On Point Guide Service is a family-owned company based in southern Michigan. They specialize in fly fishing trips, where they teach all breeds of anglers and promote catch-and-release.

Their guide Ben strives to be on the water every day. From mid-September through October, he runs exclusively Salmon trips in the rivers that are overflowing with them at that time. From late October until the first week of May, you can find Ben targeting Salmon and Steelhead, while during the summer months, he switches his attention to Smallmouth Bass and Brown Trout.

Run the beautiful St. Joseph River, home to migratory Salmon and Steelhead and lake-run Brown Trout. Float a 4-mile stretch of the Dowagiac River – a memory-making paradise that is full of life and amazing angling opportunities.

On Point Guide Service loves to fish the two-handed rods and promote the swing for Steelhead. Ben works one-on-one to hone your fishing skills and help you grow as an angler.  He will provide you with rods, reels, tackle, and flies by the brands such as Reel Lines, OPST, Redington, and other. You will have to bring your own waders and a valid fishing license, which you could purchase before the trip.

You will go out aboard a 14’ Stealthcraft drift boat. It can accommodate up to 2 anglers and is equipped with a GPS and a cooler with ice for your drinks and snacks.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Bass & Trout
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 4 - Sep 14
    $450
    This is a summertime trip for Smallmouth Bass and Brown Trout. You will be fishing the St. Joseph River. Waders and fishing licenses are not included.
  • Private trip
    Fly fishing carp
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Fly fishing carp
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Salmon & Steelhead
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 26 - May 4
    $500
    On this full-day trip, your main target will be Salmon and Steelhead from the Dowagiac River. However, do keep in mind that the trip will need to be rescheduled if the river is blown out. Also, make sure to bring your licenses and waders.
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About the Captain

Ben Mcdonald
Niles, Michigan, United States
7 Fishing Reports
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1 Customer reviews
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Member since June 2018
On Point Guide Service is run and operated by Ben McDonald. A knowledgeable angler, he has been exploring the waters since he was a kid and fly fishing since he was 5. Ben's mission was to become the best guide around and to treat his customers with the respect and manner they deserve, which he has been successfully doing for the past decade. Ben founded On Point Guide Service and has never looked back. He is most proud of being able to wake up every morning and show his clients the best time they will ever have fishing.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Carp Carp
Muskellunge (Musky) Muskellunge (Musky)
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Boat specs

Crestliner (Center console) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2022. Powered by a 125HP Mercury engine.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Reel Lines, OPST, Redington, etc
Lures
Drinks
Bottled water
Fly Fishing Equipment
Waders not included

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
12 years onward
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
PayPal

Recent Fishing Reports

Coho !
Coho !
September 21, 2022
Yes we have coho staged up thick!
With fall comes the silver ghost
With fall comes the silver ghost
September 17, 2022
Some steelhead are peaking around early this year.
Kings!
Kings!
September 2, 2022
Kings have arrived and we have switched gears !

Customer reviews

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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Bass & Trout on August 29, 2022
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FAQs about On Point Guide Service

On Point Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - Full Day Trip - Bass & Trout (8 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - Fly fishing carp (8 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - Full Day Trip - Salmon & Steelhead (8 hours)

When you book a trip with On Point Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with On Point Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Reel Lines, OPST, Redington, etc )
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Bottled water)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Waders not included)

On Point Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

On Point Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with On Point Guide Service include:
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Carp
  • Muskellunge (Musky)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)