About Your Guides
The VanderBie Family is dedicated to top quality service and equipment for your maximum enjoyment on your trip, whether it's fishing or hunting. They strongly encourage youth to participate in outdoor activities that promote solid family ties and the desire to carry on outdoor traditions. They'd be happy to answer any questions you have prior to booking your fun-filled trip.
Growing up in Manistee County, Michigan has given Dillon VanderBie the advantage of becoming a very versatile fisherman and hunter. He is an all species, all tackle kind of guy. Dillon has his DNR Inland Passenger Vessel Operators License and is permitted by the USFS for the Big Manistee River and he's permitted by the DNR to fish inland lakes and waterways around the state. He is a permitted hunting guide through the DNR for state land. Dillon is our primary guide and can't wait to get you out fishing or hunting.
When he's not guiding fishermen or hunters, Dillon is running his own business, Advantage Wildlife and Nuisance Control. He also works for the family construction business as a carpenter. He fishes as often as he can and caught a 16" Master Angler crappie this summer. He enjoys playing euchre, participating in corn hole tournaments and playing on a summer co-ed softball team. Dillon brings his "team spirit" attitude to guiding.
Jesse and Jack Duck Hunting
A self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiast, Jesse VanderBie is your guide for hunting and outdoor skills instruction. He is a permitted hunting guide through the DNR and has a wealth of primitive skills knowledge.
Jesse works for the family construction business as a carpenter. He is a licensed volunteer firefighter for Norman Township in Manistee County. Some of you may know him from when he worked at the world famous fishery Tippy Dam Recreation Area. Jesse is engaged to Tiffany, and he enjoys metalworking, trapping and off-roading.
Jack VanderBie loves the great outdoors! Jack has been hunting and fishing for as long as he can remember. He's fished extensively on Lake Michigan and his hunting passion is ducks. Jack's a patient instructor and thrives on seeing others improve their fishing and hunting skills. He fishes all species and has his DNR Operators License. He is permitted for fishing through the USFS for the Big Manistee River as well as permitted by the DNR to fish inland lakes and waterways around the state. He is a permitted hunting guide through the DNR for state land.
Jack's other profession is his construction company, Jack VanderBie Builder, LLC. When he's not building or guiding, you'll find him enjoying the great northern Michigan woods or water and spending time with the family Brittany named Ella.
About the Owner
Ann VanderBie is the founder and owner of Manistee River Outfitters and is who will be your primary contact person. Seeing the love of the outdoors that Jack, Jesse and Dillon have, she decided it was time to harness the fishing, hunting and outdoors skills they have. She is no stranger to the outdoors herself, growing up fishing on the Kalamazoo River and having spent the last 17 years as a boy scout leader. Jack was a scout leader as well and both Jesse and Dillon are Eagle Scouts. Ann also helps Jack run the family construction business and keeps the family dog, Ella, in top shape for hunting.