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FISHING AND CRUISING THE STRAITS AREA

If you’re angling for a good time, the Straits area doesn’t disappoint. From the Great Lakes to inland lakes, rivers, and streams, anglers will find a wide variety of species for which to fish.
FISHING AND CRUISING THE STRAITS AREA

 Bring your own boat, fish with a local charter boat captain, or try your luck from shore at a fishing pier or platform. All you need is a valid Michigan fishing license and a sense of adventure and you’re ready to go! Fish species found in the area include bass, crappie, yellow perch, northern pike, coho and Chinook salmon, smelt, trout, and walleye. 

Or if you just want to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening on the water with a cool beverage in hand looking at the sights from the water, there are opportunities for sailing the Straits aboard a variety of vessels (see page 19). 

 
Downtown St. Ignace Fishing Pier at Chief Wawatam Park 

S. State Street 

Species available include bass, yellow perch, migratory salmon

Bass
Little Bear East Sports Park Pond 

275 Marquette Street 
Species available include perch and walleye

Walleye
Castle Rock Ponds 

Castle Rock Road – Exit 348 off I-75, Lant Road to Castle Rock Road 
Species available include yellow perch, rainbow trout

Yellow Perch
Brevort Lake 

About 20 miles west of St. Ignace, Brevoort Lake in the Hiawatha National Forest – a 4,233-acre lake – offers a boat ramp that is accessible at the Brevoort Lake Campground on Boedne Bay. A day-use fee of $6 is charged. 
Species available include bass, crappies, muskellunge, sunfish, and yellow perch

Muskellunge
Carp River 

Approximately two miles from the Carp River Campground is a small boat launch site at the mouth of the Carp Wild and Scenic River on Lake Huron. It is managed by Hiawatha National Forest. Species available include brook, brown, and rainbow trout, steelhead, migratory salmon, and smelt in the spring at the river’s mouth. 

Rainbow Trout

The 20-site rustic campground in Hiawatha National Forest on the river, is about a 15-minute drive northeast of St. Ignace. Fees are charged. For more information or to make a campsite reservation, visit www.recreation.gov or call (906) 203-9872. 

E.U.P. Fishing Charters 

Fish with one of the most knowledgeable charter captains in the Straits area. Since 1987, Captain Dennis has fished for salmon, steelhead, and lake trout in the Straits of Mackinac. And as an added bonus, you’ll also get an education about the exotic species inhabiting the waters as well as the geology of the area. Fish aboard a 27’ Tiara Pursuit. For more information, call (251) 504-1046. 

St. Ignace Boat Launch Site 
Steelhead

99 Stockbridge Street 
If you’re bringing your own boat, daily launch passes may be purchased at the launch site for $6. A seasonal pass may be purchased at St. Ignace City Hall, 396 N. State Street, in the City Clerk’s office for $50. 


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