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.



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  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 6 minutes ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 5 - Oct 15
    US $550
    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.
    Types of fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Walleye
    Walleye
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 10 - Oct 15
    US $550
    Spend 5 hours on the water trying to catch your daily limit of exciting Walleye or tasty Perch. From August, Perch will be biting and Walleye will be available for the rest of the season. You'll troll behind you using a minimum of 6 lines to entice the bite.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 10 - Oct 15
    US $750
    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.
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Customer reviews

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4.9 / 5
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Experience
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Satisfied with the boat
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Caught fish
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Outstanding professional crew

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip (PM) on July 13, 2024
Great captain and mate. The captain knew his business and was on top of his game.  The mate was just fabulous, work his butt...
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Donald D.
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Great Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on July 5, 2024
My wife and I celebrated her birthday with a day trip of walleye fishing with Captain Doug and his First Mate, Ken. Overall...
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Heidi T.
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Captain Doug & First Mate Ken

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip (PM) on July 12, 2024
We had a great trip, caught our limit of Walleye, on our afternoon booking!! Doug and Ken were very knowledgeable and friendly...
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Charles S.
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5 hour trip with captain Douglas McQueen

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on July 30, 2023
All I have to say is what a day and thank you to the both of you for the beautiful day of fishing I wish I could give captain...
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Todd B.
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Rough weather

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on June 17, 2024
The captain first mate are incredible fisherman. We ran into rough weather and they worked their butts off to make sure we...
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FAQs about Windrift Sport Fishing

Windrift Sport Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $550 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $750 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Windrift Sport Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet The toilet is a stand up bathroom with a flush stool, with door enclosure .
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Windrift Sport Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (We use mostly plastics and some nightcrawlers, we furnish all bait. )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (We clean and bag all fish at no charge.)
  • First Mate (A first mate is on all trips. Tips are up to the customers, but they $100. Or more what ever you fell it’s worth to them.)

Windrift Sport Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Saginaw Bay)
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (We go where the fish are.)
  • Reef Fishing

Windrift Sport Fishing offers the following fishing technique:
  • Trolling (Up to 16 lines, depending on weather)

Top targeted fish species with Windrift Sport Fishing include:
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Walleye

Meet the Captain

Douglas Mcqueen
Linwood, Michigan, United States
2 Fishing Reports
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122 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2018
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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) Yellow Perch
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 32 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Saginaw Bay
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
We go where the fish are.
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Trolling
Up to 16 lines, depending on weather

Amenities

Toilet
The toilet is a stand up bathroom with a flush stool, with door enclosure .
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
We use mostly plastics and some nightcrawlers, we furnish all bait. 
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
We clean and bag all fish at no charge.
First Mate
A first mate is on all trips. Tips are up to the customers, but they $100. Or more what ever you fell it’s worth to them.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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
Must be over 5 years old
You Keep Catch
Within legal limit
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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:

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