What You’ll Catch at the Top Fishing Spots in St. Ignace, MI

Nestled between two of The Great Lakes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and housing many inland lakes and rivers, St. Ignace is the perfect place to plan that fishing trip you’ve been waiting on! Although summer is prime season for big game fishing, any time of year is the best time to fish St. Ignace. Here’s what you’ll catch at the top fishing spots in St. Ignace, MI!

Straits of Mackinac

The Straits of Mackinac is the 5 mile stretch of water that separates the upper and lower peninsula. Featuring magnificent views of Mackinac Island and St. Ignace. If big game fishing is what you’re looking for then this is the spot for you!

What You’ll Catch: Muskie, Pike Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Steelhead, and Trout!

When the Bitin’s Good: Typically dusk to early morning from 5am – 9am

TIP: Want to keep your travel light and don’t want to worry about bringing your own poles or that big bulky tackle box? Charter Fishing takes the worry out of lugging all that extra stuff with you on your trip. North Shore Sport Fishing Charter supplies fishing rods, tackle, bait, etc. This charter specializes in catching trout and salmon on the Straits of Mackinac!

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Lake Huron/East Moran Bay

If you’re looking to stay close to where you and the family are staying, look no further! Located in the Marina by Dock #3 on the southwest side of St. Ignace, there lies a fishing pier that offers fantastic fishing on Lake Huron! Since this spot has some of the best views of both the lake and Mackinac Island, it’s the perfect place to bring the entire family.

What You’ll Catch: Yellow Perch, Small Mouth Bass, and Sunfish

 Fisherman’s Favorite Spot: Wawatam Lighthouse and Chief Wawatam Park offers a unique view to pair with a favorite fishing spot.

TIP: Are you looking to bring some more excitement to your fishing trip? E.U.P Fishing Charters bring the excitement to charter fishing. Not only are you able to catch some big game but you will also enjoy the calm waters and stunning views of Mackinac Island. This charter runs May through October catch King Salmon, Lake Trout and Steelhead Trout.

Moran River – Chain and Frecshette Lakes

Moran River runs a total of 2.2 miles and connects these two in-land lakes. Chain Lake resides just 1.5 miles from the town of St. Ignace. On the other side of the Moran River is Freschette Lake.

What You’ll Catch: Bullhead Catfish, Carp, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Perch, and Sunfish

When the Bitin’s Good: Typically dusk to early morning from 5am – 9am. Although locals claim that the most EPIC time to fish these waters are around 7am.

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Lake Michigan/West Moran Bay

Enjoy the west side of St. Ignace without the hustle of the city. West Moran Bay offers a relaxing and calm way to fish Lake Michigan.

What You’ll Catch: Brown and Lake Trout, Coho and King Salmon, and Steelhead.

When the Bitin’s Good: Typically dusk to early morning from 5a-9a

TIP: Chasin’ Tail Charters runs May Through October. Although prime King Salmon season is between July and August, Chasin’ Tail helps even the least experienced fishermen catch King Salmon that can reach up to 30 pounds!

Brevoort Lake

Right in the heart of Hiawatha National Forest lies Brevoort Lake Campground which is surrounded by Brevoort Lake. The campground is open between May 7th to October 8th but the lake can be accessed year-round!

What You’ll Catch: Bass, Bluegill, Northern Pike, Perch, Sunfish and Walleye

When the Bitin’s Good: Typically dusk to early morning from 5am – 9am.

Fishing Seasons:

Large & Smallmouth Bass

Catch & Release | Open All Year

Catch & Keep on all Waters | May 25th – December 31st


Catch & Release | Open All Year

Catch & Keep on all Waters | June 1st – March 15th

Northern Pike & Walleye

Lower Peninsula Great Lakes | Open All Year

Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters & St. Mary’s River | May 15th – March 15th

Salmon & Trout

Great Lakes | Open All Year

Make sure you plan ahead! Before you go, check out how to purchase a fishing license in Michigan if you don’t already have one. Explore where to stay closest to your favorite fishing spot in St. Ignace.

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