Could not have asked for a better experience! Captain Chad was absolutely amazing. This was our first time
Ice fishing, and he walked us through everything. When we arrived, everything was already set up, and the shanty was nice and warm. He was able to pick us up right from the shoreline, which was very nice.
We had a great time catching small perch from inside the shanty and then were able to pull in a large pike from one of the tip-ups! Overall, an amazing experience, and would definitely do again!
Can't say enough good things about Chad as a guide. I have had several guides all over the country - West, Midwest, South, and Alaska. Chad ranks at the top. He knows the waters in Northern Michigan like no other, reacts quickly to changing conditions, and is constantly working for your enjoyment. In my opinion, he is the best I have seen. Coming from out of town, you never know what you are going to get in unfamiliar areas, but he has the ability to read the clients and make sure he puts you on the fish. Have booked several trips with him and will continue to do so annually.
I inquired about a trip to introduce my two grand daughters (9 and 5) to fishing. Ben suggested a trip for rock bass on Crystal Lake. It was a terrific introduction for the two of them. They stared catching them on the first line drops. Great setting, beautiful lake and lots of bites. My grand daughters will be talking about this trip for a long time. Me too. Ben was great with the girls.
We booked two trips with Captain(s) Adam, Chad and Ben this year on the Detroit River for Walleye in April. Both trips were unconditional successes with limits in less than 3 hours first day, with Cpt Chad and Cpt Adam and less than 2 hours the second day with Cpt Ben and Cpt Adam. The fish ranged from 15 to 22 inches and were in prime condition. As were Adam, Chad and Ben. If you have not fished with them recently they (Cpt Ben) now have two beautiful new Ranger boats, the boats are extra roomy and extremely comfortable. I have had multiple trips with these Captains over the past several years for Walleye, Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Steelhead, Lake Trout, Cisco and Smallmouth and can tell you every trip was terrific. Great service, exceptional tackle and of course lots of fish!
I booked a trip with Capt. Ben to catch some big smallmouth bass. He didn't disappoint. I landed close to 30 smallies, several pushing 4 lbs. or better, with a personal best 5 lba+ trophy-size smallmouth. Capt. Ben is a very knowledgeable guide, he kept us on fish all day and even taught me a few new techniques. In all, it was a great outing and I hope to go again soon. Thanks Again Capt. Ben. GO BLUE !!!!!!!!
Wanted to throw in some enthusiastic support for young Captain Ron Dohm. My father-in-law, sister and I had an absolutely fantastic morning with Captain Ron in early August jigging for lake trout. As my father-in-law said on the drive home, it was more like 'catching' than 'fishing'. Regardless of the fact that we were hauling in the fish faster than Ron could release them, we were most impressed by his professionalism and easy-going, good-natured and enthusiastic character. So mature and clearly skilled. I'm sure Captain Ben and Chad are great, but we will ask to go out with Ron again next time we head out.
We came up from Florida to visit friends and had booked a full day trip with Traverse City Bass. This was our first trip to Michigan and my first trophy smallmouth bass fishing. Now I’ve fished with some great guides from Panama, to Key West to Lake Toho, but none have compared to this trip. This was by far the most enjoyable. Captain Ben was passionate, professional, and patient. We caught fish all day long using a variety of techniques and baits. He quickly had us landing smallmouth one after another. If you want to learn about bass behavior, seasonal patterns, and the right equipment to use, I strongly recommend a trip with Captain Ben. Definitely Five Stars. Speaking of equipment, the tackle, the baits, and gear were all high-end which made for a hassle-free day and added to the joy of fighting big fish. Heck, even his camera and the pictures were top-of the-line! In my mind, Captain Ben Wolfe and his Guide Service are the epitome of "Pure Michigan". Thanks again Captain-- already looking forward to our next trip!
Myself and 2 friends were fortunate to book a trip through Sport Fish Michigan. We had a wonderful time, plenty of laughs, fish and smiles the entire time we were out. Our guide made sure we caught plenty of Salmon while out with him.
Great fishing trip! My wife purchased trip as a surprise and I took a couple of friends along. We had some weather issues - the Captain adjusted to them like a pro and we were catching fish in no time! Great smallies and the knowledge of our guide was remarkable!! Will definitely be booking again!!
My daughter and I went out fishing recently with Captain Ben. We have fished several times on our own and never caught anything. We got so many smallmouth bass in one afternoon!! Ben is a great guide and knows the waters around Traverse City. He worked hard to see that we had a great afternoon and had success catching fish.
Our guide was the best!!! Great to fish with. We will never forget the day we had. See you next time we vacation in Michigan.
My son-in-law and I had our best fishing trip ever. We had a great day of fishing, laughing and learning about smallmouth bass fishing in the Traverse City Bay area. Our guide definitely knows what he is doing on the water. We will absolutely book another trip in the future!
New Buffalo, MI
I have been fishing for salmon and steelhead with Captain Ben for the past few years, usually a few different trips each year. I can always count on lots of laughter while fishing with him, which means that we have a great time on the water. Captain Ben knows the Manistee River extremely well, and I feel confident in his abilities as a guide. He always manages to get us on fish, which makes coming back each year that much more fun. Looking forward to our next trip together.
Kyle B. (fished September & October)
Awesome morning of fishing on the bay, our guide knew where to go and how to get it done, great job, we will be back for sure if not this fall in the spring for sure. We were holding the largest smallies we had ever caught no more than 10 minutes after we stopped at the first spot, like I keep saying "Awesome!" Great equipment, positive attitude from our guide, and the fantastic waters of the Grand Traverse Bay made this a great trip. We had a 3 hour trip home and could not stop talking about it...Thanks!
Paw Paw, MI
Great guide, great fishing, great fun! Our guide was friendly, courteous, and willing and able to work to put you on the fish. He knows the waters as well as what works to catch smallies! The equipment he uses and supplies is top notch and a pleasure to use. I would highly recommend a fishing trip with Sport Fish Michigan and I look forward to going out on the water with him again.
I want to send a special thanks to you for the part you played in a very special steelhead trip that I enjoyed on October 24th. For several reasons, the trip we had together was the best trip I have ever enjoyed. When you can hook 15 and land 12 beautiful steelhead, that alone makes it a great trip. But so much more went into it. The skills you come by, the boat handling, the excellent equipment, the knowledge of the river and your thoughtful assistance to me, all came together to make it my greatest trip. I have been telling everyone that will listen about our trip, and I'm looking forward to the next opportunity to fish with you.
Dr. Howard A. Tanner, Ph.D
My son Jake and I had a fantastic Salmon trip with you on the Manistee. Your gear is second to none and your customer service is outstanding. You put us on fish and worked hard to make our day a success. Jake still talks about the three fish caught out of four casts that I made in the afternoon. Wow, that was a memorable experience. Rest assured we will be back for more action next year. In the meantime, I have told my friends and fellow anglers about our trip. Thank you for a great trip. We look forward to fishing with you next year.