Fishing the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada hold some of the best freshwater fishing on the planet. The sheer size of these bodies of water and how they connect with other waterways lends themselves to be the perfect habitat for many stellar species of freshwater gamefish. 


The Great Lakes consist of:

  • Lake Superior
  • Lake Michigan
  • Lake Huron (or Michigan–Huron)
  • Lake Erie
  • Lake Ontario

These bodies of water are deep and vast. Charter companies in Lake Michigan, for example, akin fishing here to “offshore fishing” but inland.

Lake Michigan’s premier charter boat outfit, Fire Drill Charters, can get clients on salmon species such as Coho and King’s, steelhead, and even lake and brown trout. Al of this on a single trip is possible, but seasons play a large role in what will bite and when. This outfit will also clean all the fish you plan to pack back home, as well as offer you all of the gear and licensing required. Hiring a charter such as this is the perfect way to explore the Great Lakes on a visit here.

Speaking of seasons, primary fishing times for the following species:

  • Coho Salmon
  • King Salmon
  • Steelhead
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout

Occur at the beginning of April and lasts through to the end of September. Even fly fishing the Great Lakes is possible, and any fly angler should definitely plan a trip here (or at least add it to your bucket list).

All in all, a fishing trip into the Great Lakes region is something of a goal of ours as well. We have yet to make the journey, but we are connected with many that do. So, I hope based on this basic information we have helped add this area to your fishing destinations list, and if you have anything to add – please comment below!


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