Guide to Fishing in Ludington

Guide to Fishing in Ludington

Guide to Fishing in Ludington

Whether you are a seasoned angler or a beginner, fishing in Ludington, Michigan, is a fun and fulfilling way to spend time outdoors. When you come to Ludington, you have many opportunities to try getting a big catch. 

Learn about the kinds of fish in the area, the best times to fish and what techniques to use while fishing in Northern Michigan.

What Kind of Fish Are in Ludington?

Ludington is home to many fish species, such as:

  • Trout
  • Steelhead
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Bluegill
  • Smelt

You can also experience some of the best Michigan trout and salmon fishing in Ludington. The natural river mouths, sandbars and deep waters in the area make excellent habitats for salmon and trout to grow in.

When and Where to Fish in Ludington

You can fish year-round in Ludington. From December to March, you could go ice fishing on Hamlin or Pere Marquette Lake for fish such as bluegill, northern pike and perch.

Once the weather gets warmer, you can try fishing in the Pere Marquette River or along Lake Michigan. March and April provide enough warmth for trout and muskie fishing during the day. At night, it cools off enough for terrific smelt dipping opportunities. 

In the early summer months of May and June, you can enjoy fishing for trout, steelhead, crappie and perch. Several areas like Lincoln Lake, Hamlin Lake and the Pere Marquette River are excellent for fishing. 

If you want to catch king salmon, consider fishing in July and August. The later summer months are the most suitable time to reel in some of the best salmon in the area. You can also continue catching salmon, crappie and other species throughout the fall. September and October are big migration times, so you could line up with other anglers to try your hand at catching many fish.

Ways to Fish in Ludington

You have several ways to fish during your trip to Ludington. Besides your usual fishing method of casting a line and waiting for a bite, other popular fishing techniques include:

  • Fly fishing: This more complex technique involves casting an incredibly lightweight “fly” and special fly fishing supplies to trick fish into thinking an actual fly has landed on the water or just below the surface. Mastering the method takes a lot of patience and practice.
  • Smelt dipping: Anglers often visit streams at night and use flashlights or headlamps to spot smelt. Then, they use a dip net to scoop the fish out.
  • Charter fishing: You can also go charter fishing while in Ludington instead of standing on the shoreline. The area has many charters you could rent to have more chances at obtaining bigger catches.

Stay at Ludington East / Pere Marquette River KOA Holiday

Fishing in Ludington is a fun way to improve your techniques and try new ones. When you need a place to rest between your fishing adventures, consider staying at Ludington East / Pere Marquette River KOA Holiday. Our campground has everything you need for a relaxing camping experience.

Start planning your next fishing and camping trip to Northern Michigan by reserving a campsite with us today!

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