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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.  

Steelhead Fishing on the Muskegon River and Grand River

Steelhead Fishing has been good on the Muskegon and Grand River when the weather lets us get out.  It looks like the temperatures are going to moderate this week and give us some temperatures in the 30s and 40s.  I still have some Winter dates open if you are looking to get out before Spring.  If you are looking to get into or try Centerpin float fishing let me know and I can bring a couple of centerpin set ups along.  We can always sit back and plug fish if you are looking to do that as well.  Plug fishing is a good way to sit back and relax while you wait for a fish to hit, you can sit back and keep your hands warm while I work the boat and plugs.  If you are looking to get out this Spring for Steelhead give me a call sooner than later so we can set up a date that works out best for you.  Below are a few pictures of some doubles and triples from this Winter.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing

 

Winter Steelhead Fishing on the Muskegon and Grand River

Steelhead Fishing has been good for us at Getting Bit Guide Service.  The Muskegon River and Grand River have been fishing good for Steelhead when the weather permits.  We have mainly been float fishing but plug fishing has been good when we have done that as well.  6th street dam area in Grand Rapids on the Grand River should be fishing good when the water drops if you are looking to shore fish, try some jigs and waxworms.  I still have some winter dates open for January and February.

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.

Skamania (Summer Run) Steelhead

Skamania Steelhead Fishing Guide ServiceSkamania Pier FishingSkamania are a Steelhead Strain that run the rivers usually during the summer months, from June through September.  They are among the hardest fighting fish that Michigan has to offer.  Skamania Steelhead go absolutely crazy when hooked, they are very acrobatic and take long runs before wearing down.  We use light spinning tackle to catch Skamania and if the fight of one of these monsters does not do it for you then I do not know what will.  These fish can be caught trolling in lake Michigan, off from the piers along the Lake Michigan shoreline, as well as in the rivers here in West Michigan.  Getting Bit Guide Service offers trips for Skamania in the area rivers such as the St. Joe, Grand River, Big Manistee, and others.  If you are looking for a pier Skamania and King Salmon fishing trip we also offer those on some of the West Michigan piers.     

Spring Steelhead Fishing on the Grand and Muskegon Rivers

Spring is here and fresh Steelhead are showing up daily.  I have mainly been fishing on the Muskegon River but have hit the Grand lately as well.  The Grand River has been pretty high and dirty over the past week or two and is starting to shape up good.  We are forecasted more rain so it could get pretty ugly again for the Grand.  6th street dam in Grand Rapids has a good mix of some fresh steelhead and suckers showing up.  The Muskegon has been fishing decent over the past couple of weeks for us, it seems like fresh fish have been trickling in.  We have seen some pretty good sized fish mixed in with the average size ones that we have been catching.  With a little bump in the water we should see a good push of fish and it will be game on.  It looks like we are forecasted a little cooler weather this week which is good, it should prolong our Steelhead season.  I have some dates later in April that I was holding off on booking so if you want to get out I have the 13th, 18th,19th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, and 27th open.  

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Spring Steelheading on the Muskegon and Grand River

Our Steelhead fishing has been good on the Grand River and Muskegon River.  These warmer temperatures we have had in February has brought in some of our Spring Steelhead and we have been getting good numbers.  It has not been insane easy fishing most days but by knowing the rivers and how to get them we have been putting good numbers of fish to the net everyday.  I expect an earlier than normal run of fish this year with the current water temperatures and lack of ice on Croton and Hardy ponds.  We have already caught a couple of male steelhead in february that were already spawning or were all set to go.  Give me a call if you want to get out, I still have some good dates in March and April open.  I am not sure how May will play out for Steelhead this year with the warmer weather, I am sure the Muskegon will still have fish but how many is another question.  616-570-2946  

Here are a few fish pictures taken since my last fishing report

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Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing Guided Fishing

Steelhead fishing has been good for us so far this year, we are catching a mix of fish that have been around for awhile and silver fish that have just shown up.  We have been float fishing mostly but have been taking fish with other methods as well.  If you are looking to get out this Winter or Spring give me a call ASAP as my Spring dates are starting to fill in.  I still have a fair number of days available but the calls are starting to increase.  If you want to get out and try some centerpin fishing that has been the way of choice lately, I have centerpin rods and reels from Raven Tackle for your use.  Winter is a great time to get out and get into a bunch of fish with barely anyone on the water so if you have cabin fever and want to get out give me a call.  Here are a few pictures from the past few outings.

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Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing Guide Trip Reports

We have had some good Steelhead action while fishing on the Muskegon River and Grand River with a few nice brown trout mixed in.  The Muskegon river seems to have good numbers of steelhead from Croton Dam down to he lake with most of the fish in the upper reaches.  The Grand River has been good for us but the numbers overall in the river seem to be down so far this year.  With the warmer than average weather the fish are just shooting through the lower river and most have either stalled around Grand Rapids or have shot over the 6th street dam to the upper sections of the river.  I have heard good reports for the Kalamazoo river with more than average numbers for that river.  The Pere Marquette river has been fishing pretty good as well for steelhead and resident trout.  

If you are looking to get out over the Winter on a guided steelhead fishing trip we should have some good steelhead action for the next couple of months.  Spring will be here before you know it as well so book your Spring Steelhead fishing trips now.

I hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Below is a sample of some of the fish we have been catching.

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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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