Fish Jackson County’s Bounty of Lakes

The catch of the day is calling your name in Jackson County’s 100+ lakes.

Fishing for a Weekend of Fun?

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Download our free guide to Jackson County’s lakes to find great year-round fishing spots, lake maps, hotel offers, things to do after you’re done casting your line, and so much more!

It’s always a great time to take the family or some buddies out on the water for a weekend of fishing in Jackson, Michigan! For starters, we have more than 100 lakes, fish-stocked waters, free fishing weekends, and a great catch waiting for you!

Fish-Stocked Waterways

Up your chances of reeling in the catch of the day by casting a line at one of our fish-stocked waterways. If walleye is your fish of choice, the DNR makes sure there are plenty in the Grand River. Prefer channel catfish? Gillett’s Lake County Park is just the place for you. Stocked with rainbow trout, Swains Lake County Park is another great spot and even has a public boat launch. The lake at this park also supports a two-story fishery for bluegill, largemouth bass, black crappie, and yellow perch. 

Free Fishing Weekends

Each year, the Michigan DNR hosts two Free Fishing Weekends, one in the winter and the other in the summer. The winter event is always the Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day weekend, while the summer event is always the first full weekend in June. All fishing license fees will be waived on these days, and participants may enjoy fishing for many species of fish. The DNR also offers a variety of resources for fishing statewide.

Ice Fishing Paradise

Why is Jackson, Michigan a prime location for ice fishing? With more than 150 lakes, finding a spot to put up your shanty will be the last thing you’ll be worrying about. Waterloo State Recreation Area has 11 lakes alone, and there are plenty more lakes throughout the county – simply request our free ice fishing guide to help find your next fishing spot. The guide is jam-packed with exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else, including fishing maps of some of the best lakes the county has to offer, the types of fish you’ll find, an unbeatable hotel offer, recommendations on great places to stay, fun things to do when the fish stop biting, and so much more! When you come to Jackson for ice fishing you won’t regret it.


For more great fishing spots, check out our warm-weather fishing guide and ice fishing guide.

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