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

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!