St. Joe River Charters

St. Joe River Charters

Your St. Joe River Charter will take place aboard Chameleon, a 21-foot, heated and enclosed Starcraft river boat. Chameleon also has a head (lavatory) for your convenience. We will supply all the gear, tackle, bait, and electronics you will need for your St. Joe River Charter. Although Steelhead fishing is the premier river fishing trip, we also offer fishing trips for catfish, walleye, and more. Our “Family Fun Trip” is especially popular with families with kids of all ages. It’s an affordable way to get out on the river with your family or a group of friends, catch a mixed bag of fish, and just have a fun, stress-free time on the water. If you prefer not to fish, we also offer the opportunity to cruise the St. Joe, and you will see how beautiful it really is, no matter what time of year. (Please note that all of our rates are expressed as the TOTAL cost of the trip. They are NOT per person rates.)


Salmon/Steelhead Fishing Charters
Our Salmon/Steelhead fishing trips run from November through April on the St. Joe River. You can stay warm in our heated river boat and enjoy a steelheading trip in the fall, winter or spring. Gold Coast Fishing Company supplies all the bait and tackle you will need to successfully fish one of Michigan’s best steelhead fisheries.

Salmon/Steelhead Fishing Rates

7 Hour Trip

1-2 person $250 (M-F)
3-4 person $350 (M-F)

1-2 person $300 (Sat-Sun)
3-4 person $400 (Sat-Sun)

Cleaning and bagging of your catch is included

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Family Fun Fishing Trips
Family Fun Fishing Trips run from May through September on the St. Joe River. This is a great trip for families with kids of all ages or for groups of friends looking for some fun river fishing. Gold Coast Fishing Company supplies all the bait and tackle you will need. The solid fishing action that the St. Joe provides will keep you busy, reeling in bass, catfish, suckers, walleye, sheephead, and anything else the river has to offer. Just show up with your favorite snacks and beverages, and be ready for some fun, laid-back river fishing. Experienced and novice fishermen alike will enjoy our family fun fishing trips. This is a great way to celebrate a bachelor party, a birthday, or just to get away from the grind for a while.

Family Fun Fishing Rates

4 Hour Trip

1-4 person $250
(We can shorten these trips to suit
your particular needs.)

Cleaning and bagging of your catch is included

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Scenic River Rides/Fall Color Tours
Your Scenic River Ride or Fall Color Tour will depart from Eagle Pointe Harbor. You will enjoy miles of the scenic St. Joe River. While on the river, you and your guests will have the opportunity to take pictures or just take in the natural beauty of the St. Joe River. You are welcome to bring along your own food and beverages.

Scenic River Rates

Scenic River Rides and Fall Color Tours are $75 an hour, with a 2-hour minimum.

(4 person max.)

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Many of your questions may be answered by our FAQ Page. If you have additional questions concerning charters, schedules, or prices, please don’t hesitate to contact Gold Coast Fishing Company. Captain Todd will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Just call (269) 548-7304


A $100.00 deposit is required to guarantee your reservation. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. Deposits are non-refundable. But, if you must cancel your trip, you may reschedule it for a later date. Weather-related refunds of deposits paid with a credit card will be made in the form of a check.

Inclement Weather

Weather-related decisions are made by your captain. Charters cancelled at the dock due to weather will be rescheduled, or you can request a refund of your deposit. Charters cut short due to weather will be pro-rated. You also have the option to fish the St. Joe river with us on days when the big lake is too rough.