Manistee River Fishing Reports


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Guided Pan Fishing has been excellent. Limits of good sized Pan Fishing - Blue Gill and Crappie.
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Manistee River Trout Fishing - Numbers of quality resident Rainbow & Brown Trout below Tippy Dam. We offer both light tackle and fly fishing for trout in Michigan.

Manistee River Fishing Reports – Updated Fishing Reports for the Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam. 
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Lots of bright Spring Steelhead below Tippy Dam.

Manistee River Fishing Report – Updated Fishing Reports for the Big Manistee River for Steelhead, Salmon, Trout, and Smallmouth Bass below Tippy Dam.

Spring Steelhead Fishing on the Big Manistee River has been going well.  Lots of new Steelhead on gravel. Tippy to High Bridge has the most fish with bright silver fish showing up daily. Fly Fishing for Manistee River Spring Steelhead has been excellent!  (231) 519-7348

Our best techniques have been float fishing with trout beads, drifting  floats behind and around spawning gravel. This has definitely been the most productive.  Fly Fishing has also been excellent for Manistee River Spring Steelhead. Stone flies and tiny egg patterns have been fishing well.

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Starting to see good numbers of Spring Steelhead below Tippy Dam. Water conditions are starting to improve and beginning to warm. Many Steelhead have pushed into the upper sections with some steelhead getting over the coffer at Tippy.  Bobber fishing above the coffer has been excellent!

Jigs tipped with wax worms have been fishing very well.  Trout beads, spawn sacks are also fishing well.  Bright colors like orange and  chartreuse are doing great. Water is stained right now so brighter colors are fishing the best.

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During the Fall months, the Muskegon River receives a large amount of Steelhead. Steelhead can be fished throughout the Winter and into Spring Months.

 

Steelhead Fishing is really starting to get good below Tippy Dam. Fresh Steelhead have ascended the river, feeding on the Chinook (King) Salmon eggs in the upper River. Spawning Salmon provide a good food scource for resident Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Steelhead. Good numbers of both Fall run steelhead, and Skamania Summer Run Steelhead.

There has been a large push of Coho and King Salmon above the coffer below Tippy Dam. Drift fishing with trout beads has been working well for us. Float fishing with small spawn sacks has also been good. We’re doing well on the Coho Salmon casting small Cleo spoons. Blue / silver has been the best.

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Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing is in full swing. Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam is fishing well.  Muskegon River below the Croton Dam seems to be fishing the best with good concentrations of Spring Steelhead on spawning gravel. Steelhead fishing should continue well into mid to late may. (231) 519-7348

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Will displays a very nice Muskegon River Brown Trout. Michigan Fishing Reports saying Steelhead Fishing is excellent on the Muskegon and Manistee Rivers.

Michigan Fishing Reports Steelhead Fishing remains very good on the Muskegon and Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam. Both Steelhead and Trout catches are doing very well.  We have guide dates available. (231) 519-7348

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Tasha with an absolutely gorgeous Winter… I mean April Steelhead! Warmer weather ahead! Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports

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Scott with a chromer. Starting to see the main push of Spring Steelhead in the upper sections of the Muskegon River. Prime Time is here! Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports for Great Lakes Steelhead.

You definitely wouldn’t know it with the weather lately but, right now we are finally heading into the peak of the Michigan Spring Steelhead season on the Muskegon River. Both the Big Manistee River below Tippy, and the Muskegon River below Croton dam are fishing rock star now for steelhead. Good numbers of both winter and spring steelhead are spawning. Water temperatures have finally hit the magic 40 degree mark. We’re starting to see a lot of fish on gravel.

Best techniques right now are bobbers and beads, micro jigs tipped with wax worms (Water is low and gin clear so small is the key) Small spawn sacks in natural colors ( White, orange, peach netting) And of coarse, chuck and duck fly fishing. Sight fishing has been very good with the lower, clear water. Fish have been spooky so light tippet, and smaller, dark flies have been working best.  Michigan Fly Fishing Guides 

Look for a lot more spring steelhead to show up during our next significant rain fall. There’s a good number of steelhead still in the lower section that are ready to push into the upper river. Coming soon!

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Eric with a colorful buck. Fishing is on fire right now! Next week should be peak week!

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Bright Chrome hens! Lots of Steelhead starting to hit gravel and spawn! Spring Steelhead are here.

Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports for the Muskegon River. Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River is now in full swing!! Good numbers of steelhead in the upper river with a fair number beginning to spawn. Water levels and temperatures are perfect for the bite, and I think the DNR is finished shocking walleye for this week.

River conditions look favorable over the next week or so. Fishing is phenomenal right now and it should stay that way for awhile.

Best Steelhead fishing techniques for Spring Steelhead: Float fishing (bobber) with trout beads or jigs tipped with wax worms. Fly fishing to fish on gravel is going strong. Dull colored flies, stone flies, hexes, and green caddis are all putting fish in the net. Casting small crank baits has also been working well.

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Emily with a gorgeous hen. Fishing is outstanding right now!

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Matt and Emily has some really good fishing. Afternoon’s are also fishing well.

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Spring Steelhead fishing is in full swing on the Muskegon River. Water levels have bumped up, making for excellent fishing. Grace with a gorgeous spring Steelhead from today. New fish moving in from Lake Michigan.

Longer daylight is really improving the Spring Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. Longer days trigger the steelhead to migrate up river into the spawning sections near the Croton Dam. Water levels are perfect. We expect a large, early run of steelhead in later February, early March. Good water conditions help fish migrate and move freely through the Muskegon River system.
Best bites have been on small spawn sacks, trout beads in natural colors, and feather jigs tipped with wax worms. Fly Fishing has also been good, as steelhead key heavily on small black stone flies during early Spring. Text to Book >>> (231) 519-7348

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Eugene with a gorgeous Spring Steelhead from the Muskegon River. Steelhead fishing has been very good and continues to improve. Longer daylight brings new fish.

Spring Steelhead Fishing – Steve with a beast! New Bright Steelhead entering the river in good numbers. (1/24)

Kyle with his first Steelhead in Michigan. Warmer weather has improved fishing conditions. Spring is just around the corner.

Spring thaw is bringing more Steelhead into the upper river. Croton Dam Steelhead Fishing has been good. (1/24)

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There’s no question that the Muskegon river offers the best Steelhead fishing in the Great Lakes region. We have prime Spring Steelhead dates available for Steelhead during March, April, and May for the Muskegon and Big Manistee Rivers. Guided trips are all inclusive. (All gear, tackle, bait and flies provided) Fish cleaning is also included at no charge. We look forward to fishing with you this Spring season!!
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Michigan Winter Steelhead – The Muskegon River offers the best steelhead fishing in Michigan. Because the Muskegon River is a mid draw dam, the Muskegon River never freezes, allowing anglers an opportunity for good steelhead fishing throughout the winter months. Trout fishing is also excellent. Trophy Brown Trout spawn during December, offering shots and some very big trout. (231) 519-7348

It looks like we’re finally going to get a reprieve from these brutal cold temperatures. It’s finally tolerable to get out and fish! This weather feels a lot warmer, almost mild temperatures. The good news is, that nobody has been on the water bothering the fish! Steelhead and Trout should be unmolested and biting well.
The Muskegon River is a tail water fishery which means, Consumers Energy takes water from the river about ten feet below the ice on Croton Pond. The water for the river is several degrees warmer. This means that the Muskegon River never freezes below the Croton Dam. Warmer water temperatures allow us to fish – guide through out the winter months. Unlike the Pere Marquette, White, Rogue, and Grand Rivers, the Muskegon River Never freezes. Offering very good Trout and Steelhead fishing all winter long.
Steelhead and Trout fishing has been consistently good throughout the winter. Good numbers of Steelhead in the upper stretches of the main stream.
Best techniques during the winter months are presentations that slow the bait down a bit. Back bouncing spawn sacks, back trolling plugs, drifting trout beads under a float, or chuck and duck fly fishing are all productive methods that we use when the water is cold. Steelhead metabolism is slow this time of year, techniques that keep the bait in their face, are the best producers.

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Don landed this gorgeous West Michigan Muskegon River Brown Trout. Winter time can offer some outstanding Trout fishing. Trophy Browns spawn during December.

Casey with a gorgeous bullet hen. Recent rains helped shuffle the deck – Bring Chrome fish.

Top 5 Tips for Winter Steelhead.

Staying warm and comfortable is by far the most important thing while fishing during the winter and early spring. Basic components such as keeping the head and feet warm is key. Don’t skimp on a good hat. Insulated is the key. A hat that is insulated with a bill goes well with polarized sunglasses. You get twice the glare in the winter. (Sun & Snow) Another major wicking socks go on your feet first, then your heavy wool socks. These socks wick moisture away from your skin. If you haven’t tried them, they’re seriously a game changer. Part of staying warm is good boots. Muck Boot Artic, Sorrel Blizzard, and Mickey Mouse boots are some good ones, notice I did not say waders. Wicking socks (Polycapilene Socks) resemble woman nylons, usually black and thin, wicking socks go on your feet first, then your heavy wool socks. These socks wick moisture away from your skin. If you haven’t tried them, they’re seriously a game changer.
Gloves are another major deal with fishing steelhead in the winter. There are a million brands and styles out there. I’ve tried all of them and settled on old school military style fingerless rag wool gloves. These stay warm even when wet, and lead into another key. Hot Hands shakable hand warmers. There things are phenomenal!!
Rag wool gloves keep the hand warmers exposed to oxygen. I put hand warmers on the back side of my gloves (Not the palm side) This allows the hand warmers to warm the blood flow going into your finger tips, and stay out of your way while casting. Use the Hot Hands brand, the Grabber brand just plan suck, barely warm up and are dead in a few hours. Hot hands get very warm and last 10 plus hours.
For hardcore Winter – Spring Steelhead fishing I love to wear a water proof shell. Snow boarding pants or snow pants work exceptionally well for fishing. They repel some water and trap a lot of air to keep you warm. I wear heavy duty fleece pants under snow pants. I layer the hell out of my upper body. I want to stay warm but also need range of motion for fishing. I start with long sleeve under amour against my skin, then a synthetic thin hoodie, (Patagonia or Outdoor Research) with a regular cotton hoodie over everything. Last but not least, a down vest. Down keeps my core warm and I can cast and row well.
Guiding and being on the river every day, I get to watch clients not dress properly and freeze while they’re fishing. Most anglers or clients, don’t really understand that while steelhead fishing, you’re not super active, and the river always seems about 10 degree colder than the main land. Also the air above the river is very damp, making things feel colder . Before each guide trip, I text my clients a list of warm clothes to wear on their fishing adventure. People hook and land a lot more trout and steelhead when they’re warm.

Here ‘s a quick list of the best clothing for Winter – Spring Steelhead.
Warm Winter boots, Snow pants, Polycapilene socks. wool socks. Hot Hands hand warmers. Under armor shirt, quality synthetic hoodie, XL Regular hoodie, down west. Rag Wool fingerless gloves.
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I haven’t had too much time to update the report with the artic weather last week. I’ve been getting a lot of texts as to, How are the boat launches? I took a drive this morning, here’s what I found. Croton Dam Launch (Just below the dam) Croton Launch is plowed shut so it’s not usable. Pine St Launch is plowed completely for parking. The boat launch itself is clear but very icy. Salt, sand, or ash is a must for Pine St. but overall it looks good. Thornapple Launch is in excellent condition. Plowed with a bare spot to launch. Maybe a bit of salt. Henning Park launch is excellent. Plowed and sanded. Didn’t get a chance to hit Bridgeton but usually that is usable but shelf and pancake ice down there.

Chad Schaub and Zack are doing guided ice fishing trips for those who are interested. Ice conditions are excellent!! Clear blue ice. 4″ – 6″ in most areas. Ice fishing guides are doing very well on Blue gills, Specks, and Pike. Not much going so far for Walleye and Perch yet. Jake and I are still doing Steelhead and Trout Trips on the river. Text to Book >>> (231) 519-7348

Good numbers of fall – winter steelhead throughout the system on the Muskegon River. New fish coming in from Lake Michigan.

After a few days of some wild weather, steelhead fishing has returned to normal. There has been several decent pushes of steelhead moving in from Lake Michigan. The lower sections of river have been fishing well as steelhead move into the winter lies. Water temperatures are beginning to cool, so slower techniques have been fishing the best. Drifting spawn sacks along the bottom has been working well, along with back bouncing, drifting beads, and jigs tipped with wax worms.
There’s been a good mix of chrome and winter hold over steelhead in most of the sections. Lake Run Brown Trout are starting to become a big deal. Brown’s spawn during December so this is an excellent time to look for a trophy Brown Trout. Pine St to Henning park holds the best gravel (slower, deeper, and a bit more fine than steelhead prefer) for these beautiful fish. Streamer fishing has been best for big Brown Trout.

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Trophy Lake Run Brown Trout Spawn during December. Both the Big Manistee River (Above Pic) and the Muskegon River, get a decent migration of big Brown Trout through out December and early January.

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We are starting to see good numbers of Spring Steelhead throughout the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee, and Grand Rivers. Longer daylight, warmer weather, and perfect water levels, have all made for excellent steelhead fishing conditions. Spring Steelhead fishing should remain excellent for the next several weeks.

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Both Fly Fishing and spinning gear have been very productive for Spring Steelhead. Fly Fishing with Stone flies, egg patterns, and green caddis have all be very productive. Float fishing with spinning tackle has also been excellent. Trout Beads and small, natural spawn sacks have all been working well, catching a good mix of steelhead, rainbow trout, brown trout, and an occasional walleye.  Visit our Rates tab to Book an adventure now!  

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Chrome is here! Starting to see good numbers of Steelhead behind the spawning salmon.

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Steelhead fishing is starting to kick into high gear! The Big Manistee and the Muskegon River are now both starting to get fishable numbers of Michigan Steelhead. King salmon are heavily spawning and salmon eggs make for easy meals for Fall Steelhead. Look for Steelhead to be most active behind the table top spawning flats with Kings on gravel. Both Trout and Steelhead actively feed on eggs and nymphs being spawning Chinook Salmon.

Most effective patterns for Steelhead have been Trout beads that resemble King Salmon eggs. Natural colored beads seem to be working the best lately with the clear water conditions. Spawn sacks, crank baits, and swung flies all work well for Steelhead during the fall months, Look for lots of chrome Steelhead entering the river during the next significate rain. The last week of October is always the best steelhead fishing of the year for the Muskegon River. Leaf season is also over so steelhead fishing is much easier now, most of the leaves have passed through.

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Fat and Sassy! Larger Steelhead this season. Big Kings and Big Steelhead. Looking forward to more silver fish.  Michigan Fishing Reports

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Bead fishing for Michigan Fall Steelhead has been excellent! More Steelhead entering the river daily. Michigan Fishing Reports

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Michigan Salmon Fishing Reports ~ Salmon Trips


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We are now heading into peak week for salmon on the Big Manistee River. Lots and lots of salmon everywhere on the Big Manistee River. Good numbers of larger, King Salmon this season with a decent amount of Coho as well. . Much larger average size this year. We are also starting to land a few steelhead each day. Also hitting a few Lake Trout below the coffer at Tippy Dam.

Salmon fishing is going strong on the Big Manistee and Muskegon Rivers in Michigan. Good catches of Salmon, Trout, and Steelhead. (10/11)

Good numbers of King Salmon on the Big Manistee River. Michigan King Salmon Guides.

Go big or go home!! John landed this beast – His first Michigan, Pere Marquette River Salmon!! (10/10)

Floats ans Skein on the Big Manistee River. Salmon fishing up North has been excellent!

Nothing beats working for it! In a sea full of salmon, nothing is better than finding the dime piece!! New Steelhead starting to show up! (10/15)

Tippy Dam salmon are rockin in full tilt!! Good numbers of both King and Coho Salmon. Lots of fish with lots more coming. (10/11)

We are starting to see big numbers of both King Salmon, and Coho Salmon on the Big Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers. Michigan Salmon Fishing is in full swing now!

King and Coho Salmon are excellent table fare. We allow our clients to keep a limit of salmon per day. (5) Salmon per angler on the Manistee River.

October 11th – Michigan Salmon Fishing Report – Big Manistee River & Muskegon River

Big Manistee River: Tippy Dam is now starting to have good numbers of both King and Coho Salmon. Big numbers of Coho above the coffer at Tippy. A few of the salmon are beginning to hit gravel and spawn. Things are running behind schedule with the heat last week. Look for peak salmon season in mid to late October this year. Fishing is now just starting to get good!

Some of the creek mouths have good numbers of Coho salmon. Manistee River has been hit or miss with big pushes of fish moving through at times. Water levels are great right now for good salmon movement. Crank bait fishing (Thunder sticks) has been consistently good during the mornings. Skein fishing behind log jams has been good during the day. Red and pink producing the most fish. Some Steelhead also beginning to come in near Insta Launch.

Pere Marquette River Salmon: Most of the numbers of King Salmon have moved into the Upper Pere Marquette River- “Flies Only” Section. Incredible numbers of fish in the holes, with spawning salmon on gravel. Taylor Road, Upper to Walhalla, Barothy’s, and Rainbow Rapids to Sulac is loaded with salmon. Upper and Lower flies only water is also fishing very well. Stone flies, eggs patterns, leeches, and fry patterns are all producing fish. White / Chartreuse streamers in the morning.

Muskegon River Salmon Fishing Report:(10/11) Cooler water temperatures and rain has helped bring in more salmon to the Muskegon River. Pods of fish are finally starting to move. A big push finally moved through Muskegon River and entered the river. There was a slight concentration above Thornapple in the “Pipe hole”, and a small pocket below the clay banks near Boat house. End of story, not much going on. Water temperature is still in the low 70’s. Too warm for salmon. Maybe a week or so and cold nights may bring up a few more Muskegon River salmon. I wouldn’t expect fishable numbers of salmon until mid October.

Here are our open Michigan Salmon Fishing Dates for the Manistee River (Below Tippy Dam) or the Muskegon River (Near Newaygo). Guided Salmon Trips are all Inclusive, Includes all the gear, tackle, rods, reels that you may need. Heck, We’ll even clean your salmon for you!

It’s should be an outstanding season with some really large fish this year. We are also expecting massive Coho Salmon migration later October, on the Big Manistee River – Fall Salmon Season.
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Jigging. Casting. Float Fishing. We are gettin’ em!! Michigan Salmon Guides (9/7)

Good Numbers of Michigan King Salmon in the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and the Big Manistee River. Michigan Salmon Fishing. (9/7)

Salmon trips have been going well. Good numbers of salmon so far and they are huge this year!! If you get one, it will be big!! Scattered shots of salmon pushing in from the Lake. Both Pere Marquette Lake and Manistee Lake are starting to fill in. We are doing both jigging trips, and floats and skein for King Salmon in Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s water temperature in Ludington last night was 47.6 degrees. Definitely a lake flip to bring in fresh salmon into the Pere Marquette River. This is our second big Push of Kings to happen before Labor Day.

Trickle charge of salmon entering Pere Marquette Lake and River. Manistee Lake is also starting to load up. Michigan Salmon are large this year, I’ve heard of several 30 lb King Salmon landed off Manistee. It’s about to bust lose! Here are our available Michigan salmon fishing dates listed below.

ALL INCLUSIVE GUIDED SALMON FISHING>> $395 full day. (8 hrs) $295 half day. (4.5hrs)

Thomas with a gorgeous salmon from the Pere Marquette River mouth in Ludington.

Starting to see good numbers of salmon in Pere Marquette Lake. Some salmon are entering the river. Early Season King Salmon. (8/4)

Salmon are lots of fun! Good numbers starting to enter the rivers. Michigan Salmon Fishing.

Last Chance for Muskegon River Smallmouth Bass in August! Smallmouth fishing has been excellent. Great trip before going back to school.

This year class of Salmon are in very good condition. Fat and healthy. Great table fare for sure! (8/5)

Michigan King Salmon on the brain! (8/5)

Michigan Salmon Fishing Dates available for the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and Big Manistee Rivers. ($395 / 2 anglers) All inclusive guided Michigan Salmon Fishing River Trips.

Michigan Salmon Fishing Guides – We’re very excited about the up coming 2018 Fall Salmon Season on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee Rivers. We have a limited, 5 guide boats available for salmon fishing.

Guided Salmon Trips are $395. Half days are $295. Per two anglers.

** A third angler may be added to any trip for an additional $100. (Two angler fish at a time)

It’s should be an outstanding season with some really large fish this year. We are also expecting a massive Coho Salmon migration on the Big Manistee River – Fall Salmon Season. Michigan Salmon Fishing Reports.

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Bobbers & Skein on the Lower Pere Marquette River. Rockin those big Kings!

Skein Ballin’ the Lower Pere Marquette River.
One of our most popular guided fishing trips is fishing King Salmon on the Lower Pere Marquette River. Drifting Skein (Fresh Salmon Eggs) From Indian Bridge to Scottville is a very productive method of salmon fishing. Bait Casters, Center pinning, or spin fishing works very well. King Salmon actually BITE salmon eggs under a float!! (Yes, I said bite salmon eggs) Salmon bite skein like a blue gill, followed by a hook set that sounds like a Muzzy broad head through a rib cage. No holds barred – Hand to hand combat with Michigan’s King Salmon. The Woodland Chinook of the Pere Marquette River.

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The pictures above tell exactly how I love to spend my early March days with clients. Limits of bright silver chrome, spring steelhead, fish in the net! Winter is over and spring has sprung! The Muskegon river is now full of these beauties! Steelhead fishing has been right on track so far this week with new fish entering the river daily. The past three days have offered some very good steelhead fishing. Water temperatures are about normal. The warm spell last week brought in a lot of steelhead into the upper sections of the river. Water conditions are just about perfect with water levels, clarity, and temperatures. It will be very nice this season, not having snow melt flood conditions this year. It’s gravy time from this point forth.

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We’re a guide service devoted to catching Steelhead, however, it’s nice to show off some big brown trout from time to time. Stone flies are going!

Lindsey with a butter ball brown trout. Catching some nice browns with the steelhead. The last few days have been great!

You guessed it. Steelhead fishing is still really good and continues to improve. Water levels are perfect. Clarity is improving day by day. Water clarity today was 3′ – 5′ visibility. We were fly fishing today and landed 7 fish on stone flies, and trout beads. Brighter colored beads fished well, along with the egg sucking stone fly.
Muskegon Stream Flow: 5720 cfs Water temperature: 36 degrees Clarity: 3′ – 5′ Wading: No

Starting to see bright silver spring steelhead on the Muskegon River, Michigan.

Chrome Spring Steelhead throughout the system with more entering the river each day. Significantly warmer weather ahead should get fish moving big time!

I’ve been posting fishing reports for over 15 years, and I’ve been trying all day to think of the best way to explain this so everyone is on the same page. Most clients read a fishing report and then will book a date three weeks after the post was originally made, and then wonder why they had a three fish day on a guided trip, instead of the double digit days they had seen me post about weeks prior…The best way to explain this particular fishing report, THERE IS A SHIT TON OF STEELHEAD IN THE RIVER… NOW!! As in, you should’ve booked two weeks ago and should be fishing NOW. The Muskegon, White, and the Grand Rivers are all loaded with chrome steelhead with hardly anyone fishing them. News Flash folks…The main Spring Steelhead run has been here for four days now. I’m not sure why people are waiting to fish, but this is me telling you to book your trip now, not two weeks from now, but NOW! They’re here, with a lot more coming..

Not Joking… Helen Keller could catch a limit of Steelhead right now… (231) 519-7348

Everything is way ahead of schedule now due to the warmer weather. Water temperature on the Muskegon River is 37 degrees! (Should be 33 on a normal year) The Ice is now completely gone from Croton and Hardy Reservoir, which normally keeps the water temperatures low late into April.

The Spring Steelhead migration this year will likely be much shorter than normal. I believe steelhead will finish spawning by early to mid April. March will be the month to fish. Warmer weather ahead, conditions look spectacular for steelhead fishing this week. Highs in the 60’s for February. No doubt that steelhead will be on the move, and hopefully start spawning with the warmer water temperatures!

Spring Steelhead should be in full swing after this week!

You may Book Spring Steelhead Dates through the (Rates Tab) or through email. ( chadbetts@Hotmail.com ) Emails will be answered within 24 hrs or less, You may also call or text me regarding questions on winter / spring steelhead trips. We will continue to guide throughout the winter. My cell for immediate questions,
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Winter Steelhead Fishing has been Excellent!

Oliver with a gorgeous winter steelhead. Fishing has been excellent with lots of steelhead being landed daily. Guide trips are going well. Lots of fish this winter. (1/16)

Warming trend coming up this week for steelhead fishing. Water levels on the Muskegon River are perfect right now, dropping at (2530 cfs) Wading is possible right now – Be careful – Use pull tab floatation vests. Boating is good. Spawn and trout beads have been fishing well. Stone flies and fry patterns for fly fishing. Water temp is 34 degrees. So fish slowly, and cover the water efficiently. (231) 519-7348

Jackie with one of many steelhead from yesterday. Steelhead are larger, more stout this winter. Good numbers of steelhead & trout. (1/1)

Winter Steelhead fishing has been excellent over the past week or so. Good numbers of darker steelhead in the upper sections near Thornapple or Pine St.
Lower river – Newaygo Down stream – has less numbers but brighter fish. Steelhead still continue to move through the system, with new fish coming in from the lake. Typically, the Muskegon River gets fresh steelhead throughout the winter months.

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Winter Steelhead fishing is absolutely one of the best times of year to fish! Good numbers of Steelhead with a handful of anglers on the water.

Big smiles & big fish! It’s no wonder why so many anglers choose the Muskegon river as their top fishing destination during the winter!

One of the greatest things about the Muskegon River Winter Steelhead fishery is, no matter how cold it is, the Muskegon River never freezes! Being a tailwater river below two giant reservoirs, the Muskegon is a top draw dam, taking water from just below the ice, keeping water tempratures always just above freezing. This makes the Muskegon River one of the best Winter Steelhead rivers in the nation, offering excellent steelhead and trout fishing fishing throughout the entire winter. Fishing is incredible all winter long, this year is no exception!

Myles with a gorgeous chrome hen steelhead. This kid was on fire today! Float Fishing Beat Down on Steelhead!! (12/1)

Jessica & Adyson with a prime example of why we steelhead fish during the winter!! (Jessica landed this buck!) Great day with great new friends! (12/5)

Bead-O-Lishious! Great Fall Steelhead on the Muskegon River. New Fish coming in with the bump in water levels! (12/1)

Toby and Myles put a hardcore beat down on some Steelhead today! Big numbers moving in from the lake with much warmer than normal, water tempratures (46.4 degrees). Chrome steelhead coming in from Lake Michigan. A very nice bump in the water levels, 2270 cfs, making for some killer steelhead fishing for December! Look for excellent Steelhead fishing for the next few weeks! Game on for Fall Steelhead!!

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Big rains on Monday brought water levels up, bringing fresh chrome steelhead, and much better fishing conditions. December should be excellent!!

Higher Water Level Bump has made for some phenominal Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon and Pere Marquette Rivers.

Recent rains have brought the local rivers, Muskegon, White, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee River levels up from previously low levels. This should help the fall steelhead and trout fishing tremendously for the month of December. December is always an exceptionally good month for steelhead fishing, this year prove to be great again this year! Water tempratues are still in the high 40’s so steelhead are agressive and taking spawn well.

Kris & Kris with a gorgeous Pere Marquette River Steelhead. PM and Manistee River are fishing well right now. Good numbers of fish in both rivers. Cooler temperatures have turned on the Steelhead Fishing in West Michigan.

A good day of Fall Steelhead Fishing on the Muskegon River. Alex, Petru, and Irina with some nice hatchery steelhead for the table.

Michigan Steelhead Fishing Tours on the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee Rivers. Steelhead fishing has been very good over the past few days. Cold nights definitely have steelhead on the move to the upper Muskegon River below Croton Dam. Chinook Salmon are about finished for this year making for some hungry resident trout. Other food sources, caddis larvae, scuds, sculpin, and golbies have been high on the menu. Croton Dam to the Pine Street access has been fishing well with lots of steelhead, and resident rainbow and brown trout. Steelhead fishing should remain strong over the next several week. Especially with rain the forecast. expect better, more consistent steelhead fishing for later November and December, as more Steelhead enter the lower Muskegon and Manistee Rivers. Text to book>> (231) 519-7348

Brian with one of the most beautiful, well earned, steelhead I’ve seen in a long time. An absolute dime piece!! Big Steelhead this year!

Starting to see good numbers of Fall Steelhead on the Muskegon River. Steelhead sitting behind the salmon.

Game on for Fall Steelhead! Recent rains last night have brought the Muskegon River up to a decent, and “Fishable” level for Steelhead and Trout. The Chinook Salmon are about finished but still remaining Coho and Lake Trout. This rain should give the river a boost and bring in our main batch of migratory Steelhead.

Big Manistee River is already in full swing with lots of Steelhead through out the entire river system. Tippy Dam has been fishing very well. There continues to be lots of King Salmon, Coho, and Lake Trout.
More chrome to come!

With this year’s salmon season beginning to wind down, we’ve been hooking 5 – 10 chrome bullet Steelhead a day by “accident” while fishing for salmon. If this is any indication of how steelhead fishing is going to be this fall, we’re in for one heck of a Fall Steelhead migration! Drifting small spawn sacks, eggs flies, or trout beads behind the spawning Kings has been key. Steelhead are hefty and stout this fall. Similar to the Fall of 2013.

These Steelhead are big and jumping like crazy when you hook ’em! We will be guiding both Steelhead and Salmon for the next week or so, then focusing on pure steel. We can’t wait to catch more chromers!

Girls fish too!! These Steelhead have been amazing this week. Water temperatures in the mid 50’s have steelhead going crazy! Hard hits and big air! Pure Michigan Chrome!

Carley with a gorgeous Fall Steelhead. Things are on track for epic fishing this fall. Good Steelhead numbers so far.

River Conditions Right Now!

Muskegon River: Flowing at 1300 cfs Temp. 52
Levels are quite low and gin clear. Wading is a good option. Challenging for jet boats.
Muskegon River is fishing well.

White River: 375 cfs. Temp. 52
Great wading and Drift boats. Low and Clear.

Grand River: Water is coming down. Murky
6th Street is fishing well.
Temp. 52

Manistee River: 1710 CFS Temp. 53
Dropping. Low and Clear. Wadable at Tippy Dam.
Mid sections fishing well.

Trip Options at this time of year.

Muskegon River: $350 for 2 anglers. (8hrs)
Guided half day. $250 for 2 anglers. (4.5 hrs)

Manistee River: $395 for 2 anglers. (8hrs)

Pere Marquette River: $395 for 2 anglers.

White River: Raft Trip $395 for 2 anglers.
White River walk in – $300

Grand River: Below 6th St and down.
$395 for two anglers.

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Dave with a gorgeous King Salmon from he Manistee river. Big push of salmon since the rain.

Anthony with a bullet fresh Coho from the upper Manistee River. Coho and Steelhead pushing up every day!! More to come!

Starting to see good numbers of trophy brown trout on the Manistee River. Awesome Bead fishing! (10/11)

Salmon – Salmon Everywhere on the Big Manistee River! Still Lots of new fish coming…

Pink Salmon from the Manistee River below Tippy dam. you’ll catch fish!

I’m not even sure where to begin, fishing on the Manistee River has been exceptional. Every species imaginable is going hard right now. Chinook (King Salmon) is about to peak next week with a big push last weekend. Tons of new salmon entering the lower river and starting to spawn on gravel. Coho coming up from the mid sections. Pink Salmon. Lake Run Brown trout. Fall Steelhead, and the bead fishing has been on fire!! Resident Trout behind salmon, on beads has been down right silly! Fall time in Northern Michigan –
Gorgeous place to be!

Giant 33 pound best landed today while fly fishing on the Big Manistee River. Fishing is outstanding now! (10/5)

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Manistee River Salmon Fishing has been phenomenal over the past several days. Good numbers of fish just now beginning to hit gravel and begin to spawn. The salmon run was incredibly late this season due to much warmer than average tempratures. Rivers like the Muskegon, have water tempratures in the 70’s.. Manistee should continue to have great numbers of fish!
Walk-In Trips on the White River have also been going Great! Lots of Fish.
Afternoon half day trips below Tippy Dam, getting lots of salmon once the sun goes behind the trees.

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Fall Steelhead entering the rivers and coming soon!! Chrome dome is on the way!

Skein fishing on the Pere Marquette River has been good. Big numbers of salmon in the Manistee, White, and Pere Marquette. All the rivers are bustling with salmon activity! (9/27)


We’re starting to see some big fishing coming into the Manistee River. Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing in Michigan.

Skein fishing on the Pere Marquette River has been good. Big numbers of salmon in the Manistee, White, and Pere Marquette. All the rivers are bustling with salmon activity! (9/27)


Tandy with a gorgeous Pere Marquette River Chinook Salmon – Fishing Floats and Skein has been outstanding!

Salmon fishing is busting loose on West Michigan Rivers. The Pere Marquette, White, and Big Manistee Rivers have all had a big push this week! Lots of new fish entering the river – Salmon are now entering peak – Prime time fishing with big numbers throughout the river systems! Text for dates! (231) 519- 7348

Toby with a gorgeous 34 lb (hen) Michigan King Salmon! Fishing has been incredible on the Pere Marquette, White, and Big Manistee Rivers. Lots of salmon, one of the best salmon runs in well over a decade! (9/24)

Toby with our 7th BIG King of the morning, a beautilful 23 lb (male) Pere Marquette River Chinook Salmon. These fish are huge and tough to land! Fishing has been excellent and should only get better! (9/24)

Welcome to the largest Michigan Salmon run since 2013. These salmon have been big, and hard to land! A bull in the china shop for sure! Over the last week we have been hooking big numbers of salmon on the lower Pere Marquette River. Upper Branch to Walhalla has been fishing the best. Indian Bridge to Custer is also fishing well. Salmon are always on the move this time of year, with fresh pushes moving through daily.

The Thunderstick bite has been slowing down a bit with the clear water. First light has been the key with sticks. The skein bite, however, has been on fire, with a good bite going on all day long.

Also starting to see good numbers of coho and kings on the Big Manistee River. Coho salmon are wonderful salmon because they – Bite – Bite – Bite skein drifted under a float! Bear Creek has also been fishing well with a decent number of salmon, and a few Skamania steelhead in there as well. Look for the Big Manistee River to start turning on this week. Recent rains have bumped the water levels, bringing in more salmon. Casting natural colored Minnow Raps, and Thundersticks have been producing fish on the Big Manistee River.

Tippy Dam is starting to get a few fish. Numbers are not here yet but the stage is set. It should get cranking by next weekend. Casting Thundersticks in the morning, or drifting flies throughout the day, has been the best.

Michigan Salmon Fishing Update: We’ve been having a lot of client requests for walk-in guided trips. We are now offering walk -in – Wading Trips on the White River near Hesperia. The White is an incredible river for salmon fishing. It boasts a very solid run of Chinook Salmon, Coho, and Lake Run Brown trout. The White is easily wadable and receives much less angling pressure than the Pere Marquette. Walk – in trips are $300.

Fly Fish Vinnie with a nice King Salmon from the Pere Marquette River. Fresh rain brought the salmon up in full force! Fishing should continue to be great!

Crankin’ for Kings!! Big Push of Salmon on the Lower Pere Marquette River. Indian Bridge – Upper to Walhalla, and just up river. Casting Thunderstick Crankbaits is getting it done! Lots of bright King Salmon – Pere Marquette River. Plenty more to come with cold water temperatures against the shoreline in Ludington.

Big push of salmon over the past few days! Lots of Kings in the lower Pere Marquette and Big Manistee River. Salmon fishing in Michigan is now in full swing. Salmon are larger this year so, they’ve been difficult to land but, definitely fun to hook! Best techniques for early season King salmon has been casting lures such as spinners, spoons, and crank baits in bright colors. (Fire Tiger, Ghost Green, Mad Flash Monkey, Pineapple Express, and Rainbow Trout) ) All have been working great for catching lots of salmon.

Floating big chunks of skein under a bobber has also been working well for silver fish. Lake Michigan has flipped bringing cold water against the shoreline, and salmon into the river, full force. Expect big numbers of salmon entering the rivers during the next week with cooler days, and cold nights. Pere Marquette & Big Manistee River should fish exceptionally well this fall for both salmon ( King & Coho) and steelhead.

Rockin’ some nice looking King Salmon on the Lower Pere Marquette River. New Fish entering the river daily!

David with a gorgeous Thunderstick Salmon on the PM River. Great Fall fishing ahead!

Over the past couple of days, there has been a big push of salmon from Pere Marquette Lake into the Lower Pere Marquette River! For those who endured last fall salmon fishing adventures, this is a breath of fresh air, and a sigh of relief. Old school numbers of salmon hopefully this fall season. Chinook salmon in decent numbers, and much larger then the past couple of years. definitely a few tackle busting beasts for sure!

Best techniques so far have been casting crank baits, (Thundersticks) and float fishing skein under a float. Both styles of fishing are producing salmon and steelhead. Upper to Walhalla – and Indian Bridge has had the most salmon but with higher than normal water levels, salmon have been moving through quickly.

We are very hopeful that we have a banner salmon season ahead of us this fall season.

Here Now – Late August. Casting Thundersticks on the Lower Pere Marquette River for chrome King Salmon. Salmon are BIG this year! Michigan Salmon Fishing Guides for Pere Marquette & Manistee Rivers.

Toby with a gorgeous King Salmon from the Lower Pere Marquette River. Salmon fishing is just around the corner. All Salmon fishing trips are all inclusive, ALL Gear, Tackle, Bait, Flies, Fish Cleaning, Ect. is provided. Everything is included in the Michigan Salmon trips.

September, there’s tons of things going on! Magical late summer Trout fishing on dry flies, summer Smallmouth Bass, Skamania Steelhead, and King Salmon fishing is here Now…

Evening Hatch Specials. (4.5 Hrs of hatch fishing $250 / 2 ppl. Evening afternoon hatch fishing for Trout on the mighty Muskegon River. Good numbers of trout on evening caddis hatches. Ephrons, terestrials, and other late season hatches going on now. Trout fishing should remain strong with recent rains and colors nights. Some of our best trout fishing is in August. Sink – Tip soft hackles and small streamers also fishing well. All about Trout – Good stuff going on!

Great Caddis and dry fly fishing in August – Quality Trout Fishing.

Muskegon River offers the best trout fishing in Michigan. Late summer caddis hatches, terrestrials, and excellent dry fly fishing. Cooler evenings and recent rain has helped improve trout fishing.

($350 / 8 hrs – $250 / 4 hrs) Late Summer action heating up for Smallmouth Bass and Skamania Steelhead. Summer Run steelhead stressed by the warmer water temperatures head to the creek mouths on Trail Creek and St. Joseph River. The Big Manistee, Muskegon, and Pere Marquette also receives a handful of these great fish. Offering excellent target fly fishing for Skamania Steelhead during August and early September.

($350 / 8 hrs – $250 / 4 hrs)Smallmouth Bass fishing is also excellent during the dog days of summer. Top water fishing for bronzebacks is great in the afternoon. Poppers, buzz baits, and soft plastics all making for good days of smallie fishing in Michigan. Muskegon River and Manistee both offer great Smallmouth fishing.

Skamania – Summer Run Steelhead Fishing at cold water tributaries in Michigan. Summer Steelhead stage off creek mouths waiting for cooler temperatures. Big Jumps and good fly fishing!

John displays a beautiful Smallmouth Bass taken on a top water lure during late summer!

With the way the weather has been, Steelhead this Fall should make for some great fishing! If you’re a repeat client, let us know and we’ll get you in the books for November. **Repeat clients** – Now is the time to book your November – December Steelhead dates! Charter boat captain’s on the lake are starting to catch some very large King Salmon near Manistee.

We are planning starting salmon trips on the Pere Marquette and Manistee River on September 1st. We will be casting Thunderstick Crank baits for Kings, also fishing Bobbers and salmon skein for salmon on the lower PM. Drifting skein is a great way to catch big King salmon on light tackle. We will be fly fishing later in the season, towards the end of September, and October. Planning on fishing Steelhead on the Muskegon after October 20th.
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Looking forward to Michigan King Salmon.