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Michigan Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in Michigan lakes and streams.

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Trout fishing in Michigan

MI Trout Fishing Waters

Cold, clear water creates ideal conditions for trout. And, Michigan has lots of it. Aside from the rivers and streams containing trout there are quite a number of larger lakes with healthy trout populations. These lakes include Black Lake, Brevort Lake, Burt Lake, Crystal Lake, Elk Lake, Glen Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Charlevoix, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Leelanau, Lake Michigamme, Lake Michigan, Lake St Clair, Lake Superior, Manistique Lake, Mullett Lake, Torch Lake and Wixom Lake.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources stock trout in waters across the state. Visit their website for details and information regarding trout stockings in Michigan.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Michigan Record Trout

The Michigan state record brook trout was taken out of Clear Lake and the state record for brown trout and state record rainbow trout both came from Lake Michigan. Lake Superior gave up the MI state record for lake trout. The state record tiger trout came from North Branch Manistee River.

Additional trout fishing information

Trout Conservation

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

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

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


The habits of trout.

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Michigan waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

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