Barryton, Michigan is situated in the south central region of the state, about an hour and a half drive from Grand Rapids. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, part of the Great Lakes, are a couple hours drive to the east and west of town. Charter services are available to take you out if you don't have a boat of your own. For fishing closer to town, there are are several smaller lakes nearby that provide a lot of fishing fun.
Chippewa Lake is located to the west of Barryton. It is around 800 acres in size and has varying depth throughout ranging from five to 40 feet. Sand bars can be found at various places in the water, making boating with larger vessels difficult. There is public access on the eastern side. Walleye and pike are prominent in the waters.
Crooked Lake is located northeast of Barryton. It is about 260 acres in size and 75 feet deep in areas. The lake offers fishing opportunities for pike, crappie, perch, bass, bluegill and catfish to name a few. Ice fishing is popular in the winter months. Bait shops and boat rentals are located around the lake for your convenience. Several boat access points are located around the water.
The northern, main branch, of the Chippewa River starts west of Barryton and makes its way through the area. The west branch joins in on the other side of town. Small mouth bass are a popular species on this river and get bigger the further down river you go. The water can sometimes be a little cloudy past the town of Mt. Pleasant. When this happens, you should try fishing closer to Barryton before the north and south sections converge.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.