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Smallmouth Bass, Skamania, and more

Summer is here and Smallmouth Bass fishing should continue to be good on the rivers as long as they are in shape.  If you are looking to get in on some good bass fishing on the Grand River or Muskegon River I have some prime dates in July and August open.  Skamania or Summer Run Steelhead have been along the lake shore depending on the water temperatures and a few have been coming into the rivers.  If you want to get out after some of these we can either get in on some lake shore action or we can do some river fishing.  King Salmon fishing is just around the corner for some of our area rivers and the fish I have seen this year on the lake have been very healthy.  We have already brought multiple 20lb fish to the net while fishing Kings when they have been around the shorelines this Spring and early Summer.  I have about half of my dates already booked for September and early October for Kings on the Pere Marquette, Manistee, and Muskegon Rivers.  I was possibly going to do some late August and early September trips on the Betsie river out of a 3 person fishing raft if there is any interest as well.  If you want to get out this year on a guide trip and toss some crankbaits, plug, float and backbounce skein for King Salmon get with me soon.  

King Salmon and Steelhead Fishing on the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and Grand Rivers

We have been fishing King Salmon for the past month on the Pere Marquette and Muskegon River.  Fishing has been decent on most days, we have seen a some big mid to high 20lb kings mixed in with the 13 to 18lb fish.  We have been catching our fish on Crankbaits, plugs, and eggs.  We have also caught a few Coho and Steelhead over the past couple of weeks as well.  I still have a few days open in October, November, and December for Steelhead and Salmon fishing on the Grand River and Muskegon River but the dates are going fast.

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.  

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Big Manistee and Pere Marquette River King Salmon Fishing

King Salmon fishing has been picking up on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee Rivers.  The run is not in full swing by any means but there have been enough fish around to keep it interesting.  We have been catching fish on crankbaits, bait, and plugs.  The Betsie river sounds like it has had the best numbers of fish around so far but the Betsie always recieves a good early run of Salmon.  The Pere Marquette and Big Manistee should pick up with more fish over the next couple of weeks.  At the moment I have September 4, 8, 9, 21, and 22 open and those are historically all great dates to get out.  I also have some October dates for the Muskegon and Grand RIvers for Salmon and Steelhead,  Late October, November, and December are excellent months for Steelhead so give me a call and book a great day of Steelhead fishing here in West Michigan.

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Skamania Steelhead, King Salmon, Atlantic Salmon, and Smallmouth fishing in Michigan

We have been catching a variety of species lately all over the state, Skamania Steelhead, King Salmon, Atlantic Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth, and Pike.  

Skamania fishing has been good from the piers when the conditions are right and there are more and more trickling into the rivers.  I still have some dates open this Summer for Skamania Steelhead so give me a call if you want to get you butt kicked by some of these insane fish.  

I was up in Sault Ste. Marie fishing Atlantic Salmon on the St. Mary's river again this year and we had an awesome time catching a bunch of these high jumping acrobats.  We use a variety of techniques to chase these fish and the Atlantic Salmon are some of the most exciting fish to pursue around. If you are looking to get out and fish the highly prized Atlantic Salmon I will be offering trips for them starting next summer.  If you want to book a couple of days I will offer a discounted rate.  They are well worth the trip up to the UP!

King Salmon Fishing has picked up on Lake Michigan.  The water has started setting up finally making the Kings a little more predictable and easier to target.  Meat rigs have been the best bait for King Salmon while bright colored spoons have taken most of the Steelhead.  

Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass fishing has been good with the hot weather setting in.  The Muskegon River and Grand River should have some good Smallmouth action for the rest of the summer.  Although my favorites are the cold water species the Smallmouth Bass are close behind.  Top water baits, crank baits, tubes, craws, whatever, they are an aggressive fish.  The Largemouth Bass and Norther Pike have been on the bite as well in the inland lakes and on slower sections of the rivers.  Tubes, crank baits, and top waters will catch the pike and bucket mouths.

I will be starting my river trips for King Salmon in late August on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee rivers.  I will be offering morning and afternoon crank bait and skein fishing trips for these river monsters.  The numbers on the lake seem a little better than last year and the size is up as well.  The fish are fat and healthy so they should be a real handful when they show up in the rivers.  I will be back and forth between the PM and the Big Manistee depending on where the fishing is best at the time.  Later in September I will be offering trips on the Muskegon and Grand Rivers as well as they start to fill in with fish.  If you have a date in mind let me know so I can get you in the books before the dates fill in.

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Grand River, Muskegon River, Lake Michigan, West Michigan Fishing Reports

It is hard to believe but July is already here and we are well into our Summer fishing.  There are lots of opportunities out there right now.  We have Smallmouth Bass and Trout fishing on the Muskegon River, Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Catfish, etc. on the Grand River.  The Skamania are hitting off from the piers and a few are filtering into the rivers.  There are some good sized King Salmon showing up in our catches on Lake Michigan along with Steelhead, Lake Trout, and the odd Coho and Brown Trout.  There seems to be a good amount of bait fish around this year in the lake and the Kings that are out there seem to be bulking up after the long Winter/Spring we had.  We are seeing good Kings over here but a lot of the larger 20 to 25 lb fish that I have heard about are still over in Wisconsin waters, some of those fish should start making there way over here as the summer goes on and the urge to head into their natal rivers kicks in.  

If you are looking to get out this Summer I will be offering Summer Run Steelhead fishing trips in the rivers over the next couple of months.  Skamania or Summer Run Steelhead are insane when you hook into them, they are one of the wildest fish around when hooked.  These fish can be caught using a variety of methods such as float fishing, drift fishing, fly fishing, casting hardware, plugging, etc..  

Skamania Steelhead Fishing

I will be up on the St. Mary's River in Sault Ste. Marie fishing for Atlantic Salmon later in July and have a couple days open for that if you want to get out and catch some of these magnificent fish.  When hooked Atlantics are usually in the air showing off how high they can jump followed by long fast runs that will surely have your blood pumping.  These fish are one of the most prized game fish in the world and we have them right here in Michigan.  Float fishing, casting, fly fishing, and drift fishing are the most popular ways to fish for Atlantic Salmon.  

St. Mary's River Atlantic Salmon  

If you are looking to get out and catch some Smallmouth Bass we have a number of different trips for those.  The Muskegon River, Grand River, Thornapple River, Flat River, Rogue River, etc..  Some of the Smaller rivers I offer Kayak and Wade trips on if you are looking for a combo Kayak/Fishing Trip.  There is some excellent fishing on some of these smaller waters.  

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Lake Michigan fishing is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon with with family.  There are some good sized Kings out there this year and as the lake sets up over the next few weeks we should see some better fishing for those as well as Steelhead, Trout, and Coho.

Lake Michigan King Salmon Fishing

Starting in late August thru October we will be chasing King Salmon in the rivers.  I will be up on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee throwing crankbaits, fishing bobbers and skein, as well as some other techniques.  Later in the Salmon run I usually head south as the fresher fish enter the Muskegon and Grand River.  These fish are sure to get your heart racing when you hook into one of these river monsters.  If you are looking for a combo King Salmon and Steelhead fishing trip mid October is a great time for that.    

Big Manistee King Salmon Fishing

If you are looking to book a trip give me a call at 616-570-2946 or you can email me through my contact page.

Captain Greg Knapp

 

Smallmouth Bass, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, King Salmon Michigan Fishing Report

Fishing has been good lately for a lot of species depending on where you go.  We have been catching Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead, and Smallmouth on the Muskegon River.  If you are looking to get out and throw some hardware on the Muskegon now is a good time to book a trip for that.  The Grand River and its tributaries have been fishing well for Smallmouth, Catfish, and a bunch of other species.  The Smallmouth Bass fishing should be heating up good as the river drops and warms up over the next few weeks.  We should have some good fishing all summer long if you are looking to get out and have a fun day floating down the river and catching these aggressive Smallies. Lake Michigan has been good to slow depending on the day for King Salmon, Lake Trout, and Steelhead.    Inland lake fishing has been good for Bluegills and Largemouth Bass.  Skamania Steelhead fishing is not too far off so give me a call if you would like to book a trip on the pier or on the rivers for them.  They are some of the best fighting fish of the year.  

Give me a call if you are looking to get out this summer, I will be working on Lake Michigan as well as the rivers and inland lakes.  If you are looking to book a trip this September or October for King Salmon on the Big Manistee, Pere Marquette, or Muskegon Rivers get a hold of me ASAP so I can get your date written in.  I will be starting my fall river trips that last week of August.

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Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River and Grand River has been decent to good for us over the past couple of weeks on my guide trips.  King Salmon are still around with some chrome ones still entering the rivers but we are pretty much done targeting them at this point.  The Muskegon could use a little more water as it is running pretty low and clear, the Grand River has been running on the high side this fall so far.  They are catching a few steelhead from the sounds of it down at 6th street dam in Grand Rapids and up near Croton Dam near Newaygo wading in.  Give me a call if you would like to get out this fall or winter for some guided steelheading, I still have a few prime November dates as well as some great dates in December.  We offer Spinning, Baitcasting, or Centerpins for float fishing.  We use a variety of techniques and encourage newbies to the sport to come out.

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Michigan King Salmon and Steelhead Fishing

The King Salmon run has been a slow trickle of fish in most of the rivers.  We have been on the Muskegon River, Pere Marquette River, Big Manistee, and Grand River over the past couple of weeks and the number of Salmon around has been lower than years past.  We have been landing fish everyday but working a little harder for them.  The good news is that there are Steelhead starting to show up and we have found a few of them lately to play with.  I will probably fish Kings for another couple weeks and then switch over to Steelhead fishing unless someone wants to do a late King Salmon trip later in October.  I still have a few dates left in October, November, and December for Steelhead Fishing.  The ones that I have seen this year all look very healthy in size.  If you want to get out this fall and enjoy a day of Steelhead fishing on one of our West Michigan Rivers give me a call.

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Pere Marquette River King Salmon Fishing

The Pere Marquette has a few King Salmon running around, not many as of today August the 27th but a few to play with.  We boated a couple of King Salmon today and lost a few more.  The few boats that we talked to sounded like they had zero to 3 hook ups but none had one to the boat so we are still waiting on a good push of fish in there.  With the rain and cooler weather hopefully this will happen over the next few days.  Yesterday I fished a Southwest Michigan river for Skamania and Smallmouth and we did decent landing some nice fish Centerpinning and tossing crankbaits.  I will be up north running around on the Pere Marquette River and Big Manistee River for the next month or more for King Salmon, then I will probably start fishing a few other rivers such as the Muskegon River when good numbers show up.  I still have some great dates in October for King Salmon and Steelhead as well as some 4 hour afternoons in September.  I have a couple other guides that I work with and I might have a cancelation here and there as well so give me a call if you have a day that you have in mind.   Crankbait and float fishing for Kings is some of the most exciting fishing of the year so don't miss out!  

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