Lake Charlevoix near Boyne City, Michigan
The third biggest inland body of water in all of Michigan Charlevoix has certainly caught the attention of the DNR. They have stocked more brown, lake, rainbow trout, and walleye than you can shake a very big stick at. On top of the stocked fish you can also find a "few" muskies topping 40 inches, lake run salmon averaging 25-48 inches, pike that average 25 inches and grow upwards of 40 inch, smallmouth bass that grow upwards of 20 inches and average 15, and so many 7-10 inch panfish it's insane. Basically what I am trying to get at is Lake Charlevoix might be worth some of your time.
The only downside to the lake is that it is 17,260 acres big with a max depth of 122 feet so it can be intimidating the first few times here. I do have a few tips that might help though.
• First off if you want to catch a few of those salmon or the trout in the fall when they are spawning the south end of the southern arm of the lake usually holds nice fish. Casting spoons or drifting spawn should work.
• If you want a shot at catching those nice trout the rest of the year your best bet is trolling the main depths of the lake. A depth finder is essential for locating these fish.
• For those of you warmwater anglers the inlets, shallow bays, and coves are the best places to look in the spring when the water is still cool.
• The rest of the year the 15-25ft depths in the southern arm and others like it will hold the warmwater fish.
• The channel into Lake Michigan is a good place to look too.
• For walleyes trolling Rapalas and crawler harnesses are the favorite way to catch them.
• Spinnerbaits, topwaters, weedless soft plastics, and spoons work best for largemouth bass.
• Spoons, especially Glo spoons, work the best for trout and salmon but other lures will catch them too.
• If none of the above spots or lures work just remember a big lake has the same structure as a little lake, just a lot more. I have yet to find a lake where I can’t catch fish by fishing the windblown shore, the weedlines, the points, humps, inlets/outlets, or steep drop offs with live bait, jigs, soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinners.
• Tight Lines!
Lake Charlevoix Fishing near Boyne City, Michigan
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Access: Public Property
Body of Water Type: Lake
Lat/Long: 45.266674 -85.133392
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Description for Lake Charlevoix, Charlevoix County, Michigan
Lake Charlevoix is a lake located just 6.8 miles from Boyne City, in Charlevoix County, in the state of Michigan, United States, near Ironton, MI. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including chinook salmon, walleye, lake trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, northern pike, pumpkinseed sunfish, coho salmon, white perch, perch, crappie and muskie here. Whether you’re baitcasting, fly fishing, spinning or trolling your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Lake Charlevoix. Alternate names for this lake include Long Lake and Pine Lake.
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