“Experience Some Of The Best Flats Fishing In Freshwater Targeting BIG Carp (and Smallmouth Bass) On The Fly. THREE Hosted Group Trips To Choose From In June 2017.”
When most people think carp fishing, they think off colored water in a not so picturesque location. That stereotype reigns true for many carp fisheries in the states, but not for the flats of Beaver Island. The crystal clear waters of Lake Michigan make this location extremely unique in the world of carp. Once you see a cruising fish turn and chase down a crawdad or gobi pattern, suck it up, then take you to backing with ease, you too will be a believer.
Not only is the fishing fantastic, the island is a great place too. A small community of only 600 full time residents swells to thousands of visitors over the summer months all without getting too ‘touristy’. The island boasts of a handful of great restaurants and bars that all offer great food, a fantastic grocery store that surprisingly had everything we needed some of the nicest people you will ever meet.
While Beaver Island is pretty remote, there is a daily ferry schedule as well as air options to get to the island with ease. The ferry ride takes about two hours and is easy to book. No reservations required unless you are taking your vehicle (no need to for this trip). The 25 minute plane ride in is surprisingly affordable (at around $95 roundtrip) and gives you an outstanding view of the island coming in, just make sure your camera is charged for the flight!
We only have room for four anglers per group and we already have participants from last season re-booking. There will be two anglers per boat, but feel free to book individually. Almost everyone that attends these outings book solo and everyone has had a great time. If you and your favorite fishing buddy want to come up, we will make sure you two are paired together each day.
Take a look at some photos of past anglers in our groups.
Your trip will include lodging at The Fisherman’s House, only a 30 second walk to the bakery/deli where we will meet for breakfast each morning, this is next door to the only grocery store on the island. The home features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a nice sun porch and a wrap around deck where we spend the evenings trading fish stories. You are also only three blocks to where we launch the boats. The perfect location.
Your trip also includes guided fishing with Indigo Guide Service. These guys have cracked the code for big carp on the fly and you will learn a lot fast. You will not find better great lakes carp guides, they are the best. Even if you have never sight fished big fish on the fly, Kevin & Steve will get you going in no time. Most that come up are trout or bass anglers looking for something different. If that is you, you are in for a treat. There really is nothing like this available in freshwater.
Day 1: Arrive on the island via plane or ferry. Make sure to plan your arrival for late afternoon (I will help you every step of the way to get on the island). You will be met at the airport or dock where you will be driven to the Fisherman’s House. If you plan on arriving earlier, let us know and we can refer you to the Island Taxi service that will pick you up and drop you off at the Fisherman’s House for $15.
This is a great time to unpack, get settled in and take a stroll around town. Around 6:30pm we will all meet back at the Fisherman’s House for the BBQ. Your guides will join us to talk about what to expect and answer any questions you have. After dinner, we will get gear and everything ready for the morning.
Day 2: At 7-8am, we will all walk a block down the street to the Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli for breakfast. They have great breakfast options like bacon and eggs, omelets, muffins, bagels, juice and coffee to choose from. We usually all eat together with the guides. After breakfast, you will pick out your lunch from the deli and we will hit the water for the day. This is a full day of fishing. Lunch will be served on the water and your guides will have bottled water. After a full day of fishing you will be dropped off at the Fisherman’s House where you can unwind for the day.
Dinner is up to you, but there are plenty of options on the island. Feel free to join the guides and me. There is also an excellent grocery store only a block away if you would like to prepare something in the full kitchen.
Day 3: Day 3 is the exact same as Day 2. We meet for breakfast then hit the water for the day. Back to the Fisherman’s House to decide on where to eat and more time to hang out with the other participants and your guides if you choose.
Day 4: Your last day on the island starts just like the last two. Meet for breakfast, then you will hit the water for your last day of fishing with your guide. After fishing we will head back to the Fisherman’s House to pack up. Since we have groups coming in, you will need to schedule departure for after 4:30pm on your last day. We will drive you to either the airport or ferry dock for departure. Should you want to leave earlier, just let us know and we can have you off the water and to the airport or boat dock to make your departure.
Here’s what is included:
- 3 nights lodging
- 3 FULL days of guided fishing with Indigo Guide Service
- Lunch is provided by the guides (sandwiches and wraps ‘to-go’ from the deli for an on the water lunch)
- Bottled water provided by the guides
- Day 1 ‘Meet and Greet BBQ’ with all participants and guides
- Unlimited pre-trip advice and individual assistance on the island
- Fly rod, reels, flies, leader, tippet (guides have it all, but bring your own if you want)
- Evening fly tying demos with your guides and host
Here is what is NOT included:
- Transportation to and from Beaver Island, Michigan
- Michigan fishing license
- Waders and boots
- Rain gear
- Polarized sunglasses (a MUST for sight fishing!)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Breakfast each morning
- Dinner on Days 2 & 3
NOTE: This year we decided to change the format a bit from feedback from past participants. Instead of the half day, we increased it to a full day of fishing on your final day. We also eliminated breakfast each morning as part of the package price. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to fill out the form below.
2017 Group Dates:
GROUP #1: June 10-13th, 2017
Saturday, June 10th: ARRIVE in afternoon
Sunday, June 11th: FISH
Monday, June 12th: FISH
Tuesday, June 13th: FISH/DEPART in late afternoon/early evening
GROUP #2: June 13th-16th, 2017
Tuesday, June 13th: ARRIVE late afternoon
Wednesday, June 14th: FISH
Thursday, June 15th: FISH
Friday, June 16th: FISH/DEPART in late afternoon/early evening
GROUP #3: June 16th-19th, 2017
Friday, June 16th: ARRIVE late afternoon
Saturday, June 17th: FISH
Sunday, June 18th: FISH
Monday, June 19th: FISH/DEPART in late afternoon/early evening
$999 per angler
How to Reserve Your Spot or Have Questions?
If you have any questions, or if you would like to reserve your spot, please do not hesitate to contact me. Just fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. In order to reserve your spot, a $450 deposit made out to Indigo Guide Service is required. Please contact me with your desired dates so I can check availability.
Once you hear there are spots open, please send deposit to:
This is a non-refundable, but transferable deposit. That means that if you need to cancel, you can use that deposit for other dates with Indigo Guide Service (carp, steelhead, salmon) for up to one year after the deposit was mailed in.
If you are interested in single day dates, or other dates, please let me know. I would be more than happy to talk to you about setting up a trip to Beaver Island and will get you in contact with Indigo to reserve your dates.