(Mike Mooney (right) holding his record 22lb, 36″ steelhead from the Muskegon River)
Felt more than blessed to guide my client last week into my first legitimate 20 pound steelhead. Now I’ve had the absolute joy to guide Mike Mooney (pictured right) holding his record setting 22 pound, 36″ massive Muskegon River steelhead! Pictures don’t do this fish justice. This massive steelhead’s back fin measured 12″ in length. Never in my 20 plus years guiding on the Muskegon River have I ever witnessed a steelhead this big. I’m just extremely glad to be a part of the experience hooking and landing this enormous steelhead. Congratulations Mike! Awesome job fighting it! Awesome fish of a lifetime!!
(Mike with his 2nd ever steelhead weighing in at 18lbs)
Until today, Mike had no prior steelhead fishing experience; never caught a steelhead before. Almost impossible to believe his first ever steelhead ends up being a 22 pound wall-hanger and his second steelhead ends up weighing in at 18lbs. Life’s not fair sometimes but Mike truly understands the significance of the steelhead he landed and it couldn’t have happened to a more appreciative and humble man. Great job Mike! Congratulations!! Welcome to my steelhead addiction!!
(Mike’s brother John with a nice spring steelhead)
(Mike with a nice spring steelhead)
(Bert with a colorful spring buck)
(John with a thick spring buck)
Special thanks from left to right to Mike, John, and Bert who made today’s trip one of the most memorable fishing trips I’ve had in a long time. Never seen so many large size steelhead brought to the boat in a single day. Great job guys!!
Water conditions are excellent. Steelhead are still staging in the deeper holes. Water temps finally hit that majical 42 degrees. Game on!
post by: jon fortuna