Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report.(231) 519-7348


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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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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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Good numbers of bright steelhead in the Muskegon River from Thorn apple access to Pine St.

Spring Steelhead fishing is phenomenal right now! Good numbers of chrome steelhead

Water levels have been dropping and clearing rapidly making for some world class steelhead fishing. Cloudy, over cast days have made for exceptional fishing with good numbers of throughout the Muskegon River system. Large pods, or groups of steelhead moving up river daily. It may be possible to hook 15 plus steelhead in one spot, and many of the other locations, not have many fish. There are also plenty of steelhead of gravel now. Fly fishing to spawning steelhead on gravel (Sight Fishing) is going strong. For those of you that fish near the Croton Dam, the Michigan DNR will be shocking walleye from Croton Dam through the Pine St. area. The DNR shock boat generally stays above the Pine St. Boat launch. Phenomenal Spring steelhead is finally going strong right now. Water clarity, and water temperatures are absolutely perfect for fishing steelhead at this time.
Muskegon River Stream flow – 1800 cfs. (Excellent wading) Clarity – Gin Clear Water Temp – 37 degrees.

The guys from Canada putting a beatin on em eh? Centerpin Float Fishing – Bobber down! (3/17)

Sam with a gorgeous Spring Steelhead. (3/13)

Bob and Don really got into ’em the past couple of days. Finally some Spring Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. Large chartreuse spawn sacks have been key!

Alex with her first steelhead. We were pretty happy have you ladies on the both. Landed some great fish this weekend. (3/4)

The guys from Texas should be grinning from ear to ear with this great buck. This was truly an awesome fish!! Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing. (3/17)

Trevor with a colorful Spring Buck. Starting to see some fish on gravel – water tempratures are starting to warm. (3/13)

Don landed this beautiful buck steelhead this morning. Steelhead fishing is excellent right now! (3/8)

Dr. Mike, Myself, and Chris had a great Sunday on the water. We finally had some cloud cover day. That helped us out a ton! We landed some nice Spring Steelhead while fly fishing. (3/4)

We saw our first Robin this morning! Spring has sprung and steelhead fishing is in full swing.
Starting to see good numbers finally in the upper river. Darker fish still, I think the push has moved around a bit and shuffled the deck. The water is still on the cold side to be moving chromers around much. Spring fish (True Spring Steelhead) should show up this week if the weather holds. We’re still catching a lot of winter hold overs but new fish are on the water. White River Trout Fishing Reports Arkansas
Water levels are absolutely perfect. The Muskegon River has a nice 3′ – 4′ stain but is mostly clear now. Water levels are premo and hold their own at 3320 cfs. Brighter colored baits and beads have been fishing the best.

Spring Steelhead fishing is now in full swing! Water levels are perfect with lots of new fish in the upper river.

Grace displays a gorgeous hen from the Muskegon River. Spring Steelhead fishing is excellent right now!

Spring Steelhead fishing is in full swing now! Recent flood waters have now receded on the Muskegon River. Water levels are now near perfect. There has been a big push of fresh chrome fish in the upper sections near the Croton Dam. Decent numbers of fresh spring steelhead near the dam. As water levels begin to drop, there should be more spring fish entering the river, and heading for the upper gravel sections of the Muskegon River.
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Best steelhead fishing techniques have been bright colored trout beads underneath a float. Bobber fishing has been the way to go lately. Jigs and wax worms continue to put lots on fish in the net during high water. Larger, brightly colored jigs have been working well. Spawn sack of fresh scraped steelhead skein are awesome during high water periods, where scent is the key! Spawn sacks in hot pink and chartreuse have also been producing some great fish.

We do have Spring Steelhead dates available for the Muskegon River. It is best to reserve your date on theRates Tab of the website. If you are looking for a trophy steelhead for the wall, we recommend two days of guided fishing to get a larger steelhead. Guided trips are ALL INCLUSIVE, and come with all the gear, tackle, bait, and flies. Anything you may need (Except lunch) is already provided on the boat. Fish cleaning is also included. Guided Full Day is $395 per two anglers. Guided Half Day is $250 per two anglers. A third angler may be added to any trip for an additional $100. Text to book>>> (231) 519-7348

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Michigan Fishing Reports – Updated Steelhead Fishing Reports for Michigan’s Muskegon River, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee. (231) 519-7348

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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.

Michigan Fishing Reports – Updated Steelhead Fishing Reports for Michigan’s Muskegon River, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee. (231) 519-7348

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 Spring Steelhead Fishing How To Techniques


Michigan Spring Steelhead

Choosing the correct river for Michigan Spring Steelhead can pay big dividends. Croton Dam Steelhead

Late Febuary and March offer some of the best Fishing the Michigan has to offer, before the crowds arrive.

As for being a fishing guide in Western Michigan for nearly 25 years, there are always several reoccurring questions that I often get from clients that are interested in Michigan Spring Steelhead fishing. Probably the most resounding question I get the most often is, What is the best river to fish, and when?
That is a That is a very legitimate question for sure!

Typically, the rule of thumb is to fish from South (Michigan) to North. As a general rule, the rivers in the southern portion of the Michigan warm first, getting the first migrations of Spring Steelhead. Generally the St. Joseph and the Grand River kick off our Michigan Spring Steelhead. This is most often associated with water temperature. Most Steelhead migrations begin around 36 – 38 degrees. Active spawning begins near 42 degrees.

Based on water temperatures, the White River in Hesperia, Rogue River in Rockford, and the Pere Marquette River located in Baldwin, are going strong by late February and early March. I have often witnessed steelhead spawning in these rivers on valentines day if we’ve had a couple warm, sunny days. These rivers are smaller and warm more quickly than the larger rivers, offering early Spring Steelhead fishing.

Spring offers some of the best steelhead fishing in Michigan. Its short but sweet!

Warm sunny days are the best! Ashley with a gorgeous Spring Steelhead in Michigan Muskegon River.

The second set of rivers is a big more complicated, the Big Manistee River, and the Muskegon River located in Newaygo, are a bit more difficult to pin down. Because these rivers are tail water fisheries, the reservoir that holds the water generally has a thick layer of ice on the back water. The ice keeps these rivers much colder than others. Basically, ice cubes in your glass of water keep it cold until the ice melts. These rivers predominately get a big push of steelhead in later march, with peak being later April. The Big Manistee River and the Muskegon River usually have a fishable number of Steelhead until mid to late May, often until Memorial Day.

The third section of Michigan Spring Steelhead rivers are your most Northern rivers, Betsie river, Platt, Borgman River, Elk Rapids, and the St. Mary’s Rapids. These rivers always have later runs of steelhead. The water is clear and cold. The St. Mary’s Rapids has Steelhead well into June. Peak times are just after Memorial Day.

There are no hard, fast rules on choosing what river will be best for Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing, however, these tips may certainly improve your odds. Paying attention to Spring run off, and water temperatures are your best bet but this list of rivers should also help.

Here are a couple links for Fishing Reports for Michigan Spring Steelhead fishing as well.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Reports