Head out on a fishing adventure in Manistee, Michigan with “Slipknot Charters!” These waters have some of the best catch rates for King (Chinook) Salmon in the US, and Captain Lenny Vaughan leads you to the best spots!

Hop aboard his 31’ Tiara express cruiser, ideal for up to 6 guests. She’s equipped with top-notch navigational equipment including GPS and Fish Finder to keep you on top of your targets, as well as downriggers and a live well to reel them in with ease. On top of that, she also features an onboard toilet for your comfort.

It’s all about trolling for your limits with Capt. Lenny. Depending on the time of year, you’re looking to reel in plenty of the most sought-after freshwater fish, including Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, and Lake Trout.

Capt. Lenny brings along everything you need for a successful trip, including rods, reels, tackle, live bait, and lures. At the end of the day, he’ll clean and fillet your delicious catch to take home for dinner. Just be sure you bring along a cooler for easy transport.

Feel free to bring along any drinks and snacks you’d like to enjoy and, most importantly, don’t forget to pick up a fishing license beforehand. Capt. Lenny takes pride in the fact that 90% of his customers come back for another adventure. Head out with Slipknot Charters and see why!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $800
    Take advantage of the productive morning bite on this 6-hour fishing adventure! Depending on the time of year, you'll hook into the likes of Chinook Salmon, Steelhead, and Lake Trout. Capt. Lenny provides all the gear you need to troll for your limits. Just be sure to pick up a fishing license beforehand and pack any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    $800
    Spend 6-hours exploring the productive waters surrounding Manistee for delicious fish! Depending on seasonality, you'll reel in Chinook Salmon, Steelhead and Lake Trout. Capt. Lenny provides all the gear you need to make this afternoon adventure a successful one. Bring along any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy and don't forget to purchase a valid fishing license beforehand.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,000
    This exciting 8-hour trip will see you fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, and Lake Trout, depending on seasonality. Capt. Lenny provides all the gear you need to successfully troll for your limits and stock that cooler! Remember to pick up a fishing license beforehand and bring along any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy.
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About the Captain

Lenny Vaughan
Manistee, Michigan, United States
3 Fishing Reports
81 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

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon

Boat specs

Tiara Open (Express cruiser) originally built in 2004. Powered by 2 400HP 454 Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Steelhead
Offshore Fishing
Salmon, Steelhead, Lake Trout

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days 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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 62 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (36)
Full day trip
Fishing with Lenny
Fishing with Lenny
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
90%
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John G.
Stronach, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Evening trip with Captain Lenny

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 1, 2022
My daughter and son-in-law planned a trip from Maryland to visit me here. They are both fishing enthusiasts and they wanted...
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Dylan D.
Independence Charter Town, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Full day trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 12, 2022
We went out for a full day trip with Captain Lenny and ended up filling up the cooler before noon. Had a great time and a great...
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Remco Z.
East Lansing, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Lenny

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on September 15, 2022
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James D.
United States
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent Day Fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on September 5, 2019
We went out on a charter in early September.  Weather was much worst than was forecast so we knew that we might need to quit...
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Jim/jan K.
Bakersfield, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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A day worth every penny!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 31, 2019
Being from California, we don’t get to see our time with our kids and grandchildren that live in Michigan. I taught my boys...
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FAQs about Slipknot Charters

Slipknot Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $50 per person after 5 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Slipknot Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Slipknot Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Slipknot Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Steelhead)
  • Offshore Fishing (Salmon, Steelhead, Lake Trout)

Slipknot Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling

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