Snowflakes and Steelhead - Muskegon River - RiverQuest Charters
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Muskegon River

Snowflakes and Steelhead – Muskegon River

I’m sure any number of wives of fishermen today thought their loved ones were out of their minds to go fishing given the weather forecast, but on the Muskegon River, I found myself thinking, “It’s snowing out here, but I’m loving it on the Muskegon River today!”  But then, with no wind, temps in the low 30’s, plenty of cloud cover, willing steelhead, and two terrific long time customers, Terry and Pat, why wouldn’t it prove a most enjoyable day of fly fishing? Layer and waterproof up; no problem!

Despite low river flows, good numbers of steelhead are present, though concentrated in widely separated areas.  We continue to boat a mix of winter and spring run fish with both egg and nymph imitations striking the fishes’ fancy. That said, we could use some rain to bump the flow and to prompt another push of steelhead upriver.

Pat’s fish were camera shy (one was a beast teenager that Pat tried his best to power away from a menacing sweeper, but his 10 lb. tippet was no match for what—judging by the size of its shoulders and the massive boil it produced—was an extraordinarily large steelhead. Another one of the outsized steelhead that are showing up this year. Terry’s fish, on the other hand, were more cooperative; here’s a bright hen he brought to hand. In short, great day, all ’round.

Captain Tom Kuieck


Prime Muskegon River Spring Steelhead Season is finally here in Michigan and we’re gearing up for a fantastic Spring Rainbow Trout Season and Spring Brown Trout Season! If you are looking to get out swinging flies on the Muskegon River this Spring with an Orvis endorsed guide who can help you find Spring Rainbow TroutSpring Brown Trout or Spring Steelhead, we invite you to give us a call at (616)293-0501 to hear our open dates or visit our Contact Page for more information. While spots will fill quickly now that we are into April, some of the best weeks have availability today although they won’t last long!
For more information on booking your next Spring Steelhead, Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout Fly Fishing trip on the Muskegon River, give us a call us at 616.293.0501. Or email us at or to find out which dates are still available!
Be sure to visit our website Muskegon River Lodge for more information on our beautifully secluded, 12.5 acre wooded property with 400 feet of prime Muskegon River footage and incredible water views for our guests to enjoy, its own private chef and plenty of space for large groups. Visit RiverQuest Charters to find out more about our fly fishing charter services and our upcoming fly fishing seasons.  And Follow Us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter to see our most recent catches of Steelhead and Trout.
Tom Kuieck
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