Muskegon River Trout Fishing & Sucker Spawn


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Hatch fishing has been excellent on the Muskegon River. Great hatches of Gray Drake, Sulphers, and Isonychia Bicolor. Fantastic dry fly fishing. (6/2)

Nymphing by day – Prolific hatches by night. Trophy Brown Trout on the Muskegon River. Mega Trout! (6/1)

Trout fishing on the Muskegon River has been exceptionally good for the past two weeks. Incredible Gray Drake and Isonychia spinner falls. Dry fly fishing at its finest!! Don’t get put off by the whole fly fishing thing, we offer casting instructions, simple casting techniques, and easy fishing methods for catching lots of nice trout during the summer months. Casting small crank baits is also available and easy, available way to catch nice trout. The Muskegon River offers great trout fishing year around!

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Linda & Chuck with one of many very respectable Trout from today. Summer will offer excellent trout fishing. (5/26)

Miles with a gorgeous trophy Brown Trout landed on the Muskegon River – Sucker fry pattern. (5/14)

John with a stunning Muskegon River Brown Trout taken on a small bead head nymph. (5/26)

Toby with an absolute BEAST of a Brown Trout. Our person best resident river trout. 27″ Trophy Brown Trout. (5/14)

Sucker Spawn Trout fishing has been phenominal – One of the best in years! Lots of really nice resident Trout. Dry fly fishing (Gray Drakes, Isonychia) has also been great. Hatches in both mornings and evening. Fishing should continue to be excellent through early July for Muskegon River Trout.

Spring is here and it’s finally Trout season on the Muskegon River. Trout season is our favorite time of the year! Warm weather, birds chirping, and outstanding fishing opportunities! Muskegon River Sucker spawn is with out a doubt, our most productive time of year for trophy trout. Large wary Brown Trout feed during the day when Red Horse, and White Suckers begin to spawn. Eggs are at a premium this time of year, and Trout go crazy for this food source! 30 – 50 Trout per day are common during the Michigan Sucker Spawn, usually several trophy trout (20 inches or above) are also landed each day.

We use free style nymphing techniques when fishing the Sucker spawn. 9′ – 5 weight fly rods are our weapons of choice, spooled with running line. This technique is incredibly simple to learn. It’s a great technique for introducing children or novice anglers to fly fishing. Usually anglers can cast free style nymphing within 15 or 20 minutes, making 30 foot casts is easy and incredibly productive landing MANY nice trout!

We offer both full and half days, morning or evening. We love to fish Sucker spawn so we can guide you anytime, our schedules are flexible. Full Day trips (8 hrs) are $350 for two anglers. Half days (4.5 hrs) are also available for $250 for 2 anglers. ALL gear, tackle, and flies are also included in all fishing trips.

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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.

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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!


Spring Steelhead Fishing Report – Muskegon River


Good numbers of chrome steelhead entering the rivers daily! Longer day light and a bump in the water levers – Got Steelhead on the move!

Weather has been fantastic making for some great Fishing on the Muskegon River. Water levels and temperature are perfect! Spring Steelhead fishing has definitely been improving over the last couple of days with new fishing moving in daily! I made some interesting observations today. Probably the most important thing I noticed was, the back waters of Croton reservoir (Croton Pond) were completely ice free today. That is a huge sign of a very early steelhead migration. Typically this time of year, there’s a minimum of 12″ of good, solid ice. Normal ice off happens around April 5th. This year, water temps will be way ahead of schedule, and will spike anytime we have several warm days in a row. ( A glass of water gets warm without ice cubes!)

My prediction is that the main steelhead migration will take place in early march, with heavy spawning in later March and early April, with Steelhead fishing, finished by April 15th. We had a year like this about four years ago. 80 degree days in late March. All the Steelhead came into the river, spawned, and left the river by April 15th. (That was the year that all the Apple trees in Michigan blossomed, and then were killed by a heavy late frost, and there were no apples that year.) I’m expecting this steelhead season of 2016 to have the same effect. We had 20 fish, in the net days, for about two weeks, then steelhead fishing tapered off. They were gone, back to Lake Michigan. If you were thinking about booking April dates, I’d suggest a March date instead.

Finally some warmer weather ahead in the forecast! It finally feels like spring once again! Bright chrome spring steelhead are starting to enter the lower parts of the river! Just a few more days of tying flies, painting beads, and spooling reels. Soon it will be prime time and we are chomping at the bit for the first few warm rays of sunshine!
Stone flies will start playing a larger part in the Steelhead’s diet. Small Black stone flies, and salmon fry patterns should start producing fish.

We are offering both guided half day ($250), and full day ($350) fishing adventures for light spinning tackle (Float Fishing) and chuck and duck style fly fishing for steelhead and trout. Both techniques are very easy to learn and produce a lot of fish in the net! Usually over one steelhead per hour or more, and plenty of resident Brown, and Rainbow trout. This year’s class of steelhead has been larger than average, with new fish entering the river daily.

Water levels have been stable so far, usually around 2000 cfs. Making for excellent steelhead fishing. Wading has been decent at these levels. Stream flow should remain normal throughout most of the spring. We don’t have huge amounts of snow to create high water this year.

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Winter Steelhead – Michigan Style! Toby with a gorgeous hen. Averaging one steelhead per hour, and lots of trout!

Mild weather has made for outstanding (Not quite ) Winter Steelhead Fishing. Perfect water levels and temperatures. Great Fishing! (1/21)

Toby & Nate putting on a clinic with chrome fish. Double digits in the net over the past couple days. (1/21)

Jutta with her first chrome mint silver Steelhead from the Muskegon River. Fishing has been excellent during the December warm spell. Floats and spawn putting some big fish in the net!! (12/14)

Toby getting in on the action! Steelhead fishing has been very good so far this Winter. Consistent fishing on the Muskegon River for Steelhead & Trout. (1/21)

FeeBee with one of six steelhead she landed. There’s good numbers of steelhead through the system. Floats and spawn in bringing fish into the net! (1/20)

Fishing was so good, I actually caught one. Chrome bullets are all over the place right now! (1/21)

Open January Dates. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.

Mild temperatures have made for some exceptionally good Steelhead fishing over the past few days! Double digit days in the net, have been common in the middle to lower sections of the Muskegon River near Newaygo for bright chrome Steelhead. We are also starting to see good numbers of resident Brown trout beginning to spawn in the upper sections. Thornapple area has always been known for perfect gravel and spawning Browns during this time of year.
Bobber fishing with floats and spawn has been our bread and butter, top producer. Bead fishing, and Fly fishing are also producing good numbers of Steelhead each day. Fishing is far better this fall than last year at this time. There are A LOT of Steelhead in the river system right now, offering some great Fall / Winter fishing.
We are offering both guided Full & Half day fishing trips for Steelhead. Light Spinning Tackle or Center pin has been producing the most fish. All Gear, Tackle, Bait, and Fish Cleaning is provided on all Guided trips on the Muskegon River. Full Day (8) hour Trips are $350 / Two Anglers.

Half Day Trips (4.5 hr) are available for (2) anglers at $250.

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Carly with with a gorgeous buck! There seems to be good numbers of Steelhead throughout the river system. (11/22)

Trophy Steelhead have been coming to the net often this year. Seems to be a very good year class of Fall – Winter Steelhead on the Muskegon River. (11/22)

Floats and spawn has been averaging one Steelhead per hour on most days. Steelhead fishing has been generally very good so far, and should only improve with perfect water conditions. There seems to be good numbers all throughout the Muskegon River. Lower Sections have been fishing exceptionally well.

Steelhead are finally here in fishable numbers! I must say that it’s much better than last fall to say the least! Steelhead fishing has been consistent over the past week. Three to six a day has been the norm, some days, better than others but at least we’re hooking plenty of steelhead every day, with a good mix of resident trout.

Floats and spawn has been fishing well. Fly fishing has also been doing well and getting fish to the net. Water levels remain perfect, with most of the leaves gone as well. This year’s steelhead seem very healthy. Hopefully there are many more on the way as we welcome Fall, and cooler weather.

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It sure took long enough for us to get some much needed rain! River levels are finally back to historic, fishable levels. Heavy rains over the past several days should keep the water levels around our normal, 2000 cfs mark. This should significantly help our Fall Steelhead numbers in a big way.

There still continues to be large numbers of older spawning salmon from Croton Dam through Newaygo – museum area, River Front Park. Lots of salmon on gravel. Digging salmon provide an excellent food source for marauding steelhead and egg robbing trout. Fishing behind these salmon can produce some gleaming chrome silver Fall Steelhead!! I’ve also seen a fair number of Lake Run Brown Trout so far this season.

Doug with a very nice Fall Steelhead that we landed while fishing for salmon in the upper section. Higher water levels spread out the fall fish throughout the system.

Scott with a gorgeous Muskegon River Fall Steelhead. Recent rains have really helped the Steelhead migration in the lower river. New fish entering the river. Centerpinning floats and spawn is fishing exceptionally well.

Steelhead Update: Recent rains from last week certainly gave a boost to the fishing! Over the last couple of days, Steelhead fishing has improved with new fish entering the river daily! Chrome bullets are on the way.

Floats and spawn have been doing well. Is time to get out some new centerpin gear, and start making some long drifts for acrobatic chrome jumpers that we miss so much! Its going to be an incredible Fall, it’s just getting started! Like us on FaceBook – Get up to date reports! (231) 519-7348

Greg with a beast of a Fall Steelhead! Welcome back to the Mighty Muskegon River. “Home of the Chrome!”

Chad displays a gorgeous Lake Run Brown Trout. Fall is a fantastic time for all sorts of really big fish!

Fishing has been going along nicely! The Big Manistee is in full prime salmon season at this point. Good numbers of Kings below Tippy Dam. Mid sections of the Manistee, starting to see fishable numbers of bright chrome bullet steelies. With good rains last week and cooler nights, most of the Northern rivers are starting to get a trickle of Fall Steelhead.

The Muskegon River has a very good number of King Salmon. Everything here is two weeks behind schedule, water temperatures are in the mid to low 50’s at this time. The river level is very low right now offering excellent wading opportunities near the museum in Newaygo, and in the upper section near Pine Street and below Croton Dam.

Fall Steelhead are definitely on the horizon! Fishing is certainly much better so far this year, compared to last fall. Fish are more plentiful and stout. It should make for and excellent rest of October and November!

Let us know if you’re interested in a Fall Steelhead, Trout, or Salmon fishing adventure! We now have full time guides on the Muskegon River & Big Manistee. We will hook you up!

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Salmon Season in full swing – Steelhead coming soon!


Fishing behind spawning salmon has been fantastic for trout.

Salmon Update II – The Muskegon River, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee now each have good numbers of salmon. Everything seems to be several weeks behind schedule with above normal Fall temperatures. Salmon is center stage and prime time right now and should go into early November with bright fish showing up periodically.

Fall Steelhead, and Lake Run Brown Trout have also been showing on occasion. “By catch” , often showing up on guide trips. The Manistee especially, has been showing signs of a decent migratory brown trout fishery. The new Sturgeon River strain of browns should certainly be exciting!

Fall Steelhead of coarse, have been showing up behind spawning kings anywhere deep gravel is to be had. No numbers yet but, some are being caught each day now. Middle to lower sections of both the Manistee and Muskegon Rivers. Resident trout fishing has also been excellent over the last 10 days.
( Big Shout out to the DNR – Planted our first fall planting of 10,000 runt brown trout. Every bit helps! )

Salmon Update: Big rains last night on the Big Manistee & surrounding rivers! Cold nights and rising water levels are bringing in the salmon big time. Salmon have been waiting in the big lake for cooler temperatures.

Today: We had much better fishing for salmon today. Fly fishing for Kings has now taken center stage with lots of big fish finally showing up! Cold nights and rain making for the big push of Kings in the Pere Marquette River, (Custer – Scottville) and Big Manistee River (Wellston) now has lots of salmon on the move with spawning on the gravel now in full swing. We also landed a gorgeous Fall Steelhead today on an egg pattern. Trout fishing is also excellent for Brown Trout. If you want a memorable guided fishing trip, now is the time to fish! (231) 519-7348

Salmon Update II – The Muskegon River, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee now each have good numbers of salmon. Everything seems to be several weeks behind schedule with above normal Fall temperatures. Salmon is center stage and prime time right now and should go into early November with bright fish showing up periodically.

Fall Steelhead, and Lake Run Brown Trout have also been showing on occasion. “By catch” if you will but, often showing up on guide trips. The Manistee especially has been showing signs of a decent migratory brown trout fishery. The new Sturgeon River strain of browns should certainly be exciting!

Fall Steelhead of coarse have been showing up behind spawning kings anywhere deep gravel is to be had. No numbers yet but, some are being caught each day now. Middle to lower sections of both the Manistee and Muskegon Rivers. Resident trout fishing has also been excellent over the last 10 days.

( Big Shout out to the DNR – Planted our first fall planting of 10,000 runt brown trout. Every bit helps! )

Salmon Update: Big rains last night on the Big Manistee & surrounding rivers! Cold nights and rising water levels are bringing in the salmon big time. Salmon have been waiting in the big lake for cooler temperatures.

Today: We had much better fishing for salmon today. Fly fishing for Kings has now taken center stage with lots of big fish finally showing up! Cold nights and rain making for the big push of Kings in the Pere Marquette River, (Custer – Scottville) and Big Manistee River (Wellston) now has lots of salmon on the move with spawning on the gravel now in full swing. We also landed a gorgeous Fall Steelhead today on an egg pattern. Trout fishing is also excellent for Brown Trout. If you want a memorable guided fishing trip, now is the time to fish! (231) 519-7348

Things are running way behind so far this fall. October should offer the best salmon fishing. Salmon season is however, in full swing, new fish entering the river daily! October is going to be incredible!

Salmon season is now in full swing with catchable numbers of Chinook Salmon available in the Pere Marquette & Big Manistee River. Cold nights and some rainfall has greatly improved the migrations over the past week with new fish entering the river daily.

We are now catching fish consistently everyday. A mixed batch of bright Kings and some starting to show the carmel phase of coming into the river. Some larger pods have been showing up as well.

Best techniques have been throwing crankbaits, (Thundersticks) early in the morning. Drifting skein under a float has been very productive, especially on sunny days. Early salmon bite very well with the right offerings.

Our available dates are limited, October dates are available and should be excellent with things being so late. Afternoon guided trips are available almost every day, and are also fishing well.

(3:30pm – 7:30pm) $250 for two anglers.

Afternoon’s are fishing well.

Due to everything being late this fall, October should offer exceptional late season salmon. Last Fall, October dates hooked the most fish per day by far. Chinook salmon run well into late October – November, for great fishing!


Early Salmon on the Pere Marquette & Manistee.


Toby with a PM Beast!

Chrome fish entering the river.

Mike’s first salmon experience!

Grand River Salmon fishing has been great the last couple of days! Recent rains have brought in a large push of Coho Salmon below Sixth Street. Good numbers of Chinook, Skamania Steelhead, and Lake Run Brown trout are also present. Salmon and Steelhead fishing in Grand Rapids is very under rated. The Grand River receives one of the largest migratory Coho – Steelhead runs in Michigan. We offer guided fishing on the Grand River, Rogue, White, Pere Marquette, and big Manistee for Trout and Salmon during the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. Come and join us for outstanding Fall Fishing!

Due to everything being late this fall, October should offer exceptional late season salmon. Last Fall, October dates hooked the most fish per day by far. Chinook salmon run well into late October for great fishing!

Casting Thundersticks for bright chrome Kings on the Pere Marquette & Big Manistee Rivers.

Salmon Season 2015. Our available open dates are September 14, 15, 17, 18, 28, 29, 30. Any dates in September that are not listed are already booked, mornings. Afternoon Charters ( 3:30pm – 7:30pm) are available for $250 per 2 anglers. We are guiding salmon on the Pere Marquette & Manistee Rivers.

Vinnie with a very nice King Salmon from the mouth of the Big Manistee River. We are starting to see a handful of salmon in both the Pere Marquette & Manistee Rivers. It’s going to be a great fall! (9/3)

Kelsey with a very nice male Chinook salmon from the Manistee River near Tippy Dam. Salmon fishing on the Pere Marquette River and Manistee. Salmon fishing coming soon! Book now before dates are filled!

We are still guiding for Smallmouth and Trout at this time but, Salmon fishing is just around the corner. Both the Pere Marquette & Manistee Rivers each have a handful of salmon at this time. Conditions should improve as we get later into the month. Early Season salmon are a blast whether casting thunder sticks, or float fishing bobbers and skein, both produce great catches.
Later September, and October, we will be fly fishing the Big Manistee River. We expect a different class of angler now on the Manistee River, as this section of river, (Below Tippy Dam) is single hook only for salmon, fly fishing should be phenomenal this year as most anglers will be fishing legally this year. Endless possibilities for great fishing this fall on the Manistee River below Tippy Dam for salmon. We are certainly excited!

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Robbie with a trophy Muskegon River Smallmouth Bass from Shangri-La. Late August offers the best in Smallie fishing during late summer. River trips offer a fun adventure before the kids head back to school.

Smallmouth Bass fishing at it’s finest! Late Summer bass fishing on the Mighty Muskegon River. (8/12)

Daniel with a giant slob of a Smallmouth Bass. Shang-ra-la has been fishing exceptionally well this year! (8/12)

The weather is hot and summer is winding down. There is still tons of fishing oppertunities to do before the kids go back to school. During the dog days of August, top water smallmouth is at it’s best! Vicious strikes and big smallies coming to the net! Smallmouth Bass Shang-ra-la!

Another overlooked fishing opportunity is terrestrial fishing for big trout. Trout love crickets, grasshoppers, and a Muskegon River favorite, the flying ant! Trout love terrestrials during the later part of the summer.

Now is also the time to make your reservations for Chinook Salmon trips. We only have a limited amout of dates for salmon and prime dates good fast! Fall Steelhead fishing is also on the horizon!

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April displays a giant late summer Smallmouth Bass. August and September offer the best in really big Smallies! Top water action is great when water temperatures are warm. Late season Smallmouth Bass on the Muskegon River.

Atlantic Salmon on the Upper St. Mary’s rapids! Hot weather here (down state) makes for phenomenal Salmon fishing in the North country! Light Spinning tackle & fly fishing are available. (August 2 – August 15)

Bone jarring strikes from Smallmouth Bass on top water buzz baits! August Smallmouth.

Fired up about Atlantic Salmon! These amazing fish chase down and hammer small flies and minnow imitations during late summer! Come just us for great white fish fishing and Atlantic Salmon up North! Available August 2 – August 15.

Cooler Weather up North, and Atlantic salmon on the brain! For the past 10 days we’ve been fishing in Northern Michigan for Atlantic salmon. These fish are amazing, taking small flies in an aggressive fashion. Fly fishing and spinning tackle has been very effective for these fish! These fish are incredible! Huge jumpers!

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Hot weather and summer Smallmouth are upon us. If you’re looking for an affordable, action packed guided fishing trip before school starts, check out Smallmouth Bass on the Muskegon River. Smallies just love top water lures, poppers, and soft plastics! Awesome jumps, hard hits, and down and dirty fights on light tackle!

Michigan Smallmouth can’t be beat! Summertime offers excellent Smallie fishing on the Muskegon River. We offer light spinning tackle, Bait caster, and fly fishing for big Smallmouth Bass on West Michigan Rivers.

Steve with a giant Smallmouth Bass from Hardy Pond on the upper Muskegon River. Summer produces big Smallmouth.

July 3rd – Hatch fishing and dry fly fishing has been outstanding during the last couple of days! We’ve been spending a lot of time doing boat – wading trips and having great success for some really nice quality trout.

Best hatches have been cinnamon caddis, which have been popping (emerging) regularly every evening from 7pm well into the night. Soft hackles and wet flies have also been fishing well while swinging them on a floating line in the surface film.
Hatch trips are from 5pm – 10 pm.

Caddis Emergence & Dry Flies.

Steve with a giant Smallmouth Bass from Hardy Pond on the upper Muskegon River. Summer produces big Smallmouth.

Muskegon River Brown Trout – Summer trout fishing has been excellent so far this summer. Good numbers of trout throughout the upper river. Caddis dry fly fishing has been very good most of the day into the evenings. (7/5)

Gorgeous summer time trophy Brown trout that Toby landing this morning while stripping streamers! This brown hammered Mojo Bi-polar parr pattern. (7/2)

Michigan Skamania Steelhead also love streamers! Toby with a chrome steelhead from today. A bump in the water gets all the fish ready to eat!! Excellent fishing coming up next week. (7/3)

We had an epic day today fishing streamers for trophy brown trout & Steelhead!! Water levels are perfect for great trout fishing, whether nymphing, streamers, or dry flies, conditions are ideal for days over 30 trout or more in an outing. Hatches are also going to be prime time next week with rain and warmer weather. Expect great hatches of caddis, Gray drakes, and Isonychia bicolor – Making for some great trout fishing!

We are offering morning (Spinning) or evening (Fly Fishing) – 5 hour half days for $250.
Morning half days are available for Trout and Smallmouth on Light Spinning tackle.

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Great Evening Hatch fishing for Trout!


Now is the perfect time to bring you son or daughter out fishing and introduce them to great trout fishing on the Muskegon River. Guided trips are available all weekend and next week. Hatch trips are usually during the afternoon. Hatches are this time are Sulphers, Caddis, and Gray Drakes, being the most common and attracting larger trout. Hatch trips are $250.

Greg with a gorgeous buck brown trout taken on a Gray Drake spinner dry fly. This time of the year is prime-time for hatches and larger trout. (6/12)

The Muskegon River is home to good populations of very nice brown trout. Hatches are prolific and offer great trout fishing during the summer. (6/12)

Light Spinning Tackle (Conventional) Trips are available during the mornings from 8am – 1pm. All Gear, Tackle, Rods, Reels, and fish cleaning is provided at no extra charge. Guided Trips are all inclusive – Everything is provided for you on our guided fishing trips. (231) 519-7348


Coming Up Next – Summer Specialty Fishing Trips.


Atlantic Salmon are known for awesome fights, great jumps, and excellent table fare. These fish are a blast on light tackle or fly gear. (July, early August)

$250 Evening “Hatch Master” Specials – Guided Dry fly hatch fishing at it’s finest! Learn Caddis and May Fly hatch fishing for quality trout. 5pm – 10pm. (June, July, August)

Smallmouth Bass Shang-Ra-La. Guided Smallmouth fishing on pristine sections of the Muskegon River and other local areas. (June, July, August, September)

Michigan Salmon Fishing on Lake Michigan, Lower Pere Marquette River, Big Manistee River, and White River. (July, August, September)

No matter what plans you have this summer, we have a guided fishing adventure planned for you! Whether you would like and Olympic jumping Atlantic Salmon, an explosive Smallmouth Bass on top water, soft sipping brown trout on a dry fly, or freight train pulling drag of a King Salmon, we have something to fish for. For over 18 years, guiding is what we do, and we’re go at it! Muskegon River Fisheries alliance. Come join us today! (231) 519-7348

All guided trips are all inclusive. All Gear, Tackle, Flies, Bait, Rods, Reels, and fish cleaning are included in fishing trips at no extra charge. We’ll hook you up on some big fish!

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Brown Trout on the brain! Sucker spawn fishing for big trout continues to go well. White Suckers are spawning now in good numbers. (6/5)

Toby and Nate with an awesome Brown Trout from today! We worked for them today but there’s plenty around if you spend the time looking. (5/27)

Bill with one of several nice Trout landed today. Weather and water conditions are perfect right now. Sucker spawn trophy trout. (5/27)

Hatches are going strong right now! Big Brown Trout on the Muskegon River. Gray Drake Spinner fall are also producing some nice fish. Muskegon River Trout Fisheries alliance (6/8)

Giant Muskegon River Brown Trout that we landed on a fry pattern over the holiday weekend. Trout fishing is excellent right now! (5/27)

Brown trout don’t come easy but we were fortunate enough to land a double – Pair of gorgeous Brown Trout from the Muskegon River. (5/27)

We are offering “Hatch Masters” evening hatch trips. $250 5pm – 10pm.

Over the past few days, our main focus has been chasing trophy trout feeding around the spawning Red Horse Suckers in the upper Muskegon River. Big numbers of trout have been feeding on nymphs and sucker’s spawn. Trout fishing should remain excellent for the next several weeks.

Steamer fishing has also been great. Dry flies have been a bit slow so far. water temperatures are still on the cool side for good insect activity. There is still a lot of eggs, both sucker and steelhead, for trout to key in on.

Gray Drake and Sulphers with be the next big and up coming hatch. Early Jun – mid July.

Big Rainbow Trout have also been common during the last couple of outings. Trout have been feeding heavily on nymphs, sucker spawn, and Chinook salmon fry. (5/27)

Brown Trout are the most common this time of year however, there are also plenty of Rainbow trout to be had. Hatches usually bring nice Rainbow trout. (5/27)


Monster Rainbow Trout – Steelhead Michigan.


Nick with an amazingly bright hen. Unbelievable that there is still tight hen steelhead spawning this late the season. This is awesome! (5/18)

Ray with a stunning buck from the Muskegon River. May Steelhead fishing is a great way to spend the day with nobody on the water! (5/18)

The recent rains last week brought in a new and significant push of steelhead into the upper sections of the Muskegon River from Thornapple to the Croton dam. The upper section has been fishing well.

Water levels are looking good, Clarity in about 5′ – 7′ feet with a stain but, water is very clear. Running mid level at 3000 cfs. Wading would be a little sketchy at this point.
Best fishing techniques have been float fishing (Bobbers and spawn) and free style nymphing – Michigan fly fishing. Sucker spawn nymphing has also been good for larger Rainbow trout, Brown Trout, & Brook Trout.

Good numbers of both Rainbow trout and steelhead should go well into early June. Hatch fishing should start soon! Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout love hatches on Michigan Rivers.

Bob with a majestic steelhead from the morning. Still lots and lots of steelhead to play with. Fishing should last well past Memorial day. (5/12)

This absolutely does not look like a steelhead from May 7th. Long winter making for an even longer spring steelhead season!! Fishing has been phenomenal. (5/7)

Toby and Nate getting it done with a mid May double of chromer wild hen steelhead. It’s good right now! (5/7)

Chuck and Linda had a very good day yesterday! Lots of drop back steelhead, and many spawners.(5/5)

Fishing has been tremendous with lots of chrome steelhead in the Muskegon River. (4/26)

Plenty of giant pig hens hitting the gravel. Steelhead fishing has been incredible. WOW! (4/26)

We had the best day ever with Dr. Tim Burkhart! Just a phenomenal day float fishing. Fishing is tremendous right now! (4/22)

Neal with a stunningly beautiful hen. Due to the long winter, fishing is just getting started! (4/21)

Andy with a gorgeous May Steelhead from the Muskegon River. Rain has helped the run and has brought in a few more fish. (5/12)

Bob (Koz) with a beautiful Muskegon River Brown Trout. Sucker spawn trout is just around the corner. Excited to see these big guys! (5/7)

“The tug is the drug” – Toby is addicted to steelhead fishing – Muskegon River Style! (5/7)

Linda with one of her many steelhead. This lady catches fish! There should continue to be steelhead in the river for awhile yet. (5/5)

Making memories and catching big fish! Looking forward to more phenomenal fishing! (4/26)

Drop Back Steelhead have been common! These ladies love to jump and rip line off the line. Chrome baby chrome! (4/26)

Lots and lots of chrome bullets. Fishing is really heating up and about to get really good! Wow! Just look and that silver! (4/22)

Double digit days have been the norm for the last week of fishing. It looks like it will only get better! more fish to come… (4/21)

West Michigan Guide Service – Muskegon River – Fishing has been off the hook! Because of the ultra long, cold winter, Steelhead ( Rainbow Trout) is just getting started. Water tempratures have finally reached perfect spawning tempratures. Many bright chrome Steelhead hens are just now starting to spawn on gravel. These fish are still tight in the skein and several weeks from spawning. At this rate, we should have decent numbers of steelhead well into early June. Fishing is exceptional right now with perfect water levels and conditions! Both float fishing and fly fishing producing double digit Rainbow Trout, days of fish in the net!

Lots of Steelhead with more on the way! Warmer water temperatures have steelhead spawning in a big way! (4/13)

Steelhead fishing on the Mighty Muskegon River is really starting to pick up with good numbers of fish hitting the gravel, and lots of tight hens that are several weeks from spawning. (4/13)

Conditions are quickly becoming perfect now with water temperatures in the low 40’s, clearing, and dropping steadily. New fish are constantly entering the river system, while the older, winter steelhead (Rainbow Trout ) have begun to dig gravel and spawn big time!

John poses with a beautiful spawning Rainbow Trout. Rainbow Trout Bead Fishing (4/13)

Absolute Trophy Brown Trout! We are als catching many larger trout while steelhead fishing. It s nice to see some quality trout. (4/12)

We’re starting to see more chrome fish each day. Chrome bucks are a sure sign of good things to come! (4/13)

Walleye have just been crazy! At times it’s been hard just to even get a good fly drift. There have been some many Muskegon River Walleye, at times it seems they ate everywhere! (4/12)

Over the next few days, We should see an increase of the number of spawning steelhead. Best techniques have been fly fishing with small to medium sized egg flies, beads, and black stone flies. Float fishing has also been excellent and top producer, and old school style, pulling plugs has also been rocking a bunch of fish on certain days. Look for some great fishing in the next week or so. West Michigan Guide Service.
Mojo Steelhead Flies


Spring Steelhead on the way!


Steelhead fishing is absolutely in for swing! We are catching a lot of fish right now! Both float fishing and fly fishing are doing great! (4/7)

Chrome. Chrome. Chrome!! Jill with her first Steelhead ever! Congratulations! Light spinning tackle float fishing on the Muskegon River. (3/29)

Tom with a great looking Steelhead. The next ten days should be on fire! It’s game on right now! (4/7)

The girls were on fire today! Lots of silvers hens with some cuties holding them! Was wonderful to have long time friends from the college years today! (3/29)

Drum roll please!! The moment we’ve all been waiting for, when giant chrome bullet hens finally enter the river in fishable numbers!! Over the past three days, we’ve had double digit hooks ups, lots of fish on, and lots of steelhead brought to hand! Winter has (mostly) lost it’s grip on Michigan, and we can finally look forward to warmer temperatures and outstanding steelhead fishing! Water temperatures remain cold so spawning is several weeks away, however, the “Bobber” bite has been ridiculous! Floats and spawn have definitely been getting it going in a big way! Spawn, beads, and jigs with wax worms have all been fishing well.

The past four days have brought us great fishing and chrome steelhead! William with his fifth of the morning!! Plenty more to come! (3/24)

This absolutely does not look like a steelhead from May 7th. Long winter making for an even longer spring steelhead season!! Fishing has been phenomenal. (5/7)

Ben with gorgeous chrome bullet hen. Starting to see some good numbers of bright new fish! (3/20)

Every day fishing has been an improvement over the last. New and larger fish showing up daily. Fly fishing stone flies has been great! (3/23)

New chrome fish and an epic morning bite. Several very good days of steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. (3/24)

First double digit day on the Might Muskegon River. Spring is here and so is a new batch of fish. (3/20)

Seems like everything is starting to bust loose and break open into actual Spring! Both the Muskegon River and the “Flies Only” section on the Pere Marquette and both beginning to fish well. We should start seeing numbers of fish in both rivers. Fishing forecast for this weekend, and next week looks great!

Jake, Kodie, and I are guiding the Muskegon River. Ryan White is available for float trips on the Pere Marquette River, “Flies Only” sections. BGS FaceBook Page for updates.

Larry with a beautiful Spring Steelhead. Starting to see more new chromers each day! (3/17)

Great day on the water! Weather is starting to break with bright fish entering the river. Things are getting going with plenty more to come! (3/14)

Dean with his first career steelhead! Congratulations buddy! Great Spring Steelhead Fishing yesterday! (3/9)

Mark with a beast of a buck from today!! Fishing has improved greatly over the past several days. (3/17)

Jessica & Chase with a stunning bright bullet hen. Fresh mint chromers finally starting to show up in the lower to mid sections of the Muskegon River. (3/15)

Pete landed this gorgeous wild steelhead yesterday on the Muskegon River! Ice flows are gone, the river is open! (3/9)

March, 9. Spring Steelhead are finally here along with some much needed, warmer weather! The Muskegon River is free from ice flow and open, well down to the lower section, Mystery Creek Campground area. The river ice flows in the lower river should open more each day. Croton Dam through the Newaygo area is ice free, and gin clear, flowing nicely. Steelhead run should begin in earnest, with lots of new fish entering from Lake Michigan.
The first three days of the Spring Steelhead 2015 have started out well to say the least! Temperatures are finally starting to warm up and the steelhead and trout have certainly begun to take notice! If things continue to keep going like this, we should have a phenomenal Spring run. I’m looking forward to this guide season!!

Feels fantastic to out on the water! Tom with a very nice buck from this morning! Steelhead fishing is improving. (3/2)

Andy with a gorgeous Muskegon River Steelhead buck caught on a jig tipped with a wax worm. (3/1)

Late Winter offers a chance at trophy Steelhead with few anglers on the water.

Thane with a beast of a hen from the Big Manistee River. Spring Steelhead are starting!

Croton Dam Fishing Report for the Muskegon River.

Steelhead & Trout tours near Newaygo, Michigan. Located very close to Grand Rapids, Mi. Fly Fish.

Tom putting on a clinic with jigs and wax worms today while float fishing! New fish entering the river! (3/2)

Best ticket for big fish has always been our tried and true, floats and spawn, drifted through the runs and deeper holding water. A close second has been fishing hand tied fly jigs tipped with wax worms.

Andy putting up another chrome buck. Fishing has been improving. Fish moving in. (2/1)

Gorgeous Steelhead brought to hand before the crowds of April swarm the river. Solitude in fishing the winter – early Spring.

Awesome Spring Steelhead Fishing! Molly with a big Steelhead from the Muskegon River.

No doubt that winter has had an awful grip on us lately, with cabin fever running high, everyone needs to get out of the house and do some fishing!! Expected temperatures should be on the rise for next week, with excellent fishing opportunities in store for us coming up.

Late February and March offer anglers some of the best Steelhead and Trout fishing of the year. During the winter months, angling pressure is minimal and the fish get a rest, usually food is limited this time of year so trout and steelhead are on the feed during the warmest parts of the day.

Trout fishing is also phenomenal during this time of year! Many, very large trout are caught during this time of year!

BIG Fish for the grin and grip! Winter can’t last forever, now is a great time to get out of the house and chase some chrome!

During early Spring we land some of the largest Steelhead, and trophy brown trout of the year! Less anglers offers better chances at some big fish. As fishing guides, we welcome the solitude of March on the river with great fishing before the crowds of April bring hordes of people and boat traffic. Its definitely refreshing to have the river to yourself while catching lots of fish on light tackle.BGS FaceBook Page for updates.


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