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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.

Where We Fish

Fish With Jim Outfitters fishes many of the Inland Lakes and Grand Traverse Bay in the Northwest Lower Michigan area from our Fully Rigged 24' Angler Qwest.

Northern Michigan Inland Lakes 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.


Our Schedule


March 15 - August 15 Torch & Elk Lake

August 15 - September 30 Grand Traverse Bay

October 1 - November 15 Torch & Elk Lake


We provide your group of up to 6, everything needed to enjoy a day out on the lake.

Torch Lake Brown TroutTorch 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 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.

Elk lake Steelhead

Grand Traverse Bay Lake TroutGrand 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 the Bay's fishery that include 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 Lake Trout fishing.  Lake Trout fishing is typical good throughout our entire open water season on the Bay.  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!



24' Angler Qwest Rates

$375 - Up to 2 Fisherman for 4 Hours

Add $100 for each additional

fisherman up to 6

Add $150 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.

Fish With Jim Outfitters, LLC. - 5314 Kregulka Rd. - Mancelona, MI 49659

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