Fishing in Michigan

Michigan offers great fishing opportunities for anglers with more than 11,000 inland lakes, thousands of miles of Great Lakes shoreline, and numerous rivers and streams.

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Top Fishing Spots in Michigan

Lake Michigan
Ottawa Beach is part of Holland State Park. Offers excellent fishing, boating and provides for a full day of family fun with swimming, camping, and playgrounds.
Lake Cadillac
A popular fishing and camping destination — especially on Free Fishing Days.
Grand River Park
Located on Grand River in Lansing, Grand River Park is a city park for families and beginner anglers.
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Common Catches in Michigan

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
The largemouth bass is the most popular freshwater game fish in the U.S. Learn more about how you can identify a largemouth bass, where to catch it and what bait and lures to use.
Atlantic Salmon
Atlantic Salmon
The value of the Atlantic salmon both as a sport, commercial, and food fish cannot be exaggerated.
Yellow Perch
Yellow Perch
The yellow perch, unlike the so-called white perch, Morone americana, is a true perch, not a bass.
Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout
The rainbow trout is an extremely valuable species in any and all of its forms. It is native to the west coast of North America from southern Alaska to Mexico.
Walleye
Walleye
The walleye is a wide-ranging, North American species that occurs virtually everywhere on the mainland.
Lake Trout
Lake Trout
The lake trout has considerable value both as a sport fish and a food fish.

Michigan Fishing Tips And Information

Get Started Ice Fishing

Get Started Ice Fishing

Learn ice fishing basics, decide where to ice fish, and plan your next fishing trip.

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Where to Fly Fish: Top Spots

Getting Started

Get started with fly fishing tips for locating the best places to fly fish.

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Lakes & Ponds for Freshwater Fishing

Fishing Lakes and Ponds

Learn the importance of structures for the best freshwater fishing in lakes and ponds.

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