Manistee River Salmon Fishing Reports – Tippy Dam (231) 519-7348


Manistee River Salmon Fishing Reports
Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing
Salmon Fishing Tippy Dam _Manistee River

Manistee River Salmon Fishing – Tippy Dam Recreational Area 
Salmon fishing is in full swing now with good numbers of Kings on gravel, visible spawning fish.  Lots of both Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Fall Steelhead, King Salmon, and Lake Trout near Tippy Dam.  Recent rains have pulled salmon into the upper sections of the Manistee River. Salmon fishing should be excellent from here on out. 

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Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing - Michigan
Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing _ Michigan
Manistee River Salmon Fishing
Jigging in Manistee Lake has been proving effective for moster King Salmon. Salmon fishing is now good through the Manistee River, near Tippy Dam.
Manistee River Salmon Fishing

Strong Winds and current change has brought good numbers of Michigan King Salmon into the River. Kings continue to move throughout the river system, up to the Tippy Dam area. Casting crank baits and fishing skein under a float has been the most productive for us. The main run of salmon has entered Manistee Lake. Salmon fishing should be good from here on out…

PM King Salmon _ MI Salmon Fishing
Dustin with a gorgeous bright King Salmon from Manistee Lake. Salmon entering the Manistee River daily.
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Zack with a huge buck!! Fresh Kinges in the Manistee River. Salmon season is in full swing. Book Now!!

There seems to be good numbers of bright King (Chinook) Salmon in Manistee River.  Salmon are beginning to ascend the Manistee River below Tippy Dam. Michigan Salmon fishing is going strong. Cooler water temperature and a North East wind has brought in Salmon.    Morning fishing has been fishing the best.  Jigging in Manistee Lake, Floating bobbers with fresh Salmon skein eggs, Trout bead fishing has all been producing good Salmon catches.  

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Michigan Salmon Fishing - Manistee River
King Salmon are big this season! Starting to see new Salmon entering the river near the train trestle and Insta-Launch.
Manistee River King Salmon Fishing below Tippy Dam
Starting to see fresh King Salmon below Tippy Dam on the Big Manistee River. Higher water levels are bringing Salmon in from Lake Michigan.

Recent high water levels over the past several weeks have brought in a fair number of fresh bright King Salmon on the Big Manistee River. The lower sections near the train trestle near Insta-Launch has been fishing well. Casting crank baits (thundersticks) Mag Lips, and drift Salmon skein under a float has been producing some very respectable fish, both King Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Summer Run Skamania Steelhead.  Salmon fishing has been best first thing in the morning, when light levels are low.    Text to Book >>> (231) 519-7348 

Manistee River King Salmon
Casting Thundersticks has been producing some very nice Salmon. The train trestle area and Insta-Launch is producing nice King Salmon, Steelhead, and Coho Salmon.
Manistee River King Salmon
Chrome King Salmon from the Manistee River. New Fish entering the river daily.

The best Salmon fishing on the Big Manistee River is during early September through late October and November for King Salmon. Steelhead and Coho Salmon are found below Tippy Dam in October and Novermber. Guided Salmon, Trout, Steelhead, and Smallmouth Bass trips, tours, and charters on the Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam. 

King Salmon fillets - Tippy Dam Recreation Area
Fresh King Salmon & Coho Salmon Fillets at Tippy Dam Recreation Area - Fish Cleaning Sation.
Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing - Manistee River Michigan

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


Michigan Fall Steelhead Fishing Guides
Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports for the Muskegon and Manistee River.

We are starting to see a handful of bright Fall steelhead on the Muskegon River.  Fall Steelhead enter the river, following the the Michigan King Salmon in Mid October.  Fishing is excellent at this time, with egg imitations being the key to success. The Muskegon river gets a large run of Michigan Fall Steelhead during November.  

Welcome Spring Steelhead anglers -Marching is warming up, and April is closing in. Warmer weather and great Steelhead fishing is going now!!   Water is low and clear, making for good but stealthy Steelhead fishing. Muskegon River is now starting to get good numbers of Spring Steelhead moving throughout the river system.  Water levels have been consistently and clear, with good clarity. Look for Steelhead fishing to remain good during the rest of April, and early May. 
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Muskegon River Spring Steelhead Reports
Brett with a monster Spring buck below the Croton Dam.
Muskegon River Spring Reports _ Croton Dam
Krista with a gorgeous dime bright chromer hen..

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

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

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

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

Northern Pike Michigan Fishing

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

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

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

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

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King Salmon from the Big Manistee River. September 2023
DNR fishing reports for the Manistee River. 2023

The Big Manistee River is now at full peak, King Salmon fishing! There are lots on fresh Kings entering the river from the Lake Michigan, with new fish entering the river daily. Good numbers of Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and a handful of Fall Steelhead.   Best methods for fishing have been floats and skein eggs. Red or bright pink, has been the ticket for fish holding in the deep holes. Casting Thundersticks has also been working very well, especially during the morning hours.  Salmon are also beginning to dig gravel and spawn. Flossing is in full effect.  Long leaders with pencil weights, and dark flies have been fishing very well for spawning salmon.  

Water levels are low and clear, making for excellent wading below Tippy Dam. Look for good fishing over the next few weeks.  Plenty of Salmon, with a bunch more coming. 

 If you need some Salmon fishing supplies, or rod and reel combos, stop in at Pappy’s Bait and Tackle. They have everything you need!   You have Herb clean your fish.  They also have Salmon for sale, from the Little Manistee River.

We have guided Salmon trips available for the Big Manistee River below Tippy dam.   Full Day ( 6hrs) $450 per 2 people. Half days available (4hrs) for two anglers.  Fish cleaning, and all gear and tackle is included. 

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Michigan Winter Steelhead Guides
Michigan Steelhead Fishing Guides

Much more mild than normal, Winter tempratures have offered anglers some great Steelhead fishing oppertunities. The Muskegon and Manistee Rivers has had excellent migrations of Fall and Winter Steelhead, with fresh Steelhead entering from the lake daily. 

Trout Beads, Spawn Sack, Jigs with Waxworms, all fishing well. 

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Manistee River below Tippy Dam, has been fishing extremely well.  Good numbers good, clean Fresh King Salmon, have loaded up on the gravel shoals.   Absolutely, lots of salmon!  Steelhead are also starting to show up in good numbers.  Recent rains from this week, have brought in a lot of new fish as well.   Things are look good, as late October is super prime time for the Big Manistee River King Salmon fishing in Michigan. 

Big Manistee River Salmon and Steelhead – Guided Fishing Adventures in Western Michigan. 

Michigan Trout Fishing Reports
Michigan Trout Fishing Reports

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Both Trout fishing, and Smallmouth are going strong on the Muskegon River. Gravel redds on the Muskegon River continue to have Red Horse Suckers, and Great Lakes Suckers spawning on the gravel shoals.  King Salmon Fry (Salmon Smolt) are the main food source in the river at this time. Sucker Spawn for trophy Brown Trout is coming soon.  

Morning Spinning Brown Trout – Smallmouth Bass Trips 
Trophy Brown Trout on crank baits – Smallmouth Bass on soft plastics. 
7am – Noon ~ ($295 for two anglers) 
All inclusive guided fishing on the Muskegon & Big Manistee Rivers. 

     We are very excited to be able to resume guiding at this time.  Both Steelhead and Trout trips are now available.  If you had a deposit from April, you may now float it to a new date.  Now is also a great time to book a Michigan Fall Salmon trip as well.  Many of our rescheduled trips have moved to September and October.  Its a good time to get on the salmon calendar now.  

     We look forward to fishing will you. Thanks for the helping us get through this!!  

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Michigan Trout Fishing Report – Trout fishing on the Mighty Muskegon River and Big Manistee River, has been going well. Good numbers over both winter hold overs, (12″ – 18′) and this year’s recently stocked hatchery Michigan Trout. (8″ – 10″) Plentiful Trout makes for a really great day of guided fishing with constant activity. Lots of Trout, and lots of catching.  Both morning (light Spinning tackle) and afternoon-evening trips are going well. 

Michigan Trout Fishing Reports
Trophy Trout are available during May. The Muskegon River Sucker Spawn attracts huge trout!
Michigan Trout Fishing Report
May and June offer the best times for larger, trophy Muskegon River Trout.

A variety of techniques have been working very well for Michigan Trout fishing. The best techique for Trout has been casting spinners on light spinning tackle. This technique in not a big fish trick but, more a less a numbers gig. Great for kids, (We pinch the barbs down, barbless) Because it’s much safer, and doesn’t injure the Steelhead and Salmon Smolt that we catch. I’m personally a fan of barbless hooks for Trout.  Tons of Trout are caught so it’s not a big deal to lose a few.  This in an excellent trip to introduce kids into river Trout fishing. 

Michigan Trout Fishing - Trout Reports MI
Muskegon River Sucker Spawn.
Michigan Trout Fishing Reports
Summertime Trout Fishing on the Muskegon River.

We are offering all inclusive, guided Trout Fishing Trips for the Full Day for $350 ( $50 Discount for Summer) and the evening “Hatch Master’s Special, evening dry fly Trout fishing trip.  (4pm – 9pm) for $250 – Evening Trips. 
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Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing - Muskegon River Guided Fishing
Muskegon River Salmon Fishing Reports. Muskegon and Manistee Rivers
King Salmon from the Big Manistee River. September 2023

Michigan Salmon season is upon us! The Muskegon River is no exception.  Good numbers of King Salmon have entered the Lower Muskegon River rear Giles Road, and Maple Island.  Water levels have been consistant, and fish have been steadily moving up river towards their natal spawning areas.  We should continue to have good fishing on the Muskegon River for the foreseeable future!  Text to Book a Salmon Guide>> (231) 519-7348

March is upon us!! Welcome to Michigan’s number one Steelhead fishing destination and guide service. We’re happy to have the opportunity to guide and fish the Muskegon River, located in Western Michigan, near Grand Rapids.  Over this past week, we have had unseasonably warm weather for Steelhead fishing this winter.  Conditions for Steelhead have been absolutely perfect, and the Mighty Mo has been fishing exceptionally well.  Good numbers of bright Steelhead throughout the system.  Henning Park to Thornapple Launch has been fishing well.  Boat launches are clear, and ice free.   

Fresh Spawn sacks are the key to great Winter Steelhead fishing.
Big Steelhead, and lots of the them!! Muskegon River Winter Steelhead.
Michigan Winter Steelhead Fishing - Tippy Dam Steelhead
Eric displays a beautiful Winter Steelhead. A great time on the water is a guarantee!

We’ve had some very good Steelhead fishing this week.  Double digit hook ups some days, with beads and spawning being the key!  Trout beads with a hint of chartreuse and orange have been on fire! Usually neutral, natural colors work best during the winter, low clear water but beads with a little “pop” in color have been getting smashed like crazy! 

While fishing for Steelhead during the Winter months, be sure to bring a variety of bait. Often times, in colder water, scent is the key.  Steelhead skein spawn sacks, Waxworms,wigglers, or salted Emerald Shiners all contain a massive amount of scent, this gets Steelhead feeding in cold water temperatures.

 

Your fishing location also plays a key roll during the Winter months.  Slower, deep water with boulders, rocks, and gravel is typically the most productive for Fall and Winter Steelhead.  Rocks help break the current and give the fish a sense of security in clear water, especially on sunny days.  Steelhead tuck tightly into rocky areas during the day.  Spend time in these sections of water, and you’ll be rewarded with some nice fish.  Larger Trout also hold in these areas.  

 

Steelhead fishing has been very productive the past few days. New fish entering the river system.
Michigan Fishing - Pike Smallmouth River Guides
Michigan Muskegon River Fishing Reports for Smallmouth, Trout, and Pike below the Croton Dam.

Welcome to Michigan’s Smallmouth Bass Shangri la ~ Muskegon River Fishing Report~ (248) 210-0827 ~  Smallmouth Best fishing has been exceptionally good on the Muskegon River so far this summer.  Perfect water conditions, excellent weather, and spectualar amounts of crayfish have made for some outstanding trophy Smallmouth Bass fishing on the Mighty Mo. Top water Bass fishing has been phenominal with the hot water!  Lots of Muskegon River Smallmouth. 

Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing Reports
Guided Muskegon River Smallmouth Bass Fishing - Pike Grand Rapids
Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing
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Northern Pike Michigan Fishing Guide Service
Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing - Muskegon River Smallmouth

We offer guided Smallmouth and Northern Pike fishing adventures, just 30 minutes North of Grand Rapids, Michigan.   Both spin fishing, bait caster, and fly fishing is available for these great fish. Good numbers of Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Bass, Musky, and Panfish, can be caught on each guided trip in Northern Michigan.  

Many different techniques have been effective for Smallies on the Muskegegon River. Fishing a section of soft plastics, tube jigs, Ned rigs, top water hard baits, spinner baits, and Rapalas all work well during the day. During the afternoon and evening, top water is king,  with explosive strikes and larger fish!   Muskegon River Fishing Report and Smallmouth Bass guided fishing trips are available during the summer months. June, July and August are best, before the King Salmon Migration. 

Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing - Muskegon River Guided Fishing
Smallmouth Bass on the Muskegon River. 21.5" and 5 lbs, this big girl was happily released.

Smallmouth Bass fishing is exceptionally good during July and August on the Muskegon River. Hot weather makes for heart stopping, top water hits, and big jumps!! Crank baits, top water, and soft plastics are the name of the game during summer in Michigan. Michigan Smallmouth Bass fishing reports suggest that is is going to be a great summer!! Lots of Northern Pike, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and a few trout below the Croton Dam.  

Musky Muskegon River Guided Musky Fishing
Giant 54" Female Great Lakes Musky caught with our great friend, John Hojnacki. Below Rogers Dam near Big Rapids. We love the giants beasts, and certainly love fishing them!! Trophy Michigan Musky

 Welcome Spring Steelhead anglers – March madness is upon us! Muskegon River is now starting to get good numbers of Spring Steelhead moving throughout the river system.  Water levels have been consistant and clear, with good clarity. Look for Steelhead fishing to remain good during the rest of March, well into April, and early May.  Full Day Guided Steelhead  

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Muskegon River Spring Steelhead Reports
Monster Buck Steelhead from the Muskegon River this morning.
Muskegon River Spring Reports _ Croton Dam
Good numbers of bright, Chrome Spring Steelhead below Croton.

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

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

Michigan Fall Steelhead Float Fishing _ Muskegon River Steelhead
Lots of Steelhead - Muskegon River
Michigan Steelhead Fishing Guides
Michigan Fall Steelhead Fishing - Fly Fish Steelhead

Good numbers if Michigan Fall Steelhead on the Muskegon River  Steelhead fishing has been excellent !!  January and February are the best times for Michigan Winter Steelhead. Starting to see lots of Steelhead moving through the lower river, into the Newaygo – Croton Dam section. 

Manistee River Fishing Reports - Fall Steelhead Michigan
Manistee River Fishing Report - Fall Steelhead

Recent rains have brought good numbers of Michigan Fall Steelhead into the Mighty Muskegon River, near the Croton Dam, and through the Newaygo area. Water levels are perfect now for Fall Steelhead. King Salmon are starting to die off, creating an epic “Egg Bite” for spawn sacks, and Trout Bead fishing. Trout beads mimic drifting salmon eggs. 

 Both the Michigan Fall Steelhead, and the Michigan King Salmon, have been much larger this season. Ample food in Lake Michigan has made great food, and growth for out migratory friends.  Look for Steelhead fishing reo remain strong well throughout December, into January.  November is the best month for these crown jewels of the Muskegon River. 

Michigan Steelhead Fishing _ Muskegon River Fall Steelhead Fishing
Grand River Spring Steelhead Fishing _ Betts Guide Service

Best techniques for catching Muskegon River Fall Steelhead, have been float fishing with a Trout bead or spawn sack  suspended underneath a float, drifting with the current.  This techniques produces a very natural drift, representing a salmon egg along the bottom.   Back bouncing fresh salmon eggs directly on the bottom, produces a lot of steelhead.   
Chuck -N-Duck fly fishing has also been very productive.  Fresh salmon eggs or Steelhead Skein, is the key to this technique. 

Croton Dam Trout Fishing Michigan
Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing - Muskegon River Smallmouth

Michigan Trout & Smallmouth Fishing Reports for the Muskegon River, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee Rivers. 

Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Awesome Smallmouth Bass fishing on the Muskegon River. July and August have incredible Smallmouth Bass fishing.
Michigan Trout Fishing Reports
Michigan Trout Fishing Reports - Mike with a gorgeous Muskegon River Brown Trout. Trout fishing has been very good. New Trout regulations are making a huge improvement.

Hatch Master’s Evening Special – 5pm -10pm 

Fly Fishing Evening (After work) Special for two anglers – Muskegon River 
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Fly Fishing the Caddis Super Hatches has been excellent!  Each evening, we are having Gray Drake spinners, Isonychia emerging may flies, Pale Morning Duns, and Cinnamon Sedge Caddis . Fly fishing has been very good. 

Both Trout fishing, and Smallmouth are going strong on the Muskegon River. Gravel redds on the Muskegon River continue to have Red Horse Suckers, and Great Lakes Suckers spawning on the gravel shoals.  King Salmon Fry (Salmon Smolt) are the main food source in the river at this time. Sucker Spawn for trophy Brown Trout is coming soon.  

Morning Spinning Brown Trout – Smallmouth Bass Trips 
Trophy Brown Trout on crank baits – Smallmouth Bass on soft plastics. 
7am – Noon ~ ($295 for two anglers) 
All inclusive guided fishing on the Muskegon & Big Manistee Rivers. 

     We are very excited to be able to resume guiding at this time.  Both Steelhead and Trout trips are now available.  If you had a deposit from April, you may now float it to a new date.  Now is also a great time to book a Michigan Fall Salmon trip as well.  Many of our rescheduled trips have moved to September and October.  Its a good time to get on the salmon calendar now.  

     We look forward to fishing will you. Thanks for the helping us get through this!!  

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Michigan Spring Steelhead
Michigan Spring Steelhead
May offers some very good Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon and Big Manistee Rivers.

Upcoming Fishing Oppertunies:  Spawning Steelhead in May.  Muskegon River Sucker Spawn for Trophy Trout.  Hatch Fishing Dry Flies , Muskegon River Smallmouth in July and August.

Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing
Starting to see good numbers of bright, Spring Steelhead on the Muskegon River. The past several days have been fishing very well.
Muskegon River Spring Fishing Reports
Spring Steelhead are here now!
Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing
Limits of bright siver, fresh, Spring Run Steelhead.

Steelhead fishing has been very good on the Muskegon River over the past several days. Water levels are perfect and the water clarity is crystal clear.  Starting to see Steelhead spawning on the gravel shoals, starting to dig gravel with some fish on redds.  Fly Fishing will improve as more fish begin to spawn and become active. Stone flies are fishing well, and Salmon fry are also starting to emerge. 

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Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports
Michigan Steelhead Fishing

Water levels are finally back to normal with very good Steelhead Fishing conditions on the Muskegon, Grand, and Big Manistee Rivers. Starting to more bright Spring Steelhead entering the lower river.   Float fishing with beads and spawn continues to produce the most fish.  Fly Fishing with Black Stone flies are also producing. 

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Michigan Steelhead Fishing _ Fishing Guides
Croton Dam Steelhead Fishing Guides
Yuki with a gorgeous buck. These guys absolutely nailed it and landed 8 really nice Steelhead. November is my favorite month to Steelhed fish. Gettin em!!

Warmer weather has made for some excellent Steelhead fishing. This Winter has been much more mild, than years past. Fresh batch of bright Steelhead just showed up the past couple days. Lots of action and activity with Steelhead and Resident trout.  Fishing has been excellent. January and February  are my two favorite month of the year to fish for Steelhead.  Good fishing with few anglers on the water.
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Michigan Steelhead Fishing _ Guided Muskegon River Fishing
Michigan Winter Steelhead Fishing - Tippy Dam Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Reports – Heavy snow last night made for some epic Steelhead fishing today on the Mighty Muskegon River. Good numbers of fresh Steelhead and double digit days right now. Lots going on. November is definitely the time to be on the river. Huge fish with huge smile!   Click here to Book Now or text to Book >>
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Fall Steelhead on the Muskegon River _Michigan
November is the best time for Fall Steelhad on the Muskegon River. Fishing is excellent during the fall months.
Michigan Steelhead Fishing _Muskegon River

Muskegon River Fall Steelhead Fishing Reports – Steelhead fishing has been very good during the past week or so.  Good numbers of Steelhead in the upper Muskegon River near the Croton Dam.  Float fishing with beads or spawn has been very productive. Double digit hook ups have been the norm for this time of year.  Many resident trout are also caught throughout the day.  Half Days  ( $295 for 2 anglers) $395 for 2 anglers)  Fish cleaning is free and included.  Click here to Book Now or text to Book >> (231) 519-7348

Michigan Steelhead Fishing _ MI Steelhead Guides
Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports

Water levels are up and and crystal clear. Most of the leaves and eel grass have blown out making for easier fishing. Water Temperature is holding at 50 degrees. Levels are high and clear. Wading in not an option at this time. Level is holding at 4000 CFS. 
Plugging is now an option and has been very productive.  Float fishing with trout beads or spawn has also been fishing well.  Steelhead are beginning to drop into their normal late Fall – Winter lies. Most of the Salmon have all died off, still a few flag tails hanging around.  Steelhead Fishing is excellent right now, and should continue to be excellent well into December. 
The Muskegon River and Grand River are now the most productive.    We are offering both morning and afternoon half days for $295.   Full days are also available each day for only $395.  All Inclusive Jet Boat, Guided Steelhead Fishing.    Click Here to Book Now>>     (231) 519-7348

Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports
Michigan Steelhead Fishing _ Muskegon River Fall Steelhead Fishing

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report – Good numbers of Michigan Fall Steelhead in the Muskegon River at this time. Recent rains has brought a nice batch of Steelhead into the river.  Water levels are now back to normal, and Steelhead fishing is very good.  King Salmon are still in the river system but, are in poor condition, and fading quickly.  

Resident Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Steelhead rely heavily on King Salmon eggs as a food source.  Keying in on eggs makes for some World Class, Alaska style, trout bead fishing.  Fall Steelhead are a Rainbow trout on crack!  If you have never experienced the exhilarating runs, acrobatic jumps, and screaming speed of the Steelhead, now is and excellent time to fish for them.  November is the best month for Fall Steelhead, and the Muskegon and Manistee River offers lots of them.   Click Here to Book Now>>     (231) 519-7348

King River King Salmon
Good Numbers of King Salmon on the Muskegon River. Water levels are perfect making for some very good fishing. Steelhead are also beginning to show up
Michigan Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River water levels have been nearly perfect.  Rolling at 2260 cfs.  Water temps hovering around 58 degrees. Very good temperature for Salmon, Trout, and Steelhead.   We’ve been spending time float fishing behind spawning King Salmon. Starting to see good numbers of Steelhead, and very happy about the larger resident Brown Trout.  Looking forward to some great fishing for the next month.  November should be excellent with the recent flow rates. 

Muskegon River Salmon Fishing
Muskegon River King Salmon Fishing

Finally starting to see some good numbers of King Salmon on the Muskegon River. Recent rains, and cooler temperatures have brought more fish into the river system.  These salmon are huge this year, and are still a ways from spawning. 

Best technigues have been float fishing salmon skein through the deeper holes. Casting thunder sticks in the morning. Fly Fishing has also been productive during the day. We landed these giants casting crankbaits but, lots of technigues have been working well.  Muskegon River runs late for salmon season. Mid to Late October is best for Muskegon River Salmon.  

Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing Guides
Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Muskegon River Fishing Reports for Giant Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Musky, and Walleye. Located on the lower Muskegon River below Newaygo, Michigan.   Click Here to Book Now>>

Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Michigan Salmon Fishing - Manistee River
Michigan Salmon Fishing - It's time to start booking Fall King Salmon dates for the Lower Pere Marquette River, and the Big Manistee River below Tippy.

Muskegon River Smallmouth Bass Fishing has been excellent! Water levels are now back to Summertime low levels. Top water bass fishing has been the name of the game. The hotter, the better!!  Smallmouth Bass absolutely love hot and humid weather. Buzz baits and cranks have been fishing really well. Weather and water are nice. It’s a fantastic time to be on the water.  Call or Text to book, or reserve online.  (231) 519-7348

Isiah with a gorgeous 23" Muskegon River Brown Trout. Dry fly fishing has been excellent! Gray Drake Spinners.
Summer Trout Fishing Muskegon River
Trout Fishing Manistee River - Summertime Trout

Very good insect activity and dry fly fishing over this past week. Hot humid weather has really got the May flies going.  Gray Drake, Hexes, Isonychia, and lots and lots of Caddis during the afternoon. Landing lots of quality Rainbow and Brown Trout below the Croton Dam.  Fly Fishing has been excellent.  Weather and water are nice. It’s a fantastic time to be on the water.  Call or Text to book, or reserve online.  (231) 519-7348

Getting into Smallmouth Bass, Trout,  and  Pan Fish. These Michigan guided fishing trips are fun, and fast paced with tons of fish CATCHING!  Muskegon River offers World Class Smallmouth Bass fishing. Local Lakes offer very good pan fish, Blue Gills, Crappie, and Rock Bass.  These are excellent light tackle trips for children and adults alike. Just makes for an excellent, fun filled, catching trip on the water!

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Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing kicks into over drive with action packed guided trips for Muskegon River Smallmouth. Excellent Smallmouth Bass fishing throughout the Summer months for trophy Smallmouth Bass.
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Guided Pan Fish Trips for limits of Blue Gill and Crappie.
Muskegon River Brown Trout
Muskegon River Sucker Spawn is in full swing. Trophy Brown Trout are available at this time!

Muskegon River Trout Fishing – If you love huge Brown Trout, now is the time! Muskegon River Sucker Spawn is in full swing. Trout gorge on eggs and nymphs dug up from the spawning suckers, providing opportunities for trophy trout in Michigan. Streamer Fly Fishing and Casting crank baits is  fishing very well for numbers of solid trout. 
New Trout Fishing Regulations for Brown Trout – Muskegon River. 15″ limit is wonderful, providing us with a lot more larger trout. Making for better trout fishing!   Text to book>> (231) 519-7348

Michigan Trout Fishing Reports
Muskegon River Sucker Spawn offers Trophy Brown Trout.
Michigan Trout Fishing _ Sucker Spawn Trout

Evening Hatch Master Specials for Muskegon River Trout Fishing – 4:30pm – 10pm. ($295) Hatch Fishing at it’s finest!  Caddis, Gray Drake, Isonychia, and Sulphers.  Become the Dry Fly Jedi  
Muskegon River Guided Fly Fishing. 

 Full Day Guided Trout Trips $395  ** All Inclusive Guided Fly Fishing Trout Guides ** 

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Brian and I are trying to take a pic, while Mike is fighting one in the back ground. We've had some incredible Steelhead fishing over the past few days. Cold temps keep em coming!

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report

Water levels are are prefect ( Clear @ 4200  cfs) with lots of Steelhead of gravel.  Fly Fishing has been the best technique at this time. Free style nymphing with black stone flies, salmon fry, and small natural trout beads are all fishing well.  Many bright Steelhead with lots more entering the  river.  Prime Time is several weeks behind this year with Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing lasting well into May and early June. Good numbers of Steelhead and Trophy Brown Trout at this time. 

Steelhead Fishing Should remain good, double digit hook ups until early June.  Water temperatures are much colder than a normal year. Steelhead Fishing is exceptionally good right now! 

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Still catching many bright Steelhead for May. Water temperatures are still colder than normal , keeping steelhead in the river much longer this year.
Muskegon River Spring Steelhead
Nate with a gorgeous bright hen.
Trout Fishing Muskegon River
Will with a gorgeous Muskegon River Brown Trout. Both Trout and Steelhead are feeding heavily on Steelhead eggs, and King Salmon Fry. These offer a huge food source during May.
Steelhead Eggs and Salmon Fry - Muskegon River Sucker Spawn

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report

Water levels are are prefect ( Clear @ 5000 cfs) with lots of Steelhead of gravel.  Fly Fishing has been the best technique at this time. Free style nymphing with black stone flies, salmon fry, and small natural trout beads are all fishing well.  Many bright Steelhead with lots more entering the  river.  Prime Time is several weeks behind this year with Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing lasting well into May and early June. Good numbers of Steelhead and Trophy Brown Trout at this time. 

Steelhead Fishing Should remain good, double digit hook ups until early June.  Water temperatures are much colder than a normal year. Steelhead Fishing is exceptionally good right now! 

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Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing
Croton Dam Fishing Guides
Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead fishing has been phenomenal the past several days.  We are now heading into the peak weeks with big number hook ups, and lots of fish!  Fly fishing now takes center stage with good numbers of Michigan Spring Steelhead on gravel and actively spawning.  Water temperatures are perfect at 42 degrees.   Visibility is very good, over 10′ visibility.  Sight casting to fish is now an option. Fly Fishing for spawning Spring Steelhead has made for some double digit days on the Muskegon River below Croton Dam, just upstream of Newaygo, Michigan.

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Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing
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Croton Dam Spring Steelhead Fishing
Croton Dam Spring Steelhead Fishing

Finally! The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Our first good push of Muskegon River Spring Steelhead. Bright Silver Steelhead just showed up over the weekend. Water temperatures are still cold but we have seen many Steelhead beginning to spawn and hit gravel in some locations.

Spinning fishing light tackle with floats and spawn, trout beads, and jigs and waxworms. All of which are fishing very well.
Fly fishing should pick up later this week as water temperatures begin to warm, and spawning becomes heavy.

Croton Dam Spring Steelhead Michigan
Croton Dam Spring Steelhead
Grand River Steelhead

Water levels are finally back to normal Spring levels. Muskegon River is running at 5440 cfs. Clarity is very good at 5′ and clearing.  We had an excellent day fishing with Greg and Luke.  We landed a ton of nice Steelhead this morning. I feel like today marks the first batch of Muskegon River Spring Steelhead. Lots of Steelhead now entering in from the lake with the major push starting this week.

What’s working?  Jigs tipped with wax worms worked well for us this morning. Florescent colors seemed to work best.  Trout beads have also been working well. medium sized spawn sacks in chartreuse and pink, all working very well.  Small jigs tipped with small ice fishing plastics have also been good.  Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports – Muskegon River.

Spring Steelhead Fishing Croton Dam, Michigan

What a gorgeous spring chrommer… 

Michigan Fishing Reports

Starting to see good numbers of bright spring Steelhead. New fish coming in…

Update: Water Levels are at 5440 cfs, Levels are up but the clarity remains good. Visibility is 5′. Should make for some phenomenal Spring steelhead fishing next week! We are finally getting some much needed warmer weather! Temperatures are scheduled to be above freezing for the next week. Starting to see good Spring Steelhead movement throughout the Muskegon River System.  Longer daylight, good water levels, and warmer temperatures should certainly kick up the fishing a notch.  Full day $395  Half Day $295

Fishing fresh steelhead spawn has been excellent. Smaller spawn sacks in natural colors have been fishing well. Steelhead Trout Beads, in natural, 6mm and 8mm all fishing very well. Starting to see a few early spring stone flies. Fly Fishing should become a major thing during the next several weeks as steelhead gorge on stone flies.

 

 

Toby with a chromer. Bright Steelhead Year Around

Evan displays a gorgeous Spring Steelhead.

Some our best Spring Steelhead fishing takes place during late February and early March. Steelhead feed heavily on King Salmon Fry, Gobies, Sculpin, Scuds, Green Caddis, and after waking up from Winter’s slumber, Steelhead absolutely love the late Winter Stonefly.

Trout beads drifted along the bottom perfectly represent Brown Trout or King Salmon eggs. Hand painted trout beads look identical to salmon eggs.

Flies that represent Scuds, Sculpins, and Coho Salmon fry are also very effective near the Croton Dam. The Muskegon River never freezes so we fish all winter long, offering great fishing year around.

Drifting Trout Beads, tiny spawn sacks, or jigs tipped with wax worms has been fishing best for Muskegon River Steelhead, Brown Trout, and Salmon. Good numbers of Michigan Spring Steelhead throughout the main Muskegon River. Lower sections near Maple Island, Bridgeton, and Newaygo are all fishing well. Pine St and the Croton Dam have lots of resident trout and spring steelhead. There should continue to be steelhead well through the spring months. Steelhead usually peak here in late March and early April.

 

Giant Spring Steelhead from the Muskegon River near the Croton Dam. Muskegon River Spring Steelhead

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Spawn sack and Bead fishing is going well right now. Bright Steelhead entering the river.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing

Recent rain has greatly improved the Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. The middle sections have been fishing well. Pine Street to Henning seems to have the most fish.

We are now starting to see good numbers of Muskegon River Fall Steelhead entering the lower Muskegon River near Giles and Maple Island. Fall steelhead ascend the river to feed during the fall months. King salmon eggs are the main food source for steelhead during November. Trout beads, small spawn sacks, crank baits, and swung flies all fish well for Steelhead this time of year.

Water temperatures play an important role for migratory fall steelhead. The best water temperatures for Steelhead in Michigan are between 55 to 45 degrees. These water temperatures make for excellent steelhead fishing in Michigan. Screaming drags, incredible jumps, and mean head shakes make for thrilling fights with Michigan Fall Steelhead.

Croton Dam to Newaygo offers some of the best Fall Steelhead Fishing in Michigan. Excellent runs and deep pools in this section of river, it offers great holding water. Pine St to the Thornapple access also has fantastic trout fishing for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, King Salmon, and Steelhead. Smallmouth Bass can be found here during the Summer Months.

Muskegon River Fishing Reports

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Reports for the Croton Dam and Newaygo Area for Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Reports for the Croton Dam and Newaygo Area for Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead.

Muskegon River Steelhead Reports

During the Fall months, the Muskegon River receives a large amount of Steelhead. Steelhead can be fished throughout the Winter and into Spring Months (10/28)

Trout fishing remains strong. Good numbers of Muskegon River Trout feeding behind the spawning King Salmon near the Croton Dam. Fishing Reports for the Muskegon River near Newaygo.

MUSKEGON RIVER STEELHEAD is the ultimate game fish and the crown jewel of Michigan Rivers.

Steelhead are the only freshwater game fish that will strike a fly savagely in 35 degree water, leap relentlessly, make blistering lightning quick runs, and test every fly fishing skill you possess.

Honest 18lb Steelhead! No doubt the largest year class of steelhead since the mid ’90’s. Steelhead are plentiful and huge this year!

Like Salmon, Steelhead are born in rivers but spend their growing years in larger bodies of water. Our great lakes Steelhead return to the rivers when they reach sexual maturity after three or four years of growth in the big lake. After spawning commences in late spring Steelhead migrate back to the big lake and start the process all over again the following years.

These beautiful fish average 8-10 pounds with an occasional monster caught close to 20 pounds each year. Join us for an experience of a lifetime fishing for one of the most sought after fresh water game fish in the world. These world-class fish are available in the fall, winter, and spring.

FALL STEELHEAD (October thru November)

Fall Steelhead fishing is your best opportunity throughout the year to experience the true power these fish have to offer. These Great Lakes Steelhead migrate into our rivers in October following the migration of the Chinook or King Salmon. These bright silver bullets cruise behind spawning salmon redds in search of discharged eggs.

If you truly want to experience Steelhead fishing at it’s best, join us for a fall Steelhead fishing trip. You will not be disappointed!

WINTER STEELHEAD (December thru February)

Winter fishing for Steelhead is one the best kept secrets throughout the Muskegon river system due to numbers of fish throughout the river and you virtually have the complete river to yourself. Steelhead will ascend the Muskegon river all year long due to its warmer tail water and ice free flows providing for some spectacular fishing December through February.

Betts Guide Service prides itself on being able to offer you some of the best winter Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon. It has been common to experience double digit hook ups even on some of the coldest winter days.

If you have never experienced the sheer tranquility and peacefulness of winter Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River, give us a try; it’s a great way to shake the winter blues in Michigan.

SPRING STEELHEAD (March thru May)

Beginning in late February, the winter Steelhead move up river and begin their migration to their spawning areas. During March, April, and May Steelhead begin to polish gravel and begin to spawn. During this time, Fly Fishing for Steelhead is at it’s best. Anglers can visually seek Steelhead and make casts to the spawning Spring Steelhead. Sight fishing to Steelhead on gravel and watching them take flies makes for a very exhilarating experience.

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Michigan Fishing Reports for Muskegon, Pere Marquette, and Manistee Rivers.

Please Check out our Michigan fishing reports for local rivers.
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King Salmon: Starting to see a good number of King Salmon on the Little Manistee River. Lower Pere Marquette River has a few also. Salmon Season is just around the corner. PM & Manistee River trips available.

Trout: Trout fishing is going well. Water levels on the Muskegon River are back to normal. Creek mouths have been holding good numbers of trout. Croton Dam to Pine St is also fishing well. Jade & Cinnamon Caddis emergers

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass fishing has been EXCELLENT. Good numbers throughout the river system. Morning and mid day fishing very well. Also seeing a few walleye each trip. Soft plastics fishing well.

Michigan Trout and Smallmouth Bass fishing guides for the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee Rivers. All Inclusive guided Light Tackle Spinning or Fly Fishing Trips. Book Now >>> (231) 519-7348

Trout fishing remains strong in the upper river below Croton Dam. Caddis emergence each evening. Salmon, Steelhead and Sucker fry also fishing well for trout.

Beat the Heat! Hot Weather makes for great Smallmouth fishing. Great Kid’s trips!

Salmon parr, Steelhead fry, and Sucker fry are making up the bulk of the trout diet right now. Millions of minnows along the shore line. Fish key on fry this time of year.

Fry is the name of the game right now! Salmon parr, Steelhead fry, and Sucker fry are all along the shore line at this point. Any shade pocket against the shore line is loaded with minnows or fry. Chinook Salmon parr, Steelhead fry, and Sucker fry are making up the bulk of the trout diet right now. Both Smallmouth Bass and Muskegon River Trout are gorging on fry at this time. Sink tip fly lines with fry patterns are working well. Big numbers of trout in the upper river below Croton Dam. Smallmouth Bass are through out the main river. Crank baits and spinners are also working well.

Dry fly fishing for trout has also been very good. Gray Drake linger in the upper river below Croton Dam. Caddis and Caddis emergence every evening from 7pm – dark. Isonychia and light Cahills in the mid section – Thornapple to Henning Park. Smallmouth Bass on the fly has also been excellent. Large poppers and streamers are working best for big bronze backs! Book Now >>> (231) 519-7348

Ed, 90 years young, displays a gorgeous Michigan Brown Trout caught on a sucker spawn imitation.

John with a huge Muskegon River Brown Trout. Much larger fish this season! Great Michigan Trout Fishing.

Michigan Trout fishing has been phenomenal on the Muskegon River. Hot and humid weather has the bugs popping big time! Caddis and caddis emergers are now taking center stage. Most activity occurs in the evenings, after 7pm. Gray Drake spinner falls are still available, offering some trophy fish taking dries.
Sucker spawn by day – Hatches during the evening. What a time to be on the water!

Red Horse Sucker Spawn provides a great meal for larger Muskegon River Trout. Trout gorge on sucker spawn in Michigan Rivers.

During the Michigan Sucker Spawn many nymphs, larvae, steelhead fry, Salmon fry, and sucker eggs are dislodged – Trout feed heavily on these food sources.

Our main focus now is Michigan Trout fishing. The river is at a nice level and clear with water temps in the 50s. Large numbers of salmon, steelhead, and sucker fry are present against the shoreline. Sulphurs, Gray Drake, and Caddis are the prime hatches now. Red Horse Suckers are also starting to load up which should make for outstanding trout fishing. Muskegon River Trout feed heavily on the eggs of the spawning Red Horse Suckers. The native fish provide a staple food source for our resident Brown and Rainbow trout.
Trout on the Muskegon River have been feeding heavily on the numerous insect hatches going on right now. The most prolific are the cinnamon sedge Caddis and the Gray Drake. These hatches take place in the afternoon and evenings. The Gray Drake spinner fall takes place right at dusk. These hatches offer some of the best trout fishing in Michigan. Gray Drake spinner fall at dusk.

Sturgeon sightings are beginning to become common on the Muskegon River. These gentle giants glide next to the boat while trout fishing. Exciting to see!

Over the past several days, Muskegon River Trout fishing has been going great! We’ve been finding larger, hold over trout daily. At least one 20″ plus trout on just about each guided trip. Seems to be good numbers feeding on the sucker spawn. This trend should continue for the next 10 days or so. Trout on the Muskegon River have been feeding heavily on the numerous insect hatches going on right now. The most prolific are the Cinnamon Sedge Caddis and the Gray Drake spinner fall. These hatches take place in the afternoon and evenings.

Hopefully the first of many. Mike with a beast of a brown trout. Streamer fishing has been hot!

Michigan Trout Fishing – Ashallie displays a gorgeous Brown trout while nymphing with sucker spawn.

Fishing Notes for Today: Heavy Gray Drake Spinner Fall this Morning around Pine St.
Suckers Spawning big time. yellow egg patterns. Heavy Gray Drake spinner fall this evening. 9:30pm
Size #10 – Gray Drake Spinner dry fly or rusty dun dry flies.

Trout fishing in Michigan is in full swing! With a cooler than normal spring, the Muskegon River Trout Fishing is just starting. There continues to be small pockets of Steelhead available through May. Water temperatures are starting to climb into the low 50’s. Dry Fly hatches such as adult Stone flies, Gray Drake, and Sulphers will begin to play a key role in the trout’s diet. May and June offer high growth rates for trout, and a smorgasbord of feeding options. Michigan Trout fishing is certainly best during May and June.
Water is clear. Wading is available. Trout fishing is excellent.

Coming soon, Muskegon River Sucker Spawn “Hatch”. Less than one week away! Thousands of Red Horse Suckers ascent into the upper sections of the Muskegon River. Large Brown Trout follow these suckers and when the sucker spawn begins, trophy Brown Trout gorge on sucker eggs. Trout also key on nymphs dislodged by suckers actively spawning. The Muskegon River Sucker Spawn offers clients a chance at true trophy Brown Trout (over 25″) Big Brown Trout feed recklessly during the sucker spawn, and can be sight fished while fly fishing. Casting to specific trophy trout can certainly be exhilarating!
Sucker Spawn Trout Video

Chinook Salmon & Steelhead Fry also play a huge part in the trout’s diet this time of year. Trout take advantage of the millions of fry along the shoreline of the Muskegon River. Any shade pockets along the river are loaded with salmon and steelhead fry making for easy prey for larger trout. Mallard flank fry patterns stripped along soft water near shore offer consistent trout fishing. Fly Fishing with light sink tip fly lines, (Rio DC 150 gr) against the bank works well. Usually the softer pockets hold fish.

Michigan Dry Fly Fishing – As the water temperatures finally warm into the mid 50’s, dry fly hatches are key. Right now, adult stone flies can be seen during the afternoon. Trout feeding on stone flies are easy to see. Big, splashy rises are common for trout feeding on stone flies. Gray Drakes, Sulphers, and Isonychia should begin to pick up in late May, and early June. The Muskegon River boasts the largest Gray Drake spinner fall in the Mid West! Huge clouds of drake spinner fall at dusk.
How To Catch More Trout

Manistee River Trout Fishing – Casey displays a fat and healthy Brown Trout – Tippy Dam Trout

Fat and sassy Rainbow Trout are common on the Muskegon River. Trout fishing is excellent during May & June.

We offer three guided fishing trips for Muskegon River and Manistee River Trout Fishing.

Half Day morning – Light Spinning Tackle trips. These trips are fast paced with lots of trout caught, with a chance at steelhead and trophy Brown Trout. Numbers trout are caught on these trips. We cast small crank baits, spinners, and body baits. It’s a great trip for kids, offering constant activity. ($250 -4.5 hrs)

“Hatch Masters” Evening Dry Fly Fishing – Instructional Casting. Guided half day afternoon trips that fish well into the evening. Dry fly fishing, nymphing, and sucker spawn fishing. These trips offer shots at trophy trout during the sucker spawn, and big fish on dry flies! Half day trout usually begin around 4:30pm. All gear tackle, and flies provided at no additional charge. ($250 – 4.5 hrs)

Full Day Guided Fly Fishing Adventures. Instructional Casting, Dry Fly Fishing, Nymphing with shots at larger fish during the Sucker Spawn, or on dry flies. Streamer fishing can also be excellent. ($350 – 2pm – dark) All gear, tackle, and flies provided at no extra charge.

Muskegon River Spring Steelhead Report – Croton Dam – (231) 519-7348


Muskegon River Spring Steelhead
King Salmon from the Big Manistee River. September 2023
Muskegon River Salmon Fishing Reports. Muskegon and Manistee Rivers

The Muskegon River is now at full peak, King Salmon fishing! There are lots on fresh Kings entering the river from the Lake Michigan, with new fish entering the river daily. Good numbers of Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and a handful of Fall Steelhead. Best methods for fishing have been floats and skein eggs. Red or bright pink, has been the ticket for fish holding in the deep holes. Casting Thundersticks has also been working very well, especially during the morning hours. Salmon are also beginning to dig gravel and spawn. Flossing is in full effect.  Long leaders with pencil weights, and dark flies have been fishing very well for spawning salmon.

Water levels are low and clear, making for excellent wading below Croton Dam. Look for good fishing over the next few weeks. Plenty of Salmon, with a bunch more coming. If you need some Salmon fishing supplies, or rod and reel combos, stop in at Pappy’s Bait and Tackle. They have everything you need! You have Herb clean your fish. They also have Salmon for sale, from the Little Manistee River. 

We have guided Salmon trips available for the Big Manistee River below Tippy dam. Full Day ( 6hrs) $450 per 2 people. Half days available (4hrs) for two anglers. Fish cleaning, and all gear and tackle is included. Text or book on the website. (231) 519-7348

Fully Guided Spring Steelhead Trips for Michigan Rivers. Full Day Trips ( 8 hours) $395 Half Day Guided Fishing Tours (4 hours) $295

** All Gear, Tackle, Rods, Reels, Fishing Cleaning Provided** Super Prime Spring Steelhead Dates & Half days available for Muskegon River.

Steelhead fishing has been incredible. The main push of steelhead is here now during May. Water temperatures are equivalent of April 20th. Steelhead is way behind schedule and fishing is great. Our main focus has been sight fly fishing for steelhead on gravel. River water has been gin clear therefore sight fishing has been excellent. Good pockets of fish in the upper Muskegon River near the Croton Dam. Similarly, Mid section above Pine St has been doing well. Temperature and clarity is very good. Best Steelhead flies have been brown pheasant tail nymphs, salmon fry patterns, sack fry, olive hares ears nymphs. Small egg patterns are also working well. Apricot, Steelhead orange, Oregon Cheese, and golden nugget, all working well in #8, or #10’s. Consequently, Steelhead Egg Flies Fishing should remain great for the nest 10 days or more.

Open May Steelhead Dates

After May 15th, guided steelhead trips are $395 for the full day. Half day afternoon trips are $295 for 4.5 hrs of steelhead fishing.

George with a beautiful hen. Spring Steelhead are just beginning to spawn. May will be very good with lots of steelhead well into June this year.
Jordan with a giant buck steelhead. Double digit days just starting to rock! Spring steelhead just now beginning to spawn.

Two Steelhead on at a time! Yes, It’s about to be really really good fishing! New steelhead still coming in from Lake Michigan.
These steelhead have been gorgeous! Spring has been a month behind with very cold water temperatures hence fishing is just now getting good !

Open May Steelhead Dates:

After May 15th, guided steelhead trips are $396 for the full day. Half day afternoon trips are $295 for 4.5 hrs of steelhead fishing.

If you’re sitting in your office cubicle, bored, or sitting at home, NOW is the time to get out of the house and fish! May Steelhead dates are filling quickly. We are only offering the $295 half day Spring special until May 15th.

Water temperatures are still very cold! 44 degrees. We are landing at least one steelhead per hour on the Muskegon. It’s a great time to be on the water with little angling pressure and lots of fish. Fishing has been excellent with last week’s high water which shuffled the deck and brought in lots of new steelhead from the lower river. Likewise, Spring Chromers coming in from the lake with more to come!

It’s nearly May 5th and over 90% of the Michigan Spring Steelhead migration has not even begun to spawn. Similarly, all of the spawning hen steelhead have not spawned yet. Fly fishing for steelhead is phenomenal right now! If you seen the weather pattern for the past month, you’d swear it was March at best which makes this year’s spring steelhead feel the same way!

Water temperatures are just barely in the 40’s with the vast majority of the steelhead not even ready to spawn. Gravel fishing over the past couple days has been PHENOMINAL! Double digit days have been the norm with the weather finally warming up, and water levels dropping to a perfect level. The drop has made for some very good fly fishing! Visibly sight fishing for steelhead on gravel is probably some of the best steelhead fishing you’ll ever experience. Watching a fish take your bead or fly. Exhilarating!!

Best Steelhead tips and techniques

 Right now, free style nymphing for steelhead has been our best bet for numbers of steelhead. Trout beads and small black stone flies, salmon fry patterns, or green PM Caddis have all been working well. Sight fishing to spawning steelhead on gravel has been very effective. Long leaders and quality drifts has been the key to success. Running lines with a small amount of weight, and a two fly rig, or one trout bead with a stone fly dropper.

How To Catch More Trout

Bobber fishing on spinning tackle has also been effective. Very small spawn sacks in natural colors have been the best for both trout and spring steelhead. Brown trout have also been very active around spawning steelhead. Look for big numbers of steelhead during May this year. Steelhead are now just getting started and should go well into June this year.

Super Prime Spring Steelhead Dates & Half days available. Text to book >>> (231) 519-7348

Manistee river – Tippy Day – Michigan Winter Steelhead Fishing Report ( 8/2/2023


Manistee River Coho Salmon - Tippy Dam Fishing Reports
Gorgeous Tippy Dam Recreational Area – Coho Salmon from the Manistee River.

~Michigan’s Manistee River Fishing Report below Tippy Dam.~
Winter Steelhead fishing on the Big Manistee has been improving with the recent warm snap. Steelhead have settled into their Winter holding lies. Slower, deeper runs have been holding good numbers of bright Winter Steelhead. Runs and holding areas with rocks and gravel tend to hold the most fish. drops offs and cuts with gravel transitioning to sand, with a few boulders mixed in.

Most productive Steelhead baits during the winter months are baits with scent. Fresh, small spawn sacks in natural colors, white, peach, or blue spawn sack netting. (Small, 4 salmon eggs) or 6-8 Steelhead eggs in the netting. One orange styrofoam floater, helps the Steelhead see the bait, especially in lower light levels. Float fishing with Trout beads has also been very productive. “Dead Eggs” or washed out tones of cream and orange colors, have been working the best. Steelhead Bead fishing with 8mm and 10mm beads have been getting bit the most. Fish your beads close to the bottom. Fishing tiny marabou jigs tipped with waxs worms, also helps keep the bait near the bottom. Wax worms represent Caddis Larvae, which is a major food source for Trout and Steelhead.

Mid day to later afternoon has been the best bite. Afternoon has the warmest water temperatures, and the most feeding activity.

Salmon fishing on the Big Manistee River has really been picking up! Starting to see good numbers of Coho Salmon, King Salmon, and the occasional fall Steelhead. Recent rains have bumped some new fish up into the upper Sections near Tippy Dam. morning and afternoon, seeing the most activity but numbers of Salmon throughout the day.

Casting Thundersticks in the morning hours has been very productive. mid day brings us into mid day flossing King Salmon on gravel. Kings have recently started spawning on gravel. Sight fishing them has been most productive. Bead fishing behind spawning salmon, for Rainbow and Brown Trout has been fun. Producing a few nice fish. Lake Trout have also started to enter the river, with a few of those starting to show up! Look for excellent fishing during the next three weeks. This is prime time, Fall Salmon fishing right now!

Fishing in itself is an absolute experience. And after a long day waiting for a Salmon to bite onto the bait, being rewarded feels extraordinary. However, for a beginner, the journey is much more complicated. But, when it comes to benefitting from the Manistee River Fishing Report, irrespective of your fishing experience level, you can make the most of it.

So, let’s get started by learning the importance of knowing how to prepare and read a fishing report.

What is a Fishing Report?

A fishing report comprises the things experienced by anglers during their fishing trips. Typically, a fishing report is like a diary or a journal, which states all the details about:

  • The direction of the wind’s flow
  • Weather conditions of the region
  • Depth of the water
  • How do the fishes react depending upon the time of the day
  • How is fish’s behavior manipulated according to seasonal change

By reading a fishing report, you can anticipate your next moves for fishing. And plan your trip ahead of time. For instance, when you read the Manistee fishing report, you will have an overall idea about the area’s weather conditions and what you can expect in your next fishing expedition. The 2021 fishing report of Manistee River recorded:

  • The flow of water in the Tippy Dam was below 1480 cubic foot
  • The temperature in the winters when King Salmon are found ranging between 68-70 degrees
  • The Suicide Bend region has been good for fishing –Summer Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout

This year, get set with all your gears, including – Streamers, tricks, beads, nymphs, wax worms, crankbaits, and jig baits that will serve best in catching the Brown Salmon.

Now you must be wondering how we can determine so much. Well, this is the secret that we wanted to reveal to you. By carefully reading and understanding the fishing reports, you will have an idea about most of the details and can easily plan your fishing trip.

Importance of preparing and reading fishing reports:

Anglers can gauge their future fishing expeditions by reading the fishing reports. Also, as stated by some of the experts in fishing, reading fishing reports will automatically enhance your experience in fishing, and the success rate will also be higher.

The weather conditions can greatly influence the fishing experiences in a location. However, when you read a fishing report, you will see how it will influence your judgment in spotting the right location to wait for King Salmon or any other fish of your choice. For example, if you plan your fishing trip to the Manistee River in November, we suggest you go through the previous year’s reports.

This way, you won’t be entirely clueless throughout your trip and will know what and what not to expect from your expedition.

Ways to read a Fishing report:

Just coming across a Manistee River Fishing Report is not enough; you will have to understand the various ways you must read it. Let us help you understand how to read between the lines and put the collected information to good use.

1. Guides and Tackle Shops are a good source:

In order to collect substantial information about a locality, there is no better option than relying on the local guides in the area. You can always get help from the tackle shop owners from whom you will purchase your fishing gear.

Also, to make a good impression with the shopkeepers and local guides, you must practice healthy interaction or hire their services and purchase goods from them.

2. Find out patterns to understand the reports better:

If you want to search for fishing reports, plenty is available online. However, how will you know which Manistee River Fishing Report you must trust and which to ignore? Again going back to our first point, finding readings and reports online is easy, but make sure to cross verify it with the information you have received from your professional guide or tackle shop owner.

Then it would help if you looked for certain signs:

  • How are the fish behaving
  • How is the weather influencing the fish
  • What do the fishes prefer to bite on – Beads, soft plastics, or live baits
  • Has the region recently experienced rain

Fishing reports will always help you differentiate a good fishing expedition from a bad one.

3. Know when to switch from online to offline mode:

Let’s be honest; not every time will the Internet be able to help you; in some cases, like obtaining the accurate Manistee fishing report, you will have to take instructions from someone who operates offline. Therefore, you must know when to rely on an online source and when to switch to offline mode.

4. Fishing report varies according to the species:

The behavior of fish varies greatly when saltwater and freshwater fish are compared. While the freshwater or river water fishes are stationary, saltwater fishes move around a lot. You cannot depend on the information that you find on online platforms. Getting the guidance of the local fishermen and anglers will provide you with the correct coordinate of the school of fish.

Conclusion:

Now that you have reached so far, you must be well acquainted with the importance of a Manistee fishing report. And we also hope that you have an overall idea of how to read the fishing reports and use them in your arsenal. So what are you waiting for? Let us know when you plan your fishing trip to the Manistee River for some fish and game.

Having the guidance of a professional angler by your side is very important to have an unmatched fishing experience. So, why deprive yourself of a quality trip when Betts Guide Service is here? Reach out to us at (248) 210-0827 and learn more about what we offer you.

Michigan Smallmouth Bass & PanFish Fishing Report


Northern Pike Michigan Fishing
The hotter the better!! Smallmouth Bass (And Pike) in Michigan absolutely love hot weather. The top water bite has been incredible lately.

Hot Weather has kicked the Smallmouth Bass fishing into overdrive!  Top Water Bass Fishing has been excellent the past few days!  These Michigan guided fishing trips are fun, and fast paced with tons of fish CATCHING!  During July and August, the Muskegon River offers World Class Smallmouth Bass fishing. Local Lakes offer very good pan fish, Blue Gills, Crappie, and Rock Bass.  These are excellent light tackle trips for children and adults alike. Just makes for an excellent, fun filled, catching trip on the water! 
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Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing Guides

Michigan Pan Fish Fishing
Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing - Muskegon River Smallmouth
Smallmouth Bass fishing has been excellent! Hot weather has Smallmouth on the Feed big time! Top Water Action.

Top water action for Michigan Smallmouth Bass. Summer is finally here, along with warmer weather, comes great Smallmouth Bass fishing in Michigan. Crank baits, top water and soft plastics are producing good numbers of Smallmouth bass on the Muskegon River. We have also been landing a few nice Walleye, and Northern Pike as well. 

Michigan Smallmouth Fishing - Muskegon River Smallmouth
Crappie Fishing Michigan
Michigan Crappie Fishing has been excellent over the past several weeks. Spawn is in full swing now.

With the Pan Fish Spawn going on now, good numbers of Blue Gill, Crappie, Rock Bass, and larger Yellow Perch are being caught on our Pan fish trips. Tiny, soft plastic tube jigs, little Nipper jigs, and hair jigs are all producing limits of big Blue Gills and Crappie.  Pan fishing is excellent throughout the summer months.  During this hot and humid weather, the Smallie fishing is very good.  The hotter, the better for Smallmouth Bass in Michigan.

Michigan PanFishing Guides - Crappie Fishing Guides
Summertime also produces some big Trout below the Croton Dam, Muskegon River.
Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Smallmouth Bass Fishing is on fire right now!! Hot and humid weather makes for and excellent crank bait and top water bite. Buzz baits are king! Big spinnerbaits and soft plastics are also fishing well.

How to select the bait and flies for steelhead trout fishing?


How to select the bait and lure for steelhead trout fishing?

When fishing for Michigan Steelhead, you will find significant differences in their gear, compared to the other Rainbow Trout. The art of Steelhead fishing can be explained by going through various steelhead fishing reports. The Steelhead are anadromous, which is going back to their exact birthplace for spawning. They also venture into freshwater spaces and spend their lives in the Great Lakes, unlike the Rainbow Trout, which dominantly occurs in the Pacific North West ocean tributaries.

Selecting the proper bait, beads, and flies for steelhead fishing is, as before, an art. Here we will try to explain in an accurate perspective how to properly utilize gear, equipment, time, and mentality to get your best catch of the day, every day.

Seasonal trends matter

When you go through steelhead fishing reports online, you will find that summer and winter Steelhead differ from each other. Often known as “summer-run” Skamania Steelhead and “winter-run” Little Manistee Strain Steelhead, during their respective seasons. Beginning in late October – early November and continuing up into late May, the Spring season trout are close to maturation and provide a lot of nutritional value. They are excellent eating!

During the onset of April, however, they start their migration to freshwater, keeping in mind their reproductive maturity on eggs and sperm production availability.  They continue to do so and are finished with the whole migration process by the time November comes in. However, the reproductive maturity of summer-run fishes varies substantially as compared to their winter counterpart.

The important points you need to look through before angling, depending on the season, are as follows:-

  • Summer-run Steelhead are the most preferred as their metabolism is high during warm and comfortable water. They have more sexual aggression and are hard fighters!
  • Summer-run steelhead, however, do not fully mature before they have migrated from saltwater to freshwater
  • Winter-run steelheads have limited spawn timing as they are not reproductive ready during that season
  • Various steelhead fishing reports suggest going for the summer-run Skamania Steelhead, hence more sought after as mentioned before
  • Though different in their migration timings, both variants have spawn timings during the early summer and spring seasons.

Time management is the key to a good catch

As mentioned in the earlier paragraphs, you need to get the timing right for your catch. Summer-run or winter-run is up to you to decide but getting a little insight on these will help you make a more educated decision. The winter fishes are in a race against time for their maturity and are predominantly moving to ocean tributaries from where they will go into the freshwater for summer maturation.

Keeping a steady plan to get a catch will help in the long run: –

  • Follow the weather trend and the shoreline temperatures. Any indication of the temperature going down will push the fishes early into the river
  • Depending on your area of living, check for local steelhead fishing reports to figure out the best possible time of getting a good catch
  • Sometimes, aggressive steelheads do not even realize the water temperature and are all excited on their own. When the temperature starts to drop but is still holding in the high to mid-region, that can be the chance to get a catch if you have missed out on it at the beginning of the season
  • During rainfall, a large number of fishes start pushing from the lower to the upper region of the river. Look for signs in the weather and take the opportunity if it presents

Look for reviews on catches and seasons online

Various online forums and archives are available where you can analyze the trends of a season and where a major variety of catches are being found. Being resourceful and gaining a lot of insight with steelhead fishing reports will ensure you find the best spot, time, bait, and lure for your angling needs. Whatever little information you may find, it will keep you in the loop on what’s going on in the scene and allow you to plan according to it.

Browsing in your local domain of anglers, you can find what type of trait works in what kind of environment. Following the hearing in these situations will make a difference in how you approach a catch. You can even book trips with professional anglers available in your locality and follow their path. Keeping in mind these simple characteristics of peers as they are light with years of insight and reports with the fish variant, their migration cycle, time of reproduction, and bulk availability in a particular area.

Conclusion

Researching steelhead fishing reports and monitoring the season and weather will help you determine the ideal timing for your catch. Flies work great as bait, and the aggressive fishes seem to love them when caught. Timing your lure for the peak season and keeping up with the local fishing scenario will go a long way for angling in the current and future seasons.

Are you looking for some quick fishing insights from experienced anglers? Our informational site provides you with a collection of steelhead fishing reports from yearly archives, along with the knowledge for bait and timing management. Head on to our website to go through our catalog of reports and what your fellow anglers are catching during the peak seasons. Get in touch with us at (231) 519-7348 or mail us at chadbetts@hotmail.com

Michigan Trout Fishing – Muskegon River Sucker Spawn (231) 519-7348


 

Starting to see a lot of insect activity. We landed this nice brown trout on a gray drake spinner (dry fly) Hatches have been good. (6/1)

Mike landed this beauty fishing behind spawning suckers. Great Lakes Suckers are just beginning to spawn. (6/1)

Our main focus now is trout fishing at this time. The river is at a nice level and clear with water temps in the 50s. Large numbers of salmon, steelhead, and sucker fry are present against the shoreline. Sulphurs, gray drake, and caddis are the prime hatches right now. Suckers are also starting to load up which should make for outstanding trout fishing. Muskegon River Trout feed heavily on the eggs of the spawning Red Horse Suckers. The native fish provide a staple food source for our resident brown and rainbow trout.

Trout on the Muskegon River have been feeding heavily on the numerous insect hatches going on right now. The most prolific are the cinnamon sedge caddis and the Gray Drake. These hatches take place in the afternoon and evenings. The Gray Drake spinner fall takes place right at dusk. These hatches offer some of the best trout fishing in Michigan.

Over the past several days, Muskegon River Trout fishing has been going well. We’ve been finding larger, hold over trout daily. At least one 20″ plus trout on just about each guided trip. Seems to be good numbers feeding on the sucker spawn. This trend should continue for the next 10 days or so. Trout on the Muskegon River have been feeding heavily on the numerous insect hatches going on right now. The most prolific are the cinnamon sedge caddis and the Gray Drake spinner fall. These hatches take place in the afternoon and evenings.

Evening Hatch Fishing Trips. $250 for 4.5 hrs.

(Light Spinning Tackle trips also available upon request)

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Ashley displays a gorgeous Muskegon River Brown Trout from the spawn suckers. Sucker spawn is a high protein diet for huge trout.

Toby with a beast of a Brown Trout. This time of years offers the best in Michigan trophy trout.

Nothing in Michigan gets our guides more fired up than the Muskegon River Sucker Spawn Hatch. It’s the true Holy Grail for trophy Brown Trout on the Muskegon River. It’s going on right now! Over 100,000 Red Horse Suckers ascend the Muskegon River searching for the perfect gravel shoals in which to drop loads of liquid yellow gold (sucker Spawn). Trophy Trout follow the suckers into the upper stretches of the Muskegon River near Thornapple, Pine St. and finally the Croton Dam. Its a smorgasbord for the trout, an all you can eat, buffet. Big trout gorge and we are here to chase them!

With fly rods in hand, we hunt these big trout. The largest trout that the Muskegon River has to offer. Sight fishing to fat Rainbow Trout and portly Brown Trout. You can actually see the big trout behind the sucker redds chowing down on sucker eggs, nymphs, and steelhead fry that are just emerging from the gravel. It’s a riot chasing these big trout – We want you to come along and join us!! We offer both full and half day opportunities!

We offer both full days, $350 – 8 hrs. And Half days, $250 – 4 hrs
Both Spinning Tackle or Fly Fishing Gear.

Here are some examples of what Michigan’s Muskegon River Trout feed on the most. Pictured left is two main food sources for May during the Sucker Spawn hatch on the Muskegon and Big Manistee Rivers. (We guide both rivers)

1) Yellow Red Horse Sucker Eggs.
2) Freshly emerged Steelhead Fry from the Muskegon River. Steelhead fry hatch or emerge from the gravel about 15 days after the steelhead eggs have been fertilized and laid. Making the perfect for source for Michigan trophy trout.