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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report
 
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(5/9) May is possibly one of the best months for spring steelhead fishing in Michigan. With a longer than expected winter, river temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler than average putting fish on the spawn a month later than normal.

Sight fishing has been key. Spotting Steelhead and making the proper fly cast to the steelhead. Highest majority of steelhead have been taken on small nymphs and tiny egg patterns. May steelhead are very active feeders similar to Skamania steelhead that jump hard and fight hard. Join us for some spring steelhead fishing on Michigan's Muskegon River.

Float Fishing with center pin reels.

Species in the Muskegon River are mostly Steelhead, Chinook salmon, Rainbow and Brown Trout but also includes Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Lake Run Brown trout. Sometimes Lake Trout and Sturgeon ascend the Muskegon as well.

Due to the great quality and diversity of fly fishing in Michigan, Michigan Fly Fishing Guides, is pleased to offer exciting and memorable guided trips on other outstanding Michigan rivers.

In addition to guided fishing on the Muskegon River and given the quality and variety of Michigan fly fishing. The St. Mary's River, St. Joseph River, and the Big Manistee River also offer the best in Michigan Fly Fishing.

Manistee River Steelhead in November and December are great for Fall & Winter. The Manistee receives a late run of Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, and Michigan strain Fall Steelhead. In June and July, it's home to Manistee River Summer Run Steelhead. August and September is Manistee River Chinook Salmon Season.


Chuck -N- Duck Fly Fishing

Rods: As for Fall & Winter Steelhead fishing in November and December, I recommend a 9'6" 8wt fly rod or a 10' 8wt fly rod. These longer fly rods help for a longer drift allowing the angler feel the steelhead pick-up. They also keep the line off the water and allow for better mending and better presentation. Reels: I recommend Sage or Scientific Anglers large arbor. These reels have an excellent drag and very fast line pick up. Spool them with a running line, ex, Rio slick shooter or 25lb Suffix mono (Neon Tangerine) thinner shooting lines cut through the water and give you a very pronounced tick.. tick as your weight drifts along the bottom.

Chuck-n-duck rig: I use a free sliding snap swivel clipped to pencil lead, a clear bead, and a barrel (crane) swivel with one end to butt (12lb) section, the other end to the tippet. For optimal drift, I recommend a 5 foot leader (8 or 10lb) from lead to end fly, with and egg fly in the middle and a dark nymph on the end. Also note: For guide trips, you will need waders and polarized sunglasses. All gear, tackle, flies (nominal cost) and a grilled, shore lunch will be provided with all guided trips!

Steehead flies: As for flies, I recommend a large selection of small egg flies in natural colors such as golden, steelhead orange, oregon cheese, peach, and cream. Tie them in size #8, and 10's tied on a Tiemco 105, Black stoneflies in 8's and 10's, small hex nymphs, and green caddis. Glo-bug egg flies in sizes #8 and #10's, natural colors such as Golden, steelhead orange, peach, Oregon cheese, baby blue, soft yellow. Hex Nymphs, nuke eggs, dark center, light halo. Nymphs: Stone flies, hex nymphs, soft hackles, green caddis rock worm. I always carry a large selection of egg flies during fall, winter, and spring for Steelhead and resident Trout.

Techniques for Steelhead:
Floats and Spawn

Another prefered method for Fall and Winter Steelhead is fishing floats and spawn.

Fishing floats and spawn is a fast-paced style of steelhead fishing. We fish quickly and cover miles of river in a day, usually producing lots of hook-ups and many steelhead landed. We prefer to fish specialized G. Loomis 10' float rods. Loomis rods are available for your use on guided trips. These longer rods allow the angler a longer drift and a stronger hook set. We also use Cabela Prodigy spinning reels or center-pins reels spooled with 10 lb hi-vis monofilment. These smooth reels allow for long casts and a smooth drag system to fight big fish.. Floats for steelhead vary greatly depending on water levels and conditions. We generally use the orange/black Thill steelhead floats. They seem to work best for the Muskegon and Big Manistee Rivers. Smaller floats styles are available for the White and Pere Marquette rivers. All gear is provided for you. We have the spawn tied, cured, and ready to fish!

Over the past few days, we've expreinced some great fishing! Fly Fishing has become increasing more productive each day. Best fly patterns have been the Egg Sucking Stone Fly, Psycho Nymph, and the Ice Man Minnow. All of which have produced some great fish! Josh landed a gorgeous hen on the "Golby" ice man minnow. Dr. Reily, and Dr. Steve also landed some great steelhead and trout on flies.

Centerpin float fishing has also been very productive. Jigs and wax worms, and floats/spawn.The upper sections of the Muskegon River from the Newaygo area up to Croton have been fishing well. New Chrome Spring Steelhead are on the way with plenty more to come.

Steelhead fishing has been outstanding over the last few days! Spring Steelhead on the Muskegon River are starting to fish well near the Croton Dam. Jigs and waxworms and floats / spawn all fishing well for new spring steelhead.

Fly Fishing has been doing well. Best pattern for the Muskegon have been the Mojo fry pattern, Green caddis, Hex nymphs, and Ice Man minnows.

We should expect to receive good numbers of steelhead and trout over the next few days. Longer day light, Strong full moons, and slightly higher than normal water levels have steelhead on the move.

Muskegon River Steelhead Report - Water levels are low and clear - perfect for float fishing for Steelhead. Steelhead fishing is prime right now! These fish are hot and on fire! Levels and water temperatures have been prime to get steelhead on the move.

With the water levels low and clear, stealth has been the key. Small egg patterns and salmon fry have been fishing well. Clown eggs (Grapefruit) Citrus clown, and peach have been doing well. Halloween leaches, sculpin, hexes, all doing well. Something different to get bit - Trout beads have all been good choices. Fly fishing has also been great, keeping up with bait fishing numbers. Citrus clown eggs and golden/egg nuke eggs have been fishing well. TroutBeads Swung flies have produced steelhead in the pockets and tail outs as the water begins to shallow. Mojo Steelhead flies have also been working well. Grapefruit Nuke eggs have been great!

Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. There seems to be a fair number of Steelhead throughout the system. With the recent higher water levels, many of the Steelhead have moved to the upper middle sections of river, seeking spawning salmon near Thornapple (High Roll Away gravel) and Henning Park. The upper river has many resident Trout feeding behind the spawning Salmon. There are also a few Steelhead in this area. Mike landed a gorgeous Muskegon River Steelhead today on a rainbow clown egg in the lower river behind spawning salmon in deep water.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report -
Water levels on the Muskegon River - Check often for Winter Steelhead reports! Spring Steelhead are beginning to enter the river in good numbers. Floats and spawn along with jigs and waxworms are working well at this time. The fish that we have been catching (one fish per hour or more) are Chrome!

Steelhead fishing was outstanding today! We hooked double digits and it was great! After fighting the low clear water, doing well but having to "work for it", It was certainly nice to have a day where I could kick back, relax, guide, and net fish...
all day long! We should have a very positive experience with lots of new fish entering the river. This could be the legitimate kick off to fall-winter Steelhead!

Centerpin fishing for Steelhead -
Floats and spawn
has been our technique of choice for covering water. Fly fishing has also been great, keeping up with bait fishing numbers. Citris clown eggs and golden/egg nuke eggs have been fishing well. TroutBeads have also been excellent while fishing behind the salmon. Centerpin Steelhead fishing has been outstanding with the low-clear water levels on the Muskegon and Manistee Rivers. Centerpin float fishing is the best method for a stealty
presentation.

Our technique today was one of our favorites, Centerpin float fishing with floats and spawn. We also landed several fish on tiny Little Nipper jigs and waxworms. Long, extended drifts, light tippets, and different offerings paid off big time as the water levels remain low and clear. I feel there is a great number of Steelhead throughout the river system. These fish are wise and may have been caught and released before. A quiet approach and a clean drifts certainly helped to bring fish to hand.

Muskegon River Winter Steelhead - It's low and clear - making steelhead fishing challenging.(unless you're a float fishing) Stealth is the name of the game! Low and clear means stealthy presentation! Getting out early and fishing until dark to put lots of fish in the boat. Bright skies the last few days have not slowed the bite down but we've had to change our ways. Lighter tippets, longer drifts, rowing in on fish, and covering lots of water.

Winter steelhead fishing has been outstanding the past few days in the middle and upper sections of river. Lots of trout and fall steelhead. There are a good number of steelhead throughout the system. Deeper holes and tailouts seem to be holding some fish. Covering ground and moving seems to produce the most amount of steelhead and trout with bites occuring right away or not at all.

Floats and spawn is the perfect "stealth" technique for low-clear water. Float fishing has been our technique of choice for covering water. Floats enable anglers to hook-up at long distances away from wary fish. Pine St. to Thornapple - Cabin hole, Aquarium run, Tire Hole, down to "Boat House" area have all been holding Steelhead around the Thornapple launch, High rollaway area has also been good in the deep gravel areas and in the riffle. Trout have also been active in these areas. Small spawn sacks, natural mesh, and light tippets help with pressured fish.

Muskegon River Steelhead - Water levels are low and clear - perfect for float fishing for Steelhead. Steelhead fishing is prime right now! These fish are hot and on fire! Levels and water temperatures have been prime to get steelhead on the move.
With the water levels low and clear, stealth has been the key. Small egg patterns and salmon fry have been fishing well. Clown eggs (Grapefruit) Citrus clown, and peach have been doing well. Halloween leaches, sculpin, hexes, all doing well. Something different to get bit - Trout beads have all been good choices. Fly fishing has also been great, keeping up with bait fishing numbers. Citrus clown eggs and golden/egg nuke eggs have been fishing well. TroutBeads Swung flies have produced steelhead in the pockets and tail outs as the water begins to shallow.

Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. There seems to be a fair number of Steelhead throughout the system. With the recent higher water levels, many of the Steelhead have moved to the upper middle sections of river, seeking spawning salmon near Thornapple (High Roll Away gravel) and Henning Park. The upper river has many resident Trout feeding behind the spawning Salmon. There are also a few Steelhead in this area. Mike landed a gorgeous Muskegon River Steelhead today on a rainbow clown egg in the lower river behind spawning salmon in deep water.

Centerpin float fishing for Steelhead : There are a handful of white mouthed beauties lying in wait for fresh roe. We hooked at least four chrome bullets this morning during low light conditions. Greg managed to land one very nice skipper on a peach egg patterns. Cooler water temperatures and some rain would really help the cause for chrome! Later this month, Steelhead fishing should be excellent as everything seems to be a week behind.

(10/6) Manistee River Fishing Report - High Bridge to Tippy Dam - The Big Manistee River is in full swing with salmon. The past few days, salmon have been everywhere in the upper river. Gravel season is upon us! Lots of fish and lots of gravel goblins. Small, dark flies have worked the best for me. Drifting behind the redds has also been great! (Ex. Stanley's 28" Brown) and Steve's nice chrome Steelhead, all by catch of fishing behind redds in the morning. There have also been a few Steelhead & Coho in the the lower Manistee, a sign of good things to come.

(10/1) Muskegon River is still far behind, water temp is still in the low 60's. There are a handful of salmon but not quite fishable numbers yet. Should be a couple of weeks yet before good numbers of Salmon in the mighty Mo. Trout fishing has been very good in the upper river above Thornapple to Pine St. Chrome should show up with the first good batch of kings in the lower Muskegon. Water temperatures need to drop before we have good fishing and decent numbers of fish.

Pere Marquette River Salmon Reports: Today was "Moving Day"! There was no question that today was moving day in the lower river. "Moving Day", as I refer to it, is the day when all the salmon from the lower river, (Custer, Scottville, Ludington ) move into the upper to middle sections, (Walhalla, Rainbow, and lower Fly water) at a high rate of speed. Today was that day. We watched as over 1500 salmon swam past the boat today between 8am and 2pm. Don't get me wrong, we had a fantastic day of casting thundersticks with lots of fish landed. It was, however, interesting to watch wave after wave of salmon jet past the boat without so much as a glance at our T-Sticks. The majority of these fish were chrome and headed to the upper river to spawn, being a warmer than average fall, these fish are running late, and are ready to spawn!

Michigan Salmon Fishing Reports - The Pere Marquette and Manistee Rivers are both fishing well at this time. Grand River should also start soon - Big hit of fish off piers in Grand Haven! Wind directions have been constantly changing, keeping fresh Salmon entering the rivers each day. Casting crankbaits should be very good over the next few weeks on all northern Michigan Rivers.

A selection of  Thundersticks for chrome salmon on the  lower Muskegon River, White, Pere Marquette, and  Manistee Rivers.  Bright colors are best in  stained or dirty water.

Manistee River Report - The Manistee River received a very nice push of fish this morning. We hit a nice pod of chrome salmon and fishing was quite good most of the day. Casting cranks was the name of the game. More wind equals more fish! Welcome to Salmon Season in Northern Michigan with lots of Salmon and Steelhead yet to return from the Big Lake. It should be a wonderful fall season the the weather we've been having!

Muskegon River Report for Salmon: We will guiding anglers on the Manistee and Pere Marquette River for Salmon. There are good numbers of Salmon on both rivers, especially after the cool rains and cooler temperatures we've had over the past two days. Manistee received over an inch of rain yesterday! Water temperatures on the Muskegon River are at an outstanding 73 degrees which means we are a solid month away from Kings on the Muskegon River. We drive to Manistee each morning to get our clients into numbers of bright chrome kings on the Big Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers!

Manistee River Salmon Report: Salmon are just now entering the Big Manistee River near Insta-Launch and Manistee harbor. There are also fair numbers on the Little Manistee below the weir. We have recently hit a few nice pushes of salmon on the lower Manistee. A strong East wind or Northeast wind to turn over the Lake and get salmon moving in a hurry! Cold shoreline water would move salmon in close and heading into the river.
(8/30)
Pere Marquette River Salmon Report:
Lower PM has been showing a few fish and improving daily. Steve and Steve did quite well on Friday going 4 for 6 on crankbaits. Scottville down has had fish moving through but have been difficult to stay with. Walhalla and braids between Reek Rd. and upper Custer should start seeing pushes in the next few days with fish moving into South Branch of the Pere Marquette.
Manistee Salmon Charters Dates:

Pere Marquette River Fly Fishing Report - Over the past few days, the majority of the early season salmon have moved into the upper sections of the Pere Marquette River, "Flies Only" section near Baldwin. McDougals to Sulac and upper Branch to Walhalla have been holding some fish in the holes, beneath the log jams, and in the deeper water. A trickle charge of salmon have been moving through the lower river. Once again, NorthWest winds will play the biggest role in bringing in the main run of PM River salmon during the next few days. We should see the main run after the next wind - rain storm. A bit higher water levels should also bring more fish into the system. Fly Fishing seems to be the most productive technique in the mid -section, drifting eggs and nymphs along the bottom of the pools.

Muskegon River Reports for fishing fall - winter steelhead. Manistee River Report - The Manistee River recieved a very nice push of fish this morning. We hit a nice pod of chrome salmon and fishing was quite good most of the day. Casting cranks was the name of the game. More wind equals more fish! 93 degrees to 54 degrees! Welcome to Salmon Season in Northern Michigan!

Pere Marquette River Salmon Report: Lower PM has been showing a few fish and improving daily. Steve and Steve did quite well on Friday (9/5) going 9 for 16 on crankbaits. Scottville down has had fish moving through but have been difficult to stay with. Walhalla and braids between Reek Rd. and upper Custer should start seeing pushes in the next few days with fish moving into South Branch of the Pere Marquette River.

Eric with a gorgeous MUskegon River Winter Steelhead.

Muskegon River Report for Salmon: We are guiding anglers on the Manistee and Pere Marquette River for Salmon. There are good numbers of Salmon on both rivers, especially after the cool rains and cooler tempratures we've had over the past two days. Manistee received over an inch of rain yesterday! Water temperatures on the Muskegon River are at an outstanding 73 degrees which means we are a solid month away from Kings on the Muskegon River. We drive to Manistee each morning to get our clients into numbers of bright chrome kings on the Big Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers!

Michigan Salmon Fishing Reports - The Pere Marquette and Manistee Rivers are both fishing well at this time. Grand River should also start soon - Big hit of fish off piers in Grand Haven! Wind directions have been constantly changing, keeping fresh Salmon entering the rivers each day. Casting crankbaits should be very good over the next few weeks on all northern Michigan Rivers.















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TROPHY TROUT ON STREAMERS ON THE MUSKEGON RIVER.
Sucker spawn and fry produce vast amounts of Trout forage in late May.
Steelhead Fry & Sucker Spawn

During the day- Large Streamers and fry patterns near the bank. Shaded pockets hold the fish! Sink-tip fly lines have been the key for Muskegon River Trout and Steelhead.

Nymphing with sucker spawn patterns and small nymphs has also been producing numbers Trout on the Muskegon River.

Dry flies & Drake spinners in the evenings. Some of the best hatches occur as the sun drops below the tree line with low light.

May & June are the the time for Dry fly fishing with the Gray Drake Spinners.

(Gray Drakes are a mid-sized may fly with smoke clear wings, a thin variegated body, and a white ring around the eyes.) Most spinner falls occur just be for dark.

Drakes also always spinner fall on a riffle or fast current. Muskegon's most overlooked hatch, typically found in the middle to lower sections of the river. Thornapple - Henning Park.

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