Werkman Outfitters

Operating out of Walker, Michigan, Werkman Outfitters was founded by Captain Tom Werkman and his son Max as a result of their shared passion for fishing the bountiful Great Lakes and its tributaries. Their guides have over 75 years of experience combined and a unique fishing philosophy – they employ a variety of fishing methods to catch various species and maximize the productivity on the water.

Werkman Outfitters specialize in fly fishing, back plug, center pin, and traditional light spin fishing on Grand River, White River, and Muskegon River. Depending on the season, you’ll be focusing on fishing different rivers in pursuit of different species.

You’ll be focusing on Salmon during October-mid November,  going after Trout from 15th of October to 15th of April, and the best time for Bass and Pike is from the beginning of May until the end of October.

Your river adventure will take place aboard a 16’ Stealthcraft jet boat fresh on the water in 2017. It can take up to two anglers fishing in full comfort, so make sure to bring your best fishing buddy or a family member along. The vessel comes with a Mercury engine, top-notch navigational and safety gear, a wireless trolling motor, and a YETI cooler.

Werkman Outfitters will take care of all the gear needed for a successful day on the water, from top professional Shimano gear to fly fishing equipment by Orvis and ECHO. Full day trips include drinks and lunch (hamburgers, sandwiches, or grilled fish on the river bank if possible). Half day trips include snacks and drinks.

The only thing you have to do is get a valid fishing license before the trip (online or in the tackle shop) and you’re good to go on a freshwater adventure of a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $425
    price breakdown
    $425
    There's nothing like a full day of fishing with an experienced guide helping you! Depending on the season and the bite, you'll get to target the likes of Coho and Chinook Salmon, Steelhead, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Pike, and Brown Trout.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $300
    price breakdown
    $300
    This exciting morning trip will see you fishing the bountiful waters for 4 hours. Your guide will do everything he can to put you on Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Coho and Chinook Salmon, Steelhead, and Brown Trout, depending on the season.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $300
    price breakdown
    $300
    Spend your afternoon chasing after some of the most interesting species that the area has to offer. You'll get a chance to reel in the likes of Steelhead, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Coho and Chinook Salmon, and Brown Trout, season dependent.
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About the Captain

Tom Werkman
Walker, Michigan, United States
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5 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since August 2018
Werkman Outfitters was established by Tom Werkman and his son Max Werkman. Captain Tom has been fishing his whole life as a hobby and then decided to do it professionally. He used to have a 9 to 5 job, but as the years passed, he realized that fishing and bonding with family and people in general is the essence. That's why he decided to start the business with his son and reconnect with him. The same goes for customers – it's all about meaningful relationships and creating unforgettable memories together.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Bass (Largemouth)
Bass (Smallmouth) Bass (Smallmouth)
Brown Trout Brown Trout
Pike (Northern) Pike (Northern)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Stealthcraft (Jet boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 40HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 15 knots.

Length
16 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Snacks
Drinks
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Checks

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.73
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80%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
80%
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on October 9, 2020
From time to time I get guided trips when I travel outside of my home state. I booked a trip with captain Tom. Usually you...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on October 24, 2020
He took us to the fish and taught us to use a fly rod! And we caught fish! Definitely a repeat charter!
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 1, 2020
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New York, New York
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 13, 2020
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Andrew D.
Grove City, OH
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Great four hours

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on September 29, 2018
Was delightful time with Tom. Great boat, great knowledge. Caught 6 SMB and a Pike. Loved it.
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