Muskegon River Fishing Report – Newaygo, MI – March 4, 2017

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Muskegon River Fishing Report – Newaygo, MI – March 4, 2017

Muskegon river steelhead

I was able to fish the other day with long time client/friend Dan, who was kind enough to slide the net under this very pretty Muskegon river male Steelhead.

The Muskegon river fishing report for the Newaygo area on March 4, 2017 is about our continued mild “late winter”, the onset of our spring steelhead run and great fishing opportunities for the next 2+ months !  The Muskegon river has by far the longest spring season of any significant river in the Midwest that gets steelhead migrating up their natal rivers, out of one of our Great Lakes.    With a very warm run of weather in mid to late February which saw most all of our snow throughout the Muskegon river watershed melt,  our spring time “high water” came early this year and the river is still flowing well above average levels.  That being said, it’s by NO means blown out, in fact the combination of present levels and water clarity is about as good as one could ask for……just still a bit chilly.

Muskegon river streamer fishing

After 8+ weeks of recovery from scheduled elbow surgery, I’m FINALLY able to tie flies !….These articulated streamers will be going for a swim very soon !

With both fly fishing and light spin tackle equipment, we’re fishing what I would call late winter/early spring “lies” and finding both migratory steelhead, as well as resident Rainbow and Brown trout.  As water temperatures slowly rise, we’ll see more trout activity as they get out of their rather dormant winter lies and begin feeding more regularly.

With more warmer than average weather over the next few days, we could see water temperature come up a degree or two, but that may be short lived as we’ll be back to more normal weather for early March, come the middle to end of next week.

For any looking to squeeze a full or half day guided trip into their schedules over the next week-10 days, I do have a handful of open dates, feel free to call – 616-560-3195 or email me at

Present water temperature in the 36-37 degree range.

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