Muskegon River Fishing Report – Newaygo, MI – September 22, 2015

Muskegon River Fishing Report – Newaygo, MI – September 22, 2015

Pere Marquette salmon fishing
Steve, from mid Michigan, with a “sampling” of his catch while fishing the Pere Marquette recently with friend Jeff and myself.

The Muskegon river near Newaygo, MI is presently running a little above average flows for this time of early fall, but in very good shape considering the lack of consistent rains we’ve had over the past few weeks.  With cooler days and especially some rather chilly nights, water temperature is beginning to drop as well.

Resident Rainbow and Brown trout are seeing some late summer Green Caddis hatches to bring them to the surface, Smallmouth bass are packing on the feedbag in preparation of colder weather and we have migratory Chinook salmon in the river system and working their way up river for their eventual spawning activity in the weeks ahead.

I’m presently wrapping up the last of my annual fall Pere Marquette river salmon trips, which is where I have been for the last month or so, fishing primarily spin gear/bait and tackle, in the lower river close to Ludington.  We’ve had better success in the lower river so far this fall than many are having while fishing the mid and upper sections, closer to Baldwin itself.  I will continue trips there, along with a few on the Manistee river in the next week or two, then switch rivers for the rest of fall and begin my Muskegon river guide trips in mid October with a couple salmon trips, followed by fall steelhead from late October through mid December.

Pere Marquette salmon
Allison, from SW Michigan, with her first lower Pere Marquette river salmon !

Based on river conditions and fish activity, I may have both fly and light spin tackle gear on board for many outings this fall, as we’re able to fish certain water differently with spin gear than we do fly fishing.

Present water temperature in the upper 60’s.