Traverse City Fishing Reports

Your Traverse City Fishing Experience


Stay up to date with the latest news and insights from our exciting fishing adventures in Traverse City. Discover the hotspots, techniques, and species we've been targeting, as well as the memorable catches and thrilling moments our clients have experienced on the water. Whether you're seeking smallmouth bass, pike, or other prized fish, our fishing report will provide valuable information to enhance your angling endeavors.


We get these questions often. What fish are biting in Grand Traverse Bay? How is the fishing in Traverse City Michigan? What kind of fish are in Traverse City Michigan? Well, common fish species biting in Grand Traverse Bay include smallmouth bass, walleye, lake trout, yellow perch, and whitefish. Explore our fishing reports to discover the exciting experiences our guests have had reeling in these incredible fish!


All Jack'd Up Charters provides both 5-hour and 8-hour fishing trips, departing bright and early at 6am. Our primary focus is on smallmouth bass, but as we venture out, we have the opportunity to hook into a variety of other fish species along the way. While we are aware that there are many resources available to help you plan your future fishing trip, we are happy that you have found our insightful advice to be helpful. All Jack'd Up Charters is committed to sharing its in-depth expertise of these stunning waterways with other enthusiastic anglers like you. We look forward to having the chance to go fishing with you two!

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December 30, 2023

Fishing In Traverse City

We had a great time with Traverse City Fishing Charters! We caught smallmouth bass, and everyone was delighted with the trip.
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August 21, 2023

Water is cooling down

Back on the water after a short break and the water is cooling down and the big fish are on the move.   Water temps have dropped 8 degrees in the last week and we went looking for big fish.  We fished wacky worms slow in 15' to 20' and the first four fish were all over 4# (5.86, 4.9, 5.5 and 4.29) not a bad first hour.   As the sun came out and the water calmed down the big fish stopped biting biting but we continued to catch fish in the mid 3# range.   Fishing is only going to gwt better the next few weeks with fall coming in.   
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August 5, 2023

Ups and Downs

Only fished three days last week. Monday was a short trip and only fished a couple spots.  Locations that were good the week before had no fish and spot that didn't had fish.  Wedneday was a good day, we started slow and bounced around with only 7 fish before noon then everything changed with approaching storms, our last stop produced 15 fish with several over 3.5#.  Friday was a day for me to fish and look for some new spots for fishing later this week.  Clients want big fish this week so we are going to fish deep rocks! 
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July 30, 2023

Busy weekend!

Fished Friday, Saturday and Sunday and everyday fished different.   We started Friday with light winds and sun, fish we're cruising the 10' to 15' rock lines.  Saturday was windy and rough and fish were tough to find. we did manage to find a few nice ones on the drop offs abd rock lines.  Sunday was lighter winds but still rough, we fished a lot of spots and found fish everywhere from 5' to 20'. we were able to score a 5.42# and 6.32# at the end of the day.  fishing should become more perdictable in August. 
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July 25, 2023

Busy week

Fished Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, every day was a different.  Saturday was a good day with fish active on the rocks between 5' and 12', we caught fish into the mid 4# range. We found a couple still on their beds.   Sunday was a struggle with wind and big waves.  We manage to get a few but the bigger fish would not bite.  Tuesday we fished spots I hadn't fished yet this year.   the bit was good and we managed a couple over the 4# mark and one tank at 5.5#.  fishing should continue to inprove with fish finally into there sunmer patterns. 
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July 18, 2023

Little slower

it was a grind today, we fished from 4' to 20' and couldn't find a consistant bite.  Jeff, Pete and Zeke fished hard and found some, but this was the toughest day so far this year.  
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July 11, 2023

Cold front fishing

Big south wind on Monday blew the warm water out.  Water temp dropped 12 degrees from Sunday and big waves from the north made the fishing tough.  Fish were on transition bottoms and the bite was tough to feel with the wind.  
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July 9, 2023

The spawn is done!!!

Fish are done spawning, YAY!  Bass are moving to their summer haunts and are aggressive. Fishing was good on transition lines and dropoffs.  
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June 21, 2023

Fishing remains great

Got out Monday and Wednesday this week.  Monday was great with many fish over 4#, Wednesday was a little slower with the mayfly hatch this week, but we did get a nice steelhead as a bonus.  spawn is winding down and fish will be putting in the feed bag. 
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June 15, 2023

Breezy on the bay

Cold, breezy and a little drizzly perfect June day in upper michigan!   Luckily the fish didn't care.   Great crew today heres their review. 

Jack was the perfect charter for us! We took our 15 year Autistic son for his first charter trip and no words can describe how awesome he was with him (and us).  He took the time to show us the ropes and get us on some nice small mouth bass.  If you’re looking for a great guide, great fishing (even in the cold) you can’t go wrong with Jack! Highly recommend and we will be booking again!
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June 14, 2023

West Bay is Awesome!

After 3 days of rain and wind  I was able to get out today.   I checked out some new areas looking for fish that havent been pressured too hard.  Found lots of fish cruising and on beds.  sight fishing will remain excellent for the next few weeks. 
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June 10, 2023

West Bay Still Hot

West Bay continues to produce quality Smallmouth.  Males into the 4# class are building beds with bigger females cruising around.  We have a few cool days with rain in forcast which will help keep this pattern going.