with a nice steelhead from today. We had a great day of second year, big trout,
and steelhead. (5/20)
Our first big boy from fishing sucker spawn.
Scott with a gorgeous Brown Trout.
with her largest buck landed this evening. There still continues to be a lot of
Not bad for the first try at fly fishing! We landed 6 nice steelhead and several
big trout. (5/18)
with our largest Brown trout so far this season. Sucker spawn is going to be awesome!
landed this lean, mean Brown trout
stripping huge streamers! Nice!
with a very nice buck from today. Fishing was very good without other anglers.
with a beautiful plump hen from today. Lots of Steelhead if you know where to
Phil with our last steelhead of the evening, just as the sun was setting. There
are way more steelhead than what people think! (5/12)
Takeshi with one of his fish today. We are still landing tight females and bright
with a respectable buck. Fishing pressure is next to zero. Still a ton of steelhead
in the river.
Mike with a nice bright buck from today. Fry patterns beginning to work well.
Lots of Chinook fry. Should make for great streamer fishing!
Birthday Tim! It's a great present to land the brown trout of a lifetime! (5/8)
Doug and his father with one of a dozen very nice steelhead landed today while
fly fishing the Muskegon River. Prolific May Steelhead!
Brett with a gorgeous wild late season steelhead. Smaller, more stout, and very
aggressive Steelhead. May has a unique run of late steelhead.
Brandon with a very colorful drop-back, or spent hen. These fish readily feed
after spawning. (5/5)
a scratch on this buck. A beauty for sure!
A fantastic day with Brandon and
Muskegon River Brown Trout caught by Rick.
Sucker spawn with be phenomenal
in late May with shots at trophy Browns each day. (5/5)
with a bright and shiny hen for this morning's fly fishing trip. (5/4)
Gary with a big 'ol buck that ran us up and down the river. #8 Pheasant tail (5/4)
Gary and Bob landed a bunch of steelhead
in the 6-8lb range. (5/4)
Not one to be out done, Bob landed this gorgeous buck! Peach egg flies and fry
patterns worked best today. (5/4)
Ray with one of many bright prespawn hens. These fish jumped like cazy! Great
A challenge to land but Rich and Ray boated a double of chrome!! (5/3)
We landed a lot of smaller trout today. This was our largest. (5/3)
Rich with a bright one from this morning.
Joe with one of many bullet chromers from today. It seemed the whole river was
fly fishing chuck-n-duck, we fished floats /spawn and did well.
It was an all around great weekend!! Our guide boats did exceptionally well this
weekend and everyone landed a lot of steelhead! Laura, nice hen! (4/28)
Jule, an exchange student from Germany landed a bunch of steelhead! First time
Jule with a bright buck. (4/28)
Float fishing behind redds paid off big time! Jule with a colorful buck! (4/28)
We love Bridgett! Putting the smack down on some major steelhead action! (4/28)
An epic ladies weekend for sure! Great weather , perfect water levels and lots
Bridgett with a beasty buck! She whoops on steelhead year around! Great Job!!
Mike with one of many chrome bullets.. Water is dropping. We landed so many steelhead
that it was down right silly! Awesome fly fishing!
Jim with one of at least a dozen or more chromers landed today drifting stone
Renee with her first Muskegon River Steelhead! Phenomenal fly fishing! (4/25)
Renee also landed several very colorful bucks. This one took a salmon fry pattern.
Happy Belated Valentines day! Steelhead fishing makes the perfect gift. (4/25)
Spring steelhead are here in full force!
loves BIG Steelhead on the fly! (4/24)
Colby had a phenominal day today fly fishing! Conditions today were greatly improved
as water levels continue to drop rapidly. (4/21)
We landed many cookie cutter hens today, all very tight in skein. Steelhead fishing
should coninue to be great through May with numbers of fish.
Fly fishing has been the name of the game.
Stone flies and clown eggs producing!
Chris landed this beast hen drifting a pheasant tail nymph. Fishing is great!
with a gorgeous hen from this morning taken on a caddis pattern. Great Fly Fishing!
John with a gorgeous bright spring steelhead.
Scott with a beast of a buck. Higher water made for great float fishing. (Floats/spawn)
Super bright chromers. High water brings in bright bullets. Lots of steelhead
Bright chrome buck steelhead. A sure sign the main run is in the river. (4/11)
Scott with one of many very bright fish from today. Water levels are up making
for great steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. (4/9)
"Katie, Bar the door!" Is is game on! Big numbers just entered the river
with dime bright chromers! Double digits landed the past two days!!
Jimmy B putting up the numbers! Sarah with one of many bright chromers landed
Morning bite was pretty darn epic! (4/6)
Tom with a fine specimen from this morning!
Matt with a gorgeous bullet hen. Fishing has been fantastic with plenty more on
the way! (4/5)
Muskegon River "Home of the Chrome!"
Steve with a dime bright
bullet hen! (4/4)
Zach attack with another bright hen. It was game on this morning! They're here!!
Andrew with another chromer. These kids had a great morning catching fish! (4/4)
Andy from Chicago with a gorgeous spring hen.
Fly Fishing was outstanding
for Andy today!
Paul with one of many bright chrome bullets from today. Outstanding today! (Fly
Paul with another chromer. Constant steelhead action all day, even with sunshine.
Mark with another very respectable hen. Stone flies were certainly the key to
Gerry with one of the biggest, fattest hens I've seen in years!! Easter offered
phenomenal Steelhead fishing! (3/31)
Gerry with another large, gorgeous buck! (3/31)
Big fish were on today! (3/31)
Todd landed this bright chromer! (3/30)
Mike a bullet hen from my afternoon trip. We experienced some exceptional fishing
today on both trips. Morning was also great!! (3/29)
Cooper with one of many from our afternoon trip. Starting to lots of chromers!
Cooper with a monster buck in bright sunshine!
Jen with her very first Muskegon River Steelhead! Awesome Job! I think she's hooked!
Jason with a very nice buck. Morning half day also fished very well. We hooked
a lot of fish!
Justin with a gorgeous bullet hen from today. All five of our boats experienced
great fishing today!
The first time is always the best! Glenn with a well earned steelhead from today!
Justin with a beast of a Steelhead. Fishing has been improving with some great
Brown Trout fishing has been phenominal along with the Steelhead. We have landed
more huge browns this month than in years past. (3/25)
Dennis with a nice chrome bullet. New Steelhead are coming! Floats - Spawn. (3/25)
That's what dreams are made off. Kurt come to Michigan to catch a trophy brown
Muskegon River is now producing lots of trophy resident brown trout. John displays
a big brown.
Trophy Muskegon River Brown Trout.
Jake with a chrome dome spring steelhead. A great day with the boys for sure!
Bobbers down all day! Jake with another nice hen from the Muskegon River.
Zack traveled from Maine to catch the Steelhead! Lobster traps to bent float rods!
Winter storm warning!? I don't think so!! Dean with a nice bright hen from today.
Dan a a bright hen. It was 12 degrees when we got started. Enough Steelhead to
Tom and Alyssa had a steelhead tournament on my boat. Lots of trout and 8 steelhead
landed in five hours. Tom won by only two fish.. (2/6)
Tom and Alyssa ended their day with a bonified double header, twin 10 lbers. buck
Michael braved the cold and was rewarded with this gorgeous hen spring steelhead!
Spring Steelhead are on the way! Time to book dates for Febuary and March!
Greg with a stunning buck! Fishing was outstanding today with the rising water
Tim with his first steelhead! What a way to begin your fishing career! Floats/spawn.
Rob with his first Michigan Steelhead! (1/29)
Scott with a gorgeous Spring Steelhead from the Mighty Muskegon River. New Chrome
Home of the Chrome! Another bright Steelhead!
Luke with a chrome bullet lazer hen! gorgeous bright hen from the melt and higher
Arney with his first Michigan steelhead landed on the fly rod. Nuke eggs have
fished well. (1/13)
John with a nice heafty buck. Higher water has shuffled the deck and made for
Winter nymphing has been excellent! Luke landed this beauty on a #16 black stone.
Mike with a gorgeous Michigan Lake Run Brown Trout. Float fishing has been great!
Happy Birthday to you! Mike with an exceptionally colorful river brown. (1/9)
Lake Run Brown Trout on the Muskegon. (1/6)
Love 'em & Leave 'em. Catch and Release shot on the Might Muskegon. To be
Long drifts and light gear made for big smiles and even bigger fish. Float fishing
Our last fish of the evening. Warmest water temps are just at dusk. Floats / spawn.
A mid day buck that was living in the log jams.
Scott and myself with a winter chromer.
Tom with a gorgeous stream Brown Trout from the Muskegon River. Winter fishing
Andy with another fine Muskegon River Steelhead. Winter fishing has been outstanding.
Muskegon River Lake Run Brown Trout. John displays a large Brown. Floats / Spawn.
Brian with a bullet hen. Steelhead fishing was fantastic after the rain yesterday.
Trophy Winter Steelhead - John with a trophy Steelhead from today. Fishing was
Mike with a chrome bullet hen. This girl was smokin' hot and jumped all over the
Kaz with one of many chrome hens. We are seeing lots and lots of fish now after
water levels have been up for awhile. (12/9)
Kaz with another very respectable hen. (12/9)
Akin from Japan with a nice buck from today. Fishing was outstanding! (12/9)
The perfect fish with perfect conditions. Water equals steelhead! Scott with a
100% - 10 for 10. Float fishing. Epic!
with a hawg daddy hen! Gorgeous chromer. (12/4)
Ron with a true trophy Steelhead from the Muskegon River! This beast weighed over
15lbs on the on the Boga grip! Big fish are here!
Ron with another gorgeous Buck. December could be a rockstar month for float fishing!
Today was the day of days for big fish. John displays one of our many nice chromers
from today. Big jumps and hard runs. (11/29)
John with another and his famous BC pose from the West Coast. He loves the numbers
of Steelhead that Michigan has to offer. (11/29)
Adam with a pig from the Thornapple area. Big fish are to be had now that that
weather is cooling down. Floats / spawn (11/28)
Adam with back to back monsters! Fishing on the Mighty Muskegon has been very
good but different tactics need to be deployed! (11/28)
A change of pace. Since Swinging Spey flies seems to be all the rage right now,
Ron landed this gorgeous hen on a Black / Orange Halloween Leech. Steelhead actually
do hammer a swung fly!
Steve from Chicago with brute a of a buck steelhead. Starting to see some much
larger steelhead later in the season. (11/23)
Steve with yet another solid buck from today. December should offer some excellent
Floats and spawn fishing has been outstanding!
Many were landed but we took some photos of this clean, bright buck. (11/23)
Bert with his first fly caught steelhead. Congratulations Bert for and outstanding
couple of days fishing Can't wait to fish our group again!
Bridgett with one of many gorgeous chrome bullets. Steelhead fishing has been
outstanding for us the past few days! Float fishing. (11/18)
We had constant great fishing throughout the day. Perfect drifts and fresh eggs
were key. (11/18)
The perfect Christmas card - Joe and Bridgett doing what they do best. Catching
Nathan with a picture perfect hen. Float fishing has been the superior technique
putting double digits in the boat each day. Low-clear is when this technique shines
and puts piles of fish in the net.
Can you believe this? A Lake Trout in the (11/15) Muskegon River... You can catch
anything while float fishing! Averaging one steelhead per hour.
with one of seven steelhead he landed today while float fishing with small spawn
Dan with a gorgeous bullet chromer hen. (11/12)
Dan and I displaying a gorgeous Muskegon River Steelhead. Chicago Fly Fishing
Derek and Rob with one of many chromers from today. Steelhead fishing was outstanding!
Rob with a large buck from today. Larger fish have been more common in the lower
The perfect end to the perfect day. Double header at a secret ninja spot! Float
"Livin' the dream!" Elijah had the day of days on the Muskegon River.
Lots of Steelhead. (11/6)
Trick or treat with some fantastic new centerpinning techniques! Scott with a
dandy buck from today. One of the best days so far! (10/31)
Centerpinning 101 - One of many cookie cutter steelhead from today. Lots of healthy
This fine young man has a great future ahead of him as an angler! Remington landed
this gorgeous bullet buck this morning - Float fishing. (10/29)
Another beautiful day in the neighborhood. Fred with one of our gorgeous steelhead
I love fall steelhead. Stunning! (10/23)
It's a good thing Dave was wearing sunglasses 'cause that baby is chrome! Had
some great steelheading action today! (Floats/spawn)(10/22)
Tom with a bullet from this morning. Starting to see more, and larger steelhead
Reelin' the Steelin' - Cindie displays one of many chrome steelhead from today.
Fly fishing small egg patterns was the key. Muskegon River. (10/20)
They were even generous enough to let me land one today! Steelhead are incredible!
Peter with another nice hen chromer from today.
Caddis. Caddis. and more Caddis. Trout fishing has been very good. Dry fly fishing
and soft hackles are producing many trout.
Cynthia with her very first (and well earned) Muskegon River Steelhead. (Afternoon)
Ian with one of many bullets from today. Fly Fishing has been off the charts with
20 plus hook-ups being the norm. Now is the time to book guided Steelhead trips.
April will be fantastic!!
The Dynamic Duo, Caleb and Mark with a bullet hen for today's afternoon trip.
9 steelhead were landed in less than four hours!! (3/22)
Paul with one of many chrome steelhead from today. Staggering amount of steelhead
landed today! Lots of fish in the river. (3/18)
Katie bar the door! Spring Steelhead are here! We are finally receiving
the beginning of the main push of the spring migration!! (3/9)
Tom with a very nice double stripped buck. Float fishing was outstanding today.
Floats/ spawn 2/27
A testament to catch and release. I believe this to be the same brown trout that
Jill landed last Saturday. Same area of the river. (2/24)
Dr. Steve with a a giant buck from today. We had an incredible fly bite on black
stone flies. (2/23)
Josh with a very nice hen from today. We had an outstanding day of fly fishing
on the Muskegon!
Fly Fish Vinnie with a gorgeous pre-spawn spring steelhead. Starting to see good
numbers of new steelhead entering the river. (2/21)
Jill with a super star hen from this morning. Starting to see numerous pre spawn
Jill with a trophy Muskegon River Brown Trout. This thing was gorgeous and very
She was a chrome bullet! Jim with a super bright spring steelhead from today.
Greg getting into some fresh spring steelhead. Starting to see brighter fish and
stone flies! (2/15)
It's "Game on!" for Spring Steelhead! Dan with a gorgeous big buck from
today. Good numbers of fish throughout the Muskegon River system. (2/9)
Greg with a respectable buck from today. Changing techniques and light tippets
made for some very good steelhead fishing today. (2/8)
Brandon with a nice Muskegon River Steelhead. Spring Steelhead starting enter
the river. (2/6)
Justin with one of many from this morning. Fishing was outstanding this weekend.
Andy with a large, gorgeous buck from today. Chrome bucks are a great sign of
new fish! (1/29)
Epic day on the water with Richard and Ray!!
Weather was fantastic and
fish wanted to play.
Luke with a lanky but very beautiful spawning river brown. This fish had incredible
Bright blue bird skies and and nice chrome hen. Scott and I had a wonderful day
Michelle and a stunning hen from today. Citrus Clown eggs were the flavor of the
Michelle with another colored hen. (1/10)
Gary with a bright hen. Fish has become scattered, covering miles of river was
Scott with a gorgeous big buck from today.
Floats / spawn was very good
Tom with a hefty Lake Run Brown Trout. Both Steelhead and Trout fishing is very
good at this time. Above water temps improve the bite.
Nikki with a nice hen from today. We had a great day on the water with lots of
Tom and I spent a wonderful day on the water yesterday. No other anglers on the
water and a few nice steelhead to tangle with. (12/23)
John with one of many gorgeous bullets from today. We had an outstanding day of
This fish was gorgeous so we decided to snap a pic of Mark. It's rare to see steelhead
of this color. Fly Fishing eggs & nymphs. (12/19)
Mike with one of many steelhead from today. "Instructional to Center-pinning"
Gary with a nice buck from today. Floats and spawn fishing has been fantastic.
Lynne with a fantastic hen from today. We had an incredible day of steelhead fishing
Charlie with one of many nice chromers from today. Floats and skein is fishing
Bridgett with a gorgeous buck. A crazy fun day on the water with her and Joe!
So much fun to fish with great friends. You guys rock!! (11/27)
Joe with a a nice buck from the mid section of the Muskegon River. Fish throughout.
"Fly Fish Vinnie" with a gorgeous buck taken on a clown egg. This is
Vinnie's first Steelhead. (11/20)
It was an incredibly productive weekend with many fishing landed. Max with a buck.
George with a gorgeous chrome hen from today. Levels are perfect and beginning
to clear. (11/11)
Bob with another bright male. Good numbers of steelhead in the lower Muskegon
John with a gorgeous hen from today. Bright hen fly fishing Alaskan bead technique.
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Rain made for some spectacular fly fishing today.
Lynn with our 8th hook-up
on egg patterns for Steelhead. Bead fishing is also excellent! (10/25)
Dr. Mark with a beauty from today. Fly Fishing for Steelhead has been outstanding
the past few days! Could be the best run in several years!
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I will be guiding the Klutina River - July 1st - Aug. 15th. We have openings for
AK King Salmon.
Madeleine with one of several giant Brown Trout from the Big Manistee River. Trout
fishing fry patterns was outstanding this evening!
Shore lunch fit for a king! (Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, Baby Spinach, Kay's Potato
Spring time Brown Trout have also been active. We landed this beauty this
Muskegon River Steelhead guides and Fishing Report for the Pere Marquette River.
Greg with the "Silver Bullet". Muskegon River -
of the Chrome!" Finally - Thornapple has been fishing with the lower water
Possibly one of the sweetest river browns I have seen in years! Congratulations
on a great fish!
Can you say "Spring Steelhead?" Greg with one
of many mint lazer
chromer steelhead. (3/8)
Celebrating 15 years of guided steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. Dr. Reily
Marvin from Argentina with his first steelhead.
Stone flies were key. The
first time in a very long while, that flies were more productive than spawn.
Boat launches in the lower river have been
treacherous but pay big dividends.
Mark displays a great looking chromer from the lower river.
Robert with one of many really nice fish from today. Shoveling launches and woodstove
ash have been key. New fish coming. Centerpin.
Gorgeous Brown Trout from yesterday. Water levels have been perfect for floats
and spawn. Medium to low with great clarity. (1/17)
We had a fantastic day on the water today! Steelhead fishing was good. Centerpin
Mike with a stunningly large buck from today that tipped the scales at just over
15lbs! This is why we love Winter Steelhead! Centerpin guides.
Bob with a spawning lake run Brown Trout.
Doug with a gorgeous female lake run Brown Trout. Now is the time to catch trophy
Ava with a really nice hen from today.. It was kids day on the water! We hooked
well over a steelhead per hour and lots of trout! (11/21)
Stanley with a fantastic Brown Trout that was caught while nymphing behind spawning
Mike with a huge lake-run brown trout from this morning. Guide: Jim Berthiaume
Quite possibly the largest Walleye that I have ever seen.. Huge numbers of 'eyes
in the upper river.
Congratulations Bob and this phenomenal trophy Muskegon River Brown Trout! This
is truly the fish of a lifetime! I know where you live during Gray Drake season!
Sadie with one of her many chrome hen- This was her fifth of the evening! Great
job casting! (3/25)
Laser chrome hen so bright the scales were falling off! New chrome moving up river!
Fly Fishing Report
Skamania Steelhead from South West Michigan.
the Pere Marquette River, Grand
River, and White 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. Float 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.
Fishing Steelhead Guides -
Now Available! -
for 8hrs. (C)
Trout - Steelhead guides for the Muskegon River.
Sucker spawn hatch specials - Morning or Afternoons
$250 for two anglers.
(5/18) Just had an epic trout trip with
Dr. Mark Gonzales, his son Marco, and brother Dave. We fished less than six
hours and rocked over 20+ second year fat and healthy rainbows. Fly of choice:
Sucker spawn egg patterns trailed by tiny nymphs, pt nymphs and beatis. We
also landed several chunker Browns between 12-16" - Second or third year
browns. Starting to see many redhorse suckers beginning to stage, preparing to
spawn. Next week should be the beginning of prime time. Big boys keying on emergent
steelhead fry, and sucker spawn. No hatches to speak of yet but coming soon with
warm, humid nights. Gray Drakes, and Iso's.
I love steelhead
fishing but trout are me personal passion! I'm a deep rooted trout bum, and love
nymphing for big browns! Dries are great but unpredictable.
Guide traffic and fishing pressure is next to zero. Steelhead fishing is really
good at this time, with so few anglers. I have been seeing many fish on gravel
and spawning. Fishing behind these areas has also been great for drop back hens
and larger trout. Water temperatures are very cold comparatively to a normal year,
so the entire spring season should be extended. I sincerely believe we will have
steelhead well into the beginning of June. Nice weather and great fishing!
Come join us!
Steelhead Fry & Sucker Spawn
spawn is for kids! It's great opportunity to introduce your son or daughter
into fly fishing. Trout fishing during the sucker's spawn has constant fish landing
action with the small 8" - 12" trout. They're also sure to hook into
a couple big trout! They're great for kids to learn the fundamentals of fly fishing
and have a great time on the water. This technique is very easy to learn. Half
days are also perfect for this technique.
For those of
you interested in trophy brown trout fishing, we are extremely excited about
the upcoming sucker spawn! If you look back through the fishing report, you'll
see we have landed some giant resident brown trout throughout the winter and early
spring. All of these big second year trout will be in the shallows feeding on
sucker spawn and emerging steelhead/ salmon fry. (pic below) Sucker spawn fly
fishing is an angler's best opportunity by far, to land a trophy brown trout.
Sight fishing to these big browns is an adrenaline rush! You're hunting trophy
in the Detroit Free Press about Muskegon River Trout Fishing.
Trout fishing the sucker spawn in late May. Without question, my favorite
time of the year for trophy brown trout on the Muskegon River! Sight fishing giant
pig browns feeding behind spawning Redhorse suckers. It's one of the only times
of the year that browns are less wary during daylight hours. These trout gorge
on sucker spawn and nymphs that dislodged.
Coming up in late May, early
June, we have the Gray Drake spinner fall offering some of the best dry fly fishing
there is in the mid west!
If you're on the fence about booking
a guided steelhead - trout trip in May, get on it because this May Steelhead fishing
is going to be one of the best ever to remember!
Spring Steelhead Flies - Eggs - Nymphs - Streamers - Stone flies.
River Stream Flow Data
River Stream Flow Data
Weekend : (4/29) Perfect fishing conditions and weather! Water levels are
dropping, clarity is improving greatly, and steelhead are in the upper sections
between the Dam and Thornapple big time! It's like Steelhead Shangri-La! As in,
there are lots of steelhead and walleye all over the place! Best techniques have
been chuck-n-duck fly fishing drifting eggs and stone fly nymphs along the bottom
near spawning areas. There are also plenty of trout and Walleye behind spawning
steelhead. Also starting to see a handful of drop-back hens. Majority of steelhead
have either been chrome tight hens or some colored males.
have been taking egg sucking leech flies, or chartreuse wobble glo's drifted along
the bottom in some of the slower currents. I'm sure casting Shad Raps should also
work great. Curly tail grubs on a lead ball jig is one of my favorites.
conditions: Update: ALL of the launches are open on the Muskegon River. Water
levels have dropped significantly today, and fishing has been on fire for both
steelhead and walleye! We were well into double digits of steelhead today. Most
had not begun to spawn. Walleye opens this weekend if you would like to fill your
cooler with these delicious morsels! (5 per day, over 15")
We have half
day afternoons available for walleye for those interested.
Today, fishing was greatly improved!! We caught a lot of steelhead today on egg
flies. Most of the fish were chrome and seemed to be a few days from spawning
yet. The Muskegon continues to slow drop water level, making for very good fishing.
When we have been able to get on the Muskegon, fishing has been outstanding! We
are happy to be home again and are looking forward to fishing with everyone this
Water levels are obviously high but really not that bad as conditions
go. Clarity is decent, 2- 4' with a clay stain. The steelhead haven't seen any
offerings in well over a week, therefore fishing has been great. Both float fishing
and flies have been productive. Steelhead are in all stages of the game, prespawn
(tight) hens, spawning, and drop backs. Lots of gorgeous, dime bright fish straight
from the lake.
All of the normal spawning locations all have a lot of
steelhead on them digging deep redds. This upcoming week should offer some of
the best steelhead fishing that we've had in years! Steelhead fishing should remain
great well into late May.
(4/7) Water temperatures
are warming quickly and the ice finally melted from the reservoirs. We should
see a fairly rapid spike in the water temperature. DNR has finished shocking.
Walleye are spawning heavily and are very thick from the dam to Pine St. Steelhead
numbers are usually three days behind walleye. Walleye spawn at 38 degrees, steelhead
at 42. Big pushes of chrome in the lower river!
Steelhead fishing has been improving daily! Longer daylight, and warmer days are
beginning to get the steelhead on the move. The first sign of the spring migration
are chrome males, we are catching several of these each day. Water level is normal
for this time of year, and is back to to clear again.
We are consistently
catching plenty of steelhead and trout to keep your day interesting! Hens have
been spawning in deeper pockets, or deep soft water. Trophy Brown trout are becoming
more and more common. We can not wait to see these huge browns during the sucker
spawn in late May!!
(3/24) For our guides, this
is our favorite time of year! The time when Spring Steelhead are here in good
numbers but, before the seasonal fly fishing gravel guides are out in full force,
and it's hard to find a place to fish. A time to enjoy the peaceful two weeks
before the crowds of spring arrive. When you can still have the river to yourself
and land a lot of steelhead. We have quietly been landing numbers of fish each
day, away from other anglers.. Steelhead are beginning to arrive in good numbers
in the deeper holes and softer water edges. Stone flies are starting to emerge
and gravitate near shore lines, both steelhead and trout have taken notice.
Float fishing centerpins with bead head stone flies has been
working well. Steelhead have been off the bite on spawn but very keyed on jigs
tipped with wax worms, or stone flies drifted under a float. Fishing should only
improve over the next few days!
Spring Steelhead fishing was outstanding today! There were very few boats on the
water, and we landed steelhead in every spot we fished! Much warmer than average
with bright sunny days. The Muskegon River has a nice, slight tea stain color
making for some outstanding spring steelhead fishing! Longer daylight is making
steelhead aggressive and wanting to move to spawning locations.
Hope for Fly Fisherman: Starting to see the first signs of life
with late winter stone flies starting to emerge. Stone flies have been a staple
fly pattern over the last few days. Fry patterns also working. Citrus clown is
always my first choice for dingy water but big nymphs also work great! Things
are starting to wake up!!
If you're sitting in your office cubicle,
bored, or sitting at home, NOW is the time to get out of the house and fish! Spring
dates are filling quickly. We are only offering half day winter specials until
March 1st. Consistently landing at least one steelhead per hour on the Muskegon.
It's a great time to be on the water with little angling pressure and lots of
fish. Fishing has been excellent with last week's high water which shuffled the
deck and brought in lots of new steelhead from the lower river. Spring Chromers
coming in from the lake with more to come!
while on the water, we saw our first true sign of Spring, It wasn't a robin but
the late winter - Spring Black Stone fly. During
late February we begin to see Stone fly movement throughout the river. The Dark
Knight Stone is a great stone fly imitation that also does very well in normal
water levels. I tie this pattern primarily for Steelhead and Trout. It's a great
looking bug with movement and a true nymph profile. This fly fishes best drifted
as chuck & duck or floating line with an indy rig.
You want Stone
Flies... We have Stone Flies!
tailwater for Steelhead in Michigan.
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. We are also now offering Centerpin
instructional to learn Centerpin float fishing for Spring Steelhead!
(2/4) Warmer temperatures, higher water levels, and just plain phenomenal
winter steelhead fishing!
Last week's unreasonable warm temperatures gave
us some great fishing weather and bumped up much needed water levels. Warmer,
high water certainly shuffled the deck and made for some exceptional steelhead
fishing. Darker winter steelhead moved up river, while bright fresh chromes poured
into the river from Lake Michigan. Beginning stages of the spring steelhead run,
longer daylight, and higher water gets fish wanting to change locations and begin
to move. Steelhead fishing should remain very good over the next couple of weeks.
Fishing is outstanding at this time, one steelhead
or more per hour. Winter Steelhead at it's best with perfect water levels and
a new push of fresh fish. Looking forward to some great fishing over the next
few days! Steelhead seemed much more aggressive than the
past few days and eager to bite. Almost all the fish were taken in the first fifteen
drifts and were located in the center to top of the runs. (Fish eager to move
the migration up river) Today's technique was float fishing chartreuse spawn sacks
and covering lots of water. The results were well worth the efforts, double digits
of bright fish. We are landing well over a steelhead per hour with this technique!
(12/10) Big numbers of Steelhead
entering the lower sections of river with a lot of steelhead moving through. Water
levels and temperatures are above normal making for excellent migrations and fish
movement. Steelhead fishing has been very good over the past three days with the
higher water levels. Lots of new fish in the river system.
December Steelhead fishing should be fantastic this season! The Muskegon River
watershed finally received a good amount of rain yesterday evening bringing water
levels up to near normal. This should certainly shuffle the deck and bring in
more chromers. Conditions should continue to improve with water levels.
Stages of Steelhead life cycle. Egg to Smolt.
During December, stages
of a Steelhead's life cycle are very important to the fly fisherman. Eggs and
eyed eggs are a major food source for both resident Trout and Steelhead. Egg patterns
in apricot, steelhead orange, and oregon cheese represent represent fertilized
or freshly spawned eggs. Nuke eggs represent "dead" or unfertilized
eggs with the white halo around the egg pattern with a center nuke (nucleus) dot,
usually bright orange or red (Blood dot) Egg
Late March - April is the time of year that the Salmon fry start
to hatch and show themselves in big numbers. Salmon / Steelhead fry and parr are
another favored morsel as they are readily available this time of year. Salmon
/ Steelhead fry live in the gravel and are are high in protein, and don't swim
very well. Small streamers or fry patterns drifted along the bottom also work
great. Fry are always striped with a mottled tan or soft green, with parr marks.
Float fishing and centerpin angling has been outstanding over the past few
days. Good numbers of steelhead are throughout the system. Precision casts and
light tackle techniques has made for some outstanding steelhead fishing over the
last few days. We are just starting to see good numbers of bright chrome later
fall run steelhead. Late November and December should be fantastic with new steelhead
entering the river each day! November is by far our favorite month of the year,
Hard charging, chrome bullets that hammer drifted spawn, flies, or nymphs under
Michigan Fall Steelhead
- Over the past week, we have received steady rainfall and higher water levels.
The Muskegon has a good amount of fall steelhead throughout the river system.
Over the past ten days, we have been focusing on fishing floats and spawn. Hooking
/ landing over a fish per hour, making for some outstanding float fishing! I believe
this to be our first good push of the fall migration. During normal years, peak
fall steelhead seems to be November 25th through late December. I am certainly
looking forward to good numbers of chrome beauties this fall season.
Come Join us for World Class fishing opportunities for Fall Steelhead and
Trout on Michigan's most famous rivers, Muskegon River, Pere Marquette, Big Manistee,
and White River. Our guides excel in innovative fly fishing and float fishing
- Center pin techniques for Great Lakes Steelhead. (231) 519-7348
(11/26) December, without a doubt, is
my favorite time of year on the Muskegon River for fly fishing! Spawning king
salmon in the upper river offer tremendeous angling opportunities, not just salmon
but for trout. Thirty to fifty trout days can be had during this time of year!
Nymphing natural looking Otter's eggs, behind spawning salmon. Trout fishing can
be incredible now for numbers of quality trout, and is mostly overlooked by anglers.
Spawning salmon that are digging redds dislodge many aquatic
insects and nymphs. They also and release piles of salmon eggs, from that salmon,
or preciously spawning hens. Rotting flesh of dead or dying salmon also offers
trout another meal.
Fall Steelhead, the fix for our angling addiction, enter the rivers in
mid-October. Late October is also a great time for the crown jewel, Fall steelhead.
Spawning lake-run brown trout are also milling about behind salmon. Migratory
browns spawn from mid October, November, and well into December. Come join us
on the river for fantastic scenery, great fishing, and memories that will last
Manistee River Below Tippy Dam
River Fall Steelhead - Big numbers of Chinook salmon in the Mighty Mo,
Power lines, and Gaza fishing very well. Boat House down to Bigelow also has plenty
of salmon to go around. Salmon fishing on the Muskegon River should continue until
the first part of November. Everything was off to a slow start with the hot summer
and exceptionally warm fall. Expect the Muskegon to peak for salmon near Oct.
Steelhead are not far behind. Back bouncing the lower
sections, near Giles, Mill Iron, and Maple Island is starting to produce a lot
of chrome fall steelhead. Floats and spawn is also working very well with the
low, clear conditions.. Long drifts and light leaders, smaller 3 and 4 egg spawn
sacks have been key. Look for plenty of steelhead to enter the river in a hurry
with the next rain. Both Steelhead and salmon are staging in Muskegon Lake preparing
to run the gauntlet on the next rain.
We have some salmon dates
available for the Manistee River. We will continue to guide the the Big Man until
water levels improve on the Muskegon. Too low right now!
(9/30) Good numbers of salmon in the Manistee and Pere Marquette River.
It isn't as many as last year, but plenty of fish to play with! Water levels have
been low and clear making for some outstanding sight fishing. Our focus has been
on Chinook and Coho salmon, but I am starting to see fall steelhead scattered
behind the redds.
Small egg patterns, brown stone flies,
and dark nymphs have been working well. Basic chuck -n- duck presentations have
been working best. Long casts to spooky fish, and lighter than average tippet
has been the key. Thundersticking in the morning has also been really good until
the sun comes over the trees.
Muskegon River is still far behind
the other rivers up north. Very few salmon in the system, however, Giles Rd, Mill
Iron, and Bridgeton have been fishing well with bait fishing techniques such as
casting thundersticks, minnow raps, and skein under a float.
Maple Island and Giles Rd all have fair numbers of salmon. Casting cranks is king
on the lower Muskegon River. We still have a few open dates. It's "Game On!"
for salmon. Come and get some! We look forward to fishing with you!
During the past few days, abrupt weather changes, cold nights and heavy rains,
have created a hardcore salmon migration! Water is up and fish are on the move.
Middle sections of the Pere Marquette River, Indian Bridge, Taylor Road, and Rainbow
Rapids, now have salmon in decent numbers in the deeper holes. Fly fishing is
a popular method for obtaining these fish. Casting stick baits and cranks also
works well in the morning. The last three days have brought good numbers to the
middle and upper river and salmon have begun to spawn in the gravel areas.
We are excited to begin our fall salmon season and are
looking forward to some outstanding fishing opportunities this fall! We have five,
full time salmon guides on staff. Here are some available dates for either fly
fishing, floats/skein, or casting thundersticks on the lower river. "We catch
Muskegon, Pere Marquette,
and Big Manistee Rivers offer World Class fishing opportunities for Salmon and
Steelhead during the Fall Months! Manistee & Pere Marquette River Kings!
Get CRANKED UP for casting Thunderstick for early season
King Salmon on the Muskegon, Big Manistee, and Pere Marquette rivers!
We are excited to begin fishing early run king salmon on West Michigan rivers.
Violent strikes, and big chrome kings that jump and pull hard! ... Michigan Fall
Steelhead and Salmon are very acrobatic and take flies and spawn well!
a few short weeks and the Chinook Salmon will be making their first migrations
up the Pere Marquette and Manistee Rivers. The first big migration of king salmon
on the lower PM and Manistee comes when Lake Michigan makes it's first big "Flip",
hard East winds or NorthEast winds push warm water to Wisconsin, leaving cold
water near the shoreline of Ludington and Manistee.. Bingo! You guessed it, Chrome
Kings in the river... This usually occurs around August 20th although many years,
I have caught good number earlier casting Thundersticks or drifting skein under
a float. Join us when the chrome kings come in!
you've never tried early Chinook salmon, you really ought to give them a shot.
You'll never forget their strength, speed, and sheer aggression.
streamers tight against the bank has produced some savage brown trout and very
nice smallmouth throughout the Muskegon river watershed.
( 8/9) Muskegon River Trout fishing continues
to be consistently productive with good numbers of quality trout.Cinnamon caddis
has been the main stay of fly fishing. Caddis dries and Caddis emergers going
throughout the day and evenings. Caddis super hatches in the evenings! Isonychia
and light cahills (Stenonema Ithaca) producing some of the biggest fish.
Nymphing has also been producing good numbers. Caddis pupa, baetis nymphs, and
pheasant tails all working well fished near the bottom. Crayfish patterns are
also working well for both trout and smallmouth.
Flies this week: X-Caddis (# 16) Caddis Emerger (#16- 18's)
(#16-18) Rusty Soft hackle (#16) Iso Parachute (# 12)
in the Detroit Free Press about Muskegon River Trout Fishing.
offering Summertime Hatch Master's Trout Special:
4:30pm till dark $250.00 - One or two
anglers. Want to be on the Muskegon River during the Gray Drake Spinner fall or
the Caddis emergence? Do you want to learn to stalk trophy rising Browns and Rainbows?
We also teach anglers about the streamside entomology and the bugs that trophy
Muskegon River trout fishing is available through the summer.
make up the bulk of bio mass trout feed in the Croton Tail water.
system should improve trout fishing during warm months.
& July are the the time for Dry fly fishing with the Isonychia Bicolor. (Iso's
are a "husky"- Larger Mayfly similar to Gray Drakes but more of a purple
hue with smoke clear wings, a thick variegated body, and dark front legs, light
rear legs) Most spinner falls occur just be for dark. Not as prolific as
Gray Drakes but fish will find them!
Isonychias also always spinner fall on or near riffles or fast current. Muskegon's
most overlooked hatch, typically found in the middle to lower sections of the
river. Thornapple - Henning Park.
Isonychia Bicolor- June-July Evening Hatch Fishing ( Mahogany Dun)
River perfect level-2200 -cfs-
66 degree water temp.
Isonychia occur on the Muskegon during low light periods, usually in the
lower sections of the river below Thornapple, sometimes well below Newaygo.
May & June are the the time for Dry fly
fishing with the Gray Drake Spinners. ( Gray Drakes are a mid-sized may fly
with smoke clear wings, a thin variegated body, and a white ring around the eyes.)
Most spinner falls occur just be for dark.
also always spinner fall on a riffle or fast current. Muskegon's most overlooked
hatch, typically found in the middle to lower sections of the river. Thornapple
- Henning Park.
Gray Drake Spinner - May - July Trout Evening Hatch Fishing
Spinner -Mahogany Dun)
River perfect level-2450-cfs-
Steelhead Fry & Sucker Spawn
the day- Large Streamers and fry patterns near the bank. Shaded pockets hold
the fish! Sink-tip fly lines have been the key.
with sucker spawn patterns and small nymphs has also been producing numbers of
Muskegon River Trout.
Dry flies & Drake spinners in the evenings.
Some of the best hatches occur as the sun drops below the tree line with low light.
Spawn Nymphing is going strong! Good
numbers of Red Horse Suckers starting to spawn creating a smorgasbord for resident
trout. This is my favorite time of year for large trout! Great hatches, sucker
spawn nymphing, and wonderful sink tip streamer fishing for BIG chaser Browns!
Mid-May to Mid-June are primary dates for Muskegon River trout. I consider this
time of year a quality experience that offers outstanding fly fishing!
offering Summertime Hatch Master's Trout Special:
4:30pm till dark $250.00 - One or two
anglers. Want to be on the Muskegon River during the Gray Drake Spinner fall or
the Caddis emergence? Do you want to learn to stalk trophy rising Browns and Rainbows?
We also teach anglers about the streamside entomology and the bugs that trophy
It seems the Muskegon River water levels are dropping nicely. I took a walk down
to the Dam this morning, and the water clarity was perfect. Water is only slightly
below normal. Over the next week or so, streamer / sucker spawn fishing should
be outstanding with millions of Chinook Salmon fry lining the backs. Any pockets
of slack current with shade is loaded with fry presenting enormous amount of food
for both Trout, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass. There are also fair numbers of Redhorse
suckers continuing to spawn. Perfect nymphing for large trout.
hatches have been fantastic with the warm, humid weather. Gray Drake spinner falls
have been excellent during the past few evenings.
Muskegon River Hatches: March
Browns, Caddis, Quill Gordons, Black quills, and Sulphers. Gray Drakes coming
soon! We still have good numbers of steelhead in the system on shallow gravel
redds. Key locations are holding fish. Chinook Salmon fry are everywhere against
the banks. Resident Trout are feeding on fry and parr big time - Making for some
fantastic Streamer fishing during the next several weeks.
Muskegon River Trout - There are lots of suckers spawning and encouraging
the bigger browns and rainbows to feed on nymphs behind sucker redds. Excellent
numbers of Gray Drakes seen in the last couple of days, mostly during the afternoon
period. Many of stocked Trout targeting dry fly Caddis with an occasional big
fish on the surface. As water temperatures increase, larger Trout will come up.
Sulpher emergence is soon to come. Streamer stripping with salmon fry patterns
has been working well for larger Trout - We need warmer water to get the big boys
to chase streamers.
I am pleased to announce that after a long "dry spell" and some
super ultra low and clear water, we finally have our first batch of May steelhead.
Water levels are up today, around 3000 cfs. This is great news as higher water
levels help steelhead spawn in primary spawning areas and greatly improves fly
(It makes it easier to drift flies through gravel)
Steelhead fishing should be greatly improved through the first part of May. Small
egg flies and tiny fry patterns have been fishing well on and behind spawning
Hatchery Trout "It's what's for dinner"
season is apon us!
(4/4) Fly fishing
has been very good with double digit hook-ups each day. Pocket water has been
fishing the best in the bright sunshine. Gravel fishing has been off the charts
if you get one the musical chairs. Good numbers of Steelhead are also holding
behind the gravel and dark water. There are still plenty of steelhead entering
the river and moving through the system. Cold nights are helping to prolong the
fishing has been epic the past three days. Water levels are now perfect at 4600cfs!
Large numbers of bright spring Steelhead have been spawning in the deeper
gravel redds. These make easy drifting targets and some hefty digit days! (20
plus or more hook-ups!) Drifting flies through deep spawning redds has produced
hard strikes and chrome fish! Warmer weather last week has these fish spawning
in a big way creating some excellent fly fishing opportunities in comfortable,
warmer weather. It has just felt great catching Steelhead when it's 70 and sunny!
Spring is finally here with perfect flows and March Steelhead! April Steelhead
should be one of the best ever on record. Fish are also larger this year.
Check out this great Blog / Article from Jimmy's trip last week!
River Mom's Adventure
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spinning gear light tackle, floats and spawn, and fly fishing charters for Spring
Steelhead on the Muskegon River, White River,
Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee
Give us a call (231) 519-7348
Fly Fishing has been outstanding the past three days! Higher water has brought
lots of chrome spring steelhead into the upper river. Starting to see good numbers
of winter fish beginning to spawn in the riffles. Water temps are 45- 50 degrees.
Numbers of winter steelhead are starting to "crater" or dig redds in
the shallow riffles.
Higher water gives steelhead great
security and allows them to spawn, unmolested. The fly bite is usually fantastic
for steelhead on deeper redds with a bit of murk or stain to the water. Both Croton
and Hardy reservoir are completely ice free at this time allowing water temps
to increase. Walleye are beginning to spawn big time on the Muskegon and White
Rivers. Chrome Steelhead are here with plenty more to come!
(3/9) Welcome to Spring Steelhead
2012! Things are about to change! Longer days, higher water levels, and warmer
than average water temperatures have both the steelhead and walleye on the move!
Over the past three days, we have experienced some outstanding trout and steelhead
fishing! Wally Walter will not be far behind.
in water levels over the past several days is a great sign of new chrome bullets
entering the lower river. This usually occurs in later March, along with warmer
water, it is earlier this year. I have seen more than a dozen active spawning
redds. I haven't seen any fish on them yet but they are very polished and dug
deep. My best guess is that Muskegon River Steelhead are getting their business
finished at night or later afternoon when water temps are at the peak. We have
landed several hens that were spilling eggs. These are most certainly hold over,
I think the ten day forecast should be
outstanding, and we should should start seeing spring chromers within the next
few days. I'm looking forward to some bright fish!
(2/12) Over the last couple of days, we
have been landing a above average amount of fat, egg laidened, pre spawn female
steelhead. I attribute that to the warmer, mild winter. There is a good chance
of an earlier spring with steelhead beginning to spawn in the end of February,
early March, in synch with the walleye migration.
board for one of the best Fall / Winter Steelhead runs in over a decade! If you
ever wanted to learn to steelhead fish, now is the time! Steelhead fishing
has been very good over the past week making this December one of the best migrations
in over a decade. Both the numbers of steelhead and the average size have been
larger that years past. This trend should offer tremendous fishing opportunities
through December and the winter months. The long-range weather looks to have our
run of above normal temperatures ending and seasonal conditions becoming the norm.
Steelhead fishing forecast looks excellent!
Water flow and
levels are normal with clarity being excellent making for some great floats and
spawn fishing. Good numbers of steelhead are spread throughout the river system.
Fishing should be excellent through December with a great number of steelhead
already in the system with more to come!
11 lb Lake Run Brown
Trout starting to spawn on the Muskegon River. Late Ttrout and Browns beginning
to spawn in late November and December. December should offer excellent Browns
and BIG Steelhead!!
& Spawn -(Baitcaster or spinning) Our second favorite technique that produces
numbers of steelhead is floats and spawn. Float fishing provides a long, perfect
drift that presents your offering well away from the boat. Float fishing is the
ultimate "stealth" technique for steelhead in clear water. Float fishing
is a faster paces technique that allows anglers to fish miles of river per day
and cover lots of water searching for active steelhead.
float fishing -
Float fishing is fast becoming the predominant means of fishing rivers and streams
no matter what the species. Europeans have fished this way for years but it has
only been in the last 30 or so years that North Americans have really embraced
this style of fishing. In and around the Great Lakes, Float Fishing is becoming
the preferred method for taking Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout. This simple
method of fishing has made exceptionally successful anglers from average fishermen.
If traditional Fly Fishing were considered one of the Finer Arts, then Float Fishing
would most certainly have to be considered the Deadly Art. Our guides excel in
Centerpin float fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead and Trout.
Muskegon River Smallmouth:
In the meantime, Hot and humid weather means Smallmouth Bass. Good numbers of
molting crayfish in the Muskegon River mean excellent Smallie fishing, a smorgasporg
for "Bronzebacks!"Whether you enjoy stripping streamers, poppers on
the surface, or casting a spinnerbait to shoreline structure, Smallmouth bass
make an enjoyable day on the water.
weather and rain means hatch fishing - Caddis emergence and terrestrials
make for some exciting dry fly fishing. Keep your dry fly gear at the ready so
you can experience some fantastic late summer dry fly fishing. Nymphing and swining
soft-hackles is also great this time of year!
Fishing Schedule for the Muskegon and Manistee River.
Fall Chinook Salmon
: Aug. 20th - Oct. 20th Fall
: Oct. 20th -
Dec. 25th. Winter Steelhead:
Dec. 25th - March 1st. Spring
March 1st - May 20th. Major Trout
May 25 - July 1st.
July 1st - Sept. 10th Water
Levels are 1800 cfs -
Wading is an option at this time.
Sucker Spawn Nymphing is beginning to
start! Good numbers of Red Horse Suckers starting to spawn creating a smorgasbord
for resident trout. This is my favorite time of year for large trout! Great hatches,
sucker spawn nymphing, and wonderful sink tip streamer fishing for BIG chaser
Browns! Mid-May to Mid-June are primary dates for Muskegon River trout. I consider
this time of year a quality experience that offers outstanding fly fishing!
(5/3) Water temperatures are beginning to warm and steelhead are becoming
active. Both methods, floats and spawn in the dark water, and flies on the gravel
flats, are both working well.The majority of steelhead are moving closer to spawning
gravel and seeking pocket water. We saw a fair amount of steelhead at the boat
house riffle and across from Thornapple launch yesterday. This means things are
beginning to break loose with good numbers of steelhead spawning. The dark water
or winter water still has many, many fish waiting to spawn. Plump pre spawn hens
have been most of the fish we are landing. Males seem to be nosing the gravel
and preparing to spawn.
Stones and Steelhead Buggers working well!
Bead fishing style.. Floating lines, strike indicators, and Trout Beads that
match the hatch. Trout beads come in colors that closely imitate fresh salmon
eggs along the river's bottom. Our most productive fly fishing technique for fall
Steelhead on the Muskegon River. Beads drifted along the bottom match the eggs!
Temperatures are now in
the low to mid 50's so fishing the gravel flats for steelhead will most likely
be the staple for the rest of the season. There are still many fish available
for float fisherman and those whom are willing to work hard to get fish to bite
in the dark water. But the vast majority of fly fisherman will be fishing to fish
that we can see. Sight fishing to steelhead on the shallow gravel shoals. Active
spawning and very good numbers of steelhead should be available well into May
and early June. With today being the first day of ice out, water temperatures
should stay on the cool side well into late May for spawning steelhead. May should
offer excellent fishing!
levels are stable: 2800cfs: Muskegon
River Streamflow Data
Levels are perfect. AHeavy tannin Stain - 5'-7'
Spring Steelhead fishing has been greatly improving each day. Warmer
water temps and great stream flows have made for some great fishing. Due to the
coldest spring thaw on record, Steelhead fishing should go well throughout the
month of May. In years past, May Steelhead has offered some of the best fishing
of the year with Steelhead spawning into the first weeks of June. Good numbers
of Steelhead are present at this time with plenty more to come. Comfortable weather
Fly Fishing is also improving daily with the warmer water temperatures and massive
emergence of stone flies. Both trout and steelhead have been gorged feeding on
stone flies along the bank. Stone flies such as the Egg
Sucking Stone and Dark Knight have been producing numbers of trout and some
nice bright hen steelhead.
Chuck-n-Duck and indicator nymphing along the
shoreline and plunge pools (pocket water) have also been very effective. Rick's
bright chrome was taken on a stone fly in 18" of water behind a log jam.
Steelhead were sipping sub surface emerging stone flies near the bank. Trout fishing
with stone flies in pocket water has also been good.
River Winter Stone Flies: During late February we begin to see Stone
fly movement throughout the river. The Dark
Knight Stone is a great stone fly imitation that also does very well in
normal water levels. I tie this pattern primarily for Steelhead and Trout. It's
a great looking bug with movement and a true nymph profile. This fly fishes best
drifted as chuck & duck or floating line with an indy rig. |
We should expect to receive good numbers of steelhead
and trout over the next few days. Longer day light, Strong full moons, and slightly
higher than normal water levels have steelhead on the move. Good number moving
up from the lower river.
(3/11) Muskegon River Steelhead
fishing has been outstanding over the last few days! Spring Steelhead on the
Muskegon River are starting to fish well near the Croton Dam. Jigs and wax worms
and floats / spawn all fishing well for new spring steelhead. Mid-section - Thornapple
to Pine st. has also been fishing well.
Pere Marquette River Fishing
Report - Spring Steelhead entering the lower river near the Pere Marquette Lake.
The lower "flies Only Section has a good number of bright steelhead beginning
to spawn. Winter steelhead are the first to begin to spawn. Female steelhead first
begin to dig redds, males are soon to follow. Best fly patterns for Pere Marquette
Steelhead are the green caddis, stone flies, hex nymphs and clown eggs. The Pere
Marquette River Fishing report for Baldwin, Michigan is a paradise for fly anglers
coming up for spring steelhead. Pere Marquette River Spring Steelhead fishing
guides have been excellent! Fly Fishing Pere Marquette Salmon near Custer.
Fly Fishing has been doing well. Best pattern for the Muskegon have been
the Mojo fry pattern, dark knight, Hex nymphs, and Ice Man minnows. Fry patterns
have been outfishing clown eggs and egg patterns. Stone flies fishing well on
sunny days. Had a fantastic three days with Dr. Steve and Josh. They landed 15
steelhead in three days on straight flies with both myself and Jimmy B. We fished
mostly the upper river.
(2/17) Stone flies are now emerging along the frozen shoreline - This is great
news for Steelhead and Trout fishing. Stone flies will be the primary food source
for Trout and Steelhead for the next several months. Look for changes in fly patterns
for Steelhead - going from egg patterns to Stone flies- Fish have begun to key
in on small dark nymphs drifted along the bottom.
Flies and updated photos for the New 2011 fly patterns - Alevin - Salmon fry -
During the late winter months, Chinook salmon fry and lake run brown trout fry
begin to hatch out of the gravel into the "Fry" or "Alevin"
These young fish are the perfect food source for larger steelhead
and trout during this time of year. We have some great new patterns that mimic
all stages of the steelhead life cycle - Eggs - Sac Fry - Alevin - Fry Patterns
- Smolt Patterns - NEW MOJO FLIES 2013
Just a Quick Note: I wanted to let everyone know,
I now have the Spring order of Mojo Flies completely tied and finished. For those
of you that have pending fly orders, I should be able to ship them out on Monday-
Tuesday of this week.
(2/4) We landed two very nice steelhead,
two smaller skipper steelhead and a handful of nice trout today. The weather has
been stable for several days now with fish eager to feed. Water levels have been
low and clear making boat control and stealth important. Longer drifts from the
boat and lighter (3x) tippet, also seems to help. Smaller micro egg patterns,
hex nymphs, and salmon fry patterns all took fish.
River Steelhead and Salmon fry - During the late winter months, Chinook
salmon fry and lake run brown trout fry begin to hatch out of the gravel into
the "Fry" or "Alevin" stage.
These young fish are the
perfect food source for larger steelhead and trout during this time of year. Egg
patterns with a pronounced "blood dot" or bright red dot mimic the fry
at this time. Also patterns such as the "Ice Man Minnow" or other fry
or parr patterns also work well. Steelhead and trout during winter are now relying
less on salmon eggs and focusing more on case caddis, stone flies, scuds, sowbugs,
other macro invertebrates. Stone flies and fry patterns begin to really work well
at this time of year when temperatures are cold and food is limited.
Centerpin fishing for Steelhead - Floats
and spawn is the perfect "stealth" technique for low-clear water. Float
fishing has been our technique of choice for covering water. Floats enable anglers
to hook-up at long distances away from wary fish.Most of the deep waters areas
have all been holding Steelhead around the Thornapple launch, High rollaway area
has also been good in the deep gravel areas and in the riffle. Trout have also
been active in these areas. Small spawn sacks, natural mesh, and light tippets
help with pressured fish.
note about Mojo Egg
Flies: I love the smaller sizes in the washed out colors. I've been using
them under a float for about ten years. Chinook Salmon, Kings have a yellow, or
soft orange color about them so the washed out orange ( Mottled colors are awesome!)
seem to work best. Coho colors are good. "Egg yolk" is great here in
Michigan. You seem to need King Salmon, and Brown Trout colors. Try to use a red
rubber band and pull loop through the leader and bead. works great! Peg about
1" to 1.5" above a hook. Also, try blued or black hooks. Bright hooks
Salmon on Torch Lake - The bite is on this time of year for giant lake run
Atlantic Salmon. Casting large streamers or Shad raps at creeks mouths of the
streams entering Torch Lake are producing good numbers of bright Atlantic Salmon.
Something different, but definitely fun to walk in and hook some fish!
New Video Clip: Float
Fishing Muskegon River Steelhead
One of the best float fishing
videos we have filmed for Fall Steelhead on the Muskegon River and Great Lakes
region. Lots of float fishing with a ton of hook ups and fish landed on video!
Now is the time to float fish Steelhead!
Centerpin float fishing for Steelhead : There
are a handful of white mouthed beauties lying in wait for fresh roe. We hooked
at least four chrome bullets this morning during low light conditions. Greg managed
to land one very nice skipper on a peach egg patterns. Cooler water temperatures
and some rain would really help the cause for chrome! Later this month, Steelhead
fishing should be excellent as everything seems to be a week behind.
Muskegon River Fishing Report - High Bridge to Tippy Dam - The
Big Manistee River is in full swing with salmon. The past few days, salmon have
been everywhere in the upper river. Gravel season is upon us! Lots of fish and
lots of gravel goblins. Small, dark flies have worked the best for me. Drifting
behind the redds has also been great! (Ex. Stanley's 28" Brown) and Steve's
nice chrome Steelhead, all by catch of fishing behind redds in the morning. There
have also been a few Steelhead & Coho in the the lower Manistee, a sign of
good things to come.
Muskegon River is still far
behind, water temp is still in the low 60's. There are a handful of salmon but
not quite fishable numbers yet. Should be a couple of weeks yet before good numbers
of Salmon in the mighty Mo. Trout fishing has been very good in the upper river
above Thornapple to Pine St. Chrome should show up with the first good batch of
kings in the lower Muskegon. Water temperatures need to drop before we have good
fishing and decent numbers of fish.
Pere Marquette River
Salmon Reports: Today was "Moving Day"! There was no question
that today was moving day in the lower river. "Moving Day", as I refer
to it, is the day when all the salmon from the lower river, (Custer, Scottville,
Ludington ) move into the upper to middle sections, (Walhalla, Rainbow, and lower
Fly water) at a high rate of speed. Today was that day. We watched as over 1500
salmon swam past the boat today between 8am and 2pm. Don't get me wrong, we had
a fantastic day of casting thundersticks with lots of fish landed. It was, however,
interesting to watch wave after wave of salmon jet past the boat without so much
as a glance at our T-Sticks. The majority of these fish were chrome and headed
to the upper river to spawn, being a warmer than average fall, these fish are
running late, and are ready to spawn!
Michigan Salmon Fishing Reports - The Pere Marquette and Manistee Rivers
are both fishing well at this time. Grand River should also start soon - Big hit
of fish off piers in Grand Haven! Wind directions have been constantly changing,
keeping fresh Salmon entering the rivers each day. Casting crankbaits should be
very good over the next few weeks on all northern Michigan Rivers.
(9/25) Muskegon River Report -
The Muskegon River received a very nice push of fish this morning. We hit a nice
pod of chrome salmon and fishing was quite good most of the day. Casting cranks
was the name of the game. More wind equals more fish! Welcome to Salmon Season
in Northern Michigan with lots of Salmon and Steelhead yet to return from the
Big Lake. It should be a wonderful fall season the the weather we've been having!
Muskegon River Report for Salmon: We
will guiding anglers on the Manistee and Pere Marquette River for Salmon. There
are good numbers of Salmon on both rivers, especially after the cool rains and
cooler temperatures we've had over the past two days. Manistee received over an
inch of rain yesterday! Water temperatures on the Muskegon River are at an outstanding
73 degrees which means we are a solid month away from Kings on the Muskegon River.
We drive to Manistee each morning to get our clients into numbers of bright chrome
kings on the Big Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers!
Marquette River Salmon Report:
Lower PM has been showing a few fish and improving daily. Steve and Steve did
quite well on Friday (8/27) going 4 for 6 on crankbaits. Scottville down has had
fish moving through but have been difficult to stay with. Walhalla and braids
between Reek Rd. and upper Custer should start seeing pushes in the next few days
with fish moving into South Branch of the Pere Marquette.
Now offering Manistee and Pere Marquette River -
Day- $350. Afternoon half-day. 4:00pm till dark $250.00 - One or two anglers.
Do you want to learn to catch trophy Chinook Salmon and Steelhead casting crankbaits?
Do enjoy bone jarring hooksets and fish that rip the rod from your hands? We are
also offering floats and skein trips for Salmon. Floats and spawn produces many
early salmon. Manistee River is also home to the World-Record Brown Trout that
was caught casting Thundersticks.
River Smallmouth Bass on the fly...
Muskegon River Smallmouth
Report - Smallie fishing has been very good over the past weekend. Hot, humid
weather and an abundance of crayfish have got the Smallmouth Bass on the Bite.
Streamers up tight to the banks have been the key. Clouser minnows, black leaches,
and bunny strips have all been working well. Light Spinning gear and soft plastics
have also been excellent. Good numbers of smallies on curly tail grubs or tube
Muskegon River Trout Fishing Report - Trout fishing
has been very good the past few days! Perfect water levels have made for some
excellent dry fly fishing in the upper river. Caddis have been the name of the
game. size 16 - X-Caddis with a trailing shuck and small nymph droppers have been
producing many nice trout. Dark brown soft-hackles (emergering Isoynchia) swung
on light sink-tips have been producing some larger fish. Isonychia dries have
also been producing larger Muskegon River Trout just before for dark. You can
hear big fish feed and take iso's!
Gray Drake Hatch fishing at it's finest - Muskegon River Trout
Gray Drakes, Drakes, and more Drakes!!
Streamer and wet fly fishing with
sink tips for trout are producing decent numbers of nice fish, especially on overcast
days. Big, bold streamers have produced some big brown trout for those who are
willing to work. A wide variety of insects are currently emerging, Caddis, Sulphers,
and Gray Drakes being primary in the evenings. Sulphur mayfly hatches/spinner
falls are heavy with other common mayflies getting underway. Gray Drake spinner
falls have been going well into the evenings with last light producing the most
rises and best fish. ( 9pm-10pm )
Here is a chance to
spend a productive day at the office and still have time to get into some excellent
dry fly fishing or sink-tip streamers! Hatches are in the evening, during the
most comfortable part of the day. Come join us for a fantastic evening of trout
fishing on Michigan's greatest tailwater.
Excellent Muskegon River Trout fishing for this Summer!
Welcome to Muskegon River Fly Fishing! Michigan's best kept secret for hatch fishing
at it's finest! Trophy Trout are available throughout the summer months on Michigan's
Muskegon River. A tailwater fishery, the Muskegon fishes well all summer long
with cooler water temperatures, expansive riffles, and easily waded flats, this
river is loaded with large Trout.
Hatch fishing is at it's
best during May, June, July, and August. Trophy
Trout Fly Fishing on the Muskegon River with Stone flies, Gray Drake, Iysonychia,
High Water Clowns
question, my hottest fly pattern, bar none for high water conditions is the Clown
Egg. Brightly colored eggs show up well in stained water.
Clown Eggs are
also a bit more buoyant than regular egg patterns and suspend a little higher
in the water column making them easier to see.
I always use them as my point
or middle fly, usually trailed by something dark... Steelhead Bugger or Wiggle
Stone. This gives color contrast and movement to the drift.
fly patterns have been large Clown eggs with a bit of flash. Rainbow Clown egg
has been my best fly in the higher water levels. Hex nymphs and fry patterns have
also taken some hard hits and fish during the past three days. Sometimes during
the afternoon, Stone flies have worked well but have been hit or miss taking mostly
smaller Trout and Steelhead smolt. Light tippets and long drifts have produced
the most Steelhead especially later in the day or bright sunshine.
Why do Steelhead key in on Winter Stoneflies?
Great Lakes Steelhead are perhaps the most opportunistic member of the salmonid
family. While Chinook and Coho salmon require large schools of baitfish like smelt
and alewives to support their numbers, steelhead take a substantial amount of
their forage from insect sources, supplementing with baitfish, crayfish, gobies,
and whatever else strikes their fancy. This fact leads some experts to believe
that steelhead "residentize" back to their stream-trout roots when they
spend any length of time in a river environment. When February and March roll
around, the winter stonefly hatches begin in the cold river environments in Michigan.
It has been my experience as a fly fishing guide that Stone flies begin to emerge
and become active in late morning through the afternoon, usually when water temperatures
are at the warmest. Steelhead also tend to key on them during the warmest part
of day when they are the most abundant and moving.
holding in river pools, waiting for spawning time to begin, may revert to feeding
behavior that worked well during the early stages of life. When you're winter
flyfishing and you notice tiny black specks (they look like carpenter ants with
gray wings) on the snow around you, study them closely. You'll find that these
are adult Stoneflies, possibly ringing the dinner bell for whatever lurks in the
depths of that hole in front of you. Fish accordingly, as your luck may have just
There are a variety of nymph flies that imitate the Winter
Most of these patterns are simple, from a hare's ear nymph
or pheasant-tail nymph colored dark brown or black with marker, to more involved
patterns such as the Egg Sucking Stone, black Viagra caddis, Mojo
Dark Knight, Rubber Legged Stone, etc. Remember that these flies should be
dead-drifted the same way you'd fish glo-bugs or egg flies, under an indicator
or bottom-bounced through holes that look promising. No vigorous stripping is
needed with these - keep in mind that while the weather is warmer than usual,
the water is a few degrees above freezing. Deep and slow wins the race here -
make sure that your flies drift along current breaks and bubble-lines, to ensure
that any fish present has time to take a shot at them. Strike back when the strike
comes, snub that fish before it can get loose, and then enjoy the music of your
reel underscoring the winter sunlight dancing on rippled waters.
River Fishing Report
(Spring Steelhead Fishing information
for the PereMarquette River)
Pere Marquette River Fishing Report -
Spring Steelhead fishing
on the lower Pere Marquette River has been improving daily. The lower sections
near Custer and Scottville have been producing fair numbers of Steelhead on Floats
and Spawn. Back Bouncing with fresh Steelhead skein has also been very productive
producing well over a fish per hour. Upper to Walhalla has also been fishing well.
Centerpin float fishing with small spawn sacks has been producing a good number
of Steelhead. Jigs and Waxworms have also been working well. Pere
Marquette River Spring Steelhead
- Although crowded, the "Flies Only"
section is beginning to show signs of Steelhead on gravel. Floating lines with
strike indicators have been working best. Egg imitations, Clown Eggs, and natural
glo bugs are working well. Now is also the time for the late winter stone fly.
Stone flies have begun to emerge along the shore lines. Steelhead have started
to key on the little black stones. Pheasant tail nymphs in chocolate and black
have been working well. Estaz Stones are also producing a fair amount of fish.
Michigan Fly Fishing
Pere Marquette River fishing Report Sea
Lamphrey News about the Pere Marquette River
Floats and Spawn for Spring Steelhead
A selection of floats and spawn.
preferred method for Winter Steelhead is fishing floats and spawn. Fishing
floats and spawn is a fast-paced style of steelhead fishing. We fish quickly and
cover miles of river in a day, usually producing lots of hook-ups and many steelhead
We prefer to fish specialized G. Loomis 11' 3" float
rods. Loomis rods are available for your use on guided trips. These longer rods
allow the angler a longer drift and a stronger hook set. We also use Cabela Prodigy
spinning reels or center-pins reels spooled with 10 lb hi-vis monofiliment line.
These smooth reels allow for long casts and a smooth drag system to fight big
Patterns for Winter & Spring Steelhead.
Natural tones of egg flies, Oregon cheese, peach, cream, Hex nymphs, green
caddis, sparkle stone flies.
two fly rig, such as an egg (middle fly) and a nymph dropper fly seems to be working
well. Dark nymphs such stone flies, green butt skunk, large pheasant tails, or
hares ear nymphs. Tan or olive colored PM wigglers also work.
Small egg flies, little green caddis rock worms, midge larvae, pheasant tail
nymphs, Beatis nymphs, Clown Eggs - Hot for Steelhead!
Hot Clown Eggs :
1. Chartreuse, Cherise, Steelhead
2. Baby Pink, Cherise, White 3. Steelhead
Orange, Golden Nugget, White
Niagra Gold, White.
These egg flies work very well drifted as a fly
or drifted under a float
with spawn, they add color to your presentation!
Steelhead Flies: Nuke
eggs- (Egg-Golden) (Peach- Golden)
(Grapefruit) Glo-bugs: Peach, Golden, Early Girl Cream, Orange Dot.
Fishing: Best patterns have been Rainbow Clown, Steelhead - Orange
Glo-Bugs, Nuke eggs in Chartreuse/flame, Chart/Golden, Egg/Golden.
such as Egg Sucking, Laser, & Steelhead buggers also producing Steelies.
Trout have been keying on micro eggs and nukes, and Rhyacophila (Green) Caddis.
Salmon on Torch Lake - The
World record landlocked Atlantic Salmon was landed in November on Torch lake on
a streamer. Torch Lake has one of the largest runs of Atlantic Salmon in Michigan
and Great Lakes. We guide fly
fishing anglers for Atlantic Salmon on the
St. Mary's River during July and early August. We also guide Torch Lake and the
St. Mary's River in late October and November for for land locked Atlantic Salmon
on the fly.
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Brown Trout spawn during the late fall months. November
and December offers anglers a shot at trophy Lake-Run Brown Trout. West Michigan's
Spawning Browns on the Muskegon River.
December also offers the finest in Fall Steelhead fishing.
Both Fly Fishing and Float Fishing is excellent at this time!
Michigan's uncrowded West Side! The Muskegon River's
"Home of the
New World Record Brown Trout!! 41 Lb 7oz.
A selection a of Mojo Clown eggs. With it's many color schemes, the Clown egg
works in a variety of conditions for both resident Trout and Fall Steelhead.
Egg flies For Fall Steelhead
ask me...What are the best fly patterns for Fall Steelhead?
Eggs, Eggs, and eggs!
Steelhead crave Chinook Salmon roe (spawn) and it
is without a doubt their food of choice during the fall months.
several favorites: (1) The Nuke egg . Fav. color: Golden/ Egg halo
(2) Estaz Egg - Orange/ Peach halo
(3) Circus Clown egg.
Low water - Smaller- natural flies.
Higher water - Larger-brighter
Seasons of Michigan Steelhead
Muskegon River Fall Steelhead
The crown jewel of
Great Lakes Steelhead- Fall Chrome is the most sought after and Jump like no other!
We will be offering floats and spawn, backbouncing, and fly fishing
trips for Fall Steelhead on the lower Muskegon River. These fish are chrome and
we average well over a fish per hour!
During the Winter Months,
the Muskegon River
is loaded Winter Steelhead. Unlike the Grand, Manistee, and Pere Marquette Rivers,
the Muskegon is a tailwater fishery, this means the Muskegon River never freeze
allowing 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.
Muskegon Winter Steelhead
(December, January, February)
Michigan Spring Steelhead
(March, April, May)
In late February, Steelhead
move up river and begin their migration to their spawning areas. Steelhead feed
heavily on stone flies, caddis larvae, and Chinook fry. During March, April and
May, Steelhead begin to polish gravel and begin to spawn.
this time, Fly Fishing Steelhead is at it's absolute best!! Anglers can visually
seek steelhead and make casts to the spawning Spring Steelhead. Sight fishing
to Steelhead on gravel and watching them take the fly makes this an exhilarating
We are offering Summer
Run (Skamania) Steelhead on both the Big Manistee River and the St. Joseph River.
If you've never tried Skamania Steelhead, these fish are amazing and jump like
(July, August) Skamania Steelhead available
on the Big Manistee & St. Joseph Rivers in July and August!
Michigan's Big Manistee & St. Joseph
Fish Cam - St. Mary's River
on the St. Mary's River.
Fly Fishing Tackle for Muskegon River Fall & Spring Steelhead.
Comments: Due to huge client request I am posting
a list of Spring Steelhead Fishing equipment.
Rods: As per Steelhead fishing in November and December , I recommend
a 9'6" 8wt fly rod or a 10' 8wt fly rod, as for reels, I recommend
Orvis Barstock IV or a Ross big game #4. These reels have an excellent
drag and very fast line pick up. Spool them with a running line, ex, Poly Fuse,
25lb Amnesia or Neon Tangerine Suffix.
As for flies, I recommend a large
selection of small egg flies in natural colors such as golden, steelhead orange,
oregon cheese, peach, and cream. Tie them in size #8, and 10's tied on a Tiemco
105, Black stoneflies in 8's and 10's, small hex nymphs, and green caddis.
For weight on chuck-n-duck I use a free sliding snap
swivel clipped to pencil lead, a clear bead, and a barrel (crane) swivel with
one end to butt (12lb) and one end to tippet. For optimal drift, I recommend a
5 foot leader (8 or 10lb) from lead to end fly, with and egg fly in the middle
and a dark nymph on the end. Also note: For guide trips, you will need
waders and polarized sunglasses. All gear, tackle, flies (nominal cost) and a
grilled, shore lunch will be provided with all guided trips!
Fly Fishing Knots- Steelhead
egg flies in sizes #8 and #10's, natural colors such as Golden, steelhead orange,
peach, Oregon cheese, baby blue, soft yellow. Hex Nymphs, nuke eggs, dark center,
light halo Nymphs: Stone flies, hex nymphs, soft hackles, green caddis
rock worm. I always carry a large selection of egg flies at any given time
for Steelhead and resident trout.
We now also offer
guided floats & spawn fishing trips with either center-pin or spinning gear
for Winter Steelhead on the Muskegon River. Come join us.. These trips are available
during December and are a fun and exciting way to catch numbers of Muskegon River
- The Muskegon River, as always, is far behind, because of the warm water reservoirs.
The Muskegon should peak for Steelhead during later November. Over the past few
days, rain and cooler weather has dramatically improved the Steelhead fishing
on the Muskegon River. There seems to be good numbers of steelhead starting to
show near the Thornapple launch and high rollaways. Deeper holes and runs have
been producing the best fishing action. With forecasted rain, fishing should continue
to improve. The middle to last week of November and December should offer some
great Fall Steelhead fishing, I would also expect to see a handful of large, Lake-Run
Book a Spring Steelhead trip on the lower Muskegon River or Pere Marquette
We have multiple jet boats & other fishing guides with dates available
for early season Spring Steelhead !! Let us plan a Spring fly fishing adventure
Fly Fish Steelhead on the Muskegon River.
West Michigan offers trophy wild Fall Steelhead!
Great Lakes Fall Steelhead are some of the most sought after fish of
the year! The bone jarring hits and incredible power... these chrome fish are
We have guided trips available for fly fishing
for Steelhead. Guide trips with sink-tips or chuck & duck are available. We
also specialize in fishing with floats and spawn during the winter months. Not
only do these fish bite.. They about rip the rod out of your hand!
River Steelhead Information:
Maps and Directions to places we fish:
Current River Flow Rates
To conclude my summer in the AK - I finished the trip with a Halibut trip
out of Seward. I caught this neat looking Yellow Eye Rockfish.
I had a chance to do some bead fishing for Rainbows and Dollies ...
Had to take a pic of this gnarly Sockeye (Red) Salmon..
Great weather and great King Salmon fishing!
Alaska is a great place
to be! (8/5)
Lynne and Courtney with a 38lb buck from the Klutina River.
We spent the day dry fly fishing for Artic Grayling.
Jason and Mandy with a 52 lb King Salmon.
A plethora of bright Sockeye Salmon can be found within
of the Klutina Lodge.
Jason and Mark with an average Copper River King Salmon.
Most King Salmon
are between 30 - 50 lbs. We guide Alaska's Klutina
and Copper Rivers during
Late June, July, and early August.
note to clients that have or will be booking a trip with us - Please
call for overnight packages. We have an upscale establishment in downtown Newaygo
very close to the local sport shop that we refer our guests to. The price is reasonable.
The hosts inviting and hospitable, and their breakfasts are free with the room,
and are delicious. Early breakfast can be arranged with prior notice. We offer
pickup and drop off at this location. You will not be disappointed, this place
is first class and is located close to the Muskegon River and the down town area
B&B - La Belle de la Reviere
Michigan's Hottest Steelhead
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and Manistee Rivers.