Guided Steelhead Fishing Michigan
Carly with with a gorgeous buck! There seems to be good numbers of Steelhead throughout the river system. (11/22)
Guided Steelhead Fishing
Trophy Steelhead have been coming to the net often this year. Seems to be a very good year class of Fall - Winter Steelhead on the Muskegon River. (11/22)
Floats and spawn has been averaging one Steelhead per hour on most days. Steelhead fishing has been generally very good so far, and should only improve with perfect water conditions. There seems to be good numbers all throughout the Muskegon River. Lower Sections have been fishing exceptionally well.

Steelhead are finally here in fishable numbers! I must say that it's much better than last fall to say the least! Steelhead fishing has been consistent over the past week.  Three to six a day has been the norm, some days, better than others but at least we're hooking plenty of steelhead every day, with a good mix of resident trout.  

Floats and spawn has been fishing well. Fly fishing has also been doing well and getting fish to the net. Water levels remain perfect, with most of the leaves gone as well.  This year's steelhead seem very healthy. Hopefully there are many more on the way as we welcome Fall, and cooler weather.
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It sure took long enough for us to get some much needed rain!  River levels are finally back to historic, fishable levels.  Heavy rains over the past several days should keep the water levels around our normal, 2000 cfs mark. This should significantly help our Fall Steelhead numbers in a big way. 

  There still continues to be large numbers of older spawning salmon from Croton Dam through Newaygo - museum area, River Front Park.  Lots of salmon on gravel.  Digging salmon provide an excellent food source for marauding steelhead and egg robbing trout.  Fishing behind these salmon can produce some gleaming chrome silver Fall Steelhead!!  I've also seen a fair number of Lake Run Brown Trout so far this season.   
Michigan Fall Steelhead Fishing Guides
Doug with a very nice Fall Steelhead that we landed while fishing for salmon in the upper section. Higher water levels spread out the fall fish throughout the system.
Fall Steelhead Muskegon River Fishing
Scott with a gorgeous Muskegon River Fall Steelhead. Recent rains have really helped the Steelhead migration in the lower river. New fish entering the river. Centerpinning floats and spawn is fishing exceptionally well.
Steelhead Update: Recent rains from last week certainly gave a boost to the fishing! Over the last couple of days, Steelhead fishing has improved with new fish entering the river daily! Chrome bullets are on the way. 
Floats and spawn have been doing well. Is time to get out some new centerpin gear, and start making some long drifts for acrobatic chrome jumpers that we miss so much! Its going to be an incredible Fall, it's just getting started!   Like us on FaceBook - Get up to date reports!         (231) 519-7348
Muskegon River Fall Steelhead
Greg with a beast of a Fall Steelhead! Welcome back to the Mighty Muskegon River. "Home of the Chrome!"
Manistee River Lake Brown Trout
Chad displays a gorgeous Lake Run Brown Trout. Fall is a fantastic time for all sorts of really big fish!
Fishing has been going along nicely!  The Big Manistee is in full prime salmon season at this point. Good numbers of Kings below Tippy Dam.  Mid sections of the Manistee,  starting to see fishable numbers of bright chrome bullet steelies. With good rains last week and cooler nights, most of the Northern rivers are starting to get a trickle of Fall Steelhead.

The Muskegon River has a very good number of King Salmon. Everything here is two weeks behind schedule, water temperatures are in the mid to low 50's at this time.  The river level is very low right now offering excellent wading opportunities near the museum in Newaygo, and in the upper section near Pine Street and below Croton Dam.

Fall Steelhead are definitely on the horizon! Fishing is certainly much better so far this year, compared to last fall. Fish are more plentiful and stout. It should make for and excellent rest of October and November! 

Let us know if you're interested in a Fall Steelhead, Trout, or Salmon fishing adventure!  We now have full time guides on the Muskegon River & Big Manistee. We will hook you up!

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Manistee Brown Trout below Tippy dam. Fishing behind spawning salmon has been fantastic for trout.
Salmon Update II - The Muskegon River, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee now each have good numbers of salmon. Everything seems to be several weeks behind schedule with above normal Fall temperatures.  Salmon is center stage and prime time right now and should go into early November with bright fish showing up periodically. 

Fall Steelhead, and Lake Run Brown Trout have also been showing on occasion.  "By catch" , often showing up on guide trips.  The Manistee especially, has been showing signs of a decent migratory brown trout fishery.  The new Sturgeon River strain of browns should certainly be exciting!  

Fall Steelhead of coarse, have been showing up behind spawning kings anywhere deep gravel is to be had.  No numbers yet but, some are being caught each day now.   Middle to lower sections of  both the Manistee and Muskegon Rivers.  Resident trout fishing has also been excellent over the last 10 days. 
( Big Shout out to the DNR - Planted our first fall planting of 10,000 runt brown trout. Every bit helps! )

Salmon Update:  Big rains last night on the Big Manistee & surrounding rivers!  Cold nights and rising water levels are bringing in the salmon big time. Salmon have been waiting in the big lake for cooler temperatures. 
Today:  We had much better fishing for salmon today.  Fly fishing for Kings has now taken center stage with lots of big fish finally showing up!   Cold nights and rain making for the big push of Kings in the Pere Marquette River, (Custer - Scottville) and Big Manistee River (Wellston) now has lots of salmon on the move with spawning on the gravel now in full swing.  We also landed a gorgeous Fall Steelhead today on an egg pattern.  Trout fishing is also excellent for Brown Trout.  If you want a memorable guided fishing trip, now is the time to fish!   (231) 519-7348

Salmon Update II - The Muskegon River, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee now each have good numbers of salmon. Everything seems to be several weeks behind schedule with above normal Fall temperatures.  Salmon is center stage and prime time right now and should go into early November with bright fish showing up periodically. 

Fall Steelhead, and Lake Run Brown Trout have also been showing on occasion.  "By catch" if you will but, often showing up on guide trips.  The Manistee especially has been showing signs of a decent migratory brown trout fishery.  The new Sturgeon River strain of browns should certainly be exciting!  

Fall Steelhead of coarse have been showing up behind spawning kings anywhere deep gravel is to be had.  No numbers yet but, some are being caught each day now.   Middle to lower sections of  both the Manistee and Muskegon Rivers.  Resident trout fishing has also been excellent over the last 10 days. 
( Big Shout out to the DNR - Planted our first fall planting of 10,000 runt brown trout. Every bit helps! )

Salmon Update:  Big rains last night on the Big Manistee & surrounding rivers!  Cold nights and rising water levels are bringing in the salmon big time. Salmon have been waiting in the big lake for cooler temperatures. 
Today:  We had much better fishing for salmon today.  Fly fishing for Kings has now taken center stage with lots of big fish finally showing up!   Cold nights and rain making for the big push of Kings in the Pere Marquette River, (Custer - Scottville) and Big Manistee River (Wellston) now has lots of salmon on the move with spawning on the gravel now in full swing.  We also landed a gorgeous Fall Steelhead today on an egg pattern.  Trout fishing is also excellent for Brown Trout.  If you want a memorable guided fishing trip, now is the time to fish!   (231) 519-7348
Pere Marquette River Salmon Fishing
Things are running way behind so far this fall. October should offer the best salmon fishing. Salmon season is however, in full swing, new fish entering the river daily! October is going to be incredible!
Salmon season is now in full swing with catchable numbers of Chinook Salmon available in the Pere Marquette & Big Manistee River. Cold nights and some rainfall has greatly improved the migrations over the past week with new fish entering the river daily.

We are now catching fish consistently everyday. A mixed batch of bright Kings and some starting to show the carmel phase of coming into the river.  Some larger pods have been showing up as well.

Best techniques have been throwing crankbaits, (Thundersticks) early in the morning.  Drifting skein under a float has been very productive, especially on sunny days. Early salmon bite very well with the right offerings.

Our available dates are limited,  October dates are available and should be excellent with things being so late. Afternoon guided trips are available almost every day, and are also fishing well. 

(3:30pm - 7:30pm) $250 for two anglers.
Afternoon's are fishing well.

Due to everything being late this fall, October should offer exceptional late season salmon. Last Fall, October dates hooked the most fish per day by far.  Chinook salmon run well into late October - November,  for great fishing! 

Pere Marquette Salmon Fishing
Toby with a PM Beast!
Pere Marquette SAlmon Guides
Chrome fish entering the river.
Pere Marquette SAlmon Fishing Reports
Mike's first salmon experience!
Grand River Salmon fishing has been great the last couple of days!  Recent rains have brought in a large push of Coho Salmon below Sixth Street.  Good numbers of Chinook, Skamania Steelhead, and Lake Run Brown trout are also present.  Salmon and Steelhead fishing in Grand Rapids is very under rated. The Grand River receives one of the largest migratory Coho - Steelhead runs in Michigan. We offer guided fishing on the Grand River, Rogue, White, Pere Marquette, and big Manistee for Trout and Salmon during the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring.   Come and join us for outstanding Fall Fishing!

Due to everything being late this fall, October should offer exceptional late season salmon. Last Fall, October dates hooked the most fish per day by far.  Chinook salmon run well into late October for great fishing! 
Manistee River Guided Salmon trips - Thundersticks
Casting Thundersticks for bright chrome Kings on the Pere Marquette & Big Manistee Rivers.
Salmon Season 2015.  Our available open dates are September 14, 15, 17, 18, 28, 29, 30.  Any dates in Septenber that are not listed are already booked, mornings. Afternoon Charters ( 3:30pm - 7:30pm) are available for $250 per 2 anglers. We are guiding salmon on the Pere Marquette & Manistee Rivers. 
Pere Marquette Salmon Fishing Report
Vinnie with a very nice King Salmon from the mouth of the Big Manistee River. We are starting to see a handful of salmon in both the Pere Marquette & Manistee Rivers. It's going to be a great fall! (9/3)
Pere Marquette River Salmon Fishing
Kelsey with a very nice male Chinook salmon from the Manistee River near Tippy Dam. Salmon fishing on the Pere Marquette River and Manistee. Salmon fishing coming soon! Book now before dates are filled!
We are still guiding for Smallmouth and Trout at this time but, Salmon fishing is just around the corner.  Both the Pere Marquette & Manistee Rivers each have a handful of salmon at this time.  Conditions should improve as we get later into the month.  Early Season salmon are a blast whether casting thunder sticks, or float fishing bobbers and skein, both produce great catches. 

Later September, and October, we will be fly fishing the Big Manistee River.  We expect a different class of angler now on the Manistee River, as this section of river, (Below Tippy Dam) is single hook only for salmon, fly fishing should be phenomenal this year as most anglers will be fishing legally this year.  Endless possibilities for great fishing this fall on the Manistee River below Tippy Dam for salmon.   We are certainly excited! 
Send us a text or an email.  (231) 519-7348 or follow our FaceBook Reports. 
Smallmouth Bass fishing trips in Michigan.
Robbie with a trophy Muskegon River Smallmouth Bass from Shangri-La. Late August offers the best in Smallie fishing during late summer. River trips offer a fun adventure before the kids head back to school.
Michigan Salmon Fishing - Tippy Dam
Smallmouth Bass fishing at it's finest! Late Summer bass fishing on the Mighty Muskegon River. (8/12)
Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Daniel with a giant slob of a Smallmouth Bass. Shang-ra-la has been fishing exceptionally well this year! (8/12)
The weather is hot and summer is winding down. There is still tons of fishing oppertunities to do before the kids go back to school. During the dog days of August, top water smallmouth is at it's best!  Vicious strikes and big smallies coming to the net! Smallmouth Bass Shang-ra-la!  

   Another overlooked fishing opportunity is terrestrial fishing for big trout.  Trout love crickets, grasshoppers, and a Muskegon River favorite, the flying ant!   Trout love terrestrials during the later part of the summer. 

Now is also the time to make your reservations for Chinook Salmon trips. We only have a limited amout of dates for salmon and prime dates good fast!  Fall Steelhead fishing is also on the horizon! 

Send us a text or an email.  (231) 519-7348 or follow our FaceBook Reports. 
Michigan Smallmouth Bass Guides
April displays a giant late summer Smallmouth Bass. August and September offer the best in really big Smallies! Top water action is great when water temperatures are warm. Late season Smallmouth Bass on the Muskegon River.
Hen Atlantic Salmon St. Mary's River.
Atlantic Salmon on the Upper St. Mary's rapids! Hot weather here (down state) makes for phenomenal Salmon fishing in the North country! Light Spinning tackle & fly fishing are available. (August 2 - August 15)
Smallmouth Bass fishing in Michigan.
Bone jarring strikes from Smallmouth Bass on top water buzz baits! August Smallmouth.
Fired up about Atlantic Salmon! These amazing fish chase down and hammer small flies and minnow imitations during late summer! Come just us for great white fish fishing and Atlantic Salmon up North! Available August 2 - August 15.
Cooler Weather up North, and Atlantic salmon on the brain!   For the past 10 days we've been fishing  in Northern Michigan for Atlantic salmon.  These fish are amazing, taking small flies in an aggressive fashion.  Fly fishing and spinning tackle has been very effective for these fish!  These fish are incredible! Huge jumpers! 
Send us a text or an email.  (231) 519-7348 or follow our FaceBook Reports. 
Hot weather and summer Smallmouth are upon us.  If you're looking for an affordable, action packed guided fishing trip before school starts, check out Smallmouth Bass on the Muskegon River.   Smallies just love top water lures, poppers, and soft plastics!  Awesome jumps, hard hits, and down and dirty fights on light tackle! 
Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Michigan Smallmouth can't be beat! Summertime offers excellent Smallie fishing on the Muskegon River. We offer light spinning tackle, Bait caster, and fly fishing for big Smallmouth Bass on West Michigan Rivers.
Guided Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Steve with a giant Smallmouth Bass from Hardy Pond on the upper Muskegon River. Summer produces big Smallmouth.
July 3rd - Hatch fishing and dry fly fishing has been outstanding during the last couple of days! We've been spending a lot of time doing boat - wading trips and having great success for some really nice quality trout. 
        Best hatches have been cinnamon caddis, which have been popping (emerging) regularly every evening from 7pm well into the night.  Soft hackles and wet flies have also been fishing well while swinging them on a floating line in the surface film.
Hatch trips are from 5pm - 10 pm.
                 Caddis Emergence & Dry Flies.
Michigan Trout Guides
Muskegon River Brown Trout - Summer trout fishing has been excellent so far this summer. Good numbers of trout throughout the upper river. Caddis dry fly fishing has been very good most of the day into the evenings. (7/5)
Muskegon River Trout
Jason with a trophy Brown Trout taken on a caddis emerger. Hatch fishing has been very good. Evening Hatch fishing trips have been going well. (7/3)
Michigan Trout Guide
Gorgeous summer time trophy Brown trout that Toby landing this morning while stripping streamers! This brown hammered Mojo Bi-polar parr pattern. (7/2)
Fly Fish Michigan Steelhead
Michigan Skamania Steelhead also love streamers! Toby with a chrome steelhead from today. A bump in the water gets all the fish ready to eat!! Excellent fishing coming up next week. (7/3)
We had an epic day today fishing streamers for trophy brown trout & Steelhead!!  Water levels are perfect for great trout fishing, whether nymphing, streamers, or dry flies, conditions are ideal for days over 30 trout or more in an outing.   Hatches are also going to be prime time next week with rain and warmer weather.  Expect great hatches of caddis, Gray drakes, and Isonychia  bicolor - Making for some great trout fishing! 

We are offering morning (Spinning)  or evening (Fly Fishing) - 5 hour half days for $250.

Morning half days are available for Trout and Smallmouth on Light Spinning tackle.

** Send us a text if you'd like. Cell service is limited on the water. (231) 519-7349
Now is  the perfect time to bring you son or daughter out fishing and introduce them to great trout fishing on the Muskegon River. Guided trips are available all weekend and next week.  Hatch trips are usually during the afternoon. Hatches are this time are Sulphers, Caddis, and Gray Drakes, being the most common and attracting larger trout.  Hatch trips are $250.
Gray Drake Trout Flies
Greg with a gorgeous buck brown trout taken on a Gray Drake spinner dry fly. This time of the year is prime-time for hatches and larger trout. (6/12)
Muskegon River Trout Fishing
The Muskegon River is home to good populations of very nice brown trout. Hatches are prolific and offer great trout fishing during the summer. (6/12)
Light Spinning Tackle (Conventional) Trips are available during the mornings from 8am - 1pm.  All Gear, Tackle, Rods, Reels, and fish cleaning is provided at no extra charge. Guided Trips are all inclusive - Everything is provided for you on our guided fishing trips.  (231) 519-7348
Atlantic Salmon in Michigan
Atlantic Salmon are known for awesome fights, great jumps, and excellent table fare. These fish are a blast on light tackle or fly gear. (July, early August)
Michigan Trout Fishing
$250 Evening "Hatch Master" Specials - Guided Dry fly hatch fishing at it's finest! Learn Caddis and May Fly hatch fishing for quality trout. 5pm - 10pm. (June, July, August)
Smallmouth Bass Shang-Ral-La | Michigan Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass Shang-Ra-La. Guided Smallmouth fishing on pristine sections of the Muskegon River and other local areas. (June, July, August, September)
Michigan Salmon Fishing
Michigan Salmon Fishing on Lake Michigan, Lower Pere Marquette River, Big Manistee River, and White River. (July, August, September)
No matter what plans you have this summer, we have a guided fishing adventure planned for you! Whether you would like and Olympic jumping Atlantic Salmon, an explosive Smallmouth Bass on top water, soft sipping brown trout on a dry fly, or freight train pulling drag of a King Salmon, we have something to fish for.   For over 18 years, guiding is what we do, and we're go at it!  Muskegon River Fisheries alliance.
Come join us today!   (231) 519-7348

All guided trips are all inclusive.  All Gear, Tackle, Flies, Bait, Rods, Reels, and fish cleaning are included in fishing trips at no extra charge. We'll hook you up on some big fish!
I will be doing daily fishing reports on our business FaceBook Page.  Give us a "Like" and enjoy daily - Up to date, Fishing Reports. Betts Guide Service

Michigan Trout Guide
Brown Trout on the brain! Sucker spawn fishing for big trout continues to go well. White Suckers are spawning now in good numbers. (6/5)
Guided Michigan Trout Fishing
Toby and Nate with an awesome Brown Trout from today! We worked for them today but there's plenty around if you spend the time looking. (5/27)
AuSable Trout Fishing
Bill with one of several nice Trout landed today. Weather and water conditions are perfect right now. Sucker spawn trophy trout. (5/27)
 Muskegon River Trout Fisheries alliance
Hatches are going strong right now! Big Brown Trout on the Muskegon River. Gray Drake Spinner fall are also producing some nice fish. Muskegon River Trout Fisheries alliance (6/8)
Michigan Trout Fishing
Giant Muskegon River Brown Trout that we landed on a fry pattern over the holiday weekend. Trout fishing is excellent right now! (5/27)
AuSable Brown Trout
Brown trout don't come easy but we were fortunate enough to land a double - Pair of gorgeous Brown Trout from the Muskegon River. (5/27)
We are offering "Hatch Masters" evening hatch trips. $250 5pm - 10pm.

Over the past few days, our main focus has been chasing trophy trout feeding around the spawning Red Horse Suckers in the upper Muskegon River.  Big numbers of trout have been feeding on nymphs and sucker's spawn. Trout fishing should remain excellent for the next several weeks. 

Steamer fishing has also been great. Dry flies have been a bit slow so far.  water temperatures are still on the cool side for good insect activity.  There is still a lot of eggs, both sucker and steelhead, for trout to key in on.

Gray Drake and Sulphers with be the next big and up coming hatch. Early Jun - mid July.
Michigan Trout Fishing
Big Rainbow Trout have also been common during the last couple of outings. Trout have been feeding heavily on nymphs, sucker spawn, and Chinook salmon fry. (5/27)
Rainbow Trout Fishing Michigan
Brown Trout are the most common this time of year however, there are also plenty of Rainbow trout to be had. Hatches usually bring nice Rainbow trout. (5/27)
May Steelhead Michigan
Nick with an amazingly bright hen. Unbelievable that there is still tight hen steelhead spawning this late the season. This is awesome! (5/18)
Michigan Fly Fishing Guides
Ray with a stunning buck from the Muskegon River. May Steelhead fishing is a great way to spend the day with nobody on the water! (5/18)
The recent rains last week brought in a new and significant push of steelhead into the upper sections of the Muskegon River from Thornapple to the Croton dam.  The upper section has been fishing well. 
Water levels are looking good, Clarity in about 5' - 7' feet with a stain but, water is very clear. Running mid level at 3000 cfs.  Wading would be a little sketchy at this point.

Best fishing techniques have been float fishing (Bobbers and spawn) and free style nymphing - Michigan fly fishing. Sucker spawn nymphing has also been good for larger trout.

Good numbers of both trout and steelhead should go well into early June.  Hatch fishing should start soon!
Summer Steelhead Michigan
Bob with a majestic steelhead from the morning. Still lots and lots of steelhead to play with. Fishing should last well past Memorial day. (5/12)
Michigan Spring Steelhead
This absolutely does not look like a steelhead from May 7th. Long winter making for an even longer spring steelhead season!! Fishing has been phenomenal. (5/7)
Guided Steelhead Fishing Michigan
Toby and Nate getting it done with a mid May double of chromer wild hen steelhead. It's good right now! (5/7)
Michigan Steelhead Guides
Chuck and Linda had a very good day yesterday! Lots of drop back steelhead, and many spawners. (5/5)
Tours for Michigan Trout
Fishing has been tremendous with lots of chrome steelhead in the Muskegon River. (4/26)
West Michigan River Guide Service
Plenty of giant pig hens hitting the gravel. Steelhead fishing has been incredible. WOW! (4/26)
Muskegon River Steelhead Report
We had the best day ever with Dr. Tim Burkhart! Just a phenomenal day float fishing. Fishing is tremendous right now! (4/22)
Fly Fishing Michigan Steelhead
Andy with a gorgeous May Steelhead from the Muskegon River. Rain has helped the run and has brought in a few more fish. (5/12)
Michigan Brown Trout
Bob (Koz) with a beautiful Muskegon River Brown Trout. Sucker spawn trout is just around the corner. Excited to see these big guys! (5/7)
"The tug is the drug" - Toby is addicted to steelhead fishing - Muskegon River Style! (5/7)
Guided Steelhead Fishing / Muskegon River
Linda with one of her many steelhead. This lady catches fish! There should continue to be steelhead in the river for awhile yet. (5/5)
Cheap guided fishing MI
Making memories and catching big fish! Looking forward to more phenomenal fishing! (4/26)
Fly Fishng Tours Trout
Drop Back Steelhead have been common! These ladies love to jump and rip line off the line. Chrome baby chrome! (4/26)
Michigan Steelhead Fishing
Lots and lots of chrome bullets. Fishing is really heating up and about to get really good! Wow! Just look and that silver! (4/22)
Steelhead River Muskegon
Neal with a stunningly beautiful hen. Due to the long winter, fishing is just getting started! (4/21)
Muskegon River Steelhead
Double digit days have been the norm for the last week of fishing. It looks like it will only get better! more fish to come... (4/21)
West Michigan Guide Service - Muskegon River  - Fishing has been off the hook!  Because of the ultra long, cold winter, Steelhead is just getting started. Water tempratures have finally reached perfect spawning tempratures.  Many bright chrome hens are just now starting to spawn on gravel.  These fish are still tight in the skein and several weeks from spawning. At this rate, we should have decent numbers of steelhead well into early June.   Fishing is exceptional right now with perfect water levels and conditions!  Both float fishing and fly fishing producing double digit days of fish in the net!
Spring Steelhead Guides MI
Lots of Steelhead with more on the way! Warmer water temperatures have steelhead spawning in a big way! (4/13)
Spring Steelhead Guides
Steelhead fishing on the Mighty Muskegon River is really starting to pick up with good numbers of fish hitting the gravel, and lots of tight hens that are several weeks from spawning. (4/13)
Conditions are quickly becoming perfect now with water temperatures in the low 40's,  clearing, and dropping steadily. New fish are constantly entering the river system, while the older, winter steelhead have begun to dig gravel and spawn big time! 
John poses with a beautiful spawning hen. Plenty of fish spawning. (4/13)
Absolute Trophy Brown Trout! We are als catching many larger trout while steelhead fishing. It s nice to see some quality trout. (4/12)
We're starting to see more chrome fish each day. Chrome bucks are a sure sign of good things to come! (4/13)
Muskegon River Walleye
Walleye have just been crazy! At times it's been hard just to even get a good fly drift. There have been some many Muskegon River Walleye, at times it seems they ate everywhere! (4/12)
Over the next few days, We should see an increase of the number of spawning steelhead. Best techniques have been fly fishing with small to medium sized egg flies, beads, and black stone flies. Float fishing has also been excellent and top producer, and old school style, pulling plugs has also been rocking a bunch of fish on certain days. Look for some great fishing in the next week or so. West Michigan Guide Service. 
Mojo Steelhead Flies
Steelhead fishing is absolutely in for swing! We are catching a lot of fish right now! Both float fishing and fly fishing are doing great! (4/7)
Croton Dam Newaygo Steelhead
Chrome. Chrome. Chrome!! Jill with her first Steelhead ever! Congratulations! Light spinning tackle float fishing on the Muskegon River. (3/29)
Manistee River Steelhead
Tom with a great looking Steelhead. The next ten days should be on fire! It's game on right now! (4/7)
Steelhead MI Croton Fishing Reports
The girls were on fire today! Lots of silvers hens with some cuties holding them! Was wonderful to have long time friends from the college years today! (3/29)
Drum roll please!!  The moment we've all been waiting for, when giant chrome bullet hens finally enter the river in fishable numbers!! Over the past three days,  we've had double digit hooks ups, lots of fish on, and lots of steelhead brought to hand!  Winter has (mostly) lost it's grip on Michigan, and we can finally look forward to warmer temperatures and outstanding steelhead fishing!    Water temperatures remain cold so spawning is several weeks away, however, the "Bobber" bite has been ridiculous!  Floats and spawn have definitely been getting it going in a big way!   Spawn, beads, and jigs with wax worms have all been fishing well.
Croton Dam Steelhead fishing
The past four days have brought us great fishing and chrome steelhead! William with his fifth of the morning!! Plenty more to come! (3/24)
Grand River Steelhead
Beastly hens are starting to dig gravel redds in the upper sections. Spring is definitely here now! (3/23)
Spring Steelhead Fishing
Ben with gorgeous chrome bullet hen. Starting to see some good numbers of bright new fish! (3/20)
Every day fishing has been an improvement over the last. New and larger fish showing up daily. Fly fishing stone flies has been great! (3/23)
AuSable Steelhead fishing
New chrome fish and an epic morning bite. Several very good days of steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. (3/24)
Michigan Steelhead Fishing
First double digit day on the Might Muskegon River. Spring is here and so is a new batch of fish. (3/20)
Seems like everything is starting to bust loose and break open into actual Spring!  Both the Muskegon River and the "Flies Only" section on the Pere Marquette and both beginning to fish well.   We should start seeing numbers of fish in both rivers.  Fishing forecast for this weekend, and next week looks great! 

Jake, Kodie, and I are guiding the Muskegon River.   Ryan White is available for float trips on the Pere Marquette River, "Flies Only" sections.  BGS FaceBook Page for updates.
Spring Steelhead | Muskegon River Steelhead
Larry with a beautiful Spring Steelhead. Starting to see more new chromers each day! (3/17)
Croton Dam Spring Steelhead
Great day on the water! Weather is starting to break with bright fish entering the river. Things are getting going with plenty more to come! (3/14)
Spring Steelhead Guiding Tours
Dean with his first career steelhead! Congratulations buddy! Great Spring Steelhead Fishing yesterday! (3/9)
Michigan Spring Steelhead
Mark with a beast of a buck from today!! Fishing has improved greatly over the past several days. (3/17)
Michigan Spring Steelhead
Jessica & Chase with a stunning bright bullet hen. Fresh mint chromers finally starting to show up in the lower to mid sections of the Muskegon River. (3/15)
Fishing Trips Michigan
Pete landed this gorgeous wild steelhead yesterday on the Muskegon River! Ice flows are gone, the river is open! (3/9)
March, 9.  Spring Steelhead are finally here along with some much needed, warmer weather!  The Muskegon River is free from ice flow and open, well down to the lower section, Mystery Creek Campground area.  The river ice flows in the lower river should open more each day.   Croton Dam through the Newaygo area is ice free, and gin clear, flowing nicely.  Steelhead run should begin in earnest, with lots of new fish entering from Lake Michigan. 
The first three days of the Spring Steelhead 2015 have started out well to say the least!  Temperatures are finally starting to warm up and the steelhead and trout have certainly begun to take notice!  If things continue to keep going like this, we should have a phenomenal Spring run.  I'm looking forward to this guide season!! 
Croton Newaygo Steelhead Fishing
Feels fantastic to out on the water! Tom with a very nice buck from this morning! Steelhead fishing is improving. (3/2)
Croton Dam Fishing Reports Tours
Andy with a gorgeous Muskegon River Steelhead buck caught on a jig tipped with a wax worm. (3/1)
Late Winter offers a chance at trophy Steelhead with few anglers on the water.
Centerpin Steelhead Fishing
Thane with a beast of a hen from the Big Manistee River. Spring Steelhead are starting!
Croton Dam Fishing Report for the Muskegon River.
Steelhead & Trout tours near Newaygo, Michigan. Located very close to Grand Rapids, Mi. Fly Fish.
Steelhead Michigan Guided Trips
Tom putting on a clinic with jigs and wax worms today while float fishing! New fish entering the river! (3/2)
Best ticket for big fish has always been our tried and true, floats and spawn, drifted through the runs and deeper holding water.  A close second has been fishing hand tied fly jigs tipped with wax worms.
Newaygo Steelhead Croton
Andy putting up another chrome buck. Fishing has been improving. Fish moving in. (2/1)
Gorgeous Steelhead brought to hand before the crowds of April swarm the river. Solitude in fishing the winter - early Spring.
Women Steelhead Fishing - Women Fishing
Awesome Spring Steelhead Fishing! Molly with a big Steelhead from the Muskegon River.
No doubt that winter has had an awful grip on us lately, with cabin fever running high, everyone needs to get out of the house and do some fishing!!  Expected temperatures should be on the rise for next week, with excellent fishing opportunities in store for us coming up. 

  Late February and March offer anglers some of the best Steelhead and Trout fishing of the year. During the winter months, angling pressure is minimal and the fish get a rest, usually food is limited this time of year so trout and steelhead are on the feed during the warmest parts of the day. 
Winter Trout Fishing - Michigan Winter Trout
Trout fishing is also phenomenal during this time of year! Many, very large trout are caught during this time of year!
Snowy Spring Steelhead in Michigan
BIG Fish for the grin and grip! Winter can't last forever, now is a great time to get out of the house and chase some chrome!
During early Spring we land some of the largest Steelhead, and trophy brown trout of the year!  Less anglers offers better chances at some big fish. As fishing guides, we welcome the solitude of March on the river with great fishing before the crowds of April bring hordes of people and boat traffic. Its definitely refreshing to have the river to yourself while catching lots of fish on light tackle.   BGS FaceBook Page for updates. 
Winter Steelhead - Muskegon River.
Natalie with a very respectable buck!! Winter steelhead offers and amazing challenge but also a great time to get out and try some very light tackle techniques for trout and steelhead. You'll be amazed at how many quality fish you'll land during a winter's day on the water. (2/2)
The Muskegon River is a tailwater fishery, which means the river water actually comes from below the dam.  Even during the coldest of air tempratures, (Proven last winter) The Muskegon never freezes and provides outstanding fishing oppertunies during the winter months.  Trout and Steelhead abound during the winter months and the river is alive with aquatic insect larvae, and salmon fry throughout the winter, allowing fish to feed during the cold months.  As other rivers like Pere Marquette, White, and Big Manistee.  The Muskegon has very good fishing in the upper sections all winter long.  BGS FaceBook Page - more fishing updates.

Over the last couple of days, Steelhead fishing has been very good below Croton Dam.  Water levels have been prefect making for some good steelhead fishing, and some exceptionally great large Rainbow and Brown trout fishing. With increased insect life, this winter, trout have been quite a bit larger this year.  (2/2) 
Michigan Winter Steelhead
Derek with a nice little hen. The weather has been cold but steelhead fishing has been very good. There's also a ton of health trout! Winter Steelhead is the best cure for cabin fever! (2/2)
Winter Steelhead Fishing - Miskegon River
JoJo with a very respectable Steelhead taken on a peach psycho nymph. Steelhead fishing was very good today with a warm up in the weather.
Trout Fishing in Michigan
These ladies stayed busy all day catching fishing fish! It was a very good mixed bag of resident rainbow, brown trout, and several very large steelhead. The Muskegon River has been fishing very well during the last couple days. (1/17)
Winter Trout Guides, MIchigan
Misty with one of several very nice Brown Trout.
We had a great day on the water today. Weather was finally nicer today, lower 40's felt wonderful! 

Jo Jo and Misty had a great day on the water and landed a bunch of steelhead, and some very nice trout! We fly fished today and the steelhead were all landed of different nymphs,  the trout all took egg patterns. 

Water level is at 1870 cfs, and is very clear, hovering at 34 degrees.   We should expect some very good fishing coming up with the projected warmer weather.  Steelhead fishing should remain good.  

(1/17)   Steelhead fishing has been very good on the days when it's warmed up a bit. Water levels have been perfect, flowing at 1750 cfs.   Good wading conditions, crystal clear water.  Also offering some great trout nymphing on light rods. A good mix of Steelhead, and fat and sassy Muskegon River Trout. 

I've had the great pleasure of centerpin float fishing with Dan and Tim for the past 7 days. We've certainly worked for fish over the last week but have definitely brought some great steelhead to the net. Pictured below are our four largest Steelhead. We've averaged 5-6 Steelhead per day, and many, many trout.

We've fished all sections of the river. Having our best luck in the middle to lower sections. Water levels have fluctuated often over the past week but is now a perfect level.  2800 cfs and very clear, 4'- 5' of visibility.

We fished Raven centerpin reels each day, with a variety of offerings,  spawn sacks, beads, jigs and wax worms, all of which produced fish. Our best producer was small, chartreuse spawn sacks. River conditions and water levels are now perfect for Steelhead fishing.  If your interested in learning centerpin fishing, now is a perfect time. Winter fishing should remain good over the next few weeks. Text Us >>  (231) 519-7348
Michigan Steelhead Guides
Danny with a gorgeous chrome buck. This fish was an epic battle and jumped several times in 36 degree water temperatures. Bright fish moving in. (12/28)
Amazing colors on this beautiful Buck. Decent number of fish throughout the river system. Fish hard and find a few. Its a great time on the water. (12/28)
Carly with a Michigan Steelhead.
Carly with her first Steelhead!! We had an incredible day of fishing. Conditions have been perfect. (12/21)
Trout Fishing in Michigan. Newaygo Fishing.
Absolutely Awesome trout fishing. Lake Run Brown Trout - Resident Brown Trout? It doesn't matter, it's all good! Keith with a BEAST! (12/20)
Michigan Steelhead Fishing Guides
Steve displays a gorgeous buck from this morning! Steelhead fishing has greatly improved from earlier this fall. (12/14)
Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing
Tim with a bright lean hen. These fish have fought like crazy on light tackle. Awesome Winter Steelhead!(12/27)
Centerpin Float Fishing Steelhead
Danny with beast of a hen. Surprising number of chrome fish over the last few days. (12/26)
Fly Fishing Michigan Trout
Here is one awesome Brown Trout! Carly and Keith experienced epic fishing on the Muskegon River. (12/21)
Muskegon Steelhead Guides
Jeremy with a trophy buck steelhead. Good steelhead fishing to be had on the Muskegon River. (12/20)
Chad Betts Guide Service
Myself with a very colorful buck Steelhead. Lots of new fish have entered the river from the high water last week. (12/14)
Muskegon River Fishing Report - Winter Steelhead Fishing - Floats and Spawn
Fishing Has been very good over the past week or so.  Good numbers of steelhead throughout the system with perfect water conditions.  Middle sections of the Muskegon seem to be fishing the best but, no real concentrations of steelhead.   The entire river has been fishing pretty well. 

 Averaging about one steelhead per hour with various techniques, floats and spawn producing the most fish. 
Fly Fishing has also been productive with the recent, slightly higher water levels. Peach egg flies and salmon fry patterns seem to be fishing the best.  Plenty of trout on nymphs and stone flies.

Water levels are medium to low, and super gin clear in the upper sections.  Newaygo to Maple Island, the river has a slight stain and is looking perfect!  Water temperature in 36 degrees.   2000 cfs.   Enjoy the warmer weather this week, and the bright new steelhead that are entering the river!   (231) 519-7348
Michigan Trout Fishing Guides
Tony with an absolute beast of a Brown Trout. December is trophy Trout time of the year. Fly Fishing for big Trout on the Mighty Muskegon River. (12/14)
Tony with a spawning lake run Brown Trout. These beautiful fish are spawning big time right now. Come make some memories and catch your trophy trout today! (12/14)
Winter Steelhead MIchigan
Mike with a big buck. Fishing has been consistently good. (12/11)
April Michigan Steelhead
April with a beast!
Matt's beautiful brown trout. (12/7)
Pere Marquette Steelhead Fishing
Brian's big steelhead. (12/6)
Stream Flow Data for Muskegon River.
Here are three photos on how to use the USGS Stream flow data. 1) is stream flow - 2150 cfs. Decent wading. moderate flow. Perfect for Steelhead - Trout fishing.
Grand River Steelhead
Ed with one of several chrome bullets! Chromers! (12/12)
April Steelhead Fishing
April's nice buck! (12/7)
Winster Steelhead Michigan
Justin's super colorful buck. (12/8)
Michigan Winter Fishing
Eric with a Beauty!
Water Temperature for the Muskegon River.
Temperature. Available in fahrenheight and Celsius. today 36.5 - Perfect for Steelhead.
Michigan Steelhead Fishing
Tom with a bright hen. New fish entering the river, just a little later this year. (12/12)
FlyFishing Trout Michigan
Justin with a huge Brown Trout. (12/8)
John with a bullet chrome! (12/7)
James first Steelhead. (12/7)
Turbidity for the Muskegon River.
Turbidity - There are no marks or numbers because the water is super gin clear (no suspended particles)

Muskegon River Steelhead
"Half past chrome" on the Mighty Muskegon River. Peter displays a nice chrome buck. New fish entering the river! It looks like we're going to have a great winter! (12/5)
Fly Fishing in Michigan
Peter with a bullet hen. More bright fish to come! (12/5)
Water levels have dropped over the last couple of days making for spectacular steelhead fishing! Fishing should be great through December. (12/1)
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.

Fly Fishing Steelhead in Michigan Guides
Steelhead fishing has been good on the Muskegon River. High water levels last week has made for some good fishing now that water levels are now perfect. Both fly fishing and floats and spawn are both fishing well. (12/5)
For all who ask, When is the best time for trophy Brown Trout? Right now during the December Brown Trout spawning period. Jeremy with a trophy Brown, one a four he landed today. (12/1)
Steelhead fishing has been very good over the past few days.  There are a decent amount of steelhead throughout the entire river sections. The lower sections are producing much brighter, chrome steelhead, that are just coming in from the lake.   The uppers sections have had an excellent numbers of resident trout a mix of chrome and darker steelhead.  Conditions are perfect for great fishing. 

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
Michigan Steelhead
Molly had an awesome day on the water. She landed three gorgeous steelhead, and a plethora of Muskegon River trout. Fishing has been good. (11/17)
Michigan Steelhead Guided Fishing
Ed Sr. landed a beautiful chrome bullet. Fishing in the lower river has been great for Fall Steelhead. Float fishing for chromers. (11/16)
Michigan Fly Fishing
John and crew display a gorgeous buck from the upper Muskegon River. Steelhead fishing has been improving! It's about to get great! (11/8)
Michigan Fishing Guides
Gary and Ty with a nice buck. Yes, Ty finally let Gary catch a fish... And it was a nice one! (11/7)
Michigan Fall Steelhead Fishing
Cody and Gayland with a trophy Fall Steelhead from the Muskegon River. Float fishing has been great! (11/3)
Steelhead Fishing Guides
Cody with a super chrome buck Steelhead. Fishing has been awesome! (11/3)
Brian with one of many steelhead from today. Starting to seeing more and more fresh fish! More on the way. (11/3)
Center pin Float Fishing Great Lakes.
Center pin float fishing has been great!! Low and clear makes for exceptional steelhead fishing on the Mighty Muskegon River.
Michigan Trout Fishing
Trout fishing has also been excellent! The upper Muskegon offers great trout fishing along with steelhead. (11/2)
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
Michigan Fishing Trips
Molly with a very respectable buck steelhead. Float fishing is easy to learn, and offers constant action, bites, and plenty of fish. (11/17)
Muskegon River Steelhead
John actually had a chance to land several nice steelhead today. A perfect day with quality Daddy - Daughter time well spent. (11/17)
Michigan Fishing Trips
Ty - He's the man! This kid knows how to catch steelhead! He puts the "Smack down!" on big fish!! (11/8)
Fishing Trips in Michigan
Ty with another chrome bullet. It's pretty common for Ty to out fish everyone in my boat! # Rail Fest! (11/8)
Muskegon River Steelhead
Cody with a bright chromer Steelhead. Having a great time fishing with these guys! (11/3)
Lake Trout Michigan Fishing
Nathan with a giant Lake Trout from the Muskegon River. We should start seeing a few more of these.
Spinning Tackle Float Fishing Steelhead
Jerry with another bullet chromer Steelhead. New fish showing up every day now! (11/3)
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.

Michigan Fall Steelhead
Will with a gorgeous Fall Steelhead. Steelhead has been improving daily. Steelhead all the way through the system. Should be an incredible fall for sure! (10/27)
Decent numbers of Steelhead through out the river system. Middle to lower sections have been fishing the best.  Floats and spawn have been getting it done lately.  Free style fly fishing has also been great, side drifting beads on an indicator has been working well.  Covering a lot of water has been the key. 

   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
Michigan Brown Trout Fishing
Travis with a great Brown Trout. Check out that color! Trout fishing has also been incredible right now! (10/27)
Newaygo Fishing - Fall Steelhead Muskegon
Fall Steelhead with Fall colors. What a great combination. This time of year is a wonderful mix of Fall Chinook Salmon, resident Muskegon River Trout, and a handful of chrome Fall Steelhead. This is the time of year that anglers live for! (10/20)
Fishing in general has been absolutely fantastic!  There are tons of Chinook Salmon in the Muskegon and Big Manistee River now.  Everything in nature has been several weeks late this Fall. The salmon have been no exception.   Salmon fishing should continue strong through the end of October. 

  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
Grand River Fishing _ Salmon Chinook
Nick with a very nice and healthy King Salmon from the Muskegon River. Everything has been late to arrive this Fall season. The Muskegon River and the Big Manistee River are both loaded with fresh salmon. (10/22)
Chad Betts - Muskegon River Salmon
Better later than never. The Muskegon River is loaded right now with fresh Chinook Salmon. It's not too late to squeeze in a guided trip for salmon. There are lots around to play with. (10/22)
Michigan Fall Steelhead Dave with a gorgeous Muskegon River Steelhead. Fall colors, excellent fishing, and great weather. Come make some memories with your family on a guided fishing adventure. (231) 519-7348
We're finally back home on the Mighty Muskegon River.  After possibly the worst salmon fishing that I have ever experience on the Manistee River,  We're all happy to be home. 
   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

Manistee River SteelheadChuck with a gorgeous Manistee River Steelhead.
It seems that "Peak Week" should happen early new week on the Manistee River.  Salmon are beginning to hit the gravel big time.  Each morning there have been a bunch of new redds. Most of the Chinook salmon are in the pre-spawn mode but moving quickly to spawning.

We had a decent rain over the weekend. Water levels are up slightly, making for some good fishing. This should bring in more salmon, and a good number of Steelhead.  

For those of you seeking chrome, new fish have been moving in daily. Decent numbers of Steelhead can be found in the mid section on the Manistee. Bear Creek to Rainbow Bend has been fishing well. Larger Steelhead should be coming soon as river conditons are perfect.
  The Muskegon River is just a bit behind. Salmon are just beginning to spawn around Thornapple up to Pine st. Both trout and salmon fishing has been good.  Steelhead should show up in decent numbers in mid October.

We still have a few open dates left for Manistee River Salmon, and a handful of November dates for Steelhead.
Send us a text or an email if you'd like a date for some great Fall fishing.  (231) 519-7348

Manistee River Guides
Lou with a beast of a buck from the Manistee River. Salmon fishing has been greatly improved the last several days. Everything is much later this year making for outstanding fishing later in October for both salmon and Fall steelhead. (10/2)
   Special Salmon Fishing Rates for the lower Pere Marquette River and Big Manistee River.  
$350 for the full day.  $250 afternoon specials (3:30 - dusk) for half day rates.
  Price includes jet Boat trips on the lower Pere Marquette and Big Manistee River. ALL gear, tackle, rods, reels provided with guided trips. Free fish cleaning also included. Send us a text today to book your trip!   We look forward to netting your salmon!!   Text us for your date!  >>>   (231) 519-7348
Manistee River Coho Salmon Guides
John with a gorgeous Manistee River Coho taken while casting a fire tiger thunder stick. Coho are a blast if you can find them! We're catching fish and having fun on the water! (9/22)
Things are finally beginning to look up. The Pere Marquette and Manistee are both reporting some fish starting to show up. The Big Manistee has a fair amount of Kings in the middle section, Bear Creek - Rainbow Bend area.  Thunder sticks and skein producing the most fish.  By no means is this a phenominal run of salmon, there is a fishable, adequate number of fish so far, and certainly nothing like the incredible run of 2013. 

Over the next few days, look for salmon beginning to make the transition from deep holding pools to polishing gravel.  Recent rains and a water level bump are sure to shuffle the deck, move fish up the river, and get salmon in the mood to dig gravel.

Check expectation at the door!  This is turning out to be nothing like the run last year where you could 'Walk across the river on salmon".  This is a year you're going to have to work for your fish, and do things right to get them in the net.  Should separate the men from the boys, so to speak. 

On the bright side, there should be enough salmon for everyone to have fun with.  There's also a few Coho on both rivers, especially the Manistee.  Skamania numbers were up this year along with plenty of healthy resident trout. Fall Steelhead may also be abundant this fall since we've had a lot of rain, higher water levels this year. 

  We are mostly booked for September now but we have plenty of open dates for October salmon, and November Fall Steelhead.  Send us an email or text to reserve a guide date today!  (231) 519-7348
Pere Marquette Salmon Guides
The Pere Marquette River has been producing a dew fish but nothing like years past. Expect big numbers early next week. More rain should get them moving. (9/15)
After a very bleak and dismal weekend on the Pere Marquette River, we decided something new was in order. The PM had been fishing well all week, come the weekend, salmon bites were scarce and nowhere to be found. The Pere Marquette had minimal fish over the weekend.  Boat traffic or recent rains had the salmon either lock jawed or headed further up river. The end result was poor fishing over the week. 

   Today is a new day. We traveled north to the Big Manistee River.   We were pleasantly surprised to see clear water and a fair number of King salmon behind each log jam. Casting fire tiger thundersticks had a bright hen in the net within the first few minutes. Several more followed in quick succession.

The Manistee seems to be producing much more action, and consistent fishing. Floating skein or casting crank baits all produced nice fish today.  Things are looking up for salmon on the Middle to lower sections.  Rainbow Bend down to the Manistee lake train trussle, all producing a decent number of fish.  With higher lake  levels, the Manistee has been getting great pushes the last several days.  It seems a ghost town from High Bridge up to Tippy.  The upper sections have been very slow lately with only a handful in the upper two miles.  Tippy is slow right but expect it to be fishing great early next week.  We had a decent amount of rain so that should get them moving from them middle sections, towards the dam,  We're sincerely looking forward to decent number!!
Manistee River Salmon
Chad displays a gorgeous hen from today! Was an amazing fishing today for sure. This girl absolutely crushed a fire tiger T-stick. Fishing behind log jams produced a lot of fish today. (9/15)
Pere Marquette Thunder Stick Salmon.
Wilson with a great looking buck. Starting to see the beginnings of the main run. Daily pushes of fish now each morning with new salmon entering the river daily. Should make for a great run in the next few weeks. (9/8)
King Salmon MichiganKing Salmon that devoured a Thunder stick!
Way cooler tempratures in the 50's, perfect salmon weather!
The last several mornings have had decent action from casting thunder sticks, with new pushes of fish coming in from the lake, now daily with cooler nights. Salmon from all stages of the game, chromers, caramel, and darkies all headed towards the upper river.

Indian Bridge has had good numbers of fish pushing through and beginning to load holes. We are planning on guiding the Pere Marquette for another week or so, then headed to the Manistee to chase brighter fish all over again. Hopefully cooler nights and decent rain is going to get the main push moving in a big way. It definitely won't be long now!  The big three rivers are all now starting to have fishable numbers of salmon with an occasional Coho or Lake Run Brown Trout being caught. Casting crank baits is an equal opportunity fish catcher for sure.   We are certainly looking forward to a great Fall! 
Give us a call or text. >>>  (231) 519-7348

Pere Marquette River Salmon
Bill with a gorgeous hen from this morning. Starting to see more and more salmon throughout the Pere Marquette River system. The Manistee is also going strong. Casting Thunder sticks has been the key. (9/4)
Manistee Salmon Guides
Keith with a nice one from the Big Manistee River. Not big numbers of fish yet but steadily entering the rivers. Salmon fishing should be excellent right after the holiday weekend! (8/29)
Salmon fishing has been very good the past several days! Great numbers of fish in a pocket today, and gone the next. Pockets of salmon throughout the Manistee and Pere Marquette River.  Casting Thunder sticks still remains the most productive method for now.  Skein bite should turn on with some cooler temperatures. 

There seems to be a fair number of salmon entering the rivers each morning.  Numbers should increase with some rain and cooler nights.  River levels are perfect for a good migration this year!

We now  have 7 full time salmon guides available this fall for the Manistee & Pere Marquette River. 

We will be returning to the Muskegon River for Fall Steelhead beginning October 20th. 
Pere Marquette Salmon Guides
Scott with a gorgeous bullet buck from this morning at first light. Casting brightly colored thunder sticks has been the key. There were a fair amount of salmon pushing up river this morning. (8/27)
Lower river salmon fishing has been good on both the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee Rivers.  There are a fishable number of salmon on both of these rivers. Salmon fishing should improve and begin in earnest with the next cold snap of the Weather, or hard East wind.  This usually takes place just before Labor Day, when the most big kings enter the river and head up river to spawning areas.  (8/23)
Pere Marquette River Salmon
Jerry with a bright, fresh King from today. Heavy rains last night brought salmon right into the harbors. More fish on the way into the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee River! (8/19)
Over the past few days, salmon fishing on the lower Pere Marquette River has been outstanding!  Hard east winds have brought in a big early push of bright silver chromers into the river.  All of the lower sections below Indian Bridge have been fishing well.  Mornings have been exceptionally good. 
Manistee River Salmon
Brian with another gorgeous King Salmon from Pere Marquette Lake. Casting lures and jigging spoons all producing fish. East winds should keep fishing moving in. (8/19)
Michigan Salmon Fishing Trips
It should become one of the best years on record for salmon. Fish seem healthy and in good numbers so far this year! Looking for plenty more to get it cranked up! Michigan Salmon Fishing Trips.
Thunderstick crank baits for salmon.
Selection of the best colors on Thunderstick crankbaits for early king salmon. Bright colors catch fish!
 Casting Thunder sticks has been the name of the game.  Casting lures in and around deep water log jams has been producing violent head shakes, and big tank Chinook salmon!!  Whoo Hoo King season is upon us and salmon are a little earlier this season!  

    Colder than average summer temperatures have made for cooler river temperatures bringing in salmon early.  This should bode for great fishing during the rest of the season.  Higher water levels make for easier migration into the upper sections this year. Easier swimming makes for faster migration.

    Salmon numbers are up this year along with larger sized fish.  If you fished with us last year, hang on to your rods, and bust out the 9 or 10 weight fly rods or heavier spinning rods.  Salmon are going to be BIG this year!! 
PictureChinook Salmon in the net.
Big chrome kings absolutely crush brightly colored deep junior thunder sticks! Heart stopping hits, huge head thrashing shakes, and BIG salmon in the net!