Werkman Outfitters, located in Grand Haven, Michigan, offers year-round fishing guide service.  Our fishing guides run on the Grand River, in and near Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Muskegon River and the White River.  In addition to river fishing, we also offer fishing charters on Lake Michigan and during the winter months, when ice conditions allow, inland lake guided ice fishing.  

Why We Started the Company:

Having spent many years together chasing salmon, steelhead, trout, northern pike and both smallmouth and largemouth bass, Tom and his son Max started the company as a way to weave a common thread through their lives.  This thread would allow them to stay connected to each other through the years.  They soon found it wasn’t the thread that connected them, but the river.  


When it comes to fishing there is no guarantee that every trip will result in success.  For that reason, we have assembled a team that has over 80 years of combined river guide and charter boat experience to help you get on and land fish.


Our philosophy is simple.  We use multiple fishing techniques to catch multiple species of fish to maximize your success on the water.  These techniques include, fly fishing, center pin, back plug and traditional light spin gear.

Licensed & Permitted:

First of all, our fishing guides are fully permitted by United States Forest Service to guide on the White River and by the State of Michigan to guide on the Grand and Muskegon Rivers.   In addition, some of our guides have their Merchant Mariner Credentials with the designation of Captain.  The United States Coast Guard has issued these credentials which allow our captains access on all federal waters of the Great Lakes and its tributaries.

There is more than one method to catching fish.  So book with Werkman Outfitters to make the most of your time on the water.  

Werkman Outfitters donates to the preservation and improvement of Michigan’s wild fisheries.  In addition, 100% of our home-office’s electrical need is supported by renewable energy through Consumers Green Energy Program.