From the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan to the sparkling inland rivers and lakes, Benzie County is bursting with fishing opportunities for young and old. Within the borders of Benzie County are some of the Midwest's most renowned trout and salmon streams, while Lake Michigan serves up big water charter fishing. Bring your rod, Stay In Benzie and hook a big one!
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Get out on Lake Michigan with a local fishing charter or reserve a fishing guide. With a collective knowledge that spans generations, they will provide you with all you need to have an enjoyable, memorable, successful day of fishing on the water of our area. Local businesses can help you with fishing licenses, equipment, bait and tackle, or the latest fishing reports.
Springtime brings hefty steelhead and huge brown trout in both of our rivers and off the piers of Lake Michigan, from "as soon as you can get out there" until mid-May. Starting in late July through September the salmon fishing in Lake Michigan, and then on the Platte and Betsie rivers, will provide you with some of the best angling in the Midwest. Just as the salmon season winds down, the fall steelhead run begins. These silver bullets are caught by anglers with spawn off the piers or with flys or spawn in our beautiful rivers.