Number of Fish Species: 153
State Sportfish: Brook Trout
Notable Records: a 51lb 3oz. tiger muskie, a 9lb 8oz. brook trout, a 61lb 8oz. lake trout, a 17lb 3oz. walleye.
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Quickcast: Most people think of the Great Lakes when they think “fishing in Michigan” and they would be right to do so. The lakes surrounding Michigan are home to lake trout, chinook salmon, coho, steelhead, brown trout as well as brook trout, splake, walleye, and northern pike. Michigan has plenty of accessible water and plenty of accessible and fun-to-catch fish.
When it comes to regional distribution of species, Atlantic salmon are best caught in Whitefish bay in the Upper Peninsula as well as on the coast of Antrim county in lower Michigan. Brook trout are going to be a sure bet in pretty much any part of the Upper Peninsula as well as the Northern counties of lower Michigan. Chinook salmon are a perennial favorite and are best caught in the Northern counties of Michigan that border Lake Huron and Lake Michigan as well as most parts of the Upper Peninsula. Rainbow trout are also sought after by many and can be found in most part of the Upper Peninsula as well as the Northern and Southern counties of the state. Crappie and yellow perch are abundant throughout the state as is walleye (with the exception of some counties bordering Lake Erie). For those fishermen after largemouth and smallmouth you’re in luck because those hard fighters can be found pretty much everywhere in the state. Finally, no list would be complete without talking about catfish and those can be found primarily in the Central region of lower Michigan.