“Kids welcome and adults tolerated” is the motto of FishGH and what it is all about. This charter company has been a family business on the boardwalk at Chinook Pier Grand Haven since 1984 and continues the tradition today. They believe that kids are the future and offer family-friendly adventures on Lake Michigan.

Whether you are planning that getaway fishing trip, a summer vacation with your family and friends, or even want to entertain corporate clients, FishGH and the Grand Haven area are all ready for you.

You will be fishing aboard the Danel, a 33’ Trojan boat. She provides a very stable trolling platform and more comfort than the 30’ boats in the area. Built back in 1985, she was overhauled in 2020 and can cruise at a top speed of 30 knots thanks to her twin 350 HP Crusader engines.

Danel can comfortably accommodate up to 6 anglers and is rigged with modern electronics and technologies to save your time while searching for a big one. Her top-notch GPS and fishfinder build up a clear image of where the fish are hiding.

On your day out, you will be trolling for Chinook and Coho Salmon, along with Steelhead, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout. All trips include the use of quality rods, reels, and lures, as well as the assistance of the first mate, who works for tips. Just bring a valid Michigan fishing license, your food, drinks, and hop onboard. The only thing that’s missing is you!

The crew also participates in the Catch and Cook program that allows you to bring your catch to select local restaurants. Just let the captain know that you’d like to take part in the program.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    1 Hour–Lighthouse/Pier Fishing Tour
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    1 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 15
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $250
    Combo boat ride / fishing from Grand Haven Harbor to Lake Michigan. We depart from Chinook Pier towards Lake Michigan. You will get to see the Big Lake Lighthouse and even get to put a rod in to catch a fish. The fishing portion of this trip would target freshwater drum, pike, catfish, bass and species other than Salmon and Trout. Great for families. This quick 1-hour trip will let you see the harbor and lake and try your luck at catching various types of fish.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Pike (Northern)
    Northern Pike
    Bullhead
    Bullhead
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
    Freshwater Drum
    Freshwater Drum
  • Private trip
    2 hr. Lighthouse/pier fishing tour
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 15
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $325
    This is a fun evening 2 hr. trip for friends and family that would enjoy a relaxing boatride and fishing tour. We travel up the Grand River on a tour and troll for anything that bites along the way. It is possible to catch freshwater drum, northern pike, catfish, bass and possibly even a salmon during the fall run! This trip does not specifically target salmon and trout like our longer offshore options but that doesnt mean its not a great time! Especially great for people prone to seasickness and kids
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Walleye
    Walleye
    Pike (Northern)
    Northern Pike
    Muskellunge (Musky)
    Muskellunge (Musky)
    Bullhead
    Bullhead
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
    Freshwater Drum
    Freshwater Drum
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Economy Weekday (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 16 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $645
    This is a great trip for any group that prefers a later departure time. The afternoon trip allows for a little more sleep and time for lunch before the trip begins. It is often a bit warmer temperature as well this time of day. This is a favorite for families with young children.
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Economy Weekend
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    Price for 2 persons
    US $695
    This is a 4-hour economy mid-day trip designed for customers that would enjoy time boating on Lake Michigan as much as they would catching fish. This trip is a great option for those that may want to sleep in have some lunch and then enjoy the midday sun and fishing on the big lake! You will have the same opportunity to catch salmon and trout but this is a shorter duration trip and not during prime morning fishing hours.
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Fishing Trip – Weekday (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 16 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $645
    This is a standard 5-hour weekday trip Monday-Thursday which is great for any angler no matter the age or expertise. You will be targeting Salmon and Trout on Lake Michigan. We love to bring families on a fishing adventure and are kid-friendly. Our boat is always clean and has a few bathrooms aboard.
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
  • Private trip
    5 hr Fishing trip - Weekday (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $675
    There is nothing better than spending your afternoon out on the water, Have a family gathering on Lake Michigan or bring aling friends or colleagues and make lifetime memories catching the fish of a lifetime! We will be fishing for Salmon and Trout. All fish caught are edible and will be cleaned and bagged at the end of your trip. Our boats are fully equiped with tackle, safety gear and full size clean bathrooms.
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
    Salmon (Pink)
    Pink Salmon
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Fishing Trip – Weekend (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 16 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $690
    This is by far our most popular fishing trip. This trip is excellent for a group of avid fishermen or ladies. A great option for families, friends, or colleagues. This is a weekend morning trip to the mighty Lake Michigan, where you will be trolling during prime fishing hours for Chinook Salmon, Steelhead, Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, and Brown Trout.
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Fishing Trip – Weekend (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 16 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $690
    There is nothing better than spending your afternoon out on the water, especially after a tiring week at work. Have a family gathering on Lake Michigan and make lifetime memories catching the fish of a lifetime! We will be fishing for Salmon and Trout. All fish caught are edible and will be cleaned and bagged at the end of your trip. Our boats are fully equiped with tackle, safety gear and full size clean bathrooms.
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Ultimate Weekday (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 16 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $790
    This is the trip for the angler who would like the best opportunity possible. This 7-hour all-day trip departs at 5:30 a.m. and has a 2-hour extended time versus our other trips. This trip provides the best opportunity for success. Just make sure to pack your lunch or snack!
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Ultimate Weekend (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 6 - Oct 16 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $890
    This is the trip for the angler who would like the best opportunity possible. This 7-hour all-day trip departs at 5:30 a.m. and has a 2-hour extended time versus our other trips. This trip provides the best opportunity for success. Just make sure to pack your lunch or snack!
    Targeted fish
    Lake Trout
    Lake Trout
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Made the girls year !!
Made the girls year !!
Perfect Trip for Families
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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BRIDGET D.
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VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Fishing Trip – Weekend (AM) on July 6, 2024
Not Only were the captain and his first mate Knowledgeable of the waterways , baits, and fish. They were completely helpful...
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Made the girls year !!

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Fishing Trip – Weekday (AM) on July 11, 2024
Took my wife and her sister and her kids out for a morning of fishing, and they were not disappointed!!!! The crew was...
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Memorable experience with Capt. Brendan

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Economy Weekday (PM) on July 18, 2023
We surprised our visiting niece and her 8 year old son with a fishing trip aboard the Danel. This was the young man’s first...
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Mari T.
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Perfect Trip for Families

VERIFIED   NEW  2 hr. Lighthouse/pier fishing tour on July 8, 2024
This was the perfect booking for us. Very communicative leading up to our time out on the water. On the 2 hour trip, stayed...
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Kelly E.
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Amazing Experience on the Danel

VERIFIED   NEW  5 hr Fishing trip - Weekday (PM) on July 3, 2024
Captain Brendon and Soren were terrific. With their fishing expertise, we were able to catch 6 fish, the largest a 19.3lb King...
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FAQs about FishGH – Danel

FishGH – Danel offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $250 per group - 1 Hour–Lighthouse/Pier Fishing Tour (1 hour)
  • US $325 per group, additional US $25 per person after 4 guests - 2 hr. Lighthouse/pier fishing tour (2 hours)
  • US $645 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Economy Weekday (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $645 per group, additional US $50 per person after 1 guest - 4 Hour Trip – Economy Weekend (4 hours)
  • US $645 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Fishing Trip – Weekday (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $675 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 5 hr Fishing trip - Weekday (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $690 per group, additional US $75 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Fishing Trip – Weekend (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $690 per group, additional US $75 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Fishing Trip – Weekend (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $790 per group, additional US $75 per person after 4 guests - 7 Hour Trip – Ultimate Weekday (AM) (7 hours)
  • US $890 per group, additional US $75 per person after 4 guests - 7 Hour Trip – Ultimate Weekend (AM) (7 hours)

When you book a trip with FishGH – Danel, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet We have a full size, private and clean bathroom on board and available for use anytime during your fishing trip.
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS Fully Intergrated System
  • Fishfinder
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with FishGH – Danel include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (We Provide all equipment)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Gratuity is Appreciated by crew)
  • Drinks (Cold water bottles)
  • First Mate (Tips are appreciated)

FishGH – Danel offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Grand River seasonal)
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Michigan)
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (On a typical off shore salmon fishing trip we are anywhere from 100 yards to 7 miles offshore depending on the time of year and where we feel the fish will be that day)

FishGH – Danel offers the following fishing technique:
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with FishGH – Danel include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Salmon (Pink)

Meet the Charter Operator

FishGH Charters
Grand Haven, Michigan, United States
13 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
253 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2018
Captain Brian and Brenden know these waters like the back of their hand and will be happy to show you everything there is to know. Together with his crew, he works tirelessly to make sure his guests have a memorable time aboard.
Our Team
Brian M.
Captain
Brenden M.
Captain
Astro W.
Captain
Brady B.
Captain
Soren M.
First mate
Brenden H.
First mate
Parker B.
First mate
John C.
First mate

About this listing

Targeted species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon

Boat specs

Trojan 10 Meter (Sportfishing) originally built in 1985, and restored in 2020. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
33 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Grand River seasonal
Lake Fishing
Lake Michigan
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
On a typical off shore salmon fishing trip we are anywhere from 100 yards to 7 miles offshore depending on the time of year and where we feel the fish will be that day

Fishing techniques

Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
We have a full size, private and clean bathroom on board and available for use anytime during your fishing trip.
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fully Intergrated System
Fishfinder
Refrigerator
Multimedia System

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
We Provide all equipment
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Gratuity is Appreciated by crew
Drinks
Cold water bottles
First Mate
Tips are appreciated

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No min. age, life jackets supplied
You Keep Catch
If clients do not want their catch, we donate it
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible
Wheel Chairs Allowed/Crews assist limitd mobility

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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The Great Lakes Grand Slam!!
The Great Lakes Grand Slam!!
July 9, 2024
We were able to complete the Great Lakes Grand Slam today! 5 different species all caught during one 7 hr. Ultimate Salmon Trip. We caught King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Lake Trout. Not only did we complete the Grand Slam our two customers limited out with 5 fish each!
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