Muskegon River Fishing Report – July 24, 2022 – Newaygo, Michigan

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The Muskegon river in the Newaygo area north of Grand Rapids has been fishing good for Smallmouth bass and should continue to produce through the end of summer.

With both fly fishing and conventional equipment, we’re fishing both topwater and subsurface flies and lures and on any given day it’s feasible to tie into a couple dozen fish between 2 anglers.  We are tying into some Northern pike and Walleye here and there as well.

With very little rain over the last month+, the Muskegon river has been dropping in level and clearing up, so a good “presentation” is key to tricking some of the bigger fish to bite.    That being said, there have been some reckless “takes” by larger fish, which is always a LOT of fun !  Click HERE for current Muskegon river water flow data below Croton dam.

There have been some resident trout randomly feeding on the occasional fly that floats by, but with river temps in the 70 degree range, we’ve opted to not fish for them as the stress of being caught can be fatal.  Click HERE for current and forecasted weather for the Newaygo, Michigan area.

Not far off will be the arrival of early run fall Chinook salmon in the smaller, cooler rivers in NW Michigan.  I will begin my trips for them at the end of August.

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