The fall season finds migratory Chinook and Coho salmon coming out of lake Michigan and entering their natal rivers on their annual spawning run from late August - early October. Fall Steelhead are right behind them and considered by many to be the "crown jewel" of fresh water big game fish and prime time for them is from October through December.
Winter is a tranquil time to get out on the river, with steelhead in the rivers to fish for and some of the best nymph fishing with lighter fly rods in pursuit of rainbow and brown trout. Many steelhead "winter over" in the river, so they're available through winter and are joined by others who come in from lake Michigan for their spring spawning run from mid March - mid May.
Late spring and early summer finds the Muskegon river in west Michigan boasting some of the best insect hatches and dry fly fishing for resident rainbow and brown trout that can be found anywhere in the Midwest. Caddis and mayfly hatches bring heavy shouldered trout to the surface throughout the day at times, allowing for some wonderful surface action.
Late summer finds the best Smallmouth bass fishing on various west Michigan rivers, and we guide on many of them, including the Grand, Kalamazoo, upper and lower Muskegon and the Flat river, all in west Michigan and a short drive from Grand Rapids.
Come late August, we start looking for the first of our salmon to begin finding their home rivers and the cycle begins again !
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