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Winter Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead enter their spawning streams from late October to early May. Although many fish enter the rivers in the fall and overwinter there, they don't actually spawn until the spring. They are one of the most popular sportfish in Michigan. 

Ports/areas to try from January - March

Lake Huron:

  • Cheboygan
  • East Branch Au Gres
  • Rifle
  • Tawas
  • Lexington
  • Port Sanilac
  • Port Hope
  • Port Austin
  • Oscoda/Au Sable River

Lake Michigan:

  • Frankfort 
  • Muskegon/Grand Haven 
  • New Buffalo
  • St. Joseph
  • Saugatuck/South Haven

Southeast Michigan:

  • Clinton River
  • Huron River

Lake Superior:

  • Lower Chocolay River
  • Lower Two Hearted River
  • Falls River
  • Presque Isle River
  • Black River

Maps

Trout Trails

Trout Trails