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Muskegon County offers a premier destination for freshwater fishing surrounded by waterways including Lake Michigan, inland lakes, streams, and the world-renowned Muskegon River for year-round fishing action.

no salt! no sharks!

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.

Are bass, walleye or pike more your style?

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.