Category Archives: steelhead fishing guide michigan

Cold Hard Muskegon River Steel!

As March grows near, I wanted to remind you the biggest steelhead of the year are taken late February & March on the Muskegon.  The fish below seem to be a pre-curser of what’s to come.  Although they’re not quite wall hangers yet, if they make it a couple more years these double stripe bucks and 30″ female below are well on their way!

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Trout

Muskegon River Trout

Muskegon River Steelhead

31" Muskegon River Steelhead

 

Muskegon River Steelhead

 

This 30″ female was dropping eggs during her photo shoot.  Spring run coming early?  Winter Steelhead fishing remains strong.  What really surprises me though is the quantity of very large size trout.  We got into one hole today where we landed six 15″ plus size trout within a few minutes.  Hang on for trout fishing with dry flies this spring my friends!

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Shake Those Blues 1/16/14

Nice to get out and put a bend in the rod for a few hours.  Steelhead fishing remains strong on the MO.  Hit the first steelhead the second cast of the day.  The fish hit so hard it caught me off guard and lost it minutes into the fight.  What really amazes me though is the outstanding size trout we’ve been catching this winter.  Trout fishing on the Muskegon river has been off-the-hook!  The trout this winter have been larger than average which makes me get that itch for early season dry fly fishing this spring.  Can’t wait!

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Rainbow Trout

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead

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Crimson & Chrome

Winter steelhead fishing on the Muskegon river picked up past couple days with the warmer temps.  We’ve been catching several winter steelhead sporting their crimson red colors including a handful of fresh chromers like this nice 30″ 12lb female.

Muskegon River Winter Steelhead

 

Look for this resent run-off of melting snow to raise the water levels and shuffle the deck bringing in fresh steelhead to upper sections of the river.  If you love steelhead fishing but never tried winter steelhead, give us a call.  It’s a great way to shake the winter blues and break that cabin fever.  Now is also a great time to book your upcoming spring steelhead dates.  We have several peak dates available for the spring run.  Peak spring steelhead fishing starts early April and runs thru May on the Muskegon river.

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Muskegon River Winter Steelhead Fishing 12/21/13

Talked to several perspective clients the past couple weeks debating booking a trip for winter steelhead fishing the Muskegon river in Michigan with me.  Hope this might help your decision?  You have no idea what you’re missing!

Muskegon River Brown Trout

Muskegon River Brown Trout

Muskegon River Winter Steelhead

Muskegon River Winter Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Brown Trout

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead

 

Muskegon River Rainbow Trout

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Winter Steelhead

Muskegon River Winter Steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing the MO is outstanding right now.  We have dates available Christmas thru New Years.  What better way to break in the holidays than battling some twisted chrome cold steel!

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Fall Steelhead On The MO (11/4/13)

Muskegon River Steelhead

Water levels recently shot up to 2200 cfs.  More fall steelhead are on the move to the upper stretches of the Muskegon river.

Fall Steelhead Muskegon River

Fall Steelhead Muskegon River

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Muskegon River Steelhead (11/2/13)

Water levels are good up to 1900 cfs with a light stain.  More rain in the forecast will only help the cause bringing in more fall steelhead up theriver system.

Fall Steelhead Muskegon River

Lower sections of the Muskegon are fishing very well.  New chrome continue to make their way up the river system.

November 4th & 7th is available.

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Muskegon River Steelhead 10/30/13

Nice to finally get a chance to break away and fish a few hours this past weekend.

I’m truly amazed at the size of these fall steelhead this year!

Muskegon river fall steelhead

 

Muskegon River Fall Steelhead

Muskegon river fall steelhead

 Fall steelhead fishing is heating up on the Muskegon river in Michigan as more fish continue to enter the river each day.  Look for the next good push of rain next few days to really turn the bite on!

We have next week November 4th & 7th available.

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25lb King Salmon on the Muskegon River 10/19/13

Ever fished a river before?  Nope.  Ever fished a lake before?  Nope.  Ever fished at all before?  Nope.  Ever hooked and landed a massive 25lb male king salmon on the Muskegon river in Michigan?  Hell yeah!

Here’s Bill (right) standing next to John (left) holding Bills first ever fish which just happened to be a awesome 25lb buck king salmon hooked and landed on guess what?   A fly rod!

Awesome job Bill!!

Muskegon river king salmon

John’s not to be out done having landed some excellent salmon on the swing.

Muskegon river king salmon

Here’s John with another nice king.

Muskegon river king salmon

John’s fresh hen released back to the river with eggs in-tact!

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The Muskegon river water levels are good.  Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon river is improving every day.  Look for chrome to start taking center stage real soon.

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Do You Want Steelhead Or King Salmon?

Hats off today to Anton & Stan!  Both did a great job hooked up into fish all day long.  Here’s Stan with a awesome 9lb chrome steelhead buck hooked and landed on the 2nd cast of the day.  This was Stan’s first time ever fly fishing on a river.  Seems to be a on going theme of Fly Fire River Guide clients fly fishing for the first time and quickly hooking into some outstanding fish!  If you ever wanted to learn basic techniques of river fly fishing or if your an advanced expert looking to fish the best spots on the Muskegon river give us a try.  We have peak dates available.

Fall Steelhead Muskegon River 2013

 Here’s Anton with “the beast of the day,” a massive 24lb King Salmon.  This King was pumped with more juice than A-Rod!

King Salmon 2013

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King Salmon 2013

King Salmon 2013

King Salmon 2013

Fall on the Muskegon river in Michigan 2013

Early morning fog on the Muskegon river in Michigan

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First Muskegon River Steelhead 10/13/13

Few things as a fishing guide feel better than getting a person who has never fly fished before into their first fall steelhead on the Muskegon river in Michigan.  Only thing that could make it better is having them do it on their first cast of the day.  Here’s Josh with his first, this 11lb chrome hen hit on his first cast of the day.  Awesome job Josh!

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 I’ve said it before….nothings better than sharing great fishing stories among friends.  Here’s Jeff, Josh, and Dave with the “beast of the day,” a 23lb male King.  These guys were into fish all day long.  Great job today guys!

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 Water levels on the Muskegon are are holding but still remain a little low.  Several fresh salmon remain staged in deep pools.  Fresh rain is needed to push the next batch of salmon up.  Steelhead numbers are getting better daily.  Look for the best action behind spawning salmon.

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