The state of Michigan is well known for many things, like the automobile industry and agriculture, but it’s also known for its beautiful natural resources and excellent fishing spots. Every year, thousands of anglers from all over the country flock to Michigan to take advantage of the fishing that can be found here. From the Great Lakes such as Lake Michigan and Lake Superior to the rivers and streams that crisscross the state, Michigan offers a wide range of fishing opportunities. Anglers can find walleye, perch, bass and more. So whether you’re looking for a breathtakingly beautiful lake or river, a spot to cast your line for a trophy trout, or a peaceful spot to try your luck at panfish – Michigan has it all. While you’re planning your camping trips in Michigan, be sure you check out one of these spots to fish too!
Unforgettable Walleye Fishing on Saginaw Bay
A go-to spot for anglers fishing in Michigan is the Saginaw Bay. This large body of water is home to a variety of game fish, including walleye, perch, and whitefish. It’s also a great spot for anglers looking to get out on a boat, as there are plenty of boat launches available. Luckily, Outdoor Adventures has three campground resorts close to the Saginaw Bay: Saginaw Bay Resort in Standish, Rifle River Resort in Sterling and Wilderness Resort in Omer. If you’ve never stayed with us, check out our offer for 7-nights of free camping!
Cast Away on the Detroit River
The Detroit River is also a great spot for anglers. Walleye season is open year round and anglers are coming from across the country in spring and early summer for bass catfish, suckerfish and other species in the river’s depths. Check out this great know-before-you-go resource on Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources’ website.
A Fisherman’s Dream on the Au Sable River
The Au Sable River is another popular fishing spot in Michigan that is known as the one of the best brown trout fisheries east of the Rocky Mountains. This river has an excellent variety of species, including brown trout, steelhead trout, brook trout, and even some salmon so it’s especially great for fly fishing. There are three branches of the river, the “Holy Water” main stream, the South Branch and the North Branch, each offering a different experience. The Au Sable is also well known for its ease of access, with numerous boat launches and plenty of public fishing areas.
The Ultimate Angling Adventures on Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan is the third largest lake in the U.S. being beaten only by its Great Lakes counterparts, Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Because of its size, Lake Michigan is full of islands, shorelines, bays and of course – fish! Lake Michigan is especially great for salmon fishing, with some of the largest chinook, or “king”, salmon in the world. This angling action really kicks off in early summer, and it is sure to be action-packed fishing. This hard-fighting fish is a true Great Lakes royalty!
The 190-mile long Manistee River that flows into Lake Michigan near Manistee is another great spot to try your luck. This river is renowned for its excellent population of smallmouth bass, as well as walleye, northern pike, musky, trout, and even salmon.
Summer Fishing Fun on Lake St. Clair
Even though it is a much smaller and shallower lake than the Greats, Lake St. Clair is known as the “Heart of the Great Lakes” because of it shape. It also hosts one of the largest sport fisheries in the world. The most sought-after freshwater fish can be found here, the muskellunge or “musky”. Known as the “fish of 1,000 casts,” these predatory fish are elusive, but are a real prize when reeled in!
The Best of Both Worlds on the Grand River
Lastly, the longest river in Michigan, running 252 miles from Hillsdale County to Lansing to Lake Michigan at Grand Haven, should definitely be on your list of best fishing spots in Michigan. Not only can serious anglers catch some great fish here, but families can have some fun too. The Grand River has several locations listed on the Michigan DNR’s interactive map showing the best family-friendly places to fish. Check it out here! Kiddos can have a blast catching fish such as sunfish, bass, yellow perch and more. Staying at Outdoor Adventures Grand Haven Resort will make for a short drive to many of these family-friendly spots on the river.
No matter what species of fish you are looking to catch or whether you are looking for a peaceful spot to cast your line for a trophy fish, or an exciting spot to take on a giant game fish – you can find it in Michigan. Don’t forget that everyone 17 and older needs a fishing license in Michigan! So pack up your camper, grab your tackle box, and head to Michigan for some of the best fishing in the U.S.!