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Guide to top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in MI.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Burt Lake, Hamlin Lake, Houghton Lake, Hubbard Lake, Lake Gogebic, Lake St Clair, Manistique Lake, Mullett Lake and South Manistique Lake are the most popular places for fishing in Michigan, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species, including ice fishing in winter. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about the best fishing lakes in the state, and the species found in each lake. The Boat Rental Page lists options for fishing boat rentals at some of these lakes.

  • Black Lake, MI
  • Brevoort Lake, MI
  • Burt Lake, MI
  • Crystal Lake, MI
  • Elk Lake, MI
  • Fletcher Pond, MI
  • Glen Lake, MI
  • Grand Lake, MI
  • Hamlin Lake, MI
  • Higgins Lake, MI
  • Houghton Lake, MI
  • Hubbard Lake, MI
  • Indian Lake, MI
  • Lake Charlevoix, MI
  • Lake Gogebic, MI
  • Lake Leelanau, MI
  • Lake Michigamme, MI
  • Lake St Clair, MI
  • Long Lake, MI
  • Manistique Lake, MI
  • Mullett Lake, MI
  • Torch Lake, MI

Michigan boasts a vast array of fishing lakes, offering anglers a diverse range of fishing experiences. The state is home to both warm water lakes and cold water lakes, each with its unique species and characteristics.

Warm water lakes in Michigan provide anglers with excellent opportunities to target popular gamefish species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, muskellunge, and a variety of panfish including bluegill, crappie, and perch. Lakes like Lake St. Clair, Houghton Lake, and Burt Lake are renowned for their warm water fisheries and attract anglers from far and wide. These lakes are known for their trophy-sized bass and abundant populations of panfish, making them ideal destinations for anglers seeking exciting catches.

On the other hand, Michigan's cold water lakes offer a different angling experience, primarily focusing on trout and salmon species. Lakes such as Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Huron are famous for their cold water fisheries, providing opportunities to catch Chinook salmon, coho salmon, lake trout, brown trout, and steelhead. These species thrive in the cooler temperatures and nutrient-rich waters of the Great Lakes, offering thrilling battles and rewarding catches for anglers.

Anglers can choose between warm water lakes and cold water lakes based on their preferred fishing style and target species. Whether it's casting for bass in the shallows of a warm water lake or trolling for salmon in the deep waters of a cold water lake, Michigan's fishing lakes cater to a wide range of angling preferences.

It's important to note that each lake may have specific regulations regarding fishing seasons, bag limits, and size restrictions. It's crucial for anglers to familiarize themselves with local fishing regulations and obtain the necessary licenses to ensure compliance and the sustainable management of fish populations.

Michigan's fishing lakes, both warm water and cold water, offer abundant opportunities for anglers to pursue their favorite species and enjoy the beauty of the state's diverse aquatic ecosystems. From thrilling bass fishing in warm water lakes to the pursuit of trophy trout and salmon in cold water lakes, Michigan's fishing lakes provide endless excitement and memorable experiences for anglers of all levels.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Michigan

Bass Lakes

Burt Lake, Cass Lake, Gun Lake, Hamlin Lake, Houghton Lake, Hubbard Lake, Lake Charlevoix, Lake Mitchell, Lake St Clair and Mullett Lake are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Catfish Lakes

Burt Lake, Gun Lake, Hamlin Lake, Houghton Lake and Lake Charlevoix are favorite options for channel and flathead catfish. More...

Crappie Lakes

Burt Lake, Hamlin Lake, Lake St Clair and Mullett Lake are some of the most popular for black and white crappie. More...

Sunfish & Panfish Lakes

Elk Lake, Hamlin Lake, Houghton Lake, Hubbard Lake, Lake Charlevoix, Lake Gogebic, Lake Leelanau, Lake Mitchell, Lake St Clair, Manistique Lake and Mullett Lake are popular spots to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Walleye Lakes

Burt Lake, Cass Lake, Houghton Lake, Hubbard Lake, Lake Gogebic, Lake Leelanau, Manistique Lake, Mullett Lake, Muskegon Lake and South Manistique Lake are considered the top locations for walleye fishing. More...

Trout Lakes

Elk Lake, Lake Charlevoix, Lake Leelanau, Lake St Clair, Manistee Lake, Manistique Lake and Mullett Lake are the favorite options for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown and lake trout. More...

Salmon Lakes

Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Manistee Lake are the most popular for atlantic and coho salmon fishing. More...

Visit the Michigan fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and destinations in the state. Visit the Michigan map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations.


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