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Fishing the Surf on Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan has 1,660 miles of shoreline consisting largely of sand and pebble beaches. Sand dunes, marshes, tall grass prairies, savannas, and forests provide the essential habitats for a great diversity of life. Lake Michigan is the third largest of the Great Lakes and the sixth largest lake in the world. Bordered by Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin it is the only one of the Great Lakes that lies completely within the borders of the United States. There are countless areas where shore or surf fishing can be done. If you are looking for a peaceful place to fish, fishing the surf on Lake Michigan is hard to beat. There are many quiet secluded areas near most large cities where beach access is available. The river and stream mouths will traditionally receive high fishing pressure during the fall salmon runs.

Lake Michigan Surf Fishing Access Locations and Articles:
Access areas for fishing the Lake Michigan Surf include: harbors, city parks, beaches, river mouths and scenic shorelines. During the fall salmon spawning runs, thousands of fishermen will take advantage of the many access areas. Spring will see many of the same fishermen in the same areas fishing for Brown Trout, Steelhead and spring Coho Salmon. Summer fishing from shore targets perch, smallmouth bass and other fish. Summer fishing at night is a good time to try for salmon and trout that cruise the shorelines under the cover of darkness.
  • Shore fishing access locations Lake Michigan has a surface area of 22,300 square miles and 1,660 miles of shoreline. There are dozens of tributary creeks, streams and rivers that provide excellent fishing. Some of our favorite access areas.
  • Shore Fishing Article from the Indiana DNR A PDF article from the State of Indiana DNR with access maps, species facts, seasonal fishing opportunities and fishing information for shore and tributary fishing. (requires Adobe reader)
  • Michigan Shore Anglers Guide A PDF article from the State of Michigan DNR with detailed access maps; detailed salmon, trout, and steelhead fishing tips and techniques; seasonal fishing opportunities and recommended fishing tactics for the different shore fishing locations. This 96 page article can have a long download time (requires Adobe reader)
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