Marine News from the Great Lakes

Fishing Related Opportunities All Year Long

Published: Thursday, December 26, 2019
By: Chad Lapa

While many anglers have certain species they typically look for, or fishing spots they like to frequent, it’s important to recognize that the Great Lakes region provides a wide variety of fishing opportunities, year round. From boat fishing to shore fishing to ice fishing, being open-minded about the abundant fishing related opportunities not only enables you to participate in this pastime for more months out of the year, but it can also help you rediscover the sport and experience it in a whole new light!

While conditions and trends can change from year to year, here is an overview of some of the fishing opportunities on each of the Great Lakes throughout the year:

Lake Ontario Fishing Report

Lake Ontario is well known for trout and salmon fishing in the spring and summer months, but many anglers also head to this lake at other times of the year. For instance, many report visiting the tributaries in the fall to witness the annual salmon run, and ice fishing is popular for those looking for perch and pike in the winter months.

Lake Erie Fishing Report

Lake Erie is well known for its walleye fishing, and we saw many reports of great walleye catches this year. Anglers in this region also tend to report finding smallmouth bass, perch, steelhead, and crappies at various times during the year.

Lake Huron Fishing Report

Lake Huron offers a variety of species of interest to anglers throughout the year. During the warmer months, we tend to see reports of walleye, perch, and salmon. Anglers also report looking to this lake for lake trout, steelhead, bluegills, crappies, and sunfish.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report

From this region we’ve seen reports of salmon weighing over 30 pounds. Other species reported during the warmer months include lake trout and steelhead. During the colder months, anglers report salmon, muskies, steelhead, walleye, whitefish, and perch.

Lake Superior Fishing Report

In the colder months, we’ve seen reports of perch, trout, and salmon. As the seasons change, we often see reports of good size lake trout from those getting out. In the warmer weather, we also see many reports of walleye, trout, and salmon.

The details listed above are based on anecdotal reports we’ve seen and heard from anglers throughout the region over time and in no way serve as an exhaustive list of the fishing opportunities each lake offers, however we hope it will provide a good start! 

In addition to fishing related opportunities all year long, there are also opportunities to talk about fishing and connect with others interested in the pastime. The nearly 35,000 members of,, and provide a great way to stay informed right from your own computer before you even leave the house for a fishing trip. We would like to say thank you to these online communities for keeping us up to date with relevant news from the Great Lakes.

This article first appeared in the Year End Issue (Nov/Dec) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

tags: Fishing, Great Lakes

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