Muskegon River

Live vicariously through our daily fishing experiences.
Only second to the Grand River, the Muskegon River is the second longest river in Michigan stretching from the Houghton Lake area to Muskegon Lake before flowing on to Lake Michigan. It is approximately 41 miles from Croton Dam in near Newaygo, Michigan to Lake Michigan. Croton Dam is a hydro dam that was built in 1907.

Known as the “River of Marshes”, anglers experience fun-filled days on the water fighting to catch the rainbow trout that were stocked in the river during the 1870s and the salmon later on in the 1960s.
Guided trips are offered year round for steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass, and salmon. Steelhead dates are October thru May; mid-June thru mid-August for smallmouth bass; and mid-September thru October for salmon.
September 13, 2023
Fall Salmon Fishing on the Muskegon River:

As Fall salmon season gets under way on the Muskegon River, new fishing reports coming soon. Stay tuned!

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April 11, 2022
Spring Fishing Still Going Well on the Muskegon River:

Spring fishing is still going well on the Muskegon River despite recent weather. The water is high and cold but still has good clarity, which has fishing pretty good right now. Fishing should be good well into May. Brian and Joel fished with me on April 7th and put many pre-spawn fish in the boat. […]

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March 15, 2022
Muskegon River Spring Steelhead Fishing:

Water levels are low, but fishing has been good. Not many spring fish in the upper river but it will not be long with some 50-degree days in the forecast.

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March 29, 2021
Muskegon River Spring Steelhead Fishing:

This was the first time on the Muskegon River this spring and it did not disappoint. We had a mix of chrome and dark fish that included fish of all sizes along with a just-shy of 30 inch walleye. Overall the fishing is good since the fish have begun to dig redds but most of […]

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September 8, 2020
September 8, 2020:

There are very few salmon in the upper stretches of the river currently. I have heard reports that there are some in Muskegon Lake and the lower part of the river.

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July 30, 2020
July 30, 2020:

Smallmouth fishing is going good right now and should remain that way for a few more weeks. The Muskegon River is low and too warm to be chasing trout. King Salmon and Fall steelhead are just around the corner so now is the tie to start planning your trip as days are filling up quickly!

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March 18, 2020
March 18, 2020:

I have not made it to the Muskegon River yet but I hear that it is fishing okay. The water temperature is 37 degrees; however, it will not be long before the fall/winter fish will be staging to spawn. I would focus on the deeper, slower water in the mornings; and if that is not […]

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