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Burt Lake, MI

Popular Fish Species Burt Lake, MI

Burt Lake Popular Fish - Walleye

Walleye Fishing

Thanks to good fisheries management, a healthy population of walleye are now thriving in the waters of Burt Lake this year. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate on flats and ledges off the river channels. The best results for catching walleye here is most often by trolling, however casting live bait, jigs, worms, spoons and deep-diving crankbaits also work 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 prior to icing over.

Burt Lake Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass are a favorite of many locals at Burt Lake, as they are plentiful and easy to catch, once located. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Other bass to be caught here include largemouth bass and spotted bass.

Burt Lake Popular Fish - Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch Fishing

Burt Lake has a very healthy population of yellow perch awaiting you. Fishing for yellow perch is simple, their primary diet consists of minnows and other small fish, insects and worms. Use a small hook and sinker. Bait a small hook with minnows, worms or small jigs using 6 to 10 pound line. They make for an excellent fish fry, are a food source for many of the larger predator fish in the lake, and they are fun to catch in winter when ice fishing.

Burt Lake Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, muskie, northern pike and sturgeon at Burt Lake in Michigan.

Offering anglers numerous fish species to pursue, Burt Lake is a 17,000-acre lake in the northern tip of the lower peninsula, at Indian River, MI. Walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and big muskies are the primary target of local anglers.

Burt Lake, nestled in the picturesque northern part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, is a renowned destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a memorable angling experience. This expansive lake spans over 17,000 acres and offers an array of fish species, making it a prime spot for both recreational and avid anglers. Burt Lake is known for its diverse fish population, including walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and a variety of panfish. Anglers can test their skills and enjoy a fruitful day on the water, thanks to the lake's thriving fish populations.

Burt Lake, with its exceptional fishing opportunities, scenic boating experiences, and convenient camping facilities, stands as a sought-after destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Michigan. Whether you're an avid angler, a boating aficionado, or simply seeking a tranquil camping retreat, Burt Lake offers an unforgettable escape. Its diverse fish species, expansive waters, and stunning natural surroundings create an unforgettable outdoor experience that will leave visitors with cherished memories of their time spent in this tranquil haven.

Bring a fishing, family or pontoon boat and explore these fertile waters which are surrounded by 35 miles of scenic shoreline. Boats are also available for rental, at the lake. Kayaks and canoes are a good option on days with minimal wind. Whether you fish from the bank, from your boat or a rental boat you have the opportunity to catch bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, trout, bluegill, sunfish, perch, muskie, northern pike, sturgeon and others. In winter, when the ice is safe, ice fishing enthusiasts can also catch most of these species. There are several boat launch ramps available for public use. Area fishing guides offer fishing trips complete with boat and all fishing gear.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Michigan

Primary fish species residing in Burt Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Bluegill Green Sunfish Pumpkinseed Sunfish Rock Bass Yellow Perch Muskie Northern pike Sturgeon

Burt Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating enthusiasts also find solace in Burt Lake's calm waters and picturesque surroundings. The lake provides ample opportunities for boating, whether it's cruising along its serene surface, water skiing, or simply exploring the scenic shorelines. Burt Lake features several public boat launches and marinas, ensuring easy access and convenience for boaters looking to embark on their water adventures. From leisurely pontoon rides to thrilling speedboat excursions, Burt Lake offers something for everyone.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Howe Marine
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
231 238-9371

Indian River Marina Rental Boats
Rentals: Pontoon boats
231 238-9373

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Burt Lake State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off State Park Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Maple Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Maple Bay Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


Burt Lake Marina
4879 S Straits Hwy
Indian River, MI 49749
231 238-9315

Fishing Guides On Burt Lake

CZ Guide Service - walleye, pike, smallmouth bass

Limitless Fishing Charters on Burt Lake - walleye

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

Fishing License

Click here for a Michigan Fishing License.

For those looking to extend their fishing trip or outdoor adventure, Burt 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 offer a comfortable camping experience. Waking up to breathtaking lake views, spending the day fishing or boating, and unwinding by a campfire in the evenings create cherished memories of outdoor relaxation and enjoyment.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Maple Bay State Forest Campground - 989 732-3541

Indian River RV Resort & Campground - 231 238-0035

Michigan Oaks Campground - 231 238-8259

Burt Lake MI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Burt Lake
Maple Bay State Forest Campground
1700 Maple Bay Rd
Brutus, MI 49716
989 732-3541


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Fishing near the northern tip of the lower MI peninsula, for bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, trout, bluegill, sunfish, perch, muskie, northern pike and sturgeon.

Fishing on Burt Lake.