March 10th, 2014
45 degrees and sunny skies made for a very enjoyable day on the water. We haven’t had a day of weather this nice in over 3 months. Top it off with a beautiful steelhead on the swing and it was just what the doctor ordered.
The good news–we melted some snow today and we should get a little bump in flow from the melt, however with below freezing temps on the way for midweek we should keep everything in check. A slow melt is absolutely necessary this year.
Capt Steven Kuieck
March 2nd, 2014
There is a distinct sense of desperation in voices of most when talking about this WINTER. To that end I say make the most of the days that are “possible” to fish. Everybody has their limits but I find that this limit can be over come by a few trout brought to net…such was the case w/ Dr. Whetzel. A week before the trip from Indy to Michigan he was determined to get here for some much needed fishing. The only thing that was going to stop him was the driving weather to and from Indiana. While the daytime high was meager, it was well worth the effort to endure a few longer sessions around the propane heater. Dodging icebergs on the river was and added thrill!
Jay Allen, Riverquest guide
MO Bow???????Either way, a turbo trout
Jay certifying his 4wt for a steelhead permit!
imitation…its whats for dinner
No photo enhancement needed….
variety is the spice of life
February 6th, 2014
In spirit of friendly competition John and Josh headed out for round 2. When the boat hit the water the temperature gage in the car was reading 1 deg/f. Cold weather was no match for the anticipation of another day of winter trouting. Rod guides slowly started to freeze w/ less regularity and fish were cooperating, what a great time on the water. Fish, laughter, and a bit of ribbing are all part of the fun.
Jay Allen, RiverQuest guide
A man with “style”
all for the love of TROUT
Josh has become too comfortable with this pose!
dinamite goes KABOOM!
January 13th, 2014
I always feel privileged to accompany a new initiate on his/her first winter trout trip. The reactions are usually similar but with a different twist, based on each persons unique nature. It is fun to watch. Today was one of those days. While Tom is no stranger to the MO today was his first go at winter trout. I think Josh was also eager to see his reaction to such an exciting way to experience trout. A day filled with tight lines, sunshine, good food, and laughs. A truly blessed day!
Jay Allen, Riverquest guide
Josh showing who should be doing the guiding!
even the average sized trout can blow you away
first successful trout head transplant…Tom poses w/ a 14″ trout head attached to a 18″ trout body
preparing the patient for liposuction
once a year we have to indulge…DNR Mystery Hold-Over!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 31st, 2013
When 2013 comes to an end in a few hours it will mark the end of arguably the most successful year we have had at RiverQuest Charters and Muskegon River Lodge. It would be remiss of us to not send out a word of thanks and appreciation to all those who made it possible. From our amazing suppliers and product reps to the people behind the scenes working on our graphics and IT without you we could not have become what we are today. Most importantly however, we owe the biggest thank you and our deepest appreciation to you our clients and guests. Your continued patronage and friendships developed over time spent with us on the water is why we do what we do and have truly enjoyed getting to know and spending time with you all. We look forward to seeing you all in 2014 but until then from all of us THANK YOU!
Dave, Steve, Don, Jay, Tom, Rachelle, Heather and Mak
December 30th, 2013
The holiday season would just not be quite complete without a bit of fishing…Well at least not for my Dad. An excursion in the jet boat was necessitated, even at this time of year. After my Dad got me and my sis AKA Mak into the act we prepared for Old Man Winter’s worst. We embarked from the launch at about 10:00 and had two hours to give the trout a run for their money. We were cutting it close as is usual with the Allens. My Dad wasted no time in maneuvering us into a position from which we could ferociously bombard the enem-er, catch those trout! I must admit, it did hurt a bit being out-fished by Mak but, at the end of the day, I’m just glad I was along for the ride! Happy Holidays!
Hudson Allen, son-of-a-fly-fishing guide
First catch of the day.
Mak making quick work of those rainbows.
I had to pull my weight… Someone’s gotta catch those brownies.
Beautifully colored rainbow.
December 30th, 2013
Mark and Tricia joined me today for the first of two days swinging for steelhead. When some of my friends said I was crazy for working, and they were crazy for fishing on Dec 30 & 31 especially taking into account the weather forecast I replied, “I can’t think of a better way to end the year”. The pics of Mark and Tricia, both first timers, should remove all doubt that if you are willing to brave the weather there can be some very special rewards for doing so. Slowly working through the normal winter haunts, while presenting offerings in purple and pink provided the action today. With the temps looking to head a little further down the scale for the final day of 2013 they would like nothing more than to have a repeat performance. Congrats to both of you on your first steel and on the swing – you couldn’t ask for a better end to the year!
Capt. Dave DeVries
December 30th, 2013
Well with one more day on our calendar 13′ swing season left, we reflect with amazement as we think back to some of the spectacular fish this caught this year.
Today certainly wasn’t, and tomorrow certainly won’t be for the faint of heart, but who cares about the cold–we didn’t, and probably won’t see another boat all day. Pictured is Amy with an icy steelhead on the swing, her first!
Capt. Steven Kuieck
December 19th, 2013
For those of you who have followed the Fishing Reports section of our RiverQuest website, you may well recall that each year, my son Steve, who owns RiverQuest Charters, and I travel to southwestern Illinois for a three day trophy whitetail muzzleloader hunt with Sugar Creek Outfitters. This year was especially meaningful and fun because we brought along my youngest son Ryan. Although Mother Nature threw us a major snowfall curve which put the truly huge whitetails in a hunker down funk, we all saw some wonderful deer, and I was fortunate enough to take this 9 pointer, a four and half year old buck that from a management standpoint, was good to remove from the gene pool since his antler growth may well have been maxed out. We’ve taken larger bucks at Sugar Creek, but we were thrilled to harvest this guy since conditions were challenging to say the least.
I can’t say enough about the great job the Sugar Creek guys—Chad, Tom, Matt, and—Kevin do year-round so folks like us can experience extraordinary hunts. With over 10,000 acres of prime whitetail habitat, the guys plant food plots, hang stands, scout, and monitor the deer with trail cameras. Their work pays off with free ranging deer 150 inches and above present in large enough numbers so that one has an excellent chance of putting the crosshairs on the buck of a lifetime. This mainframe 8 point with another point and a couple of one inch stickers scored 142 5/8. He’ll look great on the wall and will elicit smiles as he reminds us for years to come of a truly special hunting experience.
Captain Tom Kuieck