Let’s Not Fish Today…”It’s Too Cold!”

Rod's awesome 9 Degree Morning Spring Steelhead

Dave's really nice spring hen

Rod's Muskegon River Spring Steelhead

Dave's Fat Muskegon River Rainbow Trout

Rod's 2015 Spring Steelhead

Muskegon River Spring Roost

Muskegon River Turkey Take Flight

A frigid nine degree start didn’t mean a thing to Dave, his son Rod, and friend Leslie when the steelhead are biting.  Great job today guys, outstanding day!

Water levels are low for the this time of year on the Muskegon.  Spring rains are much needed.  On the bright side, look for water temps to raise the next few days triggering steelhead to become more active.  Steelhead numbers continue to grow but, pray for rain!

Special thanks to Headwater Custom River Boats of Clio, MI for hosting todays trip.  If you’re looking for a great riverboat, take a look at Headwater boats.

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March Madness Strikes The Mo!!

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Silver Bullet

Spring Steelhead 2015

Early Morning Spring Steelhead

What a roller coaster of weather patterns past few days.  50’s one day followed by 20’s the next.  Water levels at 3,000 cfs this morning followed by a considerable drop to 2,400 at the end of the day.  Seems the water levels are following these up and down weather patterns.

Look for the push of rain middle of the week to warm water temps.  36.5 now followed by a few more warmer days mixed with heavy rain is just what’s needed to hit that magic 42 degree water temp and send the steelhead into the spring run!  Steelhead fishing continues to improve as more fish enter the river system on a daily basis.

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Spring Steelhead Fever On The Muskegon River!

Bert with a nice March 2015 Muskegon River Steelhead

Bert's March 2015 Chrome Steelhead

Bert's scrappy Mach Steelhead

Bert's really nice crimson red steelhead

Bert from Rodney, MI with some really nice spring steelhead from today.  Water levels started out low at 1800 cfs but are on the rise to 2650.  This push of water is exactly what’s needed to bring more fish up stream.  Steelhead fishing has been improving as of late.  Look for conditions to only get better as we get closer to April.

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Every End Of Winter Has A Silver Lining!

March 8th, 2015 Muskegon River Chrome

March, 2015 Muskegon River Steelhead

2015 Early Spring Steelhead, Muskegon River

2015 Muskegon River Steelhead

The stage is being set.  Well needed warm weather patterns the rest of the week will help kick start the Muskegon river offering the possibility of an excellent spring steelhead run. Evidence provided by the beautiful chrome hen pictured above.  Look for this week’s run-off to trigger a major push of steelhead by weeks end.  Follow the water temps.  35-degree water temps now with rising temps thru the week.  All of which makes this early April look like a very strong possibility for the start of the peak steelhead run.

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Shake That Cabin Fever!

Tim with a beauty Muskegon river brown trout

Tim Jr. with a nice winter steelhead

Tim Jr. & the “hot hand” today with an awesome 25″ brown paired well with Muskegon River’s finest Crimson Chrome!  Awesome job today Tim!

Despite cold water temps and a little help from an axe breaking shelf ice at the landing, fishing today was productive.  Steelhead and lake run browns are present.  We’ve been averaging at least one brown over 20″ a great majority of the trips this year since November.  Incredible numbers of lake run browns this winter!!

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February Steel!!

15lb, 32inch of Twisted February Steel!

Year after year February & March has produced some of the biggest and best steelhead on the Muskegon River.  Granted massive steelhead are always present throughout the Muskegon from early October thru mid June, but there’s something special about February & March.  Cold-water temps offer the angler the best fighting chance to bring these massively powerful fish to the net.  This 15lb, 33″ monster was no exception.

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The Bite Was As Strong As The High Winds!

Awesome 2014 January Steelhead

20 Inch Brown Trout (Jan 2015)

Awesome 20 Inch River Brown Trout (Jan, 2015)

19 Inch Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

2015 Winter Steelhead

Jan 2015 Winter Steelhead

Winter Steelhead 2015

Had a really nice outing this past Friday.  Despite the heavy winds the steelhead bite was on fire!

Regardless of the spotty steelhead numbers for this time of year on the Muskegon, the trout fishing has been and continues to be incredible!  The lake run browns and river browns are filling the void form the lack of steelhead in the river system.  Very cold water temps with perfect flow rates right now.

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Bows, Browns, & Chrome = Muskegon River Gold!

Muskegon River 20inch Rainbow

18 Inch Muskegon River Brown Trout

Beautiful Jan 2015 Muskegon River Steelhead

Jan 2015 21 Inch Muskegon River Brown

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Motown Laying The Smack Down With Some Excellent Winter Steelheading!

Justin with a 2014 winter steelhead

Steve with a 2014 winter steelhead

Justin with another 2014 winter steelhead

Only one way to heat up on a 20-degree day winter steelheading the Muskegon river and that’s catching fish!  Here’s Steve and Justin from Detroit pictured with some really nice winter chrome.

Water levels and flows are back in prime condition with a slow down in fishing pressure allowed for some excellent hook-ups yesterday.

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The One That Got Away….

Charlie's 2014 Muskegon river winter steelhead

Charlie's 2nd Muskegon river winter steelhead

We’ve heard it all before.  “You should have seen the one that got away.”  Unfortunately, Charlie Jr. (not pictured above) lost an awesome steelhead at the boat.  Not much you can do when the fish darts under the boat and almost breaks the rod, clears the other side of the boat only to go full steam up stream for the anchor rope in hopes of breaking off.  Then falls back short with one swipe of the net barely missing him, only to break off with the tippet rubbing the oarlock as the massive steelhead dives for the other side of the boat again.  Estimated 31″, 15lb crimson chrome monster that got away.

Fortunately, we have Charles Sr pictured above, getting the job done with two of several hook-ups from both Charles today.

P.s.  Charles Jr….. we all feel your pain.  Remember, better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.  Awesome catch & release, hell of a fight!!

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