Skamania (Summer Run) Steelhead

Skamania Steelhead Fishing Guide ServiceSkamania Pier FishingSkamania are a Steelhead Strain that run the rivers usually during the summer months, from June through September.  They are among the hardest fighting fish that Michigan has to offer.  Skamania Steelhead go absolutely crazy when hooked, they are very acrobatic and take long runs before wearing down.  We use light spinning tackle to catch Skamania and if the fight of one of these monsters does not do it for you then I do not know what will.  These fish can be caught trolling in lake Michigan, off from the piers along the Lake Michigan shoreline, as well as in the rivers here in West Michigan.  Getting Bit Guide Service offers trips for Skamania in the area rivers such as the St. Joe, Grand River, Big Manistee, and others.  If you are looking for a pier Skamania and King Salmon fishing trip we also offer those on some of the West Michigan piers.     

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass are pound for pound some of the hardest fighting freshwater fish out there.  They are aggressive and they tend to bite all day during the Summer months here in West Michigan.  We usually start our Smallmouth trips in May when the Steelhead fishing slows down and the water temperatures start to rise.  

The Muskegon River, Kalamazoo River, and Grand River here in West Michigan are great fisheries, they provide great numbers and produce good sized fish as well.  We usually target Smallmouth Bass on the rivers with light spinning tackle or fly rods.  June, July, August, and early September are excellent months to chase these fish as you will usually have consistent action throughout the day.  The weather is usually nice this time of year and the scenery is top notch on our West Michigan rivers.  If you are looking for a relaxing float down the river catching some hard fighting fish come on out and enjoy a day of Smallmouth fishing.

Muskegon River Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Coho Salmon

Michigan River Fishing for Coho Salmon

Like the Chinook, coho are native to the Pacific coast of North America, and to parts of Asia. They were introduced into the Great Lakes in 1873 but the first successful plantings weren't until 1966. There was much excitement amount anglers and fish managers when coho made their first spawning run in the fall of 1967. Since that time, the coho has become a popular sport fish, in fact people come from all over the world to fish Michigan's great coho fishery.

Grand River Coho Salmon Fishing

Coho spawning runs up tributary rivers occur from early September to early October. Females excavate a nest in a tributary stream's gravel bed. Both adult die soon after spawning. The next spring the eggs hatch and the young remain in the gravel for 2-3 weeks. When they emerge (March to July), some migrate down river almost immediately. Most, however, wait a year or longer before descending to the lake.Once in the lake, they stay near shore for a few months, then seek deeper waters.  

Manistee River Coho Salmon FishingCoho are very aggressive in Nature which makes them a great fish to pursue when they hit the rivers.  We usually pursue them with light tackle and use a variety of techniques to give your arms a work out.


Atlantic Salmon

Michigan Atlantic Salmon Fishing Guide ServiceOne of the most prized game fish in the world, Atlantic salmon are heralded for their leaping and fighting ability. Although they were once native to Lake Ontario, they were extirpated from the Great Lakes before 1900. Named for their home range in the North Atlantic Ocean, these fish have been transplanted into the upper Great Lakes and a world-class fishery for them has developed in the St. Marys River.

Though planted in the Boyne and the Au Sable Rivers as early at 1972, Atlantics did not flourish. The state has maintained a fishery in Torch Lake in Antrim County with stocked fish and some natural reproduction in the tributaries has been noted.

The fishery in the St. Marys River rapids is top-notch, by far the best recreational Atlantic salmon fishery west of the East Coast. It is maintained by an annual stocking program, run by Lake Superior State's Aquatic Lab in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources.

Our Atlantic Salmon fishing trips are during the months of July and August.  Atlantic Salmon are hard fighting and very acrobatic when hooked.  We pursue these fish using spinning, centerpin, and fly fishing gear.  It is not uncommon to catch a variety of species while pursuing the Atlantic Salmon.  Whitefish, Steelhead, Cisco, and Walleye are just some of the other species that are by-catch while fishing for the Salmon Salar.

Lake Run Brown Trout and Lake Trout

Muskegon River Brown Trout FishingLake Run Brown Trout and Lake Trout are usually caught as by-catch while on our guide trips for Salmon and Steelhead. The Lake Run Browns usually start showing up in late October and some will winter over in the rivers until February or March. These fish can grow to very large proportions and Michigan is home to the world record Brown Trout. Lake Trout will usually start showing up sometime in November and are usually gone by January. When the Lakers are around they are feeding machines.

Michigan Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead aka Lake Run Rainbow Trout usually start to show up in fishable numbers in West Michigan rivers by early October, we start our guided trips for steelhead around the 10th. The October steelhead are my favorite, they are in top condition and show so by providing many jumps and long line burning runs. Usually by November the steelhead fishing is going strong in the Grand, Muskegon, and Big Manistee and big number days can be had most days.

Winter is a great time to get out on a charter and get into Steelhead as well on rivers such as the Grand River, the Muskegon River, and the Big Manistee. There are usually less anglers on the water and the fish will congregate into the deeper slower water making them very predictable. We supply a heater for the boat during the winter months to keep you comfortable in-between fighting fish. Any warm up or melt off in January, February, or March will usually bring in new Spring fish here in Michigan, depending on how many come in, it can be really hot fishing. The spring fishing usually gets going good on the Grand River sometime in February and the Muskegon River is a little bit later into March, depending on the weather and river the Spring peak can be in late March or sometime in April.

Although we usually float fish for steelhead with Centerpin or spinning rods and reels we also use the methods of dropping back or trolling plugs, back bouncing eggs, and flyfishing.

We mainly fish the Grand River, Muskegon River, Pere Marquette River, and the Big Manistee River for Steelhead but also offer drift boat and walk in trips on some of the smaller waters such as the White, Rogue, and other area tributaries.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing Guide Service

Michigan Salmon Fishing - King Salmon, Coho Salmon

Pere Marquette River King Salmon Fishing Guide ServiceChinook Salmon aka King Salmon are known for their sheer power and speed, Michigan still has some of these fish in rivers that we guide on such as the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee. These fish usually average around 15-20lbs with some fish up to 35lbs mixed in. They will definitely surprise you with their power when they try to take the rod out of your hand as they smash your crankbait. We usually start targeting these fish in the Michigan rivers in mid to late August depending on the weather and continue to fish them into mid to late October.

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