Winter Steelhead fishing has been excellent over the past week or so. Good numbers of darker steelhead in the upper sections near Thornapple or Pine St.
Lower river - Newaygo Down stream - has less numbers but brighter fish. Steelhead still continue to move through the system, with new fish coming in from the lake. Typically, the Muskegon River gets fresh steelhead throughout the winter months.
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Game on for Fall Steelhead! Recent rains last night have brought the Muskegon River up to a decent, and "Fishable" level for Steelhead and Trout. The Chinook Salmon are about finished but still remaining Coho and Lake Trout. This rain should give the river a boost and bring in our main batch of migratory Steelhead.
Big Manistee River is already in full swing with lots of Steelhead through out the entire river system. Tippy Dam has been fishing very well. There continues to be lots of King Salmon, Coho, and Lake Trout.
More chrome to come!
With this year's salmon season beginning to wind down, we've been hooking 5 - 10 chrome bullet Steelhead a day by "accident" while fishing for salmon. If this is any indication of how steelhead fishing is going to be this fall, we're in for one heck of a Fall Steelhead migration! Drifting small spawn sacks, eggs flies, or trout beads behind the spawning Kings has been key. Steelhead are hefty and stout this fall. Similar to the Fall of 2013.
These Steelhead are big and jumping like crazy when you hook 'em! We will be guiding both Steelhead and Salmon for the next week or so, then focusing on pure steel. We can't wait to catch more chromers!
River Conditions Right Now!
Muskegon River: Flowing at 1300 cfs Temp. 52
Levels are quite low and gin clear. Wading is a good option. Challenging for jet boats.
Muskegon River is fishing well.
White River: 375 cfs. Temp. 52
Great wading and Drift boats. Low and Clear.
Grand River: Water is coming down. Murky
6th Street is fishing well.
Manistee River: 1710 CFS Temp. 53
Dropping. Low and Clear. Wadable at Tippy Dam.
Mid sections fishing well.
Trip Options at this time of year.
Muskegon River: $350 for 2 anglers. (8hrs)
Guided half day. $250 for 2 anglers. (4.5 hrs)
Manistee River: $395 for 2 anglers. (8hrs)
Pere Marquette River: $395 for 2 anglers.
White River: Raft Trip $395 for 2 anglers.
White River walk in - $300
Grand River: Below 6th St and down.
$395 for two anglers.