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Muskegon County Area Fishing Report

1-31-22 Muskegon area field reporter Chris Brandt tells me that Croton/Hardy Walleye are biting in 8 to 10 feet of water again using smaller bait set ups. Fluorocarbon leader set 2 feet off the bottom ...Full Report

Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
610 West Western Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49440
T: (800) 250-9283 | F: (231) 724-1398

Welcome to Muskegon County

Welcome to our little slice of the Lake Michigan shoreline in Muskegon County, Michigan! We’re a 4-season playground with things to see and do for every member of the family – everything from relaxing on the beach or playing in the sand to riding roller coasters and splashing in a water park at Michigan’s Adventure Amusement & Water Park, to sliding down an 850-foot luge track at the Winter Sports Complex, you’ll find something to do every day during your stay. And don’t forget our great festival and event line-up, where you’ll find something for everyone’s taste, all year-round.

Beach Bumming
Muskegon’s slice of the Lake Michigan shoreline features 26 miles of sandy beaches, including a nationally-certified clean beach, Pere Marquette Park. Walk or hike the dune trails in one of three state parks and seven county parks. Muskegon County attracts recreational boaters and fisherman alike to a collection of inland lakes and rivers. And over 60 miles of trails weave through the area…. follow them to a deck or patio for a sunset toast.

Our History
As one of the deepest ports in the Great Lakes, maritime attractions are a must see in Muskegon County. Visit a lighthouse or tour the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, USS Silversides Submarine Museum, or the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper. Tour Muskegon Lake while enjoying a cruise aboard the Aquastar.

Reflect on a time when Muskegon was known as the “Lumber Queen of the World.” Lumber Baron Charles Hackley’s legacy includes the renowned Muskegon Museum of Art, historic Hackley Park, the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, and so much more.

The Muskegon Heritage Museum will walk you through our industrial past. The Lakeshore Museum Center traces the area’s history from when mastodons roamed the area. The new Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall is where visitors can experience 10,000 years of Michigan history on a live tour through a natural woodland area. Talk to a fur trader or lumberjack, churn butter in a settler’s cabin or visit a logging camp bunkhouse.

Muskegon County Fishing
Have you ever wanted to do battle with a king salmon or a high-flying steelhead? Choose a fishing charter on Lake Michigan, where the season runs from April through October! The Port of Muskegon offers king salmon, coho salmon, steelhead, brown trout, and lake trout fishing. Novices to seasoned anglers will enjoy the sun and waves while the crew does the work, until the poles bend and it’s your turn to reel in the fish!

Several Muskegon-area restaurants will prepare your fresh catch as soon as you get off the boat (fish must be caught on a licensed charter). Bring in your cleaned fish and the restaurants will cook your catch to your liking and serve it family style.

Muskegon County’s most famous river is its namesake, the Muskegon. The “Mighty Mo,” is a scenic tailwater fishery, one of the best fish factories in the Midwest for steelhead, trout or salmon.

Every year the Muskegon River has huge runs of migratory chinook “king” salmon, steelhead “rainbow” trout, and brown trout from Lake Michigan, as the fish return to the river to spawn and reproduce. Large resident brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and walleye are also numerous in the Muskegon River. Fish from the bank or hire a guide to take you to the hotspots.

Muskegon County has 57 inland lakes offering exceptional opportunities for these gamefish and smaller panfish. Many lakes offer public boat launches and there are
plenty of areas to fish from shore.

Muskegon and White Lake have become a premier destination for bass and walleye tournaments. In 2013, Muskegon was chosen to host the Bassmasters All-Star
Week, bringing the country’s top anglers to compete for prize money. This tournament aired on national television and put Muskegon County in the spotlight as a major fishing destination.

The winter won’t slow you down either, and once the local lakes have safe ice, ice fishing is a great option to enjoy the fisheries of Muskegon and White Lakes and many other fishing hotspots.

Area Photos

Dreamweaver Strike King Traxstech Corporation Off Shore Tackle Wavepro Garmin Country Smokehouse Lew's Angler Qwest Pontoons Polar Kraft Boats Drotto Boat Latch system Flofast Fluid transfer systems

Watch the "Fisherman's Digest" TV show.
Available Locally and Nationally on these networks and times. Set your DVRs.