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Fishing

When the glaciers retreated from the Keweenaw they not only carved out the great basin that would become Lake Superior, but would also leave behind a scattering of depressions that would fill with melting water and form the peninsula's inland lakes. More then a dozen of these inland lakes were formed, some sprawled out over marshy lowlands and others cradled high in the rugged mountains. Others stretched almost completely across the peninsula, providing safe paths for early explorers and native peoples. Still others plunged more then a hundred feet into the earth, providing immense storage ponds for decades worth of mine tailings. Then there's Lake Superior herself who completely envelops the peninsula to such a degree that it even effects the local weather.

Of course what all these inland bodies of water have in common is fish, a wide assortment of mainly cold water varieties that can survive the yearly freeze and thaw of their habitats. The most common types of fish to be found in these waters are Perch, Northern Pike, and Brook Trout. But you can also find a great deal of Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Brown Trout, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout, and even Largemouth Bass. Besides the peninsula's abundance of lakes, it also features a nice selection of Brook and Steelhead streams along with an overabundance of Smelt.



Boston Pond

Hancock - This 140 acre man-made lake features a good selection of Perch, Crappie, and Bluegill in its shallow waters. A primitive boat launch is available. Learn More...

Deer Lake

Lac La Belle - Though access is limited to only canoe sized boats, this secluded shallow lake features both Perch and Northern Pike. Learn More...

Eliza Lake

Eagle Harbor - This small man-made lake nestled in the foothills of Petherick Hill is accessible by small craft only, and is home to a nice population of Brown Trout. Learn More...

Gratiot Lake

Central - Keweenaw County's largest inland lake, this monstrous 1400 acre lake features a large variety of fish including Northern Pike, Walleye, and Perch. Accessible only at the DNR boat launch. Learn More...

Hoar Lake

Copper Harbor - Home to several fish species including Northern Pike, this incredibly secluded and remote lake is most easily accessed with small boats. Learn More...

Houghton Waterfront

Houghton - Houghton's well developed green spaces along its waterfront include a great deal of fishing piers and docks from which to fish the neighboring waterway. Learn More...

Huron Street Park

Huron Street Park

Houghton- Several small fishing piers are available at this small waterfront park along the Portage Canal. Learn More...

Lac La Belle

Lac La Belle - This popular fishing spot features a large public marina and boat launch with connecting access to Lake Superior. Home to Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Muskie. Learn More...

Lake Bailey

Eagle Harbor - Extremely shallow and weedy, this picturesque 200 acre lake is home to both Perch and Northern Pike. Features a primitive DNR boat launch at its western end. Learn More...

Lake Fanny Hooe

Copper Harbor - Over two miles long, this deep northern lake provides exceptional habitat for Brook Trout, Walleye, Splake and Largemouth Bass. Accessible via DNR boat launch. Learn More...

Lake Manganese

Copper Harbor - Home to a nice selection of Brook Trout, this cold glacier lake is features a primitive boat launch and generous space for shore fishing. Learn More...

Lake Medora

Copper Harbor - Snuggled within the Keweenaw's mountainous spine, this 700 acre glacier lake features Perch, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass. Access is limited to a DNR boat launch. Learn More...

Lake Perrault

Painesdale - This small 38 acre lake features a large swimming beach for shore fishing and very primitive boat launch area. Home to several species of fish including Brook Trout. Learn More...

Lilly Pond (Keweenaw Waterway)

Hancock - The highlight of this well equipped boat launch on the Portage Canal is the sprawling fishing pier from which one can catch Northern Pike, Walleye, Sturgeon, Crappie, and Perch. Learn More...

Rice Lake

Gay - A local favorite, this 680 lake is only accessible from a DNR boat launch on its eastern end. Home to Northern Pike, Bluegill, Perch, and Bluegill. Learn More...

Schlatter Lake

Copper Harbor - Extremely remote and extremely difficult to access, this expansive 400 acre lake of Perch and Northern Pike can only be accessed by smaller boats not requiring a large trailer. Learn More...

Seneca Lake

Ahmeek - This small lake features abundant opportunities for shore fishing - namely Perch or Sunfish - from atop the old dam and picnic area on the north shore. No boat launch. Learn More...

Swedetown Ponds

Calumet - These catch and release only ponds feature an incredible assortment of perch and sunfish which can be caught from its compliment of fishing piers. Learn More...

Thayer's Lake

Gay - Though small, this shallow 13 acre lake has an abundance of Perch and Smallmouth Bass. A primitive boat launch is available as well as some shore fishing possibilities. Learn More...

Torch Lake

Lake Linden - The 2600 acre lake reaches depths in excess of 100 feet, providing habitat for an assortment of fish species including Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Northern Pike. Learn More...