Chad Betts

Chad Betts
Newaygo, MI

Growing up in Newaygo, I have always felt drawn to the Muskegon River. Since the age of twelve, it has been hard to keep me away from it's gravel riffles and outstanding fishing! Guiding for salmon, trout, and steelhead is my passion!

In the fall of 1996, I attended the University of Michigan for fisheries biology but soon learned I couldn't stay away. I guided through college breaks and the summers, Graduated with a Fisheries Biology degree in 2000.

For the past 20 years, I have made the commitment to be one of the most knowledgeable float fishing guides on the Muskegon, Pere Marquette and White rivers. I also enjoy fly fishing for Steelhead, Trout, and Salmon. I am passionate about guiding for Steelhead, Trout, Salmon. I currently spend over 300 days a year on the water either guiding, scouting new locations, or fun fishing with my friends.

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Recent Fishing Reports:

Muskegon River Below Croton Dam

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.