Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing Guide Trips

Steelhead fishing is good on the Grand River and Muskegon River with the recent rains that we have had.  We have been doing good on our guided trips everyday with a mix of chrome and dark fish.  Float fishing, bottom bouncing, and plug fishing has been taking fish.  The fish have been spread out pretty good on the Muskegon River from top to bottom, the Grand River has had a few good pushes of fish that have went up past Grand Rapids and new fish arriving as well.  6th street dam has been fishing good for Steelhead with the higher water.

Give me a call or email if you want to get out on a guided steelhead trip this Winter or Spring.

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Muskegon River, Grand River, Pere Marquette River Steelhead Fishing

Fishing has been good most days on the Grand, Muskegon, and Pere Marquette River.  We need rain on the Muskegon and Pere Marquette River but it would be nice if the Grand dried up a little bit more as it has been running high all fall.  The Steelhead have been good sized this year with lots of fish in the 8 to 11lb range with some larger ones thrown in here and there.  The warmer than normal weather should have December fishing great this year so if you are looking for a guide trip December would be a great time to go.  Below are a few pictures from lately.

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Steelhead Fishing on the Muskegon River, Grand River, and Pere Marquette River

Steelhead fishing has been decent lately for us on the Muskegon River, Grand River, and Pere Marquette River.  All of the rivers around West Michigan are seeing some Steelhead and still have a few King Salmon around.  The Muskegon has fish spread throughout the system with most of the Salmon in the upper stretches.  The Grand River is high and dirty right now with most of the action happening at the 6th street dam in Grand Rapids.  The Pere Marquette has steelhead spread throughout with most of the Kings in the upper stretches.

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.

Smallmouth Bass and Walleye on the Grand and Muskegon River and Lake Trout on Great Slave Lake in Canada

Sorry for the lack of reports over the past couple of weeks, I will try to update more on a regular basis.  I just got back from an amazing fishing trip on Great Slave Lake in Canada.  The lake trout fishing was truly amazing and even though it was not the best time to chase pike up there we caught a ton of pike and a good amount of large ones.  The lodge we stayed at was Frontier Fishing Lodge on the east arm of Great Slave Lake, this place had great food, the staff was excellent, and the fishing was top notch.  We mainly jigged for our lake trout and the action was steady, we had a bunch of double headers and a good amount of triple headers.  Most of our pike came casting spoons, spinners, and soft plastic baits.  If anyone would like more info on the fishing or lodge up there let me know. 

Now back to work here at home!  Smallmouth Bass fishing and Walleye has been good but the recent heavy rains have the Grand River high and dirty at the moment.  The Muskegon River is in good shape and has been fishing decent for Smallmouth with walleye thrown in here and there.  There are a few King Salmon showing up in some of the northern rivers and lakes that feed into lake Michigan.  I plan on fishing for some Kings when I get some free time from Smallmouth Bass trips.  The Salmon are large this year so we are going to have our hands full when hooked up to these monsters when they hit the small water.  I have a few dates left for King Salmon but not many so get with me asap if you want to get out.  I have been booking a lot of Steelhead trips for October, November, and December as well so let me know if you want to book some days for those before most of the dates are taken.

Here are a few pictures from my vacation and some Smallmouth and Walleye pics from around here.

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Muskegon and Grand River Smallmouth Bass and Walleye Fishing

Summer Smallmouth action has been fantastic!  Since my last report I have been bouncing around here and there catching a variety of species including Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Atlantic Salmon, Whitefish, Herring, Pike, Steelhead, and more.  It has been a great Summer so far and we have put a lot of good sized fish in the boat.  By the looks of the fish coming out of Lake Michigan we should continue that trend throughout the rest of the year, the size of the Kings, Coho, and Steelhead have been really impressive.  When I see pictures of 30 plus lb Salmon and 20 lb Steelhead in the month of June that usually means that my tackle is going to take a beating come fall.  

If you want to get out this Summer for Smallmouth Bass we have been catching good numbers of fish everyday.  Smallmouth trips are a great way to get out and enjoy beautiful scenery and great fishing that we have here in Michigan.  Summer Smallmouth trips are a great way to get your kids out of the house, the action is usually steady and they are pound for pound one of the hardest fighting fish that swims in freshwater.  We have been catching some decent sized Pike while fishing for Smallmouth Bass, we had one a few trips back grab onto a bass that we were reeling in.  Walleye fishing has been good as well, most of the fish have been in that 15 to 19 inch range but we have seen a few pigs here and there.  We should have some great fishing for Smallmouth and Walleye well into September.

River fishing for Salmon is coming soon and I still have a few dates open but they are going fast.  I have heard of a few Kings entering the rivers over the past month but they are spread pretty thin for the most part.  I suspect that we will be seeing lower numbers of fish around again this year but there will be a chance at some really big fish.  

Skamania Steelhead are around as well.  The water temperatures are really high with these high 80 to 90 degree days we have had so I really have not messed around with them lately.  If you want to get out for these we should have some decent fishing once we see a cold front come through again.

Smallmouth Bass, Summer Run Steelhead, Walleye, Pike Fishing Guide Trips

Fishing has been great for Smallmouth Bass with Walleye, Pike, and Steelhead thrown in.  We should have some great fishing through the Summer if you are looking to get out.  If you want to catch some Skamania (Summer Steelhead) we will be doing guide trips for those through the rest of the Summer.  Most of my Atlantic Salmon dates are taken this Summer but I might have a day or two left and will be taking dates for next year as well if you would like to get in on some of that exciting action.  We are now booking Salmon fishing trips for this fall, September through October is the time.  I will be starting out my guided Salmon trips on the Big Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers as usual and then moving south to the Muskegon and Grand Rivers as they pick up.  There are some BIG Salmon and Steelhead being caught on the lake this year, they are feeding good and we should see some real trophy sized fish when they return to the rivers.  Fall Steelhead fishing is right around the corner as well so if you have a date that you want to get out let me know as soon as you can as my dates are starting to fill in.  I am pretty excited to see the size of the Steelhead that return this year, a friend caught one out on the lake last month that weighed in over 19 pounds.  

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Summer Run Skamania Steelhead Fishing, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass Fishing Trips

We have been finding a few Summer Run Steelhead in the rivers over the past week, not good numbers by any means but there are a few are around.  The Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass fishing has been good on the Muskegon and Grand Rivers, top water fishing should take off good soon.  If you are looking to catch some Northern Pike the bite has been good for us on the Grand River as well.  If you are looking to get out on a Skamania or a Skamania/Smallmouth Bass combo guide trip this summer the fishing should be good well into September.  Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Pike fishing guide trips are good action and a great way to spend a Summer day.  My King Salmon trips will be starting that first week of September and my days are starting to fill in so if you want to get out for Kings, Coho, or Steelhead this Fall let me know and we can figure out a date to get out.  If you want to try your hand at some pier fishing for Skamania Steelhead and Salmon a guided trip is a good way to learn how and catch some fish.

Here are a few pics from the past few outings.

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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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Trout and Bass fishing on the Grand and Muskegon Rivers

The warmer weather is here and we are now focusing more on Smallmouth Bass and Trout fishing.  There are a few Steelhead still on beds on the Muskegon river if you are still looking for those.  Trout fishing on the Muskegon has been decent, we have not landed any monsters lately but we have landed some decent sized brown trout while pitching crankbaits.  The Muskegon River Smallmouth Bass action is not too far off, we should have some great action this Summer.  As the Grand River drops and warms up we should have some great Smallmouth Bass action, Walleye, Pike, Catfish are another bonus while fishing the Grand.  If you are looking to get out this Summer for Smallmouth, Summer Run Skamania Steelhead, Trout, etc., give me a call.

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