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Great Trout Season Expected in West Michigan

Trout fishing on the Westside of Michigan is expected to be awesome this season. Weather conditions have been ideal increasing the survival rate for planted and wild trout. This means bigger and wilder trout in stretches of the White and Muskegon rivers. Plus, the DNR planted thousands of trout in the Rogue River and Coldwater River giving anglers more opportunities to land decent sized trout.

This article from gives a great rundown of some spots to try in the area. A quick overview: try above the Rockford Dam, the Rabbit River and the Sebewa Creek in Ionia County which is accessible from the Portland State game area.

Try spinners or floating spawn or worms on a slip-bobber along log jams for brown trout. I’ve also had luck using these blue fox spinners on rainbows in the spring.  In flies only sections of the river start with a decent sized streamer to entice a big brown or rainbow attack. Then try stonefly bugger nymphs, egg flies, bead-head pheasant tail nymphs and stone fly caddis (olive or brown).

If you’d like, feel free to post your fishing results on these waters in the comment section.


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