What to Expect

What should you expect for a full day trip?

Spring: As the water warms up, activity will increase and the bass will begin to find their way towards spawning areas. Our trips will begin mid-morning and will span the warmest times of the day. Some of the best days of the year are during the spring when pre and post-spawn fish are feeding heavily.

Summer: As the heat of the summer increases, our trips will begin earlier in the day. Topwater action during the warmer months is some of the most exciting types of fishing! Watching a smallmouth smash a popper or slider never gets old. As the day heats up, low is the way to go to entice the fish holding in cooler water to bite.

Fall: Fall can be an underrated time of the year to fish. Some of the largest smallmouth of the year can be caught during October, November, and even into December. Just because the water is cold doesn’t mean the bite won’t be on. Fish begin to pod up so get ready to find them and hang on to the rod!

Our full day guide trip includes an adventure-filled 7-8 hour trip down one of our scenic rivers complete with a stream-side lunch or dinner (depending on trip details), all of the latest fishing equipment, and the flies you’ll need.

What to Bring

  • Waders and boots (please no studs of any type) – personal preference
  • Appropriate outerwear for the day – rain gear is not provided
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Current Michigan fishing license
  • Sunglasses
  • A Camera – photos by the guide will be taken with their equipment, if requested. But personal cameras are also welcome.

What NOT to bring

  • Boots with metal or other studs
  • Additional rods/reels
  • Coolers (one is provided on the boat however, available room is limited)
  • Glassware
  • Pets


Our trips will take place rain or shine (and sometimes during snow). Whether to continue a trip will be at the guide’s sole discretion so please be mindful of what weather could occur during the day of the trip and plan accordingly. For details of our cancellation/weather policy, please see our link here.