Big Kings, Skamania, and Smallmouth Bass

It looks like this will be a year to remember as far as big King Salmon go.  There seems to be a better number of Kings out in the lake this year over the past few years and they are huge.  There have been numbers of 30 plus pound fish showing up in catches out on the lake and a buddy landed one that was over 41lbs while working a charter out of Muskegon this past week.  If you are looking to get a trophy King Salmon this would be the year to do it.  I have a few days left for Kings so give me a call and get availability.  I am also booking for October, November, and December Steelhead fishing.  I am guessing that the size of the steelhead should follow suit with the size of the Kings and we should see some real trophy sized steelhead as well this year.  Smallmouth Bass, Skamania Steelhead, and Walleye fishing has been pretty good and should continue through the rest of the summer.  I have a few days left this month to chase those as well.  I have 2 new water craft this year to fish out of and new Shimano and G.Loomis rods and reels for you to use.  We have the option of fishing out of a new custom 18ft jet sled or a 3 person Stealthcraft fishing raft on smaller water.

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Skamania, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and King Salmon Fishing

Hard to believe it is almost mid July already.  We have been doing good lately for Smallmouth Bass with some Walleye mixed in.  The Skamania fishing has been really good this year on some of the rivers here in SW Michigan.  If you want to get out this Summer on a guide trip I still have a fair amount of dates in August that are open.  King Salmon fishing will start up in August for us as well, if you want to get out and try for some early Kings on crankbaits these are the hardest fighting fish of the year.  There have been a fair amount of Kings coming in a smaller river up north for the past month or better and a few have been caught and seen in other rivers as well so hopefully that is a good sign for this fall.  For September and October I still have some dates available and will have some options to choose from.  I will be offering jet boat trips out of a new 18ft jet sled as well as trips from the Stealthcraft Hooligan XL 3 person fishing raft.  The raft opens up fishing on some of the smaller rivers for us.  We can go chase King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, or Smallmouth depending on what you want to go after this coming September and October.  If you want to get out for our fall/winter run of Steelhead book your dates early so I can get you out on the date that you want.  We can catch them however you wish to go after them, if you want to float fish or back bounce for the best numbers of fish we can do that or if you would rather cast hardware and feel the powerful bite or plug fish we can do that as well. 

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Smallmouth Bass, Skamania, and more

Summer is here and Smallmouth Bass fishing should continue to be good on the rivers as long as they are in shape.  If you are looking to get in on some good bass fishing on the Grand River or Muskegon River I have some prime dates in July and August open.  Skamania or Summer Run Steelhead have been along the lake shore depending on the water temperatures and a few have been coming into the rivers.  If you want to get out after some of these we can either get in on some lake shore action or we can do some river fishing.  King Salmon fishing is just around the corner for some of our area rivers and the fish I have seen this year on the lake have been very healthy.  We have already brought multiple 20lb fish to the net while fishing Kings when they have been around the shorelines this Spring and early Summer.  I have about half of my dates already booked for September and early October for Kings on the Pere Marquette, Manistee, and Muskegon Rivers.  I was possibly going to do some late August and early September trips on the Betsie river out of a 3 person fishing raft if there is any interest as well.  If you want to get out this year on a guide trip and toss some crankbaits, plug, float and backbounce skein for King Salmon get with me soon.  

Muskegon River and Grand River Smallmouth Bass, Trout, Walleye, and Northern Pike

The Steelhead run is winding down on the Muskegon River.  There are some straggler steelhead still around on the Mo but not many, the brown trout and resident rainbow bite has been decent.  Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Pike fishing should be decent once the water drops on the Grand River, Kalamazoo, and other area tributaries and lakes.  If you are interested in a trip this Summer let me know, I will be doing both morning and afternoon trips out of my jet boat and 3 person fishing raft.  Summer run Steelhead trips are also available both on the rivers and on the lakeshore when conditions are right.  



Muskegon River Steelhead and Smallmouth Bass fishing

Steelhead fishing has been decent lately with some really good days and some tough days mixed in.  I would say that the Steelhead run is winding down on most rivers, we have not seen very many fresh fish showing up and we are catching more and more drop backs everyday.  The Grand is really high and dirty, I would not go near it at the current level.  The Muskegon has been at a good level with good clarity.  

As much as I love Steelhead I am looking forward to some other species.  Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Skamania are right around the corner so if you want to get out on the river or lake let me know and we can get a date set up.  I will be offering Smallmouth trips this summer out of both my jet boat and a 3 person Stealth craft fishing raft.  The raft will be great for getting into some smaller water that is not accessible in a jet boat.

Muskegon River Steelhead


Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing

Fishing has been really good for Steelhead the past few weeks.  We have been catching good numbers of fish everyday and we are seeing some larger than average sized fish this year.  The Grand River near Grand Rapids as well as upstream all the way up to Webber dam has been good.  The Muskegon River has been good from Croton dam to the lower river.  We should see some good fishing until the end of April by the looks of it as long as we do not get a big warm up that sticks around.

Smallmouth Bass season is right around the corner.  We have some great fishing on our area rivers for Smallmouth from May through September if anyone is looking to book a date.  I am offering jet boat trips as well as smaller water trips on a 3 person fishing raft this year.  Walleye and Skamania are other options for the Summer months as well.



Spring Steelhead Fishing on the Grand River and Muskegon River

Spring Steelhead have been showing up on the Grand River and Muskegon River over the past couple of weeks.  Water levels have been high and dirty on the Grand River but should drop as long as we do not get a bunch of rain.  The Muskegon has been running high with a good color but we have not seen a big run of fresh fish yet.  Fishing has been good on some of the smaller rivers around around West Michigan with a mix of spawned out fish, fresh fish, and darker winter fish.  The 6th street dam area in Grand Rapids should start heating up for biting fish as the water clears.  We have been catching our fish on both spawn bags and beads lately, plugs have caught fish when we have put the time into plugging as well.  I still have a few days left this spring and if I do not have the day open that you need I can see if another one of the guides that I work with does.  If you are interested in a walk in or a trip on a smaller river in a 3 person Stealth craft hooligan xl raft those trips are available through Getting Bit Guide Service as well.  I will try to get up some fresh pictures as well when I get some more free time.

I am booking Smallmouth trips at this time as well for later this Spring and Summer so if you would like to book a trip for those get with me.  We can do trips on the larger rivers out of the jet boat or we can fish smaller water from a fishing raft.


Steelhead Fishing on the Muskegon River and Grand River

Steelhead Fishing has been good on the Muskegon and Grand River when the weather lets us get out.  It looks like the temperatures are going to moderate this week and give us some temperatures in the 30s and 40s.  I still have some Winter dates open if you are looking to get out before Spring.  If you are looking to get into or try Centerpin float fishing let me know and I can bring a couple of centerpin set ups along.  We can always sit back and plug fish if you are looking to do that as well.  Plug fishing is a good way to sit back and relax while you wait for a fish to hit, you can sit back and keep your hands warm while I work the boat and plugs.  If you are looking to get out this Spring for Steelhead give me a call sooner than later so we can set up a date that works out best for you.  Below are a few pictures of some doubles and triples from this Winter.

Muskegon River Steelhead Fishing


Winter Steelhead Fishing on the Muskegon and Grand River

Steelhead Fishing has been good for us at Getting Bit Guide Service.  The Muskegon River and Grand River have been fishing good for Steelhead when the weather permits.  We have mainly been float fishing but plug fishing has been good when we have done that as well.  6th street dam area in Grand Rapids on the Grand River should be fishing good when the water drops if you are looking to shore fish, try some jigs and waxworms.  I still have some winter dates open for January and February.

Muskegon River and Grand River Steelhead Fishing Guide Trips

Steelhead fishing is good on the Grand River and Muskegon River with the recent rains that we have had.  We have been doing good on our guided trips everyday with a mix of chrome and dark fish.  Float fishing, bottom bouncing, and plug fishing has been taking fish.  The fish have been spread out pretty good on the Muskegon River from top to bottom, the Grand River has had a few good pushes of fish that have went up past Grand Rapids and new fish arriving as well.  6th street dam has been fishing good for Steelhead with the higher water.

Give me a call or email if you want to get out on a guided steelhead trip this Winter or Spring.

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