FishingDo you love to fish? I mean, would you rather be casting a line than just about anything you can think of? Then the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan is definitely where you should be. Our lakeside communities of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City, MI are a fisherman’s dream come true.

Whether you want to fly fish, hire a Lake Michigan charter, toss a line from a dock or bring your own fishing boat and spend the day on the lake, Petoskey, MI has you covered.

Walloon Lake is surrounded by 52 miles of wooded shoreline and is full of bass and walleye. Petoskey’s Bear River is where you’ll find brook trout, salmon and steelhead. Lake Charlevoix in Boyne City (USA Today named it runner-up for America’s Best Lake) is where you’ll find walleye, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegills and rock bass. In Alanson, you can reel in largemouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike, walleye and bluegill.  And those who hit Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay will likely pull in trout, salmon, bass and steelhead.  

{{cta(’39f372c5-6c40-45eb-8750-d2e4f671df87′,’justifycenter’)}}There are also a numerous lesser-known lakes and streams where you can try your luck, and most likely catch your limit. Check out the DNR’s Weekly Fishing Report at 855.777.0908. The Fishing Report and DNR licensing information is also available online.

To make your northern Michigan fishing experience everything you want it to be, check out the list below.

Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls
844.773.8321 ~
Whether it is chasing wild browns or rainbows Boyne Outfitters will provide you with patient, knowledgeable guides.
Harbor Springs
231.330.5762 ~
Explore Northern Michigan’s premier trout waters in a custom-built cedar drift boat. Whether you are new to fly fishing, or a seasoned angler, our northern rivers and streams have much to offer anyone seeking elusive trout. Visit the website for rates and complete details. 
Bay Harbor Lake Marina, Bay Harbor
989.245.3585 ~
Enjoy a great fishing experience fishing on the Great Lakes for king salmon, brown and lake trout, Coho and walleye. All fishing equipment provided on this 27′ Tiara. Call for rates and more detailed information.
805 Second Street, Boyne City
231.582.2202 ~ 231.675.3523 ~
Let DNR-licensed guide Bryce Hewitt ‘hook you up with the big one’ on Walloon Lake. Bryce is a local inland lake fisherman specializing in bass, walleye and pike. Pricing available at
7688 Maple River Road, Brutus
231.549.6064 ~
Known as a best kept secret, the Maple River is considered one of the premier trout streams in northern Michigan and Hidden River Golf & Casting Club offers the best private access to this wonderful piece of water.
5245 N. M-66 Highway, East Jordan
231.536.0518 ~ 231.536.1200
A terrific place to bring the kids. The ponds are stocked with rainbow trout and there’s no license required to fish here. Tackle and poles are furnished. Open 10am to 5pm, Monday-Sunday, from the last Saturday in April thru October 31st.
Bayfront Drive, Petoskey
This KID’S ONLY fishing pond is the perfect place to bring your youngster and show how it’s done. The pond has been stocked with trout and comes complete with a wheelchair ramp and fishing platform so all kids can enjoy it.
3377 U.S. 31, Oden
This is a must-see cultural treasure! Informative guided hatchery tours, weekly nature programs, self-guided hiking/nature trails, interpretive exhibits and interactive displays. Birders may even see an osprey or bald eagle. Special programs for families and group tours are available by appointment. Admission and programs are FREE.
Bay Harbor Lake Marina, Bay Harbor
231.357.1513 ~
Fish the Great Lakes in style and comfort…and land the BIG ONES too! King salmon, Coho salmon, pink salmon, Atlantic salmon, steelhead, lake trout, brown trout and the occasional monster walleye have all been caught during Plumber’s Helper Charters. Call for rates.
Harbor Springs
800.871.1780 ~
Reel Waters features trips for families, women only, and kids; as well as advanced fly fishing experts. They provide gear, lessons, flies, food & drink and a wealth of information. Please call for further information. 
101 East Lake St., Petoskey
989.306.1186 ~
Rodzilla Fishing Charters can accommodate up to five people per trip and runs out of the Petoskey Marina. Rates vary; call for information.  
Join the crew that loves fishing and book a day with Ruddy Duck Charters. We’ll lead you to the trout and the salmon – you reel ’em in! For pricing information and further details, please call. 
1590 Harbor-Petoskey Road, Petoskey
Here you may see ducks, swans, turtles and frogs. For birders, this is also a terrific place to catch a glimpse of Yellow Warblers, Sandhill Cranes, Eastern Kingbirds and other nesting birds in the summer. Songbirds and waterfowl migrate here in the spring and fall. The enclosed deck is a perfect place for little ones to try and catch their first fish!
231.347.5039 ~
Guide service and lessons are both offered through Tony D Outdoors. All fishing trips are catch and release only. Please call or visit the website for rate information.
Boyne City
231.675.1237 ~
From beginner to expert, Brian Koz can share his experience with all levels of anglers on The Jordan, Boyne, Sturgeon, Maple and Manistee Rivers. Whether walk-in & wading or floating down one of these rivers, True North Trout has you covered with rods/reels and waders.
Fishing charters by appointment for up to six passengers on Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. Salmon, lake trout, walleye and bass. Bring home dinner!
About the author
Diane Dakins is passionate about all of the communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. She strives to create informative content that gives potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.