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Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, and Muskegon River King Salmon River Fishing Coming Soon!

There are a few King Salmon filtering in rivers such as the Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, Betsie, and a few others. I was out on August 15th scouting with a couple of buddies and we put one in the boat and missed one bite as well but did not see much yet.  The numbers should start increasing over the next 2 weeks.  The one we did land weighed over 19lbs and the fish we are catching out on Lake Michigan are looking thick and they are eating well so we should have our hands full when fighting them in the rivers.  I still have some days left for King Salmon fishing on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee over the first 3 weeks of September as well as some days later on in the month and into October for the Muskegon, PM, and Grand Rivers.  If I am booked I have other guides that are available for some of the dates that I have filled as well.  We offer all different methods of catching King Salmon, whether you want to pitch crankbaits and hardware, float or bounce bait, jig for them in the lakes, toss streamers, we do it all.  If you would like to book a trip give me a call, text, or email 616-570-2946.

Pere Marquette River King Salmon Fishing Guide

The Smallmouth Bass fishing has been great here in West Michigan.  I have not been out in about a week for Smallmouth but this hot weather will have the Smallmouth biting on the Muskegon River, Grand River, Kalamazoo, and other area rivers.  If you want to get out and have an action packed day on the river I will be offering Smallmouth trips through the month of August on my off days from lake and river King Salmon fishing.

Muskegon River Smallmouth Bass fishing

Lake Michigan fishing has been picking up for big Kings.  We have been finding good numbers of Salmon on most of our charters out of Muskegon and I have been getting reports from Grand Haven north to Frankfort hearing good things.  We have been catching most of our Kings on meat rigs and plugs.  That 70 to 120 fow has been good with some fish taken inside of that early in the morning and at last light.  The next good cold front to move in should push a good number of Kings and Skamania Steelhead back into the piers and some more up into the rivers.

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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing

It feels good to be fishing for Steelhead instead of King Salmon after a month and a half of daily Salmon guide trips.  There are still numbers of King Salmon around but the amount of biters has dwindled.  Over the past week and a half rivers such as the Grand River, Muskegon River, and Pere Marquette River have received a few more Steelhead and with the rain forecasted for tomorrow the 14th we should see a good push of Steelhead in all of the West Michigan rivers.  The brown trout have been biting good as well with the eggs flying around.  We have been mainly float fishing lately but we have taken a few fish plugging and bottom bouncing as well.  Give me a call if you want to get out, I still have a couple of days in October, November, and December open.  It is never too early to book your Winter or Spring Steelheading trips either.

Here are a few pictures

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Pere Marquette River, Big Manistee River, Muskegon River, Grand River Salmon and Steelhead Fishing

Sorry for the lack of Salmon fishing reports but I have been busy on the rivers.  King Salmon fishing on the Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, Muskegon, and Grand had a slow start but are starting to pick up.  We have been catching a mix of darker fish and fresher fish everyday now.  The numbers of Salmon entering the rivers this year are down from years past but hopefully that means that there are a lot to come yet.  We boated our first fall run Steelhead of year today, that was a pleasant surprise after seeing nothing but Salmon lately.  I will be fishing Kings for a few more weeks and then will be doing Steelhead if anyone is looking to get out for those.  I have a few October dates left and some great November and December dates left for Steelhead.  I heard that the Grand River got a good push of Coho with some Kings, Steelhead, and Brown Trout mixed in.  The Muskegon River has a few Kings running around but the fishing has been spotty from what I have heard.  Get with me if you are looking to take a trip this fall or winter for Steelhead as we should see some good sized fish this year again.

Here are a few pics from the past few weeks.  I will get more up when I get some more free time.

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Pere Marquette and Big Manistee River Salmon Fishing is near.

We are just past the halfway mark in August and a few King Salmon have been entering rivers such as the Betsie, Pere Marquette, Little Manistee, and Big Manistee.  A couple buddies and I did a scouting trip on the 13th on the PM and did not see much, there were a few fish flopping out in the lake but very few signs of life in the river.  Besides a few quick tugs on our crankbaits we never hooked a Salmon that day.  Over the past few days the water on the lake shore of Lake Michigan has been pretty cold so I would imagine a few more fish have slid in up there.

The Skamania fishing has been decent on the lake shore and in some of the rivers.  I was out on a river yesterday for a few hours and we got into a few.

The fishing has been decent around the Muskegon pier heads for King Salmon.  Plugs such as Tomics, J-Plugs, and Silver Hordes have been working well when trolling.

The Smallmouth Bass bite has been good on the Muskegon River and Grand River lately.

I still have a few dates in September open as well as some dates in October and November.  These are some prime time dates and should offer some great fishing for Salmon and Steelhead.

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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.
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West Michigan King Salmon River Fishing

9/25/11  King Salmon Fishing around West Michigan has been on fire the past few weeks.  The Pere Marquette, White, and Muskgeon Rivers have all been fishing well, the Grand River has had a decent run of Coho, Kings, and a few Steelhead.  We have tied into some real monsters lately, I have had a lot of clients lately complaining of sore arms from battling some of these brute Kings.  We have been hooking lots of fish most days and landing a lot of fish most days.  Today was a little slower with the rain that fell, it seemed to have had the fish wanting to move more than anything.  We have been catching all of our fish on Crankbaits and while fishing Bobbers and Skein.  Fihing should continue to be good for Kings for the next few weeks and then we will start fishing Steelhead for the most part but still offering King Salmon Fishing Trips.  Call Now to get in on the action!

 

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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