Schoolcraft County has an abundance of pristine lakes, rivers and bays teeming with fish just waiting for you to drop a line and catch the lunker you have been dreaming about. Every type of lake you can imagine From the Greatest of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan to the 4th largest inland lake in the U.P. to the wonderfully remote wilderness lakes provided by the Hiawatha National forest. All are beautiful and await your arrival.

Manistique Area Fishing

On the following sections, you will find the names of some of the Upper Peninsula’s best fishing spots. Bodies of water marked with an asterisk are subject to wilderness regulations. Check a current Michigan Department of Natural Resources fishing guide for more information.

Warm Water Fishing

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeBluegillYellow Perch
Big Bass Lake

293 Acres

Boating Access: back-in improved with gravel or paving

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, yellow perch

Large Mouth BassSmall Mouth BassPumpkinseed Sunfish
Beaton Lake

46 Acres

Boating Access: Back-in, unimproved. May require 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle.

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, small mouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeMuskellungeBluegill
Big Island Lake

130 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in more than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, northern pike, muskellunge, bluegill

Small Mouth BassBluegill
Blue Joe Lake

30 Acres

Boating Access: Back-in, unimproved. May require 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle.

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Small mouth bass, bluegill

WalleyeNorthern PikeLarge Mouth BassBluegill
Boot Lake

121 Acres

Boating Access: back-in improved with gravel or paving

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Walleye, northern pike, large mouth bass, bluegill

Northern PikeLarge Mouth BassBluegillBrown Bullhead
Byers Lake

149 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in more than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Northern pike, large mouth bass, bluegill, brown bullhead

Large Mouth BassSmall Mouth BassYellow Perch
Clear Lake

109 Acres

Boating Access: Back-in, unimproved. May require 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle.

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, small mouth bass, yellow perch

Northern PikeLarge Mouth BassPumpkinseed SunfishBrown Bullhead
Coattail Lake*

53 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in more than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Northern pike, large mouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullhead

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeBlack CrappieBluegill
Colwell Lake

158 Acres

Boating Access: back-in improved with gravel or paving

Camping: Developed. Water and toilets provided. Daily fee

Large mouth bass, northern pike, black crappie, bluegill

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeBluegill
Cookson Lake

35 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in less than 100 feet

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Large mouth bass, northern pike, bluegill

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeBlack CrappieBluegillPumpkinseed Sunfish
Crooked Lake

190 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in less than 100 feet

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Large mouth bass, northern pike, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish

Large Mouth BassPumpkinseed SunfishYellow PerchBrown Bullhead
East Lake

54 Acres

Boating Access: back-in improved with gravel or paving

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Large mouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, brown bullhead

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeMuskellungeBluegill
Grassy Lake

176 Acres

Boating Access: back-in improved with gravel or paving

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, northern pike, muskellunge, bluegill

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeBluegillPumpkinseed Sunfish
Herman Lake

85 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in less than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish

Large Mouth BassBluegillYellow Perch
Hutt Lake

18 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in less than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch

Yellow PerchWalleyeNorthern PikeMuskellungeRock BassSmall Mouth BassBluegill
Indian Lake

8,400 Acres

Boating Access: back-in improved with gravel or paving

Camping: Developed. Water and toilets provided. Daily fee

Yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, rock bass, small mouth bass, bluegill

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeBlack CrappieBluegill
Ironjaw Lake

51 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in less than 100 feet

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Large mouth bass, northern pike, black crappie, bluegill

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeYellow Perch
Klondike Lake*

39 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in more than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch

Northern PikeBlack CrappieBluegillPumpkinseed Sunfish
Leg Lake

40 Acres

Boating Access: back-in improved with gravel or paving

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Northern pike, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish

Northern Pike
Lily Lake

144 Acres

Boating Access: Back-in, unimproved. May require 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle.

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Northern pike

Northern PikeBluegillPumpkinseed SunfishYellow Perch
Little Bass Lake

81 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in less than 100 feet

Camping: Developed. Water and toilets provided. Daily fee

Northern pike, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch

MuskellungeNorthern PikeSmall Mouth BassRock BassPumpkinseed Sunfish
McKeever Lake

132 Acres

Boating Access: Back-in, unimproved. May require 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle.

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Muskellunge, northern pike, small mouth bass, rock bass, pumpkinseed sunfish

Large Mouth BassYellow Perch
Minerva Lake

45 Acres

Boating Access: Back-in, unimproved. May require 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle.

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Large mouth bass, yellow perch

Large Mouth Bass
Muleshoe Lake

21 Acres

Boating Access: (North Basin) Carry-in less than 100 feet, (South Basin) Back-in, unimproved. May require 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle.

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Large mouth bass

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeBluegillPumpkinseed SunfishBrown Bullhead
Big Murphy Lake

131 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in less than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullhead

Small Mouth BassWalleyeRock BassYellow Perch
Petes Lake

190 Acres

Boating Access: back-in improved with gravel or paving

Camping: Developed. Water and toilets provided. Daily fee

Accessible fishing pier and paved launch. Small mouth bass, walleye, rock bass, yellow perch

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeBluegill
Rumble Lake

22 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in more than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, northern pike, bluegill

Small Mouth BassNorthern PikePumpkinseed SunfishYellow Perch
Sand Lake

106 Acres

Boating Access: Back-in, unimproved. May require 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle.

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Small mouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch

WalleyeLarge Mouth BassBluegillYellow Perch
Steuben Lake

150 Acres

Boating Access: back-in improved with gravel or paving

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Walleye, large mouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch

Small Mouth BassBluegill
Swan Lake

51 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in less than 100 feet

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Small mouth bass, bluegill

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeBlack CrappieBluegillPumpkinseed Sunfish
Three Island Lake

31 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in less than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, northern pike, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish

WalleyeLarge Mouth BassNorthern PikeBluegillPumpkinseed SunfishYellow PerchBrown Bullhead
Thunder Lake

361 Acres

Boating Access: back-in improved with gravel or paving

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Walleye, large mouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, brown bullhead

Large Mouth BassBluegill
Toms Lake

23 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in less than 100 feet

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Large mouth bass, bluegill

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeBluegill
Townline Lake

82 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in more than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, northern pike, bluegill

Large Mouth BassSmall Mouth BassNorthern PikeBluegillPumpkinseed Sunfish
Triangle Lake

169 Acres

Boating Access: Back-in, unimproved. May require 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle.

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Large mouth bass, small mouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeYellow Perch
Vance Lake

25 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in more than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch

Large Mouth BassNorthern PikeBlack CrappieBluegill
Verdant Lake

25 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in more than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, northern pike, black crappie, bluegill

Large Mouth BassBluegill
Wedge Lake

25 Acres

Boating Access: Carry-in less than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Large mouth bass, bluegill

Manistique Fishing
Ice Fishing
Manistique Fishing

Trout Lakes, Rivers and Streams

Rainbow Trout
Banana Lake

Boating Access: Carry-in more than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Rainbow Trout

Brook Trout
Lake Nineteen

Boating Access: Back-in improved with gravel or paving

Camping: Primitive sites. No water or toilets, may require a permit

Brook Trout

Brook Trout
Neds Lake

Boating Access: Carry-in more than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Brook Trout

Brook Trout
Twilight Lake

Boating Access: Carry-in more than 100 feet

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Brook Trout

Brook TroutBrown Trout
Indian River

Boating Access: Canoes - River is readily canoeable for portions of the year.

Camping: Developed. Water and toilets provided. Daily fee

Indian River, Little Bass Lake and Colwell Lake Campgrounds. Best fishing is from CR 449 upstream to Little Indian River mouth. Brook trout, brown trout

Brook TroutBrown Trout
Big Murphy Creek

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Best downstream from CR 437. Brook trout, brown trout

Brook Trout
Big Murphy Creek

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Brook trout

Brook Trout
Little Indian River

Camping: None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Brook trout

Brook Trout
Stutts Creek (all branches)

Camping: Developed. Water and toilets provided. Daily fee. N. Branch - None, but camping is allowed at least 50 feet from water

Colwell Lake Campground nearby. Best within 1 mile of FR-2251. Brook trout

City of Manistique marina
Manistique Marina

Location: 300 S Cedar Street - Manistique, Michigan 49854 (45° 57’ 08” N, 86° 14’ 08” W)
Open: mid-May to mid-October
Phone: (906) 341-6841, off-season: (906) 341-2290

Built in Spring of 2014, with a Harbor Masters building, local information, air conditioned lounge area, WIFI, laundry facilities, bathrooms & showers, diesel fuel and security cameras for our transient boaters. This is the beginning of the Boardwalk where there are fishing piers available and access to the East Breakwater Light. Mackinaw Trail Winery next door. Transportation available until 3am daily to and from Manistique Marina.

Ed Post

Seney Wildlife Refuge photo credit Ed Post
Northern PikeYellow PerchBrown BullheadPumpkinseed SunfishLarge Mouth BassSmall Mouth BassBrook TroutBrown Trout
Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Location: (Temporary Visitor Center / Office) 1986 River Road - Seney, Michigan 49883
Hours: Open 9am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday
Phone: (906) 586-9851

Available species are northern pike, yellow perch, brown bullhead, sunfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass and brook and brown trout. Fishing is permitted during daylight hours only. Ice fishing is permitted Jan. 1 to Feb. 28 and summer fishing, May 15 to Sept. 30.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge provides a 3.5-mile Fishing Loop and a universally accessible fishing pier. Many people enjoy fishing for yellow perch and northern pike from the banks of refuge impoundments. Others fish the Driggs River for brook trout or the Manistique River for walleye, small mouth bass and brown trout. Pool fishing is open from May 15 to Sept. 30 in specified pools. River fishing is allowed in accordance with state regulations. No boats or flotation devices are allowed on the pools and lead-free tackle must be used. Ice fishing is permitted on all refuge pools from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28. Please see the fishing brochure for specific details.

Manistique Trout & Salmon Derby
38th Annual Manistique Trout & Salmon Derby

July 29th and 30th, 2023
Guaranteed Prizes: 1st Place Salmon | $5,000, 1st Place Trout | $3,000
For More Information: Call Brett at (906) 286-0234

Also paying 2nd-8th Place in Both Categories. 80% Payback on Registration Fee. $30 per Person Registration Fee to Enter. 4 Day Pre-Fishing Contest, Optional 3-3-3 Side Tournament and Women's Tournament. Tournament tickets can be purchased at the following: Linda's Bread Box, Top O'Lake Sport Shop, Wheaty's, Roy's Place


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