Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing Guide Trips

Steelhead fishing on the Grand River and Muskegon River has been good for us on our guide trips, we are catching good numbers on a daily basis.  We are mainly catching steelhead but the odd lake run brown trout has been gracing us as well.  I still have some dates open for this Fall/Winter so give me a call if you are looking to get out on a guided steelhead fishing trip.  We should have some good steelhead fishing throughout the winter into the spring so if you are going to be in Grand Rapids or around the area book a trip this winter.

Here are a few pictures from this past week. 

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Grand River and Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing

The Steelhead fishing has been good for us on the Grand River and Muskegon River the past few weeks.  There are still some King Salmon in the Muskegon River but the numbers are dropping fast.  The rain we just received over night should bring in some more fish and the cooler weather should help as well.  We will have some great fishing ahead of us so give me a call to book a fall/winter steelhead fishing guide trip.

If you want to get out next summer for some Atlantic Salmon fishing get a hold of me and we can talk over some dates and specifics.  While fishing Atlantic Salmon we usually catch Whitefish, Herring, and occasionally Steelhead and Walleye.  Dates are very limited so let me know ASAP.

If you are looking to book a King Salmon or Coho Salmon trip for next fall I am taking dates now as well.

Below are some happy clients and some great fish.

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Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead, King Salmon, and Coho Salmon report

We have been catching a variety of fish over the past couple of weeks, we have boated King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Lake Run Brown Trout, Walleye, Smallmouth, and a few Pike.  A few Steelhead are starting to show up in the Grand River, Muskegon River, and the rest of the west Michigan rivers despite the low and clear water.  The Muskegon River still has a lot of King Salmon around, most are on gravel but there are some in the darker as well.  Most of the King Salmon are spread from Croton Dam down to New Bridge on the Muskegon.  We had been picking on some Coho on the Grand over the past couple of weeks and there are still some to be had.  The Rogue still has a fair amount of Coho as well from the sounds of it.  6th Street dam in Grand Rapids has been hit or miss from the sounds of it, if we get some good rain to bump the water levels up that should turn on good.  They have been catching a mix of Kings, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, and a few Lake Run Browns as well down at 6th street dam.  

I still have a few dates left in November and a fair number of dates in December if you are looking to get out.  We should have 6 months of some good Steelhead fishing so get a hold of me ASAP for your Fall, Winter, or Spring Steelhead fishing dates.

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King Salmon and Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River, Grand River, Pere Marquette River

King Salmon fishing has been good one day and tough the next on the Muskegon River and Pere Marquette River.  We have been fishing thundersticks and float fishing skein under bobbers.  We are still seeing some dime bright hen Kings coming in and will probably have them trickling in for awhile yet.  The Grand River has been putting out some Coho Salmon, a few Steelhead, Brown Trout, and a King here and there.  We have some cooler weather and hopefully some rain coming later in the week and that should trigger a few more Steelhead to head into the rivers.  If you are looking to get out for some Steelhead or King Salmon fishing this fall or winter on the Grand River, Muskegon River, or Pere Marquette River get a hold of me.  I still have some days left this Fall and Winter for some great Steelhead fishing.  

If you have been wanting to get out for some Atlantic Salmon fishing get with me as I will be doing trips next summer for those.  We had some great action this year for Atlantic Salmon and should have some great fishing again next year.  Whitefish, Steelhead, and Walleye are also around and caught while pursuing the Atlantics.  These fish are insane on light tackle!  

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Pere Marquette River and Big Manistee River King Salmon Fishing

 

King Salmon fishing has gotten off to a decent start this year.  We had a couple of good pushes of fish on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee River and they have been fun to pick on.  It has been good for a couple days here and there and tougher fishing in between.  Being the start of the second week of September we will see a good push of fish as soon as this weather cools back down. We have been catching fish on crankbaits, plugs, and skein.  Over the next week or two we should see more fish entering the Muskegon, White, and Grand Rivers.  We should have King Salmon around through October and I still have some good dates strung throughout October for King Salmon and Steelhead.  I also have some November and December dates as well that should be killer for Steelhead on the Grand River, Muskegon River, and Pere Marquette River.  

I am also planning on staying up and doing Atlantic Salmon trips next July/August for anyone that is interested.  Let me know asap if you are interested as I will have a limited amount of dates available.

Below are a few of the Kings we boated over the past few days.

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Big Manistee and Pere Marquette River King Salmon Fishing

King Salmon fishing has been picking up on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee Rivers.  The run is not in full swing by any means but there have been enough fish around to keep it interesting.  We have been catching fish on crankbaits, bait, and plugs.  The Betsie river sounds like it has had the best numbers of fish around so far but the Betsie always recieves a good early run of Salmon.  The Pere Marquette and Big Manistee should pick up with more fish over the next couple of weeks.  At the moment I have September 4, 8, 9, 21, and 22 open and those are historically all great dates to get out.  I also have some October dates for the Muskegon and Grand RIvers for Salmon and Steelhead,  Late October, November, and December are excellent months for Steelhead so give me a call and book a great day of Steelhead fishing here in West Michigan.

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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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Call me at 616-570-2946 to book your next fishing trip!

Skamania Steelhead, King Salmon, Atlantic Salmon, and Smallmouth fishing in Michigan

We have been catching a variety of species lately all over the state, Skamania Steelhead, King Salmon, Atlantic Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth, and Pike.  

Skamania fishing has been good from the piers when the conditions are right and there are more and more trickling into the rivers.  I still have some dates open this Summer for Skamania Steelhead so give me a call if you want to get you butt kicked by some of these insane fish.  

I was up in Sault Ste. Marie fishing Atlantic Salmon on the St. Mary's river again this year and we had an awesome time catching a bunch of these high jumping acrobats.  We use a variety of techniques to chase these fish and the Atlantic Salmon are some of the most exciting fish to pursue around. If you are looking to get out and fish the highly prized Atlantic Salmon I will be offering trips for them starting next summer.  If you want to book a couple of days I will offer a discounted rate.  They are well worth the trip up to the UP!

King Salmon Fishing has picked up on Lake Michigan.  The water has started setting up finally making the Kings a little more predictable and easier to target.  Meat rigs have been the best bait for King Salmon while bright colored spoons have taken most of the Steelhead.  

Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass fishing has been good with the hot weather setting in.  The Muskegon River and Grand River should have some good Smallmouth action for the rest of the summer.  Although my favorites are the cold water species the Smallmouth Bass are close behind.  Top water baits, crank baits, tubes, craws, whatever, they are an aggressive fish.  The Largemouth Bass and Norther Pike have been on the bite as well in the inland lakes and on slower sections of the rivers.  Tubes, crank baits, and top waters will catch the pike and bucket mouths.

I will be starting my river trips for King Salmon in late August on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee rivers.  I will be offering morning and afternoon crank bait and skein fishing trips for these river monsters.  The numbers on the lake seem a little better than last year and the size is up as well.  The fish are fat and healthy so they should be a real handful when they show up in the rivers.  I will be back and forth between the PM and the Big Manistee depending on where the fishing is best at the time.  Later in September I will be offering trips on the Muskegon and Grand Rivers as well as they start to fill in with fish.  If you have a date in mind let me know so I can get you in the books before the dates fill in.

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Grand River, Muskegon River, Lake Michigan, West Michigan Fishing Reports

It is hard to believe but July is already here and we are well into our Summer fishing.  There are lots of opportunities out there right now.  We have Smallmouth Bass and Trout fishing on the Muskegon River, Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Catfish, etc. on the Grand River.  The Skamania are hitting off from the piers and a few are filtering into the rivers.  There are some good sized King Salmon showing up in our catches on Lake Michigan along with Steelhead, Lake Trout, and the odd Coho and Brown Trout.  There seems to be a good amount of bait fish around this year in the lake and the Kings that are out there seem to be bulking up after the long Winter/Spring we had.  We are seeing good Kings over here but a lot of the larger 20 to 25 lb fish that I have heard about are still over in Wisconsin waters, some of those fish should start making there way over here as the summer goes on and the urge to head into their natal rivers kicks in.  

If you are looking to get out this Summer I will be offering Summer Run Steelhead fishing trips in the rivers over the next couple of months.  Skamania or Summer Run Steelhead are insane when you hook into them, they are one of the wildest fish around when hooked.  These fish can be caught using a variety of methods such as float fishing, drift fishing, fly fishing, casting hardware, plugging, etc..  

Skamania Steelhead Fishing

I will be up on the St. Mary's River in Sault Ste. Marie fishing for Atlantic Salmon later in July and have a couple days open for that if you want to get out and catch some of these magnificent fish.  When hooked Atlantics are usually in the air showing off how high they can jump followed by long fast runs that will surely have your blood pumping.  These fish are one of the most prized game fish in the world and we have them right here in Michigan.  Float fishing, casting, fly fishing, and drift fishing are the most popular ways to fish for Atlantic Salmon.  

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If you are looking to get out and catch some Smallmouth Bass we have a number of different trips for those.  The Muskegon River, Grand River, Thornapple River, Flat River, Rogue River, etc..  Some of the Smaller rivers I offer Kayak and Wade trips on if you are looking for a combo Kayak/Fishing Trip.  There is some excellent fishing on some of these smaller waters.  

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Lake Michigan fishing is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon with with family.  There are some good sized Kings out there this year and as the lake sets up over the next few weeks we should see some better fishing for those as well as Steelhead, Trout, and Coho.

Lake Michigan King Salmon Fishing

Starting in late August thru October we will be chasing King Salmon in the rivers.  I will be up on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee throwing crankbaits, fishing bobbers and skein, as well as some other techniques.  Later in the Salmon run I usually head south as the fresher fish enter the Muskegon and Grand River.  These fish are sure to get your heart racing when you hook into one of these river monsters.  If you are looking for a combo King Salmon and Steelhead fishing trip mid October is a great time for that.    

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If you are looking to book a trip give me a call at 616-570-2946 or you can email me through my contact page.

Captain Greg Knapp

 

Smallmouth Bass, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, King Salmon Michigan Fishing Report

Fishing has been good lately for a lot of species depending on where you go.  We have been catching Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead, and Smallmouth on the Muskegon River.  If you are looking to get out and throw some hardware on the Muskegon now is a good time to book a trip for that.  The Grand River and its tributaries have been fishing well for Smallmouth, Catfish, and a bunch of other species.  The Smallmouth Bass fishing should be heating up good as the river drops and warms up over the next few weeks.  We should have some good fishing all summer long if you are looking to get out and have a fun day floating down the river and catching these aggressive Smallies. Lake Michigan has been good to slow depending on the day for King Salmon, Lake Trout, and Steelhead.    Inland lake fishing has been good for Bluegills and Largemouth Bass.  Skamania Steelhead fishing is not too far off so give me a call if you would like to book a trip on the pier or on the rivers for them.  They are some of the best fighting fish of the year.  

Give me a call if you are looking to get out this summer, I will be working on Lake Michigan as well as the rivers and inland lakes.  If you are looking to book a trip this September or October for King Salmon on the Big Manistee, Pere Marquette, or Muskegon Rivers get a hold of me ASAP so I can get your date written in.  I will be starting my fall river trips that last week of August.

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