by Luke Bouman
on Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 10:58am.
For sport fishermen, Lake Michigan is one of the most attractive spots in the country to get a line wet and see what they can catch. As one of the largest lakes in the world, Lake Michigan is home to a wide variety of species and can be receptive to many different types of fishing. For the uninitiated, taking on the vast waters of this Great Lake can be quite intimidating. However, once some local knowledge is gained, there certainly are fish to be found.
Among the popular species of fish that are targeted by anglers in Lake Michigan include trout, salmon, walleye, smallmouth bass, and more. Each of these species has specific rules and regulations attached to it, so be sure to consult the laws that apply to the area that you wish to fish. Four different states control the fishing regulations within their waters, and rules can vary, so get licensed and educated in the appropriate state before you head out.
Hiring a charter to take you out fishing on Lake Michigan can be a good option for those who are new to fishing the lake. The charter company should know where to go for the kind of fish that you are after, what kind of bait to use, what depths to fish, and more. Also, if you don’t have a boat to get out onto the water, hiring a charter is likely to be your best option.
Of course, if you have a boat and want to head out on your own, that is always an option. The internet is a great place to start your research as to places and types of fish to look for. Asking around at a marina or boat launch also may net you some information that you can use to get started.
To be closer to Lake Michigan and be able to fish it on a more frequent basis, consider talking to a real estate agent about the Lake Michigan properties that could fit your needs. Even a modest vacation cottage could serve as a great jumping off point from which to start your fishing adventures on this amazing lake.