Hamlin Lake Fishing Report near Ludington, Michigan

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Drifting for Big Gills

on May 5th

A buddy and I fished Hamlin Lake over the weekend. We've only fished it twice previously, so there was a learning curve. Eventually, we tried drifting on the Eastern end of Upper Hamlin. That part of the lake was consistently 5' deep. We used Perch Pounder Rigs and hooks, both under bobbers, about 4' down. We had the most luck with red worms. The bite was slow and light. You had to have your finger on the line to sense the bites. We caught a few 10+" perch, a few 10+" crappie, and a load of 9+"bluegills. We only kept 32 over a 3 hours, but that bag weighed 14 pounds. Patience on a slow bite still pays off. It was a lot of fun.

Location Details
Species Caught: Bluegill
Air Temp: 74 °F

Fishing Tips for Hamlin Lake

on August 22nd

Hamline Lake is an amazing fishery. No there is nothing to add to the sentence. Bass, pike, panfish, walleye, even muskies. You name it the populations are strong. Really the only problem I have ever had with Hamlin Lake is the high winds that whip up every so often off Lake Michigan. In the spring the fish will concentrate in shallow areas such as Lost Lake and North Bayou. You can still find fishing hanging out in the heavy cover that develops in those bays during the hot months but most of the fish will move out to the weedlines, drop offs, the Narrows, and the windblown side of the lake. If you are looking for smallmouth you can also find a few fish near the irregular shoreline on the southwest portion of the lake. One of the big things to remember about the lake is don’t be afraid to fish deep; some of the best fishing in the hole lake happens on the 35’-45’ deep breaklines. Even 60 feet is not too deep.

Fishing Hot Spots near Hamlin Lake

  "Bass and bluegills, crappy and pike, and bullheads!..." Butternut Lake

  "I think this lake is great! nothing out of the ordinary very clean water and very beautiful fish...." Cecilia Lake

  "Fishing has been pretty good. Lots of people catching different kinds of fish. Mostly small..." Diamond Lake

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