Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)

We are fortunate to operate our fishing charters here on the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay in Elk Rapids & Traverse City, Michigan. The bay is 32 miles long and is separated by an East and West bay with depths up to 620’! With fishing in the bay, we are more wind protected and tend to have calmer waters with those concerned of sea sickness.

Tactics:
We offer your traditional trolling fishing trips targeting Lake Trout, Salmon, and Cisco (similar to a Whitefish). Also, a jigging/casting trip targeting Lake Trout & Cisco for those wanting more of a hands-on experience (learning curve)

The boat:
We operate our fishing charters on a 2017 Wellcraft 21’ Center Console with a 200 HP 4 stroke engine. The boat has all the latest and greatest technologies that help us find and stay on fish. We also have a porta potti available inside the console if needed while on the lake!

Meeting location:
The boat is not docked at a marina. We trailer our boat to various locations to offer you the best fishing experience (95% of the time we’ll be on the East Bay at several locations). Wherever we decide to meet, it will be 15 minutes or less away from most hotels that are along the South end of the East Bay in Traverse City.

All bait, gear, and fish cleaning is included on every fishing trip (Ziploc bags provided).

What should you bring? Have a valid Michigan fishing license by the time we meet, snacks, drinks (alcohol permitted, but in moderation), sunglasses, a cooler to take your packaged catch home (leave the big coolers & fish coolers in your vehicle, use a smaller cooler for your drinks/snacks to bring on the boat), and dress in layers as you never know what Michigan weather will bring

Best times:
Lake Trout - great all season caught by trolling
Jigging/casting: Late April - end of July

Salmon: mid August - 3rd/4th week of September (trolling only)

Cisco: April - 2nd/3rd week in June for jigging/trolling fishing trips & the end of September - October by trolling



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 PM - Grand Traverse Bay
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 20 - Sep 30
    Price for 2 persons
    US $500
    On this adventure, you'll be fishing on the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, MI. The bay is 32 miles long and is separated by an East and West bay with depths up to 620'! Most of the time we will be fishing between 70-130' of water and within sight of shore. With fishing on the bay, we tend to have calm waters with those concerned with sea sickness. We offer your common trolling fishing trip where do all the work and you reel in the fish! Also, a hands-on fishing trip jigging for Lake Trout.
    Targeted fish
    Salmon
    Salmon
    Walleye
    Walleye
    Burbot
    Burbot
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
    Whitefish (Lake)
    Lake Whitefish
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Perch (Yellow)
    Yellow Perch
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
    Salmon (Atlantic)
    Atlantic Salmon
  • Private trip
    Cisco, 12 PM - Grand Traverse Bay
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Oct 31
    Price for 2 persons
    US $500
    On this adventure, you'll be fishing on the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, MI. The bay is 32 miles long and is separated by an East and West bay with depths up to 620'! Most of the time we will be fishing between 70-130' of water and within sight of shore. With fishing on the bay, we tend to have calm waters with those concerned with sea sickness. We offer your common trolling fishing trip where do all the work and you reel in the fish! Also, a hands-on fishing trip jigging for Lake Trout.
    Types of fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Whitefish (Lake)
    Lake Whitefish
  • Private trip
    Cisco, 4 PM - Grand Traverse Bay
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Oct 31
    Price for 2 persons
    US $500
    On this adventure, you'll be fishing on the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, MI. The bay is 32 miles long and is separated by an East and West bay with depths up to 620'! Most of the time we will be fishing between 70-130' of water and within sight of shore. With fishing on the bay, we tend to have calm waters with those concerned with sea sickness. We offer your common trolling fishing trip where do all the work and you reel in the fish! Also, a hands-on fishing trip jigging for Lake Trout.
    Types of fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Jigging
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Whitefish (Lake)
    Lake Whitefish
  • Private trip
    Cisco, 7 AM - Grand Traverse Bay
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Oct 31
    Price for 2 persons
    US $500
    On this adventure, you'll be fishing on the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, MI. The bay is 32 miles long and is separated by an East and West bay with depths up to 620'! Most of the time we will be fishing between 70-130' of water and within sight of shore. With fishing on the bay, we tend to have calm waters with those concerned with sea sickness. We offer your common trolling fishing trip where do all the work and you reel in the fish! Also, a hands-on fishing trip jigging for Lake Trout.
    Types of fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Whitefish (Lake)
    Lake Whitefish
  • Private trip
    Evening, 5 PM - Grand Traverse Bay
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    Price for 2 persons
    US $500
    On this adventure, you'll be fishing on the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, MI. The bay is 32 miles long and is separated by an East and West bay with depths up to 620'! Most of the time we will be fishing between 70-130' of water and within sight of shore. With fishing on the bay, we tend to have calm waters with those concerned with sea sickness. We offer your common trolling fishing trip where do all the work and you reel in the fish! Also, a hands-on fishing trip jigging for Lake Trout.
    Types of fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Salmon
    Salmon
    Walleye
    Walleye
    Burbot
    Burbot
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
    Whitefish (Lake)
    Lake Whitefish
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Perch (Yellow)
    Yellow Perch
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
    Salmon (Atlantic)
    Atlantic Salmon
  • Private trip
    Morning, 6 AM - Grand Traverse Bay
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 20 - Sep 30
    Price for 2 persons
    US $500
    On this adventure, you'll be fishing on the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, MI. The bay is 32 miles long and is separated by an East and West bay with depths up to 620'! Most of the time we will be fishing between 70-130' of water and within sight of shore. With fishing on the bay, we tend to have calm waters with those concerned with sea sickness. We offer your common trolling fishing trip where do all the work and you reel in the fish! Also, a hands-on fishing trip jigging for Lake Trout.
    Types of fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Trolling
    Spinning
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Perfect Choice ⭐️

VERIFIED   NEW  Evening, 5 PM - Grand Traverse Bay on June 20, 2024
Captain Tyler was a perfect choice for our family! We had never done a fishing charter before, and this was a Father’s Day/birthday...
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Great family experience!

VERIFIED   NEW  12 PM - Grand Traverse Bay on July 8, 2024
We had the BEST time fishing with Tyler. The weather for our original booking ended up being rainy, but Tyler was ahead of...
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Tyler is an outstanding Captain and knows how to catch fish!

VERIFIED   NEW  Evening, 5 PM - Grand Traverse Bay on July 13, 2024
Tyler communicates extremely well and makes sure you’re ready for a great experience. He really knows the water and how the...
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Fish on!

VERIFIED   NEW  Morning, 6 AM - Grand Traverse Bay on July 10, 2024
Captain Tyler knew where to find fish- we met our daily limit within an hour of setting out. The water was a bit choppy and...
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PURE ANGLING IS THE BEST!!!

VERIFIED   Grand Traverse Bay (7 A.M.) on October 11, 2023
We previously went out with Pure Angling in Oct 2022. On both trips, we caught our limit of large cisco. That’s a lot of...
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FAQs about Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)

Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig) offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 12 PM - Grand Traverse Bay (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Cisco, 12 PM - Grand Traverse Bay (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Cisco, 4 PM - Grand Traverse Bay (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Cisco, 7 AM - Grand Traverse Bay (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Evening, 5 PM - Grand Traverse Bay (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Morning, 6 AM - Grand Traverse Bay (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig), you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Porta potti in the console
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder Humminbird Solix 15" at helm & 10" at the bow
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System FM radio w/ Bluetooth capability to connect phones
  • Wireless Trolling Motor Minnkota 72" 36v lithium powered
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig) include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig) offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig) offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig) include:
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Brown Trout
  • Burbot
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon
  • Salmon (Atlantic)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Walleye
  • Whitefish (Lake)

Meet the Captain

Tyler Smith
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
2 Fishing Reports
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135 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2022
Captain Tyler Smith here and I am a Northern Michigan native. With a river running through my back yard, I basically learned how to walk, talk, and fish at the same time. This childhood hobby later became a way to have income while attending college. I worked as a first mate for another charter here in Traverse City during the summer months, but it was time to venture out and start a charter business of my own. I started out here on Grand Traverse Bay running charters during the warmer months with success, but a few people have been asking about ice fishing as well. I'm happy to say that we can now offer fishing trips year round here in Northern Michigan! Let's go fishing and make a life long memorable experience with your friends and family!

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Brown Trout Brown Trout
Burbot Burbot
Lake Trout Lake Trout

Boat specs

WellCraft (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Porta potti in the console
GPS
Fishfinder
Humminbird Solix 15" at helm & 10" at the bow
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
FM radio w/ Bluetooth capability to connect phones
Wireless Trolling Motor
Minnkota 72" 36v lithium powered

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

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:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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