Muskegon River Fishing Report Oct 12, 2015

Chuck with an awesome Muskegon River King

Chuck with an awesome 17lb. Muskegon river King!  Salmon populations have much improved.  More fresh king salmon are on the run.

Stay tuned…!

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Muskegon River Fishing Report Oct 10, 2015

Neil with a Muskegon river salmon

Neil with an awesome 20 inch rainbow trout

Derrick with a Muskegon river salmon

Neil pictured top with a nice Muskegon river salmon and really nice 20″ rainbow trout along with his son Derrick with a nice salmon from the Muskegon river on a beautiful fall day.

Even though our landing percentage didn’t represent, the number of battles we had with kings today did.  It never stops to amaze me just how powerful these king salmon are.  They know every fallen tree, rock, stump, and obstacle in the river to run to in hopes of breaking you off.

The salmon run is off to a moderate start.  Fish are present but not in the numbers we’ve grown to love over the years.  Some say the run is starting late.  I remain optimistic in that view, having witnessed large numbers of fresh salmon staging in the deep pools.  The biggest factors moving forward remains cooler temperatures and more rain/water.  We need these cooler temps and more water to drive more salmon in from Lake Michigan and with it more steelhead.

Available October Dates: 16th

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Chrome In The Land Of Kings

Muskegon River Fall Steelhead

With the colder water temps more king salmon are starting to migrate up the river system bringing with it the occasional chrome steelhead and lake run brown.  This steelhead hit an egg pattern behind a salmon redd.

October dates available: 8,11,16,25,26,29.

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Countdown To Kings

Muskegon River King Salmon

Dave with a nice Muskegon river king salmon

Here’s Dave with a one of the king salmon he hooked today.  Dave found out first hand how hard these Muskegon river kings fight on fly gear.  It’s one thing to hook a king; it’s by far another to land it.

Water temps are cooling below 63 bringing with it more salmon up the river system.   Water levels are very low at this time running 1,100 cfs.  Cooler water temps and much more needed rain will be a strong determining factor when the peak of the king salmon run will start in the coming weeks.

Following peak October dates available: 8,11,16,25,26.

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Good Things To Come!

Chris with a early September Muskegon RiverKing Salmon

Here’s Chris with an early September King.  Pictures never do these fish justice with the awesome translucent silver & green colors King Salmon have.

Salmon are currently moving up the river system.  Numbers are growing daily.  Much needed rain in the forecast with cooler nights will push more salmon up stream.  Water levels are low at 1,150 cfs and water temps high hovering at 68 degrees.

Look for things to pick up next week as air temps drop to the 60’s during the day and mid 30’s later this week at night. Colder water and higher flows are what’s needed now as we get closer to the peak salmon run.

The following peak fishing dates are still available for October:  8,11,16,18,25,26,29.

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King Salmon, Monster Trout & Twisted Chrome Steelhead!


Fall is what fly fishing on the Muskegon River is all about!  Weather patterns are shaping up nicely for some excellent fall fishing on the Muskegon.

18" Muskegon River Rainbow Trout

In September, trout fishing with dry flies will be the main focus as the caddis hatch for rainbow & browns start to come back around when the cool fall nights trigger the hatch causing a massive feeding frenzy among the rainbow and brown trout population.

Muskegon river king salmon

King salmon on the Muskegon starts early October and runs thru mid-November.  With it brings excellent opportunities for very large rainbow and brown trout as well as very active steelhead seeking salmon roe dislodged behind active salmon redds.

Scott's 13lb 30 Inch 2014 Fall Steelhead

Early October thru mid-December offers the best fall steelhead fishing on the Muskegon.  Fall is your absolute best opportunity to experience the sheer power these fish have, as they fight harder in the fall over any other time of year on the Muskegon River.

Our bookings are filling up fast as October approaches, but we still have excellent dates available.  If you’ve never experienced fall fishing on the Muskegon River you’ve got to give it a try.  Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, a beginner, or a parent looking to have a great fall get away with your wife & kids give us a try.   We offer all the means necessary to provide you with an excellent experience fishing the Muskegon River in the fall.

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Late June Steelhead On the Muskegon River

Tommy (in blue) with a chrome steelhead caught June 20th on Muskegon river

Here’s Tommy (in blue) along with Kurt holding this awesome chrome hen steelhead caught June 21st on the Muskegon river.

Dry fly fishing has strongly improved now that the water levels are down from 5800 cfs the beginning of the week to 2600 this weeks end.

The higher water brought with it some fresh new steelhead in select pockets.  Both Tommy & Kurt hooked multiple steelhead today along with several trout on dry flies.  Caddis, sulfurs, and pockets of gray drake flies have been the top producers.

Special thanks to Matt Supinski owner of the Gray Drake Lodge & Outfitters for hosting todays trip.

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Trout With Dry Flies On The Muskegon River

Jimmy with a really nice Muskegon river brown trout caught on a dry fly

Here’s Jimmy with one of several nice Muskegon river brown trout caught with dry flies today.

Even with the higher water trout fishing with dry flies has produced several trout the past dew days largely in part to the extreme clarity of the very high water.  Caddis flies have been leading the charge with sulfurs and gray drakes not far behind.

Look for the water levels to come down even more the next few days and now that the sucker spawn is gone the trout fishing with dry flies is on!

Special thanks to Matt Supinski owner of the Gray Drake Lodge & Outfitters for hosting today trip.

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Browns That Go Bump In The Night!

Nice Muskegon River Brown Trout Taken On Dry Fly

Due to a last minute cancellation I was able to land this really nice brown trout on a Gray Drake pattern this evening.

Wet flies continue to produce although certain dry fly patterns (i.e. caddis) presented as a dry on a “dead drift” have been the best producers as of late.  Sulfurs, caddis, and gray drakes have made up the bulk of the dries right now.  Due to all the immediate food sources (sucker spawn) in the Muskegon, patience and presentation have been the keys to strike the big ones.  As the suckers start to move on the trout will start to look up.

Look for the next week’s warm spell and dry weather to drop the water levels and increase the surface hatches.

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Big Bows & Little Bows

Jordan with a football size rainbow caught on a dry fly

Jordan with a June 1st steelhead

Here’s Jordan from Rockford, MI with a very healthy (fat) Muskegon river rainbow trout caught with a dry fly and a June 1st, steelhead caught with an egg fly pattern.

Water levels have spiked recently to 3500 cfs with all this recent rain.  Good news is more steelhead have come up with the new push of water.  Streamers for trout are productive with the higher water.  Bad news is the dry fly fishing has become a little more challenging with the higher water and the cold front that moved in.

AM & PM hatches are strong with Caddis, Sulphurs, and Gray Drakes leading the way.  Look for water levels to recede and water temps to warm up the next few days allowing trout to look up toward the daily hatch.

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