Grand Traverse Bay

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Grand Traverse Bay Fishing Charters

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Grand Traverse Bay: 22 fishing charters available

Fish-X-TC

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 reviews)
Traverse City
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trips from $550

Big Kahuna Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(58 reviews)
Williamsburg
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trips from $590

Prime Time Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(144 reviews)
Traverse City
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trips from $550

Daydreamer Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

True Blue Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(42 reviews)
Williamsburg
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trips from $480

Showtime Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

TC Bass Destination Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(8 reviews)
Traverse City
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trips from $440

Showtime Xtreme

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Kick Ass Outdoors

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $125

Whitecap Charters – Grand Traverse Bay

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(18 reviews)
Elk Rapids
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trips from $250

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Grand Traverse Bay

The average price for a private 4 hour Grand Traverse Bay fishing trip is $537, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $686 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Fish-X-TC, Big Kahuna Charters, and Prime Time Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Grand Traverse Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Grand Traverse Bay.

Fish-X-TC, Big Kahuna Charters, and Prime Time Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Grand Traverse Bay.

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

Lake Michigan is known for its stunning views and abundant wildlife. So why not go on a Grand Traverse Bay fishing trip and explore the waters of this deep Lake Michigan bay? You’ll get to have fun in one of the most abundant habitats on the lake. As a popular vacation destination, Grand Traverse Bay has a lot to offer to traveling anglers.

When it comes to the fish species that inhabit this body of water, you’ll find that there’s no limit to what you can catch. The arms of Grand Traverse Bay will provide you with an abundance of Salmon, as well as Walleye and Steelhead. You’ll find that the Bass, Pike, and Trout bite is also unparalleled.

Depending on what you’re looking for, you can opt for a half day or a full day trip. If you’re looking for an introduction to the area or a fun family outing, a half day trip is the best choice. However, if you really want to get your hands dirty and fill your bags, consider booking a full day trip so you can cover more ground.

The “Cherry Capital of the World,” Traverse City, is your best bet when it comes to finding a fishing guide to take you out. Leland, Elk Rapids, and Williamsburg are also great options. Just head on down to the water and take your pick!

Rules & Regulations

When it comes to regulations, you should know that everyone over the age of 16 needs to have a Michigan fishing license. The best way to make sure you’re fishing within the law is to hire a reputable guide.

Grand Traverse Bay
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Kick off the year by heading out on the water and doing some fine angling. During the winter, you’ll find that Trout and Steelhead are biting hard!

 

February

Come February, large Steelhead make their way to the bay, and Trout is still a very exciting target if you’re looking for a fly fishing challenge.

March

With spring slowly approaching, fishing starts to get really hot, and Trout are still at the top of their game. You’ll find that fly fishing for Trout is a real feat!

April

Temperatures are slowly rising, but the fishing here doesn’t slow down! You’ll find that Trout is still the number one target, and jigging is the name of the game.

May

Head out on the water and soak in the sun while going after some prized specimens. Lake Trout fishing is as hot as it gets!

June

June marks the beginning of the summer season, and the waters are brimming with prized fish. Brown Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead are biting hot right now!

July

The weather is fantastic at this time of the year, and the fishing is even better! Treat yourself to a nice fishing trip and hook into some Lake Trout, King Salmon, and Chinook.

August

If King Salmon is what you’re after, there’s no better time than August to go after them. Coho Salmon are biting hot as well, just take your pick!

September

As fall slowly approaches, Coho and Chinook Salmon are ready to take your bait. Brown Trout and Steelhead are also biting if you’re looking for a challenge.

October

As the waters start to cool down and temperatures start to drop, some fish species are starting to bite. You’ll find that Salmon fishing is great in October.

November

The bay is full of Salmon and Steelhead waiting for your bite. Head out and experience the thrill of fishing in these rich waters!

December

Wrap up the year with a nice fishing trip exploring the waters of Grand Traverse Bay. There are still some Steelhead ready to bite your bait.

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As explained to us, late in the season do the morning or evening trip, not the midday. We went evening and the sunset was amazing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As explained to us, late in the season do the morning or evening trip, not the midday. We went evening and the sunset was amazing!
Kevin  H.
Kevin H. Houghton Lake, Michigan
We were 1st time anglers in Traverse City! Fish are plentiful. Go with an experienced guide like Captain Ben. Daydreamer charters
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Elk Rapids is one of the finest marinas in the area. Restrooms were spotless, nice attractive outbuildings.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Elk Rapids is one of the finest marinas in the area. Restrooms were spotless, nice attractive outbuildings.
John  H.
John H. Maple Heights, OH
Seasickness bands, dramamine, jackets for a chilly morning or night, and a good attitude.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Seasickness bands, dramamine, jackets for a chilly morning or night, and a good attitude.
Andrew  P.
Andrew P. Utica, MI
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Use prime time charter fishing and if possible book the early morning trip. We had 3 teenagers with us and an hour drive in so early morning would have been miserable with cranky kids but I think the captain said early morning trips may go better but our previous trip was night and we caught a ton. So it can go either way.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Use prime time charter fishing and if possible book the early morning trip. We had 3 teenagers with us and an hour drive in so early morning would have been miserable with cranky kids but I think the captain said early morning trips may go better but our previous trip was night and we caught a ton. So it can go either way.
Joseph  K.
Joseph K. Farmington, MI
Jerry with Prime Time is an excellent guide. He knows what he is doing. I caught some nice fish. I would do it again next time I am in this area.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Jerry with Prime Time is an excellent guide. He knows what he is doing. I caught some nice fish. I would do it again next time I am in this area.
Rick  R.
Rick R. Bakersfield, CA
No hesitation, perfect water, temps, breeze....I am a big fan with plans for returning!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
No hesitation, perfect water, temps, breeze....I am a big fan with plans for returning!
John  K.
John K. Hendersonville, NC
Hire prime time fishing for your first time fishing. Jerry explains everything.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire prime time fishing for your first time fishing. Jerry explains everything.
Janet  R.
Janet R. Columbus, Ohio
The weather in Michigan could be in the upper 80's or in the low 50's. Be prepared for inclement weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather in Michigan could be in the upper 80's or in the low 50's. Be prepared for inclement weather.
Jay  M.
Jay M. Kendallville, Indiana
Fish on the Prime Time with Capt. Jerry, it's a wonderful experience for the whole family.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish on the Prime Time with Capt. Jerry, it's a wonderful experience for the whole family.
Robert  D.  M.
Robert D. M. Petoskey, Michigan

Showtime Fishing
Showtime Fishing
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Wow what an amazing experience for kids and adults alike. This crew went above and beyond to make sure we came back with great memories as well as some nice trout! 5 stars all the way for Showtime! Also would like to add they had great communication before the trip about weather conditions and detailed instructions on how to find the location of the boat. Thanks again!
Lindee  V.
Lindee V. Lewiston, Michigan
TC Bass Destination Charters
TC Bass Destination Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Boat was clean and well equiped. Our tackle was in top condition, especially the line and leaders. We learned how to spot the smallmouth beds. Even though fishing was slow at first, we ended up with 6 nice ones (all released.) Biggest was 20 inches and just under 5 lbs (female with eggs.) Captain Butch was very patient with my wife and taught her to retrieve the lure with finesse. Mid June is prime time for big Lake Michigan smallies.
Alan  M.
Alan M. New Albany, IN
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 reviews)
We had a great time with Captain Alonzo and Tucker. Highly recommend Fish-X-TC!
Matthew  J.
Matthew J. Basin, WY
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 reviews)
Great time. Outstanding captain and first mate. Grandson had the time of his life! Definitely recommend.
Thomas  S.
Thomas S. Mesquite, NV
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 reviews)
Had so much fun celebrating my father in laws retirement with a day out fishing. Alonzo made sure we were all comfortable on his beautiful boat. You could also tell he really enjoyed taking us out and was determined for us all to catch a fish. He was successful with all of us catching our own fish. Then they cleaned them and filleted them for us to bring back and cook for dinner. Couldn’t have asked for a better guide. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Drew  A.
Drew A. Lake Ann, Michigan
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 reviews)
Great trip. Fun and knowledgeable captain and first mate. Excellent equipment!
Dora  H.
Dora H. Ottawa, OH
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 reviews)
We booked a 4 hour charter and Captain Alonzo and his mate Tucker were very informative and great to fish with. We targeted Lake trout and were very pleased with our results. Would highly recommend!!
Dean  D.
Dean D. Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 reviews)
Very pleased with everything, excellent captain & Crew our group had a blast & we are planning our next 2 trips with captain Alonzo.
Jesse  J.  H.
Jesse J. H. Interlochen, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Really enjoyed fishing with Jerry, highly recommend! He tried everything and we just could not get a bite! He offered to stay out longer to try to get us a fish, which we finally did and the kids were extremely happy! Can’t thank him enough!
Danielle  G.
Danielle G. Rapid City, Michigan
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 reviews)
Capt. Alonso and Tucker could not have been nicer and such amazing hosts. The boat and fishing were wonderful! Can’t say enough about our first fishing trip with them except it will not be our last ! Thank you for a wonderful day !!! Kerry and Mark
Kerry  K.
Kerry K. Bellaire, MI
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(111 reviews)
Came out to traverse city for a bachelor party. We could not have asked for a better charter. Captain and crew were amazing. If you are looking for a good charter, go with these guys. Guaranteed to have a great time!
Zachary  H.
Zachary H. Clarkston, Michigan
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(144 reviews)
Had a great time out on the bay. Crew were friendly and funny and we had a great time!
Taylor  C.
Taylor C. GRANDVIEW, OH
Whitecap Charters – Grand Traverse Bay
Whitecap Charters – Grand Traverse Bay
Fishing charter in Elk Rapids
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
The trip was excellent. Weather stayed dry and the bay was smooth. The Cisco were hitting quite well, plus a Coho or two. Captain Art was terrific and made our trip top notch. Looking forward to fishing with him again.
KARLA  M.
KARLA M. Kalamazoo, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
We had a fantastic time. There were six of us with a total weight of about 1500 lbs. We were told by friends and coworkers we would need a bigger boat for almost a ton of man but it worked out okay. We caught 14 fish including 2 Cogo, a King, 5 lakers and some Cisco. Taylor was our captain and did an excellent job finding fish, managing the tackle and driving the boat. Would highly recommend and will be booking with him again next year.
David  K.
David K. Romeo, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
We had a fantastic trip with Captain Jerry and Captain Taylor. Highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great charter boat experience.
Jeremy  C.
Jeremy C. Cincinnati, Ohio
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
We went during Labor Day weekend and had a great time with Captain Taylor and Jeremy. Despite being a busy weekend, we were able to catch something each day. We look forward to doing this again.
Martha  Y.
Martha Y. Kokomo, IN
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
This was an awesome experience, the team provided a lot of information as we fished and we landed 2 Salmon and 5 Lake trout. Great day on the water
Brandon  O.
Brandon O. Royal Oak, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Jerry and Taylor did a great job during our charter trip. They are very experienced and know how to find and what is needed to catch the Lake Trout and Salmon we were after. If we are back in the area again they would be the first choice if booking a charter again.
David  R.
David R. Royal Oak, Michigan
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Best charter I’ve ever been on. Captain works hard to get fish in the boat. Great time!
George  N.
George N. Kalamazoo, MI
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 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