Muskegon River Fishing Report – September 10, 2023 – Newaygo, Michigan

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The Muskegon river in the Newaygo, Michigan area “was” starting to show signs of early fall a week+ ago, then the heat wave came through the Midwest and put things back to late summer “mode”. With cooler days and nights ahead, we’ll see river temperatures being to drop, and not too far down the road, the arrival of the first “good” push of fall run Chinook salmon out of lake Michigan. That said, river temperatures are still hovering around 70 and we’ll need to see that drop in the coming weeks to help the fall salmon run kick off.

There are still good smallmouth bass to be caught and some hatching caddis flies are getting resident Brown and Rainbow trout to “look up”. Smallmouth fishing will hold on for at least another few weeks and insect hatches will depend on bug population and water temperatures.

I’m currently fishing the Pere Marquette river for the beginning of their salmon run and have spent all of my time in the lower river, close to the town of Ludington. We’re fishing with conventional equipment, casting lures and floating bait under bobbers, for these great lakes beasts and have had some very memorable battles already !

The return of mid-latter summer like high air temperatures stalled the run a bit, but they have to come in and we’ll see more new fish come in from lake Michigan in the coming days. With heavy rains forecasted for tomorrow and lighter ones the following day, we should see river temperatures drop, levels come up and boom….that’s the recipe to get more Chinook salmon moving.

Not long before we’ll see early fall steelhead in the Pere Marquette, it usually happens a week or so after decent numbers of “kings” begin to spawn. I will be on the PM through late September, the Manistee early October – 15th, then switch to the Muskegon on October 18 and be there through fall and early winter steelhead fishing.

Questions ??…give me a call 616-560-3195.

Check on trip availability ?…call or email jrbacon@ameritech.net

Tight lines!

Jeff

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