Where? Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan
Why? Lake Michigan is the second-largest of the Five Great Lakes and the only one entirely located in the US. The safest way to go on an ice fishing expedition on this lake is with a professional guide. The northernmost bays of Lake Michigan are the first to freeze with thick ice, so it’s recommended to start there.
Best for: Ice fishing in winter and fly fishing in other seasons.
Skill level: Advanced
Type of fish to catch: Walleye, whitefish, catfish, brown trout, coho salmon, Chinook salmon, Northern pike, and steelhead.
Best time of year: Ice fishing: mid-December till mid-March
Places of interest: Mitchell State Park, Interlochen State Park, Charles Mears State Park, Keith J Charters Traverse City State Park, Marinas, boat rentals, boat launch ramps, ice fishing charters, lodging, bait & tackle shops, restaurants.