Winter Steelhead Warm Up On The Muskegon River!

Bert with a 2014 Muskegon River Winter Steelhead2014 WInter SteelheadBert with another 2014 winter Muskegon River Steelhead

Here’s Bert taking full advantage of the early winter warm up!  Recent mid 40 degree days provided some excellent steelhead fishing!  Here’s a few of several hook-ups from today.

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Muskegon River Browns, Bows, & Steelhead….I Love This Time Of Year!

Muskegon River Winter Steelhead 2014

December 12th, 2014 Steelhead

Muskegon River Brown

Winter Muskegon River Steelhead

 Dec 12th, 2014 Muskegon River Steelhead

Most steelhead don’t like nets and surely don’t like their picture taken except for this male buck pictured above.  Check out the video from the link below. This guy came right for the camera after I let him go…..pretty amazing!

Photogenic Muskegon River Steelhead

Water levels are low & clear at 1700 cfs.  Steelhead fishing has been progressing nicely since November.  The best part about this season however is the amazing number of lake run browns in the river system.  Years past has been a pure gift to land a lake run.  This winter we’re averaging at least one per trip.  Today we lost a very nice lake run at the boat.

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The Calm Before The Storm!

Blake With An Awesome  Muskegon River Brown

Ed with an 18 inch Muskegon river brown

Blake & Ed with a nice steelhead

Blake & his Dad Ed with a half day winter trip did really well with a couple really nice brown trout and a hard fighting steelhead just before the sleet and snow started around noon today.

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Let-m Go…Let-m Grow!!

Dec 6th Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead Dec 6

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead

December 6th Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead in December

December Muskegon River Steelhead

Scouting a few hours today I realized something important……DON’T FORET THE NET; IT’S A LOT EASIER LANDING FISH WITH ONE!!

Seems the bite is best when the boat traffic is least.  Sub 40 water temps have steelhead seeking winter lies.  Water levels and clarity are all good right now as more steelhead and browns enter the river system.

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You Never Forget Your First

Nick's First  December 6th Muskegon River Steelhead

When conditions are tough working for your first steelhead can be a sweet reward!

Nick holding a chrome bullet taken just before dark.

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The Flies Were On Fire!!

Mike With An Awsome 15lb Steelhead

Mike with the best steelhead of the day….15lbs, 30 inches of Twisted Chrome Steel!

Joe's 25 Inch Muskegon River Brown

Joe’s Incredible Muskegon River Brown.

Joe's 2014 Fall Steelhead

Joe with his first ever steelhead.  Welcome aboard!

Scott's 21 inch brown trout

Scott’s outstanding 21 inch Muskegon River Brown Trout.

Scott's first ever steelhead

Scott’s first ever Muskegon River Steelhead.  Welcome to the club son!

Mike's awesome brown trout

Mike with this outstanding pig of a brown trout.

Mike's awesome brown

Joe with another great fall steelhead

Joe with the last cast of the day.

Water temps have dipped below the 40-degree point.  With the recent push of water has brought with it a fresh push of fish!  For those of you who never considered a winter steelhead trip before, you don’t know what you’re missing.  As Scott, Joe, and Mike from Chicago found out today first hand, the fishing can be pretty good.

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Fall Steelhead Comes Late To The Muskegon River

2014 Late Fall Steelhead

Not big numbers of steelhead yet, but the steelhead already here are well worth the effort!  Low clear water is keeping fish from entering traditional lies with 39-degree water temps.  Look for the next few days push of rain increase flows, slightly stain the water, and bring with it the first major push of fall steelhead up the river system.

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44 Degrees & Dropping!!

Muskegon River Steelhead

The count down begins as the water temps start to dip rapidly.  Steelhead will start to group up in larger numbers in select “winter lies.”

Muskegon River Steelhead

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Serenity Now!!

Jon's 2014 Fall Chrome Cutter

I don’t know what’s better?  Getting a few hours in to fish, multiple hook-ups, lack of boat traffic, epic battles with chrome so strong they kick your ass in seconds……or all the above?  I choose, all the above!!

Don’t let this current arctic blast of cold weather get you down.  Once the water temps dip below 40 degrees steelhead fishing gets easier.  They conjugate in deep pools or slow moving runs.  Instead of being anywhere and everywhere in the river they consolidate into key spots easily targeted.  Water temps have been dropping rapidly.  50 degrees the start of the week and 45 degrees 4 days later.  Look for the current trend of cold water to continue making the steelhead seek out their winter lies.

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It’s Not About The Numbers, It’s About The Measurement!

Chris's 25" River Brown

Chris holding the largest brown trout he ever caught; an outstanding 25″ Muskegon River Brown.  Congrats Chris!  Well done.

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