Muskegon River Below Croton Dam

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10/15/18 @ 4:37 PM
FISHING REPORT
Chad Betts
Betts Guide Service
USER since 4/1/16

MOON PHASE (40%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Steelhead and Salmon fishing has been excellent over the past few days. King salmon numbers remain strong with a few new fish showing up daily. 
Dark colored flies have been working the best for Muskegon River Salmon. Stone flies, caddis, pheasant tail nymphs all working well.  

Bead fishing has been the name of the game for both resident trout, and steelhead.  Beads work well by mimicking natural salmon eggs. Natural colors have been working the best. I peg my beads about 3.5" above the snelled hook. This seems to work best.  

Look for more salmon and steelhead to enter the Muskegon River after the next rain. It looks to be a great season ahead of us. We look forward to fishing with you!  

Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
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6/30/18 @ 4:01 PM
FISHING REPORT
Chad Betts
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USER since 4/1/16

MOON PHASE (94%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Fry is the name of the game right now!  Salmon parr, Steelhead fry, and Sucker fry are all along the shore line at this point. Any shade pocket against the shore line is loaded with minnows or fry. Chinook Salmon parr, Steelhead fry, and Sucker fry are making up the bulk of the trout diet right now. Both Smallmouth Bass and Muskegon River Trout are gorging on fry at this time.  Sink tip fly lines with fry patterns are working well. Big numbers of trout in the upper river below Croton Dam. Smallmouth Bass are through out the main river. Crank baits and spinners are also working well.  

  Salmon parr, Steelhead fry, and Sucker fry are making up the bulk of the trout diet right now. Millions of minnows along the shore line. Fish key on fry this time of year.  

Dry fly fishing for trout has also been very good.  Gray Drake linger in the upper river below Croton Dam. Caddis and Caddis emergence every evening from 7pm - dark. Isonychia and light Cahills in the mid section - Thornapple to Henning Park. Smallmouth Bass on the fly has also been excellent. Large poppers and streamers are working best for big bronze backs!  Book Now >>>  (231) 519-7348

Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
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5/30/18 @ 5:41 PM
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Chad Betts
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USER since 4/1/16

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Trout fishing has been outstanding the past several days. Spawning suckers have provided some great fishing opportunities for both Brown and Rainbow Trout on the Muskegon River below the Croton Day. 

Gray Drake May flies, Isonychia, and Caddis all have the trout rising on the top. Salmon and Steelhead fry have also been an important food source. 

There are a few Steelhead in the river at this time. Walleye have also been abundant below the dam.  White curly tail jigs have been the key. Casting Rapalas has also been well. 

Smallmouth are also starting to show up in decent numbers.  Tube jigs are working well for them. 

Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
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1/7/18 @ 2:32 PM
FISHING REPORT
Chad Betts
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USER since 4/1/16

MOON PHASE (62%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Water levels have been decent with good numbers of Steelhead and Trout below the Croton Dam area on the Muskegon River. The upper section has been fishing well over the past several weeks. New batches of Steelhead continue to move into the Thornapple & Pine St section.

 Trout have been on the outside, fringe areas along the river's edge feeding on small nymphs and small minnows. Brown trout especially love the softer edges. Look for fishing to improve over the next several weeks as water temps start to rise, and steelhead prepare for the beginning of the spawn and spring migration.

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10/28/15 @ 1:16 PM
FISHING REPORT
Chad Betts
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USER since 4/1/16

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
Steelhead Update: Recent rains from last week certainly gave a boost to the fishing! Over the last couple of days, Steelhead fishing has improved with new fish entering the river daily! Chrome bullets are on the way. Floats and spawn have been doing well. Is time to get out some new centerpin gear, and start making some long drifts for acrobatic chrome jumpers that we miss so much! Its going to be an incredible Fall, it's just getting started!

Fishing has been going along nicely! The Big Manistee is in full prime salmon season at this point. Good numbers of Kings below Tippy Dam. Mid sections of the Manistee, starting to see fishable numbers of bright chrome bullet steelies. With good rains last week and cooler nights, most of the Northern rivers are starting to get a trickle of Fall Steelhead.

The Muskegon River has a very good number of King Salmon. Everything here is two weeks behind schedule, water temperatures are in the mid to low 50's at this time. The river level is very low right now offering excellent wading opportunities near the museum in Newaygo, and in the upper section near Pine Street and below Croton Dam.

Fall Steelhead are definitely on the horizon! Fishing is certainly much better so far this year, compared to last fall. Fish are more plentiful and stout. It should make for and excellent rest of October and November!

Let us know if you're interested in a Fall Steelhead, Trout, or Salmon fishing adventure! We now have full time guides on the Muskegon River & Big Manistee. We will hook you up! (231) 519-7348

Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
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6/7/15 @ 7:51 PM
FISHING REPORT
Chad Betts
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USER since 4/1/16

MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
We are offering "Hatch Masters" evening hatch trips. $250 5pm - 10pm.

Over the past few days, our main focus has been chasing trophy trout feeding around the spawning Red Horse Suckers in the upper Muskegon River. Big numbers of trout have been feeding on nymphs and sucker's spawn. Trout fishing should remain excellent for the next several weeks.

Steamer fishing has also been great. Dry flies have been a bit slow so far. water temperatures are still on the cool side for good insect activity. There is still a lot of eggs, both sucker and steelhead, for trout to key in on.

Gray Drake and Sulphers with be the next big and up coming hatch. Early Jun - mid July.

Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
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5/20/15 @ 8:06 PM
FISHING REPORT
Chad Betts
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USER since 4/1/16

MOON PHASE (8%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F
The recent rains last week brought in a new and significant push of steelhead into the upper sections of the Muskegon River from Thornapple to the Croton dam. The upper section has been fishing well. Water levels are looking good, Clarity in about 5' - 7' feet with a stain but, water is very clear. Running mid level at 3000 cfs. Wading would be a little sketchy at this point.

Best fishing techniques have been float fishing (Bobbers and spawn) and free style nymphing - Michigan fly fishing. Sucker spawn nymphing has also been good for larger trout.

Good numbers of both trout and steelhead should go well into early June. Hatch fishing should start soon!

Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
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5/12/15 @ 4:53 PM
FISHING REPORT
Chad Betts
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USER since 4/1/16

MOON PHASE (36%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F
Rock Star Status - Steelhead fishing has been excellent!! Because of the ultra long, cold winter, Steelhead is just getting started. Water temperatures have finally reached perfect spawning temperatures. Many bright chrome hens are just now starting to spawn on gravel.

These fish are still tight in the skein and several weeks from spawning. At this rate, we should have decent numbers of steelhead well into early June. Fishing is exceptional right now with perfect water levels and conditions! Both float fishing and fly fishing producing double digit days of fish in the net!

Conditions are quickly becoming perfect now with water temperatures in the low 50's, clearing, and dropping steadily. New fish are constantly entering the river system, while the older, winter steelhead have begun to dig gravel and spawn big time!

Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
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