Muskegon River Fishing Report


Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report

Open Guide Dates:
April:   22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30…
May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15…

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!  (231) 519-7348

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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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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.

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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.

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What a gorgeous spring chrommer… 

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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

Open Guide Dates: March 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
April: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21…

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.

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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.

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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.

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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Alex with a beautiful Spring Steelhead from the Muskegon River. Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing Reports

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.
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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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Guided Fall Steelhead Trips are ALL INCLUSIVE on the Muskegon River and Big Manistee. We offer both Full and Half Day guided fishing. Full days ($395) begin around 8am – 4pm. Half Days ($295) are now available during the morning or afternoon. We allow our clients to keep (3) Steelhead per day. Fish Cleaning is included in your trip. All Gear, Tackle, Bait, and Flies are provided at no extra charge.

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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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Fully Guided Spring Steelhead Trips for Michigan Rivers.
Full Day Trips ( 8 hours) $395
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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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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

Spring Steelhead – Come Catch Some! (231) 519-7348


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Steelhead should be in full swing after this week!

You may Book Spring Steelhead Dates through the (Rates Tab) or through email. ( chadbetts@Hotmail.com ) Emails will be answered within 24 hrs or less, You may also call or text me regarding questions on winter / spring steelhead trips. We will continue to guide throughout the winter. My cell for immediate questions,
texts regarding Spring Steelhead fishing. (231) 519-7348

Winter Steelhead Fishing has been Excellent!

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

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

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

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

Rigging & Casting for Steelhead (How to – Video)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We have guide dates available for all West Michigan Rivers. Please text us >> (231) 519-7348

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

River Conditions Right Now!

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

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

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

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

Trip Options at this time of year.

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

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

Pere Marquette River: $395 for 2 anglers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Need your Help!! As Michigan’s Number One Steelhead Fishing Guide Service, We need your help to Bring Back Chumming! A ban on chumming diminishes our client satisfaction on guided Trips, and limits our hook-up rates! Please help us rescind the chumming ban! MDNR has no scientic data or reason, other than social, to ban chumming. Spawn, Skein, and roe of any kind will be next. Please Sign this petition and let’s get our river back!

Rescind the Chumming Ban

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

Rescind the Chumming Ban

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are planning starting salmon trips on the Pere Marquette and Manistee River on September 1st. We will be casting Thunderstick Crank baits for Kings, also fishing Bobbers and salmon skein for salmon on the lower PM. Drifting skein is a great way to catch big King salmon on light tackle. We will be fly fishing later in the season, towards the end of September, and October. Planning on fishing Steelhead on the Muskegon after October 20th.
Send us a text (231) 519-7348 or book Now on the Rates Tab of this site.
Looking forward to Michigan King Salmon.

Muskegon River Trout – Smallmouth Bass – Salmon


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Beat the Heat with Giant Muskegon River Smallmouth. Hot days means the action is heating up for Big river Smallmouth Bass. Light Spinning Tackle or Fly Fishing.

Mark with a gorgeous rainbow trout from the upper Muskegon River. Excellent Caddis hatches and nice trout. Rainbows doing well on small soft hackle flies.

Michigan King Salmon have started to show up in the few rivers so far. Salmon this year are HUGE compared to the last few years. Larger sized like 2013. Should be an excellent year for big Salmon on the Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers.

John displays another beautiful Rainbow Trout taken on a Caddis dry fly. Trout Fishing is outstanding during June and July. ($250 – $350 – 2 people)

Dry fly fishing has been excellent in the evenings on the Muskegon River. We are experiencing three really good hatches right now. Gray Drakes spinner falls, Isonychia emergers and adult dries, and of coarse, our favorite, Cinnamon Caddis Super Hatches! The Muskegon River is known throughout the Mid West for our ledgenday caddis emergence that happen each evening. Lots and lots of resident trout rise to our caddis.

We are offering evening hatch trips every afternoon from 4:30pm – 10pm. Evening “Hatch Master” Specials are $250 for 2 anglers. Includes all Gear, Tackle, and Flies. We offer easy to learn casting techniques, innovative fly patterns, and teach basic aquatic insect hatch information to our guests on these trips. Hatch trips are a fun way to learn about fly fishing, brush up on techniques, and enjoy a great evening of catching quality trout on dry flies. Call or Text for available evenings. (231) 519-7348

Muskegon River Fishing Report – Spring Steelhead.


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May Steelhead is going strong on the Muskegon and Big Manistee Rivers. Nice weather with great fishing opportunities! (5/4)

Abby and Mike with a gorgeous Muskegon River Steelhead. May fishing is great with Steelhead & Trout fishing. Come make some Memories with our Muskegon River Guide Service. (5/4)

Steelhead fishing has been very good over the last few days. Water levels are up again to a more navigable level, making for excellent fishing. Both larger Trout and Steelhead have been feeding heavily on Chinook Salmon fry along the shoreline. Salmon fry patterns have been working well. Water temperatures are also warming up making for good streamer fishing, although Steelhead is still are main target. It won’t be long until the Muskegon River Sucker spawn. Trout fishing will be phenomenal this year with tons of hold over trout! Text Us @ (231) 519-7348

Late April steelhead fishing has been excellent. Lots of fresh chromers still entering the river. Steelhead fishing should continue well into early June. (5/4)

Rich with a bullet hen. More fishing spawning with May Steelhead yet to come. (5/4)

Spring Steelhead has been full speed ahead for the past three days! We are now entering the absolute best Steelhead fishing of the year from now until Memorial Day. Fly fishing has been excellent! Float fishing has been outstanding as well with double digit hook ups being the norm right now. Egg flies, beads, and green caddis have all been fishing great. Several steelhead & trout a day are also coming on small salmon fry.

** Side note: We’re super excited about the MILLIONS of Chinook Salmon fry along the shoreline. This is fantastic news. I haven’t seen this many fry in many years. Should make for some phenomenal trout fishing.

(GRAVEL & SIGHT FISHING IS EXCELLENT RIGHT NOW FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY THAT!)

There are now lots of Steelhead in all three stages, pre spawn tight hens, spawning steelhead on gravel actively spawning, and quite few drop backs in the mix, heading back to Lake Michigan. I’d consider this “Peak” for the season fishing and should last until the first weeks of June.

We still have short notice dates and guides available if you want to get in on the hot fishing action!

Full days ($350) and afternoon half days ($250) are available on the Muskegon River for Steelhead.

Email >>> ChadBetts@Hotmail.com or Text >>> (231) 519-7348.

Chrome bullets and double digit days! Spring Steelhead are now – Lots of new fish! Muskegon River Steelhead Guides Available.

Jennifer with a chrome Muskegon River Steelhead. It’s prime time right now for these beauties!

This is definitely “Peak Week” for Steelhead on the Muskegon River. Big numbers of Steelhead are here now. Double digit days have been the normal since the water levels have come down. Water levels are perfect for Steelhead fishing. 3′ – 5′ of visibility. Water is generally clear with a tea stain. Brighter colored flies, beads, and spawn have absolutely been pummeling Steelhead in a big way! Weather forecast also looks great for spawning steelhead on gravel. There are now lots of fish on gravel. Fly fishing has been excellent at this time. Lots and lots of new chrome Steelhead showing up Daily. Also tons of big trophy walleye as well.

Spring Steelhead are here! Lots of great fishing for the next month! Steelhead fishing is excellent right now. Toby with a gorgeous bright chrome hen. (3/24)

Big Buck Steelhead – Muskegon River Steelhead fishing is great. Lots of new chrome fish coming in from the lake. Fikret from Bosnia, with a giant buck Steelhead! (3/24)

Over the past three days, steelhead fishing has been outstanding with lots of fish entering the Muskegon River in good numbers. Some steelhead are starting to hit the gravel and are beginning to spawn. Everything is ahead of schedule this year with no ice and warmer temperatures. Float fishing has been excellent with double digit days ahead. Water levels have been perfect, a light stain, and 40 degrees. Excellent steelhead fishing conditions. Call or text for open dates. >>> 231-519-7348

Bright Chrome Bullet Steelhead on the Mighty Muskegon River. Fishing has been improving.

Matt with a great looking buck steelhead. A good mix of spring / winter mix. Fishing is great right now!

The stage is set! Water levels are perfect, temperatures are ideal. Its game on for bright chrome bullet steelhead fishing! The past two days have been on fire to say the least! New chrome fish are being caught each day now with a good mix of winter steelhead. It’s “Prime Time” right now with plenty more bullets that are sure to come! Steelhead are pouring in from lake Michigan. It’s going to be an early run for sure!