Tinger Guide Service

When September hits northern Michigan, there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind – Salmon. Take advantage of the King Salmon run with Tinger Guide Service, as you explore the rich, winding waterways out of Thompsonville, discovering stunning nature like never before.

Your professional guide, Captain Alex Ermatinger promises to do everything he can to get you reeling in the fish of a lifetime. A passionate fisherman since childhood, he still gets the same kick whenever he gets out on the water, and hopes to share that thrill with you.

He’ll take you out aboard a 16’ Hyde drift boat, that he’ll row down the permitted streams, getting you to the remotest spots, spotting bald eagles as you go. Up to 2 guests are welcome aboard, and you can opt for a private charter or go with someone else to split the costs.

Capt. Alex will provide all the gear you need for a productive day out, and will even take you for lunch on full-day trips. All you need to do is settle in for a thrilling day of fishing.

These rich, productive fishing grounds are home to Brown Trout, Coho Salmon, and the King – Chinook Salmon. These tough-fighting and delicious creatures hit their stride come September, with the King taking center stage. Come aboard and get your fill, putting your skills to the test as you try to fill the boat.

At the end of your trip, Capt. Alex will even clean and fillet a reasonable sized fish for you to take home, so you’re good to go. All he asks is that you bring some money, usually 20%, as a tip to thank him for his work.

Before you come aboard, you’ll need to grab your MI fishing license. Other than that, all you need to do is make sure to dress appropriately to battle the elements, and away you go! Tinger Guide Service promises to take you to some prized, untouched waters. Come aboard and make the most of it!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Private
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Sep 30
    $450
    price breakdown
    Make the most of the chance to explore northern Michigan's numerous productive streams, as you spend a full day with a professional guide, learning all about the incredible fish on offer here. Spend 8 hours testing your skills against tough-fighting and delicious Salmon and Trout, with the chance of a stream-side lunch half way through to keep you refreshed. Everything you need for a productive day out awaits you on board, so come and take advantage of this incredible offer.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip – Shared
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Sep 30
    $700
    price breakdown
    What better way to spend the day than out on the water with a rod in your hand? Spend 8 hours exploring the rich waters of northern Michigan, as you go after a range of exciting and delicious fish. Put your angling skills to the test as you try fly fishing and sinning to entice the bite of Brown Trout, and Coho and Chinook Salmon. These prized creatures are sure to make you work for your catch, so settle in for a thrilling day out.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Private (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Sep 30
    $300
    price breakdown
    Start your day in style with a private fishing charter around the productive fishing grounds of northern Michigan. Explore these stunning waters as you put your fishing skills to the test. Try fly fishing and spinning as you go after some prized fish. Brown Trout, Coho Salmon, and King Salmon call these waters, so get ready for a thrilling day trying to fill the boat.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Private (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Sep 30
    $300
    price breakdown
    Get your fish on in style as you take advantage of the captain's expertise all to yourself. Hop aboard a private charter to discover the rich fishing grounds of northern Michigan, hitting the Trout streams and going after Salmon at their peak. Test your fly fishing and spinning skills, as you settle in for a thrilling day of fishing, doing all you can to land plenty of delicious fish to take home.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip – Shared (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Sep 30
    $400
    price breakdown
    If you're on a budget, or just looking to share your experience with other like-minded individuals, then a shared trip is the ideal way of discovering the productive streams of Northern Michigan. Get your fish on as you try fly fishing or casting with spinning gear, putting your skills to the test against exciting Trout, Salmon, and more prized fish.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip – Shared (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Sep 30
    $400
    price breakdown
    There's no need to get up early to enjoy the productive fishing grounds of Northern Michigan. Come aboard in the afternoon and put your skills to the test against some tough-fighting Salmon and Trout. You'll spend your afternoon, drifting along the stunning streams, trying out fly fishing and spinning to attract the bite of these beauties, as you try to land something delicious to take home.
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About the Captain

Alex Ermatinger
Thompsonville, Michigan, United States
5 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2019
I grew up fishing with my father, and after receiving a BS in Environmental Science and working a few professional jobs I decided to take the plunge into guiding full time. When I'm not guiding for King Salmon in Northern Michigan I am a full time fishing and whitewater rafting guide on the Gunnison River in Western Colorado.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Length
16 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Life Jackets
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the dates of your booking.

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 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
PayPal
Checks

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (8)
5.00
out of 5 stars from 5 reviews
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Experience
Salmon Fishing Trip - The most fun I had all year!
Alex and his first mate with a nice one!
Teaching my boy the tricks of the fly.
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Norah M.
Lexington, Kentucky
 5.00
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Catch of my life!

September 5, 2019
The greatest catch of a lifetime (besides my husband) a 31 lb fresh male King Salmon. The day included a scenic river float,...
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Linda K.
Pinckney, Michigan
 5.00
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Salmon Fishing Trip - The most fun I had all year!

September 20, 2019
Our all day trip included an extremely skilled and knowledgeable guide Alex along with his companion dog, appropriate equipment...
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Scott H.
Midland, Michigan
 5.00
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First time fly fishing for salmon

September 7, 2019
Alex did an amazing job helping us learn and was abundantly patient with my son.  Alex got my son hooked up with a 20+pounder...
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Lindsey H.
Breckenridge, Colorado
 5.00
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Salmon Fishing with Alex

September 7, 2019
This was my first fishing experience, Alex was very patient and taught well while keeping everything really fun! The lunch...
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Kyle W.
Cincinnati, Ohio
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All day trip

August 9, 2019
We had an absolute blast. Alex knows where the fish are and is amazing at teaching you how to catch them. I had never fly fished...
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