I’m not really sure how to write this post. It is wonderful to be back on the Muskegon. Beautiful scenery and the wonders of nature greet you at almost every turn, as my guest for the day Jim Saponaro and I witnessed this morning as we watched 5 does swim across the river, not more than 100 yards from where we were fishing. The beautiful fall colors are just starting to come to peak color. The whole experience was breathtaking. The only problem was I was stressed out of my mind! Ultimately, despite the beautiful scenery and the good company, and the relaxing day our clients have come to expect from a day with RiverQuest, as a guide I still feel the pressure to perform. After all, the client did book a fishing trip, not a guided tour of the river. While all of the RQ guides have been getting it done, I do feel the need to, rather than sugar coating it, say that with the current fishing conditions, be ready to work hard for your fish. There are still fishable numbers of salmon in the river, but with no rain in the forecast and warming conditions ahead, the salmon fishing is only going to get tougher for the next few days. However, if you are willing to fish hard for what is active, be it salmon or trout and are willing to take the day for whatever it brings, you are still in for a beautiful day on the river that you will not soon forget.

Capt. Dave DeVries