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Michigan Brook Trout Fishing - Out In Michigan

Michigan’s native stream trout — indeed, Michigan’s state fish — brook trout require higher water quality than other species of trout, making them the least geographically distributed trout in Michigan. Found primarily in northern Michigan, brook trout inhabit waters ranging from large rivers to little jump-across creeks, though there is also a population, popularly referred to as “coasters,” that lives in the Great Lakes, particularly in Lake Superior, that migrates upstream to spawn as well, Although brookies are capable of growing quite large in lakes (the state record is 9.5 pounds) they are typically diminutive in streams. They are prized table fare.

Brook trout – sometimes called specks – have been stocked in a number of lakes, primarily in the Upper Peninsula, where they provide a unique fishery. Many of these lakes are walk-in only and are managed with strict regulations – artificial lures, a 15-inch minimum length limit and a one-fish creel limit – to preserve the quality of the fishery.

Brook trout are ready biters and can be taken on all manner of gear, from live bait to dry flies. They can be found in deep holes and under the cover of logs or overhanging banks in many streams where they often pursued by angler drifting worms along the bottom. Small spoons, spinners and jigs are the most popular spinning lures. Brook trout are more diurnal than other trout, giving them a reputation among fly fishermen as “gentlemen trout,” and are perhaps the least discriminatory when it comes to accepting an offering that does not quite match the hatch, though they are just as spooky and will readily shy from large leaders or poor casts.

The Black River system, in the northeastern Lower Peninsula, enjoys a reputation as being among the best brook trout streams in Michigan. Brookies are found in most major trout stream systems, but by summer, they have often migrated to the headwaters of the tributaries in search of colder water. Brook trout are widespread across the northern portion of the state, especially in the Upper Peninsula, where any stream that runs clear and cold is likely to hold a population of brook trout.


Use the Map below and list of counties to find where Brook Trout can be caught in Michigan.


Alcona County Alger County Alpena County
Allegan County Antrim County Arenac County
Baraga County Barry County Bay County
Benzie County Berrien County Branch County
Calhoun County Cass County Charlevoix County
Cheboygan County Chippewa County Clare County
Clinton County Crawford County Delta County
Dickinson County Eaton County Emmet County
Genesee County Gladwin County Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County Hillsdale County Houghton County
Huron County Ingham County Ionia County
Iosco County Iron County Isabella County
Jackson County Kalamazoo County Kalkaska County
Kent County Keweenaw County Lake County
Lapeer County Leelanau County Lenawee County
Livingston County Luce County  Mackinac County
Macomb County  Manistee County Marquette County
Mason County Mecosta County  Menominee County
Midland County Missaukee County Monroe County
Montcalm County  Montmorency County Muskegon County
Newaygo County Oakland County Oceana County
Ogemaw County  Ontonagon County Osceola County 
Oscoda County Otsego County Ottawa County 
Presque Isle County Roscommon County Sanilac County
St. Clair County Schoolcraft County Shiawassee County
St. Joseph County Tuscola County  VanBuren County
Washtenaw County  Wayne County Wexford County



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