Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River

Operating out of Manistee, Michigan, Slipknot Steelhead Charters offers unforgettable river and lake fishing trips. Captain Lenny Vaughan is a passionate tournament angler who wants your trip with him to be more than just fishing. In addition to landing your personal best, you’ll also get to enjoy the natural beauty of the protected Manistee National Forest, home to bald eagles, beavers, minks, and various other animal species.

Captain Lenny invites you to spend the day aboard his 21’ custom-built jet boat, perfect for 4 anglers fishing at the same time. Powered by a 260 HP Ford F-350 motor, it will take you to the best fisheries in no time. The boat features top-notch safety gear and marine electronics, AC, a cooler, a live bait tank, and a portable toilet.

Your 8-hour charter will take you exploring the best spots of the Manistee River and Manistee Lake. The captain likes to use the day as much as possible so you’ll have maximum time on the water during daylight. When it comes to your targets, you’ll be focusing on Chinook Salmon, Steelhead, and Brown Trout.

The captain will provide you with a variety of fishing gear, including fly, spinning, and trolling rods. Lures and live bait, depending on your preference, are also provided – you’ll have everything needed for a top day on the water. Bottled waters, snacks, and lunch are included in the price too, along with fish cleaning.

Pickups from the Manistee airport are also covered, as well as pickups from a motel the captain is partnered with. The best part is that you’ll get a discount if you stay at that motel, located only 10 minutes from the boat launch.

Captain Lenny loves having little ones on board (no age limit) – he has kids of his own and his trips are very child-friendly. Slipknot Steelhead Charters is a perfect choice for your kids’ first fishing experience!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Apr 14
    $450
    This exciting 8-hour trip will see you battling Chinook Salmon, Steelhead, and Brown Trout with an experienced captain guiding your way. You'll be provided with everything needed for a successful day on the water.
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About the Captain

Lenny Vaughan
Manistee, Michigan, United States
3 Fishing Reports
70 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since January 2017
Captain Lenny Vaughan is an avid angler with thousands of hours of experience on the water. He is passionate about fishing and putting his friends and guests on fish. Lenny is especially great with kids, sharing his knowledge with them and helping them land their first fish. He was featured in the "Wilderness Journal Show" and has taken part in various tournaments.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Boat Specs

Custom-built (Jet boat) originally built in 1990, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 260HP Ford F-350 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 23 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
83%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Joseph D.
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3 full days with Captain Lenny on the Big Manistee River

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 30, 2020
Lenny was very knowledgeable about the area and fishing methods
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 20, 2021
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Richmond Hill, GA
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3day trip with Capt Lenny

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 29, 2020
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   March 28, 2021
The charter operator canceled 5 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting
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Joanna F.
Detroit, MI
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Full day Captain Lenny Vaughn. Amazing!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 23, 2019
What a great experience! Captain Lenny Vaughn was amazing a real nice guy. Very patient and helpful! I caught the biggest fish...
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FAQs about Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River

Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River offers the following trip to customers:
  • $450 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Porta-potty)
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box (Cooler)

Trips booked with Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Lunch (Shore lunch, hotdogs, and hamburgers)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing

Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)