Northern Michigan Salmon & Steelhead
Fish With Jim Outfitters offers quality river fishing trips from Petoskey to Traverse City in Northwest Lower Michigan. We offer trips from our river boat in the Jordan River or on foot on many of the other rivers in the area for a wide range of Migratory Salmon, Steelhead, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout.
Jordan River Float Trip
Come float the Jordan River with Fish With Jim Outfitters on our 12’ Saturn Raft. The Jordan River is 25 miles long in the northwestern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan. The Jordan's headwaters rise from springs in the upper Jordan River Valley northeast of Mancelona and flows into Lake Charlevoix at East Jordan. The Jordan is the largest tributary of Lake Charlevoix and was the first river to be designated in Michigan's Natural Rivers Program.
Fish With Jim Outfitters fishes the Jordan River for Salmon and Steelhead from late August through April. In addition to the Salmon and Steelhead it is not uncommon to catch quality brown trout, brook trout and rainbow trout. During the heart of winter Fish With Jim Outfitters takes a break from the river fishing and offers quality ice fishing trips. As soon as the ice becomes unsafe we are right back to the river to offer the quality outing that the Jordan is until the steelhead migrate back into the lake typically at the end of April.
We provide your group of up to 2, everything needed to enjoy a day on the river.
We provide high quality rods from Raven, Tacklemaster Custom Rods, J. Smith Custom Rods matched with Kingpin Center Pin reels and high quality spinning reels for float fishing. We also provide St Croix and G Loomis Rods matched with Shimano Tekota reels for plug fishing and back dropping bait. We provide all the necessary tackle and bait for a quality day on the river.
Booking a float trip for salmon and steelhead on the Jordan River with Fish With Jim Outfitters ensures that you will be on the right area of the river and using the right fish catching technique to have a successful day.
Walk and Wade Northwest Lower Michigan for Salmon and Steelhead
Fish With Jim Outfitters offers walk and wade fishing trips during the week as an option for fishing Northwest Lower Michigan for Salmon and Steelhead. We float fish all of the rivers from Petoskey to Traverse City during the river fishing season.
We provide high quality rods from Raven, Tacklemaster Custom Rods, J. Smith Custom Rods matched with Kingpin Center Pin reels and high quality spinning reels for float fishing. We provide all the necessary tackle and bait for a quality day on the river. At this time we do not offer any fly fishing options. Waders are required for your outing and are not provided.
Where We Walk and Wade
Boyne River is Lake Charlevoix's second-largest tributary, after the Jordan River. The Boyne River has great runs of migratory salmon and steelhead fishing opportunities below the Dam and along the 5.6 miles downstream to Boyne City where it empties into Lake Charlevoix.
Bear River is a small river in Northwest Lower Michigan that is 14.7 miles long. Its headwaters begin at the southeast side of Walloon Lake and flows into Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey. It is the largest tributary of Little Traverse Bay. The lower end of the Bear River has great runs of migratory salmon and steelhead fishing opportunities in Petoskey.
Elk River is a very short but significant river in the Lake Michigan drainage basin of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is only 1.5 miles in length and flows from Elk Lake into Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan. It forms a waterway and harbor for the municipality of Elk Rapids. The Elk River below the Dam has great runs of migratory salmon and steelhead fishing opportunities and has limited opportunities for Atlantic Salmon above the dam during the winter.
Boardman River is a 28.2-mile-long river that flows into the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan. The Boardman River is considered one of the top ten trout streams in Michigan. Before entering the Grand Traverse Bay, it becomes Boardman Lake, a natural lake that was originally 259 acres in size and increased to 339 acres after the Union Street Dam was constructed in 1867. After flowing through Boardman Lake, the river descends through downtown Traverse City, following a hairpin-shaped course to Grand Traverse Bay. Below the Union Street Dam the Boardman River has great runs of migratory Salmon, Steelhead and Lake Trout fishing opportunities.
Booking a walk and wade trip for salmon and steelhead with Fish With Jim Outfitters ensures that you will be on the right river and using the right fish catching technique to have a successful day.
Walk and Wade
$299 - Up to 2 Fisherman for 4 Hours
$399- Up to 2 Fisherman for 7 Hours
Jordan River Float Trip
$249- Up to 1 Fisherman for 4 Hours
$299- Up to 1 Fisherman for 7 Hours
Multiple Boats Available
Call 248-252-1277 for details.
Time: September - April
Meeting Place: We access our rivers in many places, please contact us for a meeting location.
License: Purchase a Michigan Fishing License for $10 daily. Click Here
Tackle: All tackle is provided at no extra cost. Spinning, Center Pin and Plug Rods are available. Bait including Jigs, Fresh Spawn, Flies and other live bait is provided.
Waders: For your comfort, we recommend a breathable stocking foot wader.
Keeping Fish: Anglers may keep fish on Fish With Jim Outfitters fishing outings. Size limits and possession limits can vary from lake to lake and are set by the Michigan DNR.
Fish Cleaning: Fish With Jim Outfitters offers fish cleaning to our customers for a fee of $2 per fish. We provide bags for your catch.
What To Bring: We recommend you bring the following items to make your trip as enjoyable as possible; bottled water or soft drinks (no alcoholic beverages are allowed on walk and wade trips), a rain jacket, polarized sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, camera and a cooler for your catch. We fish in a variety of conditions so please dress in layers.
Gratuity: Please remember your guide at the end of the day. A normal tip is 15% of the total value of your trip.
Places To Stay: There are many quality places to stay in the Traverse City Area. Please contact us and we can assist you in finding a place to stay.
Fish With Jim Outfitters, LLC. - 5314 Kregulka Rd. - Mancelona, MI 49659
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