Werkman Outfitters is a Grand River guide service company.  Our fishing guides specialize in fly and light tackle trips for steelhead, salmon, trout, northern pike and both smallmouth and largemouth bass on the Grand River in and near Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Our philosophy is simple.  Our guides use multiple fishing techniques to catch multiple species of fish to maximize success on the water.  As a result, they use different fishing techniques depending on river conditions, which include fly fishing, center pin, back plug and traditional light spin gear.

Following this philosophy, depending on the time year, water flows and migration times, our guides may fish other rivers such as the Muskegon or White.

Licensed & Permitted

Our 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.   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 guides access on all federal waters.  For us, those waters include the lower Grand River, lower Muskegon River and Lake Michigan.

We also offer Lake Michigan charters for salmon, trout and steelhead from April through September.  Our home port is Yacht Basin, slip D-3, in Holland, Michigan.

There is more than one method to catching fish.  From the Grand River to Lake Michigan, Werkman Outfitters has you covered 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 homeoffice’s electrical need is supported by renewable energy through Consumers Green Energy Program.