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Torch and Elk Lakes Fishing Trips

Fish With Jim Outfitters offers quality fishing trips on some of Northern Lower Michigan's most prized Inland Lakes. Our guide service will ensure that your group has an excellent fishing trip with the best catch and optimal lake conditions. We catch a variety of species on our trips, including Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Steelhead and Perch.




24' Angler Qwest

$510 - Up to 3 Fisherman for 4 hours

Add $110 for each additional fisherman up to 6

Add $200 for an additional 3 hours

Guy holding a Coho Salmon on a pontoon boat
Torch Lake Fishing Charter
Torch Lake Fishing Guide

March 15 - August 15, mid-September - November 15

Torch Lake is Michigan's longest inland lake, measuring 19 miles, and the state's second-largest inland lake, at around 18,770 acres. Torch Lake has a maximum depth of 320 feet and an average depth of 111 feet, making it Michigan's deepest inland lake. Torch Lake is located 17 miles North East of Traverse City.


Elk Lake is about a mile and a half wide and nine miles long, and is located near the town of Elk Rapids. It has a maximum depth of 192 ft, making it Michigan's second deepest after Torch Lake.


Atlantic Salmon, Steelhead, Brown Trout and Lake Trout Fishing

We usually fish in the deep water of Torch Lake and Elk Lake during most of the open water season. We catch a variety of high-quality fish, such as Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout.


Perch Fishing

We target Yellow Perch from Mid-September - October with traditional perch fishing rigs baited with shrimp, wigglers, and minnows.


Burbot Fishing

We specifically pursue Burbot on our exclusive excursion using jigging techniques immediately after the ice thaws, typically throughout the month of April. Burbot put up a fantastic fight and are a great eating fish!

Trip Details

Meeting Location: Aarwood DNR Boat Ramp 7620 Aarwood Trail NW - Rapid City, MI 49676

License: Purchase a Michigan Fishing License for $10 daily. Click Here

Tackle: All tackle is provided at no extra cost.

Keeping Fish: Anglers are permitted to keep the fish they catch during their fishing trips with Fish With Jim Outfitters. Size limits and possession limits are set by the MDNR.

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: To have a great trip, bring the following items: bottled water or soft drinks, 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 crew at the conclusion of the tour. 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.

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