The Best Fall Fishing is in West Michigan

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Great fishermen know that fall in West Michigan not only brings spectacular color, but some of the greatest fishing around. Due to less boat traffic, your chances of catching a salmon or steelhead this time of year are better than ever. From Manistee and the Manistee River down to the Ludington and Pentwater area in West Michigan, you have your choice of wide open water in which to catch "the big one."

Hamlin Lake - Pentwater - Manistee - Ludington - Pere Marquette River

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Fall Fishing on Hamlin Lake

The Hamlin Dam at the Ludington State Park is a great location to try your luck, especially during the fall salmon run. Salmon, steelhead, and trout swim along and below the dam during the fall, providing terrific fishing opportunities.
Read Hamlin Lake Fishing Reports.

September & October Fishing in Ludington

Many fish that are headed north tend to stay around the port of Ludington, so Lake Michigan fishing in the fall is a virtual "gold mine." Pere Marquette Lake is popular for those who like to fish for brown trout and salmon.
Read Ludington Fishing Reports.

Pere Marquette River Fishing in the Fall

Fly fishing in the Pere Marquette River yields steelhead and trout, and the sizes of fish caught are outstanding.
Read the most recent Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports and plan your fishing trip today.

Fishing in Manistee County

Don't miss the thrill of catching your limit on the Manistee River. Check out the Manistee River Fishing Reports for the latest action.

So if you love to fish, especially in the fall, West Michigan is where you want to be!

Fall Festivals & Events in West Michigan: Ludington, Manistee, Pentwater, Silver Lake, and more...

More to Love About Autumn in West Michigan...

For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
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Last Updated: 11-14-2023 11:13 AM ID: 275