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Fall fishing in Michigan 

Michigan Late Fall Fishing Trips

Fall fishing in Michigan offers something for everyone! Some of Michigan's rivers are filled with steelhead trout and brown trout offering exciting trips for these beautiful fish while other rivers offer fantastic fall walleye options for those anglers wanting to fill a cooler. Open water fishing on our lakes and bays include opportunities for walleye, perch and ciscos. Fishing with our Captains and Guides gives you the advantage of their knowledge and expertise gained from years of fishing in Michigan, and the use of the best fishing electronics and equipment available.

Whether you're new to fishing and interested in learning how to fish, or an experienced angler looking for a Captain or Guide to take you to the best fishing locations, Sport Fish Michigan will create the perfect fishing trip tailored to your interests. We take pride in providing the highest level of customer service and Michigan's best fishing experiences!

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Fall fishing in Michigan offers a large variety of species to target using multiple techniques to fit every angler's preference. Now is indeed a wonderful time to be on the water with a Sport Fish Michigan Captain. Rivers like the Manistee River, Betsie River, Muskegon and Grand Rivers are filled with steelhead and brown trout. For anglers seeking incredible walleye fishing, rivers like the Detroit River, Saginaw River and St. Clair rivers are hard to beat. Walleyes, perch, and even ciscos all begin their late fall feeding binge and bite aggressively all fall long on both inland waters as well as waters like Grand Traverse Bays, Lake St. Clair, Saginaw bay, and the mighty Detroit River.

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Fall Fishing Species Guide - Northern Michigan

  • October through December
  • Peak fall fishing is from October through December
  • Rivers like the Betsie River, Manistee River and Platte River
  • Typical steelhead will bite best early in the day but will usually bite all throughout the day
Brown Trout
  • Year-round on Michigan rivers
  • Peak fall fishing is October through November
  • Typical brown trout bite is all throughout the day
Smallmouth Bass
  • Available into mid-November
  • Peak fall fishing is from mid-September through early November
  • Inland Lakes and Grand Traverse Bays
  • Typical smallmouth bite is all throughout the day
  • Peak fall river fishing is September through early October
  • Rivers and bays like Betsie Bay, Platte Bay, and Grand Traverse Bay
  • Peak fall Lake Michigan trolling fishing is mid-October through November
  • Available September through November
  • Peak fall fishing is mid-September through October
  • Grand Traverse Bays and Lake Michigan
  • Typical cisco bite is throughout the day
  • Year-round
  • Peak fall fishing is September through December
  • Inland Lakes and Grand Traverse Bays
  • Typical perch bite is throughout the day; bigger perch tend to be early in the morning or late in the evening
  • Inland Lakes - September through November
  • Typical walleye bite is early morning and late evening into the dark, but will bite all throughout the day depending on technique and body of water

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Michigan fall fishing guides

Items Provided for Fishing Trips

  • Captain or Guide with a DNR & US Coast Guard Inspected and Insured boat
  • All top-of-the-line Humminbird electronics, Minn Kota Ultrex and Ulterra trolling motors, G.Loomis rods paired with Shimano reels, tackle and gear
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Hot, grilled lunch available on some river fishing trips

Northern Michigan Rivers and Lakes


Detroit River--* Not in northern Michigan
Muskegon River
Manistee River
Betsie River
Platte River
Boardman River
Au Sable River
White River
Saginaw River--*Not in northern Michigan
St Clair River--* Not in northern Michigan


Crystal Lake
Platte Lake
Long Lake
Green Lake
Duck Lake
Glen Lake
Grand Traverse Bay
Suttons Bay
Loon Lake
Portage Lake
Bear Lake
Elk Lake
Torch Lake
Spider Lake
Betsie Bay
Hamlin Lake
Lake Cadillac
Lake Mitchell
Muskegon Lake
Lower Herring Lake
Otter Lake
Lake Skegemog
Lake Leelanau
Burt Lake
Mullet Lake
Lake Michigan
Saginaw Bay

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