Grand River Steelhead Fishing

10/27/11 This has been one of the better Octobers that I can remember.  I have been on the Grand River fishing the past few days and it has been great, we have put a ton of fish in the boat including Steelhead, Kings, and Lake Run Brown Trout.  The water has been up and we have been fishing up near the dam for the most part and the fishing has been amazing, we have had lots of doubles hooked and landed.  Lots of the fish that were holding in the lower end have now shot up to and past the dam, the fishing upstream of Grand Rapids should be great once the water settles down and clears little bit more.  Below are a few pictures from the past few days.

Grand River Steelhead Fishing









Grand Rapids Steelhead Fishing







Grand River Steelhead Fishing






Lake Run Brown Trout






Grand River Steelhead







Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing

10/24/11 Steelhead fishing on the Grand River and Muskegon River has been great, we are still catching big numbers of fish.  They have been supercharged and cartwheeling in the air like crazy.  We have been catching most of our fish float fishing and backbouncing with some plug fish thrown in.  We are still catching the occasional King Salmon and there are some nice Lake Run Browns and Lake Trout around as well.  Fishing should be great for the rest of the fall and into winter with the numbers that we have around.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing





Grand River Steelhead Fishing







Michigan Steelheading on the Muskegon River, Grand River, and Big Manistee River is good!

10/18/11 Steelhead fishing has been awesome this month!  Today we had another great day of hooking and landing a big number of Steelhead.  Over the past week we have fished the Muskegon River, Grand River, and Big Manistee River and we have been finding good numbers of Steelhead on all of them.  We have put some really nice fish to hand this fall and I cannot wait to see what shows up in November when the big bucks starting piling in. 

Michigan Steelhead Float Fishing

Michigan Steelhead Fishing












Big Manistee River Coho Salmon






Muskgeon River Steelhead Fishing







Float Fishing for Steelhead in Michigan







King Salmon and Steelhead fishing is good!

10/4/11 We have been catching a good mixture of King Salmon and Steelhead lately.  The Muskgon, PM, White, and Big Manistee are loaded with Salmon right now so if you are looking to get out for Kings now is the time.  Today we had a good mixture of Steelhead and Kings with a coho thrown in.  We have been casting thundersticks, dropping back plugs, and fishing skein under bobbers, it is all working.

Plug Fishing for King Salmon






Muskegon River King Salmon











Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing






Muskegon River Salmon Fishing












Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishing is Here!

10/1/11 Well October is here and so are the Steelhead.  We have been putting good numbers of King Salmon into the boat most days float fishing skein and while fishing with crankbaits and hooking many more.  We are starting to see more Steelhead around as well and hooking into them here and there while targeting Salmon.  If you are looking to get out and search for some early chrome Steelhead give me a call as we have some openings from the 10th thru the 13th of October.  Below are a few sample pictures of what we have been catching over the past few days.
Muskegon River Steelhead Float Fishing






Muskegon River Salmon Fishing






Muskegon River Guided Salmon Fishing







Michigan Fall Steelhead are showing up!

9/27/11 Fall Steelhead are starting to show up!  We found a couple fall Steelhead while plugging for King Salmon this morning, we landed one and the other beat us up and threw the hooks.  Will update more later when I get back into town.

Michigan Steelhead Fishing






Big Manistee River Fishing Guide - Salmon, Steelhead, Trout

Big Manistee King Salmon FishingThe Big Manistee River is one of the finest Salmon and Steelhead rivers that we guide and fish on and one of the finest in the Great Lakes region. This river is definitely one of my favorites to fish. The river is over 200 miles in length but all of the Salmon, Steelhead, and other Migratory Trout fishing is done in the last 30 miles of river located below the Tippy Dam. The Big Manistee River is home to the world record Brown Trout, this monster weighed in at 41.7lbs and had a length of just under 44 inches.

Steelhead are available on the Big Manistee River year round. The Big Manistee river gets plants of both Michigan Strain Steelhead and Summer Run Skamania Steelhead. My favorite times to fish this river for Steelhead is from November through January, although the fishing is usually good until late April. I prefer the fall and winter fishing on this river because the crowds are usually lighter than in the spring. The Summer Run Steelhead fishing can be good and is usually best in June and July before the water temps get too high. The Manistee River is a good river to take a guide trip on to get into big numbers of Steelhead. I prefer to have clients float fish this river with floats and spawn but other methods are productive as well.

Salmon fishing on the Big Manistee River is still pretty good to this day. The King Salmon begin running the river in numbers sometime in August, with good numbers usually in the river by early September. My Favorite time to guide and fish for the King Salmon is late August and September, the fish are fresh, silver, and full of energy. Crankbaits and Skein fishing is the way to go with these fresh fish, these methods are big hits with our charter customers. When these fish crash on a crankbait that you are reeling in they will definitely get your blood pumping, it is amazing to feel the sheer power that these fish have. We will pop around and fish the deep holes, runs, and log jams where these BIG KINGS are hanging out in. By October there are usually good numbers of Salmon in the first mile or two below Tippy Dam, this is where most of the spawning gravel is and where most of the fish will spawn. 

Contact me for information on Big Manistee dates as I do not guide on this river year round.

Grand River Fishing Guide - Steelhead, Salmon, Catfish, Bass

The Grand River that runs through Grand Rapids Michigan is one of my favorite rivers to charter fish for Steelhead or guide on, it has excellent fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, and Walleye. Growing up in Grand Rapids our guide service knows the Grand River intimately and we can put you on to the best spots to find these fish. Grand Rapids is the most utilized fishing area on this river but these fish are available in a good part of the rivers length, they can be caught as far up as Lansing in the main-stem, and they can also be caught in many of its tributaries.

Grand River Steelhead FishingThe Steelhead fishery on the Grand River can arguably be called the best in the state. The Steelhead usually start arriving decent in October and will fish well into April. Although the mainstream Grand River is too warm to support natural production of Salmon and Trout species there are a number of tributaries that stay cold in the summer months and they pump out a good amount of wild fish. If you are looking to catch big numbers of Steelhead this river is very capable of that if you know where to look. This river is my home water and I have learned its secrets as only a few others have.

The Salmon fishery on the Grand River is also good when it gets going. These fish usually start showing up in early September and will usually keep showing up into late October. The Grand receives healthy plants of both King (Chinook) and Coho Salmon.

The Grand River is probably most noted for the fishing that is done in the urban setting of 6th Street Dam in Downtown Grand Rapids. We do offer guided trips at the dam but we will usually try to fish less pressured more scenic areas of the river. This river is best suited to a power boat so we will fish this river from a 17ft flat bottom river boat. If you are looking for a guide that truly knows how to catch big numbers of fish in the Grand River give Getting Bit Guide Service a call!

Muskegon River Fishing Guide - Steelhead, Salmon, Trout, Smallmouth Bass

Muskegon River Fishing Guide ServiceThe Muskegon River is less than an hour north of Grand Rapids Michigan and it is an awesome river to take a guide trip fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout. The Muskegon River receives a very strong run of Steelhead and the best fishing or time for a guide trip or charter begins in November and continues into May.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Guide - Salmon, Steelhead, Trout

The Pere Marquette River or "PM" as most call it is one of West Michigan's most famed rivers to fish,it is one of our guide services favorite to charter for King Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout. From the famous King Salmon runs to the top notch Trout fishing, this river is a true gem. This river is a designated blue ribbon trout stream that meanders through the beautiful Manistee National Forest, its main stream length is approximately 67 miles. The river starts just west of Reed City and makes its way west through the town of Baldwin and finally dumps into Pere Marquette Lake in the town of Ludington. We usually guide this river from a 17ft jet boat, but we also offer drift boat trips as well.

Steelhead fishing on this river is awesome for a smaller to mid sized river. They do not plant this river with Steelhead so most of the fish are Wild born fish that were spawned in its waters. PM Steelhead are truly a work of art and they fit right in with the Pere Marquettes classic trout water.

Pere Marquette River King SalmonThe King Salmon fishing on the Pere Marquette River is definitely some of the best fishing in the Great Lakes region, this makes it a big hit with our charter fishing customers. The average size of the King Salmon in this river always seem to be just a bit on the heavy side as well. They do not plant this river with Kings aka Chinook Salmon but the run that returns to the Pere Marquette is one of the best in the state. Some of these fish start to show their presence in July but most of the Kings will start showing in late August through the end of September, with October being a great month for spawning Kings. We like to start chartering this river for Kings starting mid to late August with crankbaits. We will pitch the crankbaits into the deep runs, bend holes, and log jams to entice these huge silver fish into inhaling your crankbait. We will also fish skein (Salmon eggs) on our guide trips for these early fish, properly prepared skein is hard to beat. We have been fishing the Pere Marquette River with skein for Kings since back when there were only a few others doing it, our guide service has the method and egg cure recipes down.

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