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Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing Report

Steelhead Fishing continues to be amazing for us on the Muskegon River and Grand River.  This warm weather we have been having has had good numbers of fish entering the rivers and the fish have been super charged jumping around and taking long line burning runs.  We are set up to have some great fishing throughout the winter on the Muskegon River.  We have been taking fish while float fishing, back bouncing, and plug fishing.  With the higher water last week I had a day where we shot up into Grand Rapids to the 6th street dam and fished and that was some fast and furious action.  The Muskegon River from the dam down to the lake has been fishing good.  

If you are looking for a gift idea for someone that likes to fish or likes to be outdoors I have gift certificates.  They can be used anytime throughout the year for my river trips,  Steelhead, Salmon, Smallmouth, etc., they are a great Christmas gift.  I still have a good number of January, February, March, and April dates open so help me fill them up and we can go and beat up on some fish.

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Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing has been pretty good for us on the Grand River and Muskegon River.  We have been putting a decent number of Steelhead in the boat on all of our guide trips lately, it has been a good mix of darker winter fish and chrome spring run steelhead.  Float fishing with bags, beads, jigs, and rubber worms has been working well.  Plug fishing with plugs such as the new mag lip 3.0, hot n tots, and wiggle warts has been taking fish.  Bottom bouncing bait or wobble glos has caught steelhead as well.  The 6th street dam in Grand Rapids had been fishing great earlier this week but will probably be slowing down as the fish move upstream to spawn in the tributaries such as the Rogue River and others upstream of Grand Rapids.  The rivers are low, cold, and clear at the moment so look for the run to be another drawn out one this year.  We should have good fishing into mid May from what it looks like.  If you are looking to get out I still have some days in April and May to fill for fishing on the Muskegon River.  Below are a few pictures taken since my last update.

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Grand River and Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing

Spring Steelheading has gotten off to a slower start than usual but we are still finding plenty of fish to play with.  The slow start should mean that we will have a later than usual run of Steelhead into our rivers.  The Grand River should fish well for the next few weeks, the Muskegon River should fish well into May again this year.  We have been catching a mix of chrome and wintered up steelhead over the past week, more chromers should be showing up daily.  We have been taking fish while float fishing, back bouncing, and plug fishing.  Guys fishing from the shores in Grand Rapids at the 6th street dam have been getting a few fish off from the wall and post office.  If you are looking to get out we should have some great fishing on our West Michigan rivers over the next month and a half and I have some open dates here and there throughout March, April, and the first part of May.  

Below are a few pictures taken this past week.

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Muskegon River Spring Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead Fishing has been awesome over the past few weeks on the Muskegon River.  We have been putting lots of fish into the boat on our guided steelhead fishing trips.  We have mainly been float fishing with spinning gear and centerpins.  I also fished the Grand River in Grand Rapids near the 6th street dam and did pretty well for May, we were into the double digits for a couple hours of fishing with a mix of dark and chrome drop backs and some dime bright fresh run fish.  The Rogue River has also been putting out some good fish lately from what I have been hearing.  The Muskegon River has been where we have mainly been and it has been producing large numbers of spawners, drop backs, and some fresh fish.  If you are looking to get out and try Centerpin fishing we have a brand new arsenal from Raven Tackle and we still have some openings on the 12th, 13th, and 14th.

Below is a sample of the fishing lately.

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Spring Steelhead

As of today 4/14/14 the Grand River, Muskegon River, Rogue River, and White River are all pretty high and dirty.  They will probably be very tough to Steelhead fish for the next week or so.  The good thing is that most of them should be fishing good as they start to drop.  Before the floods we were catching fish while float fishing and plug fishing.  The Muskegon had not received many fresh Steelhead yet so that should change with the recent rains.  Some guides were already fishing gravel to spawning fish on the Muskegon River over the past week if that is your thing.  The Grand River in Grand Rapids near the 6th street dam was giving up a mix of fresh and darker winter fish, look for a bunch of fresh fish to shoot through with the flooded waters and fill into the smaller tributaries.  The White river sounded like it was fishing good last week for Steelhead, look for the dam in Hesperia to fish well as the water starts to drop.  The Rogue river as of a few days back was just starting to see a half way decent push of fresh fish so look for that to fish well as it drops.  Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River and other area rivers should be good late into May this year with the colder than average water temperatures.  I still have some late April and May dates available if you are looking to get out and enjoy some warmer weather Steelhead fishing.  We offer the use of Spinning, Centerpin, Fly, and Baitcasting rods and reels.

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Spring Steelhead Fishing on the Grand River and Muskegon River

Spring Steelhead fishing is here!  We have been fishing the Grand River and Muskegon River since my last report and fishing has been good for us most days.  We are still seeing a mix of dark fish and fresher spring run fishing.  We should have a big push of chromers showing up over the next couple of weeks.  We have been float fishing with spinning gear and centerpins and doing well.  Drift fishing with spawn and wobble glos have also caught their share as well.  There have been a lot of guys fishing the shorelines up near 6th street dam in Grand Rapids doing well on steelhead.  The Rogue and White Rivers should be popping off soon as well for those of you looking to wade in.  I still have some dates available the week of the 20th and and 27th if you are looking to get out this Spring.  May should have some good fishing as well this year with how cold the water is and I have plenty of open days the first 2 weeks of May for the Muskegon River.

Below are a few from recently.

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Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing

Spring Steelhead fishing is officially here, if you are going by the calendar that is.  The runs of Spring Steelhead are a little behind this year due to the extreme Winter we have had, the good thing is that we had a great push of fall fish and some small trickles of fresh fish that have kept us busy lately.  Steelhead fishing over the past couple of weeks on the Muskegon River and Grand River has been good on most days but there have been a few days that we have had to work for them a little harder.  We have mainly been float fishing for Steelhead with spawn and beads. We have also had some great days that we were mainly drop back fishing plugs were we were putting double digit numbers of fish into the boat as well.  The Grand River is running pretty high right now with stained water, they are catching some winter hold overs as well as a few fresh fish up at the 6th street dam.  The Rogue River and White have opened up for the most part and have been fishing decent for mostly hold over Steelhead.  The Muskegon is running pretty low for this time of year and we have been catching mostly Fall and Winter run Steelhead with a true chrome one here and there.  The size of the fish lately has still been impressive, we have boated numerous Steelhead over the past week between that 12 and slightly over 16lb range.  I am guessing that the bigger runs of fish will be a couple of weeks behind schedule this year.  Look for April and the first half of May to have some great Steelheading.  If you are looking to try out Centerpinning we have all new Raven gear for this season.  We also offer the use of Spinning and Baitcasting reels as well.  We are offering 4, 6, and 8 hour trips for this Spring so give us a call to get out and enjoy this great resource that we have here in Michigan. 

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Winter Steelhead Fishing

Winter finally let up her grip a little this past week and the Steelhead fishing was fantastic.  We caught Steelhead using a variety of methods, float fishing with spawn and jigs, dropping back plugs, and bottom bouncing were all productive.  We have been catching a mixture of colored up fall holdover Steelhead and chrome fish that have not been in the system very long, a few nice Brown Trout have come to the net as well.  The wild life has been out in full force lately, we have seen numerous Bald Eagles everyday, lots of Deer, Raccoons,  a good variety of Waterfowl, etc..  It sounds like most of the smaller area streams are still frozen up pretty good but if you do not have a boat and are looking to get out and wade I hear that they are still catching good numbers of fish at the 6th street dam on the Grand River.  I know some guys that have been walking in near Croton Dam on the Muskegon River as well that have have been picking up a few fish as well on jigs and wax worms.     

Spring will be here soon so if you are looking to get out on the Muskegon River or Grand River give me a call to book your dates.  I still have a good number of dates open for February, March, April, and May open.  If you would rather wade in and fish we also offer walk in trips to the Rogue River and White River as well.  If you have a preferred method that you would like to learn let us know, if your looking to learn how to cast and use a Centerpin, back bounce, plug fish, etc. we can shorten that learning curve for you.

Here is a sample of the fish that we boated this past week.

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Grand River and Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead fishing has been good now that we have had a little break from the deep freeze that we were in.  I did a little wading in on the Grand River up near 6th street dam in Grand Rapids and that was fishing good.  The Muskegon River also has a good number of Steelhead this winter and has been fishing good as well, we have also been finding some nice sized brown trout as a bonus.  Centerpin fishing was excellent yesterday on the Muskegon with many Steelhead to the boat.  We have been taking Steelhead while float fishing, bottom bouncing, as well as plug fishing lately.  If you want to get out and catch some fish I have some openings this coming week.  I also have a good number of openings for February as well.  This is a great time of year to get out on the water as there is minimal traffic, and the fishing is usually good.  We cater to all skill levels so if you know someone that has cabin fever but does not fish much this is a great way to beat the Winter blues and catch some great fish.  We are also booking trips for our Spring run of fish that usually start migrating up river in March so if you want to get out this Spring contact me asap so you can get the prime date that works best for you.

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Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing

12/7/11 Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon remains good, we had one slower day on Sunday down from Thornapple where we only put a handful of Steelhead into the boat but other than that it has been great fishing with lots of chrome bright fish to go around.  Float fishing spawn has been working great in the clear waters of the Muskegon River, jigs should start working better as well in the next week or two with the cold temperatures moving in.  The Grand River is high and still rising, it should peak out in the next day or two I would think.  6th street dam has been giving up some fish to those that have been fishing there, spawn bags and jigs with wax worms have worked best.  When the Grand River drops a little we should be in for some great fishing on this river as well.  The Pere Marquette and Big Manistee have been fishing great as well lately from what I hear from friends that have been up that way fishing.  This should be a great winter all around for West Michigan Steelhead, there are tons of fish in the rivers and they should start to set up in there winter holes soon.  If you are thinking of trying your hands at Steelheading this is the year to do it, there are lots of fish and big ones at that.  We are offering our discounted winter rates for trip dates starting Dec. 10th.  We are also offering Gift Certificates for the holiday season, this is a great gift for anyone with a passion for the outdoors.  Below is a few of the many Steelhead from the past few days.

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