The 10 Best Fishing Lakes in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula

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Noah French, Marketing Clerk

Noah French, Marketing Clerk

The 10 Best Fishing Lakes in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula

Here at Lynden Sports Center, you might be able to tell that we love all things water. From lake living to watercraft, it’s a good thing our home in Michigan has around 11,000 lakes. To some people, that means tons of fun in the sun, splashing around in the water, but to others, it means that there’s some great fishing to be had. Ariel Graphics did a research poll to find out what the 10 best lakes in the Lower Peninsula. Check out their list below, choose one of the lakes, buy a boat from us, and plan a relaxing weekend of fun this summer!

#1 Hubbard Lake: With a maximum depth of 85 feet, Hubbard is one of the most well-stocked lakes stocked with bass, yellow perch, northern pike, tiger muskie, trout and walleye. It is a popular destination for summer angling as well as winter ice fishing. Although it is not an incorporated municipality, for statistical purposes, the U.S. Census Bureau defines the area immediately surrounding the lake as a census-designated place named Hubbard Lake. 

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#2 Gun Lake: Gun Lake is located mostly in Barry County with the southwestern tip extending into Allegan County. Gun Lake is the location of a State Park with a boat launch, two beaches, a campground, and picnic areas. It is well known in Michigan for Walleye fishing. In the lake there are populations of Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Bowfin, Brown Bullhead, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Longnose Gar, Muskie, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Gar, and Yellow Perch as well. Freshwater Crustaceans, known as Crayfish, also have some residency in the lake, and can be found in many of the shallows in the summertime as their young grow.

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#3 Coldwater Lake: Coldwater is a recreational lake surrounded by homes on the majority of its sides, and is located approximately 3 miles north of the southern border of Michigan and 5 miles South of Coldwater, Michigan. Catfish is one of the most common fish caught on Coldwater Lake, along with walleye, largemouth bass, and northern pike. Coldwater Lake is a fisherman’s dream! The lake also hosts yearly fishing contests where anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish

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#4 Marble Lake: Located in Quincy, Michigan, Marble Lake is known for its shallow water that’s perfect to catch fish. It is approximately 60 feet deep at its deepest point. This lake is also 780 acres in size.  When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch. This is perfect for it’s short depth!

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#5 Houghton Lake: Houghton Lake is a very large lake in Roscommon County, Michigan. It is one of the largest natural inland lakes in the United States (many man-made impoundments are much larger). The lake is approximately 10 miles north to south, and about 5 1⁄2 miles at it widest point. Houghton Lake is known for being not only huge, but it is also fairly murky, which makes for incredible fishing conditions! Houghton Lake fishermen have been known to catch walleye, pike and bass.

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#6 Mullet Lake: Mullett Lake is a lake in Cheboygan County. The lake is named after John Mullett, who, together with William A. Burt, made a federal survey of the area from 1840 to 1843. A neighboring lake was named after Burt. Mullett Lake has been known to have great pike, smallmouth bass and walleye. Some say they’ve even caught giant sturgeons in Mullett Lake!

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#7 Lake St. Clair:

Lake St. Clair (French: Lac Sainte-Claire) is a freshwater lake that lies between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Great Lakes system, and along with the St. Clair River and Detroit River, Lake St. Clair connects Lake Huron (to the north) with Lake Erie (to the south). If you’re in the Detroit area, Lake St. Clair is a great place to get your fishing fix in without having to get too far away from home! Outstanding fishing opportunities for a diversity of species including smallmouth bass, muskie, walleye and yellow perch. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s great smallmouth and muskie fisheries.

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#8 Hamlin Lake: Hamlin Lake is a man-made lake in Michigan enlarged by the backup of the Big Sable River by the Hamlin Lake Dam before it reaches Lake Michigan. Ludington State Park lies along the entire western shore of the lake while the eastern tip of the lake is in the Manistee National Forest. The lake is great for swimming during summer months as it is typically much warmer than Lake Michigan.  Dunes separate the western shore of Hamlin Lake from the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.  Gamefish have been stocked in the lake since the 1890s.

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#9 Black Lake: It is the seventh largest inland lake in Michigan. Black Lake is a summer destination for many families from the suburban Detroit area and from other nearby states as well as residents of the neighboring town of Onaway. Onaway State Park, at the southeastern end of the lake, offers camping, swimming and fishing. Black Lake is known for being one of the best lakes in Michigan to catch pike and muskie.

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#10 Burt Lake: Burt Lake is a 17,120 acre lake in Cheboygan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The lake is named after William Austin Burt, who, together with John Mullett, made a federal survey of the area from 1840 to 1843. YMCA Camp Al-Gon-Quian and Burt Lake State Park are both located on the southern shore of the lake. Burt Lake is the fourth biggest inland lake in the state of Michigan, which means it’s just full of fish waiting to be caught!

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The lakes of Michigan have long been one of the biggest attractions in our beautiful state, loved by all who call it home. People from Michigan know that you’re not a true Michigander unless you have a favorite lake to call home. Chances are that if you’re a Michigan lake person, you’re also a boat person. We would love for you to check out Our Inventory and learn for yourself why a boat can change your Michigan experience forever. Click Here!

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