Welcome to Traverse City Bass Guide Service,
a light tackle and fly fishing guide service specializing in northern Michigan bass fishing.
My passion is being out on the water, and I can't think of a better place to be than on northern Michigan's gin clear waters in the Traverse City area. The waters surrounding the Traverse area not only include two expansive bays off of Lake Michigan, but many inland lakes as well.
Known for its salmon, lake trout, and blue-ribbon trout fishing, these waters are also home to trophy smallmouth bass. In fact, Bassmaster Magazine's 2014 rating of the top 100 best bass fishing lakes ranked the Grand Traverse Bays at number 9. Furthermore, 4 of Michigan's 5 lakes mentioned are located in northern Michigan.
The fisheries here are so prolific for bass fishing, northern Michigan and the Traverse City area has been the focus of many national television shows and numerous magazine articles. Traverse City was ranked as the 3rd best fishing town in the country (Field & Stream; Feb. 2008) and in 2005, Fly Rod & Reel magazine listed Traverse as one of its "12 top Fly-Fishing Retirement Towns."
In 2014, I was recently honored to be voted among the top 3 best charter boat captains in a national poll conducted by Traverse Magazine and Mynorth.com. Of the top 3, I am proud to be the only Captain offering fishing services, as the other 2 offer sailing and sunset tours. The fishing that I offer is all done with artificial lures, and the fishing charters are all done out of a DNR inspected fully rigged Ranger Z-520 Comanche bass boat. The boat features Humminbird electronics, a big 112-pound thrust Minn Kota Fortrexx trolling motor, 2 Power Pole XLs and a huge 250 hp Evinrude E-Tec motor. I try my best to stay on top of the latest tournament techniques, giving us the edge needed to fool Michigan's clear-water bronzebacks. Many presentations we employ on a daily basis are some of our very own custom poured soft plastic baits.
With water clarity ranging from 20 feet on many of the inland lakes to over 40 feet at times on the Grand Traverse Bays, smallmouth bass fishing around the Traverse City area in northern Michigan is a special treat. Early May through October is when we can best target our northern Michigan bass. Come spend a day with me chasing smallies on the shallow sandy flats, or sight casting at cruising smallmouths in water as deep as 30 feet or more during the summer.
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