Welcome to Fish First Class Sport Fishing Charters

About Us

Charter Fish Manistee, MI in First Class Style

What sets us apart is our capability to offer a comfortable fishing environment during your Fish First Class charter fishing experience. Come inside our salon and have a seat on the couch, go to our galley and prepare a snack. Bring the family and the salon provides a comfortable and safe area for the children to play, nap, or entertain themselves. Of course, you are also welcome to join us on the deck where we will be working hard to get those fishing rods thumping.

Operating from the port of Manistee Michigan, the fishing vessel First Class is a well recognized member of the Manistee Charter Fishing community. She's a 31' Silverton Sport Fisherman well equipped for your safety, comfort, and fishing success.

We offer morning fishing charters of 6 or 8 hour duration.

We focus on Chinook Salmon and Lake Trout , but we also catch Steelhead, Coho, and Brown Trout. 

Come join us for a day of Charter Fishing and see what it's like to Fish First Class.

Your Captain

Captain Kevin Velik has been fishing Salmon & Lake Trout on Lake Michigan since 1971. 

He holds a USCG issued Master Captain license and has over 45 years of experience operating boats on Inland and Great Lakes waters

Our Goal

Our goal is to provide a fishing trip that is safe, productive, and fun. Did we say fun!

We are a great choice for families as our crew really enjoys providing an educational experience in a relaxed environment.

Rates, Details, What to Bring


Fish First Class offers morning charters for 1-6 people departing the dock at 5:00 AM. 

We offer a 6 hour charter for $600 and  a 8 hour charter for $750.

A $100 deposit is required to book the charter.

Details of your Charter

We provide all fishing tackle for your charter.

Please arrive at the dock promptly at 5:00 AM.

We will be fishing in Lake Michigan.

Upon return to our dock we will clean and bag your catch.

What to Bring

Please bring the following;

  • A valid Michigan fishing license for each person that will be fishing during the charter.
  • Soft soled shoes.
  • Sunglasses & sun screen.
  • Warm clothes as Lake Michigan can be cool offshore.
  • Rain gear.
  • Food and beverages.
  • A cooler for your cleaned and bagged fish.

Our Location

We are located at Riverside Marina, 522 North Water St., Manistee Michigan.

From U.S. 31 turn West on River St., follow River St. through the Manistee Business District. River St. becomes Water St., continue on Water St. until you arrive at the Riverside Motel. Parking for fishing charters is just West of the motel.


We require a deposit of $100 to book your charter.

The deposit can be paid with a Credit/Debit card by phone, or with a check mailed to; Captain Kevin Velik, 20 Park Ave., Site 5, Manistee Michigan, 49660

The balance of your charter cost is paid at the dock. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or cash payment on the day of the charter trip.

If weather or Lake Michigan conditions force us to cancel your charter fishing trip, we will refund your deposit.

Please Remember Your Fishing License.

Each person fishing during the charter will require a valid Michigan fishing license. 

Licenses can be purchased online at www.mdnr-elicense.com

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

You can drop us a line or call.

Call Captain Kevin at 616-502-6347