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The Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan is really heating up now. The last few days of high winds from the north and now from the east are sure to bring the salmon in close. The Manistee river is heating up as well in the lower stretches.. Casting Thunder Stix's is the ticket. The Muskegon River should get a push of fresh Salmon in the next 2 weeks with water temps where they are now.
The Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River is going strong.. We have been having great success in the New bridge to just above Henning park. the fresh Steelhead are entering the Muskegon River system daily. We do have prime dates left for April and May..
The Steelhead on the Muskegon River are still eager to bite. With the snow coming down the Steelhead still where on big time. I looks alot colder than it is as the wind did not blow so we were very happy we went today. Slower runs and holes produce best in this winter weather. You have to slow down but the river was all ours today. We did not see one other person today and that made for a great day on the water. We do have dates open for winter steelhead. Check out our half day trips at only $200.00
Today was a beautiful day to be Steelhead fishing in West Michigan, the day started with a bit of fog but the temps were good and fog did burn off.. The Steelhead did cooperate and the fishing seems to be picking up. Water temps are good as is the river flow and water levels are perfect. With cooler weather coming so should the push of fresh Steelhead that typically shows up the week of Thanksgiving
The Muskegon water levels are good and the Steelhead do seem to be very eager to bite on Salmon Roe. The fly bite has been a little tougher but we are having luck with flies as well. egg patterns and nymphs have been producing best. Salmon Roe being used under floats has been very good as has back bouncing.
The Steelhead fishing has slowed just a bit on the Muskegon. The upper reaches are still good. Try Henning park to Thornapple, these areas are consistant. Pine Street just below Croton Dam still has fish there as well. The weather has been very nice,, chilly nights and mornings have the Steelhead starting the bite a bit later but it does pick up once the sun is up.
This Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River has been good the past few days. yesterday the fishing was slow in the morning but really picked up in the afternoon. That is the second day that has happened this week. Today the fishing was a little slow but we still had good numbers the bites just seemed to come a little slower. The bites were very subtle and you had to be ready or they were only on for a short time and got off. The Steelhead we did catch however really commited to the offering and the fight was on. We are starting to see better numbers of big fish as well with 2 this week topping the 14 lbs mark. I am not sure we could have had better weather the last two days but maybe it was to nice.
With the water being still above 3000 cfs the water is still dirty but is clearing a bit today. In the next few days the water levels should be perfect. Today was a good day. We did a cast and blast and took 5 geese and 10 steelhead were brought to the boat. The Steelhead Fishing was slow and we worked very hard to get them. The two day before we had slow days as the water was very high and dirty. We had most of our luck boone doggling and that was the best technique today. This is very deadly but very hard if you have not done this before however it can pay off bigtime as you can see.
The Steelhead fishing is hot and getting better everyday on the Muskegon River. However beware. With the recent rains the River is really not fishable. The water has been up to 5000cfs and has made the water very high and dirty. It should start to come down in the next day or so but it was over the banks, We did reschedule out trips through Monday the 3rd of November due to the High water. We do not want you to just go for a boat ride we want you to have succsess so thats what we do. I someone you book acually says its good they are simply taking you for a ride. The Muskegon River should be back to a good level late Sunday or Monday
Well we are officially done with Salmon for this 2009 season. We are now in full swing for The Michigan Fall Steelhead. The fishing is very good and getting better everyday. With the decline in Salmon the Steelhead are becoming much more aggressive and eager to bite. With the recent rain it did put alot of leaves in the river so we had two days of tough conditions but no the water is clearing and the leaves are fewer. Today was a great day. We had a little light rain but its was not bad at all. We were able to hook up with 5 nice Muskegon River Steelhead.
Today was a bit wet and great weather if your a Duck. The good thing is the Salmon and Steelhead did not notice the weather. Today was a very good day for a nice mixed bag of both Salmon and Steelhead. Our clients from today came from Ohio to do some fly fishing for Salmon and Steelhead and were very glad they did not let the weather stop them. ( maybe it was the Awsome Shore Lunch ) We are looking forward to tomorrow for another great day on the Muskegon River in West Michigan.
The fishing today was a bit slower for Steelhead. The morning started off good but with the high wind the leaves filled the river and made it a bit more difficult. After the river filled with all the leaves and things the fishing did slow down. Welcome to fall Steelhead fishing in Michigan. It seems we will now start our two week battle with the falling leaves. The wind should be lighter tomorrow so we are looking forward to a great day. The colors are beautiful but not when the are hooked to your line.
The Salmon fishing on the Muskegon River continues to be good. The Salmon are starting to decline at this time but we are still catching good numbers. With that said some of you may be upset that you missed this Salmon run however don't be. The Steelhead are in now and we are targeting them now for the most part. The Muskegon River has one of the largest Steelhead runs in the State Of Michigan. This is our favorite species and the Fall is out favorite time. We are getting good numbers of Fall run Michigan Steelhead now and antcipate the numbers getting even better.
The salmon fishing is really going well now and will continue through the month of October. Not much has changed in the past two days except the water clarity. It got a little darker on the Muskegon River since yesterday with the rain but that just makes this better for the Salmon. There was alot of presure today on the Muskegon River as well the other rivers in West Michigan. Again watch for reports that are misleading as there are still guides doing that to send you on a goose chase. This person is professing fishing the Manistee River as well as the Muskegon and we fished by them all day on the 9th of October on the Muskegon.
Well the salmon fishing on The Muskegon is really very good now. The Salmon are now being taken with flies as well as spinners and Bady baits alike. Fish the deeper pools and runs with the body bait and spinners, this seems to be producing the best with this types of baits, never over look the wood with these bait as well as a large log jam will often produce when fishing presured waters. The Salmon have been also coming to the fly. We have had very good luck with Steelhead Buggers and egg patterns. This in the past few days has produced some nice King Salmon but also some fresh Steelhead and some real nice Rainbow Trout. The Rainbow in this photo was 24 inches not bad for your first Rainbow on a fly rod. These tropheys are being taken behind the Salmon in the darker water right behind the spawning reds.
The salmon fishing on the gravel and in the runs continues to get better everyday. Yesterday where the salmon were not present today were setting up nicely on the gravel. We fished the Kings in the runs as well as in the dark water behind and in front of the polished reds. We were able to land 8 Salmon and 2 Steelhead today on the fly. We were using our version of the steelhead bugger with egg patterns in front. The egg pattern were oregon cheese and steelhead orange with a red nuclious. We are very excited with the onset of the Steelhead showing up. Getting these fall run Steelhead on the Muskegon River is just a blast on the fly.
The salmon are really on the move in the Muskegon River .One guide service says the Muskegon is fishing slow but thats because he is fishing for salmon on the Manitsee river and not here on the Muskegon River( Betts Guide Service ) so beware of the reports that guides are giving when they are not even fishing that tributary.
Today with the rain and wind we got a small push of water and the salmon were on bigtime. we hook 14 King Salmon from the Muskegon river and 3 were in excess of 20lbs. The fihing has beeen doing well now for weeks and is getting better daily
The Muskegon river is really fishing well. We are landing salmon daily that are fresh from Lake Michigan and eager to take the sticks. The salmon are also running much bigger this season.
Salmon fishing on the Muskegon is very good. We have been hooking up with over a dozen salmon each day. The salmon should just become more plentiful as October progresses
The Salmon fishing this morning was a little slower. we did manage to boat 3 nice Salmon fresh from Lake Michigan. With the rain came an increase in flow to the Muskegon River and the Salmon seemed to be on the move. We did have several other Salmon on but they won that battle. The increase in water flow from 1200 cfs to over 2500 cfs is sure to bring large numbers of Lake Michigan Salmon to the Muskegon river and for the ones in the river already will put them on the redds very quikly. This push of water to the river system is just what we needed and the salmon will become much more plentiful.
The salmon fishing on the Muskegon River is really doing well. We boated 5 nice Salmon today and they were all very fresh. This was all done on a half day trip and the guides were back to the launch cleaning fish by 11am. It was very rainy and windy but the salmon cooperated very nicley and we had the river to ourselves.
The salmon fishing is very good in the Muskegon River. The early morning bite is still producing the best. The Salmon are still fresh but some are starting to get a bit elderly if you will. The fly fishing is picking up for Salmon on the upper end with some fish starting to show up on the gravel. The runs and deeper holes have been producing best for the fly anglers. The water has come up with the last bit of rain but more rain will certainly add to the numbers of salmon in the river and make the migration easier on them.
This morning on a half day trip we hooked 5 nice Salmon on the Muskegon River. What a great way to start off the morning. Once the sun came up the bite did stop s did alot of the Salmon movement. Our biggest succsess came on the candy cane Cotton Cordell Big O. This is a great bait and should never be over looked for Salmon.
This morning we had 9 fish by 11 am. the early bite was best. we were fishing open seams and runs. The rain helped out alot as it brought in a very fresh push of Lake Michigan Salmon. The bite was good early but did slow. The fish were not holding in the deep water as with the low light levels they seemed to be on the move all day.
The Salmon fishing on the Muskegon River is in full swing. The Muskegon is fishing better than the northern Rivers at this time. ( Manistee River and Pere Marquette rivers ) We have had really good days with the numbers of fish landed in the net has been close to but not exceeding 10 Salmon. Most of the fast action has come in the first 2 hours of daylight. Then the Salmon slow down and it requires patients and good casts into the cover. Look for the shade in the afternoon and your hook ups will increase.
The Salmon have hit the Manistee River as well as the Pere Marquette River. We are booking trips daily at this time. Call today to reserve your trip. There are limited days for this Awsome Salmon season so do miss out. The fish this year are proving to be the largest in the last 8 years. $350.00 per day for 2 anglers. You won't be dissappointed.
The salmon fishing is on now on the Muskegon River. We have had 4 days of really good action and it should only get better. With rain in the forcast this could prove to produce the mother load of Lake Michigan Salmon entering all the rivers in West Michigan. The fishing on the Manistee River has been good as well as on the Pere Marquette. We do have some dates left for September but they are almost filled. The run is earlier this year so don not hesitate or you will miss the action. This morning we threw Thunder Stix on light spinning gear and large streamers on the 10 wt fly rod. We had one fish smash the fly but missied the hook up, but hey it made our hearts pound. There is nothing like a Salmon on the Fly.
Today we hooked up with 6 Salmon on the Muskegon River. It is nice to see the Salmon back on there normal schedule for hitting the rivers. This means the run will be in full swing on the Muskegon River as well as the others rivers in West Michigan byt the second week of September.
Today we did a half day trip on the Manistee River and the Salmon did not let us down, we had five really nice Salmon from the Manistee in that short time period and saw several Bald Eagles. WOW what a morning the weather was beautiful and should remain this way for a few days. The Manistee River Salmon run will continue to get better everyday. Try using Salmon Roe under floats/bobbers near log jams. We have been using stick baits for our trips and these have proven to be very productive especially early. The Salmon do get tight to the cover as the sun comes up.
The fishing on Lake Michigan is heating up out of Muskegon. The same fly patterns are still producing. The Salmon are staging now and we suspect they will be hitting the mouth of the Muskegon River any time.
The Salmon action in Lake Michigan is really picking up in close now. Today produced a limit of Salmon in 4 hours for 3 people. We started in 50 feet of water and never got deeper than 89 feet. Started 30 to 45 down and set lines as deep as 80 . The same Rapture flies have been producing daily. This morning we started with glow patterns and it was very good. Teaser rigs infront of the flies have been the real secret however. If you are planning a trip here and want to know more about the teaser rigs call us at 231-206-4117 and we will hook you up.
The Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan is very good now as well. Good numbers of Salmon are being taken 80 to 120 feet of water. We are fishing within ten feet of the bottom. Our best luck is coming on the Silver Hypnotist behind a large coyote with the matching teaser flies, also the Oceana and the Frosted Fern. These are all trolling flies by Rapture Trolling Flies. The Last Supper is now starting to take big numbers of Lake Michigan Salmon as well as very large fish in the 24 to 28lbs class. We are pulling these fly combos at 2.2 to 2.5 miles per hour. Moonshine spoons have been very good before the sun comes up.
Jess with a nice lake Michigan Salmon
Craig taking in a beautiful Lake Michigan sunset
Muskegon River Trout - There are lots of suckers spawning and encouraging
Nymphing behind spawning suckers has been the best way to go for larger Trout. Sucker spawn patterns, Pheasant Tails nymphs, small scuds in gray and olive also working well.
Gray Drake Spinner falls are the upcoming attraction with late May and early June being prime-time! The Gray Drake offers some of the best dry fly fishing of the year for larger Trout!
The Muskegon River is back to it;s spring time splender now with large numbers of fresh steelhead now reaching the upper stretches of the river and getting started on the gravel. Weekdays are proving to be the best as there is less traffic. Now is the time so if you have not booked your trip you should schedule it or your dates may be taken.
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The fishing is still good on the Muskegon River for spring Steelhead. However don't be fooled buy false fishing reports the numbers of Steelhead in the river are declining daily. I am hoping that with the recent rain we get a fresh run of fish but that might be just that a wish. We are now book for Trout and the prolific Gray Drake hatch that will be starting soon. These tripps are done from 2pm till 10pm and that insures a great chance at huge Brown Trout. Also we will be starting our Lake Michigan Charters this month. The Michigan Salmon on Lake Michigan have been very active with limits being taken from 60 to 140 feet of water. These have been mostly 4 year old fish.
The fish are now on the gravel big time and the fish are eager to take the fly. This half day trip we boated 10 Beautiful Muskegon River Steelhead and the day was complete. Now that the rain has stopped this fishing will be on fire and as the temps warm those setiting out looking fo mushrooms should have very good luck as the weather is seting up perfect for those in search of the most sought after mushroom the Moral.
The weekend proved to be a great weekend of fishing on the Muskegon River. The Steelhead were plentiful and the Brown Trout were also willing to take the fly. With the recent rain the fishing is getting really good. The rain has aided in moving fresh Steelhead to the runs and pocket water as well as got them going on the gravel in a big way. We have been having our best luck with nymphs like the Steelhead bugger and egg patterns, Also the Stone Fly patterns have been very productive as have Caddis Larva and wiggler paterns.
The fishing on the Muskegon River is still excellent. It did slow a bit today with the high blue sky and the reduction of water in the river. We were still able to hook up with over 15 Steelhead in the past two days and this Beautilful Brown Trout. All taken on the fly. We still have some prime dates left as well as a cancellation. Give us a call on an e mail and we will set you up with a great day on the Muskegon River in Michigan.
Jeff with a Trophy Muskegon River Brown Trout
4/13 and 4/14/09
The fishing has been good the last couple days. With falling water levels and cold nights the fishing has slowed. We have boated 14 Beautiful Muskegon River Steelhead in the last two days. We have hooked in excess of 20 fish. Al even learned the fly rod as well as the center pin reel. The fish are hitting the gravel better now and more and more Steelhead are showing themselves dailsy. Please realease all spawning females as they are the future of our fishery. Take a photo and let then go, this will ensure great fishing in our future and it will make you feel better as well.
This Easter morning was absolutly wonderful. There were alot of cooperative Muskegon River Steelhead. We hooked 12 fish this morning aand were off the water at 11:30 am, home in plenty of time for Easter dinner with our familys. Look for the fishing to only get better now with more fish showing up on the gravel everyday. Beware of the boats if you are going to the upper stretches of the Muskegon River.
The fishing is really really great right now on the Muskegon River. We are having in excess of 15 hook ups per day. Most of our fishing is being done from Henning Park to Old Womens Bend. For flies try egg patters and stone fly patterns. Steelhead buggers are also great nymphs to try. Salmon and Steelhead roe are also working well for those who use bait. Pulling plugs is also working very well.
The fishing is excellent now and will continue throughout the month of April for Steelhead as well as trout. Ryan caught his first steelhead today fishing with salmon roe and a float. Watching this young man catch his first fish was truly amazing. We are getting good numbers of fish. With water temps rising daily the fishing on the Muskegon River will only improve with the Steelhead starting to hit the gravel it will remain on fire.
Mike took his first Great lakes Steelhead on a center pin today and now he is hooked and will more than likley investing in this deadly Steelhead fishing setup. Centerpin fishing the rivers of Western Michigan is truley amazing and very exciting.
Jeff Bonin owner of Rapure trolling flies spent the morning with us and we had a great time. we were 6 for 7 on a short half day trip. water levels are perfect and fresh Michigan Steelhead are showing up everywhere. We spent the morning fishing runs and seams next to pocket water and the half day trip turn out very nice. It was a great way for jeff to start out his spring break.
With water levels stabilizing and coming down a bit now the fishing has been getting better every day. The fly fishing is also picking up as you can see here. Derrick agot his first super slam today, with a Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Steelhead and a 12lbs Walleye. All were taken on a fly, WOW. Between the two boats they hooked over 35 fish. This was with both flies as well as bait.
We do have dates available but we have cancelled our trips for the next few days as that would just be ripping people off and we are not into that. We want you to be successful. Next week this should stabilize and the Steelhead fishing in Western Michigan should get very good.
Muskegon River Streamflow
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Muskegon river Smallmouth Bass fishing has also been fantastic. Last weeks hot and humid weather has put the Smallies on the bite. Soft plastic baits and large streamers have been fishing well. River levels are perfect for numbers of Michigan river Smallmouth.
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Muskegon River Fall Salmon & Steelhead: Fishing the last few days on the Muskegon has Very good. The number of Salmon now spawning is increasing daily. The next two weeks should offer some very good Salmon and Steelhead fishing. The Steelhead have started showing up in the last week and the numbers boated have increased each day. Small, flies have produced well for Salmon. The egg sucking minnow has produced best for us on the Salmon. Egg patterns as well as Steelhead Buggers have produced best for the Steelhead.
Here is a listing of the normal hatches in a normal year on the Muskegon River as well as the projected times for the hatches.
Muskegon River Guide Service
Muskegon River Fishing report for Muskegon River Steelhead, Muskegon River Trout fly fishing for fall and winter steelhead. muskegon river hatches are very aboundant durin gthe summer months. Muskegon river trout fishing guides are available in May Steelhead. Michigan Steelhead guides on Western Michigan Rivers. Pere Marquette river guides are catching many fall salmon in the pere marquette flies only sections. Muskegon River guide Service for winter steelhead. Maple Island Muskegon River Steelhead guides on the lower river.
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The fishing for Michgan winter Steelhead is going quite well. The water levels are very good and should provide great fishing in the days an months to come. With the water levels where they are fresh Michigan Steelhead will be entering the Muskegon River daily. The fish are still holding in winter pools and seem to be eager to bite as the days warm up. Try fishing the slower water as well as the tail outs of the runs. Our guide have been boating four to eight fish per outing and these numbers should get better as March sets in.