Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report – (248) 210-0827

Welcome Spring Steelhead anglers – April is upon us, finding warmer weather and great Steelhead fishing.  Water is low and clear, making for good but stealthy Steelhead fishing. Muskegon River is now starting to get good numbers of Spring Steelhead moving throughout the river system.  Water levels have been consistant and clear, with good clarity. Look for Steelhead fishing to remain good during the rest of April, and early May. 
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Muskegon River Spring Steelhead Reports
Brett with a monster Spring buck below the Croton Dam.
Muskegon River Spring Reports _ Croton Dam
Krista with a gorgeous dime bright chromer hen..

A good selection of trout beads, small spawn sacks, and Salmon egg beads, all working well. Natural colors, as water has been very low and clear.  Flourocarbon leaders,  a bit light line, and a smaller presentation has been key.  Small jigs and wax worms are also very good during March.  Black jigs are exceptionally good, due to the large amounts of winter stone flies in the river system.  Black Stone flies are a key, and major food source for Michigan,  Spring Steelhead. 

Look for Steelhead fishing to continue to remain strong over the next month or so.  Big Fish, and lots of em!  March and April offer excellent Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. 

Michigan Fall Steelhead Float Fishing _ Muskegon River Steelhead
Michigan Fall Steelhead Fishing has been excellent!!
Michigan Steelhead Fishing Guides
Fly Fishing below Newaygo. Michgan Fall Steelhead

Good number of Michigan Fall Steelhead on the Muskegon River.  Not  a whole lot going on for Smallmouth Bass on the Muskegon River, however, Steelhead fishing has been excellent!! November is the best time for Fall Steelhead.   
   A good selection of trout beads, small spawn sacks, and Salmon beads, all working well. Natural colors, as water has been very low and clear.  Flourocarbon leaders,  a bit light line, and a smaller presentation has been key.  Look for Steelhead fishing to continue to remain strong over the next month or so.  Big Fish, and lots of em!

Northern Pike Michigan Fishing

Hot and Humid weather and the Muskegon River Smallmouth Bass have been on fire!! Top water Smallie action has been really good over the past several weeks.  Summer fishing is in full swing.  Right now we are guiding for Smallmouth Bass, Trout, Walleye, and Pike.  I would consider fishing excellent at this time. Smalllmouth Bass fishing is really good right now.  I also bought a bunch of new gear for Smallmouth fishing so all brand new stuff for the Smallmouth trips on the Muskegon and Manistee Rivers. Make a Fishing Reservation Today!!
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Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Trout Fishing Michigan _ Muskegon River
Muskegon River Trout fishing has also been very good. Evening Caddis Hatches on the Upper River Below the Croton Dam. Caddis and Soft Hackles fishing well for some nice Trout action...

We plan on guiding the Muskegon River through September 3rd.  After that, we will be on the Lower Pere Marquette River for Fall King Salmon. We start Salmon Salmon on September 3rd on the Pere Marquette River.  Manistee River Salmon Fishing below Tippy Dam will begin on September 23rd.  We’re really excited about the size of Salmon this year!! They’re huge!  Most Salmon this year have been 18 – 25 lbs this year! Make Salmon Reservations Now!! 

Michigan Salmon Fishing - Manistee River
Fresh King Salmon on the Lower Pere Marquette River. Jigging Trips available on Pere Marquette Lake. ThunderStick Casting Trips. Skein Bobbin Trips.
Michigan Salmon Guides _ Pere Marquette Salmon

Best Dates for Michigan Salmon Fishing are September 3rd through November 1st.  Late October is peak for Manistee King Salmon. Coho Salmon on the Big Manistee River Tend to go a little later, October and November.

What are the Best Baits for Steelhead Fishing?

What are the Best Baits for Steelhead Fishing?

Steelhead fishing is a popular sport for anglers. They are a type of trout that provides challenge and thrill anglers live for. Like trout, steelheads are also hard to catch. You have to use your best tactics to catch them. One of the things that you need to catch a steelhead is the lure.

When it comes to fishing, baits are everything. Choosing the right bait will help you catch your trophy for sure. You can also hire fishing guide service to help you catch the fish. They also provide steelhead fishing reports which can help you plan your trip. Fishing reports provide vital information like weather and fish availability. The information can help you plan your next fishing trip.

There are many options to choose from. Some baits are more effective than others. When you are dealing with a cunning fish species like steelhead, you need the best bait.

Here are some of the best baits to use for steelhead fishing:

  • Using Salmon Fish Eggs

Steelhead fish love hunting for roe, otherwise known as fish eggs. It’s their natural instinct to kills the eggs of other fish. This is an effective bait that will surely lure steelhead. It is one of the most popular baits and guides and anglers agree on it. Interesting thing about the steelhead is that they don’t eat roe. They destroy it as they don’t want the predators to find the eggs. The free-floating eggs will catch their attention faster than any other bait. Plus, you don’t really need the actual egg. You can cure the fish eggs easily to use them as baits.

  • Spin-N-Glo

After the roe, Spin-N-Glo are an effective bait for steelhead fishing. They are designed in such a way that they spin in the slightest of currents. This helps attract the attention of the fish as they can easily reach areas where it is hard to reach. The bait can easily float right into the feeding zones of steelhead. When fishing in areas that are narrow or tight quarters, this bait can help attract the attention of the fish, especially if they are hiding behind a log or boulder. They are usually bright in colors and offers a great visual attraction. You can also add single Salomon egg to it to make the steelhead pay attention.

  • Artificial Eggs

Finding real Salomon eggs isn’t always easy. But there is a better option – artificial eggs. It has actually gained a huge popularity and many anglers used this to catch the attention of the steelhead. They are naturally drawn to the eggs to bite and destroy them. These artificial eggs are soft and not hard, which is why steelhead don’t let go. They don’t usually feel anything.

The artificial eggs are very flexible and you can add scent to it to make it more realistic to the fish. Many anglers soak them in liquid krill as it does the job. They are very durable as well and the fish bite doesn’t destroy them. They will last for a long time and you can use them multiple times.

Finding steelhead is very important and steelhead fishing reports can help you know how the fish are behaving. This can also help you choose the right bait.

  • Steelhead Worms

These are artificial worms designed to lure steelhead. Pink color worms are considered as the most effective for obvious reasons. The bright color easily catches the attention of the fish and baits it to bite. You can also choose from various other colors like purple. These are large worm like structure that wiggle under water and are easy to spot. Steelhead will attack it either for feeding or destroying it. Steelheads are very territorial and don’t like intrusion. So, they will attack anything that comes close their feeding zone.

  • Trout Beads

Beads are a great option for using as bait. Put it an inch above your hook and float fish and see how it attracts the fish. They come in various colors and sizes. They are eye-catching and very effective in attracting the attention of the fish. Fish will attack it thinking either as food or intruder and the hook will then do the job. It is an effective method and easy too.

Beads are effective for both trout and steelhead fishing. Both fishes are similar with slight difference. The beads are bright and attractive and work efficiently.

  • Spoons

Using flashy spoons works too. The flashy design and colors can both entice and annoy steelheads. This will provoke them to bite. It is a very effective method of catching steelhead. You can easily get them online. You can use spoons with feathers and wax worms. This extra feature will only make the bait more effective. It is an easy bait and you will surely attract a steelhead.

The Bottom-line

 These are some of the baits you can use for catching a steelhead. They are not easy to catch but with the right bait and technique, you can easily catch them. Make sure to check steelhead fishing reports before planning your trip. Hiring a fishing guide will help you find and catch steelhead effectively. It is more convenient to hire a service, especially if you are a beginner.

Betts Guide Service provides fishing guides and steelhead fishing reports to help anglers plan their trip. We have been providing fishing service for years and we specialize in trout and steelhead. We provide an all-inclusive service to make the trip more enjoyable. We will provide the boat and fishing gears and help you catch the trophy fish. We have the best team for the job.

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