Muskegon River Spring Steelhead Fishing Report – April 8, 2015

Muskegon River

Muskegon River Steelhead

Jack with a nice Muskegon river spring steelhead, John looks on…..but got his fish as well!

The Muskegon river near Newaygo, MI is NOW running at average flows for this time of spring, but sure to change as water levels rise due to the heavy rains that came through west Michigan last night and this morning.

The spring steelhead run is in full swing, with new fish arriving in the Muskegon river, fresh out of lake Michigan on their annual voyage.

Muskegon river steelhead

John, with one of his own !

We are pursuing them with both fly fishing and light spin tackle gear, in “staging” grounds near their spawning grounds.  For the fly fisher, indicator nymphing rigs, swinging streamers, as well as “chuck and duck” drift fishing, will all produce with varying results.  The spin angler will do best either bottom bouncing, much like chuck and duck, or running float/bobber rigs.  As spawning activity increases, both egg flies and nymph patterns, such as green caddis, pheasant tails and black or brown stone flies, will produce. 

Muskegon river steelhead

Vince, from SE Michigan, with a great Muskegon river steelhead…..NICELY DONE V !!!!!

Water levels are sure to come up in the next day+, so things are about to get REAL interesting, REAL quick !!

Present water temperature in the low 40’s.