Water levels have been steadily dropping on the Muskegon River.  Fishing has all been outstanding with 20 plus hook ups per day being the norm right now.  I fished with Paul and Colby for the past 6 days and we landed over 100 steelhead on their outing.  We were fly fishing and fished several local rivers.  Most of steelhead were landed on clown eggs, fry patterns, and black stone flies.  A few were landed on brightly colored caddis.  The best steelhead fishing of the year is upon us and should last well into the next several weeks.  

Afternoon trips have also been fishing well for those who work during the day but would like a chance to fish in the afternoon.  These trips are available most days are run from 3:30 pm - 8pm.  Fishing can be great with much less angler pressure later in the day.  Cost is $250 for 2 anglers.  We look forward to fishing with you!! 

Finally, the Muskegon River is open for business and great Steelhead fishing!! Whoo Hoo!  I'm excited to be back home and catching some chrome!   After a brief hiatus fishing some other rivers up north, It feels great to home!    I haven't had much of a chance to look around to check the launches but I know the Croton launch,  Pine st,  and Thornapple all seem to be open.  Henning Park should be as well.     We also have openings for this week, mon, tues, and wed. If your interested in getting your fish fix!!  Kodie and Alyssa are available to guide!   It looks like some phenomenal fishing lies ahead.   Great weather and Chrome fish!! 

 
 
Michigan Steelhead
There are tons of steelhead in the river! We are excited to resume guided fishing trips on the Muskegon River on Monday, (4/21). Water levels are steadily dropping and clarity is good!
    Great News!!  After nearly a week has passed, water levels are now stabilized and slowly dropping nicely.  Boat launches are not yet open but we are optimistic that launches should be open and fishable by Monday,(4/21)  We should be able to resume normal scheduled trips and guiding in a normal fashion.   Water temperatures are great, and water clarity is much improved.  Mostly clear with a slight green tint, definitely not muddy, which is great!!   We are excited to start guiding again Monday!!  

As of this morning, Water levels are still extremely high but, seemed to have leveled off to a maintainable level.  Some homes and foundations are flooded and many people along the river have water around their homes and flooded basements.  At least in the area of Devil's Hole, (Below Thornapple access) water is only in the yard, not in the yet inside the  homes.  Bridgeton and Maple Island area is heavily flooded. 
       
    For those of you following the USGS website, it appears that the river has crested and stabilized.   Water levels are at 14.3 cfs, normal is about 2000 cfs.  ( 6 times it's normal water level.) I don't believe the Muskegon River will be fishable until Easter Sunday.  We are running scheduled guide trips on the Big Manistee and other local rivers.  Fishing should be exceptional when the water levels come back down.  Cold nights and cold water temperatures should keep most of the steelhead from spawning.  May should offer great fishing as well!

Muskegon River Flooding | Croton Dam
Muskegon River Flood waters. Water crashes over the handicap fishing deck on the Muskegon River below the Croton Dam near Newaygo, Michigan. River Levels are expected to rise above flood stage in the next several days.
Flooding On the Muskegon River.
Water levels are high on the Muskegon River covering the board walk along the river and the handicap fishing structures. Boat launches have been closed and barricaded by authorities. Hostile law enforcement has threated to ticket onlookers and anglers going near the water.
Muskegon River Flood conditions in Newaygo.
View from the Croton Dam bridge over looking the high water levels of the Muskegon River. Levels are expected to rise above flood stage and should crest (Highest point) sometime on Wednesday. Once water levels stabilize, steelhead fishing should be phenomenal!
Spring Steelhead on the Muskegon River.
High Water Steelhead on the Mighty Muskegon River. Steelhead fishing was fantastic yesterday before the flood waters came. Fishing should be exceptional when the levels stabilize and become clear again later this week.

Finally Spring has sprung and the steelhead are here in a big way!  After a horrible and cold winter, the ice is finally off the Croton reservoir!  This creates a wonderful spike in water temperatures that drives steelhead into the river and gets them fired up to spawn.  There was a substantial spike in the water temperatures today from 35 degrees at 8am this morning, to an astounding 38 degrees at 6pm this evening.  That gets steelhead on the Move, triggering fish to move into gravel shoals and begin to dig redds.  Phenomenal fishing ahead!   
Michigan Steelhead guides
Check out the chrome on this beautiful buck! Great fishing today on floats and spawn. Water temperatures are finally warming up bringing big numbers of fish into the upper stretches on the river. It's great to see silver fish again! Wow! (4/9)
Using floats and spawn on Light spinning tackle has been putting the majority of fish into net as of lately.  Fly fishing should turn on in a big way once water temps approach 42 degrees, that magic temp where hens begin to dig gravel and spawn. Over the next few days, a many steelhead should move up river in search of gravel.  This is the fly fishing that most of us spend the entire year waiting for, spawning steelhead on gravel, a fly fisherman's dream come true! 
Steelhead Michigan
Better to be lucky than good! Todd landed two back to back gorgeous bucks. Snow melt, warmer temperatures, and higher water levels have made for some outstanding steelhead fishing. Great fishing should extend well into late May. (4/9)
With the photo period driving fish to begin spawning, and the much longer days of sunlight, we are offering guided half day afternoon specials.  Boat traffic is minimal during this time day, and is nothing like the morning guide rush at the boat launch in the mornings.  A relaxing, fish catcing afternoon is just what the doctor ordered!

Afternoon trips are very productive because water temps are at their warmest for the day. Boat traffic is minimal allowing for steelhead to take time and feed.  Guided Half Day Afternoon Trips are doing as well or better than full day trips for number of fish landed. .  3:30pm - 8pm for $250.  Get out of work early and come fish the Might Muskegon River, Located less than 45 minutes North of Grand Rapids. 

Steelhead Fishing Reports
Mark with his first of many Muskegon River Steelhead. Once steelhead is in your blood, you're hooked for life! Mark is no exception. He absolutely loves the chrome bullet. Guided Half Day Afternoon Trips are doing as well or better than full day trips. Get out of work early and come fish! 3:30pm - 8pm for $250.
Steelhead Fishing Michigan
Chad landed a huge plump hen! As you can see, these fish are becoming close to spawning. We have been landing several hens per day now that are loose and spawning, or very close. It should only be a few days before a good number of fish are digging gravel and spawning.
Water levels are prime and in perfect condition.  Levels remain high but offer some outstanding fishing if you know how to play your cards when the river is up.  Starting to also see a fair number of blazing silver fish, especially chrome hens in the upper sections.  Fishing should really start rocking at the end of this week with winter fish starting to dig gravel and spawn, and mint chrome fish coming up river to prepare to spawn. 

  With the way things are headed, should be an incredible spring with lots of large steelhead and trout.  These fish are from the same year class as our huge November fish from last fall.  We should see some giants when they step up to the plate and start spawning.  

Water levels have been up for the past several days, although today was the first day that it was drastically better for us!  We were finally able to piece the puzzle of high water together and catch some fish! 

   Larger spawn sack in chartreuse netting played a huge key in landing fish, an offering that could be seen!   Steelhead were along the shoreline, tucked in behind log jams and trees.  Once we figured
out what they wanted, it became much easier.  (4/4)
  I had a great two days with Steve, John, and Rick. Despite the nasty weather and tough conditions, We had a great time with plenty of laughs and managed to land some very respectable Steelhead and fat trout. 
    Water levels will most likely stay high but continue to clear. Visibility today was 4' - 5' which is plenty clear for great fishing.  Water temperatures are rising and should make for some outstanding gravel fishing over the new few days.  Floats and spawn still continues to put the most fish in the net...
 
 
Muskegon River Guides
Steve with a gorgeous chrome bullet from this morning! A spectacular fight on light spinning tackle. We're going to have some really big Steelhead this Spring! Muskegon River - Floats / Spawn (4/1)
Manistee River Steelhead
Steve and Ross with another big buck from today. Higher water levels have brought in the "Magic Carpet Ride" of Chrome Spring Steelhead!! Spring Steelhead Float Fishing (4/1)
Spring Steelhead Michigan.
Happy Birthday Brad! We had an awesome day on the water with a bunch of fish landed! Higher water has not dampened our spirits and has made from some pretty darn good fishing to say the least! (3/31)
Pere Marquette Steelhead Fishing
Mad Maxx is back! It's great to see Frank (Mad Maxx) holding some beautiful Muskegon River Chrome! Frank is a long time friend, and it was great to spend an afternoon with him and his Bother-in-law. We landed some nice steelhead, and a jumbo-tron Brown trout. (3/31)
Fishing Steelhead MI 49505
Muskegon River will not disappoint! "Home of the Chrome!" John displays one of the leading pack of chromers that has just entered the river. There's sure to be a bunch more where that came from! Great day guys! (3/31)
Grand River Steelhead
Mike with his first experience with the "Chrome Dome". Well played my friend. Changing tactics made for some very good fishing. Drifting stone flies and fry patterns put fish in the net today. Looking forward to more great days ahead. (3/31)
Fishing Guides Michigan
Mike with another nice hen taken on a Mojo sac fry. Fly fishing seems to be working well over the past several day.
Pere Marquette River Tours
Banner day on the Might Muskegon River. Mark and Jill were way into double digits on the lower Muskegon. Floats and spawn was the ticket for low and gin clear water! Ring- a- ring - ding dong! Chromers! Spring steelhead are here! (3/28)
Women in Fly Fishing.
Jill wailed on her share of new fish! Mark had a tough time keeping up with his lady! There were some times Jill was putting on a clinic! Floats and spawn. Newaygo to Anderson's Flats. Fish moving up! (3/28)
Muskegon River Spring Steelhead
It feels wonderful to start seeing some of these bright girls! Steelhead fishing is really starting to turn on with good numbers of fish entering the lower river. Water has been low and clear making for some great float fishing with spawn! Papa displays one of his nice steelhead from today, a gorgeous, bright hen! (3/26)
   Muskegon River fishing continues to be very good with lots of steelhead in the lower river below Newaygo.  Fish are on the move with the longer daylight and perfect water flows.  Come fish the Muskegon River and make some memories!   We are now offering  MORNING HALF DAY TRIPS for March and April.  

   Starting to see some steelhead beginning to spawn in the upper sections near Thornapple and surrounding gravel areas. Despite the cold water temperatures,  steelhead are on a biological time clock based on time of year, and length of daylight. Some of our focus has been deep holes in close proximity to gravel.
On certain days, free style nymphing deep water has produced excellent results. (Ed & Jared had an awesome day of fly fishing, landing five beautiful steelhead, and many chunky trout!)  Muskegon River Center pin trips. 
Pere Marquette River Steelhead Fishing
Over the past few days, fishing has been greatly improved! We are starting to see some much brighter spring steelhead with plenty more on the way! Much needed warmer weather next week! (3/26)
Pere Marquette Steelhead Fishing
Ron displays a gorgeous chromer. Lower river steelhead are migrating up river towards spawning areas in a big way! "Come and get your fish on!" (3/26)
Grand River Steelhead Fishing
Bright bullets from the lower river. We are starting to see a lot of beautiful colored chromers! I don't know about you but, I am definitely ready for warmer weather and spring steelhead! (3/26)
Au Sable River Steelhead Fishing
She was a chrome bullet!! Tom with a gorgeous bright hen from today. It's great to start seeing some spring Steelhead. Muskegon River is starting fish well. (3/25)
Women Fishing
Jo hit this colorful hen fishing an "Empie Hex", a fly that looks like a hex nymph or a hatch fry. Lots of action and day long despite having a few boats around. (3/20)
Women Fly Fishing
Lisa with one of many really nice winter -hold over trout. These big rainbows and browns have been very healthy, even after our harsh winter. trout were fun fishing between the steelhead. (3/20)
Steelhead Michigan
Jo and Lisa with a nice hen from today. We had a blast fly fishing for steelhead today. The fly bite was actually really good! Egg patterns and fry seemed to do really well on both steelhead and big browns. (3/20)
Muskegon River Steelhead
Rob putting on a clinic today float fishing. Some stunningly bright hens landed today! During the last couple of days, All of our guides have been landing some very respectable numbers of Spring Steelhead. (Rob guided by Kodie) 3/19
Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports
Paul landed a plump and respectable hen from today. Our morning started off slow but with weather fronts moving around, afternoon bite was on! (Paul, guided by Chad) 3/19
Muskegon River Fly Fishing
Mike Craston from Scottland lands a gorgeous buck steelhead on the fly. Trout beads and stone flies are a deadly combination when drifted near the bottom. Who says you can't land a lot of steelhead while fly fishing in Michigan? (3/16)
Grand River Steeelhead Fishing Michigan.
Molly had an opportunity to get on the boat this weekend and make a few drifts. She was rewarded with a very plump hen from the lower Muskegon River below Newaygo. New fish on the move! (3/16)
Manistee River
Ron certainly had the hot hard for these fish! Starting to see way more bright Spring steelhead throughout the river. (3/16)
Pere Marquette Spring Steelhead
Rick with a colorful male. We experienced some phenomenal fishing over the weekend. Spring is finally here! (3/15)
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Jerry with a chrome hen. Lots of new fish entering the river every day. Spring steelhead fishing is going to be fantastic! (3/15)
Michigan Fishing Trips
Quite a day it was! We fished hard, covered water, and made a lot of casts. Well worth the efforts to land a lot of chromers! Joe landed his first steelhead!
 
 
Michigan Steelhead | Steelhead Fishing Michigan
No doubt there is something spectacular about ice out spring steelhead!! Like us, these fish have been locked up for months! The bite is on! Come join us for March Madness on the Muskegon River! (3/11)
Michigan Steelhead Guides
Beginnings of a great day!! Myles and Jason with our first double of the day. These two guys had an epic day of Spring Steelhead!! New fish entering the river! (3/11)
Muskegon River
Myles had a crack at a bunch of chrome bright hens. Steelhead are starting to move in a big way. Longer days and snow melt are pushing fish! (3/11)
Michigan Brown Trout
Some gorgeous Brown Trout were also landed today. Trout are always a welcome addition to the mix. Bobbers down all day!! (3/11)
Fly Fishing Michigan
Jason with another beautiful buck from today. These guys were on fire and nailed the float fishing techniques! Floats and spawn - Gettin' it done! (3/11)
Spring Steelhead Guides
What an awesome weekend we had!! Fishing is starting to rock! New fish are showing up big time in the lower Muskegon. Chromers on the board. Brandon displays his first steelhead. Congratulations! (3/10)
Spring Steelhead Michigan
Greg landed a BEAST of a buck. Continuing to see many large fish from last fall. Jigs and waxworms taking the cake on this big guy! (3/9)
Manistee River Steelhead Fishing
Arnie landed this fine specimen. It was a great battle, it ran all over the river! Amazing what a little sunshine can do! (2/9)
PM River Spring Steelhead | Fly Fish Michigan
This is how I like to start my mornings! A cup of coffee and double on the first two casts! Brian and Scott with a nice double!! (3/6)
Muskegon River | Muskegon River Fishing
Molly with a gorgeous Spring Steelhead hen. We had a blast float fishing, landing many nice trout, steelhead, and even a walleye.
Muskegon River Walleye | Walleye Guide Muskegon River
Molly landed caught a very respectable walleye with fishing a jig and perch minnow.
Pere Marquette River Fishing Report
Nick with a stunning buck landed in the afternoon. Fishing has been exceptionally good and warmer weather is just ahead this week!
Steelhead Fishing Michigan
Spencer landed some nice steelhead while fishing bobbers with jigs a pink worm. Spring chrome is on the way!
Spring Steelhead FliesChoosing to use different flies, jigs, beads, and different eggs is always a key to landing more spring steelhead. Change it up & Get bit!
(3/10) What a weekend we had, WOW! What a difference in fishing that a slight warm up makes.  Steelhead were much more aggressive now, with a little more sunshine, things are shaking loose and getting going!   
   Over the next several days, we should start getting many bright new fish.  Things are late this year but starting to move. Steelhead are hungry and healthy!

   We seemed to land many fish on tiny jigs tipped with wax worms.  Fresh spawn also worked very

well.  Kodie landed a bunch of nice steelhead drifting flies under a float on light spinning gear.  Lots of ways to get it done, all of which seemed to work well. Water is warming slightly and starting to get fish interested in feeding.  Should be a great week coming up!


(3/9)  I'm not usually a fan of the, "Get out there at the crack of light" kind of a guide. Usually I like a bit more of a leisure start.  However, this morning we were up and at 'em!  Today paid big dividends to get out early. Fish today were very much on the bite well before the sun came over the trees! 

Brian and Scott booked a morning half day trip and it was on this morning for sure!  We hooked over 6 fish just in the first spot alone! Spring Steelhead is off to a very good start!! 

No doubt the weather lately has been throwing us for a loop here on the Mighty Mo! With that said, fishing has been really good!  Warmer weather and rain has got the fish stirred up. The deck has been shuffled. I believe we will start to see winter fish beginning to move upstream.

On many days, covering water and knowing winter locations have been key.  Some days waiting them out, or having the sun drop behind the trees.  I've seen that make a huge difference on certain days!                 
      With longer days and  warmer temperatures, we should start to migrations of spring steelhead.

Another giant step forward is the emergence of late winter stone flies.  On several occasions, I have seen small black stone flies on the river's edge and in the snow covered shoreline. These are a definite sign that spring is on the way along with bright chrome steelhead! (2/25) The last three days of steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River has been an adventure to say the least!  Launches suck with drifts and ice but with a little effort, pays big dividends!   The Mighty Mo is a special tail water fishery!  The Muskegon River never freezes - We can fish all winter long! 

 Sometimes fish crush the spawn on the first drift through the run, other times it takes twenty drifts but there is a lot of steelhead in the river system.

Andrew and Jeff experienced some phenomenal steelhead fishing today landing many steelhead and some very respectable trout.  These guys put in a full day and fished hard. End result was a great day on the water and double digits brought to the net. Many quality Steelhead landed today. 
 
   Our focus today was fishing the slowest moving water we could find.  Slow, straight current seemed to be the key. Slowing drifts and keeping the offering close to the bottom. Longer to see it, longer to eat it! 

Spring is on the way!  In less than a month, We're going to have chromers entering the river big time!  Longer day light naturally brings steelhead into the river no matter what the water temperatures.  These fish have the need to spawn  and dig gravel. 

We're looking at one of the best fishing springs in over a decade!  A much larger year class of Steelhead with fish an average of three pounds or more.  The first chance since the 90's to land an honest 20 pound trophy steelhead.  It's game on for big spring steelhead on the Muskegon River.
"Home of the Chrome!" 







 
 
Steelhead Fishing in Michigan
Tony with his first Michigan Steelhead. It was cold and we had a blast! Landed a ton of fish and had a great day on the water! (2/25)
Spring Steelhead on the Muskegon River.
This is why we fish in 14 degree sub artic temperatures! "We came to fish!"
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Big, Fat, Giant, Butter Ball Brown Trout on the Muskegon River... All Winter long!
Muskegon River Steelhead Guide
Spencer with a beast! His first Muskegon River Steelhead that he landed - What a beast! (2/20)
Spring Steelhead in Michigan
Look at this gorgeous bright hen. Stealthy approach and light tippets paid off big time! (2/20)
Michigan Fly Fishing | guides for Michigan
Becky with one of my pet brown trout from the Henning Park area. Introduction to float fishing 101. We had a blast catching fish and learning a new technique. Fishing remains very good right now and can only improve with warmer weather ahead! (2/17)
Muskegon River Steelhead
Dave with a nice hen. Finding pockets of fish has been the key. floats and spawn. (2/17)
Steelhead Spring in Michigan
Two beautiful ladies! Just look at that chrome with a big smile! You just gotta love winter steelhead and big fish! (2/17)
Float Fishing Steelhead on the Muskegon River!
Brett with a gorgeous winter steelhead from today. We had an exceptional day on the water with two great guys, Brett and Reese! Bobbers down all day!
Grand River Steelhead Fishing near Grand Rapids
Andrew (Possibly the luckiest angler I've ever met! Catches giant steelhead every time we fish together!) with a gorgeous winter - spring steelhead! (2/3)
PictureSometimes something different has been the key. Some guys like running plugs, Personally, I dig running jigs and wax worms. Change it up and get bit!
Fishing Conditions on the Mighty Muskegon River!

 (2/26) No doubt the weather lately has been throwing us for a loop here on the Mighty Mo! With that said, fishing has been really good!  Warmer weather and rain has got the fish stirred up. The deck has been shuffled. I believe we will start to see winter fish beginning to move upstream.

On many days, covering water and knowing winter locations have been key.  Some days waiting them out, or having the sun drop behind the trees.  I've seen that make a huge difference on certain days!









With longer days and  warmer temperatures, we should start to migrations of spring steelhead.

Another giant step forward is the emergence of late winter stone flies.  On several occasions, I have seen small black stone flies on the river's edge and in the snow covered shoreline. These are a definite sign that spring is on the way along with bright chrome steelhead!

(2/25) The last three days of steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River has been an adventure to say the least!  Launches suck with drifts and ice but with a little effort, pays big dividends!   The Mighty Mo is a special tail water fishery!  The Muskegon River never freezes - We can fish all winter long! 

 Sometimes fish crush the spawn on the first drift through the run, other times it takes twenty drifts but there is a lot of steelhead in the river system.

Andrew and Jeff experienced some phenomenal steelhead fishing today landing many steelhead and some very respectable trout.  These guys put in a full day and fished hard. End result was a great day on the water and double digits brought to the net. Many quality Steelhead landed today. 
 
   Our focus today was fishing the slowest moving water we could find.  Slow, straight current seemed to be the key. Slowing drifts and keeping the offering close to the bottom. Longer to see it, longer to eat it! 

Spring is on the way!  In less than a month, We're going to have chromers entering the river big time!  Longer day light naturally brings steelhead into the river no matter what the water temperatures.  These fish have the need to spawn  and dig gravel. 

We're looking at one of the best fishing springs in over a decade!  A much larger year class of Steelhead with fish an average of three pounds or more.  The first chance since the 90's to land an honest 20 pound trophy steelhead.  It's game on for big spring steelhead on the Muskegon River.
"Home of the Chrome!" 
Muskegon River Steelhead in Michigan.
Having fun makes fishing an adventure! Kerry with a nice cookie cutter hen steelhead. Lots of fish and activity to keep you warm. Resident trout and steelhead. (2/2)
Grand River Steelhead | Grand Rapids Steelhead
Brett breaking the ice with this gorgeous hen. Float fishing on the Muskegon River has been outstanding!
Muskegon River Steelhead | Grand Rapids Steelhead
Botta Boom - Botta Bing! Double header on the boondoggle. These guys made quick work of some chromers! (2/14)
Manistee River Spring Steelhead | Michigan Spring Steelhead Guides
Kyle with an absolutely stunning hen from today. Steelhead fishing has been steadily improving! Spring should be incredible with fish like this!! Bottom bouncing Pautke Borax-O-Fire spawn. (2/7)
 
 
Grand Rapids Steelhead on the Grand River.
Dan with a very colorful hen from today. Weather was cold but I felt wonderful to get out and catch a lot of nice steelhead and trout. Booking Spring Dates!!
Centerpin Steelhead fishing on the Manistee River.
Thane showing off a beautiful Michigan Steelhead he took on his pin!! Jammin Jigs tipped with two wax worms and Joel's Jigs have been our top producers!
Trophy Brown Trout on the Big Manistee River.
Spring Steelhead coming soon to a river near you! We're taking reservations now for spring chromers on the mighty Muskegon! It won't be long!
Michigan Steelhead fishing on the Au Sable River.
Becky with one of many steelhead landed today while fly fishing the Muskegon River. All of our steelhead from today came on fry patterns. (1/19)
Pere Marquette River Steelhead fishing Report for Michigan.
Phil with a gorgeous hen. Steelhead fishing has been very good with the recent warm up. (1/12)
Au SAble River fishing report for spring steelhead fishing in Michigan.  Eric with a nice buck steelie.
Erick with a monster buck tipping the Boga at nearly 17 lbs!! Water levels are perfect, fishing should be awesome by the end of the month! (1/12)
Over the past few days. steelhead fishing has been very good with new fish entering the river in a big way.  New Spring Steelhead have started migrating up river.
Dan with "Gigantor" the Steelhead! Check out this beast of a buck! Double digit Alpha Male! (1/4)
Muskegon River Winter Steelhead Fishing.
Eric displays a colorful hen from today. Winter steelhead fishing remains very good! (1/4)
Muskegon River Brown Trout
A beautiful Brown trout adding some color to the winter scenery. Excellent trout fishing can also be had this time of year! We love our resident trout! (1/4)
AuSable Winter Steelhead in Michigan.
We were into some good numbers of fish today. A good mix of winter steelhead, and a handful of new chromers starting to show. (1/4)
Au Sable River Winter Steelhead Fishing.
Shawn displays a gorgeous Winter Steelhead hen. There is something special about a great day of fishing, and having the river to yourself.
Spring Steelhead fishing in Michigan.
Mike with a gorgeous winter's buck! This fish was a great fighter, mean, with a feisty attitude!!

Steelhead Trips

Salmon fry, steelhead fry, salmon eggs, minnow flies for steelhead. Salmon eggs and fry are a very important food source for steelhead in late winter - early spring. Make sure you have plenty of fry patterns in your fly box!
(1/28) Floats and Spawn was the flavor of the day.  Fishing was decent with steelhead holding tight in the winter lies. Steelhead were landed in just about every location that we fished.  Fat and very healthy trout we landed just about everywhere that we fished.  Trout and steelhead are much larger this year. 

 (1/23) We had an awesome day of fly fishing for steelhead with some great friends!  Eight  steelhead and a half dozen big fat trout on a half day?  Are you kidding me!? That's awesome!

   I was extremely surprised that only a couple steelhead were landed on egg patterns, the majority of steelhead today
we caught on salmon fry patterns.
                                                                                     I guess alevin (emerging salmon fry with egg sack)  were the flavor of the day.  We never touched a fish on nymphs or stone flies.  

  It felt great to get out on the water and have a nice warm day.  I was pleasantly surprised at how good the steelhead fishing was today.   I can't wait for the next warm up so I can get on the water and chase some big chrome Muskegon River Steelhead! 


(1/21/14) Finally, after two weeks of bitter cold, it looks like we have a warming trend coming up for the weekend. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday look like good fishing weather!  

Winter steelhead fishing has been consistently good with perfect water levels and good conditions.  Clarity is also good. 

Floats and spawn has been fishing very good, hooking well over a steelhead per or more. There's also been a bunch of  fat resident trout to be caught. I'm sure everyone is very much looking forward to getting the heck out of the house! 

Fishing this winter continues to be amazing!  Landing double digit monsters has been a daily occurrence.  The great conditions are already spilling over into the spring.  With the calendar quickly filling up, you should book your spring trips now!

Mid March to late April is our busiest time of year, running 5 boats each day.  Late March and April offer great fishing, at a price, extremely crowded with lots, and lots of boats.  Our catch rates actually go down in March and April because we have to "Share" the fish with so many other boats. 

  Winter Steelhead offers the best of both worlds, lots of fish and action, without any boat traffic or other anglers preasuing the fish. Winter steelhead is consistently good, usually landing over one steelhead per hour! 
 Reservations are usually shorter notice this time of year but we can gladly float your deposit to a day with comfortable weather between now and Febuary 15th.  Give winter steelhead a try. We look forward to fishing with you! 
Steelhead Fishing Au SAble River in Michigan.
Winter Steelhead fishing offers the best of both worlds, great fishing with lots of hook ups, peace and serenity. Having the river to yourself.
Steelhead Fly Fishing Guides
Steve with one of many nice, bright hens. Plenty of steelhead brought to hand this time of the year.
Steelhead Fishing the Au Sable River in Michigan.
Ed and Ted display a beast of a hen from today. Short notice booking due to weather have been the norm. If you can get out, fishing is really good! (12/31)
 
 
Muskegon River Steelhead
Shawn with a pristine hen from today. Fish were feisty and on the bite!! (12/27)
Michigan Steelhead
Jim had the hot hand today! He couldn't keep steelhead and big trout off the line! Great day guys!
Chad Betts Steelhead Guide Service.
I actually had an opportunity to land a very nice fish myself. I love winter steelhead! (12/27)
Michigan Steelhead Fishing
Stanley with a beauty. Steelhead fishing has been outstanding with few anglers on the water.
Michigan Fly Fishing
Steve with a nice chubby hen. Lots of steelhead throughout the river system.
Steelhead fishing in Michigan.
Stanley was on a role! Another nice chrome hen.
Muskegon River Winter Steelhead
Feed the beast! Nick with a giant hen. Fishing has been a year for the records. The biggest and best this year! What a great year class and season! (12/26)
Alyssa Ostrander with Muskegon River Brown Trout.
Alyssa (Guide Girl) with her largest Brown Trout to date. Landed on her Raven float rod. Great fishing! (12/26)
Manistee River Winter Steelhead - Floats spawn
We had a blast fishing with Nick! Lots of fish and some great conversation. Not another boat to be seen! Winter Solstice & Steelhead. (12/26)
Pere Marquette River Steelhead -  Winter Fly Fishing
Winter offers the best is steelhead fishing. Peaceful days on the water in a gorgeous surrounding with lots of steelhead brought to hand each day. (12/26)
Michigan Spey Fishing for steelhead  |  Winter Steelhead
Adam with a very colorful beautiful buck steelhead.
Fishing Forecast:   12/28
Fishing has been very good over the past several days. Steelhead and trout are active and water levels are perfect!

What an incredible winter fishery we have on the Muskegon River!  Warmer water with active steelhead and trout throughout the winter months. The Muskegon River never freezes so you can always come and fish!  

A high of 32 degrees and a chance of double digit hook-ups on chromers on the mighty Muskegon River!    (231) 519-7348

What's Working Best? 

Floats and spawn has been my bread and butter. We have been averaging 15-20 hook- ups on steelhead daily, 8 -10 landed each day with lots of fat and sassy trout as well. Drift fishing spawn along the bottom has been working well also. Drift fishing gives steelhead a different look and a slower presentation. It's also fun to be able to "Feel" the bite when fish pick up the spawn. Some hits have been really hard as water temperatures are still in the low 40's, warm for this time of year. Fishing should continue to be great.  

Muskegon River Steelhead fishing continues to be excellent at this time. Fishing spawn sacks under a float has been out primary means of catching fish. Covering water and boondoogling (side drifting) through salmon spawning gravel and deep pockets. This technique has been producing a ton of fish. Steelhead are settling into the deeper late fall - winter holding locations as the water begins to cool. Look for fantastic fishing over the next three weeks as this year's giant strain of steelhead moves up river!  

Muskegon Never Freezes! 

Winter tailwater for Steelhead in Michigan.
Unlike the Grand River, White River, and Pere Marquette Rivers, the Muskegon is a tailwater fishery, this means the Muskegon River never freezes! This allows us to guide anglers throughout the winter months for Steelhead and Trout. Fly fishing during the Winter is a beautiful time to be on the water with good numbers of Steelhead and lots of wildlife along the rivers banks.

Centerpin Instructionals

We are also now offering Centerpin instructional to learn Centerpin float fishing for Winter Steelhead!
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We've been amazed how good the Steelhead has been. Double digits have been a normal day. Float fishing has been outstanding!! (11/13)
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George with a beautiful hen. Good Numbers of fish the past two days. Warmer temperatures next week should make for some outstanding fishing! (11/13)
Winter Steelhead Fishing Guides in Michigan.
Ed with a colorful winter steelhead. Muskegon River offers the finest in steelhead fishing Michigan.
Chicago Fly Fishing Guides for Steelhead in Michigan.
Dave and Marcus display one of many nice steelhead. temperatures are cold but the fishing is hot this time of year for steelhead and trout on the Muskegon.
Grand Rapids Steelhead Guides.
Mike with his first Michigan Steelhead. This buck had a gorgeous colorful look. "Half past chrome!" (11/15)
 
 
Greg with a bright chromer from today!
This buck fought like crazy! Float Fishing was great today.  Zero boats, lots of steel.  
Winter Steelhead & Solitude

Without out a doubt, one of the greatest elements of Winter Steelhead fishing is the ability to be able to fish anywhere you want! Zero angler pressure makes for phenomenal fishing!    Steelhead and trout both are eager to take your offering because they haven't been tested by other anglers.  

Over the past few days,  there has been little to no angling competition, especially on the lower sections of the Muskegon River. 

Double digit hook ups have been the norm this past season.  Add to that, we have an incredible year class of oversized,  large and healthy population of ass kicking steelhead! 

"Muskegon River - Home of the Chrome!"  
Winter Trout nymphing has also been outstanding with exceptionally fat & healthy resident rainbows and brown trout.

Kodie has been doing great nymphing giant trout on 5 wt fly rods, Rio floating lines, indy rigs and tiny nymphs.   Lots of fat and sassy trout.     If you've never tried this technique, it's a stinkin' blast for sure!   

 
 
Special Thanks to guide, Dave Barkman (Manistee River) and Kodie Kowitz, for taking the time to fish with Betts Guide Service guests from the West. We hosted Kris and Tony who are writers for the national magazine publication "Salmon, Trout, and Steelheader Magazine" based out of Washington.

Over the last four days, these guys refined their float fishing skills on the Big Manistee, Pere Marquette, and Muskegon River. Landing nearly fifty steelhead, these guys absolute flipped out about the fantastic steelhead fishing the Michigan and Great Lakes has to offer. They could not believe the sheer numbers of steelhead with the lack of anglers. "If you were on a Western river, there would be 40 boats at each launch. Out West, if you land one or two steelhead, that's an epic day worth writing about!  You guys have something special here! The fish are gorgeous!"

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(12/8) What's Working Best Right Now?  Floats and spawn  has been my bread and butter. We have been averaging 15-20 hook- ups on steelhead daily, 8 -10 landed each day with lots of fat and sassy trout as well. Drift fishing spawn along the bottom has been working well also.  Drift fishing gives steelhead a different look and a slower presentation.  It's also fun to be able to "Feel" the bite when fish pick up the spawn. Some hits have been really hard as water temperatures are still in the low 40's, warm for this time of
year. Fishing should continue to be great throughout the rest of the winter with these numbers of steelhead already in the River system. 

(12/5) Muskegon River - Warmer weather ahead and really good steelhead fishing! We're excited about the upcoming forecast this week! It looks great for weather and Steelhead!  If you ever wanted to catch good numbers of BIG Winter Steelhead, now is the time to go!   

The BIG Manistee River is also fishing exceptionally well right now! It has just been the perfect storm for fall run steelhead on the Muskegon and Manistee River. Both rivers have been fishing exceptionally well - The huge size of these steelhead is just an added bonus - something that might be a trend, or something we may not see again in our lifetime, hard to say... Get out and fish!!! 
 
 
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