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Traverse City: 37 fishing charters available

Fish-X-TC

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trips from $500

Daydreamer Fishing Charters

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trips from $600

Grateful Guide Service (mousing)

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Showtime Xtreme

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trips from $450

TC Bass Destination Charters

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trips from $400

Mega Bite Charters

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trips from $550

Mega Bite Charters – 28'

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trips from $490

Big Kahuna Charters

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trips from $500

Prime Time Fishing Charters

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Williamsburg
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Whitecap Charters

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North Michigan’s largest city is known for many things. It’s the “Cherry Capital of the World” and is home to tourist-friendly attractions – freshwater beaches, downhill ski slopes, vineyards, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. However, its most famous attraction is the bay after which it is named, Grand Traverse Bay. How better to explore this fantastic body of water than aboard one of its Traverse City fishing charters?
 
Grand Traverse Bay is one of Lake Michigan’s “arms,” so it’s no surprise that it’s full of world-famous fish. Feisty Steelhead open Traverse City’s fishing season in March, and are followed by Bass, Walleye, and Pike. Brown and Lake Trout make an appearance in May, with the Boardman River being an especially fish-filled hotspot. Visit Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan during spring or fall, and you’ll get to encounter the Chinook and Coho Salmon runs. 
 
You’ll find Traverse City fishing charters dotted all around the bay’s waterfront. Experienced guides in this area run a whole host of trips, from 5-hour excursions perfect for families and newer anglers, to extended full day trips. You’ll usually be trolling your chosen fishery, no matter how long you choose to spend on the water. Visit during the winter months, when the bay is frozen over, and you’ll find local guides offering ice fishing adventures.
 

Rules & Regulations

Every angler aged 16 or above needs to bring along a valid Michigan fishing license. Some species, such as Trout and Salmon, are subject to strict limits and may require specific fishing stamps. Your experienced guide will be able to tell you more and make sure you’re fishing within the law.
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January

As you might have already guessed, fishing in Traverse City is equally exciting in winter as it is in spring. A popular type of angling during January is fly fishing for Trout or target Steelhead.

February

February sees the fishing season start to really heat up, as spring is just around the corner. Massive Steelhead can be found in the lakes and Lake Trout are an exciting target for fly fishermen. 

March

The fishing season is in full swing, with the inland lakes being especially fish-filled.  The action on Grand Traverse Bay is also heating up. Lake Trout are still the main target, but you'll find other species starting to inhabit these waters.

April

April is the unofficial start of Traverse Bay's fishing season. There are a few boats already on the water of both the East and West arms of the Bay. Jigging for Lake Trout is the thing to do right now! 

May

The beautiful month of May sees Lake Trout lovers heading to Traverse City, equipped with lightweight and regular tackle. Trout fishing reaches its peak. What are you waiting for?

June

The summer season has truly begun. Head offshore onto Grand Traverse Bay for Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon, and Steelhead, and stay inshore for Lake Trout. 

July

July is all about the annual Cherry Festival, fantastic weather, and unparalleled fishing. Target huge Lake Trout, Coho Salmon, or even Chinook. A mid-summer fishing trip is a must!

August

This month is your best chance to catch a trophy King Salmon as they start their run upstream. Don’t forget to target your share of Coho as well!

September

Coho and Chinook Salmon (Brownies and Steelies as well) fishing remains hot during September, and you'll be able to target Trout varieties too. 

October

It’s prime fishing time right now in Traverse City. Waters begin to cool, which means that some fish species start to get active in order to fatten themselves. The annual Salmon run is hot!

November

Salmon and Steelhead are in the rivers, waiting for you to hook 'em. Grab your fishing buddy and head out for the adventure of a lifetime. 

December

A day on the water targeting Trout is one of the best things you can do before Christmas. Steelhead might be around, too.

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We were 1st time anglers in Traverse City! Fish are plentiful. Go with an experienced guide like Captain Ben. Daydreamer charters
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We were 1st time anglers in Traverse City! Fish are plentiful. Go with an experienced guide like Captain Ben. Daydreamer charters
Eric  M.
Eric M. Paris, KY
east bay is a pretty area to fish in. the limit for lake trout is one. catch and release allows for an increased catch without exceeding the legal limit.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
east bay is a pretty area to fish in. the limit for lake trout is one. catch and release allows for an increased catch without exceeding the legal limit.
James  F.
James F. Clarkston, MI
No hesitation, perfect water, temps, breeze....I am a big fan with plans for returning!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
No hesitation, perfect water, temps, breeze....I am a big fan with plans for returning!
John  K.
John K. Hendersonville, NC

Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
We had a relaxing evening of good conversation, punctuated with excitement whenever a fish would strike. Captain Alonzo and Matt know their way around West Grand Traverse Bay. The younger members of our party especially enjoyed the experience.
Joseph  F.
Joseph F. Traverse City, MI
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
The boat and crew were incredible. We got put in the fish right away and all 6 of us got a catch. Alonso even set up a local restaurant to cook our catch for us. What an experience.
Bill  W.
Bill W. Monroe, CT
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Captain Alonzo and his first mates Caleb and Mazie were an absolutely pleasure to be with on our four hour fishing excursion. They were professional, and super fun! Even though we had poor luck with the fish biting, we still enjoyed our time floating on the water. And the fact that we had two kids under four with us made it all the more interesting! They were so kind to our kids, and they had a bunch of fun as well! Highly recommend if you’re looking for a relaxing, fun filled day on the water!
Molly  F.
Molly F. Bay City, MI
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Great trip! Highly recommend Fish-X-TC! Capt Alonzo and Caleb were terrific! Knowledgeable and accommodating.
Allan  G.
Allan G. United States
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Good day on the water, we all caught fish, including 3 first trimmers. Would do it again. Great people, give em a try.
Michael  S.
Michael S. Romulus, MI
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
We had a great time with Captain Alonzo and his first mate, Caleb! They made it an amazing experience. We caught a 12 lb salmon that we got to eat the next day and it was delicious! Would definitely recommend going on this trip!
Kelly  L.
Kelly L. Maumee, OH
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
We had an amazing time. Captain Alonzo and Scott made our trip. Highly recommend!! Thank you guys 🍻🐠🇺🇸
Bradley  O.
Bradley O. Mount Pleasant, SC
TC Bass Destination Charters
TC Bass Destination Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 4 reviews
If you’re in the Traverse City, Michigan area and looking for a guided trip for Small Mouth Bass, Captain Derickson is the guy! Unbelievable morning on the water!
Chad  H.
Chad H. New Iberia, LA
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Awesome experience! Captain Alonso and Caleb were great. They had us on fish the whole trip.
Jeffrey  R.
Jeffrey R. Westland, MI
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Alonzo and his crew (including the Mazie the Labrador) were just awesome. Great boat, great equipment, great fishing. Our family had a great day of fishing and a lifetime of memories. Each of the teenager caught 6+lb lake trout. We highly recommend.
Greg  H.
Greg H. Prosper, TX
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
We are returning customers! Kids enjoyed Capt Alonzo and Caleb. We had fun spending time on the boat and catching fish. Always a highlight of the trip!
Rebecca  B.
Rebecca B. Royal Oak, Michigan
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Great captain & crew. Had a great time and caught lots of fish! Will definitely book a trip with them in the future.
Joel  F.
Joel F. Royal Oak, Michigan
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
We had a very relaxing but exciting voyage. We were able to catch quite a few lake trout and Cisco. The captain and crew were very professional and new there stuff. We are coming back next year!!
Vickie  H.
Vickie H. Columbia City, IN
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Awesome morning, we got our limit on Lakers quickly and fished for fun after. Great guys, great boat, great time
Lucas  M.
Lucas M. Lincoln Park, MI
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Great day! Couldn't have asked for a better charter! We really enjoyed her first chartered fishing trip. Thank you so much!
Jon  S.
Jon S. United States
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
I sent two sons, a friend of theirs, and my father on an excursion to celebrate two birthdays... everyone caught a fish and came home beaming! They enjoyed conversation with the captain and his mate and said they would go again in search is salmon! Thank you, Captain Alonzo!
Tiffany  F.
Tiffany F. Minneapolis, MN
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
We unfortunately only caught one, but we had so much fun. Alonzo was very helpful before the day of our trip, he answered every question I had quickly and kindly. When we arrived, him and First Mate Lane were fun to be around and made the trip enjoyable. They did everything in their power to get us one more, but you can't force a fish to bite. We had fun regardless, and are already planning a another trip next June.
Jessica  M.
Jessica M. Lansing, MI
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Awesome experience! There were 5 of us and we each had a chance to pull in a fish, although we lost a couple still caught enough for 2 dinners! The crew was amazing, Alonzo and Lane were very fun and gave us an amazing experience.
Tanner  A.
Tanner A. Interlochen, MI
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
We could not have asked for a better excursion. Both Alonso and Lane were amazing. They truly cared about us having a positive experience and each of us having the opportunity for a good catch! Awesome awesome day!!!
Kristi  R.
Kristi R. Chicago, IL
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
This was our first salmon charter. First class is the only words I can think of to explain our time on the Fish-X-TC. From first meeting capt and crew it was all about making our time on the water a great experience. Answered every question we had from the equipment to lures to what fish we would be catching. We have plans to book another trip next summer. Capt Alonzo will get you into the fish.
Jeffrey  W.
Jeffrey W. Frankfort, MI

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Traverse City

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Traverse City costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $518, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $540. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Traverse City is 26 ft and the most common vessel type is a Cuddy cabin.

According to customer reviews, Fish-X-TC, Daydreamer Fishing Charters, and Grateful Guide Service (mousing) are some of the most popular fishing charters in Traverse City, Michigan. Full list of top fishing charters in Traverse City.

Fish-X-TC, Daydreamer Fishing Charters, and Grateful Guide Service (mousing) all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Traverse City.

The best way to experience fishing in Traverse City is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Traverse City, Michigan.

The most popular fish species you can target are Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), and Salmon (Chinook). Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and jigging. Lake fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

As you might have already guessed, fishing in Traverse City is equally exciting in winter as it is in spring. A popular type of angling during January is fly fishing for Trout or target Steelhead. Check availability for local fishing charters in Traverse City.

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