Discover the riches of Lake Michigan’s rich tributaries with Tailwater Charters. Based out of Newaygo, you’ll explore the Muskegon and Manistee Rivers as you go in search of tough-fighting Steelhead, Salmon, Trout, and Smallmouth Bass.

Whether looking to practice your fly fishing or spinning skills, you’ll have everything you need for a productive day with your dedicated captain. Captain Ross Swanson spent his whole childhood fishing these waterways, and hopes to show you the riches of his local habitat. Having guided since university, he knows just what makes a successful trip and will do whatever it takes to get you on the fish.

Up to 2 guests are welcome to join aboard his 17’ Stealthcraft jet boat for a fun day’s fishing. Spend anywhere from 4 hours to 10 hours on the water, getting your fish on against the prized fish. Capt. Ross will provide water and Gatorade aboard all trips to keep you hydrated and energized, with lunch also on full-day trips. Settle in for an all-round fishing experience and away you go!

Get ready for a thrilling day out, as each one of Steelhead, Salmon, Trout, and Smallmouth Bass will be sure to put up a fight to get off the end of your line. Prepare for an intense workout, enjoying the thrill of game fishing like never before on these productive waters.

Meet the Captain at a tackle store in town before following him, or hopping in with him to get to the boat ramp. All you need to do before coming aboard is grab your MI fishing license, let him know if you’d like him to bring his fly gear, and you’re good to go.

The fruitful waters of the Great Lakes are calling your name. Come and explore their hidden gems with Tailwater Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Jul 31
    $450
    Make the most of the productive waters of the Great Lakes' tributaries and spend a full day fishing. You'll have at least 8 hours to fill the boat, with the captain going the extra mile if it's a quiet day, keeping you out for a further 2 hours. With lunch, snacks, and drinks provided, you'll have everything you need for a fun-filled day out, so get ready to use up your energy battling it out with Steelhead, Salmon, Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and many more prized creatures to take back for a delicious treat.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Jul 31
    $250
    Explore the rich waters of the Muskegon and Manistee Rivers over the course of 4-5 hours as you get your fish on against some prized creatures. Head out from Muskegon in search of Steelhead, Salmon, Trout, and Bass. Try bottom fishing and trolling to entice the bite of these huge beasts, and get ready for a serious workout to hook 'em aboard as they put up an intense battle to get off the end of your line. Bring some drinks and snacks aboard and make yourself at home on this thrilling morning out.

About the Captain

Ross Swanson
Newaygo, Michigan, United States
2 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since July 2019
A native to the area, Captain Ross Swanson has been fishing since he was old enough to hold a rod. As a child, he'd run to the river after school every day to get on the water, picking up a passion for fly fishing in 9th grade. An avid angler to this day, he still spends as much time as possible on the water, and knows plenty about West Michigan's rivers and the synonymous lake. After guiding in Alaska during university, he decided to do it full-time in his home waters, and hopes to provide a local twist to give you a memorable trip.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Boat Specs

Stealthcraft Power Drifter (Jet boat) originally built in 2013. Powered by a 60HP Yamaha engine.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Ice Box
GPS
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 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
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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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Jim E.
Sand Lake, MI
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8 hour trip.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 1, 2021
Ross was knowledgeable of the river & where the fish were. I feel clients will have success even when conditions are not favorable....
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Robert V.
Schererville, IN
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 4, 2020
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FAQs about Tailwater Charters

Tailwater Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $250 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Tailwater Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Tailwater Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Okuma and Riversiders)
  • Lures
  • Snacks (On full-day trips)
  • Drinks (Water and Gatorade)
  • Lunch (On full-day trips)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Reddington, Sage, Echo)

Tailwater Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • River Fishing

Tailwater Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing (Arrange in advance)
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Tailwater Charters include:
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)