Muskegon River Fishing Report – November 22, 2022 – Newaygo, Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI resident and long time guest and friend Chuck, with a great Muskegeon river steelhead.

The Muskegon river went through a wirlwind of conditions over the last 4+ days that put the fish into a lockdown with record snowfall, high winds, fluctuating air temperatures and dropping water temperature. Needless to say, the fish were a little fickle, but we’re hoping to see this change in the days ahead as weather stabilizes. Click here for current and forecasted weather for the Newaygo, Michigan area – https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/newaygo/49337/weather-forecast/2227651

With both fly fishing and conventional equipment, we’re now fishing all kinds of water for both migratory steelhead and resident Brown and Rainbow trout. From fast water runs of early fall steelheading, to slower pools and slot runs of mid winter steelheading.

I’ve fished up around the Newaygo area, as well as 25+ river miles down stream, closer to Muskegon itself over the last week+ and both have put up fish, but the action we had up to a week+ ago has begun to slow down, as it will when river levels and temperatures drop, which they have over the course of that time frame. Click here for current Musekgon river water flow data – https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=04121970

There are still fish to be caught though and they DO need to eat, so it’s simply a matter of putting in your time, fish “smarter, not harder”, cover water and capitalize on the opportunities you get.

Muskegon River Fishing Report

We are amidst the fall and early winter steelhead run on the Muskegon river in the Newaygo, Michigan area now and will be through December and mother nature willing, into the New Year.

With both fly fishing and conventional equipment. we’re pursuing the Great Lakes Jewel of game fish….fall steelhead ! With incredible speed and acrobatics, they can provide a battle like no other fresh water fish.

River levels and temperatures have dropped a bit in recent days due to the arrival of “winter” conditions, but it IS mid November and we were due for this sooner than later !

Katrina came from OH with her dad Craig and holds a GREAT Muskegon river steelhead….