Higher water levels last week has made for some great fishing this week. Water levels and conditions are perfect for late fall & winter steelhead on the Muskegon River.
Fly fishing small egg patterns, beads, and natural nymph patterns have been producing very nice trout and steelhead. Brown trout are also spawning right now, in the upper sections of the river.
Water levels and temperature are both perfect for fall steelhead. Water temp is 48 degrees, making for some outrageous strikes, and good jumping fish! New fish entering the river daily. We're off to a great start for Michigan Fall Steelhead. Get out on the water and make some memories! (231) 519-7348
Come join us for some outstanding float fishing.
We offer Fly Fishing, Center pin float fishing, Spinning and conventional tackle for steelhead and trout on the Muskegon and Big Manistee Rivers.
Fishing should remain strong well into December.
Chad Betts (231) 519-734
Over the past several days steelhead fishing has been greatly improved with new fish moving into the river system each day. Unlike the salmon migration earlier this season, Steelhead seem to be right on task, with a decent number throughout the system.
Water levels are normal for this time of year. Jet boat fishing and wading are both options at this time. Some rain would help fishing a bit to shuffle the deck a bit. Steelhead seem to be moving through the system with the current river levels.
The Upper section, Croton Dam to Thornapple also has some excellent trout fishing and salmon fishing. I know it's late but there are still fishable numbers of Kings in all of the shallow gravel areas.
Trout fishing has also beein outstanding in the upper sections. As salmon become older and more ragged trout put on the feed bag eating eggs and nymphs behind later spawning salmon.
Fishing should remain excellent for the next several weeks, through mid to late December.
Water levels have been low and ultra clear, making for phenomenal trout fishing in the upper sections. Salmon fishing also remains quite strong with plentiful pods on Chinook in the upper river. Clean fish can still be had. Sight fishing has been really good. Wading is also another good option as the Muskegon has been running consistently around 1500 - 1600 cfs. We should begin to see a lot more steelhead during the upcoming week.
We are now offering a "North & South" feature on guided trips. You can spend a day with our guides on the Big Manistee River, fishing Steelhead, and the next day, fishing the Might Mo. We now have guides on both rivers and are booking trips for either river. Muskegon or Manistee. (231) 519-7348
Steelhead fishing has been off to a slow start but starting to get rolling. We started landing "Skippers" over the last week. (Smaller Steelhead - " Skippers" are 15" - 24" and are usually the precursor to the main run) During true Steelhead guide trips, we have been landing 1 - 4 adult, larger Steelhead. Look for a decent push in the lower sections later in the week, with new fish entering the river daily. Hopefully we start seeing some big fish this week. Steelhead are phenominal fighters and very aggressive this time of year!! Fists of fury on any tackle, especially on center pin gear, or fly tackle. Know as, "The crown jewel of sport fish."
Our focus this week has been on salmon fishing and resident trout. We're just getting started on Steelhead as the numbers are increasing. Water levels are up and gin clear making for easy, great salmon fishing! Sight fishing for salmon has been relatively easy.
We've been sticking to the tried and true dental floss fly fishing for salmon, using a small nuke egg and brown or black pheasant tail nymph. This has been working great for double digit hook ups and lots of big fish brought to the net The next several weeks should offer exceptional fishing. (231) 519-7348
Water levels and conditions are darn near perfect! It didn't take us long today to find some chrome. Dave displays a nice buck from this morning.
I was pleasantly surprised that the Muskegon River has MUCH more salmon this year than the Pere Marquette or Big Manistee. Our trout were also in excellent condition.
Salmon have been spawning in all the usual locations. Chinook have been spending the most time in the gravel shoals. Many others can be found in deep pools and holding areas. Thunder sticking is a viable option again for another week or so. I'm just getting back home and settled in. More photos and detailed fishing reports will follow in the next two days.
We have the following open dates available for both salmon and Steelhead on the Muskegon River. Manistee River dates are also available.
October 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. 31.
November 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16,
17, 20, 21, 23.24, 26, 27, 28.
Text or email to reserve your Fall Steelhead date today! (231) 519-7348