Iron County MI Fishing
Fishing Lakes, Rivers & Streams
There are 314 lakes and approximately 900 miles of rivers in Iron County. Enjoy fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, Musky, Yellow Perch, Blue Gill and Sunfish, Black Crappie, Bullhead, and Brook Trout. Listed below you will find 11 of our popular lakes, there are many more to explore. Whether you prefer to fish by boat, on shore, along the river’s or lake’s edge, you will find an excellent variety of choices for you, your family and friends to enjoy!
Fishing is one of the top family fun activities in Iron County, and its lakes and streams provide excellent sport fishing. Whether you prefer fishing from shore, in a boat on a lake, or donning hip-boots or waders for stream-fishing, Iron County’s got a place for you.
Iron County Fishing License. A fishing license is required for all persons who have reached their 17th birthday. Licenses are valid from March 1 of one year to March 31 of the following year. Resident licenses are good for all species except trout or salmon; cost is $13 for residents and $26 for non-residents. An all-species license is available to residents for $26 and non-residents for $39. Resident seniors may purchase licenses at a reduced rate. Michigan also offers a 24-hour license good for all species to residents and non-residents alike for $6.00.
Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend. Fish For Free on one weekend in February and June during Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekends!
It’s a great opportunity for families to enjoy one of Michigan’s most popular activities. All fishing license fees will be waived these two days for residents and non-residents. All fishing regulations still apply. For more information, contact Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division, ATTN: Free Fishing Weekend Family Fun, PO Box 30446, Lansing, MI 48909.
Check out seasons, rules, and regulations for particular waters and fish types by visiting www.dnr.state.mi.us, calling the FISHING HOTLINE at 1-800-ASKFISH
Michigan is blessed with an abundance of cold, quality trout waters offering 38,000 plus miles of classified trout streams. Remarkably, 868 miles are considered premier top-quality streams, which Michigan classifies as its Blue Ribbon Trout Streams.
Blue Ribbon Trout Stream must meet certain standards or criteria. It must be one of Michigan’s best trout streams, be able to support excellent stocks of wild resident trout, have the physical characteristics to permit fly casting but be shallow enough to wade, produce a diverse insect life and good fly hatches, and have earned a reputation for providing an excellent trout fishing experience and have excellent water quality.
Management of Blue Ribbon Streams by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is directed toward accommodating the needs of the trout angler, maintaining strong stocks of wild resident trout that best suit the character of each stream, maintaining and enhancing trout habitat and the natural stream environment, providing adequate public access and public frontage and preparing appropriate informational materials on these special Blue Ribbon Trout Streams of Michigan.
Iron County is home of 6 of Michigan’s best.
Brule River, Iron County (M-73 to M-189)
Cooks Run, Iron County (US-2 to Paint River)
Fence River, Iron County (Junct. with East Branch to downstream edge of Section 35, T45N, R31W – See Plat Book)
Iron River, Iron County (Raft Lake (T43N, R36W, Section 12) to City of Iron River
Paint River (South Branch), Iron County (Forest Road 3270 to Gibbs City
Ford River, Dickinson County (Upstream edge of Section 15, T43N, R30W to Henderson
Our Featured Iron County Lakes For Upper Michigan Fishing
- Lake Michigamme is located in Crystal Falls, Michigan and is known for its northern pike, crappie, bass, and walleye.
- Lake Chicagon is also located in Crystal Falls and has bass, lake trout, muskie, northern pike, and walleye.
- Cable Lake is situated in Amasa and has bluegill, crappie,northern pike, bass, and walleye.
- Lake Emily is in Crystal Falls and you can fish for bass, muskie, walleye, crappie, pike, and bluegill.
- Located in Beechwood Michigan is Golden Lake with lake trout, pike, crappie, bluegill.
- Indian Lake is in Crystal Falls and has bass, pike, and bluegill.
- Ice Lake – species include, smallmouth, largemouth, northern, perch and crappie
- Iron Lake has bluegill walleye, pike, bass, crappie, and is located in Beechwood, Michigan.
- Lake Ottawa is located in Nelma and has pike, bluegill, walleye, crappie, and trout.
- Paint Lake is in Kenton, Michigan and has crappie, pike, bass, muskie.
- Peavy Reservoir is situated in Crystal Falls and is known for walleye, pike, bluegill, crappie, and bass.
- Porter Lake is in Amasa and has bluegill, bass, pike, and walleye.
Ice-Fishing in Iron County
The Upper Peninsula is known for its great ice-fishing opportunities. Tip-ups and shanties make the season fun for all ages. Many fishermen work a jig and minnow combination. Perch is the most sought after type of fish during this season. Stanley Lake, Sunset Lake and Emily Lake are well known for successful walleye fishing in the winter.
For more on Iron County Ice Fishing.
Before your vacation, please visit: www.dnr.state.mi.us so that you may stay alert of any rules or changes. Also, you may call 1-800-AskFish. For a full list of fishing information, lake information, river information, and species, please click here.