Smallmouth Bass - RiverQuest Charters
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Smallmouth Bass

Mid July-August

Each summer, smallmouth bass move up the Muskegon River to feel on its prolific crayfish and steelhead and salmon smolts. Our clients readily see the fish in the clear water and watch them aggressively take the fly – sometimes with two or more other smallmouth competing with the hooked fish to snatch away the fly.

We cope with the heat of summer by getting on the water shortly after sunrise. The air is cool, the fish active, and the atmospherics unmatched. Virtually no one is on the river, except for our ospreys, eagles, herons, ducks, deer, and turkeys. We quietly float the river with Muskegon River guides positioning our casting fishermen in the front and rear of the boat over promising lies. By noon when temperatures can begin to become uncomfortable, we’re off the river – a half day float, most gratifying and pleasant.

Muskegon River smallmouth bass are taken on streamers stripped with sink tip lines, and on poppers fished with floating lines. Running to four pounds, Muskegon River bronzebacks are superbly conditioned and therefore fight hard and long. Fortunately, these fine sporting fish are beginning to get the attention they have long deserved. In short, we River Quest guides cannot recommend these summer floats highly enough. This Muskegon River fly fishing experience is excellent in every way and is offered to our clients at a lesser rate than our full day floats. Give fly fishing for smallies a try, and you’ll be back for more.