Michigan Fishing Guide

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Fishing can be both a calming end-of-summer escape and a great way to bond with friends and family. While you can always just grab a fishing pole and wish for the best, having a little know-how ahead of time can make your time out on the water a lot more enjoyable. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about fishing in Michigan, from where to cast your line to how to cook your catch.

Best Michigan Fish to Catch

  • Yellow Perch – These are one of the most commonly caught fish in Michigan. In the summer, yellow perch move into deeper water so it’s best to put a sinker on your line to find them. Fishing spots around Lake Huron, Saginaw Bay, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie are good places to start if you’re looking for a perch.
  • Walleye – Another type of perch, walleye is plentiful in Michigan. You can find them all year round in Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay/River, Flint River and Stony Creek. Look for this species in shallow waters (no deeper than 50 feet).
  • Whitefish – Although they may put up a good fight, Whitefish are abundant and easy to cook. Whitefish like to stay in the deep parts of clear-water lakes and can be found in Grand Traverse Bay, Munising Harbor, Grand Marais and Higgins Lake.

Before you head out, check Michigan regulations for which fish you can catch and keep and what ones you need to immediately release back into the water. And make sure to also check this guide for how to know what Michigan fish are safe to eat.


To read the full article and find some great spots to catch fish, look at the original article from A Healthier Michigan:

The Fisherman’s Guide to Michigan

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