Muskegon River Below Croton Dam

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10/28/15 @ 1:16 PM
FISHING REPORT
Chad Betts
Betts Guide Service
MEMBER 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
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
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6/7/15 @ 7:51 PM
FISHING REPORT
Chad Betts
Betts Guide Service
MEMBER 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
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam Photo
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5/20/15 @ 8:06 PM
FISHING REPORT
Chad Betts
Betts Guide Service
MEMBER 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
Betts Guide Service
MEMBER 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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