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  • Black Lake, MI
  • Brevoort Lake, MI
  • Burt Lake, MI
  • Crystal Lake, MI
  • Elk Lake, MI
  • Fletcher Pond, MI
  • Glen Lake, MI
  • Grand Lake, MI
  • Hamlin Lake, MI
  • Higgins Lake, MI
  • Houghton Lake, MI
  • Hubbard Lake, MI
  • Indian Lake, MI
  • Lake Charlevoix, MI
  • Lake Gogebic, MI
  • Lake Leelanau, MI
  • Lake Michigamme, MI
  • Lake St Clair, MI
  • Long Lake, MI
  • Manistique Lake, MI
  • Mullett Lake, MI
  • Torch Lake, MI

Fishing Boats For Rent In Michigan

There are thousands of lakes, ponds and streams available for fishing in the state of Michigan. We will focus here on the larger impoundments offering a nice variety of fish to pursue. Many of these lakes offer fishing boats for rent.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, bowfin, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, sauger, sturgeon and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Ice fishing is very popular for many of these sunfish.

Major Michigan Lakes

Michigan major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in MI, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Belleville Lake is a 1,270-acre lake in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula, at the town of Belleville.

Black Lake is a 10,000-acre lake at the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula, at Waverly.

Brevoort Lake is a 4,200-acre lake in the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula, at Brevoort.

Burt Lake is a 17,000-acre lake in the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula, at Indian River.

Cass Lake is a 1,280-acre lake in the southeast part of the Lower Peninsula, at Pontiac.

Coldwater Lake is a 1,610 acre lake near the southern border of the Lower Peninsula, at Kinderhook.

Crooked Lake is a 2,300-acre lake in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula, at Alanson.

Crystal Lake is a 9,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the Lower Peninsula, at Beulah.

Elk Lake is a 7,700-acre lake in the northwest part of the Lower Peninsula, at Elk Rapids.

Fletcher Pond is a 9,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the Lower Peninsula, at Hillman.

Glen Lake is a 6,300-acre lake on the upper west edge of the Lower Peninsula, at Glen Arbor.

Grand Lake is a 5,700-acre lake in the northeast corner of the Lower Peninsula, at Kralow.

Gun Lake is a 2,680-acre lake in the southwest part of the Lower Peninsula, 10 miles west of Hastings.

Hamlin Lake is a 5,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the Lower Peninsula, at Hamlin.

Higgins Lake is a 10,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the Lower Peninsula, at Higgins Lake.

Holloway Reservoir is a 1,975-acre lake in the eastern portion of the Lower Peninsula, 15 miles northeast of Flint.

Houghton Lake is a 20,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the Lower Peninsula, at Houghton Lake.

Hubbard Lake is an 8,800-acre lake in the northeast part of the Lower Peninsula, at Caledonia.

Indian Lake is an 8,700-acre lake in the south-center part of the Upper Peninsula, at Manistique.

Lake Cadillac is a 1,150-acre lake in the northwest portion of the Lower Peninsula, at the city of Cadillac.

Lake Charlevoix is a 17,200-acre lake in the northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula, at Charlevoix.

Lake Erie is a 9,910 square-mile lake on the border at the southeast corner of the Lower Peninsula.

Lake Gogebic is a 12,800-acre lake in the western part of the Upper Peninsula, at Bergland.

Lake Huron is a 23,000 square-mile lake covering the eastern border of Michigan.

Lake Leelanau is a 14,000-acre lake in the northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula, 10 miles northeast of Traverse City.

Lake Michigamme is a 4,300-acre lake in the central part of the Upper Peninsula, at Michigamme.

Lake Michigan is a 22,400 square-mile lake running along the westernborder of the Lower Peninsula.

Lake Mitchell is a 2,580-acre lake in the northwest portion of the Lower Peninsula, at the city of Cadillac.

Lake Skegemog is a 2,760-acre lake in the northwest portion of the Lower Peninsula, 7 miles southeast of Elk Rapids.

Lake St Clair is a 275,000-acre lake in the southeast corner of the state, on the US/Canada border, at Detroit.

Lake Superior is a 31,820 square-mile lake running along the northern border of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Long Lake is a 5,600-acre lake in the northeast corner of the Lower Peninsula, at 5 miles north of Alpena.

Manistee Lake is a 860-acre lake located near the western border of the Lower Peninsula, at the city of Manistee.

Manistique Lake is a 10,100-acre lake in the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula, 10 miles west of Roberts Corner.

Mullett Lake is a 17,300-acre lake in the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula, at Mullett.

Muskegon Lake is a 4,150-acre lake in the western part of the Lower Peninsula, at the town of Muskegon.

Portage Lake is a 2,100-acre lake in the northwest part of the Lower Peninsula, at Onekama.

Sanford Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the northeast part of the Lower Peninsula, at Sanford.

South Manistique Lake is a 4,000-acre lake in the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula, 10 miles northwest of Naubinway.

Torch Lake is an 18,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the Lower Peninsula, at Torch Lake.

Union Lake is a 465-acre lake in the southeast part of the Lower Peninsula, at the town of Union Lake.

Wixom Lake is a 2,200-acre lake in the northeast part of the Lower Peninsula, at Edenville.

Fish Species & State Records in Michigan

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 11.94 lbs

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 9.98 lbs

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 40.0 lbs

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 52.0 lbs

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 4.12 lbs

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3.39 lbs

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 17 lbs 3 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 6 lbs 9 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 26.5 lbs

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 9.5 lbs

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 41.45 lbs

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 61.5 lbs

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 2.75 lbs

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 1.53 lbs

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

State Record: 1.8 lbs

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 2.15 lbs

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

State Record: 2.36 lbs

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 3.62 lbs

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

State Record: 1.38 lbs

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 6.44 lbs

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

State Record: 2.0 lbs

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3.75 lbs

Salmon

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 32.62 lbs

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 46.06 lbs

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 30.56 lbs

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

State Record: 1.94 lbs

Other species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 14.0 lbs

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 18.0 lbs

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 58.0 lbs

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 39.0 lbs

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

State Record: 193.0 lbs

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 51.19 lbs

Click the images and links above for species details.

Fishing boat at dock in a fishing lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

State of MI Fishing Information

Find additional information about fishing in Michigan at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website. Here, you can acquire a Michigan fishing license.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Michigan and other boating information.

Visit our section dedicated to fishing activities for kids in MI. It includes information about kids fishing with stories, photos and tips for where and how to take a kid fishing in Michigan.

You can find a listing of MI fishing guides here. If you are a fishing guide in Michigan or know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities exist for anglers.

 

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