Though I grew up fishing and enjoy it very much, I haven’t been out much over the last few years. I plan to change that very soon. However, Joe Laing from El Monte RV still gets out often and offered to write about a few choice fishing spots in the Upper Peninsula.
Few things are as satisfying as reeling in a fish – not to mention the inevitable peaceful solitude on the water. Traveling Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is one idyllic place to enjoy a fishing trip and the wonders of a remote stream or lake. It is best to go during June, before the dog days of summer hit. The perfect way to travel is in an RV, carrying everything you need right along with you.
A fishing license can be obtained at a local shop or online. The Department of Natural Resources has a website page where you can find a list of all the stores in each county where you can buy a license. Specific regulations on seasons and rules on certain fish species are reported on the Fishing Season page of the Department of Natural Resources.
Start your journey by driving north on Interstate 75 and heading east on Highway 134. You will soon arrive in the Cedarville and Hessel area. There are fishing opportunities here on the St. Mary’s River. As the weather warms up, you will find harvest numbers increasing. Catch pike, largemouth, and smallmouth bass. In any one of the channels, you’ll find whitefish and salmon.
Then it is on to DeTour Village. This quaint stop is northeast of the Mackinac Bridge, close to Lake Huron. Catch Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and Chinook. This is truly a place to enjoy on the Upper Peninsula.
Continue east to Drummond Island. Fish the pristine shoreline where you’ll discover fishing at its best, with shallow bottom flats and beautiful weed beds. Underwater reefs provide a challenge to any fisherman. Truly an outdoor lover’s paradise and a fishing enthusiast’s greatest dream! Walleye is a prime catch.
Now head north to Grand Marais. If you have kids with you on your fishing excursion, you will have to make it a point to travel through here the last two days of June. They will be holding a Kids’ Fishing Pond along with the event for adults – the Grand Marais Offshore Challenge. Pier fishing here is a great pastime, and you can hook some whitefish, lake trout, and coho. When fishing from a boat, you will find the best luck by trolling east and west of the bay. Some of the best picks in the Grand Marias region are Nawakwa Lake and Lake Superior.
Munising should come next on your itinerary. When you want a break, this is the best place to tour some of Michigan’s most historic lighthouses. But you won’t take too long a break as you’ll want to get out in a boat and catch some Chinook. Fishing from the piers will bring you splake if you cast spawn.
Now let’s say you want to get some bluegill and yellow perch. Head for Au Train! Besides bluegill and yellow perch, you will also find walleye. Head for Au Train Point and troll for salmon. You will hook some lake trout between Wood Island and Au Train Island in deep water.
Visiting Marquette means you are going to see some fabulous waterfalls. They are going to be flowing during May this year, which is unusual. They normally flow the fastest at the end of April. So expect some wonders as you access some remote areas. Fish Lake Superior to catch Chinook and coho salmon, lake trout, and steelhead. Head for some of the inland lakes to get all sorts of trout and bass as well as northern pike and bluegill. The rivers offer up brook, brown, and rainbow trout.
The last stop for this trip will be Keweenaw Bay. There is nothing quite like the beauty of this region, and certainly nothing as fabulous as the fishing. Catch rates are up on lake trout and Chinook and coho. Use cut bait in 200 feet of water to pick up some lake trout. Troll off of Big Louie’s Point and Gay Point to get more lake trout. You can also try jigging in about 140 feet of water to hook some, perhaps your trophy catch!
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers the fisherman quite the adventure. The above fishing spots are only a few of many that are available. When you reach Keweenaw Bay and fish to your heart’s content, you can leave by coming back the way you came. Stop at all the places you passed by the first time. Double the pleasure and double the fun! Then come back again for more. The Upper Peninsula will welcome you back!