About Capt. Doug Samsal

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Meet Captain Doug

Welcome! A little about myself. My mother, a full blooded Canadian and being raised on Lake Of The Woods, Kenora Ontario, gave me a lifetime incentive for fishing Musky, Bass, Walleye and Pike.

In 1977, I purchased a cabin near the Big Manistee River at Wellston, Michigan and began absorbing all the details on how to catch the mighty Steelhead. Entering and winning many fishing tournaments, I soon became a licensed river guide. My interests grew into Lake Michigan and Lake Erie but the WORLD CLASS Musky, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye combo drew me to Lake St Clair, St Clair and Detroit River.

I sincerely look forward to meeting you and sharing a moment on the water.

More about the Captain and his Guided Fishing Trips

An accomplished licensed fishing guide, Capt. Doug Samsal has many years of experience specializing in multiple areas. Endorsed by professional bass angler, Kevin VanDam, he's been featured on many TV shows such as In Fisherman with Steve Quinn, Fishing 411 with Mark Romanack, Michigan Out-of-Doors with Kelly Gotch and Jenny Olsen. Featured in Bass Masters Magazine and many local publications. He's also a featured seminar speaker at many sport shows and Bass Pro Shops!

Captain Doug Samsal
e-mail: Capt Doug

P. O. Box 277
Wellston, MI, 49689

  • U.S. Coast Guard Licensed
  • U.S. Forest Service Guide
  • Fully Licensed & Insured
  • 21' Carolina Skiff
  • Skeeter 22' Center Console Bay Boat
  • Provides Bait & Tackle, Fishing License, Instruction, Rods and Safety Gear. read more
Selfridge Public Boat Launch

St. Clair River North Channel DNR Boat Launch

Detroit River St. Jean Boat Launch


  • Doug,
    That was the best trip we have ever been out on, including many guided trips in Florida, California, Arizona. We lost count of all the nice smallies we hooked, and we ended up with a total of 4 nice walleye that are being cooked up as I type this. I was overjoyed that my wife was able to bring a nice Musky alongside the boat, she had an awesome time. Garret was an amazing guide, I have never had a more knowledgeable, hard working fishing guide in my 50 years of fishing trips. He put us on fish almost immediately, and then kept us on them for the entire day. We can't wait to go out with you guys again, my wife has been talking about how much fun she had almost non-stop. Thanks for such an awesome trip!! July 14, 2013 Jeff & Bonnie Davis
  • Doug,
    I will never be able to thank you enough for the incredible experiences. I truly had the time of my life. I look forward to doing more fishing with you in the years to come. This experience was what I would call a FISHING CLINIC! I learned so much about fishing in the last two days that my time on the water will never be the same. Your enthusiasm was super contagious. And on top of all that I had a few great revelations and learned a whole new way to enjoy life. But man am I dog-tired. I can’t believe I’m still awake. I will keep rolling ideas around in my head but one day you and I are going to shoot a pilot FISHING PROGRAM and sell it to the networks. You just wait and see. Sept. 22, 2009 Ronny Malco
  • Doug:
    I wanted to thank you again for an excellent fishing experience. We cannot stop talking about it. We had salmon for dinner last night and the whole family loved it. You did an awesome job and we cannot wait to fish with you again. I will definitely refer people to you and you could be getting a call from an Adam Cooper about a trip in the next few days. Here is a picture of Winfield and I with the big one! I know that big to you is over 30 pounds but this one is big to us for many reasons. Winfield will never forget that one for sure. If there is anything I can do to help endorse your business, just let me know and I will be happy to help. Good Fishing!
    Thank you. Ronnie Johncox
  • Hi Captain Doug,
    You made those guys day!! This is all they talk about is the fishing trip they took with you. Tom and John both said it couldn't have been better, they just loved it. And you made the trip fun, that you were such a professional that you were the best! I, and they sincerely appreciate everything. There is not enough words to tell you how much they enjoyed this fishing trip honestly. And, they are talking about December going out again or around then. I am going to get open dates from Tom and we will go from there. Thanks again for the wonderful time fishing with you.
  • Doug,
    Sorry this took awhile to send, but I want to send a huge “Thank You” out to you and your son Garrett. He was professional and worked hard in very challenging weather to get us on the fish. He knew the lake, knew the right tackle and made our very short trip well worthwhile. That was definitely my son’s largest smallie and first on a tube, so he is still smiling. I hope your back is better and look forward to fishing with you guys again sometime. I’ve never managed to hook into a musky and would definitely be interested in chasing them with you guys someday. Best regards, John LeTourneau
  • Doug came highly recommended from a friend, and his knowledge of all the game fish that he targets is incredible. He is a wealth of information and successful because of the amount of time he puts into his craft. Now that he has expanded his locations he is an even more valuable asset. I look forward to spending more time on the water with Doug in the future. February 12, 2014 Chris Irwin
    Senior Staff Photographer at Bass Pro Shops
  • I would recommend Doug's Guide Service Highly for any of your fishing excursions to his area. February 9, 2014 Brett Richardson
    Freelance Outdoor Writer, Photographer, Multi-Species Fishing Expert

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