Irons, Michigan, is located on the western side of the state, and about a 45-minute drive from Lake Michigan. The town is located in the middle of the Manistee National Forest, giving visitors access to plenty of outdoor recreation. Smaller lakes and rivers are nearby, providing lots of fishing fun. Charter services are available on the larger Great Lakes, and guide services offer information and help on smaller lakes and streams.
Bass Lake, located southwest of Irons, offers many outdoor recreation opportunities such as kayaking, sailing and fishing. The lake is about 500 acres and has two public access area to put small craft on the water. The boat ramps are not easy to maneuver due to the private property on either side, and no parking is available for vehicles. Fish in this lake are mainly bass and pike. The lake freezes in the winter, making this a three-season lake at best.
Pine Lake is located northwest of Irons, Michigan, and is approximately 660 acres. Maximum depth of the lake is 35 feet, and no motor boats are allowed on the water. Fish in this small lake include crappie, large- and small-mouth bass, bluegill and northern pike. If you don't have a small watercraft, wading and bank fishing is possible from the picnic area on the west side.
Tippy Dam Pond and the Manistee River
If you are willing to float in, the Tippy Dam Pond area and Manistee River that flows into it offer a great place to fly fish, but the area isn't easily accessible from land. Large brown trout can be found here, especially during the Hexagenia limbata hatch. On the other side of Tippy Dam, as the Manistee River flows on toward Lake Michigan, you will be able to fish for steelhead in the warmer months and salmon in the fall.
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.