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  • Michigan's world-class fishing is in your backyard

    Spring is here, and if you’re ready to get out and enjoy some great fishing, you don’t have far to go. Michigan’s world-class fishing is as close as your own backyard or a short trip away, and trout, walleye and pike season openers are right around the corner.

    Discover some of the best places to drop a line in fishing destinations around the state.

  • A man stands in a boat fishing on a lake near Alpena. Photo credit Steve Jakubcin. Alpena Fishing

    With nearly 100 bodies of water and 300,000 acres of accessible Lake Huron around the 4-county Northeast Michigan area, Alpena serves as base camp for your fishing expedition. Locations for trolling, fishing off the river bank, fly fishing, fishing from a dock or canoe, a perfect reed bed for your bass boat, and even deep water options abound in and around Alpena.

  • Man in a boat fishing on a lake in Benzie County Benzie County Fishing From the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan to the sparkling inland rivers and lakes, Benzie County is bursting with fishing opportunities for young and old.
  • A man fishing from a boat as the sunsets on Lake Cadillac Cadillac Fishing Whether fishing from the shoreline or boat, or river, Cadillac area offers 3 inlands lakes like Lake Cadillac, Mitchell and Missaukee; with 3 major rivers such as the Pine, Manistee and Clam rivers - all with ample public launches and fish to catch, especially lake Panfish and river Steelhead.
  • A man holds up a fish. Coldwater Country Fishing

    With more than 100 lakes, including two chains of lakes, Coldwater Country offers countless opportunities for anglers, fishing from shore or boat, to reel in the catch of the day. Notably the largest of the area lakes, Coldwater Lake, is home to an abundance of fish including catfish, crappie, large- and small-mouth bass, northern pike, sunfish, walleye, and yellow perch.

  • A woman shows off her catch from a boat on a lake near Gaylord Gaylord Fishing

    The Gaylord area is truly a water wonderland, with over 90 inland lakes and the headwaters to five major rivers. The sheer abundance and variety of lakes in our county make our waterways an angler's dream come true.

  • Man fishing in the river Grand Rapids Fishing

    Named the 6th Best Fishing City in America by Field & Stream Magazine, Grand Rapids offers easy access to dozens of rivers and lakes swimming with most every species of Michigan fish. Anglers can catch everything from world-class salmon and steelhead to kid-friendly bluegill and crappie, all just minutes away from big-city culture and entertainment.

  • Man in a boat holding up his fish Great Lakes Bay Fishing

    Hands down one of Michigan's best fisheries, Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay is rich with world-class walleye, along with other great catch from perch to bass.

  • People fishing from a boat on the river Ludington Fishing

    Whether you are fishing from the pier, on Lake Michigan on a charter boat, or fly-fishing in the stream, you are bound to catch a big one while in Pure Ludington! Located along Lake Michigan, and home to over 2,000 miles of trout streams and over 40 inland lakes, it’s a fisherman's paradise!

  • Two smiling women holding their fish. Manistee Fishing

    Manistee County is home to three fantastic harbors and three rivers. We also have many public boat launches that will give you access to Lake Michigan, inland lakes and scenic rivers.

  • A young boy stands on the shore fishing in the river Marquette Fishing

    There are many opportunities for Michigan fishing in Marquette County, from Lake Superior to many secluded wilderness lakes and Upper Peninsula streams.

  • Man fishing on a boat in Mecosta County Mecosta County Fishing We are home over 100 lakes and numerous streams, and the majestic Muskegon River, the 2nd longest river in Michigan. Come discover one of Michigan’s best kept fishing secrets!
  • A fish, somewhere in Newaygo County Newaygo County Fishing With 40+ boat launches, nearly 10,000 acres of water, 233 lakes, including two world-class trout streams and the best steelhead fishing anywhere the fish are always biting in Newaygo County!
  • A man fishing from a boat. Saugatuck Douglas Fishing

    Healthy populations of trout, walleye, salmon, and steelhead make this area an angler’s paradise. You can fish from shore at Willow Park or on the jetty, motor out to the Kalamazoo River, or book a charter expedition on the river or in Lake Michigan. Bring your own boat and gear or rent it here and see what’s biting now.

  • A man and a young boy fiishing in Sault Ste. Marie Sault Ste. Marie Fishing

    Sault Ste. Marie and the St. Marys River offer one of the most diverse fishing experiences in all of Michigan. Enjoy the thrill of fishing for musky and trophy walleye, practice the finesse techniques you need to land trout or cast into the river and hope for the best.

  • Two men fishing from a boat on a lake. South Haven Fishing

    Whether you’re looking for a quiet fishing experience off the piers along the Black River – or a fun and exciting fishing charter adventure out on Lake Michigan with an experienced fishing guide – we have it here! Fishing charters provide great opportunities to hook a big one on the big Lake: salmon, steelhead, perch or trout. 

  • A man and woman fish from a boat in Grand Traverse Bay. Traverse City Fishing

    Traverse City and the surrounding area offer incredible fishing opportunities, and with all the rivers, lakes, and streams in the region, there is a wide variety of species that fisherman can go after. Go for the big experience on Lake Michigan with a chartered captained boat to catch salmon and lake trout; or take the peaceful route and cast for panfish from a canoe on one of the inland waterways.

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  • The locations listed on this page are Michigan convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs) that are part of a partnership program with the DNR. If you are interested in joining the program, please contact the DNR Marketing Manager for more information. 

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