September – November

Migratory Chinook & Coho Salmon, Steelhead & resident Rainbow and Brown Trout

With the onset of fall we find the Muskegon river bustling with fish activity.  From resident Rainbow and Brown trout chasing down late summer Caddis flies on the surface, to the arrival of migratory salmon in September and October, followed by migratory steelhead from October into November and beyond.  Salmon begin their annual spawning run in September, with a bulk of the fall run taking place in October.  Once salmon are actively spawning, rest assured we have some of our “silver friends” nearby….the very acrobatic fall steelhead.  Considered by many to be one of the hardest fighting freshwater fish anywhere, we are fortunate to have them in the Muskegon river for nearly 8 months out of the year.  During the salmon spawn, resident Rainbow and Brown trout can be found behind the salmon “redds” aggressively feeding on eggs and insect larva.  Some of the largest trout of the year are caught at this time….Fall is truly a river anglers buffet !

Average air temperatures at this time of the year in west Michigan range from highs in the low to mid 70’s, to lows in the mid 30’s.