(12/8) What's Working Best Right Now? Floats and spawn has been my bread and butter. We have been averaging 15-20 hook- ups on steelhead daily, 8 -10 landed each day with lots of fat and sassy trout as well. Drift fishing spawn along the bottom has been working well also. Drift fishing gives steelhead a different look and a slower presentation. It's also fun to be able to "Feel" the bite when fish pick up the spawn. Some hits have been really hard as water temperatures are still in the low 40's, warm for this time of
year. Fishing should continue to be great throughout the rest of the winter with these numbers of steelhead already in the River system.
(12/5) Muskegon River - Warmer weather ahead and really good steelhead fishing! We're excited about the upcoming forecast this week! It looks great for weather and Steelhead! If you ever wanted to catch good numbers of BIG Winter Steelhead, now is the time to go!
The BIG Manistee River is also fishing exceptionally well right now! It has just been the perfect storm for fall run steelhead on the Muskegon and Manistee River. Both rivers have been fishing exceptionally well - The huge size of these steelhead is just an added bonus - something that might be a trend, or something we may not see again in our lifetime, hard to say... Get out and fish!!!
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Special Congratulations to John!! First customer in years to land the coveted 20 lb Steelhead! Amazing! Largest steelhead of my career!
MUSKEGON RIVER STEELHEAD is the ultimate game fish and the crown jewel of Michigan Rivers. Steelhead are the only freshwater game fish that will strike a fly savagely in 35 degree water, leap relentlessly,
make blistering lightning quick runs, and test every fly fishing skill you possess.
Like Salmon, Steelhead are born in
rivers but spend their growing years in larger bodies of water. Our great lakes
Steelhead return to the rivers when they reach sexual maturity after three or
four years of growth in the big lake. After spawning commences in late spring
Steelhead migrate back to the big lake and start the process all over again the
These beautiful fish average 8-10 pounds with an occasional
monster caught close to 20 pounds each year. Join us for an experience of a
lifetime fishing for one of the most sought after fresh water game fish in the
world. These world-class fish are available in the fall, winter, and spring.
FALL STEELHEAD (October thru November)
Fall Steelhead fishing is your best opportunity
throughout the year to experience the true power these fish have to offer. These
Great Lakes Steelhead migrate into our rivers in October following the migration
of the Chinook or King Salmon. These bright silver bullets cruise behind
spawning salmon redds in search of discharged eggs.
If you truly want to
experience Steelhead fishing at it’s best, join us for a fall Steelhead fishing
trip. You will not be disappointed!
WINTER STEELHEAD (December thru February)
Winter fishing for Steelhead is one the best kept secrets
throughout the Muskegon river system due to numbers of fish throughout the river
and you virtually have the complete river to yourself. Steelhead will ascend the
Muskegon river all year long due to its warmer tail water and ice free flows
providing for some spectacular fishing December through February.
Betts Guide Service prides itself on being able to offer you some of the best winter
Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon. It has been common to experience double digit
hook ups even on some of the coldest winter days.
If you have never experienced the sheer tranquility and peacefulness of winter Steelhead fishing
on the Muskegon River, give us a try; it’s a great way to shake the winter blues
SPRING STEELHEAD (March thru May)
Beginning in late February, the
winter Steelhead move up river and begin their migration to their spawning
areas. During March, April, and May Steelhead begin to polish gravel and begin
to spawn. During this time, Fly Fishing for Steelhead is at it’s best. Anglers
can visually seek Steelhead and make casts to the spawning Spring Steelhead.
Sight fishing to Steelhead on gravel and watching them take flies makes for a
very exhilarating experience.
Anyone traveling to greater Grand Rapids area can find a million reasons to wet a line! The city abounds with areas and locations to fish, both lakes and rivers provide ample places to fish. The city is also surrounded by world class salmon and steelhead fishing areas.
The "Sixth Street" Fish ladder downtown has one of the largest salmon, steelhead and migratory trout passages in the world with an estimated, 100,000 fish swimming through the ladder. (Sixth Street fish ladder pictured below.)
The Grand River has decent wading access below the concrete barrier at 6th street. This area can be waded from the bank or fished from a boat. It offers endless opportunities for migratory Chinook, Coho, lake run brown trout, Lake Trout, and of coarse, steelhead.
The best time to fish the Grand and Rouge Rivers is during the Spring and Fall.
Another great river is the Rogue, Located less than ten miles from the greater Grand Rapids area. The Rogue River runs right through the town of Rockford. Some of the best places to are under the bike bridge, and behind the paper mill. The Rogue has some great wading opportunities for resident Brown and Rainbow trout. This river has clean, clear water, and offers excellent fishing!
Just a little further North, is the Muskegon River. The Might Mo excels in big numbers of Steelhead, Salmon, and resident Trout. Although mostly a private river, the Muskegon also offers great wading and boat fishing. It's a tailwater fishery and offers the best trout fishing in Michigan.
Spring Steelhead Trips
Guided Trips available.
$250 for 2 anglers.
$395 for 2 anglers
$495 for 3 anglers.
Fall Steelhead fishing available now Big Manistee River - Pere Marquette - and Muskegon River Steelhead!
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