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When the weather in Michigan gets colder, anglers get fishing across more than 11,000 inland lakes and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams. In fact, for many experienced anglers winter is the best time to get hooked.
Ice fishing is a time-honored sport. It can be a solitary endeavor or a chance to win bragging rights among family and friends. An ice fishing excursion can be as simple as drilling a hole in the ice and dropping in a line while perched on an overturned bucket. Or it can be an all-day outing complete with an elaborate ice shanty boasting all the comforts of home. Either way, traversing frozen waters allows anglers to reach the far corners of lakes that would be inaccessible during the open water season.
The state boasts more than 130 species of fish and almost all of them can be caught through the ice. Popular species when the ice freezes over include panfish such as bluegill and perch as well as northern pike, walleye and various trout species. First time winter anglers will want to be sure to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend, February 18-19, 2017 and fishing conditions around the state are available each week. Are you ready to get your fish on in Pure Michigan?
With over 11,000 lakes in Michigan, ice fishing offers a lot of opportunities to catch a variety of different species during the winter. Bluegill, perch, walleye, northern pike, and crappie are all popular fish species during Michigan's Winter season and are sure to hold you over until the ice melts away in the Spring. In Michigan, you have about 4-5 months of cold winter weather where the lakes freeze over enough to get some quality ice fishing in.