Where to Fish

Not sure where to go fishing in Michigan? Want to try out some new places you've never visited before? Check out the list below of websites and resources that can point you in the right direction!

Family Friendly Fishing Waters
This website provides a comprehensive list of family-friendly/easily-accessible fishing locations located throughout Michigan. That means these locations primarily offer pier fishing and/or shore fishing and are easy to navigate to.

Hook, Line & Sinker Program
Have you ever wanted to learn to fish? Join the DNR for "Hook, Line and Sinker", a weekly fishing program conducted by our staff at more than 30 state parks and fish hatcheries in Michigan. We'll teach you casting and fishing basics, and we can provide a rod and reel to use if you don't have your own equipment. Hook, Line and Sinker programs begin in mid-June and continue throughout the summer.

Trout Trails
Check out Michigan's Trout Trails -- biologist-verified great trout waters that are often lesser known. This website includes detailed descriptions and photos for each site, as well as information for area lodging, restaurants and guide services to assist with your trip planning needs. In addition, site-specific information such as the trout species available, regulations, stocked or natural reproduction and other noteworthy tidbits are all at your fingertips!

Fisheries Management Units
Find places to fish in any of our eight (8) fisheries management units, which include: Western Lake Superior, Eastern Lake Superior, Northern Lake Michigan, Northern Lake Huron, Central Lake Michigan, Southern Lake Huron, Southern Lake Michigan, or Lake Erie.

Fish Michigan's State Parks
Fish several of Michigan's state parks. Just use the DNR's camping and recreation search tool to find a park that fits your needs!

Michigan Fish & How to Catch Them
This website is a guide of best practices in Michigan fish and how to catch them. Michigan has about 153 kinds of fish, ranging from tiny minnows to giant lake sturgeon. There are about as many ways to fish as there are kinds of fish.