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welcome-to-michiganFishing in Michigan

Five Great Lakes, 11,000 inland lakes and hundreds of streams and rivers make fishing in Michigan as enjoyable as ever! Michigan’s 3,000 mile shoreline is longer than the entire country’s Atlantic seaboard!

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fishing1Great Lakes

Lake Superior: Lake Superior is world-famous for its standard rock and giant lake trout. It is world’s 2nd largest lake and world’s largest freshwater lake with an area of 31,700 square miles. In its crystal clear waters you will find monster salmon too and in its huge tributaries you will get your hands on walleye, northern pike, perch, wild rainbow trout, coho, Chinook, brown trout, steelhead and splake.

Lake Huron: With an area of 23,010 square miles, Lake Huron is the world’s 3rd largest freshwater lake and presents world-class fishery with its dozens of ports from where you can fish salmon, steelheads, walleye, lake trout, perch and many more freshwater fishes. Albaster, Alpena, Au Gres, Bay City, Caseville, Fish Point, Grindstone City, Harbor Beach, Linwood and Hessel are some of the ports of Lake Huron.

Lake Michigan: Lake Michigan too has got dozens of ports like Acme, Arcadia, Frankfort, Saugatuck, South Haven, Traverse City, Whitehall, White Lake, and so on. The lake is the 5th largest lake in the world and is famous for record class game fish such as Chinook, coho, steelhead, rainbow, brown trout, lake trout, and many more.

Lake St. Clair: Lake St. Clair is world-famous for its best fishing of muskie. So also walleye, smallmouth bass and perch, sometimes even salmon are caught in its waters. It has an area of 430 square miles and has ports of Algonac, Anchor Bay, Detroit, Harrison Twp. and Mt. Clemens for fishing in Michigan.

Lake Erie: Lake Erie is world-famous for its best fishing of perch and walleye. It is the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world, having an area of 9,940 square miles. Bolles Harbor, Luna Pier, Monroe and Toledo Beach are the ports on Lake Erie for fishing in Michigan.

fishing1Some Major Rivers

Au Sable River: This river is an important northern Michigan trout river. It has clean water, steady flow, and gravel bottoms and it has main, north and south branches.

Manistee River: From its headwaters to Tippy Dam, the river has browns, rainbows and brookies and below it, steelheads and salmon. Much of it flows through public land, and offers great fishing, camping and canoeing combination.

Boardman River: The river is beautiful and gives birth to beautifully marked and toughest-to-catch trout in Michigan.

Escanaba River: Though it flows through the middle of the Upper Peninsula, from north to south, it has sections wild enough to remind you of the Upper Peninsula. Its deep, mud-colored pools and ledge rapids are the abodes of brown trout, some of which are real giants.

Grand River: Grand River, Grand Ledge and Portland are the best places for smallmouth bass. You can even explore some very rarely fished water by a canoe.


Pere Marquette River: Anglers come to this river every season to seek high quality trout or steelhead fishing. All are of the opinion that the size of the fish in this river is remarkable. You can enjoy the thrill of the challenges offered by this river and get rewarded ultimately with great catches.


fishing1Some Major Inland Lakes

Gogebic County Lakes

Lake Gogebic: Located near town Marenisco, the lake has quite a huge area of 13,380 acres and gives excellent catches of walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, crappie, jumbo perch and whitefish.

Lac Vieux Desert: Situated near town Land O’ Lakes, this lake has an area of 4,300 acres and is productive of muskie, northern pike and walleye.

Other major lakes are Beatons, Big Bateau, Chaney, Cisco, Clark, Crooked, Deer Island, Duck, Langford, Loon, and many more, give variety of fish like walleye, largemouth, smallmouth, and rock bass, bluegill and crappie.

Marquette County Lakes

Lake Michigamme: This lake is situated near town Michigamme and has an area of 4,360 acres and gives fishing of muskie, walleye and northern pike, along with crappie, rock, and smallmouth bass, splake and trout.

Lake Independence: It has an area of 1,860 acres and it is situated near town Big Bay. It gives variety of catches of rock bass, walleye, northern pike, bluegill, crappie, smallmouth bass, and so on.

Other major lakes are Bass, Big Shag, Deer Lake Basin, Goose, Little, Silver Lake Basin, Squaw, Teal, Witch, and so on.

Rosocommon County Lakes

Houghton Lake: Having a huge area of 20,044 acres and situated near the town Houghton Lake, it gives excellent catches of walleye, rock and smallmouth bass, northern pike and bluegill.

Higgins Lake: This lake too has got a huge area of 9,600 acres and gives the catch primarily of smallmouth bass, northern pike, brown, lake and rainbow trout, and so on.

Lake St. Helen: Located near St. Helen and having an area of 2,390 acres the lake gives good catches of bluegill, rock bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and walleye.


Fishing in Michigan presents more excitement than you think of! Let yourself enjoy it this vacation!