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 great hotel deals just for fishermen!
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.
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 use our guide to Jackson County's lakes to help find your next fishing spot. The fishing is good – the Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament is hosted here for good reason!
Your shot to claim part of the prize money!
Fishermen come from as far away as Minnesota and Ontario, Canada to fish the annual Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament. This fishing tournament takes place every year (weather permitting) in the Brooklyn-Irish Hills area. With the top prize now exceeding $20,000, this prestigious tournament attracts the best ice fishermen from far and wide.
For more great fishing spots check out this guide to Jackson County’s lakes!