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Michigan Fishing

All about fishing in the Great Lakes State

Michigan Fishing Lake at Sunset

There are thousands of lakes, ponds and streams available for fishing in the state of Michigan. We will focus here on the larger impoundments offering a nice variety of fish to pursue.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, bowfin, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, sauger, sturgeon and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Michigan Lakes

Michigan major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Michigan, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Michigan, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Michigan Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Black Lake is a 10,000-acre lake at the northern tip of the lower peninsula, at Waverly, MI.

Brevort Lake is a 4,200-acre lake in the eastern part of the upper peninsula, at Brevort, MI.

Burt Lake is a 17,000-acre lake in the northern tip of the lower peninsula, at Indian River, MI.

Crystal Lake is a 9,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the lower peninsula, at Beulah, MI.

Elk Lake is a 7,700-acre lake in the northwest part of the lower peninsula, at Elk Rapids, MI.

Fletcher Pond is a 9,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the lower peninsula, at Hillman, MI.

Grand Lake is a 5,700-acre lake in the northeast corner of the lower peninsula, at Kralow, MI.

Hamlin Lake is a 5,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the lower peninsula, at Hamlin, MI.

Higgins Lake is a 10,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the lower peninsula, at Higgins Lake, MI.

Houghton Lake is a 20,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the lower peninsula, at Houghton Lake, MI.

Hubbard Lake is an 8,800-acre lake in the northeast part of the lower peninsula, at Caledonia, MI.

Indian Lake is an 8,700-acre lake in the south-center part of the upper peninsula, at Manistique, MI.

Lake Erie is a 9,910 square-mile lake on the border at the southeast corner of Michigan.

Lake Gogebic is a 12,800-acre lake in the western part of the upper peninsula, at Bergland, MI.

Lake Huron is a 23,000 square-mile lake covering the eastern border of Michigan.

Lake Michigamme is a 4,300-acre lake in the central part of the upper peninsula, at Michigamme, MI.

Lake Michigan is a 22,400 square-mile lake running along half the southern perimeter of the upper peninsula and the western border of the lower peninsula.

Lake Superior is a 31,820 square-mile lake running along the northern border of the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Long Lake is a 5,600-acre lake in the northeast corner of the lower peninsula, at 5 miles north of Alpena, MI.

Manistique Lake is a 10,100-acre lake in the eastern part of the upper peninsula, at Lakefield, MI.

Mullett Lake is a 17,300-acre lake in the northern tip of the lower peninsula, at Mullett, MI.

Sanford Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the northeast part of the lower peninsula, at Sanford, MI.

Torch Lake is an 18,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the lower peninsula, at Torch Lake, MI.

Wixom Lake is a 2,200-acre lake in the northeast part of the lower peninsula, at Edenville, MI.

Fishing boat at dock in a fishing lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

State of MI Fishing Information

Find additional information about fishing in Michigan at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website. Here, you can acquire a Michigan fishing license.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Michigan and other boating information.

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Visit our section dedicated to fishing activities for kids in MI. It includes information about kids fishing with stories, photos and tips for where and how to take a kid fishing in Michigan. Find information regarding Michigan cabin rentals for the fishing vacation of a lifetime.

You can find a listing of MI fishing guides here. If you are a fishing guide in Michigan or know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.

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Fish for big bass in Michigan

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities exist for anglers in MI.

Fish Species in Michigan

Fishing for bass in Michigan

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

MI State Record: 11 lbs 15 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

MI State Record: 9 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for catfish in Michigan

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MI State Record: 40 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

MI State Record: 49 lbs 15 oz

Fishing for crappie in Michigan

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

MI State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

MI State Record: 3 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for walleye in Michigan

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

MI State Record: 17 lbs 3 oz

Fishing for trout in Michigan

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

MI State Record: 26 lbs 8 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

MI State Record: 9 lbs 8 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

MI State Record: 34 lbs 9 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

MI State Record: 61 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for panfish in Michigan

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

MI State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

MI State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

MI State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

MI State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

MI State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

MI State Record: 3 lbs 9 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

MI State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

MI State Record: 6 lbs 12 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

MI State Record: 1 lbs 14 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

MI State Record: 3 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for salmon in Michigan

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

MI State Record: 32 lbs 9 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

MI State Record: 30 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for other species in Michigan

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

MI State Record: 14 lbs 0 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

MI State Record: 18 lbs 0 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

MI State Record: 48 lbs 0 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

MI State Record: 39 lbs 0 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

MI State Record: 6 lbs 9 oz

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

MI State Record: 193 lbs

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

MI State Record: 51 lbs 0 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.

 

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