If there’s one thing Michigan isn’t void of, it’s calming, beautiful locales where Michiganders can become one with nature. This is especially true for fishermen and fisherwomen who have the great fortune of access to the state’s 11,000 inland lakes and 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline.

Whether you’re an avid angler, or will be casting your first line, there’s no better time than National Fishing Month to partake in one of Michigan’s most popular outdoor activities. Plan your next fishing trip at one of these state fisheries:

  • William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor (Detroit): Situated along the Detroit River, Michigan’s first urban state park offers shoreline fishing for city dwellers looking for their next catch. As an added bonus, visit the nearby Outdoor Adventure Center for fun hands-on activities and exhibits or enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Belle Isle, the jewel of the city.
  • Elizabeth Park (Trenton): Also on the Detroit River, Elizabeth Park has over 1,300 feet of river walk for fishers to claim their perfect spot and catch fish such as perch, walleye and rock bass.  
  • Saginaw Bay (Lake Huron): Found in the waters of Lake Huron, Saginaw Bay is one of the nation’s top walleye fisheries but also has a great amount of yellow perch, channel catfish and small-mouth bass.
  • Coldwater Country (Branch County): Branch County has more than 100 lakes for anglers to choose from for their next catch. Coldwater Country’s largest lake, Coldwater Lake, sits on 1,650 acres and has a variety of fish, including northern pike, catfish and large- and small-mouth bass.
  • Hubbard Lake (Alcona County): Hubbard Lake, the state’s 12th largest lake, is home to fish such as perch, pike and muskie. Walleye lovers, take note – this lake is prime for your favorite catch.

If you can’t get enough of Michigan’s great outdoors, visit these Empowering Michigan blogs to get inspiration for your next outing. 


Photo Credit: Christian Collins

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