Manistee River Fishing Reports


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Lots of bright Spring Steelhead below Tippy Dam.

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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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Michigan Trout Fishing is on fire right now! Mat is the month for trohpy trout. Streamer fishing, Nymphing, Dry fly fishing . Everything is fishing very well on Michigan Trout Streams.
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Michigan Trout Fishing Reports for the Manistee, Pere Marquette, and Muskegon River. Trout fishing is in full swing right now in Michigan. The Muskegon River has the Sucker Spawn which really gets big trout on the feed.  Manistee River below Tippy Day has King Salmon fry hatching by the millions, making for great streamer fishing! Pere Marquette River has excellent Gray Drake hatches this time of year!  Pick your favorite Michigan Trout Stream, They’re all fishing really well at this time!  We look forward to fishing with you!   Text to Book>> (231) 519-7348

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It looks like a warming trend for next week. The river has had very little fishing pressure over the past couple of weeks, with good numbers of Steelhead in the upper sections.  Croton Dam to Thornapple have been fishing the best.

Trout beads, jigs with wax worms, and spawn continues to fish well for us.

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Brandon with a plump hen from the Muskegon River. Warmer weather ahead – Should make for some great Michigan  Steelhead fishing!

Michigan Fishing Reports – Spring Steelhead Fishing has been going strong on the Muskegon River. Bright Silver Steelhead have been throughout the mainstream, from the Croton Dam through the Newaygo area. Trout beads & small spawn sacks have been fishing well on light spinning tackle.Spinning Tackle Float fishing has been the best lately. Drifting Trout beads, spawn sacks, or jigs with wax worms has produced the most Muskegon River Steelhead. Text >>> (231) 519-7348

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Carl getting a couple while Fly Fishing the Muskegon River. Fry patterns have been fishing well.

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Steelhead seem to be a bit larger this season, healthy, strong fish in the Muskegon River.

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Recent rain has brought in more chrome beauties! November is incredible for Steelhead. (11/2)

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Lots of bright chrome Spring Steelhead throughout the Muskegon River. Lots more to come!

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Bright Chrome with more on the way! Spring Steelhead just now starting to show in numbers. Fishing should remain strong on all the West Michigan Rivers.

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Don with a gorgeous Steelhead from today!! Lots of new fish showing up with the recent rain. Look for good numbers of Steelhead in the near future. (11/1)

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Steelhead fishing has been very good over the past week. We received a bump in the water levels today with the recent rain. That’s a very good sign. Higher water levels should pull a few more Steelhead from Lake Michigan.

The Manistee River is coming in strong so far this season. Tippy Dam seems to have a lot of Fall Steelhead right now! Water conditions have been near perfect to bring in the chrome. Tippy to High Bridge is fishing well due to the concentration of spawning, nearly dead Kings. Trout (bead ) fishing has also been excellent this year below Tippy Dam. Color selection has been the key to unlocking the steelhead. Custom beads have fished the best.

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Fishing continues to improve daily. “We provide opportunities for anglers to catch fish!” Newaygo Steelhead Fishing (11/2)

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Zack with a good one! Manistee River below Tippy Dam is fishing well for Fall Steelhead. Bead color has been the key. (10/28)

Muskegon River is a little bit behind but doing alright. Steelhead fishing during the morning has been good. A bump in the water levels would certainly help. Might Mo is running low and gin clear. Most of the Steelhead are parked in the upper section, Croton Dam to Thornapple has been the best. Down Low – Bridgeton to Maple Island have been good a times but mostly hit or miss. Rain would certainly change that.

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Look for Steelhead fishing in Michigan to improve over the next week or so. Fall Steelhead want to move so the next bump in the water levels should bring in the masses. Rain will help the process.

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What’s Working Best? Beads, Beads, and More Trout Beads have been the best. Small spawn sacks in lighter colors have been working well. Casting cranks, or the swung fly, both picking off aggressive biters.

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Bead fishing with spawn is definitely a guide staple for the colder months. Steelhead fishing has been excellent.

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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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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 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