Welcome to Traverse City Bass Guide Service,
a light tackle and fly fishing guide service.
My passion is being out on the water, and I can't think of a better place to be than Northern Michigan's Traverse City area. The gin clear waters surrounding the Traverse area not only include two expansive bays off Lake Michigan, but many inland lakes as well.
Known primarily for its salmon and blue-ribbon trout fishing, these waters are also home to trophy smallmouth bass. Walleye, whitefish, jumbo perch, largemouth bass and gigantic carp also swim in these waters.
The fishing that I offer is all done with artificial lures and flies, and the fishing charters are all done out of a fully-rigged 2009 Ranger Z-520 Comanche bass boat. This DNR inspected boat is outfitted with Humminbird side imaging electronics, as well as two Power Pole XLs and a big 250 hp Evinrude E-Tec motor. I try my best to stay on top of the latest bass tournament techniques, giving us the edge needed to fool Michigan's clear-water bronzebacks. Many of the presentations we employ on a daily basis are some of our very own custom poured baits, using our own custom designed lure molds. For fly anglers seeking some of the most exciting sight fishing opportunities in fresh water, come spend a day chasing the giant carp that cruise the sandy flats, or cast at cruising smallmouth as they roam the shallows in the spring. Even during the summer, we can sight cast to cruising smallmouths in water as deep as 30 or more feet.
The fishery here is so prolific the Traverse City area has been the focus of many television shows and numerous magazine articles. In fact, 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."
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