Trout are in the river system all year


When winter has let go of its grips and temperatures are on the rise…… spring steelhead are here.  After the first melt and the water levels go up, the steelhead start pouring in the river system.  We fish all different type of methods this time of year, which are: indicator fishing, chuck and duck, swinging and stripping streamers.  This is the time of year that we have the most steelhead in our river system.  Along with the steelhead we also have a lot of trout, which are sitting behind the steelhead feeding on eggs and salmon fry.  This is one of my favorite times of years to fish.  You could be all bundled up in the morning and by mid day you are fishing for giant steelhead in your t-shirt.  If that sounds like your ideal trip this is the time for you.


Durning the Summer I split my time between the Pere Marquette River and the Muskegon River.  May- July, I pretty much stay on the Pere Marquette River chasing the hatches.  Once the water starts to get really warm (Late July to early August) I will start moving to the Muskegon River chasing Smallmouth Bass on the fly.  Whether you are fishing to them with poppers or streamers, pound for pound, this is one of the best warm water fish that our great state has to offer.


Fall is the time of year when King Salmon and Coho Salmon are swimming up the river.  This is a great time of year to take out the kids to get them into some monster salmon and hook them in to fly-fishing.  In addition to the phenomenal salmon fishing that we have this time of year, we also have amazing trout fishing that goes unnoticed.  So if you are looking to sight fish for monster trout, this is the time fall steelhead start coming in.  The fall steelhead run does not have the numbers of fish that the spring time run has, but the fish are much more aggressive.  The fall steelhead has one thing on their mind and that is to eat.  So if you are looking to hook into some feisty steelhead on a streamer this is the time for you.


This time of year is not for fair weather anglers.   You are going to have to put some work into convincing winter steelhead to bite.  However, when you hook that winter steelhead there is nothing quite it.  This is also the time of year when you have the best chance at landing that giant steelhead. During the winter season you have the whole river to yourself and is a great time of year to take care of a little “Cabin Fever”. The scenery is beautiful and a great time of year for some breath taking pictures. If this sounds like your ideal trip this is the time for you.

Trout are in the river system all year