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Muskegon River at Croton Dam May 5 2021

Muskegon River at Croton Dam May 5 2021

Fishing on the Muskegon River at Croton Dam in Newaygo, Michigan.

Fishing on the Muskegon River at Croton Dam is a great section of the Muskegon River to fish, and one of the best places to fish in all of Michigan-at least from shore. Which is how I was fishing this evening.

The weather was sunny, breezy, and cool. With air temperatures in the low 50s. The water was quite shallow, and they weren’t releasing any water from the Croton Dam Pond either. Which may be the first time I’ve been up there and that’s been the case.

I fished from the shore (bank fishing), primarily while drifting crawlers in the current-which can be difficult near and under the bridge because of how fast the current is moving, but there is a nice channel here. As far as fish goes, all I caught this evening were suckers, though I caught three of them in limited time (less than two hours is limited fishing time).

I used several rods today. My trusty Okuma Salmon/Steelhead rod which I use on just about everything, as well as my original Shakespeare Ugly Stik which I’ve had for 14 years. It’s a trooper. I also briefly used a Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX-2 Ultralight rod to run some spinners for trout, but that wasn’t successful this evening.

Fishing on the Muskegon River at Croton Dam is a great option if you’re looking for a place where you can catch all sorts of fish. I’ve caught rainbow trout, brown trout, walleye, and suckers out of there, but typically you can find smallmouth bass, catfish, and depending on the time of year, even steelhead in this stretch.

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I didn’t lose any tackle tonight! Which was a challenge with all of the zebra mussels, fast water, and rocks.

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