Author Archives: Jon Fortuna

Gonna Need A Bigger Net!

Gonna Need A Bigger Net!

Greg from Big Rapids, MI with an absolute monster Muskegon river steelhead. A new push of rain has raised the water levels once again on the Muskegon and has brought new steelhead up river.  With the cold start to the spring run and the excellent flows with water temps finally getting into the ideal mid-40… Continue Reading

Crimson Red Steel!

Crimson Red Steel!

Bob from Madison, WI with a beautiful uniquely crimson red colored Muskegon river steelhead. A new push of rain has raised the water levels once again on the Muskegon and has brought new steelhead up river.  With the cold start to the spring run and the excellent flows with water temps finally getting into the… Continue Reading

May Chrome!

May Chrome!

Paul from Madison, WI with a beautiful chromed out Muskegon river steelhead. A new push of rain has raised the water levels once again on the Muskegon and has brought new steelhead up river.  With the cold start to the spring run and the excellent flows with water temps finally getting into the ideal mid-40… Continue Reading

Brother Ben!

Brother Ben!

Here’s my younger brother Ben from La Crosse, WI.  Ben is an excellent trout angler successfully fishing the Driftless area of Wisconsin for years. Ben has sent me endless photos of monster brown trout he’s caught fishing Wisconsin and surrounding area small creeks and streams. Here’s brother Ben holding one of several killer steelhead that… Continue Reading

Go With The Flow!

Go With The Flow!

Here’s Kurt from Ann Arbor, MI with an exceptional day bringing several nice steelhead to the boat throughout the day. The new increased flows from yesterdays heavy rain have brought yet another push of new steelhead up river. Warmer water temps finally in the mid 40’s have increased the steelheads metabolism making them act more aggressive… Continue Reading

It’s All About Feelings!

It’s All About Feelings!

Here’s my great friend Amy (Bob’s daughter) from Madison, WI with an absolute beast of a Male Muskegon river steelhead. Start of the trip Amy explained it very well and I agree.  “It’s all about feelings.”  Feeling of making that great cast, feeling of running that perfect drift, and feeling of that hard stop when… Continue Reading

36-Inches Of Twisted Red Steel!

36-Inches Of Twisted Red Steel!

Here’s my great friend from Madison, WI.  Bob with an absolute brute of a steelhead measuring in at a solid 36-inches and bottoming out my boga grips well over 20 pounds.  Great job Bob!  Incredible steelhead! The numbers of steelhead compared to other years might not be the best but the size of the steelhead… Continue Reading

Winter Just Doesn’t Want To Let Go!

Winter Just Doesn’t Want To Let Go!

Steelhead fishing conditions are perfect!  Flows have dropped from 5000cfs to mid 4500cfs and the water is starting to clear.  Water temps are just starting to hover around that ideal water temp of 42 degrees. This prolonged recent cold spell mixed with precipitation is exactly what’s needed to trigger new fish up river and lengthen… Continue Reading

Spring Steel Fever!

Spring Steel Fever!

Here’s Jim from Ft. Wayne, IN joining me for the first time for some spring steelhead fishing with some outstanding Muskegon river steelhead brought to the boat.  Congrats Jim!  Nice steelhead!! Steelhead fishing conditions are perfect!  Flows have dropped from 5000cfs to mid 4500cfs and the water is starting to clear.  Water temps are just… Continue Reading

Getting It Done!

Getting It Done!

Here the famous Greg “One Cast Keys” with a pig of a Muskegon river steelhead. Wider around his mid section than total length this ball of steel fought like hell!  Great fish Greg! Killer fight!   The steelhead this season have been running BIG! Not to be outdone here’s Bert from Rodney, MI with a chromed… Continue Reading