Lake Michigan

Fishing In Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is one of 5 lakes that make up the Great Lakes. These lakes were discovered by French traders 300 years ago. Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake that is completely within the U.S. and is the third largest. It covers a 22,400 square mile area. Lake Michigan is equivalent in size to Delaware, Massachusetts and Maryland combined!

Lake Michigan is 581 feet above sea level and 335 feet above Lake Ontario. The deepest part is 923 feet. This lake is an average of 75 miles across and approximately 300 miles long. It is the largest body of freshwater within the United States and offers excellent trout and salmon fishing!

Seasonal Fishing

Spring Fishing: April, May, and June

Chinook-Mania kicks into high gear when the warmer weather and spring arrive. With limited catches of Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Chinook Salmon you can expect plenty of fast action. If you book a charter that the time of years, number-wise you experience some of the finest fishing, with a great opportunity of landing a Chinook Salmon or Trophy Lake Trout.

Summer Fishing: July and August

By the time the month of July rolls around, the summer fishing pattern, in addition to the nice weather has come to Lake Michigan. You will be able to experience great catches of various species of fish. Your cooler will start to overflow with Brown Trout, Lake Trout – Lakers, Rainbow Trout – Steelhead, and Chinooks, Much larger fish are caught during the summer fishing patterns.

Fall Fishing: September and October

My absolute favorite time of the year for fishing in Lake Michigan is the fall. As the summer heat beings to fade away and the fall color starts to show, those mature kings emerge to take on our fishing tackle and cause plenty of havoc. Much burned-out drag and broken rods occur during the fall. Trophy Kings of up to 35 pounds can be found prowling Lake Michigan’s shoreline. It is also the time when Trophy Lake Trout fishing begins as the massive Lakers arrive from the spawning reefs.


  • We will meet again Lloyd. Thanks a bunch. I treated my neighbor as he had done me a few favors and he had a very good time on his first big water adventure!! I ate my first non-commercial catfish last…- No Weeds and Tight Lines
  • On the weekend of 8/27/2005, my wife and I chartered an afternoon fishing trip hoping to catch some walleye with Capt. Lloyd from Cedar River Charters. We checked into our room on Sat. at 1:00 p.m. We met (the owner…- Got our Limit!!!