Good People - Good Water - Good Fish
Michigan was part of Mop up the States Near My Home in the Chicago campaign. Why I never fished Michigan until 2017, I have no idea. It is funny how almost everywhere in Michigan, there are trout, but states like North Dakota have almost none.
Anyways it is Memorial Day Weekend, and Lauren is with her family in the South. So, I pack up the dog "Brooke Trout" and head-up to Croton Dam's tailwaters, the Muskegon River.
We crossed the dam and drove to the parking we there was fish access. Google Maps in satellite view is incredible. I guessed at the site from what I learned from the maps. I drove right up, launched Brooke, threw a couple of casts, and had my first Michigan Rainbow. Yes, small like a lot of my first fish in a state. I had no idea there will be trout. I just guessed from the research I did. I ended up catching 43 trout in about two hours. Sunset was nearing, and I had no place to stay or had mastered SUV camping yet.
We drove around looking for a campsite, but it was Memorial Day Weekend; we finally stumbled on a town park, White Cloud County Park. The park was right off the White River, another trout stream we would target.
The camping was not in a forest, but friendly nonetheless. I forgot my tent poles and the young lady running the place ran out a fetched hers. I live in Chicago, people are nice, but this was over the top. The whole time she watched over us. We ate dehydrated food and had a half bottle of wine, then Brooke called it a night, so I joined her. Ok, maybe the dog didn't eat the food or drink the wine.
The White River is a small stream with healthy larger trout than I caught in Muskegon River. It was a blast as a pulled about a half-dozen 10-12 inch healthy trout. The day was coming to an end, and my next stop would be Indiana to a friend's farm to catch my Hoosier Trout.
First Michigan Trout Muskegon River
White River Trout