Michigan is packed with county and national parks that offer hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and camping. Moreover, Michigan lakes are as diverse as in any state you will find. Opportunities abound for water sports, such as water skiing, boating, canoeing and kayaking and even windsurfing. One popular sport for locals and visitors alike is fishing. If bluegill fishing is what you are searching for, you will find fishing holes year-round in Michigan.
The lakes in the area of the Western Michigan town of Ludington are a fisherman's paradise. Hamlin Lake, located in Ludington State Park, is loaded with bluegills, and when the runs are good, they are very good. July, August and October are the best months of the year for bluegill fishing, and great months to enjoy the warm days of summer and the beautiful fall foliage. Hotels, resorts and campgrounds abound in the area, so finding the right kind of accommodation to suit your style will not be a problem. Bring your own boat and rent a slip at the Ludington Municipal Marina, or arrange for a charter or rental a boat after you arrive.
Ludington State Park
8800 W. M-116
Ludington, MI 49431
Upper and Lower Crooked Lakes
The Upper and Lower Crooked Lakes of Barry County offer great opportunities for winter ice fishing. First ice is the best time to take advantage of the runs and each lake offers its own unique fishing opportunity and outdoor experience. Lower Crooked Lake is very shallow, about 10 feet deep, and offers some bluegill catches that are real whoppers on the southwest end on the lake. Upper Crooked Lake is about four times deeper than Lower Crooked Lake, and you will be able to find an abundance of bluegill in winter. Barry County offers all types of lodging, from resorts to campgrounds, and you will find ample offerings for bait, fishing gear and boat rentals.
Barry County Chamber of Commerce
221 W. State Street
Hastings, MI 49058
Upper Peninsula Region
The Upper Peninsula region of Michigan offers great bluegill fishing, no matter where you travel on the peninsula. You will find inland lakes open for fishing year-round. One of the unique and wonderful aspects of fishing on the Upper Peninsula is the remote nature of the wilderness lakes the area has to offer. A canoe or boat is the best way to fish for bluegill in the Upper Peninsula. Ice fishing is open during the winter months, and if you want to catch the big ones the spring and summer months are the time to drop your line. Lodging in the Upper Peninsula is abundant and ranges from woodland cabins to luxury resorts. Other outdoor activities include everything from golf to wilderness hiking and camping.
Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association
P.O. Box 400
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Article Written By Michael Evans
Michael Evans was born in Memphis, Tenn. He graduated from The University of Memphis, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. His primary course of study was photography and film production. He first began writing professionally for iOwn Inc. in 1997, and was published by LensWork Magazine in 2003.