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Best Times to Fish the Muskegon River

Best Times to Fish Muskegon River - Croton Dam Steelhead - MI

Gorgeous Winter Steelhead. The Muskegon River gets chrome steelhead throughout the winter months, well into spring. The Muskegon River is a tailwater fishery and never freezes. Offering incredible steelhead fishing year around.

Best Times to Fly Fish the Muskegon River - Croton Dam Fishing - MI

Muskegon River offers the best in fly fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, and resident trout. “An awesome tailwater fishery!”

Best Times for Trout Muskegon River - Croton Dam Trout - MI

Huge numbers of healthy resident rainbow and brown trout. Large, expansive gravel riffles and deep pockets for trophy trout.

Best Times for Steelhead Muskegon River - Croton Dam Steelhead- MI

“Home of the chrome!” Muskegon River is hands down, the absolute best for steelhead fishing!

Muskegon River Trout Fishing - Croton Dam Trout - MI

May and June offers Trophy Brown Trout during the “Sucker spawn”. Also offers incredible dry fly hatches and great streamer fishing.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing - Croton Dam - MI

Mark with a beast! Center pin angling during the Spring Months on the Muskegon River.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing - Croton Dam - MI

Molly with a gorgeous hen. Muskegon River provides year around Steelhead fly fishing.

Best times to Fish the Muskegon River

One of the best times to fish the Muskegon River is during Late February, March, and April.  During this time,  Spring Steelhead feed heavily on King Salmon Fry, Gobies, Sculpin, Scuds, Green Caddis, and after waking up from Winter’s slumber, Steelhead absolutely love the late Winter Stonefly.

Trout beads drifted along the bottom perfectly represent Brown Trout or King Salmon eggs. Custom hand painted trout beads look identical to salmon eggs. Steelhead and Trout can not resist a perfect egg pattern during the winter or early spring.

Steelhead flies that represent Scuds, Sculpin, and Coho Salmon fry are also very effective near the Croton Dam. The Muskegon River never freezes so we fish all winter long, offering great fishing year around.
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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing - Croton Dam - Newaygo, MI

Good numbers of fall steelhead on the Muskegon River. Trout beads, Wax Worms, Small Spawn Sacks. All catching fish.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing - Croton Dam - Newaygo, MI

18 lb Steelhead landed near Newaygo.

Recent rain has brought a good number of Fall Steelhead into the upper stretches of the Muskegon River. Thornapple to Pine St. has been fishing well. Trout beads, jigs tipped with wax worms, and small spawn sacks are all working well for Steelhead and resident Trout.

Look for Steelhead fishing to remain strong for the next month. Water levels are perfect (2500 cfs) and wading is decent at this time. Water clarity in gin clear! 8′ – 10′ visibility.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing - Croton Dam - Newaygo, MI

Carl With a nice chromer. Fly Fishing the Muskegon River.

Fall Steelhead Fishing - Muskegon River, Newaygo, MI

Fall offers incredible colors. Steelhead are no exception. Fall Steelhead Fishing on the Muskegon River.

Muskegon River Fishing Report

Good numbers of King Salmon are now present in the Muskegon River. The best areas have been above Newaygo to Thornapple access, up to Pine St and the Croton Dam. Good numbers of Salmon and Trout near the Croton dam.

Drifting skein, or casting Thunder stick crank baits has been producing vicious strikes and big salmon in the net! Fire tiger and brighter colors have been producing some nice Kings!

Trout fishing on the Muskegon River has also been excellent. Bead fishing for trout behind spawning salmon has been excellent. Mango egg bead colors for trout have been fishing best. Natural Salmon egg bead colors are doing well for steelhead and trout. Rainbow and Brown Trout have been very active on the Muskegon River.
Muskegon River Fishing Report

Muskegon River Spring Steelhead Fishing - Croton Dam - MI

Starting to see a good number of steelhead entering the river. Upper sections of the Muskegon River are fishing well.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing - Croton Dam - Newaygo, MI

Muskegon River Steelhead – Starting to see a lot of bright mint silver steelhead. Best Steelhead guides in Michigan.

Starting to see good numbers of fresh run fall steelhead coming in from Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. Michigan Fishing Reports for Croton Dam. Betts Guide Service offering the best steelhead fishing guides in Michigan. Located on Michigan’s Muskegon River, just north of Grand Rapids.