Lake Fishing

  • Lake Fishing

    In Roscommon County you will find great fishing on all three of our county lakes (Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake & Lake St. Helen). Fishing abounds for a variety of species including; Lake Trout, Perch, Crappie, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Bluegill and more.

  • Houghton Lake Area
    Houghton Lake

    Michigan's largest inland lake covering 22,000 acres. The lake offers great fishing possibilities. Here you will find good fishing possibilities for walleye, pike, bass and bluegill. There are seven access sites strategically located around the lake.

    Bait Shops - Houghton Lake

    • Heights Marina

      900 Shoreline Drive · Houghton Lake · (989) 422-5712

    • Korbinski's Marine & Bait Shop

      365 W Houghton Lake Drive · Prudenville · (989) 366-5306

    • Lyman's on the Lake

      6560 W Houghton Lake Drive · Houghton Lake · (989) 422-3231

    • Zager's Sportsman Bait & Tackle

      228 Rapson Ave · Houghton Lake · (989) 366-5471

  • Houghton Lake Area
    Higgins Lake

    Designated as the sixth most beautiful inland lake in the world. This 10,185 acres lake features easy access as well as opportunities to catch lake trout, bass, pike, perch, small mouth bass, rainbow trout and more.

    Bait Shops - Higgins Lake

    • B&B Sports & Marina

      431 Clare Boulevard · Roscommon · (989) 821-7220

    • Evergreen Northern Market

      9961 N Higgins Lake Drive · Roscommon · (989) 821-5425

    • Higgins Lake Boat Yard

      103 Mill Road · Higgins Lake · (989) 821-6509

      Marine Sales and service. Summer dockage and gasoline on water. Also handles winter storage. Open May until Nov. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed on Wednesday.

    • Higgins Lake Sport & Party Store

      10028 West Shore Drive · Roscommon · (989) 821-9517

    • Phoenix Party Store

      9374 W Higgins Lake Drive · Higgins Lake · (989) 821-7220

    • Sports Barn

      9475 N Cut Road · Roscommon · (989) 821-9511

  • Houghton Lake Area
    Lake St. Helen

    Located just off Interstate 75, Lake St. Helen covers 2,390 acres. Anglers will find fishing is fantastic. Fish in the 8 to 9-inch range are common. Crappie population is growing. Largemouth, northern pike and walleye are also present. Here you will find good fishing for bass, bluegill, walleye, and rock bass. This manmade lake is extremely popular with anglers and boaters alike.

    Bait Shops - Lake St. Helen

    • Blue Gills Live Bait & Tackle

      2495 N Saint Helen Road · Saint Helen · (989) 389-3407

    • Malcolm’s Tacklebox

      750 N Saint Helen Road · Saint Helen · (989) 389-2100

Ice Fishing

  • Lake Fishing

    Experience the excitement of winter fishing on Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake and Lake St. Helen. Here you will find perch, crappie, small and large mouth bass, northern pike, walleye, pike, bluegill and more. Shanties MUST be removed by March 15 from all bodies of water.

    You can rent an ice shanty, get fishing information and more from the following:

    • Sports Barn

      9475 N Cut Road · Roscommon · (989) 821-9511

    • Higgins Sport and Tackle

      10028 W Higgins Lake Drive · Roscommon · (989) 821-9517

    • Korbinski's Marine

      364 W Houghton Lake Drive · Prudenville · (989) 366-5306

Fly Fishing

  • Houghton Lake Area
    Fly Fishing

      Fly-fishing is incredible on the AuSable River, famous for its world-class Trout fishing.

Smelt Fishing

  • Houghton Lake Area
    Smelt Fishing

      This type of fishing is done in early spring with nets on the Cut River and the Muskegon River. Fish through the ice for smelt on Higgins Lake with hook and line.

Fishing Tournaments

  • Fishing Contests
    Fishing Tournaments - On all three lakes

      There are several fishing tournaments on our three lakes; the search for the biggest Walleye, Bass, Bluegill, and Trout that live within these waters make it the “fishing spot” to be. RCL, Michigan Bass Association and Wal-Mart are just a few that sponsor tournaments at one or all of the lakes throughout the year.

Cut River

  • Houghton Lake Area
    Cut River

      The Cut River connects Marl Lake to Higgins Lake giving ample opportunity to fish for Perch, Smallmouth Bass, and Northern Pike. Most anglers use a canoe or small boat and fish in the center of the lake because it is considerably smaller, shallower and less developed than other lakes in the area.