Muskegon, MI

Muskegon is a decent-sized city that is known as a popular summer tourist destination in Michigan.  Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake, people come here to fish, boat and just enjoy the outdoors.  The Muskegon River is also a huge attraction here since it’s one of the better fishing rivers in the state for salmon, trout and smallmouth bass.

Muskegon Salmon & Trout Fishing

Fishing is very popular out of this port.  Anglers target chinook salmon, coho salmon, lake trout, steelhead and brown trout in the waters of Lake Michigan.  Huge runs of king salmon, steelhead and brown trout also move into the Muskegon River for their spawning migrations.  Resident brown trout and rainbow trout can also be found in the Muskegon River.  If you need a fishing charter, there are so many to choose from here.  It’s a very popular fishing destination for salmon and trout.

Muskegon Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Some anglers target smallmouth bass on Lake Michigan, but the salmon and trout are here in much great numbers in this part of the lake.  You can also find some smallmouth bass in Muskegon Lake.  The Muskegon River is the place to go for most anglers though if they want to consistently target smallmouth bass here and catch some quality fish too.  It’s a very good river for smallmouth bass and there are some fishing guides available to help put you on some of the better fish.

Muskegon Perch Fishing

Anglers target perch on Lake Michigan, Muskegon Lake and White Lake in this area.  The perch fishing on Lake Michigan can be good, but you have to find them.  Most anglers report better success offshore when targeting perch.

Muskegon Lake

Muskegon Lake offers good fishing for a variety of fish.  Walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass are the game fish that anglers target throughout the season.  Salmon and trout do move into the lake seasonally and anglers can target these fish without having to use the big boats that anglers need for Lake Michigan’s rougher waters.  Panfish such as perch, rock bass and bluegill are available too.

Muskegon River

The Muskegon river gets huge migrations of king salmon, steelhead and brown trout.  You can also find resident fish in there as well.  Target brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and walleye in the river.

White Lake

White Lake has a variety of fish available.  Anglers target northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, crappie, rock bass and bluegill.