Fishing Guide Fees 

Our guides receive $300 per day plus tip.   Guides take 1-2 persons per day and provide their own boat, motor and gas (or a Rideout's rental boat w/ gas is included in the fee).   New for American plan customers:  Starting this year guides in traditional grand lake canoes cooking the shore lunch are available on a limited basis (see more below). 

Other details:

  • Per local tradition, guests on the American plan are billed for the guides lunch which is prepared by the Rideout's staff (you are charged $12).   The guide brings his own lunch if the guest is on the housekeeping plan.

  • The guide fee should be paid directly to the guide in cash.

  • It is customary to pay a cash gratuity to the guide which again is paid directly to the guide...a typical tip would be 15% of the guide fee.

  • Bait and tackle, if needed, is usually charged to the guest.

  • Guides often provide for the guest's use appropriate rod/reel combos....this can be confirmed in advance with the guide.

  • If the guide is guiding out of a guest's personal boat, the guide fee will be $225 per day plus tip.

  • If the guide is guiding out of a Rideout's rental boat, the guide fee will be $225 per day, plus tip, plus the normal $65-$75 per day boat rental fee to be paid to Rideout's.

Note!!!  Again in the 2019 season our American Plan customers have the option of hiring a guide with a traditional grand lake canoe who will provide a high quality shore lunch for 1-2 people.   The rate is $300 for a guided trip on East Grand Lake.  The guide will provide, if requested, appropriate rods/reels/bait/tackle at no extra charge.  Additional fees may be added for transportation to other nearby lakes if appropriate.  A $14 per person charge will be added to your American plan rate to cover additional shore lunch costs.  

Make the most of your fishing adventure and hire one of the many fine guides who work out of Rideout's!