Top 10 Fishing Destinations in Michigan

Are you a nature lover and planning a trip with family and friends for a much needed blissful escape? Surely, Michigan State is the right place for you. A state blessed with great lakes which mimic oceans, USA’s longest freshwater coastline, golden sandy beaches, and breathtaking landscapes will make you fall in love with the magnificence of nature. Michigan is a Midwestern USA state bordered with five of the great lakes: Lake Superior, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie. This state contains more than 11,000 inland lakes, in the lower and upper peninsulas and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Lots of Options Up for Grabs

Michigan fishing majorly comprises of Atlantic salmon/pink salmon/Chinook salmon/coho salmon, large-mouth and small-mouth bass, white bass, walleye, northern pike, lake trout/brook trout/brown trout/ rainbow trout, sunfish, catfish, bullheads, crappies,  whitefish, yellow perch, suckers and gar and smelt. Fishing in Michigan waters has led to some of the biggest monster fish breaking records such as 51.19 pound Tiger Musky, 61.5 pound in Lake Trout and 61.5 pound Carp.

Types of Catch Available

atlantic salmon

Atlantic Salmon

pink salmon

Pink Salmon

coho salmon

Coho Salmon

chinook salmon

Chinook Salmon

Largemouth Bass

smallmouth bass

Smallmouth Bass

White Bass

White Bass

raindbow trout

Rainbow Trout

brown trout

Brown Trout

brook trout

Brook Trout

northern pike

Northern Pike

walleye

Walleye

yellow perch

Yellow Perch

bullhead catfish

Bullhead

Crappie

Bluegill

Bluegill

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Top 10 Fishing Spots Across Michigan

Whether you are a first-timer or victorious angler, Michigan offers excellent fishing opportunities for everyone. With so many fascinating spots to fish from, we have made a Michigan fishing guide for all you enthusiasts planning a trip to the state of great lakes.

Duck Lake

Duck Lake

Are you bass lover and looking for a top-notch spot to fish? Positioned just north of Albion, Duck Lake features slanting drop-offs, weed edges, recessed islands and shallow bays where bass anglers can practice any technique they like. For flip-fishing lovers, there are plenty of boat harbors, swimming rafts and anchored boats that anglers can probe for bass that will sometimes top 5 pounds. Hunt for bass making the rounds of weed edges in 10 to 15 feet of water. In Duck Lake, you can fish very well in April and throughout the summer months.


Lake Saint Clair

Lake Saint Clair

Lake St Clair is part of Michigan’s Great Lakes system, as it is situated between Lake Huron and Lake Erie, which are linked through the St Clair River and Detroit River. This freshwater guarantees a healthy population of game fish, and the lake has an age-old reputation as a world-class fishing destination. Muskellunge, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, walleye, giant channel catfish, carp, pike and largemouth bass are most commonly found here. Attention all champion anglers: the productive season for Musky runs from June through October, when you can catch trophy-sized fish.


Hubbard Lake

Hubbard Lake

With a depth of 85 feet, Hubbard Lake is the state’s 12th largest lake, located in the northeast and always popular for fishing. With walleye being the most abundant, you will also find small-mouth bass, northern pike, lake trout, whitefish, yellow perch, suckers, and gar. A canoe, kayak or fishing boat is a real gain for accessing the fish populations here.  The excellent lucidity of the water tempts many anglers throughout the year, with ice fishing also prevalent in winter months.


Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan

The third-largest of the Great Lakes and with 1,660 miles of coastline, the lake presents a plethora of fishing opportunities, and if you are looking for brilliant fishing for Coho salmon, chinook salmon, and steelhead, then this is the right place for you. Fishing in offshore waters, mainly from late April through August is common here. Lake Michigan also offers rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and walleye in the Midwest. Grand Haven, St. Joe, and Ludington in west-Michigan are leading port.


Grand Traverse Bay

Grand Traverse Bay

Casting a line for a trophy small-mouth? Head no further than Grand Traverse Bay! It is fairly unnoticed in favor of the bigger lakes and generally fished for steelhead, walleye, and Coho salmon. Hence, landing the biggest smallmouths is a big possibility. Reports claim that trophy bass usually reaches over 7 pounds. Traverse City, located at the southern end of the Bay, has a great variety of recreational activities, making Grand Traverse bay an excellent tourist attraction. The beautiful beaches that surround this lake are great for swimming and enjoying the holiday with your family. The bay is 32 miles long, 620 feet deep and located off Lake Michigan. It is split into two parts by the Old Mission Peninsula, which offers innumerable fishing spots. You can fish here in those times when fishing in bigger lakes becomes impossible.


Grand River

Grand River

Located in the western Michigan coast, the Grand River offers one of the best fishing in Michigan. Attention Salmon and steelhead lovers: head no further than the Grand River. In the spring and summer seasons, you will be able to catch giant rainbow trout. It also has ample smallmouth bass in skims and largemouth in its backwaters. The Flat River is great for catching smallmouth bass in riffles, largemouth bass in backwaters, bluegill, crappie, northern pike, channel catfish, flathead catfish, brook trout, perch, walleye, and muskellunge in nearby rivers and lakes.


Lake Charlevoix

Lake Charlevoix

Up for fishing in one of the best lakes in Michigan? Lake Charlevoix was voted the second best lake in the USA in 2012. Broadly known for being the best lake in the USA, this 56-miles of shoreline features unspoiled beaches, comfortable Michigan fishing lodges, and breathtaking views. In a total area of 17,200 acres, a southern arm averaging 58 feet deep, you will find amazing fishing opportunities. Bass varies in size, averaging between 3 and 5 pounds. The lake also has a variety of habitations, though the bass is usually found in the shallow water. Spinnerbaits, jerk baits tube baits, and crankbaits are perfect for Lake Charlevoix. You can troll easily here. It is best to find the drop-offs and fish from May to June. Mid-day, the fish, is deeper, and in mornings and evenings, anglers can find fish in the shallow water. Smallmouth Bass prefer structure, so fishing near rocks, docks, trees works perfectly.


Saginaw Bay

Saginaw Bay

Saginaw Bay is 60 miles long and 30 wide, which is located on Lake Huron and is larger than almost any other lake in the US (except the five great lakes). Known as one of the best places for fishing in Michigan, Saginaw Bay is known countrywide for its tremendous walleye fishery, with large varieties especially caught during the spring reproducing months in April and May. Good walleye action continues throughout the year into the winter months.


Lake Gogebic

Lake Gogebic

Being the largest inland body of water of the Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake Gogebic stretches more than 13,380 acres in the Northwest end of the state. Anglers’ from all around the world flock here in pursuit of walleyes and peak fishing occurs in springtime along the lake's rocky coastlines. Bass fishing becomes popular in late spring and early summer, and you can catch smallmouth and largemouth bass around the lake's weed beds. In winter, Lake Gogebic offers excellent ice fishing allowing you to catch jumbo perch, pike and crappie. You can access the waters and camping sites from Lake Gogebic State Park.


Manistee

Manistee

Manistee is a favorite destination of vacationing families because it offers a plethora of fishing and other outdoor adventure activities. It is renowned as the birthplace of Michigan's Great Lakes salmon fishery and is still one of the best harbors on Lake Michigan. In June, the fishing picks up, and you will be able to find some big catches. Fishing prospects at Manistee are not restricted to Lake Michigan. Manistee Lake is abundant in hand-sized bluegills, largemouth, and smallmouth bass, trophy Northern pike and Master Angler-sized walleyes. You can also enjoy Manistee’s beautiful beaches, canoeing adventures and forests where you can bike, hike, pick berries, or bird watch.

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