August 2022 Trip

Trip Overview

Long days and short nights have allowed for great opportunities for pursuing early morning/evening warm water species such as northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass. Over the last few weeks, the temperatures in West Michigan have reached the mid 80’s by noon. River temperatures have held in the mid 70’s, allowing for a strong top water bite. Targeting weed lines and drop-offs have helped our participating veterans to pick up some quality fish.

As always, the Muskegon River is ever changing, fluctuating river levels with varying water quality can make all the difference in how the fish are feeding. White swimbaits and spinnerbaits fished very well in the morning. Fishing streamers in a white/cream articulated variation also did the trick. The streamers fished in a sporadic motion, moved some quality northerns as well as smallmouth. A nice variety of pike, smallmouth, and bowfin fish made it to the back of the net! Maintaining a positive attitude and willingness to put in the work always pays off!!! Our team really enjoyed our time introducing the sport of fly and light tackle fishing to our participating veteran.

August 2022 pike in net
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August 2022 pike in hand

The program staff is friendly, and very knowledgeable of the river and the species we were targeting. Not only did I catch two new species, the staff made me feel like a pro! Definitely a memory of a lifetime.”


Recent Trips

October 2022

Our program recently had the privilege of working with a father and son from the neighboring State of Ohio. Both Airmen traveled to West Michigan to explore the lower section of the Muskegon River. Target species for this months trip consisted of Chinook “King” salmon, steelhead, resident northern pike, and smallmouth bass.

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September 2022

There is no better time to be in Northern Michigan than right NOW! The brisk mornings, changing leaves, and our rivers are alive with the annual return of the Chinook “King” salmon. The “run” is on and new fish are entering the river systems daily. Pods of fish can be found throughout the river system. For this month’s trip, Flyin’ Heroes choose to target the fresh Chinooks moving in the lower sections of the Muskegon River.

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Experience a unique guided float trip down the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and/or the White River located in West Michigan.