True Blue Charters offers fantastic days out fishing Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay for huge Salmon and Lake Trout. Lake Michigan needs no introduction when it comes to Salmon and Trout fishing, with its clear still waters packed with awesome fish, and the crew hits nothing but the very best fishing spots based on where the catch has been good recently.

The vessel you will be fishing aboard is a 35’ Tiara motor yacht with room aboard for up to 6 guests. It is powered by twin 350 HP Crusader engines, and cruises at an impressive 35 knots – not that you’ll have to travel far to find great fish! The boat comes equipped with GPS, fishfinder, downriggers, and everything you will need for your day on the water, as well as a head for extra comfort and convenience.

The crew knows that your day out is about two things – having fun and catching fish! They fish some awesome spots near to the shore in order to make sure you get the maximum fishing time while on board, and provide high-quality fishing tackle which can be set up for either jigging or trolling, depending on your preference.

Captain Brian Springstead and his skilled first mate work tirelessly on every trip to make sure you have a great time on your day with them. They will clean and fillet anything you catch at the end of the day ready for you to take home and eat.

Book a trip with True Blue Charters and explore the waters of Lake Michigan for an unforgettable fishing experience!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half day trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 1
    $480
    No long run times! We'll start fishing within 5 minutes of the dock, so you get 4 hours of fishing and very little chance of seasickness. We fish a very protected portion of Lake Michigan for Salmon and Lake Trout.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (Mid Day)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 1
    $480
    No long run times! We typically start fishing within 5 minutes of the dock. So you get 4 hours of fishing and very little chance of seasickness. We fish a very protected portion of Lake Michigan for Salmon and Lake Trout.
  • Private trip
    Half day trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 1
    $480
    No long run times! Normally we start fishing within 5 minutes of the dock. This way you get 4 hours of fishing and very little chance of seasickness. We fish a very protected portion of Lake Michigan for Salmon and Lake Trout.
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About the Captain

Brian Springstead
Williamsburg, Michigan, United States
40 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2017
Captain Brian Springstead has over 35 years of experience fishing Lake Michigan and it is still his favorite place in the world to be. He loves welcoming new friends onto his boat, and takes pride in going the extra mile, working tirelessly to make sure his clients get exactly what they're after on every trip.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon

Boat Specs

Tiara (Motor yacht) originally built in 1984. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
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, 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
American Express
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2% charge will apply.

Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Catch intended fish
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Lisa F.
Alma, MI
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VERIFIED   Half day trip (AM) on June 23, 2021
Had an absolutely awesome time! The crew was extremely helpful with us inexperienced Lake fisherman. Caught great fish, learned...
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Morning trip with Capt Luke

VERIFIED   Half day trip (AM) on August 25, 2021
Last minute trip on the East bay with Capt Luke. Great fishing and great time all around. Love the laid back style of trolling....
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Saline, MI
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Mid-day trip with Captain Luke

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (Mid Day) on August 23, 2021
It was our boys’ first time fishing and captain Luke was really patient showing them what they needed to do and explaining...
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Cindy C.
Waukegan, IL
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Fishing with Brian

VERIFIED   Half day trip (AM) on July 5, 2021
A wonderful experience for the family-both for the experienced and first time fisherman. Luke and Jacob were awsom. Thanks...
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Heather S.
Oxford, Michigan
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Half day morning trip with Luke and Jacob

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (Mid Day) on June 20, 2021
It was a beautiful morning to go out fishing! Luke and Jacob were amazing hosts and very knowledgeable about the sport of fishing....
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FAQs about True Blue Charters

True Blue Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $480 per group, additional $60 per person after 4 guests - Half day trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $480 per group, additional $60 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (Mid Day) (4 hours)
  • $480 per group, additional $60 per person after 4 guests - Half day trip (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with True Blue Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with True Blue Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

True Blue Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (East Grand Traverse Bay – Lake Michigan)

True Blue Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with True Blue Charters include:
  • Lake Trout
  • Salmon (Chinook)