Winter arrives this week!
Wow, what a nice fall it has been, river conditions on most rivers were great all fall. Finally a year where we were not doing the rain dance every day. Water levels were up and the fishing was decent. No real big number days but consistent fishing day in and day out for us. We have been float fishing for the most part, but also ran some flyfishing trips. The fish are still running up the river and once the weather cools off we should see the fishing improve as water temps drop and drive the fish into their winter holding pools. Cool weather will also give the fish a much needed break. I’m looking forward to getting a few hours of fishing in myself in the coming weeks. Smaller beads in natural colors have been the best for us.
Remember gift certificates make great holiday gifts, full and half day trips available.
Winter half day specials start on Dec 15th. $200 for 1-2 people on the Muskegon river 4 hours of fishing.
I transitioned to guiding on the Muskegon about 10 days ago, there were some kings at that time, but they were pooled up in about 5 pools. The river was very low and navigating the shallows was spooky to say the least. Well…we have received some much needed precipitation now, and the river is up a few inches. More kings have poured into the system and the salmon fishing has improved. The middle of last week I began looking for some fall steelhead, we fished hard, covered a bunch of spots and found a few. The steelhead numbers should be on the rise with every rainfall we get. Cooler days and night will help as well. River temps are still about 61 degrees. Another big help would be some big winds from the east to flip the lake, the nearshore waters are very warm.
The kings are spread out well from the pools and runs to the spawning areas. Look for steelhead and some nice river trout to be around the salmon looking for the easy meals.
Its time to book those fall steelhead trips, still some great dates available.
Summer or fall?
Record high temps are blasting Michigan and putting the hurting on the fall fishing in our rivers. Water temps are higher than normal and lack of rain has them in very low levels. That aside….we are still getting into a few fish each trip, landing some…loosing some. The size is still running on the large side, heard of a few fish over 30 landed this fall out of the rivers. We have been casting crankbaits and float fishing with skein each day. Working for our bites….but at least the bites are legit! Mouth hooked fish that ate because they made the choice to.
We still have some dates available for salmon, steelhead season is filling up as well. Call soon and lock in your trips.
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