Winter Steelhead Fishing is here!

Steelhead fishing has been good for us lately with the cold weather setting in.  Like the King Salmon that we caught this fall the Steelhead seem to be larger than usual, they fed well while out in the lake.  If you want to get out for a 4 or 6hr trip this winter give me a call and we can schedule a trip.  My Spring trips are starting to book so if you want to do a Spring trip in March or April let me know so we can get a date in before they fill up.  

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Steelhead are here and they are large!

The Steelhead fishing here around West Michigan has been great so far this fall and should continue for awhile.   We have been seeing the largest average size Steelhead that I have seen in awhile.  All of the rivers got a good shot of rain at about the perfect time to bring in a big push of fish so the fish should be spread throughout the rivers.  I have a few days open in November and December if anyone is looking to do a trip.  4 hour Winter trips in January and February are a great time to catch a bunch of fish and enjoy some great scenery as well.  If you are looking to get out this Spring let me know sooner than later if you have a date or dates that you want as my Spring dates will fill in once we get closer to that time.


West Michigan Steelhead and King Salmon Fishing Guide Trips

We have had an excellent season for King Salmon so far and we should continue to see fresh fish well into October.  Fall Steelhead are starting to trickle in here and there so Steelhead season is right around the corner.  I still have a few dates open for King Salmon in October and some Steelhead trips as well.  I expect to see some big Steelhead this year as the Kings have been the largest that I have seen in many years.  If you want to get out for some Fall Steelhead give me a call soon.  We will be offering casting hardware such as spinners and crankbaits for Steelhead starting in mid October.  Casting for Steelhead is an exciting way to catch these chrome rockets, watching a steelhead chase your lure in and grab it in front of your eyes will really get your heart pumping.  Of course we will be offering our float fishing, back bouncing, and plug fishing trips as well.  Call soon as my availability is filling up for myself.  I do have a few other guides that can fill your dates if I am booked.  


Big Kings, Skamania, and Smallmouth Bass

It looks like this will be a year to remember as far as big King Salmon go.  There seems to be a better number of Kings out in the lake this year over the past few years and they are huge.  There have been numbers of 30 plus pound fish showing up in catches out on the lake and a buddy landed one that was over 41lbs while working a charter out of Muskegon this past week.  If you are looking to get a trophy King Salmon this would be the year to do it.  I have a few days left for Kings so give me a call and get availability.  I am also booking for October, November, and December Steelhead fishing.  I am guessing that the size of the steelhead should follow suit with the size of the Kings and we should see some real trophy sized steelhead as well this year.  Smallmouth Bass, Skamania Steelhead, and Walleye fishing has been pretty good and should continue through the rest of the summer.  I have a few days left this month to chase those as well.  I have 2 new water craft this year to fish out of and new Shimano and G.Loomis rods and reels for you to use.  We have the option of fishing out of a new custom 18ft jet sled or a 3 person Stealthcraft fishing raft on smaller water.

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Skamania, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and King Salmon Fishing

Hard to believe it is almost mid July already.  We have been doing good lately for Smallmouth Bass with some Walleye mixed in.  The Skamania fishing has been really good this year on some of the rivers here in SW Michigan.  If you want to get out this Summer on a guide trip I still have a fair amount of dates in August that are open.  King Salmon fishing will start up in August for us as well, if you want to get out and try for some early Kings on crankbaits these are the hardest fighting fish of the year.  There have been a fair amount of Kings coming in a smaller river up north for the past month or better and a few have been caught and seen in other rivers as well so hopefully that is a good sign for this fall.  For September and October I still have some dates available and will have some options to choose from.  I will be offering jet boat trips out of a new 18ft jet sled as well as trips from the Stealthcraft Hooligan XL 3 person fishing raft.  The raft opens up fishing on some of the smaller rivers for us.  We can go chase King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, or Smallmouth depending on what you want to go after this coming September and October.  If you want to get out for our fall/winter run of Steelhead book your dates early so I can get you out on the date that you want.  We can catch them however you wish to go after them, if you want to float fish or back bounce for the best numbers of fish we can do that or if you would rather cast hardware and feel the powerful bite or plug fish we can do that as well. 

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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.  

Muskegon River and Grand River Smallmouth Bass, Trout, Walleye, and Northern Pike

The Steelhead run is winding down on the Muskegon River.  There are some straggler steelhead still around on the Mo but not many, the brown trout and resident rainbow bite has been decent.  Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Pike fishing should be decent once the water drops on the Grand River, Kalamazoo, and other area tributaries and lakes.  If you are interested in a trip this Summer let me know, I will be doing both morning and afternoon trips out of my jet boat and 3 person fishing raft.  Summer run Steelhead trips are also available both on the rivers and on the lakeshore when conditions are right.  



Muskegon River Steelhead and Smallmouth Bass fishing

Steelhead fishing has been decent lately with some really good days and some tough days mixed in.  I would say that the Steelhead run is winding down on most rivers, we have not seen very many fresh fish showing up and we are catching more and more drop backs everyday.  The Grand is really high and dirty, I would not go near it at the current level.  The Muskegon has been at a good level with good clarity.  

As much as I love Steelhead I am looking forward to some other species.  Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Skamania are right around the corner so if you want to get out on the river or lake let me know and we can get a date set up.  I will be offering Smallmouth trips this summer out of both my jet boat and a 3 person Stealth craft fishing raft.  The raft will be great for getting into some smaller water that is not accessible in a jet boat.

Muskegon River Steelhead


Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing

Fishing has been really good for Steelhead the past few weeks.  We have been catching good numbers of fish everyday and we are seeing some larger than average sized fish this year.  The Grand River near Grand Rapids as well as upstream all the way up to Webber dam has been good.  The Muskegon River has been good from Croton dam to the lower river.  We should see some good fishing until the end of April by the looks of it as long as we do not get a big warm up that sticks around.

Smallmouth Bass season is right around the corner.  We have some great fishing on our area rivers for Smallmouth from May through September if anyone is looking to book a date.  I am offering jet boat trips as well as smaller water trips on a 3 person fishing raft this year.  Walleye and Skamania are other options for the Summer months as well.



Spring Steelhead Fishing on the Grand River and Muskegon River

Spring Steelhead have been showing up on the Grand River and Muskegon River over the past couple of weeks.  Water levels have been high and dirty on the Grand River but should drop as long as we do not get a bunch of rain.  The Muskegon has been running high with a good color but we have not seen a big run of fresh fish yet.  Fishing has been good on some of the smaller rivers around around West Michigan with a mix of spawned out fish, fresh fish, and darker winter fish.  The 6th street dam area in Grand Rapids should start heating up for biting fish as the water clears.  We have been catching our fish on both spawn bags and beads lately, plugs have caught fish when we have put the time into plugging as well.  I still have a few days left this spring and if I do not have the day open that you need I can see if another one of the guides that I work with does.  If you are interested in a walk in or a trip on a smaller river in a 3 person Stealth craft hooligan xl raft those trips are available through Getting Bit Guide Service as well.  I will try to get up some fresh pictures as well when I get some more free time.

I am booking Smallmouth trips at this time as well for later this Spring and Summer so if you would like to book a trip for those get with me.  We can do trips on the larger rivers out of the jet boat or we can fish smaller water from a fishing raft.


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