River Guide

October 22, 2020

Muskegon River Fishing Guide Service

winter steelhead fishing with a professional guide

Our new totally enclosed and heated topper is 6' tall for your comfort for winter Steelhead fishing and your grilled lunch.

Stay warm on the coldest days

Fall Salmon fishing on the Muskegon river can be unpredicable but with our enclosure you can get out of the weather get your hands warm and have a great day of Salmon fishing.

No Expirence Needed

Spring brings a mixture of rain and snow and even thought the fishing is at its best clothes and hands can get damp and its nice to be able to retreive from the elements and warm up.

Fishing seasons:

Spring Steelhead: March, April, May

Trout: May, June, July, Aug.

Salmon: Late Aug., Sept., Oct.

Fall Steelhead: Oct., Nov. Dec.

Winter Steelhead: Dec., Jan., Feb., March

History of Muskegon River Fishing Guides

Growing up in Muskegon Michigan I began fishing with my parents at a young age on inland lakes and rivers in Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo counties. Around the age of 12, I began Big Lake fishing aboard my uncle Dale's boat a 25' Owens (wood hull) I remember the wood well as I had the job of sanding, preping and painting the hull for 2 seasons. In that time I was introduced to many serious fishermen. Don Snyder, Phil Spring (owner of Spring's Sporting Goods)were close friends with my Uncle Dale.

Don, Uncle Dale and I caught lots of Trout & Salmon over the years.

But at age 14 my Uncle took my dad and I to the Pentwater river fishing spring steelhead and that was it I was hooked on stream and river fishing for big Trout and Salmon.

The year of 1974 I began with a spring special (yellow spinning rod), 8lb line and for bait I used spawn bags,fly's and spinners.

By 1975 I had started guiding tourists from fishermans landing to the White river for the fall Salmon run then I began providing Salmon eggs to Springs Sporting Goods to be cured and used for spawn sac's a favored bait around the Great Lakes for Trout and Salmon. My dream was to fish year round as a professional fisherman and my passion for teaching kids and first time anglers promoted the pursuit of our latest boat for Lake Michigan Sportfishing the "Barbara Rose", named after our daughter making year round fishing a reality.

I have fished many tournaments,pro ams,derby's and local contests throughout my career and always look forward to guiding and competing.

Our jet boat for the Muskegon River Steelhead,Salmon and Trout seasons operates year round.

My mission to be the best Trout and Salmon guide in Michigan has been a rewarding career for the last 36 years learning,teaching and refining new techniques to provide my clients with a memorable adventure. Capt. Art

Muskegon River

Muskegon River imageThe Muskegon River is a river in the western portion of the lower peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. The river has its headwaters in Houghton Lake in Roscommon County, flowing out of the North Bay into neighboring Missaukee County. From there it flows mostly southwest to Muskegon, Michigan, where it empties into Muskegon Lake. Muskegon Lake is connected to Lake Michigan via a mile-long channel. The river has several major branches, such as the Hersey River, Cedar Creek and Little Muskegon River.

The three dams of the Muskegon River (Rogers, Hardy and Croton) they can generate about 45,500 kilowatts with about 30,000 of that from Hardy, thats enough electricity to serve a community of nearly 23,000.

Like many of its neighboring streams, the Muskegon was one of the favored logging rivers during the boom years of the 1880s-1890s, and a keen eye can still pick out remnants of stray logs left over from the spring logging runs which embedded on the river bottom. There is abundant wildlife, including otters, waterfowl, deer and eagles and, although development has been creeping in, the upper reaches are still fairly remote and natural with much of the surrounding land composed of state-owned tracts. In recent years, the river has gained a certain measure of fame as a recreational fishery, boasting large migratory steelhead, brown trout and planted Pacific salmon.

The upper reaches of the river, especially a section of about 85 miles, from M-55 west of Houghton Lake, downstream to the town of Evart, is an ideal stretch for family and beginner canoeing. The biggest drawback is often found in the number of tree falls that dot this section of the river and sometimes require portages or, at least, tricky maneuvering. This can depend on how well the local livery owners have cleared passage. The riverbed is generally shallow and the pace of the stream is lazy. Although no longer maintained by the state, a series of three "Canoe Camps" are strategically placed downstream from M-55 about midway to Leota and still make for ideal wilderness campsites for overnight trips. Though unmarked, these campgrounds are recognizable to the experienced canoeist on steep, sandy bluffs overlooking the river on the lefthand side as one canoes downstream. Usually in the summer months there will be trail-riders camping at these spots, having traveled in by road.

An interesting day trip or longer can be had for those hearty individuals who put in upstream from the Reedsburg Dam near Houghton Lake. Known locally as the "Deadstream" section, this remote and rugged area houses plenty of wildlife and one can easily lose themselves for hours or days in this area. Be careful of the submerged logs.

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