Welcome to Michigan's premier Steelhead Fishing destination; Muskegon
Tom Coumes from Chicago with a gorgeous Muskegon River Winter Steelhead.
The Muskegon River offers unparalleled fly fishing for Fall, Winter,
and Spring Steelhead!
Steelhead off anglers a unique experience using both Fly Fishing
and Floats & Spawn techniques available during the Fall, Winter
Muskegon River Fall Steelhead fight like crazy! Anglers enjoy the
acrobatics and vigorous fight!
Trophy Michigan Steelhead are available on the Muskegon River during
the Fall & Winter Months.
Michigan Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing.
Float fishing for Winter Steelhead offers numbers
of hook-ups and a unique experience!
here to contact us for more information about
guided fishing trips, rates and availability on the Muskegon, White
and Pere Marquette Rivers!
Trophy Steelhead are available in Michigan's Muskegon River and
other Great Lakes tributaries during the Winter and early Spring
Plan a guided fishing adventure today! We'll get you into more Great
Steelhead are the only freshwater gamefish that will strike a
fly savagely in in 35°F water water, leap relentlessly like
a tarpon, make blistering bullish runs, and test every fly-fishing
skill you possess!
River Steelhead - Steelhead
are the ultimate game fish and the "Crown Jewel" of
Michigan Rivers. Like Salmon, Steelhead are born in rivers but
spend their growing years in larger bodies of water. Our Great
Lakes Steelhead return after three or four years, then head out
to the big lake again.
fish average 8-10 pounds and occasionally a monster close to 20
pounds is caught. Natural reproduction is increasing so join
us to catch a Wild Trophy Steelhead and the memory of a lifetime!
Michigan Steelhead fishing Report
Muskegon River Fall Steelhead
- Great Lakes Steelhead migrate into our
rivers in late
October. These hard
charging, acrobatic, exhilarating chrome bullets enter the Muskegon
River in mid October while Michigan strain- Chinook salmon are
spawning. Bright silver egg robbers cruise spawning salmon redds
searching for free egg samples. Drifting egg patterns behind the
spawning Chinook is the preferred method for taking early fall
Later in the
the season when when the water temperature cools, greater numbers
of Fall Steelhead enter the lower Muskegon River. Fishing spawn
drifted under a float just can't be beat. These Steelhead are
fresh, just in from Lake Michigan!!
River Winter Steelhead - During the winter months,
fall and winter steelhead stage in the lower Muskegon River below
Newaygo. Due to colder water, these Steelhead group up in deep
holding water and slowly make their way up river. This is an exceptional
time of year to focus on good numbers of Fall and Winter Steelhead
with few anglers on the River. Both Fly Fishing and Floats &
Spawn are very effective for targeting these great fish!
Michigan's Spring Steelhead In late February, the winter
steelhead move up river and begin their migration to their spawning
areas. Steelhead feed heavily on stone flies, caddis larvae, and
Chinook fry. During March, April and May, Steelhead begin to polish
gravel and begin to spawn. During this time, Fly Fishing Steelhead
is at it's absolute best!! Anglers can visually seek steelhead
and make casts to the spawning Spring Steelhead. Sight fishing
to Steelhead on gravel and watching them take the fly makes this
an exhilarating experience!!
St. Joseph Summer Run (Skamania) Steelhead ~
Summer Steelhead - (Skamania Strain) Probably the most
noted, the St. Joseph River, located in southwest Michigan, and
the Manistee River, is perhaps the most reliable River in Michigan
for Skamania Steelhead. Both Michigan and Indiana, plant more
than one hundred thousand summer run steelhead a year into the
St. Joe River. Numbers of adult Summer Steelhead return to the
river as adults. Skamania Steelhead stage at the mouths of cool
spring creeks flowing into the larger main stream. Large groups
of steelhead cruise clearly visible to the Chicago fly Angler.
Casting the fly to particular fish, managing the drift, and watching
the take make this fly fishing experience extraordinary.
Steelhead Float- Fly Fishing Guides ~
the Winter Months, ( December, January, February, March) the Muskegon
River is loaded with Fall & Winter Steelhead. Unlike the Grand 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.
fly fishing can be at it's best during the Winter. Few anglers fish this
time of year, the Steelhead are eager to feed well with little angling
pressure or guides on the water. Our guides love fly fishing during the
Winter months. Michigan is blessed with many great rivers that may be
offer guided fly fishing adventures year around for Michigan's Winter
Steelhead on the Muskegon River. March, April, and May are also great
times to chase Spring Steelhead. The stone fly emergence during March
produces excellent fly fishing for Steelhead in March. We have guide dates
available for Spring Steelhead on the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, and Manistee
Techniques for Steelhead:
-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 Orvis Big Game IV or a Tibor
Everglades. 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
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
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. Fly
Patterns for Steelhead: Click
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 11'
3" 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!
A selection of floats and spawn.