Fishing for dropback Steelhead in the Muskegon River has still been producing some action but the fish are scattered and numbers are on the decline. I have not seen any pre spawn Steelhead in weeks and while there are some fish still sawning in the upper sections I am not sure there are enough to recharge the dropback fishing back to what it was the past few weeks. At any rate we will keep fishing for the biters that are here until they are all gone. Below are a few pictures of Steelhead caught back bouncing from the last few days.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Despite a very large number of our Spring fish getting their job done in mid to late March this spring the Steelhead numbers are respectable in the Muskegon River. Back bouncing in the deep water has been good and for the guys looking to fish shallow there are enough fish around with a few select areas being better than others. Below are a few pics from some recent back bouncing days.
|4/21/2012 Ed with a very healthy dropback Steelhead from today.|
|4/21/2012 Fritz with a nice Steelhead caught back bouncing today.|
|4/21/2012 Dropback fishing is still holding on.|
|4/21/2012 Another nice hen from today.|
|Dan with a dropback Steelhead from a recent afternoon trip.|
|The dropbacks were hanging close to spawners on this day.|
|Bright sunny skies and the Steelhead bit was fine.|
|Afternoon fishing has been good.|
Monday, April 16, 2012
It was a very windy day on the Muskegon River today making for some difficult back bouncing conditions. Dave and Dan did pull through with a few nice fish despite the tough conditions.
|4/16/2012 Dave with a nice Steelhead from today.|
|4/16/2012 Dan is on the board.|
|4/16/2012 Back bouncing for Steelhead.|
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Steelhead fishing is still good for us on the Muskegon River, dropbacks are plentiful and traffic is minimal. Ed is pictured below with a few he caught back bouncing today.
|4/15/2012 Ed with a nice dropback Steelhead.|
|4/15/2012 Steelhead fishing has been great.|
|4/15/2012 The sun came out for a while but the camera was a bit wet from the rain.|
|4/15/2012 Back bouncing for dropback Steelhead.|
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Steelhead fishing was action packed today with well into double digits landed before noon and the action kept up after lunch too!! Dan and Bob went home with sore arms after their first time back bouncing spawn for Steelhead on the Muskegon River.
|4/14/2012 Dan with a great buck that went nuts when he hooked it.|
|4/14/2012 Bob with a chrome dropback Steelhead.|
|4/14/2012 These fish were on fire today.|
|4/14/2012 Bob with a very healthy fish from today.|
Friday, April 13, 2012
Dropback fishing continues to be great on the Muskegon River. Pete and Dan are pictured with a few from today and Mark with a couple of yesterday's fish.
|4/13/2012 Dan with a bright chrome dropback Steelhead.|
|4/13/2012 Pete with a nice hen from today.|
|4/13/2012 Back bouncing for dropbacks has been great.|
|4/13/2012 These fish are bouncing back into great shape after spawning.|
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Back bouncing spawn for dropback Steelhead has been consistently productive and should continue to be as long as there are good numbers of fish in the upper river. There are still fair numbers of pre spawn fish being caught in the upper sections as well which is very good news for the longevity of our season. Brian and Chris from Columbus, OH are below with a few dropbacks from this bright sunny day.
|4/11/2012 Brian with a great looking dropback Steelhead.|
|4/11/2012 This hen was actually plump and full of eggs.|
|4/11/2012 Fishing was good in the bright sun today.|
|4/11/2012 Chris with a Muskegon River Steelhead.|
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Back bouncing for Steelhead was outstanding for us today, lots of dropback fish that are on the feed after spending the energy it takes to spawn. A good portion of these fish are already looking very healthy again and a few even had us fooled into thinking we were on some fresh arrivals until they hit the net. The good fishing should hold atleast through the end of the month or a bit longer if we get another little shot of chromers. Ed did work on the Steelhead today, he is pictured below with just a few of the many landed.
|4/10/2012 A good looking dropback Steelhead.|
|4/10/2012 This fish definately had us fooled into thinking it was right out of the lake!!|
|4/10/2012 Ed with one that was still full of eggs.|
|4/10/2012 Hens, hens, hens.|
Monday, April 9, 2012
Steelhead fishing was great again today, float fishing has been great for us as we are finding lots of Steelhead feeding in small pockets. There are a lot of dropback Steelhead around but we are seeing a handfull of pre spawn fish each day as well. Fred and Rick are pictured below with a couple of the Steelhead they caught float fishing today.
|4/9/2012 Fred with a nice tight hen from a mid river pocket.|
|4/9/2012 Rick with a long dropback hen.|
|4/9/2012 This plump hen is just getting ready to drop eggs.|
|4/9/2012 This fish almost landed in the boat on it's third jump!!|
|4/9/2012 Dropback hens like this one are plentiful.|
|4/9/2012 Muskegon River Steelhead|
Saturday, April 7, 2012
We decided to avoid the weekend fishing pressure in the upper river and go back bouncing spawn for dropbacks today, it turned out to be a great decision. We did see a couple of boats but those were just joy riding enjoying the weather, no other fishermen!! The fish we hooked today were on fire making long runs and getting some good air. Tomorrow brings my only day off for quite some time, Happy Easter. Chaz, Mike and Bob are pictured below with some of today's fun.
|4/7/2012 Chaz with a dropback Steelhead from the Muskegon River.|
|4/7/2012 Mike with a hen he caught back bouncing.|
|4/7/2012 Bob had the hot hand in the morning.|
|4/7/2012 These fish fought like crazy today!!|
|4/7/2012 One of a few males caught today.|
|4/7/2012 Muskegon River Steelhead|