Fishing: Popular Spots to Fish

Check out these popular places to fish in West Michigan!


Fort Custer State Recreation Area is a 3,033-acre park located in Augusta. The park features plenty of fishing opportunities, with three lakes, the Kalamazoo River. The area also has a campground, a swimming beach, more than 25 miles of multi-use trails, and much more.

Get your fishing pole and tackle box ready: the Kalamazoo County Parks are a great place to catch the big one! Whether you prefer to get out in a boat or fish from the shore, you can find your perfect spot at one of the five Kalamazoo County Parks. Boat ramps are available at Cold Brook, Prairie View, and River Oaks County Parks, or you can head out to Markin Glen and Scotts Mill to find a peaceful spot on the shore.

Stay at Drummond Island Resort & Conference Center on Drummond Island and visit one of Michigan’s best fishing spots. The area is known for smelt, herring, whitefish, cisco, walleye, northern pike, perch, smallmouth bass, and salmon.

Located just a few miles south of Charlevoix, Fisherman’s Island State Park is not actually just an island, but a 2,678-acre park with five miles of unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline. The park encompasses a tiny island, Fisherman’s Island, currently connected to the mainland, due to low lake levels.

The Holiday Inn Express in Ludington is the perfect home base for your next fishing trip. The hotel is 19 minutes from Hamlin Lake, where you’ll find a variety of fish including tiger muskie, northern pike, walleye, and more. Pentwater is 18 minutes away and Manistee is 29 minutes away, each with plenty of places to fish. The Pere Marquette River is 15 minutes from the hotel and is a home port for many charter captains. You’ll have several good choices when you stay in Ludington for your next fishing trip!

The Ludington area offers an opportunity for everyone who enjoys fishing, whether on the big lake or on one of the many inland lakes and streams. Stop by from July 18th to 23rd for the Offshore Classic/Big Boys Fishing Tournament. This multi-day tournament has grown into one of the largest fishing tournaments in the region. Whether you are fishing from the pier, on Lake Michigan, on a charter boat, or fly-fishing in the stream, you are bound to catch a big one!