Time: Jan - March (or safe ice)
Meeting Place: We access our lakes 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.
Keeping Fish: Anglers may keep fish on Fish With Jim Outfitters fishing outings. Size limits and possession limits are set by the MDNR..
Fish Cleaning: Winter fish cleaning is not available.
What To Bring: We recommend you bring the following items to make your trip as enjoyable as possible; drinks and snacks, warm clothes, boots, gloves, hat, polarized sunglasses, camera and a cooler for your catch.
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.
Northern Michigan Ice Fishing
Fish With Jim Outfitters offers Ice Fishing Trips on the most productive Inland Lakes that Northern Michigan has to offer. Our mobile guide service will give your group the best possible fishing trip by being on the best bite and the best ice conditions. Come catch some of Northern Michigan's game fish through the ice including; Lake Trout, Splake, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Perch, Burbot, Whitefish, Cisco and more in Northern Michigan's inland lakes. Fish With Jim Outfitters frequently ice fishes many lakes in the Northwest Lower Michigan. We provide your group of up to 8 everything needed to enjoy a day out on the ice including safe transportation, heated shanty, electronics, rods, tackle and bait.
If transportation on the ice is required, Fish With Jim Outfitters provides the safest ice fishing transportation with our Argo 8X8 750 HDi. Our Argo is outfitted with a custom heated aluminum cabin, studded tracks, winch, all the power, maneuverability and light ride to safely travel the frozen lakes. Even if the ice lets you down, our Argo will keep going with its amphibious capability. The rubber tracks propels the Argo through the water until, when the ice is thick enough, it can claw its way back out, keeping you safe and mobile.
For your comfort we provide quality portable shanties that are heated with propane heaters, Lowrance Electronics, an array of rods featuring the in-line style reel from Eagle Claw, all the required fishing tackle and all the necessary bait is included.
1/2 Day Trips
$129 - Per Fisherman for 4 Hours
Full Day Trips
$179 - Per Fisherman for 7 hours
Requests of specific lakes requires Full Day option and a 4 person minimum.
We have a capacity of up to 8 fisherman per day. A 50% Deposit is required for groups of 4 or more. Call 248-252-1277 for details.
Where We Fish
Fish With Jim Outfitters ice fishes many of the Inland Lakes in the Northwest Lower Michigan area.
Higgins Lake is a 9,900 acre lake is known for its deep, clear waters and is the 10th largest inland lake in Michigan with a shoreline of 21 miles. Located just south of Grayling, Higgins Lake produces some great Lake Trout and Perch during the ice fishing season.
Bear Lake is a 316 acre lake that is very clear and has a max depth of 60 feet. It is located just east of Grayling off of M-72. Bear Lake produces great catches of Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Perch during the ice fishing season.
Starvation Lake is a 125 acre lake that is located just south of Mancelona. It is a relatively deep lake with a max depth of 50ft. Starvation Lake produces great catches of Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Perch during the ice fishing season.
Lake Skegemog is a 2,561 acre lake that is located east of Traverse City off of M-72. Lake Skegmog is part of the Northwest Michigan Chain O'Lakes and produces great catches of Perch and Northern Pike during the ice fishing season.
Thumb Lake is a 484 acre lake that has three distinct basins with a max depth of just over 100 ft. It is located just east of Boyne Falls. Thumb Lake also know as Lake Louise produces great catches of Splake and Perch during the ice fishing season.
Torch Lake and Grand Traverse Bay do not freeze annually but, In the event they do have safe ice, we do extend our ice fishing trips to these destinations. We target Perch, Lake Trout, Whitefish, Burbot and Cisco. If you are interested in a Trip to Torch Lake or Grand Traverse Bay we can put you on a call list if the ice becomes safe enough for us to fish.
Lake Charlevoix is the third largest lake in Michigan with a surface area of over 17,200 acres and 56 miles of shoreline. The maximum depth in the main basin is 122 feetand in the south arm, 58 feet. Lake Charlevoix is located in Northwest Lower Michigan between Charlevoix, East Jordan and Boyne City. Lake Charlevoix produces trophy Cisco and some Lake Trout during the ice fishing season.
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