Big River Outfitters focuses on having fun, enjoying the day, and hooking as many fish as possible. Its captains are inviting you to Newaygo, Michigan to join them on exciting lake and river fishing trips. They’re looking forward to fishing with you and will do everything for you to have a memorable day on the water.

You’ll be using an 18’ Woolridge jet boat powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine. The boat’s got Lowrance GPS and Garmin fishfinder systems, and it can accommodate up to 3 guests. It features a wireless trolling motor.

Big River Outfitters will take you to some of the most beautiful and rivers and lakes in Michigan. You’ll enjoy the fascinating and serene nature of the Muskegon River, Big Manistee, Pere Marquette, and Grand River. Many intriguing fish reside in these waters, some of which include various Bass and Salmon, Sunfish, and Steelhead. Using light tackle, you can fly fish, spin, jig, drift fish, and ice fish. You can keep all the fish you catch, and you’re free to bring along kids with you.

Included in the price is all the fishing gear. The tackle, live bait, and lures will all be waiting for you on board. The crew will clean and fillet your catch. You’ll just need to bring licenses, food, and drinks.

Book a trip at Big River Outfitters and have a great time fishing and admiring the rivers and lakes of Michigan.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Panfish
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 20 - Jul 31
    US $290
    Learn all the tips and tricks the pros use across the country from pro ice fisherman Anthony Rodriguez. You'll use Garmin livescope to track down Crappies and Bluegills while chasing flags for Pike, Bass, and occasional Walleye. A fantastic way to spend a winter day. Shacks available. Fish cleaning available as well.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Crappie
    Crappie
    Sunfish
    Sunfish
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
  • Private trip
    Michigan Color tour via jet boat!
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 15 - Nov 10
    US $275
    Discover west michigans very sceanic rivers in peak of color change, gain epic photos or just time spent on the water . Enjoy your favorite wine and Michigan's craft brews or a dinner on the water via custom jet boat incredible sights and views sunsets like no other. Great trip for someone looking to propose or just a fun rip up and down west michigan beautiful scenery and maybe fishing isn't your thing!
    Targeted fish
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Smallmouth or Trout
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 15
    US $350
    A great short trip on the river. It leaves plenty of room in the day to do other things. A great option for kids as well. Spinning rods or fly fishing available upon request. I'm on the river every day so its plenty of time to hook and catch a ton of awesome fighting smallmouth on a beautiful river within 30 min of Grand Rapids.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Crappie
    Crappie
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Sunfish
    Sunfish
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
  • Private trip
    Half day steelhead adventure
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 1 - Apr 30
    US $400
    lake Michigan run ranbows on light tackle is extremely fun. Within 30 min of grand rapids usually . Fly fishing available upon request
    Targeted fish
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
  • Private trip
    Giant King Salmon experience!!
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 20 - Oct 30
    US $425
    There is nothing you can do in Michigan that compares to fresh King salmon in tight quarters! We fish chunks of bait under a bobber as well as throw crank baits for violent shoulder-wrenching bites. Come experience one of Michigan's most exciting and best-fighting fish. Every bobber drop is an adventure. Looking forward to fishing with you! These trips are from 3:00 p.m. to 7 p.mthen. Fish is cleaned and bagged after the trip. Back on road by 8 pm. Ask about fly fishing!!!
    Targeted fish
    Salmon (Chinook)
    Chinook Salmon
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
  • Private trip
    Smallmouth Adventure and/or trout
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 20
    US $450
    Spinning or fly trips available. Trophy trips are available as well. A great introduction to fly fishing or just a great way to spend an afternoon casting crankbaits and catching fish.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Steelhead Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 23 - May 1
    US $475
    Come find out what Silver Bullet fights like. Screaming drags and chrome fish equals a great time. Grand Rapids to Manistee, we stay on the best bite possible for our clients. I guide 100 percent of the year, so I don't have to take time off of work to bring anyone fishing. Come experience the difference.
    Targeted fish
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
    Salmon (Coho)
    Coho Salmon
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Customer reviews

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Amazing Trip!

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Steelhead Adventure on February 22, 2024
Where to begin, Anthony is extremely knowledgeable and it proved to pay off. It was a very last minute trip as I booked only...
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Jennifer P.
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Great time!!

VERIFIED   NEW  Panfish on May 13, 2024
Anthony was great. We did a last minute booking with him and it was a great experience. Lots of catching fish, nice conversation....
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Half day trip with Anthony

VERIFIED   Giant King Salmon experience!! on August 29, 2023
It was an amazing first time experience, he tought me how to fish for the salmon at first since I have never fished for them...
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Jami S.
Detroit, Michigan
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Last minute fishing

VERIFIED   Panfish on July 6, 2023
This was a last minute trip and Anthony was very accommodating. We didn’t have much time to plan and had a very specific...
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Westland, Michigan
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Half Day Trout/SmallmouthTrip

VERIFIED   Smallmouth Adventure and/or trout on May 29, 2023
If you’re looking for natives, rainbows, rock bass, or smallmouth, do yourself a favor: Stop scrolling and book a trip with...
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FAQs about Big River Outfitters

Big River Outfitters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $145 per person - Panfish (4 hours)
  • US $275 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Michigan Color tour via jet boat! (2 hours)
  • US $350 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Smallmouth or Trout (4 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Half day steelhead adventure (4 hours)
  • US $425 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Giant King Salmon experience!! (4 hours)
  • US $450 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Smallmouth Adventure and/or trout (8 hours)
  • US $475 per group, additional US $75 per person after 2 guests - 7 Hour Trip – Steelhead Adventure (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Big River Outfitters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Lowerance
  • Fishfinder Garmin
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Big River Outfitters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Custom float rods. Good drags for landing that f)
  • Live Bait (Live bait is always an option. And is included in overall price if necessary. 95 percent of the year we fish artificial )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Filleted and bagged)
  • Drinks (Waters on boat )
  • Lunch (50 dollars extra. options call for menu. . )
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Big River Outfitters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Muskegon, Big Manistee, Pere Marquette, Grand )
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing

Big River Outfitters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Float fishing. Fly fishing available )
  • Spinning (Float fishing )
  • Jigging (1-3 oz jigs vertical jigging king slamon. )
  • Fly Fishing (Conventional and chuck n duck)
  • Drift Fishing
  • Ice Fishing (Bluegill ,crappie ,perch , pike ,bass.)

Top targeted fish species with Big River Outfitters include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Brown Trout
  • Crappie
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Sunfish

Meet the Charter Operator

Big River Outfitters
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
10 Fishing Reports
42 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since September 2020
The captain considers fishing to be a part of him. He's been fishing his entire life, has owned a few businesses, beaten cancer, and now he does what he loves the most. Making memories daily and looking forward to doing the same for you.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Brown Trout Brown Trout
Crappie Crappie

Boat specs

Wooldridge (Jet boat) originally built in 2003. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Muskegon, Big Manistee, Pere Marquette, Grand
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Float fishing. Fly fishing available
Spinning
Float fishing
Jigging
1-3 oz jigs vertical jigging king slamon.
Fly Fishing
Conventional and chuck n duck
Drift Fishing
Ice Fishing
Bluegill ,crappie ,perch , pike ,bass.

Amenities

GPS
Lowerance
Fishfinder
Garmin
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Custom float rods. Good drags for landing that f
Live Bait
Live bait is always an option. And is included in overall price if necessary. 95 percent of the year we fish artificial
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Filleted and bagged
Drinks
Waters on boat
Lunch
50 dollars extra. options call for menu. .
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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
Everyone knows their child better than I, but from my experience I recommend 12 years and older for 8 hour/full day trips can easily make any trip kid friendly.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Prefered on steelhead and all resident trout.

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Checks
Bank Transfer

Recent fishing reports

Panfish are hard to beat right now!!!
Panfish are hard to beat right now!!!
May 13, 2024
Awesome trip filled with action! We utalize livescope so we are always fishing fiah not water! Chase giants or just fill the bucket! Cast after cast of big gills or crappie. Panfish are winding down as they begin to spawn we let them have a break and do their thing! Fly fishing option available!
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Smallmouth are fired up!
Smallmouth are fired up!
May 12, 2024
Spend a awesome day chasing michigans pound for pound hardest fighting fish. smallmouth bass are a awesome way to spend the day! Lots of numbers amd right now the big ones are chewing!
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Trout fishing is fantastic!
Trout fishing is fantastic!
May 9, 2024
Take a ride in my custon 18 ft jet boat while I row us down the beautiful muskegon river in newaygo. and you throw cranks streamers or nymphs to target browns and rainbows! Many species to catch switch over to smallmouth when the sun gets out !
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