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Torch Lake, Elk Lake and Grand Traverse Bay Fishing


Fish With Jim Outfitters offers quality fishing trips on some of Northern Lower Michigan's most productive Inland Lakes and Grand Traverse Bay.  Our mobile guide service will give your group the best possible fishing trip by being on the best bite and the best lake conditions.  We catch a variety of species on our trips including; Lake Trout, Cisco, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout/Steelhead and more.


Torch Lake Brown TroutTorch Lake Guided Fishing Trips!  Torch Lake at 19 miles long is Michigan's longest inland lake and at approximately 18,770 acres is Michigan's second largest inland lake.  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.


March 15 - August 15, October 1 - November 15

For most of the open water season on Torch Lake we troll the deep water and catch a mixed bag of quality fish including Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout and Lake Trout.  Although trolling is the bulk of what we do there are a couple of option in the early spring and the fall for Perch and Burbot fishing.   We target Yellow Perch in April and October with traditional perch fishing rigs baited with shrimp, wigglers, and minnows.  We target Burbot on our most unique trip offering with jigging techniques throughout the entire month of April.  Burbot put up a fantastic fight and are a great eating fish!


Elk lake SteelheadElk Lake Guided Fishing Trips!  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 maximum depth of 192 ft making it Michigan's second deepest after Torch Lake.


April - August

Trolling in Elk Lake produces great catches of Lake Trout, Steelhead, Cisco and Atlantic Salmon during the fishing season.


Grand Traverse Bay Guided Fishing Trips!  Grand Traverse Bay is a bay of Lake Michigan formed by the Leelanau Peninsula in the northwestern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The bay is 32 miles long, 10 miles wide, and up to 620 feet deep in spots. It is divided into two arms, East Bay and West Bay by the Old Mission Peninsula.


August 15 - September 30

Grand Traverse Bay has one of the best deep water fisheries around.  We target the highlights of theGrand Traverse Bay Lake Trout Bay's fishery that include King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, Cisco and Perch throughout the open water season.


Our open water season on the Bay starts in April when we target Perch, Lake Trout and Cisco.  The Perch fishing is typically good through the end of April and can produce some high quality catches.  If you are looking for a bigger fish the bay has some fantastic Salmon and Lake Trout fishing.  Lake Trout fishing is typical good throughout our entire open water season on the Bay and Salmon are present in our catches in August and September.  Grand Traverse Bay has an amazing Cisco fishery where nearly every fish boated qualifies for a Michigan Master Angler.  We target Cisco in April with jigging techniques and August - October with trolling techniques.  It is not uncommon to catch a few Salmon while trolling for Lake Trout and Cisco!


Other Fishing Options

Fish With Jim Outfitters wants your group to experience a good day of fishing and the key is adapting to what is available.  As unpredictable as the weather is year to year, annual fish habits can follow this same pattern, unpredictable.   Our mobile guide service offers your group flexibility to achieve that banner day by offering you the best alternative for your day out with Fish With Jim Outfitters.



  • Fishing Schedule

    March 15 - June 17  Torch Lake & Elk Lake

    Fish beautiful Torch Lake and Elk Lake for Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon and Brown Trout using trolling techniques from our 24' Angler Qwest.


    June 19 - July 2 Drummond Island Detour Passage

    Fish from Drummond Island the Detrour Passage for Atlantic Salmon from our 24' Angler Qwest using trolling techniques.


    July 5 - August 14 Torch Lake & Elk Lake

    Summertime fishing on Torch Lake and Elk Lake for Lake Trout, Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon using trolling techniques from our 24' Angler Qwest.


    August 15 - September 30 Grand Traverse Bay

    Fish on Grand Traverse Bay out of Elk Rapids or Traverse City for Lake Trout, Cisco and Salmon using Trolling Techniques from our 24' Angler Qwest.


    October 1 - November 15 Torch Lake

    October begins perch time on Torch Lake.  Come out and verticle Jig for decent sized perch from our 24' Angler Qwest.


  • Rates

    24' Angler Qwest Rates

    $400 - Up to 2 Fisherman for 4 Hours

    Add $110 for each additional

    fisherman up to 6

    Add $200 for full day


    Call 248-252-1277 for details.

  • Trip Details

    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: 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, 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.

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