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Black Lake, MI

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Black Lake Popular Fish - Northern Pike

Northern Pike Fishing

Thriving in the cool waters of Black Lake, northern pike are a very popular target for local anglers. This year they are being caught in good quantity, and some mighty big sizes. April and May are the best months of the year for northern pike fishing here. Summer is spotty but pike can be caught all summer long. Fall can also be good sometimes stretching into October. Large, flashy lures that mimic the bait they prey upon are great lures for northerns. Effective lures include spoons, spinners, and crankbaits, particularly those with bright colors or metallic finishes to attract the pike's attention. Additionally, big flies, soft plastic swimbaits and jerkbaits can be successful, especially when retrieved erratically to mimic wounded prey. Trolling along weed edges can often entice strikes. When the lake has safe ice in winter, ice fishing for northern pike can be quite thrilling. Use GPS to locate spots you normally find northern pike holding during summer. Portable fish finders can be a big help.

Black Lake Popular Fish - Walleye

Walleye Fishing

Thanks to good fisheries management, a healthy population of walleye are now thriving in the waters of Black Lake this year. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate around structure on points, flats and ledges off the river channels. Look for flats and points that drop from 10 or 15 feet on top, to around 30 feet deep as these are always a great attraction for walleye. The west side of the lake offers several of these structures. A proven method for catching walleye here is trolling with spinners tipped with live bait, or trolling with long-billed, deep diving crankbaits. However casting live bait, jigs, worms and spoons also works well at times. When the lake freezes over in winter, ice fishing for walleye can be very productive. Use GPS to locate spots you normally fish during other times of the year.

Black Lake Popular Fish - Muskie

Muskie Fishing

Fishing for Muskellunge in Black Lake could provide a trophy fish on any given cast. Giant musky roam these waters and are aggressive eaters. Muskie fishing can bring some exciting moments to your fishing day, as big muskies are spectacular, and strong fighters. Use a strong rod in medium- to medium-heavy action, with heavy line - 20# or heavier. Because of their sharp teeth, steel leaders are highly recommended. Muskie have a big mouth so use big baits, same baits you would use for bass but in larger sizes. Topwater, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jerkbaits all work well for hungry muskie. The best time of year to chase these big fish is Spring, and then again in Fall as the water temperature starts cooling. When the lake freezes over in winter, ice fishing for musky can be very exhilarating. Use GPS to locate spots you normally find muskie during summer.

Black Lake Fishing Video

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, rock bass, yellow perch, longnose gar, muskie and northern pike at Black Lake in Michigan.

Musky, northern pike, walleye, bass and perch are the favorite fish species at Black Lake, a 10,000-acre lake at the northern tip of the lower peninsula. This large body of water has 19 miles of shoreline and exceptionally clear water.

Black Lake, located in northern Michigan, is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a memorable angling experience. This expansive lake spans over 10,000 acres and offers an abundance of fish species, making it a popular spot for both recreational and competitive fishing. Anglers flock to Black Lake for its diverse species, including walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and various panfish. Whether you're targeting trophy-sized walleye or enjoying the thrill of battling a feisty bass, Black Lake provides ample opportunities to reel in impressive catches.

Black Lake, with its exceptional fishing opportunities, invigorating boating experiences, and convenient camping facilities, stands as one of Michigan's top destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're an avid angler, a boating enthusiast, or simply seeking a serene camping retreat, Black Lake offers a memorable escape. Its diverse fish species, expansive waters, and picturesque surroundings create an unforgettable outdoor experience that will leave visitors with cherished memories of their time spent in this natural haven.

In winter, ice fishing for walleye and perch is quite popular and catches of other species is common. While the lake does not have a marina or rental boats, other amenities like bait, restaurants, camping, convenience stores and lodging are all at or close by the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Black Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Rock Bass Yellow Perch Longnose Gar Muskie Northern Pike

Black Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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In addition to its exceptional fishing opportunities, Black Lake is also a paradise for boating enthusiasts. Anglers can explore the vast waters of the lake, navigate its scenic shorelines, and find the perfect fishing spots aboard their boats. The lake features boat ramps and marinas, ensuring easy access and convenience for boaters looking to venture out onto the water. Whether you prefer cruising, water skiing, or fishing from your boat, Black Lake offers a tranquil and picturesque setting for all types of boating activities.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Black Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Bonz Beach Highway, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Black Lake State Forest Campground Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Eisen Trail, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off County Road 489, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Fishing Guides On Black Lake

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Fishing License

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For those looking to extend their stay, Black Lake provides camping facilities that allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds equipped with amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restrooms provide a comfortable camping experience. Wake up to stunning views of the lake, spend the day fishing or boating, and unwind in the evenings while enjoying the peaceful ambiance of the campsite.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Black Lake State Forest Campground - 231 627-2811

Uaw Camping - 989 733-8521

Black Lake MI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Black Lake
Black Lake State Forest Campground
2674 Eisens Trail,
Cheboygan, MI 49721
231 627-2811


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