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Rogue River Fishing Guide - Steelhead, Trout, Smallmouth Bass

The Rogue River is a smaller sized stream just north of Grand Rapids.  This river receives good numbers of Steelhead and offers some classic Steelhead water to intercept them in.  The Rogue also receives a large number of planted Coho Salmon that return in the fall.  The Rogue has perfect water for Fly Fishing or Float Fishing and at times can provide some real big fish number days.  There are also some great trophy sized trout opportunities to be had on this river.  We offer Float trips on a raft that seats 2 and myself as well as walk in trips on this river throughout the year for Steelhead, Trout, Salmon, and Smallmouth. Call us today to book a trip on this Southwest Michigan Gem!Rogue River Steelhead Fishing

 

 

 

 

Big Manistee River Fishing Guide - Salmon, Steelhead, Trout

Big Manistee King Salmon FishingThe Big Manistee River is one of the finest Salmon and Steelhead rivers that we guide and fish on and one of the finest in the Great Lakes region. This river is definitely one of my favorites to fish. The river is over 200 miles in length but all of the Salmon, Steelhead, and other Migratory Trout fishing is done in the last 30 miles of river located below the Tippy Dam. The Big Manistee River is home to the world record Brown Trout, this monster weighed in at 41.7lbs and had a length of just under 44 inches.

Steelhead are available on the Big Manistee River year round. The Big Manistee river gets plants of both Michigan Strain Steelhead and Summer Run Skamania Steelhead. My favorite times to fish this river for Steelhead is from November through January, although the fishing is usually good until late April. I prefer the fall and winter fishing on this river because the crowds are usually lighter than in the spring. The Summer Run Steelhead fishing can be good and is usually best in June and July before the water temps get too high. The Manistee River is a good river to take a guide trip on to get into big numbers of Steelhead. I prefer to have clients float fish this river with floats and spawn but other methods are productive as well.

Salmon fishing on the Big Manistee River is still pretty good to this day. The King Salmon begin running the river in numbers sometime in August, with good numbers usually in the river by early September. My Favorite time to guide and fish for the King Salmon is late August and September, the fish are fresh, silver, and full of energy. Crankbaits and Skein fishing is the way to go with these fresh fish, these methods are big hits with our charter customers. When these fish crash on a crankbait that you are reeling in they will definitely get your blood pumping, it is amazing to feel the sheer power that these fish have. We will pop around and fish the deep holes, runs, and log jams where these BIG KINGS are hanging out in. By October there are usually good numbers of Salmon in the first mile or two below Tippy Dam, this is where most of the spawning gravel is and where most of the fish will spawn. 

Contact me for information on Big Manistee dates as I do not guide on this river year round.

Grand River Fishing Guide - Steelhead, Salmon, Catfish, Bass

The Grand River that runs through Grand Rapids Michigan is one of my favorite rivers to charter fish for Steelhead or guide on, it has excellent fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, and Walleye. Growing up in Grand Rapids our guide service knows the Grand River intimately and we can put you on to the best spots to find these fish. Grand Rapids is the most utilized fishing area on this river but these fish are available in a good part of the rivers length, they can be caught as far up as Lansing in the main-stem, and they can also be caught in many of its tributaries.

Grand River Steelhead FishingThe Steelhead fishery on the Grand River can arguably be called the best in the state. The Steelhead usually start arriving decent in October and will fish well into April. Although the mainstream Grand River is too warm to support natural production of Salmon and Trout species there are a number of tributaries that stay cold in the summer months and they pump out a good amount of wild fish. If you are looking to catch big numbers of Steelhead this river is very capable of that if you know where to look. This river is my home water and I have learned its secrets as only a few others have.

The Salmon fishery on the Grand River is also good when it gets going. These fish usually start showing up in early September and will usually keep showing up into late October. The Grand receives healthy plants of both King (Chinook) and Coho Salmon.

The Grand River is probably most noted for the fishing that is done in the urban setting of 6th Street Dam in Downtown Grand Rapids. We do offer guided trips at the dam but we will usually try to fish less pressured more scenic areas of the river. This river is best suited to a power boat so we will fish this river from a 17ft flat bottom river boat. If you are looking for a guide that truly knows how to catch big numbers of fish in the Grand River give Getting Bit Guide Service a call!

Muskegon River Fishing Guide - Steelhead, Salmon, Trout, Smallmouth Bass

Muskegon River Fishing Guide ServiceThe Muskegon River is less than an hour north of Grand Rapids Michigan and it is an awesome river to take a guide trip fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout. The Muskegon River receives a very strong run of Steelhead and the best fishing or time for a guide trip or charter begins in November and continues into May.

Pere Marquette River Fishing Guide - Salmon, Steelhead, Trout

The Pere Marquette River or "PM" as most call it is one of West Michigan's most famed rivers to fish,it is one of our guide services favorite to charter for King Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout. From the famous King Salmon runs to the top notch Trout fishing, this river is a true gem. This river is a designated blue ribbon trout stream that meanders through the beautiful Manistee National Forest, its main stream length is approximately 67 miles. The river starts just west of Reed City and makes its way west through the town of Baldwin and finally dumps into Pere Marquette Lake in the town of Ludington. We usually guide this river from a 17ft jet boat, but we also offer drift boat trips as well.

Steelhead fishing on this river is awesome for a smaller to mid sized river. They do not plant this river with Steelhead so most of the fish are Wild born fish that were spawned in its waters. PM Steelhead are truly a work of art and they fit right in with the Pere Marquettes classic trout water.

Pere Marquette River King SalmonThe King Salmon fishing on the Pere Marquette River is definitely some of the best fishing in the Great Lakes region, this makes it a big hit with our charter fishing customers. The average size of the King Salmon in this river always seem to be just a bit on the heavy side as well. They do not plant this river with Kings aka Chinook Salmon but the run that returns to the Pere Marquette is one of the best in the state. Some of these fish start to show their presence in July but most of the Kings will start showing in late August through the end of September, with October being a great month for spawning Kings. We like to start chartering this river for Kings starting mid to late August with crankbaits. We will pitch the crankbaits into the deep runs, bend holes, and log jams to entice these huge silver fish into inhaling your crankbait. We will also fish skein (Salmon eggs) on our guide trips for these early fish, properly prepared skein is hard to beat. We have been fishing the Pere Marquette River with skein for Kings since back when there were only a few others doing it, our guide service has the method and egg cure recipes down.


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