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 fishing has been very good over the past couple of weeks. We've spent quite a bit of time below the Croton Dam are down to Thornapple. That section has been producing the most Steelhead and brown trout. 

Jiggs tipped with waxworms, small spawn sacks, and trout beads are producing the most fish. Water levels have been very low and clear so smaller offerings have been the best. The Muskegon River has been at a wadable level for the last couple of weeks. 

Steelhead fishing should be good throughout the winter months, with consistent water levels. Winter is a great time to be on the water. We look forward to fishing with you!