Michigan Bass Fishing

Welcome to Traverse City Bass Fishing Guide Service,

a light tackle and fly fishing guide service specializing in northern

Michigan bass fishing.

Our passion is fishing for bass, and we 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 the Grand Traverse Bays off of Lake Michigan, but many inland lakes.

 Traverse City Bass Fishing Options

Trophy Michigan smallmouth bass are abundant in northern Michigan. Bassmaster Magazine consistently ranks northern Michigan lakes in their top 100 Best Bass fishing locations. The fisheries here are so prolific for bass fishing, northern Michigan and the Traverse City area have 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 by Field and Stream, and Fly Rod & Reel magazine listed Traverse as one of its “12 top Fly-Fishing Retirement Towns.”

Bass Fishing Charter Boats and Captains

Our bass fishing charters are all led by guides with U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s licenses. Our boats are DNR-inspected, fully-rigged, and stocked with top-of-the-line tackle for your use. Our Captains stay on top of the latest bass tournament techniques, giving you the edge needed to fool Michigan’s clear-water bronzebacks.

With water clarity ranging from 20 feet on many of the inland lakes, to over 40 feet at times on the Grand Traverse Bays, MI 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 us chasing smallies on the shallow sandy flats, or sight casting at cruising smallmouth bass in water as deep as 30 feet or more during the summer.

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Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Charter Captain 2014

How to fish for smallmouth bass using jerkbaits

How to fish for smallmouth bass using jerkbaits


Learn some great tips and tricks with this quick tutorial on jerk bait fishing in clear water. Captain Ben Wolfe of Traverse City Bass talks about northern Michigan smallmouth bass fishing in the Grand Traverse Bay.

Goin’ Small for Smallies with Lindner’s Fishing Edge

Goin’ Small for Smallies with Lindner’s Fishing Edge


James Lindner joins Captain Ron Dohm of Traverse City Bass Guide Service on Michigan’s beautiful Grand Traverse Bay for a day of sight fishing for smallmouth bass. Episode: Lindner’s Fishing Edge – “Goin’ Small for Smallies”

Northern Michigan Smallmouth Bass

Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing with Captain Ben Wolfe


Captain Ben Wolfe and Captain Chad Dilts catch a dandy Norther Michigan Smallmouth Bass on Lake Leelanau. Fishing from Traverse City Bass’ Ranger 520Z bass boat. Contact Us to book your Michigan bass fishing trip today.