Guide To Great Trout Fishing In Michigan
All about fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in local lakes and streams.
Cold, clear water creates ideal conditions for trout. And, Michigan has lots of it, including ice fishing options. Aside from the rivers and streams containing trout there are quite a number of larger lakes with healthy trout populations. These lakes include Black Lake, Brevoort Lake, Burt Lake, Crystal Lake, Elk Lake, Glen Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Charlevoix, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Leelanau, Lake Michigamme, Lake Michigan, Lake St Clair, Lake Superior, Manistique Lake, Mullett Lake, Torch Lake and Wixom Lake.
Trout Species In The State
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 26.5 lbs
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 9.5 lbs
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 41.45 lbs
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 61.5 lbs
Click the images and links above for species details.
Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
Michigan Record Trout
The state record rainbow trout came out of Lake Michigan.
The state record brook trout was taken out of Clear Lake.
The state record for brown trout came from the Manistee River.
The state record for lake trout was served by Lake Superior.
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources stock trout in waters across the state. Visit their website for details and information regarding trout stockings in Michigan.
Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.
Additional trout information
Trout locations and info, by state.
The habits of trout.
Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Michigan waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.