Muskegon River Fishing Report – October 6, 2023 – Newaygo, Michigan

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Jarod with a great Pere Marquette Chinook salmon !

The Muskegon river in the Newaygo, Michigan area is FINALLY starting to drop in water temperature and with any help from Mother Nature in the days ahead, come up in level after a nearly 2 month long dry spell. The rains that came through most of yesterday fell east of most west Michigan river watersheds that flow into lake Michigan, so maybe the next round of weather will come closer to the lake Michigan shoreline.

We are into the annual fall Chinook salmon run, which finds fish in most all rivers in west Michigan, that get fall salmon on their spawning run. These will be followed by Coho salmon in some rivers and steelhead in all of them, which should start to show up on the Muskegon river in another couple weeks.

With both fly fishing and conventional equipment setups, we’re able to target pre-spawn salmon, as well as resident Brown and Rainbow trout, along with Steelhead, from latter October – mid December and maybe even up to the new year if weather and river conditions are conducive.

Winter trout fishing can be really good if we head into our annual snowy season gradually and indicator nymph fishing can find a dozen+ nice trout in the net in just a hafl day outing….so keep that in mind !

With very little for open dates left for 2023, if any are considering an outing yet this year, it would be best to touch base sooner than later and calling works best to ID open dates on the spot – 616-560-3195.

Good fishing !!!


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