Fishing in Grand Rapids
Field & Stream Magazine named Grand Rapids the nation’s 6th best fishing city. You can cast your line in the Grand River that runs through downtown, try your luck in dozens of outlying rivers and lakes, or charter a boat to fish the coastal waters of Lake Michigan.
The Grand River is home to many species, including steelhead, salmon, smallmouth bass, lake trout, coho, skamania, catfish, bass and walleye. Nearby waters add bluegill, bullhead, carp, crappie, sunfish, northern pike, muskie, perch and whitefish to the list. Check the Weekly Fishing Report for conditions. (Click Southwest Lower Peninsula.)
You’re never more than six miles away from a body of water in West Michigan – and many of them are open to the public for fishing.
- Big Pine Island, Big Wabasis, Campau, Lime, Lincoln, Murray and Myers are popular lake choices.
- Bass Lake, Bear Creek, Pickerel Lake and Reeds Lake offer family-friendly amenities like bathrooms and playgrounds in addition to from-shore fishing.
- The Grand River, Rogue River, Flat River, Muskegon River and Pere Marquette are all excellent fishing rivers.
- You can fish Lake Michigan off piers in Holland, Grand Haven and Muskegon, or charter a boat to head offshore.
Addiction Charters and Bending Limits Sportfishing Charters offer Lake Michigan sport fishing. Great Lakes Guide Service and West Michigan Guide Service focus on rivers.
A license is required for everyone 17 years of age or older. Visitors can obtain a 24-hour or 72-hour license at bait and tackle shops and Meijer stores around town, or purchase one online.
Visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website for even more fishing info.
Insider's Guide to Fishing in Grand Rapids
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