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Long Lake, MI

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Long Lake Popular Fish - Walleye

Walleye Fishing

A healthy population of walleye are thriving in the waters of Long Lake this year, thanks to good fisheries management by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. May and June are arguably the best time 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.

Long Lake Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Schools of fat, healthy, smallmouth bass roam the waters of Long Lake in search of forage, and are a favorite target of many locals. 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, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Largemouth bass also reside here in fairly good numbers.

Long Lake Popular Fish - Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch Fishing

To the delight of anglers and predator fish alike, Long Lake continues to have a very healthy population of yellow perch, which have been a mainstay in the fishery for decades. 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.

Long Lake Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Long Lake in Michigan.

Big, fat smallmouth bass are the top draws for anglers at Long Lake, a 5,600-acre lake in the northeast corner of the lower peninsula, 5 miles north of Alpena. In addition to smallies, walleye, trout, sunfish, perch and northern pike reside here.

Long Lake, located in northern Michigan, is a pristine destination that offers fantastic fishing opportunities for anglers of all levels. With its crystal-clear waters and diverse fish species, Long Lake attracts fishing enthusiasts from near and far. The lake is known for its populations of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, and a variety of panfish. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore or venture out on a boat to target these prized catches, creating memorable fishing experiences amidst the serene surroundings of Long Lake.

Long Lake, with its exceptional fishing opportunities, serene 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 tranquil camping retreat, Long Lake offers an unforgettable escape. Its diverse fish species, expansive 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 haven.

There are several boat launch ramps, a marina, and boat rentals available at the lake. Fishing enthusiasts can explore 25 miles of shoreline, or work the deeper channels, flats and ledges in search of their favorite species. In winter, ice fishing is popular. Camping, restaurants, lodging, and supplies are all at or nearby the lake.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Michigan

Primary fish species residing in Long Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Walleye Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Rock Bass Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Long Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating is a popular activity on Long Lake, allowing visitors to fully enjoy the beauty of the surroundings and explore the expansive waters. Whether it's cruising along the calm surface, water skiing, or leisurely pontoon rides, Long Lake provides a tranquil and picturesque boating experience. Public access points and boat launches are available, ensuring convenient entry for boaters looking to set sail and navigate the lake's sparkling waters.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Long Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Hinks Park Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

US Highway 23 N Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off US Highway 23 N, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Fishing Guides On Long Lake

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, Long Lake offers camping facilities that allow visitors to 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. Falling asleep to the sounds of nature, waking up to stunning lake views, and spending the day fishing or boating create cherished memories of outdoor relaxation and connection with the great outdoors.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Long Lake Park - 989 595-2401

Long Lake MI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Long Lake
Parker House Restaurant, Cottages, and Motel
US Route 23
Alpena, Michigan 49707
989 595-6484


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