Fishing the Surf on Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan Surf Fishing Access Locations and Articles:
- 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)
Lake Michigan Surf Fishing Equipment used:
- How to make Sand Spikes or Rod Holders for Surf Fishing Sand spikes or Surf Rod Holders are a requirement when fishing the surf. There is nothing that will destroy or ruin a fishing reel quicker than laying the fishing rod on a sandy beach.
- How to make a PVC Sand Spike for loose sand
- How to make a Sand Spike
- How to make a Rod Holder for firm ground
- Waders and Boots for fishing the Surf The surf fishing is done in a a wet environment, waders or boots are required unles you plan on getting wet.
- Tackle Storage and general tackle used surf fishing A five gallon bucket with a lid makes the best universal tackle storage for surf fishing. See what tackle is generally put in a typical surf fishing bucket.
- Landing fish when Surf Fishing Landing fish when surf fishing can be done with or without a net.
- Fishing Reels for Surf Fishing Fishing reel and line recommendations for surf fishing.
- Fishing Rods for Surf Fishing. Fishing rods used for surf fishing.
Lake Michigan Surf Fishing Tips and Techniques:
- Basic Bottom Fishing Rig Setups used when Surf Fishing There are numerous basic bottom fishing rig setups typically used by fishermen surf fishing. Three of the more popular setups are described.
- Cutting bait chunks and strips for surf fishing Surf fishing with whole, cut chunks, or strip baits made from bait fish is an effective technique. There are a variety of bait fish that can be used in the Great Lakes.
- How to rig whole, chunk, and strip baits for surf fishing How to rig whole, chunk, and strip baits for Trout and Salmon when surf fishing.
- Surf Fishing for Brown Trout after Dark Surf fishing for Brown Trout after dark with glow in the dark spoons can be very productive.
For more information, fishing tips, tactics and techniques about Surf, Shore and Harbor fishing.
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