Michigan Fly Fishing Charters

Michigan Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Michigan

Michigan: 26 fishing charters available

Grateful Guide Service (mousing)

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(1 review)
Traverse City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Fly Fishing Michigan Rivers

Baldwin
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $425

Horton Charters

Sebewaing
 Instant Confirmation

MQT Adventures and Guide Service

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(15 reviews)
Marquette
 Instant Confirmation

Fly Fishing in Michigan

So you want to go fly fishing in Michigan? Excellent choice! Known as the Great Lake State, you can’t swing a cat without it landing in prime fly fishing waters. This is the state where you’ll find the longest freshwater shoreline in the whole world – you know the fly fishing is going to be epic with that kind of achievement!
 
What to Expect
Michigan has access to three of the Great Lakes: Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Erie. This means you can book a trip as short as four hours and be fishing in no time.
 
Most local trips focus on targeting a particular species, which changes depending on the time of year. If you’re heading out with one fish on your mind, make sure it’s in season before climbing aboard.
 
For some species, you should consider heading out very early in the morning or during the evening. Fish such as Steelhead and Trout avoid the bright midday sun; they come to the surface to feed when it’s darker, which is when you’re most likely to catch them. 
 

What to Catch

Trout fishing is especially popular in Michigan. There are over 20,000 miles of cold water for Trout to live in, both stocked and wild, making this a bucket- list destination for fly anglers. The official beginning of the Trout season is usually in the last week of April, and this is your time to hit the water.
 
Salmon is another prized catch in Michigan, and for all the good reasons. The best time to go after these feisty fish is any time from late spring to early autumn (depending on the species). Chinook are out and about mid-August, and Coho is available all year, though the action is best in early spring and late October.
 
If you’re on the lookout for Pink Salmon, you’ll have better luck in odd-numbered years. As for Atlantic Salmon, they’re late bloomers, and the best period to target them is usually in late fall.
 
Other species you can catch include Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Pike, Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout.
 

Where to Go

As well as the Great Lakes, some other top waters to fish in include St. Clair River, Lake Huron, Manistee River, and of course the famous Au Sable River. Measuring nearly 80 miles long and leading into Lake Huron, this river is the best place to go fly fishing for Trout. It even has a famous hatch, the “Hex” hatch, which cannot be missed! There are parts of the river that are great for beginners, and others that will really test your skills. Top targets here include Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout, as well as good populations of Steelhead. 
 
Other top waters you won’t want to miss include Betsie River, Huron River, Muskegon River, White River, Fox River, and plenty more.
 

How to Prepare

Michigan fly fishing guides can show you where to find the best bite based on the time of year. Some guides provide fly fishing gear for their customers, but you should confirm this ahead of time. If you plan on bringing your own gear, pack two fly fishing rods – one 8’ with a 3 wt and a 10’ rod with a 6 wt. This will allow you to catch the full range of species in Michigan’s waters.
 
Before your trip, everyone in your group over 17 will need to buy a fishing license. Check the current regulations for each fish in the body of water you’ll be fishing – these are subject to change each season.
 
Don’t forget to pack your amber polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, and bug repellant, and you’ll be ready to fish.
 
Book a Michigan fly fishing trip today and you’ll be hooked for life.
Michigan
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Michigan

It was a great experience! Captain Shane took care of everything, just have a Michigan license and show and have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a great experience! Captain Shane took care of everything, just have a Michigan license and show and have fun!
Charles  V.
Charles V. Richland, Michigan
Call Captain Tim at Powderhorn -- very professional and engaging. He knows his stuff!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Captain Tim at Powderhorn -- very professional and engaging. He knows his stuff!
Holly  V.
Holly V. Fennville, MI
Call CAPT Adam at show up& fish. He will find you the fish and you will definitely enjoy your trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call CAPT Adam at show up& fish. He will find you the fish and you will definitely enjoy your trip!
Matthew  A.
Matthew A.
My Captain says fishing in May (and April) are the best time if you want to be catching and not just fishing. It seems that Salmon is a bit harder to time, but Lake Trout seem abundant in May. We like Lake Trout, so it is not a disappointment.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My Captain says fishing in May (and April) are the best time if you want to be catching and not just fishing. It seems that Salmon is a bit harder to time, but Lake Trout seem abundant in May. We like Lake Trout, so it is not a disappointment.
John  W.
John W. Le Roy, MI
It was cold, damp and windy (this spring has been awful!), but if you like to fish, you can have a very good time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was cold, damp and windy (this spring has been awful!), but if you like to fish, you can have a very good time.
Michler  B.
Michler B. New York, NY
Make sure you dress for the weather. The river is wide and the wind will certainly be a factor for how cold it is going to be on the water. Nothing worse than getting into the fish and having a bad day because you are under dressed. You can always take some clothes off. I recommend that you go with someone that has experience with fishing the river for your first trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you dress for the weather. The river is wide and the wind will certainly be a factor for how cold it is going to be on the water. Nothing worse than getting into the fish and having a bad day because you are under dressed. You can always take some clothes off. I recommend that you go with someone that has experience with fishing the river for your first trip.
David  L.
David L. Dansville, MI
Be prepared for April in Michigan, the weather can be 80 one day and 40 the next, rain or shine you will catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for April in Michigan, the weather can be 80 one day and 40 the next, rain or shine you will catch fish.
Steve  B.
Steve B. Grand Rapids, MI
Listen to the Captain. His instructions are key to your experience of getting Hooked Up!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the Captain. His instructions are key to your experience of getting Hooked Up!
James  D.
James D. Dexter, MI
About Time Charters is the charter to choose when looking to book a trip for walleye. Captain Damon is really nice, has great equipment and gets the fish! You won't be disappointed. Sincerely, Jim
Excellent
5.0 / 5
About Time Charters is the charter to choose when looking to book a trip for walleye. Captain Damon is really nice, has great equipment and gets the fish! You won't be disappointed. Sincerely, Jim
James  P.
James P. Bangor, MI
You can expect to catch bigger fish in April but the number of fish caught might be better in late or May. The weather conditions and water temperatures can make fishing in early April at times a bit difficult. We had to reschedule a trip as a result of bad weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You can expect to catch bigger fish in April but the number of fish caught might be better in late or May. The weather conditions and water temperatures can make fishing in early April at times a bit difficult. We had to reschedule a trip as a result of bad weather.
Nick  B.
Nick B. Westland, MI
Get somebody that knows the Detroit river and Lake Erie like captain Nick does.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get somebody that knows the Detroit river and Lake Erie like captain Nick does.
Mike  B.
Mike B. Dearborn, Michigan
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
Be prepared for the water to be a bit rough this time of year. Be sure to check out the light house and the nice town of Frankfort. Bring good layers of clothing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for the water to be a bit rough this time of year. Be sure to check out the light house and the nice town of Frankfort. Bring good layers of clothing.
Vickie  J.
Vickie J. Flint, Michigan
be preoaredforweather changes the we do not go fishing because of 6 foot waves small craft warnings he was very professional and looked out for our safety i would highly recomend him. bill
Excellent
5.0 / 5
be preoaredforweather changes the we do not go fishing because of 6 foot waves small craft warnings he was very professional and looked out for our safety i would highly recomend him. bill
Bill  M.
Bill M. Mount Pleasant, MI
While we had great weather, I'd recommend that you watch the forecast and come prepared.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
While we had great weather, I'd recommend that you watch the forecast and come prepared.
Jim  C.
Jim C. Tipp City, OH
Remember to get your daily fishing liscence before you start your vacation or set the to complete.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember to get your daily fishing liscence before you start your vacation or set the to complete.
Brenda  Q.
Brenda Q. Chicago, IL
Try to go on a cool day. Cooler water is better for fishing. Love them King Salmon.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try to go on a cool day. Cooler water is better for fishing. Love them King Salmon.
Mike  H.
Mike H. Muskegon, MI
Waters were rough going out. But then it settled down and was a great day to fish. Weather has been very unpredictable this season!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Waters were rough going out. But then it settled down and was a great day to fish. Weather has been very unpredictable this season!
Jody  L.
Jody L. Mount Pleasant, MI
Do the research on your charter boat reviews, that says it all. I highly recommend The Trophy Hunter of the Fish Fly Charters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do the research on your charter boat reviews, that says it all. I highly recommend The Trophy Hunter of the Fish Fly Charters.
Bonnie  H.
Bonnie H. Clare, MI
You will catch more fish in the morning. Jarrod told us to come back and do a morning trip and we would catch more fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will catch more fish in the morning. Jarrod told us to come back and do a morning trip and we would catch more fish!
Kris  W.
Kris W. McCordsville, IN

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Michigan