Grand Rapids:

Werkman Outfitters offers a unique urban fishing experience on the Grand River, in and near Grand Rapids, Michigan.  In addition to river guide service we also offer, during the winter months, guided ice fishing.  

Grand Rapids Has A Unique Urban Fishery:

The Grand River offers a unique urban fishing experience that exists nowhere else in Michigan. From drifting the remote sections of Lowell and Ada for smallmouth bass and northern pike, to the fast action of chasing steelhead in a jet boat through the rapids and under the skyscrapers of downtown Grand Rapids. This urban / remote combination provides the angler with plenty of fishing opportunity.

Over the years Grand Rapids has invested heavily in cleaning up the Grand River. As a result of this effort, The Grand River has one of the best steelhead runs in the state of Michigan. In addition, it also has one of the healthiest smallmouth bass and northern pike populations.


When it comes to fishing there is no guarantee that every trip will result in success.  For that reason, we have assembled a team of guides that have many years of combined experience. Our guides will help you get on and land fish.


Our philosophy is simple, we connect our clients to the water through fishing. In order to fish successfully, we use multiple techniques to catch multiple species of fish.  These techniques include, fly fishing, center pin, back plug and traditional light spin gear.

Licensed & Permitted:

Our fishing guides are fully permitted by United States Forest Service to guide on the White River. In addition, we have permits from the State of Michigan to guide on the Grand River and Muskegon River.   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, which include the Grand River.

Come and fish a unique urban fishery for salmon, steelhead, smallmouth bass and northern pike on the Grand River and experience all that Grand Rapids has to offer.

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.