Best Muskegon River Fly Fishing

The 19th most popular fly fishing river in Michigan.

  Michigan, US


  August 16, 2016

Near Newaygo, the Muskegon River is a large tributary into Lake Michigan. It is popular for its runs of salmon and steelhead. It is also gaining popularity for the growing population of rainbow trout and brown trout.

The Muskegon River headwaters are from Houghton Lake and it runs over 200 miles to the Lake Michigan confluence. The upper 100 mile section above Croton Dam is not a particularly good fishery. The lower section below Croton Dam starts as an excellent tailwater fishery with consistently cool water temperatures.

The section from Croton Dam to Newaygo is the most popular fly fishing section on the Muskegon River. It is typically around 200+ feet wide so you may want to float it, and the river runs through lush forest. You can expect to find a rocky bed with plenty of riffles and pools. While the caddis hatch from mid-April through September is nice for bagging trout, the steelhead are running from October through late May.

Overall, Muskegon River is the 19th most popular fly fishing river of all 26 fly fishing spots in Michigan.

Local Contacts:  Michigan Tourism (800) 543-2937; River Rat Dog Outfitters (517) 651-2616; Betts Fly Fishing Outfitters (231) 652-3189. .

Best Season:  Any

Base Camp:  RiverStop Cafe, Downtown Newaygo

Luxury Loding:  Betts Fly Fishing Lodge (231) 652-3189

Breakfast Restaurant:  Cronks Oakridge Restaurant (231) 652-1288

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  43.419139, -85.789769

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  8/16/2016

ID:  20946

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