Fishing in Northern Michigan
As a true water wonderland, Northern Michigan offers exceptional fishing opportunities throughout the region. No matter the species targeted or style of angling preferred, there are fantastic options for you to pursue in conjunction with a Northern Michigan real estate purchase. This page will help give you an idea on what communities & areas support various fishing pursuits, allowing you to frame your real estate search accordingly.
Many fishing enthusiasts want the flexibility of diverse waters and wide-ranging species. Our inland lakes meet that demand exceptionally well, housing exceptional fisheries. Perhaps the most dynamic fishing can be found in the Inland Waterway – Crooked Lake, Pickerel Lake, Burt Lake, and Mullett Lake, along with the connecting rivers. Fisherman in these waters can pursue a rich supply of bass, panfish, walleye, perch, pike, trout, muskie, and even the occasional sturgeon. The Inland Waterway comprises roughly 40,000 acres of lake waters, plus miles of connecting rivers. Real estate buyers on these lakes can target virtually any species they desire once departing their dock. Another exceptional option is Lake Charlevoix, which benefits from its direct connection to Lake Michigan and its accompanying fishery. Lake Charlevoix enjoys a wide variety of fish species similar to the Inland Waterway, while also housing a number of lake trout and salmon that find their way in from the Great Lakes. If you are a hardcore fisherman looking to target many different species of fish, these lakes make the most sense for your real estate search.
Fly-fisherman and those in passionate pursuit of trout know the importance of quality streams and rivers. Few areas in the Midwest can compete with Northern Michigan when it comes to quality habitat for the river angler. There are as many as three blue ribbon trout streams in Northern Michigan. The Maple River connects Douglas Lake to Burt Lake, while the Boyne River & Jordan River both flow into Lake Charlevoix. These rivers are notorious havens for great trout fishing, and in the case of the Boyne River can also host runs of salmon and steelhead. If your idea of paradise in Northern Michigan is a quiet afternoon on the river, these are a few excellent options. Other rivers such as the Crooked River, Indian River, and Cheboygan River offer the advantage of connecting the lakes of the Inland Waterway. Thus, not only do they offer diverse and lively fishing themselves, but also serve as a gateway to some of the exceptional fishing detailed above!
Big Water. Big Fish.
If your goal is to target the larger species of Northern Michigan fish – King Salmon and Lake Trout - you will want to place your fishing focus on Lake Michigan itself. The largest and most diverse fishery in our area, Lake Michigan fishing requires the right vessel and equipment to target fish often lurking 60-100’ down. Because Lake Michigan real estate itself rarely includes the ability to dock at your property, you will want to ensure you have close access to a marina or public launch. Communities like Charlevoix, Bay Harbor, and Petoskey each offer marina options, and also feature charter fishing services if you want a professional to guide your effort. If your fishing ambitions extend beyond the constraints of inland lakes and rivers, I recommend targeting one of these towns for your real estate search.
While this page offers a number of community recommendations, in reality Northern Michigan offers great fishing from almost every area. Your fishing goals may be more nuanced than what has been detailed here, so I encourage you to call me and discuss what you are looking to do on the water in Northern Michigan. By having a better sense of your specific goals, I can direct you towards the waters – and real estate – that best align with your ambitions. Give me a call at (231) 622-1535 to discuss further!