PROSTAFF PROFILE:
Chad Betts

Chad Betts
HOMETOWN:
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.

For current fishing reports you can visit http://www.bettsguideservice.com/fishing-report.html.

Recent Fishing Reports:

6/30/2018
Muskegon River Below Croton Dam

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