The Charlevoix area is home to many fish species as there are a variety of water bodies, including Lake Michigan, Lake Charlevoix, inland lakes, rivers and many streams. Learn more about Charlevoix recreation opportunities here. To purchase a DNR e-license click here or learn about trail etiquette.
Locals call Lake Michigan The Big Lake for a reason. As the fifth largest lake in the world, Lake Michigan holds a recorded 100 species of fish. Charlevoix is located on the northern portion of Lake Michigan which is pristine and pure enough for the pickiest of anglers. You can fish Lake Michigan by boat or from the pier located at Michigan Beach.
Lake Charlevoix waters hold numerous fish species as the depth and character of the lake vary greatly from one area to another.
Round Lake is Charlevoix's downtown harbor connecting Lake Michigan to Lake Charlevoix. Round Lake offers great fishing during shoulder seasons and quiet times of the day.
Bluegill, Northern Pike, Perch, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye and Sunfish are commonly found in the smaller inland lakes in and around Charlevoix.
A great place for flats style fishing, Beaver Island offers miles of shallow waters bordering the shoreline. Fly fish for large carp by spotting them in crystal clear water. You can also catch smallmouth bass and other species on Beaver Island.