It Will Be Here Soon - Chinook Salmon & Fall Steelhead
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Chinook Salmon & Fall Steelhead – It Will Be Here Soon

Our favorite time of the year is nearly upon us. Soon, we will be testing our rods and leaders on the hottest fish of the season – early run Chinook salmon and fall steelhead.  By all accounts, the 2017 fall run and 2018 spring run of steelhead will prove benchmarks of excellence which runs of this fall and next spring may well surpass! The Lake Michigan salmon and steelhead fishery is rebounding in dramatic fashion — which, of course, means we should have some terrific fly rodding action on the Muskegon River in the months to come.
Now, even as we look ahead in anticipation, four-year class Chinook salmon are beginning to make their way toward the coastline where they’ll gather for their spawning run. Early summer trollers reported significant numbers of salmon pushing the mid-twenty pound range, and some salmon currently having been boated are even larger. I expect to learn soon of multiple thirty-pound fish as they stage offshore. As it was in 2013 and 2017, hefty Chinook salmon foreshadowed steelhead well above their average weight with some even flirting with that coveted twenty-pound mark.
To say, we’re excited would be a massive understatement! Last year, a number of Chinook salmon were so heavy that even after our customers fought and played them out, they had a heck of a time lifting them up off the river bottom with 9 weight fly rods so our guides could net them. And, as for our steelhead, every year for the last three years, they’ve been larger and stronger than in the year before. In short, we should have a tremendous season of fall fly rodding for outsized salmon and steelhead.

Whether you’re looking to learn how to swing a fly and get a taste of the art of two-handed casting or simply looking to introduce someone new to the sport of fly fishing with a single-hand fly rod, there is simply no better time to get after it than in the fall. RiverQuest guides supply all the tackle, flies, snacks, and grilled streamside food you’ll need to make for a great fly fishing adventure.
Early salmon first arrive in September on the Muskegon with fishable numbers of steelhead arriving by the 10th of October or so. Fall fishing will continue strong until at least the middle of December. This year, truly, is one of the best chances in at least the last decade to hook and land salmon and steelhead about which you may well remember for a long, long time. Fall guided float trip dates in our 17 and 20-foot jet boats are available. For information about joining us please call…
But wait, summer is not over! Smallmouth bass fishing will continue excellent for at least the next five weeks if not longer. Learning how to fly cast and work streamers and poppers on the Muskegon, all the while having a great chance to hook up with, pound-for-pound, one of our best sporting and fighting game fish is one of the best ways to learn classic fly casting. And, what you learn, even in just one day, is exactly what you can take to your nearest pond, lake, or stream to play with bass and bluegills, if not trout.
Here’s hoping that whether on the Muskegon River with us or on some other of Michigan’s
streams and rivers, you’ll see your way to experiencing these wonderful fishery resources, fly
rod in hand, this fall.

Chinook Salmon & Fall Steelhead Chinook Salmon & Fall Steelhead

Our bookings at the Muskegon River Lodge for the  Chinook Salmon and Fall Steelhead season for Muskegon River Fly Fishing are coming together nicely! If you are not yet on the schedule to stay with us for some great fly fishing but are interested in staying in our spacious Muskegon River Lodge take a moment to give us a call at (616)293-0501 to check out our open dates.

Our privately secluded lodge on 12.5 wooded acres with 400 feet of prime Muskegon River frontage, the Muskegon River Lodge is the official home of RiverQuest Charters guests, a “Catch and Release Only” fly fishing guide service. Ideally located among some of the Muskegon River’s finest steelhead runs and dry fly water, the Muskegon River Lodge offers superb fly fishing literally a cast away from the deck overlooking the river. In addition, our guests are spoiled to superb meals cooked just for them by a private Chef.  We have openings available for the Fly Fishing season but they won’t be available for long. We truly believe 2018 will afford us some of the best quality Chinook Salmon and Fall Steelhead fly fishing we’ve seen for some time.  Visit our Contact Page to reach out to Muskegon River Lodge or check out our rates.
Chris Bartnick
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