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Torch Lake, MI

Popular Fish Species Torch Lake, MI

Torch Lake Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Well known in these parts as an awesome smallmouth bass fishery, Torch Lake, continues to uphold its great reputation this year. The smallies are plentiful, fat and healthy. 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 good numbers.

Torch Lake Popular Fish - Lake Torut

Lake Trout Fishing

Fishing for lake trout in Torch Lake is often quite good and the schools of fish are plentiful. These large trout can be caught from as shallow as 15 to 30 feet in Spring and Fall, to as deep as 200 feet or more during Summer and Winter. Good electronics are a big help in locating lake trout. They feed on baitfish, so jigs rigged to imitate their prey often work well straight down under the boat. Trolling with numerous set-ups can also produce good catches.

Torch Lake Popular Fish - Walleye

Walleye Fishing

Renowned for excellent walleye fishing, Torch Lake continues to impress anglers this year. May and June tend to be 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, farther from shore. 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.

Torch Lake Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, steelhead, rock bass, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, muskie and northern pike at Torch Lake in Michigan.

Known for its crystal clear water, Torch Lake is an excellent destination for boating, beach parties and fishing. The lake is 19 miles long with 18,800 surface acres and over 40 miles of shoreline.

Torch Lake, located in northern Michigan, is a picturesque destination known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and exceptional fishing opportunities. Anglers flock to Torch Lake for its diverse fish species and the chance to reel in impressive catches. The lake is renowned for its populations of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, and a variety of panfish. Whether you're casting from the shore or exploring the expansive waters on a boat, Torch Lake offers an unforgettable fishing experience amidst its scenic beauty.

Torch 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, Torch 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.

Anglers are drawn to this lake, in the northwest part of the lower peninsula, to fish for bass, trout, walleye, salmon, musky and pike. Big fish, and large populations, give fishing enthusiasts hope for some of the best fishing around. Great fishing is available most of the year, including ice fishing in winter. Fishing guides and charters are available to enhance your chances of catching a trophy, or to have a trip of a lifetime. Numerous boat launch ramps are conveniently located around the lake, which has no horsepower limits for boats. This big lake is ideal for pontoon boats and larger pleasure and fishing boats, yet there are plenty of areas where kayaks, canoes and car-top boats can enjoy a day on the water. The area has plenty of camping, RV hookups, lodging, restaurants, bait shops and supplies.

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Primary fish species residing in Torch Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Rainbow Trout Brown trout Lake trout Steelhead Fishing Rock Bass Yellow Perch Atlantic Salmon Muskie Northern Pike

Torch 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 Torch Lake, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the stunning surroundings and explore the vast expanse of the lake. Whether it's cruising along the calm waters, water skiing, or leisurely pontoon rides, Torch Lake provides a serene and picturesque boating experience. Public access points, marinas, and boat launches are available, ensuring convenient entry for boaters looking to set sail and navigate the sparkling waters of Torch Lake.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Sunny Daze Boat Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon boats

Torch Lake Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon boats
231 322-4495

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Alden Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Helena Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and limited, gravel parking.

Eastport Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Eastport Landing, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Public Access Torch Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off NW Torchlake Drive, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Torch Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Pub Doc Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Torch River Bridge Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Cherry Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and limited, gravel parking.

Fishing Guides On Torch Lake

Fish With Jim Outfitters - salmon, trout

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, nearby campgrounds offer camping facilities that allow visitors to fully enjoy the natural beauty of the area. These 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

Torch Grove Camp Ground - 231 322-2891

Barnes Park Campground - 231 599-2712

Chain O' Lakes Campground - 231 533-8432

Torch Lake MI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Torch Lake
Dewitt Marine
6509 Crystal Springs Rd.
Bellaire, Michigan
231 377-6611


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