On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair

Plan your next fishing excursion with On Deck Guide Service and discover the unique fishing wonders of Smallmouth Capitol Lake St. Clair. This top fishing destination offers abundant opportunities to catch Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, and various other prized fish. With luck on your side, you will experience the thrill of a screaming reel.

Kids are welcome, be sure to ask if child-sized life vests are available, otherwise, you should bring your own. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to pack snacks to keep everyone energized throughout the adventure.

Your adventure will kick off aboard a 21’ Phoenix bass boat. This vessel is armed with all the essential fishing equipment and newest electronics for a day on the water. You can expect to learn new techniques that have proven successful in these waters. Captain Jeff shall equip you with the finest rods, reels, and arsenal of lures to make your day on the water successful. 

Please ensure that you obtain the required fishing license. This information is usually available online, or you can ask the captain.

Don’t forget to bring bottled water, sunblock (non-spray), hat, sunglasses and appropriate weather gear. If you’d like to bring other drinks, just ask. Alcohol is not allowed in Canadian waters.

If you have any questions about fishing with On Deck Guide Service, feel free to send Capt. Jeff a message down below.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Walleye Jigging
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - May 15
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $350
    Detroit River - St. Clair River 2 anglers.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Jigging
    Targeted fish
    Walleye
    Walleye
  • Private trip
    5 hour afternoon trip - Smallmouth
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $400
    Casting for trophy Lake St. Clair smallmouth bass
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Spinning
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Smallmouth Bass
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $400
    Casting for trophy Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Smallmouth Bass
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $500
    Lake St. Clair - Smallmouth Bass Fishing
    Types of fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 16 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Dan M.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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4.0 / 5
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Fishing trip in August

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Walleye Jigging on August 20, 2023
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Vince C.
South Lyon, MI
Excellent
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Morning Walleye Trip with Jeff H

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Walleye Jigging on July 22, 2023
Jeff made our first charter experience a great one ! He was very professional from start to end . He is very knowledgeable...
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Kimberly R.
Excellent
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Our Fishcastay

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Smallmouth Bass on May 18, 2024
We had a great time, started a little slow because of the fog but Jeff came through. Would definitely recommend to our friends...
Kimberly R. recommends On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair
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Dan H.
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Really good

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Walleye Jigging on May 5, 2024
Jeff is a great guide. Equipment and boat is top notch
Dan H. recommends On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair
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THOMAS Y.
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A Day on Lake St.Claire

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Smallmouth Bass on October 27, 2023
Best fishing trip ever. Captain Jeff Hamilton is an accomplished fisherman; friendly and very knowledgeable. His bass boat...
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FAQs about On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair

On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $350 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Walleye Jigging (5 hours)
  • US $400 per group - 5 hour afternoon trip - Smallmouth (5 hours)
  • US $400 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Smallmouth Bass (5 hours)
  • US $500 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Smallmouth Bass (8 hours)

When you book a trip with On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures

On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing

On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with On Deck Guide Service - Lake St. Clair include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Walleye

Meet the Captain

Jeff Hamilton
St. Clair Shores, Michigan, United States
ID & license verified
16 Customer reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since April 2023
From early beginnings in my grandfather's basement rummaging through his triple-decker Plano tackle box to fishing with him and my father anywhere I could, fishing has been in the blood. The school years were devoted to trolling the great lakes for Salmon and Trout and chasing Steelhead in the tributaries. Wintering in Arizona while a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, I met Roosevelt Lake guide, Art Chamberlin. Art introduced me to tournament Bass fishing and changed the direction of my fishing pursuits. Since that first tournament in 1989, I have been Bass fishing local, regional, and national tournaments as much as time would allow. In 2016, I began another chapter in bass fishing as a USCG-licensed guide on Lake St. Clair and connecting waters. The drive to succeed in professional sports is the same drive I have when heading out for a day of fishing on the big pond. As was the case in that first tournament, (Art caught the only keeper and I never got bit), you always learn something new, and that's the beauty of fishing.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Walleye Walleye

Boat specs

Phoenix (Bass boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 250HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 68 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 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
No Alcohol
Catch and Release Mandatory
Walleye's can be kept

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
PayPal
Checks

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