True Blue Charters

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 where Salmon and Trout fishing is concerned, with its clear still waters packed with awesome fish, and True Blue Charters 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 ft Tiara with room aboard for up to 6 guests. She is powered by twin 350HP 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 guys at True Blue Charters know 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, and will clean and fillet anything you catch at the end of the day ready to take home and eat.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half day trip AM
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Sep
    $490
    up to 4 persons
    + $60
    each additional person
    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 sea sickness. We fish a very protected portion of Lake Michigan for Salmon and Lake Trout.
  • Private trip
    Half day trip PM
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Sep
    $490
    up to 4 persons
    + $60
    each additional person
    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 sea sickness. We fish a very protected portion of Lake Michigan for Salmon and Lake Trout.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Lake Trout
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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

About the Captain

Brian Springstead
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
Member since February 2017
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Captain Brian Springstead has over 35 years of experience fishing Lake Michigan and it his 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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (10)
5.00
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
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Great Trip
Morning charter with captain Brian
Morning charter with captain Brian
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Ruth M.
Tulsa, OK
 5.00
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Morning with True Blue

VERIFIED   August 26, 2018
My husband’s & my 1st chartered fishing trip, I honestly cannot think of a way to improve the trip. Capt Brian and his...
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Conrad K.
Ann Arbor, MI
 5.00
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   July 29, 2018
Because of a cancelation of our intended charter we contacted True Blue Charters at 10:00PM the night before we wanted to go...
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Bob Y.
Wixom, MI
 5.00
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Great Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  May 3, 2019
Adam was a great host and excellent captain. We had a great time.
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Adam S.
Columbus, OH
 5.00
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Fishing with Brian

VERIFIED   NEW  May 18, 2019
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John S.
United States
 5.00
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1/2 day with captain Luke

VERIFIED   June 15, 2018
Great trip 4 hours, right in the bay and lot of lake trout of all sizes, he knew right where they were hitting
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