Grand Traverse Bay

28 Fishing Charters

Grand Traverse Bay Fishing Charters

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Grand Traverse Bay: 28 fishing charters available

Showtime Fishing

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

Fish-X-TC

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Big Kahuna Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(71 reviews)
Williamsburg
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trips from $590

Prime Time Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(169 reviews)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Daydreamer Fishing Charters

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

TC Bass Destination Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(12 reviews)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $440

Kick Ass Outdoors

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

All Jack'd Up Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(3 reviews)
Traverse City
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trips from $450
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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 $558, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $723 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

Showtime Fishing, Fish-X-TC, and Big Kahuna 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, Chinook Salmon, and Rainbow Trout (Steelhead). 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 24798 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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Try it out. Captain is very friendly and polite and gives you tips while realing them in.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try it out. Captain is very friendly and polite and gives you tips while realing them in.
Jannell  K.
Jannell K. Traverse City, MI
Catch up with DaydreamerCharter boat "badhabit" captain Ben Orr does a great job and has fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Catch up with DaydreamerCharter boat "badhabit" captain Ben Orr does a great job and has fun
Joan  F.
Joan F. Bellaire, MI
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

Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Highly recommend booking with Captain Tyler! Great guy, great boat, and he made sure we got a great catch. We will definitely be back!
Evan  G.
Evan G. Sunnyvale, CA
Showtime Fishing
Showtime Fishing
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
We had a wonderful day with Captain Cam and Johnny during our half day afternoon trip. They worked extremely hard, and we greatly appreciated all of their efforts to give us an awesome charter experience! Highly recommend and will definitely be booking again in the future!
Kevin  M.
Kevin M. Lowell, MI
Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Even though it was raining on and off. Tyler found the fish and we where catching. Dinner was delicious! Thanks
Kim  L.
Kim L. Livonia, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(169 reviews)
Captain Taylor agreed to take us out in the rain. The storm broke up and the trip couldn’t have gone better. Taylor is very knowledgeable and experienced, the boat was plenty spacious for the 5 of us plus the captain and we hammered lake trout along with two salmon. Couldn’t ask for anything else
Travis  K.
Travis K. Webberville, MI
All Jack'd Up Charters
All Jack'd Up Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Overall great experience from start to finish Fishing was slow and bites were hard to come by, but we never stopped moving and looking for the next bite. Captain Jack was awesome and worked hard to get me on fish all day! Definitely recommend
Ryan  B.
Ryan B. Georgetown, KY
Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
We had a blast. Tyler was great. He worked hard to make the experience just right. He was constantly working the equipment and monitoring for fish. He was very knowledgeable about fishing the area. Tyler was also very nice to talk to and he was super patient with our three children. We caught 8 lake trout, one that was even 28 inches. Our whole family was very happy. Thank you Tyler!
Jason  T.
Jason T. Montgomery, OH
Showtime Fishing
Showtime Fishing
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Was a very windy day but Captain Cam and his first mate John did a great job of changing baits and different depths. Really worked hard to get us a successful day. Grayson was a good luck charm! We ended up getting a nice amount of lake trout plus gained lots of knowledge about salmon fishing and the surrounding Waters. Great day!
Eugene  B.
Eugene B. Traverse City, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(169 reviews)
Great trip. Captain Taylor was excellent and fun in every way. Caught two 20 lb salmon and our limit of lake trout in 5 to 10 lb range. Great comfortable boat. Highly recommended.
Chris  M.
Chris M. Watkinsville, GA
Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain was great, boat was clean and proper. No complaints. We put fish in the bag, was a good time on the water
Ryan  C.
Ryan C. West Alexandria, OH
Showtime Fishing
Showtime Fishing
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Captain Cam and Johnny were awesome hosts. Beautiful day on the water and a few fish to spare. Highly recommended to anyone. My boys and I will definitely be back.
Daniel  C.
Daniel C. United States
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(169 reviews)
Had an awesome morning with Captain Taylor! Got out early hooked up with a couple salmon right off the get go, then limited out on lake trout. Boat had more then enough room for my wife and I and two kids. Captain told us all about the line set ups, what to expect and made sure to get us on fish that even the kids could handle reeling in. We were very happy with our trip and our cooler full of fish. Thanks again, we will definitely be booking another trip in the future!
Brandon  H.
Brandon H. Milford, Michigan
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(169 reviews)
Taylor & Prime Time were cordial, helpful, and most important - put you where the fish were. Great time on water, great time catching fish, great time hauling in 23 lb King (by my 13 y/o son).
Jason  H.
Jason H. Gaston, IN
All Jack'd Up Charters
All Jack'd Up Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Had a great time cruising west bay chasing small mouths. My brother in law and I both caught several 3-4 pounders. Captain Jack worked hard to pot us on fish. Will definitely book with him again.
Dominic  G.
Dominic G. Flint, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(169 reviews)
Great trip, a little early in the season for Salmon, but we got one. Captain Taylor put us on very nice Lake Trout and got our limit pretty quick. Great day on the water, I will definitely be booking my next trip with Prime Time Fishing Charters!
Greg  T.
Greg T. Galloway, OH
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Captain Alonzo and Tucker put on a first class fishing trip! Awesome boat and a great knowledge of the Bay and it's attractions. Beautiful scenery and a ability to get on the fish. We will be be back!!
Terry  M.
Terry M. Newaygo, MI
Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Pure Angling - Troll/Jig - Grand Traverse Bay
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Tyler was patient and so awesome doing our trip!!! The price was excellent and he is so super knowledgeable on the area and fish!!!! I recommend him over and over again!!! This man loves what he does and it truly shows!
KRISTEN  B.
KRISTEN B. McKees Rocks, PA
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Fun family day of fishing. Caught some Lake Trout. Captain Alonzo was the best. Highly recommend
Lawrence  B.
Lawrence B. Bexley, OH
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
I booked this charter primarily for my father and a friend’s father (both over 70). Cpt. Alonzo, and 1st Mate Tucker were accommodating and we could not have asked for more. The weather didn’t agree for our original schedule, however the Captain was able to work everything out! Thank you Fish-X-TC
Nate  D.
Nate D. Traverse City, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(169 reviews)
You want to have a relaxed time and catch some fish? What a great time! If you don't book you are missing out!
Robert  J.
Robert J. Mason, MI
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Traverse City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(169 reviews)
Great time. Nice boat and knew what he was doing. Helped me catch a monster. Definitely would recommend them!
Christopher  R.
Christopher R. Spring Arbor, MI