Grand Traverse Bay

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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.

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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.

Grand Traverse Bay Fishing Calendar

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Kevin H. fished with Big Kahuna Charters on September 26, 2021
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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!
Half Day with Capt Ben
Eric M. fished with Daydreamer Fishing Charters on June 29, 2021
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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
Half day morning trip with Luke and Jacob
Heather S. fished with True Blue Charters on June 20, 2021
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Don’t wear your good shoes! Can get messy with blood and fish gunk!
Half Day Trip with Captain Jim
John H. fished with Fish With Jim Outfitters on October 10, 2019
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Elk Rapids is one of the finest marinas in the area. Restrooms were spotless, nice attractive outbuildings.
Half day trip
Andrew P. fished with FishBilly Charters on June 30, 2019
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Seasickness bands, dramamine, jackets for a chilly morning or night, and a good attitude.
half day with captain mike
James F. fished with Add'em Up Sportfishing Charters on June 28, 2019
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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.
Another great trip with captain Ben!
Barb P. fished with Daydreamer Fishing Charters on August 17, 2018
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Just bring a sweatshirt and enjoy the boat ride.
Great captain and crew
Matthew B. fished with Fish-X-TC on August 15, 2018
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Short ride to fishing grounds and productive

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Grand Traverse Bay

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Grand Traverse Bay costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $515. 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 Grand Traverse Bay is 28 ft and the most common vessel type is a Cuddy cabin.

According to customer reviews, Fish-X-TC, Prime Time Fishing Charters, 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.

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

The best way to experience fishing in Grand Traverse Bay 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 Grand Traverse Bay.

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 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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Grand Traverse Bay.