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Muskegon River - Croton - Michigan

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Early afternoon 20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Midge Pupa
February Midges Early afternoon 20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Midge Pupa
March Blue Winged Olives Midday 18-20 Rusty Spinner, Blue-winged Olive
April Blue Winged Olives, Caddisflies Midday, Evening 16-20, 14-18 Rusty Spinner, Caddis Pupa
May Sulphurs, Caddisflies Midday, Evening 14-18 Sulphur Dun, Elk Hair Caddis
June Drake, Light Cahills Evening 10-12, 14-16 Green Drake Dry Fly, Light Cahill
July Terrestrials, Trico Mayflies Morning, Afternoon 18-22, 20-24 Ant Patterns, Trico Spinner
August Terrestrials, Trico Mayflies Morning, Afternoon 18-22, 20-24 Hopper Patterns, Trico Spinner
September Blue Winged Olives Midday 18-20 Blue-winged Olive, Rusty Spinner
October Blue Winged Olives Midday 18-20 Blue-winged Olive, Rusty Spinner
November Midges Early afternoon 20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Midge Pupa
December Midges Early afternoon 20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Midge Pupa

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Muskegon River – Croton is a stunning location full of excellent spots for fly fishing. Beginners and pros alike will enjoy what this picturesque river has to offer. Below are the best spots for fly fishing:

  • Thornapple River: A tributary of the Muskegon that is known for its brown trout.
  • Newaygo State Park: Offers excellent access to the river beside plenty of other outdoor activities.
  • Doug Harbaugh’s Fly Fishing Tours: If you’re unfamiliar with the area, these tours will guide you to the river’s prime fishing spots.
  • Croton Township Campground: With its close proximity to the Muskegon River, this location is perfect for fishing enthusiasts who plan to stay overnight.
  • Henning Park: The large area of water adjacent to the park isn’t just for boating – it’s a hotspot for trout and salmon.

Remember, the beauty of fishing on the Muskegon River – Croton isn’t just about the catch, but also the nature around you.

Best Access Points

The Muskegon River in Croton offers stellar access points for fly fishing enthusiasts. Here are the most popular ones:

  • Croton Dam: Start your excursion at the very top, where the river flows out of the dam. An ideal location for salmon and steelhead.
  • Pine Street Access Point: This public launch site positions you in a terrific spot for fly fishing and is located a few miles downriver from Croton Dam.
  • Henning County Park: With plenty of shoreline access, this park is handy for both wade and bank fishing. It encompasses a vast area, providing ample spots to cast your line.
  • Richards Park: Situated below Newaygo, this location promises a peaceful setting for some excellent fishing opportunities.
  • Bridgeton Township Launch: Public boat launch that offers fantastic access to downstream sections of the river.

Use caution when accessing the water, as levels and flows can change quickly, affecting fishing conditions and safety.

Local Fish

  • Chinook Salmon: These fish are primarily targeted during their fall spawning run.
  • Coho Salmon: Fly fishermen aim for this species during the annual spring and fall runs.
  • Steelhead: These trout are prevalent throughout the year, with peaks in spring and fall.
  • Brown Trout: These fish are available year-round and are a particularly popular target during the summer months.
  • Rainbow Trout: These trout provide great sport for fly fisherman in the warmer months.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Available from late spring through early fall, these fish provide a challenging fight.
  • Pike: These large, aggressive fish are targeted for their fight and size. They are most commonly targeted in the cooler months.
  • Walleye: While not a traditional fly rod species in many places, the Muskegon River has a substantial walleye fishery and they can be targeted throughout the year.

About The River

Flowing elegantly for 232 miles across Michigan, the Muskegon River boasts a historical journey as versatile as its landscape. Known for its picturesque beauty, this river has been a vibrant life source since ancient times when Native American tribes, like the Ojibwe and Potawatomi, thrived on its bounty.

  • In the 1880s, lumbering brought prosperity to the region marking a significant period in its history. Ever resilient, the river recovered and is now a sanctuary for diverse plants and wildlife.
  • Croton, a quaint village on the Muskegon River’s bank, juggles both historical charm and modern allure. Once home to a bustling dam providing power, it’s now favored by campers, fishers, and adventure seekers!

Today, the Muskegon River – Croton area continues to evolve, balancing conservation goals with the desires of residents and visitors. It’s more than a river; it’s a testament to nature, history, and community combined.

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