Premier Muskegon River Guide Service for Steelhead, Salmon, & Trout. Michigan
Fly Fishing & Salmon Fishing Adventures on the Muskegon River, Manistee,
& Pere Marquette. (231) 519-7348
Fishing Trips on Michigan's Muskegon River. Spring
half-day specials - $250 for two anglers.
River Trout Fishing - We offer Fly Fishing
and light tackle.
Warmer Temperatures have greatly improved the dry
fly fishing over the past few days. We are beginning to see decent numbers of
second year trout taking stone flies and caddis off the water. Red Horse sucker
spawn is also now beginning to be key. Great Lakes suckers have just begun to
spawn over the last few days, making for some excellent steelhead and trout fishing.
Trout key very heavily on eggs and nymphs behind spawning suckers. Best flies
are tiny yellow egg flies, and sparkle pheasant tail nymphs.
Muskegon River Steelhead
Providing first class guided fly-fishing trips for Salmon,
Trout, and Steelhead since 1996. With a long, cold winter, we are now finally
headed into the prime spawning season. About two weeks behind schedule, steelhead
are now beginning to work gravel and begin to spawn. Water temperatures have reached
the magical 42 degrees. This is when steelhead begin to aggressively spawn. Fly
fishing is spectacular at this time. Black stone flies and peach egg patterns
fish well when steelhead are on the redds. This time of year is prime time for
sight fishing steelhead of the fly!
are consistently landing at least one steelhead per hour. It's a great time to
be on the water with little angling pressure and lots of fish. Fishing has been
excellent with last week's high water which shuffled the deck and brought in lots
of new steelhead from the lower river. Spring Chromers coming in from the lake
with more to come!
Hope for Fly Fisherman: Starting to
see the first signs of life with late winter stone flies starting to emerge. Stone
flies have been a staple fly pattern over the last few days. Fry patterns also
working. Citrus clown is always my first choice for dingy water but big nymphs
also work great! Things are starting to wake up!
River Winter Stone Flies: During late February we begin to see Stone
fly movement throughout the river. The Dark
Knight Stone is a great stone fly imitation that also does very well in
normal water levels. I tie this pattern primarily for Steelhead and Trout. It's
a great looking bug with movement and a true nymph profile. This fly fishes best
drifted as chuck & duck or floating line with an indy rig. |
Hire a Steelhead Guide for the Muskegon River?
boats give easy access to all parts of the river!
The Muskegon River is primarily a boat
fishery and a jet boat allows you to follow fish. You
can go out with a steelhead guide by yourself or with two or three anglers, so
you can split the cost. All gear, tackle, bait, and flies are includes
at no extra charge. We supply everything you need!
Catch More &
Bigger Fish! - If you hire a fishing guide you are likely to catch more fish
than if you go on your own. Our fishing guides are on the water almost every day
and keep up with what the fish are doing. We can put you in the right place at
the right time with the proper technique or fly patterns.
Learn The River & Locations - Since your steelhead fishing guide
knows the Muskegon and Pere Marquette rivers so well, you can learn a lot from
a trip. We can show you how to run the river, where to find access to the stream
and where you can wade safely. Learn walk-in locations to fly fish and steelhead
Try New Equipment - Our fly fishing guides keep our equipment in top shape
and always have top-of-the-line gear and tackle ready for your use. All gear,
tackle, and flies are provided at no charge. You will have the chance to try a
variety of rods, reels and line and find out what you like before buying your
Learn How To Catch Fish - We can show you new and innovative ways
that we have learned to catch Steelhead and Trout. Like Bass fishing, Steelhead
fishing styles and techniques are always evolving and conditions change. New and
improved bait cures and fly patterns, and lures that may work on your local river.
a Fishing Guide Is Relatively Cheap - You may pay a steelhead guide $400 for
a day of fishing, but consider what you get. The boat you fish from probably cost
more than $30,000. Some of the rods and reels you use cost more than the trip.
Gas for the boat is an expense. There are many others. By going with a guide,
you avoid all those expenses and you have a great day of fishing!
Fun - A fishing guide not only helps you catch fish, most are good entertainers
and will keep you laughing all day. They know lots of good jokes and have many
tales to tell you. You will not get bored! Our guides keep you on your toes!
It Is Easy - Your Spring Steelhead guide will do all the work and
you can relax and fish. You can have the guide do everything from tying your knots
and taking your fish off the hook to running the boat. They will take photos of
you and your catch as well as cleaning your fish if you keep some.
your Spring Steelhead fishing adventure today!
Winter tailwater for Steelhead in Michigan.
the Grand River, White River, and Pere Marquette Rivers, the Muskegon is a tailwater
fishery, this means the Muskegon River never freezes! This allows us to guide
anglers throughout the winter months for Steelhead and Trout. Fly fishing during
the Winter is a beautiful time to be on the water with good numbers of Steelhead
and lots of wildlife along the rivers banks. We are also now offering Centerpin
instructionals to learn Centerpin float fishing for Steelhead!
Michigan Winter Steelhead - Steelhead fishing has been outstanding
over the past few days with recent rain and mild temperatures. If this is any
indication of the how this years winter is going to be, I'm all in. Both fly fishing
and floats / spawn has been working well with good numbers of steelhead throughout
the Muskegon River system. Fishing should continue to be very good.
River Streamflow Data
Reelin' the Steelin' - Fall steelhead fishing
has been exceptional over the past few days. Both techniques, fly fishing and
floats / spawn have been fishing great. Over the past week, we have received significant
rainfall and higher water levels.
Fly fishing has been our most productive
method by far at this point. Long casts, lighter leaders, and smaller flies have
been the key. Egg patterns and clown eggs have been fishing well. Some of my other
best patterns have been Otter's eggs, micro halo eggs, flash back pheasant tails,
and steelhead buggers.
Steelhead migration has been far above normal
this year with the higher water levels. Huge numbers of salmon in the upper Muskegon
near Thornapple and Pine St. have chromers feasting on salmon roe. Trout have
been gorging on a salmon spawn as well, growing over an inch per month!
Floats & Spawn -(Baitcaster or spinning) Our second favorite technique
that produces numbers of steelhead is floats and spawn. Float fishing provides
a long, perfect drift that presents your offering well away from the boat. Float
fishing is the ultimate "stealth" technique for steelhead in clear water.
Float fishing is a faster paces technique that allows anglers to fish miles of
river per day and cover lots of water searching for active steelhead.
As the days become longer and the snow begins to fade, our thoughts drift towards
spring steelhead on the Muskegon, Pere Marquette and Manistee River. Big numbers
of steelhead make their annual spawning migration during the months of March,
April, and May. Float fishing and fly fishing for steelhead and trout is excellent
at this time with new fish entering the river daily. Step on board for the best
in steelhead fishing that Michigan has to offer!
Muskegon River Salmon & Steelhead
charters available throughout the year.
Current River Flow Rates
The Pere Marquette
River "Flies Only" section has been fishing well for both resident Brown
Trout, Rainbow, Steelhead, and Coho or Chinook Salmon. During the Winter months,
look for the slow, deeper pools in the PM River to be holding the most active
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River Fishing Calendar:
Steelhead – March, April, May
– May, June, July, August
Bass - June, July, Aug.
– Late Aug, Sept, Oct.
Steelhead – November, December
Steelhead - Dec, Jan, Feb, March
Video Clip: Float
Fishing Muskegon River Steelhead
One of the best float fishing videos
we have filmed for Fall Steelhead on the Muskegon River and Great Lakes region.
Lots of float fishing with a ton of hook ups and fish landed on video! Now is
the time to float fish Steelhead!
Michigan Steelhead Guides excel in Float Fishing for Winter & Spring Steelhead
on the Muskegon River. We provided all gear, tackle, flies, beads, whatever you
may need. Steelhead guides are available for both Winter & Spring Steelhead!
PO Box 608
Newaygo, MI 49337
play an important role of covering water for Winter and Spring Steelhead. This
gives the guide and client an important edge- Being able to cover water! In Michigan,
inovative techniques basically "change it up" for Steelhead that have
seen it all. Our guides strive in inovative techniques!
Outfitters are located 3.5 hours from Chicago, IL 60610. Only a short drive North
from Chicago on US-31. Chicago anglers can be fishing for Steelhead, Trout , and
Steelhead in Western Michigan. We guide year around on the Muskegon River and
St. Joseph Rivers.
Summer-run Steelhead (Skamania) are available on
the St. Joe during July and August. The Mansitee River also offers tremendous
Skamania and Chinook Salmon near Tippy Dam area in the Manistee National Forest.
Hottest Tailwater Fishery - Muskegon River Trout!
The Muskegon River
offers anglers the finest fly fishing anywhere for Steelhead and Trout. This tailwater
is loaded with prolific hatches of Stone flies and Caddis. The nutrient rich waters
of the Muskegon River provide cover and food for thousands of Michigan Trout during
June amd July!
Michigan Fly Fishing
charters on the Muskegon
Marquette River, White
River, and Manistee
Rivers for Steelhead,
Bass. Michigan Fly Fishing guides on the Muskegon River for Fall
& Winter Steelhead!
West Michigan's best kept secret fishing
River Steelhead guides!! Pere
Marquette Fly Fishing for Trout with the Hopper & Dropper fly patterns.
Hot, windy days have been the best
fly fishing for Trout Salmon charters & guided trips available.
have also been some Chinook
Salmon in the upper
"Flies Only" Section of the PM River. Michigan
Fly Fishing in Southwest Michigan for
Skamania Steelhead ( Summer Run Steelhead) on the St.
Joseph River and Dowagiac River. Casting Thundersticks and small spinners
Muskegon River Fishing Report
Welcome to Spring Steelhead Season 2010! Steelhead fishing
over the past two seeks has been exceptional with slightly higher water levels
and above average temperatures. Good numbers of Spring Steelhead throughout the
Muskegon River system.
February and March offer pre-spawn Steelhead just
entering the river. These fish are chrome and ready to bite. Newaygo, Bridgton,
and Maple Island are consistently producing.
Stone fly activity also plays
a key role in the Steelhead migration. Steelhead gorge on emerging Stone fly nymphs
during February, March and early April. Prolific hatches make Stone flies a good
choice for Great Lakes Steelhead.
Floats and Spawn has also been producing
good numbers of Spring Steelhead. Watch for rising water levels over the next
few weeks to bring in chrome fish from the lower river. Warmer water temperatures
and the longer length of day light bring Steelhead closer to spawn. 42
degrees is the magic number for sight fishing Steelhead on gravel.
Chicago Fly Fishing Guides ~
We are located
only 3.5 hours from great Chicago Fly Fishing. With just a short drive North,
Chicago anglers can be into some of the best fly fishing Michigan has to offer!
Chicago Fly Fishing anglers will enjoy Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River.
We are located 3.5 hours from Bass Pro Fly Shops Chicago, IL 60610. Only a short
drive North from Chicago on US-31. Chicago Fly Fishing for Steelhead, Salmon and
Trout is available year around on the Muskegon
River and St. Joseph Rivers.
Grand Rapids Fly Fishing ~
are located 45 minutes North of Grand Rapids, Mi 49505. Grand Rapids Fly Fishing
on the Grand River can be fantastic during March for Spring Steelhead. The Rogue
River also receives a good push of Salmon and Steelhead near Rockford in October
to Western Michigan's premiere guide service for Spring Steelhead, Trout and Smallmouth
Bass on the Muskegon River, Manistee River, and Pere Marquette rivers. We pride
ourselves in offering anglers the unique opportunities and knowledge to fish.