Spring Steelhead on the horizon!


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)


This is why we fish in 14 degree sub artic temperatures! “We came to fish!”

Big, Fat, Giant, Butter Ball Brown Trout on the Muskegon River… All Winter long!

Spencer with a beast! His first Muskegon River Steelhead that he landed – What a beast! (2/20)

Look at this gorgeous bright hen. Stealthy approach and light tippets paid off big time! (2/20)

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)

Dave with a nice hen. Finding pockets of fish has been the key. floats and spawn. (2/17)

Two beautiful ladies! Just look at that chrome with a big smile! You just gotta love winter steelhead and big fish! (2/17)

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!

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)

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)

Brett breaking the ice with this gorgeous hen. Float fishing on the Muskegon River has been outstanding!

Botta Boom – Botta Bing! Double header on the boondoggle. These guys made quick work of some chromers! (2/14)

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)

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!

Sometimes 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!

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!”

Phenomenal Spring Steelhead ~ Muskegon River


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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Mike with another nice hen taken on a Mojo sac fry. Fly fishing seems to be working well over the past several day.


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)

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)

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.

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)

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)

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)

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)


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)

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)

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)

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


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


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)

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)

Ron certainly had the hot hard for these fish! Starting to see way more bright Spring steelhead throughout the river. (3/16)

Rick with a colorful male. We experienced some phenomenal fishing over the weekend. Spring is finally here! (3/15)


Jerry with a chrome hen. Lots of new fish entering the river every day. Spring steelhead fishing is going to be fantastic! (3/15)


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!

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Starting to see a lot of insect activity. We landed this nice brown trout on a gray drake spinner (dry fly) Hatches have been good. (6/1)

Mike landed this beauty fishing behind spawning suckers. Great Lakes Suckers are just beginning to spawn. (6/1)

Our main focus now is trout fishing at this time. The river is at a nice level and clear with water temps in the 50s. Large numbers of salmon, steelhead, and sucker fry are present against the shoreline. Sulphurs, gray drake, and caddis are the prime hatches right now. Suckers are also starting to load up which should make for outstanding trout fishing. Muskegon River Trout feed heavily on the eggs of the spawning Red Horse Suckers. The native fish provide a staple food source for our resident brown and rainbow trout.

Trout on the Muskegon River have been feeding heavily on the numerous insect hatches going on right now. The most prolific are the cinnamon sedge caddis and the Gray Drake. These hatches take place in the afternoon and evenings. The Gray Drake spinner fall takes place right at dusk. These hatches offer some of the best trout fishing in Michigan.

Over the past several days, Muskegon River Trout fishing has been going well. We’ve been finding larger, hold over trout daily. At least one 20″ plus trout on just about each guided trip. Seems to be good numbers feeding on the sucker spawn. This trend should continue for the next 10 days or so. Trout on the Muskegon River have been feeding heavily on the numerous insect hatches going on right now. The most prolific are the cinnamon sedge caddis and the Gray Drake spinner fall. These hatches take place in the afternoon and evenings.

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Ashley displays a gorgeous Muskegon River Brown Trout from the spawn suckers. Sucker spawn is a high protein diet for huge trout.

Toby with a beast of a Brown Trout. This time of years offers the best in Michigan trophy trout.

Nothing in Michigan gets our guides more fired up than the Muskegon River Sucker Spawn Hatch. It’s the true Holy Grail for trophy Brown Trout on the Muskegon River. It’s going on right now! Over 100,000 Red Horse Suckers ascend the Muskegon River searching for the perfect gravel shoals in which to drop loads of liquid yellow gold (sucker Spawn). Trophy Trout follow the suckers into the upper stretches of the Muskegon River near Thornapple, Pine St. and finally the Croton Dam. Its a smorgasbord for the trout, an all you can eat, buffet. Big trout gorge and we are here to chase them!

With fly rods in hand, we hunt these big trout. The largest trout that the Muskegon River has to offer. Sight fishing to fat Rainbow Trout and portly Brown Trout. You can actually see the big trout behind the sucker redds chowing down on sucker eggs, nymphs, and steelhead fry that are just emerging from the gravel. It’s a riot chasing these big trout – We want you to come along and join us!! We offer both full and half day opportunities!

We offer both full days, $350 – 8 hrs. And Half days, $250 – 4 hrs
Both Spinning Tackle or Fly Fishing Gear.

Here are some examples of what Michigan’s Muskegon River Trout feed on the most. Pictured left is two main food sources for May during the Sucker Spawn hatch on the Muskegon and Big Manistee Rivers. (We guide both rivers)

1) Yellow Red Horse Sucker Eggs.
2) Freshly emerged Steelhead Fry from the Muskegon River. Steelhead fry hatch or emerge from the gravel about 15 days after the steelhead eggs have been fertilized and laid. Making the perfect for source for Michigan trophy trout.