Muskegon River Fishing Report – November 10, 2021 – Newaygo, Michigan

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Muskegon River Fishing Report – November 10, 2021 – Newaygo, Michigan

Kevin, from NC with a chrome one from our recent outing !

The Muskegon river fishing report for the fall steelhead season is about covering water and capitalizing on the opportunities you get at doing battle with this majestic lake Michigan speedster !

We have steelhead in all stretches of the Muskegon river from Croton dam down to Muskegon lake itself, but none really bunched up in any given section of river.

Options for fishing to these include fly fishing setups such as swinging flies with sinking or sink tip fly lines, indicator nymphing rigs, as well as bottom bounce – aka “chuck and duck”.  Conventional equipment setups are very similar in nature, with longer rods to run bobber/float systems through runs with either spinning or baitcaster reels, as well as bottom bouncing.

Also available are resident Brown and Rainbow trout, which are often caught fishing the same flies or egg imitations used to target fall steelhead.

With a very warm October in all of the Midwest, it took a while to get the Muskegon river to start dropping in temperature, which it has since begun to do.  Click HERE for current Muskegon river water flow data.

Much of how the rest of the 2021 steelhead fishing will go often depends on how quickly the river temperatures drop into the  40’s and the cooler temperatures over the long range forecast look to be good for a gradual decline.  Click HERE for current and forecasted weather for the Newaygo, Michigan area.

With lower numbers of steelhead in the Great Lakes right now, the proper fighting, hooking and releasing of fish is going to be very helpful in keeping these fish in good condition through the winter and leading up to next years spring spawning season for them.

Should you be looking to get out for some walk in fishing on one of the several rivers in and around west Michigan that fall steelhead occupy, feel free to touch base if you have questions about rigging or equipment, happy to help – 616-560-3195.

Tight lines,


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