Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report Feb 6, 2016

Kurt with a February steelhead

Here’s Kurt with some nice steelhead including an outstanding 19″ Muskegon river rainbow trout from a  few hour winter steelhead trip yesterday.

Beautiful Muskegon river rainbow trout

Kurt with another February steelhead

Water conditions have spiked to 3,900 cfs with a dark stain from all the rain and run-off the past couple days.  With the high dirty water we found success by concentrating on the inner seams of slower moving runs.  The steelhead were holding tight against the banks.

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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report Feb 3, 2016

View of Lake Michigan from 20,000 feet

Lake Michigan from 30,000 feet flying over Chicago this past Thursday.

What’s the importance of this photo other than the incredible view?  Lake Michigan.  Notice something?  No ice.  Brutal winters froze Lake Michigan leaving nothing more than a very thick sheet of ice across the lake the past two winters.

What does this mean to the steelhead angler?  It means the winter weather patterns this year have been very mild.  It means this is the first winter where Lake Michigan was not covered by ice allowing steelhead a much better opportunity for food, light, and the unobstructed possible early migration.

Although no one can know for certain how good the spring steelhead run will be this year.  What we can predict from the lack of ice on the lake this winter compared to the past two years is the steelhead have a much better opportunity to transition form Lake Michigan up the river systems to start the spring migration.

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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report Jan 25, 2016

Nice Late January Steelhead from the Muskegon river

Late January Muskegon river steelhead

January Steelhead on the Muskegon

Nice January hen on the Muskegon

Nice crimson red buck from the Muskegon

January steelhead from the Muskegon river

Hard fighting January steelhead from the Muskegon

Crimson Red Steelhead from the Muskegon river

Had an outstanding few hours of steelhead fishing yesterday.

Water levels continue to be perfect holding around 2500 cfs with a very nice light stain.  Water temps continue to dip down into the low to mid 30’s.

Winter fishing for steelhead is upon us.  When steelhead go into winter mode, they gang up in deeper slower moving pools trying to expel as little energy as possible entering an hibernative state.  Focus on current breaks between fast and slower moving water.  Cover and structure around these current breaks is key.

Presentations need to be slowed down and fish the run methodically.  Concentrate on attacking the run from near side casts, to medium, to far.  Cover every inch of the run, and pay attention to the current breaks.  Steelhead this time of the year love to rest on the slower moving edge of faster moving water.

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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report Jan 16, 2016

Jeff with a really nice Muskegon river steelhead

Jeff with a mid January Steelhead

Jeff with another mid-January Muskegon river steelhead

Jeff's Muskegon river steelhead

Here’s Jeff with several nice Muskegon river steelhead from a few hour winter trip today.

Although we had to work a little harder than normal, the steelhead fishing was good.  Water levels continue to be perfect holding around 2500 cfs with a very nice light stain.  Water temps continue to dip down into the low to mid 30’s.

Winter fishing for steelhead is upon us.  When steelhead go into winter mode, they gang up in deeper slower moving pools trying to expel as little energy as possible entering an hibernative state.  Focus on current breaks between fast and slower moving water.  Cover and structure around these current breaks is key.

Presentations need to be slowed down and fish the run methodically.  Concentrate on attacking the run from near side casts, to medium, to far.  Cover every inch of the run, and pay attention to the current breaks.  Steelhead this time of the year love to rest on the slower moving edge of faster moving water.

post by: Jon Fortuna

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report Jan 9, 2016

Bert with a nice January steelhead

Bert with another January steelhead on the Muskegon river

Couple nice steelhead from a few hours of fishing today.  Unfortunately, the big one grew camera shy when Bert underestimated its true size and learned the hard way

“you can’t horse them.”

Water levels continue to be perfect at 2700 cfs with a very light stain.  Water temps in the mid 30’s.  Boat traffic was strong today.  This cold front couldn’t come at a better time allowing these steelhead a much needed break from fishing pressure, time to relax, come out from cover, and bring new ones up river.

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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report Jan 2, 2016

Randy with a January Muskegon River Steelhead

Victoria with a January Muskegon river steelhead

Victoria & Randy Sharing some winter chrome

Randy with a nice winter steelhead

Here’s Victoria & Randy from California with some really nice winter steelhead from a few hour trip today.

Winter is here, water temps have nose dived down to 37 degrees and dropping.  Water levels are perfect at 2600 cfs.  Slow presentations are key in the colder water.  Steelhead fishing has been good the past few weeks.  Fishing pressure has dropped significantly opening up better opportunities throughout the river system.

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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report Dec 30, 2015

Say hello to my little friend….33″ 18lbs.  King Chrome Kong!

18 pound, 33 inch massive Muskegon river steelhead

King Kong Chrome!

Just when you thought the steelhead were averaging on the small side this year….BAM!!  I don’t think so.

Kind of get sick of all the doom & gloom with the recent river fishing reports.  Salmon run on the fringe of extinction (one of the best salmon runs I’ve witnessed in years) steelhead are “on the small side” (caught some of the biggest steelhead in years).  I could post steelhead pics 10x deep…  The truth of the matter is…..if your willing to put forth the effort, the Muskegon river will produce!

Water levels are high at 3300 cfs.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the next few days of weather patterns.  Water temps have dipped below 40 degrees.  Steelhead are here in consistent numbers.  Steelhead fishing is strong right now.

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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report Dec 25, 2015

*** Merry Christmas From Fly Fire River Guide Service!! ***

Dave with some beautiful Christmas Chrome

Here’s Dave (a.k.a Santa Chrome Claus) with a beautiful Muskegon river steelhead.

Water levels are perfect for this time of year.  Steelhead numbers are good.  Look for water temps to dip below the 40 degree point in the next coming days as this abnormal warm spell begins to fade.  These cooler temps will actually improve fishing, as boat pressure will start to diminish.

Winter steelhead trips are now available; $250 for up to two anglers.  4-5 hours during the warmest part of the day.   New Years weekday trips are also available for next week.  Should be some good steelhead & lake run brown fishing!!

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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report Dec 16, 2015

“The Flies Were On Fire!”

Ever have one of those days where everything goes right?  Well, this was one of those days.  Pat (pictured top) along with Steve were into great fish all day including Pat’s massive 18″ rainbow and his 20″ resident river brown trout not to mention several very nice steelhead all day long.  Great job guys!  Awesome Day!!

Pat with an outstanding Muskegon river steelhead

Pat with another nice Muskegon river steelhead

Steve with a nice December Steelhead

Pat with a massive 18" rainbow trout

Check out Pat’s massive resident rainbow trout (see the fork in the tail).  Awesome rainbow!

Pat's massive Muskegon river rainbow trout

Steve with another beautiful Muskegon river steelhead

Pat with the first steelhead of the day

Pat with a beautiful 20″ resident Muskegon river brown trout.  Great fish!

Pat's 20inch Muskegon river brown trout

Pat with another outstanding Muskegon river steelhead

Fishing conditions continue to get better.  As mentioned before, the fall steelhead run is just beginning here on the Muskegon.  Recent heavy pushes of rain coupled with extremely mild temps for December has opened the flood gates for more steelhead to migrate up river.  Today was the perfect example of how good the fishing is on the Muskegon river right now.

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Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Report Dec 13, 2015

“Theme of the day today…..wait your turn .”

Despite the relentless fishing pressure and boat traffic only a Saturday in Mid December with 55 degree weather can bring; Matt and his good friend Horhay (pictured top) got the job done with several nice steelhead brought to the boat throughout the day.

Horhay with a mid December steelhead

Matt with a scrappy December steelhead

Horhay with another nice December steelhead

Horhay with the last cast of the day

Fishing conditions are excellent.  The fall steelhead run is just beginning.  El Nino is setting the stage for what could be one of the best winter fishing months of December thru February seen in a long time.

post by: Jon Fortuna