglas McQueen will be your guide on these waters. An avid angler throughout his life, he’s been a certified captain since 1980. With decades of experience fishing the Great Lakes, there’s nobody better to show you what fishing is all about here.

You’ll drift along the bay aboard a 30’ Sea Ray cruiser, powered by twin 340 HP Mercury engines. Restored in 2016 to modern standards, she’s built for your comfort. Fitted with a kitchen, bed, and toilet, you’re in for a smooth ride on board. She’s also a vessel built for serious fishing. A livewell and outriggers are fitted on board, including space to set up to 16 trolling lines, so you’ll have the advantage when trying to lure the bite.

It’s all about the Perch on these waters. The largest of the family, Walleye, is targeted throughout the season, with Yellow Perch showing up from August to September. The bigger species are a match for any angler and you’ll have to be on your A-game to keep these beauties on the end of your line all the way to the boat. Spring into action when you hear the reels screech, and use all of your strength to pull the fish in.

Capt. Douglas will do everything he can to get you on the fish, contacting other captains if necessary. At the end of the day, his first mate will clean and prepare your catch to take home. These fish are delicious, and so you’re in for a real treat when you fry it up later that night. Just make sure to bring a cooler to keep the fish fresh when on board. Come and experience Great Lakes fishing, Windrift Sport Fishing is calling you aboard!

Please note that there’s a legal limit of how many fish you can catch, and trips may end earlier than planned if you hit the number.

Capt. Douglas accepts credit card payments from Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 15
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    From May through October, you're invited to join the fun on the Saginaw Bay. Troll with live and artificial baits to encourage the bite of an exciting Walleye or tasty Perch. Expect an almighty challenge to try to get the Walleye on the boat, and amazing rewards in the form of a hearty meal at the end of the day when you hit the limit.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 15
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Get out early and spend 6 hours on the Saginaw Bay going after exciting and delicious Walleye or tasty Perch. Troll using up to 16 lines to encourage the bite, and get ready for a tough battle to reel in one of these beauties.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Aug 31
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Spend 6 hours on the water trying to catch your daily limit of exciting Walleye or tasty Perch. From August, the Perch will be biting, and Walleye will be available the rest of the season. You'll troll behind you using a minimum of 6 lines to entice the bite.
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About the Captain

Douglas Mcqueen
Linwood, Michigan, United States
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Member since December 2018
Captain Douglas obtained his captain's license way back in 1980 and has been on the water ever since. A lover of the Great Lakes, he first worked on Lake Michigan but has been on the Saginaw Bay since 2012. He's a keen angler and loves being on the water with customers, showing them his favorite techniques and passing on his knowledge.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Perch (Yellow) Perch (Yellow)
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Sea Ray (Cruiser) originally built in 1985, and restored in 2016. Powered by 2 340HP Mercury C engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 38 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Outriggers
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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:
Cash
Checks
Visa
Mastercard

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.95
out of 5 stars from 37 reviews
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Angler Rating
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97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Patrick P.
Brighton, Michigan
 5.00
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Day trip with Captain Doug

VERIFIED   July 18, 2020
My three boys and I had a fantastic fishing trip with Captain Doug and Mate Ron. Both were very knowledgeable and quick to...
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Karim J.
Livonia, Michigan
 5.00
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Walleye fishing with the wife

July 4, 2020
I really wanted to take my wife fishing and catch some good sizeable fish. Most of our experiences were off shore, but I wanted...
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Todd H.
Mayville, Michigan
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I would like to say thanks to captain Doug and captain bob for the amazing experience myself and my two daughters had on our...
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Ashraf M.
Farmington, MI
 5.00
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Family fishing trip

NEW  August 30, 2020
Let me start off by saying that it was the best time I’ve ever had with my children. My youngest son was so excited and happy...
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Eric K.
Chelsea, MI
 4.67
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Half day

VERIFIED   June 12, 2020
Captain Doug and First Mate Bob were enjoyable and worked hard to get us fish.  We six family members enjoyed our time...
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