March Steel Madness Begins!

March Steel Madness Begins!

(John with a beautiful “March Madness” steelhead from the Muskegon)

Here’s John pictured with a gorgeous chrome steelhead from his trip this past Saturday.

Remnants from the flood last two weeks are evident with high dirty stained water from more than 11,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) flow, which equates to approximately 10 to 15 feet higher water levels than normal spring flows of 3,000 to 4,000 cfs.   This recent flood was one of the biggest to hit the Muskegon river in the past 10 years.

Good numbers of steelhead are in the river system now with several more on the move up stream in the cover of high dirty water.  Water temps are hovering around the 36 degree point.  With this upcoming cold spell hitting this week the water temps will hold in place.  Next week’s warm up coupled with rain and warmer nights will help water temps to climb to that magic 42 degree ideal spawning temp.  The stage is being set, only a few weeks away from the start of the spring steelhead run!

post by: jon fortuna

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