September 25, 2018

Shop Hours: 6am to 6pm Seven days a week.…please stop in or call for your fishing supplies, guides and/or Motel rooms…231-745-3529.

It has been busy on the river and fishing pressure is high, please ask before you cast to avoid conflicts. The pools and runs are fishing well, but many fish are spawning too. Look for the occasional brown and/or steelhead in the slots and runs below spawning areas. We have been seeing some very nice steelhead sliding up the river each day…we have hooked a few, but none to the net yet! Any day…any day…the day-makers are there…any day!

We appreciate all the business thus far…it has been a great fall! We are really busy for the next month and love it! Thank you!!! We still have guides available throughout the season on most days. September is almost in the books and that means fall in Michigan!!! The steelhead countdown is on!!! By Mid-October, we switch to steelhead fishing which is our favorite time of year to be hunting chrome on the river. Give it a try if you have never experienced it…there is nothing better! We pride ourselves in honest fishing reports and this is no different. We are experiencing a good run of kings (and most are whoppers!!!). It’s time to go fishing!!!

My current open guide dates: October 9, 13, 14, 16, 18, 22 & then it open up for steelhead fishing We have other guides available and lodging if needed. Please contact the shop 231-745-3529.

Try tossing spinners or stick-bait lures if you are spin fishing. Thundersticks and rattle tots work well. Adjust your color selections based on water clarity and sky conditions. For the fly guys…try Egg Sucking Leeches, black stones, Green caddis, flash flies and egg patterns. Of course, it is always recommended to have an egg pattern on at this time of year around spawning kings.…you never know whats down there eating eggs? There has been a mix of stream trout taken on egg patterns this week.

There are fishable numbers throughout the system. Double check your knots this year, because the fish are large and in charge! Rods are snapping and nets are breaking. Enjoy the challenge and don’t get frustrated for not landing many.

I love my job for many reasons…each day is different, the script is never written until the boat is on the trailer and fish make people smile! Smiling faces are the goal with every guide trip! We can not control the weather, the fish bite, traffic/fishing pressure, but we can make the best of each and every day on the river. I wish everyone else had that demeanor…”If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water”

River Clean-Up October 27, 2018….details to follow

It’s been a busy week…but fun!!!! A picture is worth a thousand words…so, here you go!

It is certainly not too early to start thinking about fall and winter steelhead. By mid-October we will be steelhead hunting until the weather gets too brutal. It will be here before you know it. Fall is in the air…NFL Football, college ball & kings are running!

Later & Fish-On!



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Grand River Fishing Report

September has been an active month for us at Werkman Outfitters.  This is our fishing report for September 24, 2018.

The annual migration of the salmon has started on the Grand River and the steelhead will be close behind.  In addition, with the cooler air, lower water temps and shorter

Grand River Fishing Report

September has been an active month for us at Werkman Outfitters.  This is our fishing report for September 24, 2018.

The annual migration of the salmon has started on the Grand River and the steelhead will be close behind.  In addition, with the cooler air, lower water temps and shorter

Muskegon River Fishing Report – September 20, 2018 – Newaygo, Michigan

Muskegon River Fishing Report – September 22, 2018 – Newaygo, Michigan

Byron holds a beast of a Chinook salmon from our outing on the Pere Marquette river.

The Muskegon river fishing report for September 22, 2018 in the Newaygo, Michigan area is about the cooling weather, onset of the “fall”

September 22, 2018

Hey guys, sorry for the Saturday report, but I’ve ben having some internet issues here at the house that now seem to have resolved themselves… The shop is now open from 6am to 6pm seven days a week, please stop in for fishing supplies, guides and/or motel rooms. We truly appreciate your business! Also, the fall river cleanup is scheduled for October 27th, details to follow.

A few pics from the 12th.

Not much to tell on the run side of things that you probably don’t already know. We are still finding plenty of staging fish in the pools and if sight fishing gravel is your thing there are plenty of opportunities on that end as well, but much more so at first and last light on a sunny day…

A few from the 13th.

We’ve been primarily using C&D rigs with larger eggs and assorted nymphs, but Charlie did well on Kings in the dark water with a double smaller eggs/tippet indy rig yesterday while looking for a Steelhead. (Found one, great battle, but lost to the wood in the end…) Gettting some pretty good bites around first light in pools with a little current, but a lot of fish are either flossed or foul hooked if they’re packed in there. Par for the course even if you’re not trying too.

A few from the 14th

I had last Saturday (As well as today.) blocked off and when Sunday never filled in Steve from Barski and I scouted a short section of the mid river. Not packed the way I had hoped it would be except for a few pools that were already occupied, but we hooked our share of fish that took us to the wood in the one good pool we got on. Tomorrow hadn’t booked yet as of yesterday so I blocked it off as well and I’m looking forward to fishing with Steve and Deb for fun instead!

A few of many from the 17th

The water is actually pretty darn low and clear at the moment. I was hoping we’d get a little more rain than we did, but it looks like we may get another shot at it on Tuesday. From the sounds of it there are still a fair number of fish still held up in PM Lake and a few of those are pushing thru the lower river yet, but a big shot of water should give us another big shot of new fish.

A couple from the 18th

Haven’t seen too many conflicts on the water this year, (A good thing, we are all out there to have fun!) but there have been some crowding in situations. As John mentioned in his report, ask before you cast is always a good rule of thumb as well as treating others as you would wish to be treated…. Most everyone seems to be just enjoying the resource however!

A couple from the 20th

A few from yesterday, the 21st

Don’t have much more to tell ya. The season is in full swing and we are having lots of fun out there! My next available date is Wednesday, October 10th and then my schedule opens up quite a bit starting on the 14th with plenty of late Salmon/early Steelhead dates available as well as peak Steelhead dates in November. Just give the shop a call to book a trip if you’d like to spend a day or two on the water with me, I’d love to have ya! (231-745-3529 other guides available as well!)


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Changing colors

Fall is in the air.  The cottonwoods are dropping leaves in the lodge parking lot, the trout are chasing streamers, the fall olives are hatching, and the rivers are empty.  It has been a very fun week, equal parts summer and fall.  Three nights ago I was mouse fishing.  Today

The Kings Of Swing!

(Colin (left) helping BJ hold his first ever King Salmon taken with a fly rod)

Here’s my new good friends Colin (left) and his friend BJ from Texas as they put it in their own words “these fresh water kings ain’t no joke.”  30 minute drag screeching runs, aerial

Sept 17 2018

River time….

After the rains, slow fishing and high waters forced me to reschedule some trips the first week of September, we are back on the water. Running trips on the PM for King salmon. The numbers in the upper river are decent, but I think a big part of

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