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Fishing Higgins Lake

Popular Fish Species Higgins Lake, MI

Lake Higgins Popular Fish - Lake Trout

Lake Trout

Year round, fishing for lake trout in Lake Higgins can be quite remarkable. This year the population of lake trout is exceptionally healthy, and many big fish are being caught. Trolling, and using live baitfish is always a good choice. When the lake freezes over, ice fishing for big lake trout in Higgins Lake can be very rewarding.

Lake Higgins Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout Fishing

This year, fishing for rainbow trout in Higgins Lake is very popular. The Michigan Deptartment of Natural Resources stocks rainbow trout in the lake annually, and the fishing is often quite good. Trolling is the preferred method for catching nice rainbows at Higgins Lake. When the lake freezes over, try your luck at ice fishing.

Lake Higgins Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Fishing for smallmouth bass is a favorite excursion of many locals at Higgins Lake, the lake often delivers quality fish when conditions are right. Fishing for bass is good during warm months anytime they are shallow in spring, summer and warmer fall days. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, ice fishing is often rewarding for smallies.

Higgins Lake Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, rock bass and yellow perch at Higgins Lake in Michigan.

With an average depth of 44', and a depth of 135' at the deepest section, Higgins Lake is a 10,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the lower peninsula. Improved roads circle the lake giving anglers access to some of the 21 miles of shoreline for fishing from the bank.

Higgins Lake, MI

Higgins Lake, located in the heart of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, is a pristine destination known for its exceptional fishing opportunities. With its crystal-clear waters and diverse fish species, Higgins Lake attracts anglers from near and far. The lake is renowned for its populations of lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, and yellow perch, making it a haven for both recreational and serious anglers. Whether you're casting from the shore or venturing out on a boat, Higgins Lake offers a picturesque setting for a rewarding day of fishing.

Higgins Lake, 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 aficionado, or simply seeking a serene camping retreat, Higgins Lake offers an unforgettable escape. Its diverse fish species, pristine waters, and breathtaking landscapes combine to create an impressive outdoor experience that will leave visitors with cherished memories of their time spent in this natural gem.

Ice fishing for perch and lake trout is very popular in winter. During the season fishing fanatics arrive to fish for bass, walleye, trout, catfish, sunfish and perch. Three public boat launch ramps are scattered around the lake, so you can enter from most directions. Choose from several locations for boat rentals, from canoes and kayaks to pontoon boats and power boats.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Michigan

Primary fish species residing in Higgins Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Walleye Rainbow Trout Brook Trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Rock Bass Yellow Perch

Higgins Lake 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 is a popular activity on Higgins Lake, allowing visitors to fully appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. Anglers and pleasure boaters can explore the calm waters, find their favorite fishing spots, or simply enjoy a leisurely cruise. The lake offers public access points and boat launches, ensuring easy entry for boaters looking to explore the expansive waters of Higgins Lake.

Fishing Boat Rentals

B & B Sports Center & Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks and pontoon boats
989 821-6549

Old Point Comfort Marine
Rentals: Pontoon boats
989 821-5692


B & B Sports Center & Marina
431 Clare Blvd
Roscommon, MI 48653
989 821-6549

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

North Higgins Lake Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off State Legion Drive, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and lots of paved parking.

Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Townline Road N, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and limited, street parking.

South Higgins Lake State Park Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off State Park Drive, this is a five-lane, concrete ramp with docks and excellent, paved parking.

West Higgins Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off W Higgins Lake Drive, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Higgins Lake

Fish With Jim Outfitters - Ice Fishing Guide Service

Bob Stockton On Higgins Lake - Ice Fishing Guide Service

Click here for a Michigan Fishing License.

For those seeking an extended stay, Higgins Lake offers camping opportunities that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the natural splendor of the area. Nearby campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restrooms, ensuring a comfortable camping experience. Falling asleep to the sounds of nature, waking up to breathtaking lake views, and spending the day fishing or boating create cherished memories of outdoor relaxation and enjoyment.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

South Higgins Lake State Park - 989 821-6374

Higgins Lake State Park - 989 821-6125

Great Circle Campground - 989 821-9486

Northern Nights Family Campground - 989 821-6891

Higgins Lake / Roscommon KOA - 989 275-8151

Higgins Lake MI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Higgins Lake
B & B Sports Center & Marina
431 Clare Blvd
Roscommon, MI 48653
989 821-6549


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