Steelhead fishing continues to be good for us here in West Michigan. We have had a few slower days but for the most part we have had some good fishing with some huge fish tossed in. With the last round of rain and snowmelt we have had a good rise in the river levels that should set us up nicely for the Winter with a fresh push of Steelhead. December is a great month to book a trip as the fish are in the rivers good and we usually see some of the largest Steelhead of the year hit the net at this time. Looking ahead, January and February are great months as well as long as mother nature lets us get out. The scenery is great during the Winter months and Steelheading is a great way to beat cabin fever. I have gift certificates for those that are looking for a great gift idea for your loved ones, they can be purchased for any amount towards a trip and can be used year round. Below is a sample of the fish we have caught lately.
Steelhead are running large!
Steelhead fishing has been pretty good overall. We have had days where we are getting into really good numbers and days that we have to work for them but the fish we are getting into are quality fish. Just like the Salmon we have seen this year we are seeing some oversized Steelhead as well. If you are looking for a trophy sized Steelhead this is a year where your chances are higher than usual to find one. We just got a bunch of rain and we have some cold temperatures coming so the fish should come in pretty good and give us a good fall/winter fishery. I have some days myself in December and throughout the Winter if you want to get out with me on the river. I also have another guide that has some days open scattered through November and December as well. December is a great month to get out, we can catch Steelhead using a variety of techniques. If you want to stay busy and do more of a hands on type of trip we float fish, cast hardware, and bottom bounce bait. If you would rather sit back and relax let me know and we can put some plugs out and watch rods get hammered. If anyone is looking for a gift idea I have gift certificates, a guided trip is a great gift for Christmas or Birthdays.
Steelhead are here!
The cooler weather has kicked the Steelhead fishing into gear, there are still Salmon around as well. We have been catching some nice sized Steelhead so far this fall, they have been really well fed fish. Early Fall Steelhead are the hardest fighting of the year and they are super aggressive. The King Salmon are winding down but there are still fishable numbers around if you want to go after those at the moment. If you are looking to get out this Fall or Winter on the Grand River, Muskegon River, White River, Rogue River, or Pere Marquette give us a call or Email. Below is a sample of some of the fish we have been catching.
King Salmon, Steelhead, and Coho Salmon
King Salmon fishing has been good to great most days lately. We have landed numerous 30 plus pound fish this week and lots of 25 to 29lb fish. We have been catching some steelhead as well depending on where and what we are using for bait, we have also caught a few coho as well. King fishing should remain decent for a few weeks yet and steelhead fishing should pick up over the next couple of weeks.
King Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Skamania
King Salmon fishing on the rivers is still slow, the water is too warm and a little bit of rain would help as well. The Lake fishing has been slow to good depending on the day and what port you are fishing. The mature King Salmon that are being caught are huge on average, 30 pound fish have been caught daily out on the lake it seems. We should start seeing these fish hit the pier heads and rivers soon.
Smallmouth Bass fishing has been good with the dry and hot weather. We have been catching good numbers of fish daily with some good sized fish mixed in with the smaller and average sized ones. We have been catching a few Walleye as well while going after Smallmouth Bass, usually 2 to 4 a trip and they have been good sized fish.
There are a few Skamania around in the area rivers but numbers have been down this Summer unless you have been fishing the way southern end of the lake and the tribs down that way.
I purchased a 20 foot Alumaweld Intruder this summer and it has been inspected and is ready to run trips. The boat is easily trailerable so I can take it to different ports depending on where the bite is. I plan on offering some different types of trips in the future. Spring Coho trolling and casting, jigging and casting for trout and salmon, trolling for trout and salmon, and more. I will provide more info in the future on this website but if you have questions drop me an email or call.
Smallmouth Bass fishing is Hot! King Salmon, Coho, Steelhead, and Lake Trout!
Smallmouth Bass fishing on the Grand River and Muskegon River has been good. We have been picking up Walleye and the occasional Pike as well while fishing for Smallmouth. We should have some good Smallmouth Bass fishing well into September if you are looking to get out this Summer. A few Kings are starting to show back up on our side of Lake Michigan and the numbers should improve as we move into mid July. There are some really Big King Salmon this year out on the lake with many over 30 pounds already being caught by the trollers, we should see some real beasts when they hit the rivers this fall. Coho, Steelhead, and Lake Trout fishing has been good on the lake depending on what port you are fishing out of, again the size of the Coho and Steelhead is above average for this time of year. I have booked up a lot of my Salmon days for this September and early October so if you want to get out let me know and we can hopefully get a date together. I have another guide that has some dates open as well this fall including weekends if I do not have the day open that you need. We have Jet boats, a drift boat, a 3 man fishing raft, and a lake boat to cover all bases so give me a call to catch some trophy sized fish.
Smallmouth Bass, Summer Run Steelhead, King Salmon, and Walleye
King Salmon fishing has been great this Spring out on Lake Michigan. We are seeing good numbers and the size has been impressive as well. We have been catching a good number of Coho Salmon as well when venturing off shore. Smallmouth Bass fishing should get going good with the water levels dropping and temperatures warming up. Smallmouth Bass fishing is a great way to spend a summer day. The weather, scenery, and action is usually top notch. The Skamania are not too far off now, there have been some picked off from the piers along the lake shore and a few should start to trickle into the rivers. Walleye fishing should pick up as well when the river levels drop some on the Grand River. I just picked up another boat to run trips for trolling , jigging, and casting on Lake Michigan. It is a 20 foot Alumaweld Intruder so it is trailerable and easy to follow the fish up and down the lake if need be. I hope to have it all set up how I want and inspected by the DNR as soon as possible. I will post more info on the trips that will be available on the new boat later on when it is ready. If you are looking to get out on the river this fall for King Salmon get a hold of me as soon as possible as my dates are filling in. Don't miss out, we should have some massive sized fish this year judging by the size of the Salmon we have seen already on Lake Michigan.
Spring Steelhead and Smallmouth Bass
Spring Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River is wrapping up with a few new fish still coming in but most are either spawning or dropping back out to the lake at this point. The Walleye fishing has been decent on area rivers and the Smallmouth Bass bite has been heating up as well. King Salmon fishing should be heating up on Lake Michigan with the warmer weather that we have had. It sounds like they are getting some big King Salmon over 20 pounds out of the southern ports of Lake Michigan. If you want to book a Spring or Summer guide trip for Smallmouth, Skamania Steelhead, King Salmon, or Walleye get ahold of me via the contact page or give me a call at 616-570-2946. We offer trips out of our Jet Boats, Fishing raft, and Drift Boats. Below are some pictures from this Spring Steelhead Season.
Winter Steelhead Fishing is here!
Steelhead fishing has been good for us lately with the cold weather setting in. Like the King Salmon that we caught this fall the Steelhead seem to be larger than usual, they fed well while out in the lake. If you want to get out for a 4 or 6hr trip this winter give me a call and we can schedule a trip. My Spring trips are starting to book so if you want to do a Spring trip in March or April let me know so we can get a date in before they fill up.
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Here are a few recent pictures.