11 Amazing Fishing Spots Around The US

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Lake Michigan

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.

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