coho salmon

West Michigan Smallmouth Bass, Skamania Steelhead, King Salmon Guide Trips

Summer is here and the Smallmouth Bass fishing has been good, Skamania have been around the piers, and some big Kings have been taken out on the lake.  We have been seeing some larger than usual King Salmon, Steelhead, and Coho this year out on Lake Michigan.  There seems to be a good amount of bait fish this year and the fish have been taking advantage.  There have been numerous King Salmon over 20lbs taken this Spring/early Summer and good numbers of Steelhead in the 10 to 15lb range caught as well.  We have been catching some good Skamania from the piers on the right days as well. We should see some real pigs later this Summer and Fall when these fish hit the rivers.  

Smallmouth Bass fishing has been good for us on the river, the water has warmed up, levels have dropped, and there are tons of minnows in the river that they have been feasting on.  Smallmouth fishing is usually good steady action for us so if you want to get out on a trip this is a fun one to do.  I offer both jet boat and drift boat trips on the Muskegon River, Grand River, Kalamazoo River, St. Joseph River, and other area waters.  Action should only get better as the Summer goes on!

If you are looking to do a Skamania (Summer Run Steelhead) or Atlantic Salmon trip I will be offering those for the Summer as well.  Get a hold of me and we can get a good date set up for you.

Thinking ahead to fall if you want to get out for some King Salmon, Coho, or Steelhead give me a call or email to set up a trip.  Lots of bait out in the lake this year so we should have some real trophy sized fish showing up this year.  

West Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing Guide Service

Coho Salmon

Michigan River Fishing for Coho Salmon

Like the Chinook, coho are native to the Pacific coast of North America, and to parts of Asia. They were introduced into the Great Lakes in 1873 but the first successful plantings weren't until 1966. There was much excitement amount anglers and fish managers when coho made their first spawning run in the fall of 1967. Since that time, the coho has become a popular sport fish, in fact people come from all over the world to fish Michigan's great coho fishery.

Grand River Coho Salmon Fishing

Coho spawning runs up tributary rivers occur from early September to early October. Females excavate a nest in a tributary stream's gravel bed. Both adult die soon after spawning. The next spring the eggs hatch and the young remain in the gravel for 2-3 weeks. When they emerge (March to July), some migrate down river almost immediately. Most, however, wait a year or longer before descending to the lake.Once in the lake, they stay near shore for a few months, then seek deeper waters.  

Manistee River Coho Salmon FishingCoho are very aggressive in Nature which makes them a great fish to pursue when they hit the rivers.  We usually pursue them with light tackle and use a variety of techniques to give your arms a work out.


Lake Michigan Salmon Fishing

5/24/12 Salmon Fishing out on Lake Michigan has been good on most days.  We have been catching a mix of King Salmon and Coho Salmon while fishing out of Muskegon and Grand Haven.  Smallmouth Bass and Catfish have been biting on the Grand River and the Trout fishing on the Muskegon and other smaller area rivers has been good as well.  Call us to book a charter or guide trip for this summer.  We are also booking King Salmon River guide trips for the fall right now so if you have a date in mind call now to check on open dates.

Michigan Salmon Fishing - King Salmon, Coho Salmon

Pere Marquette River King Salmon Fishing Guide ServiceChinook Salmon aka King Salmon are known for their sheer power and speed, Michigan still has some of these fish in rivers that we guide on such as the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee. These fish usually average around 15-20lbs with some fish up to 35lbs mixed in. They will definitely surprise you with their power when they try to take the rod out of your hand as they smash your crankbait. We usually start targeting these fish in the Michigan rivers in mid to late August depending on the weather and continue to fish them into mid to late October.

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