Muskegon River Fishing Report – September 24, 2023 – Newaygo, Michigan

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The Muskegon river in the Newaygo, Michigan area continues to run low, clear and quite warm for the end of September. This is due to a number of factors such as day and night time air temperature, cloud cover or lack of, but most important is rain and we haven’t had much in the last month+. Current river temperatures are in the upper 60’s, which is still “ok” for late summer caddis hatches, but they have been spotty over the last couple weeks.

There are trout to be caught, as well as Smallmouth bass, so plenty of opportunity for anglers to feel a tug on the line and put a bend in their rod on the Muskegon river. This will all change in the weeks ahead though, as we’ll be seeing fall run Chinook salmon start to enter the river on their annual spawning run.

With both fly fishing and conventional equipment, salmon will be pursued by some from October – early November, but I will be focusing on fall steelhead as soon as possible, which is the last week or so of October and we fish them through the holidays and into the new year, during years when river and weather conditions allow for good fishing and not too cold of weather to fish them in.

I’m currently in the last 1/3 of my early fall season up on the Pere Marquette, followed by the Manistee in early October, then I will be switching to the Muskegon river around October 18, for the rest of 2023.

Should anyone be looking for an up to date river report or have a rigging question, feel free to call – 616-560-3195.

For now…


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