The calmness of the water, the summer air surrounding you, the thrill of catching a big one; there’s no wonder why fishing is a must-do activity in the summer. We know you probably already have your favorite fishing spot, but there’s so many great areas in metro Detroit, we want to make sure you’re not missing out on some local favorites. So celebrate today’s National Go Fishing Day the right way and check out these local fishing spots in the D!
Seclusion and beauty awaits you at Kensington Lake where you can enjoy the peacefulness of nature off the shore of the Huron River or take a boat to the middle of Kent Lake. You’ll be able to find bass, bluegill, northern pike, black crappie, yellow perch, and more. Be sure to mind where you are fishing as there is no fishing permitted on Kingfisher Lagoon or at posted areas of Wildwing Lake.
Perfect for young fishers or beginners, Spring Valley Trout Farm in Dexter is a great place to get your feet wet when it comes to fishing. The park features nine spring-fed and pollution-free ponds that are perfect for simple fishing. Seasoned fishers can try their Farm-Raised Channel Catfish or Rainbow Trout Pond, while little anglers can try out the Children’s Trout pond.
Not only the perfect picturesque spot on a summer afternoon, Milliken State Park and Harbor in Detroit offers some great fishing opportunities as well. Since opening in 2004, metro Detroiters have enjoyed the park’s 31-acre park, picnic areas, and extravagant shoreline fishing with a breathtaking view. The park and harbor is part of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and they have plenty of great events for you to enjoy this summer.
Whether you want to experience shoreline fishing or venture deeper into Pontiac Lake, the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area will satisfy any fisherman’s needs. With a wide range of fish species and easy access to the water, it is also a good spot to take the young ones. Be sure to venture out and explore their numerous ponds, marshes, and forest areas for more outdoor fun.
The end of 9 Mile Pier in St. Clair Shores offers plenty of great fishing opportunities throughout the summer. The most popular fish caught at the end of the pier are sunfish, perch, and bass. After a day of relaxing off of Lake St. Clair, you’re not too far from all of the great restaurants and shops located in downtown St. Clair Shores.