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, 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 everything needed to enjoy a day out on the ice including safe transportation, heated shanty, electronics, rods, tackle and bait.
What is included in your trip
We provide warm shanties with propane heaters, transportation, Marcum LX 7 fish-finders, an array of rods featuring the in-line style reel from Eagle Claw, a huge selection of proven tackle, bait and local knowledge on our fully guided ice fishing trips. If you have all the gear and are just looking to tag along for the day we have a semi-guided option.
IIf transportation is needed, Fish With Jim Outfitters provides the safest ice fishing transportation with our Argo 8X8's or our Taiga Dog Track Sleds. The Argos are amphibious vehicles that will float if they break through the ice and the Taiga dogs have lighter pound per square inch footprint than a person walking on the ice. We take great pride in providing a safe and fun experience on the ice.
Shanties and Fishing Gear
Currently Fish With Jim Outfitters has many good options for shanties. We currently have 5 Eskimo hub style shanties that are insulated and 2 permanent shanties.
Eskimo Outbreak 650XD
Fish With Jim Outfitters has 1 Outbreak 650XD. Don’t trip. Stay warm. Fish longer, in 94 square feet of comfort that is perfect for groups of 4-6. The Outbreak 650XD is the perfect party sized shelter keep you warm and comfortable during your time on the ice. Best of all, its all-access, full panel door makes loading and unloading quicker and easier, so you can focus on fishing.
Eskimo Outbreak 450XD
Fish With Jim Outfitters has 2 Outbreak 450XD’s. This is the perfect family sized shelter of 72 square feet for groups of 3-4 to keep you warm and comfortable during your time on the ice. Best of all, its all-access, full panel door makes loading and unloading quicker and easier, so you can focus on fishing.
Eskimo Outbreak 250XD
Fish With Jim Outfitters has 2 Outbreak 250XD’s. This shelter offers 51 square feet of insulated, packable comfort. The Outbreak 250XD is the perfect shelter for groups of 1-2 to keep you warm and comfortable during your time on the ice. Best of all, its all-access, full panel door makes loading and unloading quicker and easier, so you can focus on fishing.
Banks Outdoors Stump 4
Fish With Jim has 2 Banks Outdoors Stump 4 Ice Houses. Each of the Stump 4 Ice Houses can accommodate 2 anglers. The Stump 4 features a heater, fish finder, rods, tip ups and a foam Floor Mat keeping you separated from the ice.
Where We Fish
Fish With Jim Outfitters ice fishes many of the Inland Lakes in the Northwest Lower Michigan area.
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. We target Bear Lake in January for Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Perch.
Burt Lake is a 17,120 acre lake that is located 30 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge. The lake is approximately 10 miles long from north to south, about 5 miles at its widest, and 73 feet (at its deepest. Burt Lake can produce a mixed bag catch including; Burbot, Walleye, Cisco and Perch during the ice fishing season but, we primarily target it in March when the Burbot begin their annual spawn.
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 feet and in the south arm, 58 feet. Lake Charlevoix is located in Northwest Lower Michigan between Charlevoix, East Jordan and Boyne City. We target Lake Charlevoix at the end of January for pike and during February for Cisco with an occasional Lake Trout.
Lake Skegemog is a 2,561 acre lake that is located east of Traverse City off of M-72. Lake Skegemog is part of the Northwest Michigan Chain O’Lakes. We target Skegemog in January for Perch.
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. We target Thumb Lake in January for Splake and Perch.
Torch Lake is the second largest inland lake by surface area and the largest by water volume. It has an average depth of 133ft and is over 300ft at its deepest point. does not freeze annually but, In the event they do have safe ice, we do extend our ice fishing trips to the destinations. We primarily target it in late February - March for Lake Trout and Burbot when they begin their annual spawn.
We begin our ice fishing season the second week of January on some of the smaller lakes targeting Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Splake and Perch. This time of year there are also pike trips available. On colder years we will begin to target some of the bigger lakes by the end of January targeting Cisco and Lake Trout.
By February our larger lakes typically have good ice and we will begin to target Cisco and Lake Trout. Pike trips are available for larger groups this time of year. February is the most stable time as our ice conditions are the best on a normal year.
March is the month that everyone waits for as we primarily target Burbot during this time. Pike trips are available for larger groups this time of year. March is no guarantee as ice conditions are variable at this time on the larger lakes.
Fully Guided Trips
1/2 Day $149 - Per Fisherman for 4 Hours
Full Day $199 - Per Fisherman for 7 hours
We have a capacity of up to 16 fully guided fisherman per day.
$99 - Per Fisherman
Call 248-252-1277 for details.
Time: Jan - March 15
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.
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