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Lake Charlevoix, MI

Popular Fish Species Lake Charlevoix, MI

Lake Charlevoix Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass grow big in Lake Charlevoix, and are a favorite of many locals, especially in spring and summer. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, focus your fishing time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons.

Lake Charlevoix Popular Fish - Walleye

Walleye Fishing

Thanks to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a healthy population of walleye are thriving in the waters of Lake Charlevoix again this year. May and June are the best months for weekend anglers to catch them. During this time they tend to move shallower and closer to shore. Other times of the year they are more likely to roam around in deeper water. As always, staying close by schools of baitfish. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate around structure on points, flats and ledges off the river channels. A proven method for catching walleye here is trolling with spinners tipped with live bait, or trolling with long-billed, deep diving crankbaits. However casting live bait, jigs, worms and spoons also works well at times. When the lake freezes over in winter, ice fishing for walleye can be very productive. Use GPS to locate spots you normally fish during other times of the year.

Lake Charlevoix Popular Fish - Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch Fishing

As a major forage fish in Lake Charlevoix, yellow perch have been a mainstay for anglers and predator fish alike. Fishing for yellow perch is simple, their primary diet consists of minnows and other small fish, insects and worms. Yellow perch tend to gather in small groups and hang out on relatively deep structure, near cover and/or drop-offs. Use a small hook and sinker. Bait a small hook with minnows, worms or small jigs using 6 to 10 pound line. They make for an excellent fish fry, are a food source for many of the larger predator fish in the lake, and they are fun to catch in winter when ice fishing.

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Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Lake Charlevoix in Michigan.

Fantastic views and great fishing make Lake Charlevoix an ideal destination for anglers and vacationers. This 17,200-acre lake in the northwest corner of the lower peninsula, at Charlevoix, has 56 miles of shoreline.

Lake Charlevoix, located in northern Michigan, is a picturesque destination that offers excellent fishing opportunities for anglers of all levels. Spanning over 17,200 acres, this scenic lake is known for its diverse fish species, making it a popular spot for both recreational and serious anglers. Lake Charlevoix is home to species such as smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, and a variety of panfish. Anglers can test their skills and enjoy the thrill of reeling in these prized catches while surrounded by the beauty of the lake.

Lake Charlevoix, with its exceptional fishing opportunities, invigorating boating experiences, and convenient camping options, stands as a remarkable destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Michigan. Whether you're an avid angler, a boating enthusiast, or simply seeking solace in nature, Lake Charlevoix offers a memorable retreat. Its diverse fish species, expansive waters, and breathtaking landscapes combine to create an unforgettable outdoor experience that will leave visitors with cherished memories of their time spent in this natural paradise.

Trout, walleye, perch, bass, sunfish, crappie, northern pike and other species await anglers seeking a trophy or just a good fish fry. Access to the shore for fishing is available at parks, campgrounds and public areas around the lake. Plenty of boat launch ramps provide access for sailboats, pontoons, pleasure boats, canoes, kayaks and all manner of fishing boats. Rental boats are also available at a half dozen locations. Boat charters and fishing guides can furnish the boat and all the gear to simplify a day of fishing. In winter, when the ice is safe, trout, perch, walleye, pike and sunfish are all available to those who enjoy ice fishing. Everything you need for an excellent fishing is available on the lake, or very close by, including marinas, lodging, campgrounds, restaurants, bait and tackle and a wide variety of shopping.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Michigan

Primary fish species residing in Lake Charlevoix

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Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Rock Bass Yellow Perch Northern pike

Lake Charlevoix Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating enthusiasts also find solace in the expansive waters of Lake Charlevoix. With its numerous marinas, boat ramps, and public access points, the lake offers a gateway to exciting boating adventures. Whether cruising along its shimmering waters, water skiing, or engaging in water sports, Lake Charlevoix provides ample opportunities for boaters to explore and enjoy the serene surroundings. The lake's clear waters and stunning shoreline views create a captivating boating experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Boyne Watersports
Rentals: Pontoon boats and kayaks
231 881-6000

Summertime Rentals
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks, canoes and pontoon boats
231 547-7700

Tommy's at Lake Charlevoix
Rentals: Pontoon boats and kayaks
231 535-6039

Ward Brothers Boats
Rentals: Pontoon boats
231 547-2371

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Boyne City Municipal Ramp Boating Access Site
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off N Kake Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Charlevoix Municipal Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Stover Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Dutchmans Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located on the east side of the South Bay, off Dutchmans Bay Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Ironton Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Sweetbrier Lane, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp gravel parking.

Sportsmen Club Boat Launch Ramp
Located at the south end of the South Bay, off Water Street, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

State Street Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off State Street, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Young State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, east side, off Park Drive, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Charlevoix Marina
100 Clinton St
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231 547-3272

Fishing Guides On Lake Charlevoix

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Fishing License

Click here for a Michigan Fishing License.

For those seeking a longer stay, Lake Charlevoix offers camping options that allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Nearby campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restrooms, ensuring a comfortable camping experience. Camping amidst the scenic landscapes surrounding Lake Charlevoix allows for a peaceful retreat, providing opportunities to witness wildlife, explore hiking trails, and bask in the tranquility of nature.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

East Jordan City Campground - 231 536-2561

Whiting Park Campground - 231 582-7040

Young State Park Campground - 231 582-7523

Lake Charlevoix MI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Charlevoix
East Jordan City Tourist Park Campground
218 N Lake St
East Jordan, MI 49727
231 536-2561


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