West Michigan Summer Fishing

Salmon Fishing out on Lake Michigan has been hit or miss lately, it is good one day and slow the next.  July should bring some more consistant action for King Salmon as the Lake sets up.  We have been finding some really nice Steelhead out on the lake trolling, there seems to be a good crop of 10 to 14lb steelhead swimming around out there with some larger ones being caught as well.  

I have also been out on the rivers here and there and we have been catching a good mix of species.  The Muskegon river has been producing good numbers of trout with a few smallmouth and walleye mixed in as well.  The Grand RIver has been high and stained from the recent rains but was giving up some decent action for Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Catfish, etc..  Smallmouth Bass fishing should really start heating up on both the Muskegon and Grand Rivers over the next few weeks.  The Skamania Steelhead fishing on the piers as well as in the rivers has been off to a really slow start this year.

Pere Marquette River King Salmon Fishing

Just a reminder, if you are looking to get out this September or October for King Salmon fishing on the rivers let me know as soon as you get some dates together as I have filled about half of my dates already.  I still have a few weekend dates open for those that cannot do a mid week trip.  I will be offering some afternoon/evening trips as well in September/October for those that would rather sleep in and fish later in the day.  The afternoon trips will be 4 hours and they will start between 2 and 4pm.  I will begin doing trips on the river towards the end of August for those of you looking to get out and cast some crankbaits for these chrome river beasts.

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Lake Michigan King Salmon Fishing

The Salmon and Steelhead fishing on Lake Michigan out of Muskegon has been good.  Most of our fish have been coming up higher in the water column, 3 to 7 colors of lead core, 30, 75, and 150 coppers have been hot.  The spoons that have been seeing the most play are Stingers UV Green Dolphin, Frosted Veggies, UV Mixed Veggie, Orange Crush, and Jaw Breaker.  We have been taking some bigger Kings on our Flasher Fly Combos while fishing them deeper on our low divers and riggers.  The 8 and 11 inch white fish scale paddles with a Big Weenie living the dream fly and a blue and chrome spiny with a blue bubble fly has been our best combos.  

We have also been doing some Smallmouth Bass fishing on the Grand River and that has been hit or miss lately.  The water has been running a little high and stained, as the summer goes on and it drops and clears the action will heat up.

The Muskegon River has been fishing well for trout with some bass thrown in as well.  

River fishing for King Salmon is not too far off so if you are looking to get out this fall let me know ASAP as my dates are filling in.  I will be offering morning trips and a limited number of afternoon trips as well.  We usually target the King Salmon in the rivers from the end of August into late October.

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Lake Michigan Fishing for King Salmon is Hot

King Salmon Fishing out on Lake Michigan has been great.  There are lots of Kings in that 8 to 15lb range biting right now in close out of Muskegon and Grand Haven.  Now is the time to get out and get into good numbers of these feisty fish, it is hard to beat the fight and taste of a Spring King Salmon.  I ran my last Spring Steelhead Trip this past weekend and there were still a decent number of fish around but I would imagine that will be short lived.  I am looking forward to giving the Steelhead fishing a rest for a while while we concentrate on Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, and Lake Michigan Salmon Fishing.  If you want to get out Charter Fishing for King Salmon give me a call, we offer morning and afternoon 5 hour trips.  Otherwise if you would rather stick in shore and fish for Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Catfish, Trout, etc., we can get out on the Muskegon River, Grand River, or some of the inland lakes around the area.

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Muskegon River Spring Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead Fishing has been awesome over the past few weeks on the Muskegon River.  We have been putting lots of fish into the boat on our guided steelhead fishing trips.  We have mainly been float fishing with spinning gear and centerpins.  I also fished the Grand River in Grand Rapids near the 6th street dam and did pretty well for May, we were into the double digits for a couple hours of fishing with a mix of dark and chrome drop backs and some dime bright fresh run fish.  The Rogue River has also been putting out some good fish lately from what I have been hearing.  The Muskegon River has been where we have mainly been and it has been producing large numbers of spawners, drop backs, and some fresh fish.  If you are looking to get out and try Centerpin fishing we have a brand new arsenal from Raven Tackle and we still have some openings on the 12th, 13th, and 14th.

Below is a sample of the fishing lately.

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Muskegon River, Grand River, Rogue River, and White River Steelhead

Fishing has been good on most area rivers such as the Muskegon, Rogue, White, and PM.  The Grand River has been winding down with a few fresh ones trickling in and a bunch of dropbacks heading back down to the lake.  Most of the rivers have cleared up nicely but the Muskegon was still running pretty dirty as of today the 25th.  We have been taking fish while float fishing with spawn, beads, jigs, etc..  Drift fishing with spawn bags or wobble glos has been producing as well.  Steelhead should be available in the rivers well into May this year with the way this Spring is going.  I still have the 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, and 14th open if anyone is interested in getting out.  After that we will be starting our Smallmouth trips on the Grand River as well as Lake Michigan Salmon Fishing Charters out of the port of Muskegon.

A few pics from the past few outings are below.

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Spring Steelhead

As of today 4/14/14 the Grand River, Muskegon River, Rogue River, and White River are all pretty high and dirty.  They will probably be very tough to Steelhead fish for the next week or so.  The good thing is that most of them should be fishing good as they start to drop.  Before the floods we were catching fish while float fishing and plug fishing.  The Muskegon had not received many fresh Steelhead yet so that should change with the recent rains.  Some guides were already fishing gravel to spawning fish on the Muskegon River over the past week if that is your thing.  The Grand River in Grand Rapids near the 6th street dam was giving up a mix of fresh and darker winter fish, look for a bunch of fresh fish to shoot through with the flooded waters and fill into the smaller tributaries.  The White river sounded like it was fishing good last week for Steelhead, look for the dam in Hesperia to fish well as the water starts to drop.  The Rogue river as of a few days back was just starting to see a half way decent push of fresh fish so look for that to fish well as it drops.  Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River and other area rivers should be good late into May this year with the colder than average water temperatures.  I still have some late April and May dates available if you are looking to get out and enjoy some warmer weather Steelhead fishing.  We offer the use of Spinning, Centerpin, Fly, and Baitcasting rods and reels.

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Spring Steelhead Fishing on the Grand River and Muskegon River

Spring Steelhead fishing is here!  We have been fishing the Grand River and Muskegon River since my last report and fishing has been good for us most days.  We are still seeing a mix of dark fish and fresher spring run fishing.  We should have a big push of chromers showing up over the next couple of weeks.  We have been float fishing with spinning gear and centerpins and doing well.  Drift fishing with spawn and wobble glos have also caught their share as well.  There have been a lot of guys fishing the shorelines up near 6th street dam in Grand Rapids doing well on steelhead.  The Rogue and White Rivers should be popping off soon as well for those of you looking to wade in.  I still have some dates available the week of the 20th and and 27th if you are looking to get out this Spring.  May should have some good fishing as well this year with how cold the water is and I have plenty of open days the first 2 weeks of May for the Muskegon River.

Below are a few from recently.

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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing

The Muskegon River has been fishing pretty good for us for Steelhead and the occasional hog brown trout.  We have mainly been float fishing but plug fishing has been taking some steelhead for us as well.  The Grand River has been pretty high and dirty for the past week.  I hear that they are getting a few fish downtown Grand Rapids at the 6th street dam.  From the sounds of it most of the fish are being lined rather than biting, if the water clears a little more that should change.  The water is still really cold on most of the rivers so the Steelhead fishing should remain good for awhile, look for rivers such as the Muskegon to have good numbers of fish through April and well into May.  If you are looking to get out on a guide trip give me a call as I still have some great dates open in April and May.  It looks like some warmer weather coming in the next 7 days so the fish should start showing up in force soon!

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Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing

Spring Steelhead fishing is officially here, if you are going by the calendar that is.  The runs of Spring Steelhead are a little behind this year due to the extreme Winter we have had, the good thing is that we had a great push of fall fish and some small trickles of fresh fish that have kept us busy lately.  Steelhead fishing over the past couple of weeks on the Muskegon River and Grand River has been good on most days but there have been a few days that we have had to work for them a little harder.  We have mainly been float fishing for Steelhead with spawn and beads. We have also had some great days that we were mainly drop back fishing plugs were we were putting double digit numbers of fish into the boat as well.  The Grand River is running pretty high right now with stained water, they are catching some winter hold overs as well as a few fresh fish up at the 6th street dam.  The Rogue River and White have opened up for the most part and have been fishing decent for mostly hold over Steelhead.  The Muskegon is running pretty low for this time of year and we have been catching mostly Fall and Winter run Steelhead with a true chrome one here and there.  The size of the fish lately has still been impressive, we have boated numerous Steelhead over the past week between that 12 and slightly over 16lb range.  I am guessing that the bigger runs of fish will be a couple of weeks behind schedule this year.  Look for April and the first half of May to have some great Steelheading.  If you are looking to try out Centerpinning we have all new Raven gear for this season.  We also offer the use of Spinning and Baitcasting reels as well.  We are offering 4, 6, and 8 hour trips for this Spring so give us a call to get out and enjoy this great resource that we have here in Michigan. 

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Michigan Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead Fishing on the Grand River and Muskegon River has been good for us on most days over the past couple of weeks.  We have been doing well float fishing as well as plug fishing.  If you are looking to get out I still have a couple of days open next week as well as a fair number of days still open in late March, April, and May.  I have not taken many pictures lately due to the cold weather that we were having but below are some pictures from the past few outings.

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