Fall is an absolutely beautiful time of year to fish the Muskegon river here in Michigan. The annual migration of king salmon start to enter the river system and along with it the fall steelhead and lake run browns follow suite up river in search of salmon roe discharged from actively spawning king salmon.
Trout fishing with dry flies also picks up as water temps cool and the caddis fly hatch starts to explode sending the resident trout into a feeding frenzy.
Fishing options are endless. Whether its a 30+ lb king salmon you seek ripping across the water, a fall steelhead burning your fly reel into its backing, or large size trout feeding top water on dry flies. Fall fishing on the Muskegon has a lot to offer!
Early September through October offers some of the best fall dry fly fishing for trout as the cooler water and air temps produce some excellent caddis hatches sending the trout into a massive feeding frenzy. It doesn’t get much better than watching a 20+ inch trout smashing your dry fly top water as the fish rips into your backing on a light 5 weight fly rod.
Mid September through early November offers the best King salmon fishing on the Muskegon river. During this time frame, it’s not uncommon to hook up to 30lb kings. If you never experienced the sheer power of these massive kings on light-weight fly gear, you’ve got to try it out! King salmon fishing also offers a great opportunity to bring your kids along for a great experience outdoors hooking some of the largest big game fish on the Muskegon river. The hook-ups on king salmon are continuous and the action is hot! Fall salmon fishing is an excellent way to introduce your kids to the sport of freshwater big game fishing!
It doesn’t get any better than fall steelhead fishing on the Muskegon when the fall steelhead start entering the river system around the second week of October and stay well through to the following spring run. The Muskegon river fall steelhead provide the hardest fighting fresh water big game fish in North America bar-none! The sheer exhilaration when these steelhead strike sending your reel into its backing in seconds coupled with the chrome bullet relentless aerial assaults is absolutely incredible! If you haven’t experienced fighting fall steelhead on a fly rod you owe it to yourself to give it a try! You won’t be disappointed!
Fall fishing dates are filling up fast so don’t wait! Book now!!
Half day evening trips (3:30 to dark) are also available throughout the month of September & October.
post by: jon fortuna