Department of Natural Resources
The Alpena area is draped in beauty when the winter months come calling. Northeastern Lower Michigan is a popular location for snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. Over 100 miles of groomed trails and more than 13,000 acres of State managed land offer peace and tranquility for those who love to bundle up and head out into the refreshing outdoors.
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.
Winter is full of recreation in Cadillac, our ice freezers earlier than the rest of the State due to our elevation. Our local fishing Guru at Pilgrim Village post daily reports on the ice and fishing conditions. And boy do we have FISH – it’s not uncommon to take your full daily limit in crappie and land a 26 inch plus Walleye.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Endless fishing opportunities await you in the Keweenaw! Anglers have unlimited options to choose from including the deep waters of Lake Superior, countless streams and rivers, and an abundance of crystal clear inland lakes. Walleye, perch, crappies, bluegill, large and smallmouth bass, rainbow, brook and brown trout, northern pike, tiger muskie... come on up and try your luck!
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!
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.
From inland lakes big and small to the greatest lake of them all, Autumn is prime time to cast a line in Marquette County.
No matter what time of year it is or how experienced of an angler you are, you are sure to enjoy an adventure here in the greater Big Rapids area. From tip ups in the winter months to trolling in the spring or just kicking back and relaxing in the summer months to see where the current takes you. Once you experience fishing in Mecosta County you'll be hooked.
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!
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.
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.
Fall is the perfect season for fishing experiences in South Haven. Whether off the piers along the Black River - or a fun and exciting fishing charter adventure out on Lake Michigan - we have it here! Fishing charters provide great opportunities to hook a big one on the big Lake: salmon, steelhead, perch or trout.
Winter doesn't end Traverse City's fishing opportunities -- it just changes them! The fish are still out there, and in early winter they're livelier than ever. Massive steelhead can be found in the area's rivers and can be caught from the riverbank, but even fly-fishing for trout is an option for most of the season.
Fishing in the Western U.P.is good clean fun! Our endless variety of lakes and rivers will provide you with whatever type of fishing you want. From ''Big lake" charter boat fishing, to the fishing with a float tube on a small secluded lake, and every thing in between.
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.