Smallmouth fishing in the Traverse City area is world class for several reasons. A few of the reasons include the crystal clear waters, the breathtaking scenery, and the abundance of Smallmouth the area offers. The clear waters of the area can be very intimidating for those who are not on the water everyday. Fortunately Captain Ron Dohm Jr and the guides of SportFishMichigan are out chasing these fish everyday during the spring and fall. This ensures that on your Smallmouth trip all of the odds will be in your favor. The only thing left for you to do is execute on your opportunities!


There is no reason to feel intimidated about chasing these Northern Smallmouth. All skill levels are welcomed as Ron and any of the SportFishMichigan guides will prioritize your experience over all else. The trip is based around your happiness and we want to ensure the trip is everything you had hoped for. If you’re hesitant because you are worried about your ability to perform a cast, feel the bite, or set the hook, don’t be! Some of the best trips happen when groups who come out have little to no experience. They also have very few preconceived notions and they also seem to be open to suggestions we may give to help you better perform the technique we are using that day. The only time the guides will pick up a rod is to show you a tip or technique, the goal is to have you catch the fish! The guide’s job is to make sure you’re around the fish and then to net your Smallmouth as it gets close to the boat.


Traverse City and the adjacent areas of Glen Arbor, Leland, and Elk Rapids provide a wonderful getaway vacation during the summer. Visiting the area earlier in the spring or later in the fall is an often overlooked time frame. The weather is still amazing and the scenery is just as beautiful. Besides not wanting to jump in the lakes for a swim,visiting in these just off seasons offer incredible Smallmouth fishing opportunities and less congestion with the summer crowds. Local restaurants, breweries, and wineries are the perfect pit stops as you enjoy the incredible local scenery. Your guide will know the local must see locations and are happy to share the insights that only a local to the area will know!
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