Fishing

Don’t let our robust downtown fool you. With more than 20 lakes, rivers, and ponds in the Kalamazoo area, there are plenty of places for you to drop your line!

 

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Austin Lake 

Austin Lake is located in Portage, Michigan. This lake is 1,090 acres in size. It is approximately 11 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, and Yellow Perch.

 

 

Gull Lake

Gull Lake is one of the most popular water bodies in the state for bass tournaments. According to the Michigan Fishing Tournament Information System, Gull Lake was ranked 2nd on the list of 20 most popular Bass fishing tournament locations in 2020, hosting 57 tournaments. This lake is 2,050 acres in size. It is approximately 110 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch.

 

 

Trout Trails

Michigan is nationally known as a trout fishing destination. Below are official Michigan Trout Trail locations in Kalamazoo, which are biologist-verified great trout waters that are often lesser known.

 

 

Lakes within Parks

Many of Kalamazoo's County Parks are home to lakes that have become popular fishing spots.

 

 

The Kalamazoo River

The Kalamazoo Rivers offers the perfect conditions for shore-fishing. With the shallow waters comes easy wading. The newly paved walking trails leading up to the many access points for the most-experience fishing offers an easier way to access top fishing spots. Expect to reel in a variety of fish such as; Carp, Catfish, Smallmouth Bass, Sucker, Sunfish, Walleye, and Rock Bass! Soak-in the scenic views of the river and nature surrounding it. For more information on Kalamazoo River Fishing, visit these Resources.

 

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Fishing in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo's freshwater lakes and rivers make it a paradise for fishers, boaters, and adventure-seekers! The various bodies of water and the surrounding waters will provide…

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