Muskegon River

12 Fishing Charters

Muskegon River Fishing Charters

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Muskegon River: 12 fishing charters available

West Michigan Guide Service

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(2 reviews)
Newaygo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $350

Balls Deep Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(69 reviews)
North Muskegon
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $695

Coast To Coast Outfitters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Newaygo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $325

Great Lakes Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Muskegon
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Limitless Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(95 reviews)
Muskegon
trips from $200

Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(6 reviews)
Newaygo
trips from $185

Trident Sportfishing, LLC

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(21 reviews)
North Muskegon
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $675

Getting Bit Guide Service West Michigan

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Newaygo
trips from $375

Tailwater Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(2 reviews)
Newaygo
trips from $250

2 B Caught Charters – Hardy Pond

White Cloud
trips from $300

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Muskegon River

The average price for a private 4 hour Muskegon River fishing trip is $291, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $576 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, West Michigan Guide Service, Balls Deep Charters, and Coast To Coast Outfitters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Muskegon River. Full list of top fishing charters in Muskegon River.

West Michigan Guide Service, Balls Deep Charters, and Coast To Coast Outfitters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Muskegon River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Brown Trout, and Chinook Salmon. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, jigging, and spinning. River fishing, lake fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

A Muskegon River fishing adventure means exploring over 200 miles of Michigan’s largest river system. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, the river’s slow current and depth make for some of the best tailwater fishing in the Midwest!
 
Depending on when you visit, there’s a whole host of cold and warmwater fish to catch. Game fishing anglers will rejoice come September, when Chinook Salmon dominate the waters. From October to June, it’s all about hooking Muskegon’s most famous resident – Steelhead.
 
Fly fishermen won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to hook Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and Pike, either. The River gets a big run of migratory Walleye from Lake Muskegon, too. If you’re extra persistent, a night fishing trip may result in one of these elusive fish at the end of your line.
 
Muskegon River fishing guides offer everything from 4–5 hour trips to full day excursions that run for eight hours. If you’re targeting Steelhead or Salmon, and have the time to spare, opt for a full day to give yourself the true freshwater fishing experience. If it’s leisurely fishing with the family you’re after, a half day trip does the trick.
 
The Muskegon River runs through several counties, so there are a few places to launch from. Explore the stretch from Thornapple to Newaygo for monster Trout and a fantastic Steelhead run. Salmon fishing takes off near the town of Grayling and continues south, eventually ending when the fish empty into the Great Lakes.
 

Rules & Regulations

All anglers over the age of 17 need to purchase a fishing license online or from a licensed DNR agent before heading out. If you’re fishing with an experienced guide, they’ll be able to inform you of local bag and possession limits.

Muskegon River
Excellent
4.1 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

If you’re going after fall Steelhead, you’ll have the Muskegon River all to yourself during this typically quiet time. There’s still Brown and Rainbow Trout to hook, too, keeping spinning and fly fishing fanatics happy!

February

Enjoy the calm before the storm in the final moments before spring Steelhead season. You’ll catch the last of this popular fish’s fall stock and hook into native Brown and Rainbow Trout too!

March

Temperatures start to rise luring Steelhead out of Lake Michigan and into the Muskegon River to spawn. Strap in, because the fishing only gets hotter as the waters warm up!

April

It’s peak Steelhead fishing season and the waters are jam-packed with anglers fishing for their limits. If you’ve been thinking about that full day trip, this is time to book early and go for it!

May

Put your sight casting skills to the test against delicious Steelhead before they head back into Lake Michigan. This is a great time to hook delicious, fun-to-catch Brown Trout on a fly too!

June

If you’re a fly fisherman, this is the time to be out on the water. June brings the most insect hatches the Muskegon River sees and you’ll fool plenty of Trout into grabbing your line!

July

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass in the Muskegon River is much loved by local anglers. The waters are warm and it’s a great time of year to hook one of these delicious fish on a fly. 

August

The warm waters bring plenty of fish out to play and there are several stretches of river to explore. This is a unique time to hook into the ever-elusive Walleye too!

September

As the trees change color, your targets swap out too. Big Chinook Salmon move up into the rivers to spawn, becoming the dominant resident in Muskegon! 

October

There’s only one focus now, and that’s big Chinook Salmon! It’s peak season and you’re looking at reeling them in with ease. Come the end of the month, fall Steelhead starts to come through, too.

November

As the Chinook Salmon end their spawn, fall Steelhead takes over. Expect to have several fantastic runs as these fun-to-catch fish jump out of the water and keep your rods bending!

December

Things start to slow down, but you can still hook into migratory Steelhead for some winter fun. In addition, the river’s native Brown and Rainbow Trout are still eager for the bite.

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Bring a sweatshirt because it really cools off when the sun goes down. Use the restroom before you go and plan to relax and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a sweatshirt because it really cools off when the sun goes down. Use the restroom before you go and plan to relax and have fun.
Beth  S.
Beth S. Rosemead, California
easy to get there, easy finding the charter, not a long trip out to find the fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
easy to get there, easy finding the charter, not a long trip out to find the fish
Chad  H.
Chad H. Howell, MI
book your trip and hotel well in advance because Muskegon is busy during the month of august. also there are some really nice tourist attractions in the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
book your trip and hotel well in advance because Muskegon is busy during the month of august. also there are some really nice tourist attractions in the area.
John  H.
John H. Grand Rapids, MI
A great place to catch fish and checkout the submarine silverside permanently docked there
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A great place to catch fish and checkout the submarine silverside permanently docked there
James  G.
James G. Middleville, MI
It was spawning season, so there were plenty of fish available for the picking.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was spawning season, so there were plenty of fish available for the picking.
Quincy  W.
Quincy W. Kalamazoo, Michigan

Balls Deep Charters
Balls Deep Charters
Fishing charter in North Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
Had the best experience with captain Chad! Very laid back, but very knowledable about the fishing and making sure his guest get the best experience possible! Highly recommend a trip with Chad and the Balls Deep crew
Caleb  C.
Caleb C. Twin Lake, MI
Balls Deep Charters
Balls Deep Charters
Fishing charter in North Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
I know this would have been a terrific trip! .People were looking forward to it. Captain Kozik was great to deal with, and I sincerely recommend him.
Etta  W.
Etta W. Clyde, TX
Limitless Fishing Charters
Limitless Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Justin was great , very knowledgeable, patient and fun. Great person and we will be back for sure.
Kalman  H.
Kalman H. Lansing, MI
Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies
Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies
Fishing charter in Newaygo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Dan was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He was very helpful with my 8 year old son.
William  M.
William M. Alto, MI
Limitless Fishing Charters
Limitless Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Great experience! Captain Jason is very knowledgeable and efficient. He definitely made the charter enjoyable and I would do it again.
David  C.
David C. Greencastle, IN
Great Lakes Guide Service
Great Lakes Guide Service
Fishing charter in Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Great experience. Capt Kyle and Jeremy were awesome. Beautiful day on the lake with four species caught. If you are in the area and need a good guide look no further.
Jeffrey  V.  D.
Jeffrey V. D. Kansas City, MO
Limitless Fishing Charters
Limitless Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Wonderful trip.! Captain was friendly and knowledgeable .I would recommend this trip to everyone!
Dianna  F.
Dianna F. Spencer, IN
Mainstream Guides - Newaygo
Mainstream Guides - Newaygo
Fishing charter in Newaygo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
We had a great trip and the captain was well prepared and obviously familiar with the area. He had everything we needed for the trip and was very helpful whenever we got something on the line.
David  K.
David K. Zeeland, MI
Balls Deep Charters
Balls Deep Charters
Fishing charter in North Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Chad & Tom. Everything about the trip was fantastic! Great experience for my two sons & their friends since this was there first chartered fishing trip. Something they'll never forget. Awesome tunes!!!
Donald  A.
Donald A. Carmel, IN
Coast To Coast Outfitters
Coast To Coast Outfitters
Fishing charter in Newaygo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
The Captain was very professional, informative, fun, and we had a great time!!
Jennifer  B.
Jennifer B. Stockbridge, MI
Limitless Fishing Charters
Limitless Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Muskegon
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(95 reviews)
Even though fishing in November you never know how the weather will be or how the fish will bite, The captain of the boat was very knowledgeable and made this a very memorable trip. Will definitely book another trip.
Jenette  K.
Jenette K. Lansing, Michigan
Limitless Fishing Charters
Limitless Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Captain Justin contacted me days before the reservation and informed me there was a weather front moving in. He kept me updated daily with the forecasted conditions. Unfortunately, bad weather prevented our trip but I was able to make backup plans for the weekend. Even though the trip fell through, it was a good experience overall. I have had nothing but good experiences with Fishing Booker and their Captains!
Patrick  C.
Patrick C. Grand Rapids, MI
Limitless Fishing Charters
Limitless Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
It’s was a great time out on the boat with our captain. We had a great time on the water together and on our fishing trip with him. He is a great guy and super helpful with new comers. Thanks captain Justin
Dustin  H.
Dustin H. Hammond, IN
Balls Deep Charters
Balls Deep Charters
Fishing charter in North Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
Captain Chad and Tom made this trip a great time! We had never chartered a boat before and weren’t sure what to expect. We had the best time and would definitely recommend and we plan on making this an end of summer tradition.
Luis  M.
Luis M. Lakeview, Michigan
Mainstream Guides - Newaygo
Mainstream Guides - Newaygo
Fishing charter in Newaygo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Can’t say enough about this captain! My son and I had an absolute blast. Thanks Aaron!!!
Bob  N.
Bob N. United States
Balls Deep Charters
Balls Deep Charters
Fishing charter in North Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
8-27-21 Morning half day trip. Had a great experience with a great crew. Captain Chad did a great job finding us fish and his crew did a fantastic job setting everything up. Very personable and made it a fun time. Would definitely recommend this charter to anyone.
Jeremy  S.
Jeremy S. China Township, MI
Limitless Fishing Charters
Limitless Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Return customers a week later, what else can I say?! Fantastic trip, reasonably priced! Stellar experience! Don’t hesitate to fish with Captain Justin, you won’t be disappointed!
Scott  R.
Scott R. Bath Township, MI
Limitless Fishing Charters
Limitless Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Awesome Captain + Awesome boat + Awesome gear = Awesome night on the lake! Thanks Cap’n!
Scott  R.
Scott R. Bath Township, MI
Balls Deep Charters
Balls Deep Charters
Fishing charter in North Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
Captain Chad and First Mate Tom were awesome. Their knowledge and experience on the lake had us on fish and the overall trip was fantastic. Would repeat as clients for sure!
Chris  B.
Chris B. Kansas City, MO
Limitless Fishing Charters
Limitless Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Muskegon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
My family had a great time on our morning fishing trip with Justin! We do not have any fishing experience and we still had a wonderful time. Justin accommodates for all skill levels. We would definitely fish with Justin again!
Matthew  S.
Matthew S. Denver, Colorado