Muskegon River Fishing Report – July 12, 2021 – Newaygo, Michigan

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Muskegon River Fishing Report – July 12, 2021 – Newaygo, Michigan

Evan fished with cousin Austin and Grandpa Chuck recently and displays one of his many Smallmouth caught that day.

The Muskegon river fishing report for July 12, 2021 in the Newaygo, Michigan area is focused on the literal buffet of fish species that we’re finding in recent outings.  From resident Brown and Rainbow trout, to Smallmouth bass, Northern pike, Alligator Gar pike, Walleye, Rock bass,…you never know what any given cast may get you right now !

With a really bad spring and early summer of low river levels and rapidly rising river temperatures, the fish have had to adjust at regular intervals.  With fluctuating river levels over the last couple weeks, coupled with water temps that went from low 60’s in early June, to over 70 in mid June, only to drop back into low 60’s end of the month, now finds temps around the 70 degree mark and with pending rains, we may see temps drop a bit once more shortly.  Click HERE for current Muskegon river water flow data.

Both fly fishing and light spin tackle equipment is getting fish, at times it’s simply a matter of personal preference, but this can and does change quickly if we see a change in river conditions.    The best fishing has been from mid morning to early afternoon and trying to avoid afternoon river traffic is always better than fishing around groups of tubers/kayaks/similar.

Austin with one of his many very acrobatic Smallmouth bass….

As we get further into July, I will be doing more trips outside of the Newaygo area on the Muskegon river and on the Grand river in and around the Grand Rapids area, through mid August.  Much of this will depend on weather and related changes to conditions of each river or the different stretches of them.  Click HERE for current and forecasted weather for the Newaygo, Michigan area.

As always, if any are looking to get out for some walk in fishing at any local river, feel free to call for a report or suggestion about equipment, or location to fish – 616-560-3195.

For now..


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