Fishing

If fishing is your favorite pastime, then this is the place for you! Ogemaw County is home to many terrific trout streams and panfish lakes. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) access sites to streams and lakes in the county are available at many locations throughout Ogemaw County. Whatever you are looking for whether it is trout or panfish, we have a spot just for you.

Fishing in Ogemaw County

The county has many lakes that provide a wide variety of fishing experiences. You will also find many bait shops and sporting good stores that have excellent information available. They will assist you in finding lake access sites.

  • Fish Canoe Guide
    Fishing and Canoeing Guide West Branch / Ogemaw County

    Great Lakes, Great Fishing Await You In Ogemaw County


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  • AuSable Lake
    AuSable Lake

    Fishing

    AuSable Lake is located near Lupton. Take M-33 to Rose City RoadGoodar TownshipWater Acres: 271Deepest Point: 52'Type of Bottom: Marl, Sand, Pulpy Peat

    Fishermen will find pike, walleye, bass, panfish, perch, crappie and bullheads plentiful in AuSable Lake. A small island dots the lake.

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  • AuSable Lake
    Clear Lake

    Fishing

    Clear Lake is reached by taking I-75 to Exit 212, north on Business Loop 75 to Fairview Road, then left on Clear Lake Road and right on Horseshoe Lake Road.Foster TownshipWater Acres: 171Deepest Point: 49'Type of Bottom: Gravel, Marl, Organic Sand

    Fishermen will find walleye, pike, bass, pan fish, perch and crappie in Clear Lake. Four small islands are found in this lake with a footbridge to one of them. Tip: Try around the islands and gravel beds during spring for bedding fish.

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  • George Lake
    George Lake

    Fishing

    George Lake is reached by taking M-33, turn east on Rose City Road (F-28), right on Shady Shores Road (F-17), then left on Forest Drive.Hill TownshipWater Acres: 186Deepest Point: 90'Type of Bottom: Gravel, Pulpy Peat Sand

    Fishermen will find walleye, musky, pike, bass, panfish, perch, crappie, suckers, bullheads and carp. Wiggins Island is found in this lake. Tip: Crappies can be caught near the feeder creeks with minnows.

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  • Hardwood Lake
    Hardwood Lake

    Fishing

    Hardwood Lake is reached by taking M-55 east to Henderson Lake Road then left to Hardwood LakeMill TownshipWater Acres: 172Deepest Point: 35'Type of Bottom: Detritus, Gravel, Pulpy Peat Sand

    Fishermen will find pike, bass, pan fish, perch, crappie, suckers, bullheads, and carp.Tip: All species seem to have a pretty good size structure for the densities of the fish.

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  • Lake George
    Lake George

    Fishing

    Lake George is reached by taking I-75 (Exit 212), then South on Cook Road to Channel Road then turn right to Lake George. Lake George is close to I-75 and close to shopping in West Branch.Edwards / Horton TownshipsWater Acres: 89Deepest Point: 48'Type of Bottom: Marl, Nodules, Pulpy Peat Sand

    Fishermen will find rainbow trout, pike, bass, panfish, perch, suckers and bullheads. Nice size bass and panfish. Bluegill are 7-8 “, crappie 10-12”. Tip: Look for all species to be shallow early in the season, moving deeper when the water warms.

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  • Peach Lake
    Peach Lake

    Fishing

    Peach Lake is reached by taking M-55 to Peach Lake Road then north to Forward Street.West Branch TownshipWater Acres: 208Deepest Point: 70'Type of Bottom: Marl, Pulpy Peat Sand

    Fishermen will find walleye, pike, bass, panfish, crappie, suckers and carp. Tip: Some walleye success can be found just to the right of the public access.

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  • Rifle Lake
    Rifle Lake

    Fishing

    Rifle Lake is reached by taking M-33 East on Rose City Road (F-28), right on Shady Shores Road (F-17), then left on Forest Drive to Birchpoint Drive.Hill TownshipWater Acres: 183Deepest Point: 70'Type of Bottom: Gravel, Pulpy Peat Sand

    Fishermen will find walleye, pike, bass, pan fish, perch and crappie. Rifle Lake is a quiet lake with good fishing.

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  • Sage Lake
    Sage Lake

    Fishing

    Sage Lake is reached by taking M-55 East from West Branch to Sage Lake Road (F-19) North to Sage Lake.Hill TownshipWater Acres: 785Deepest Point: 80'Type of Bottom: Fibrous Peat, Gravel, Marl, Pulpy Peat Sand

    Fishermen will find pike, bass, pan fish, perch, crappie, bullheads, walleye and bowfish. Sage Lake is the largest lake in Ogemaw County, featuring three islands (Happy, Second, and Berans Island)

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  • Fly Fishing on The Rifle River

    Local fishing guide Mike Bachelder owns Bachelder Spool & Fly. Mike is a veteran guide with over 20 years in the business. He is THE GUIDE on the Rifle River, but also fishes the Au Sable above and below Mio as well as the South Branch, Alcona, Foote and Tawas Bay. Trout, Steelhead and Smallmouth are his specialties.

  • Fishing in Rifle River Recreation Area
    Rifle River Recreation Area

    Fishing

    18 Miles NW of West Branch on Rose City Road (AuSable State Forest)Approximate Size: 4449 AcresPhone: (989) 473-2258

    Fishermen will find brown trout, rainbow trout, steelhead, salmon and suckers in the Rifle River. North of M-55 is best for brown trout, while South of M-55 is best for steelhead. The Rifle River originates at Devoe Lake in Ogemaw County at the Rifle River Recreation Area.

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Rifle River Recreation Area Fishing

The Rifle provides fair to good brown trout fishing during the spring until about the last week of June, and again from about Labor Day until the end of the trout season. At these times, spin casting with hardware and streamer fly-fishing are productive methods. The slack fishing period which occurs during the summer appears to be the result of high water temperatures coupled with low stream flow.

Except for Skunk Creek and Ammond Creek, most tributaries north of Selkirk can be described as good to excellent trout streams. Of these, Klacking, Houghton, Gamble and Wilkins creeks are the best. Clacking Creek has an excellent population of brown trout with many fish larger than 14 inches and with some going over 20. Fishing is usually a challenge on this stream due to its extreme clarity.

Gamble Creek is a good brown trout tributary, and enters the Rifle via a diversion ditch around the northwest end of Devoe Lake.

Houghton Creek is an excellent feeder stream to the Rifle River and is large enough to support fly-fishing, after it is joined by Wilkins Creek. A previous state record brown trout of 36 5/8 inches, weighing 17 pounds five ounces, was taken from this stream in 1952.

Although brown trout typically predominate in the tributaries of the Rifle, some fine brook trout are also present.

Of the tributaries which center below Selkirk in Ogemaw County, only Eddy Creek can be considered a good trout stream. The West Branch of the Rifle, a sizable tributary, supports fair to good trout populations above Flowage Lake. From Flowage Lake to its confluence with the mainstream, the West Branch is considered nontrout. At this point, the West Branch represents about a third of the Rifle’s drainage area.

Each spring, the Rifle supports a tremendous sucker run from Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron. While most of the excitement and activity relative to this sucker run takes place in the lower Rifle near Omer, the run extends to nearly all the waters in the system. For example, both Klacking and Prior creeks receive heavy runs.

Ice Fishing - West Branch

With an ice auger and just a bit of luck, you will be catching your dinner in no time on the frozen lakes and rivers of Ogemaw County. If you love to fish, and the snow, and the crisp, fresh air, then ice fishing is another reason winter may be your favorite season. Depending on where you are, there are several active types of fish that school up and are easy to catch. The lakes are known for their bass, bullheads, pike, crappie, musky, panfish, perch, and walleye.

Bait SHops

  • West Branch
    Clear Lake Party Store

    2224 Clear Lake RoadWest Branch, MI 48661Phone: (989) 345-5193

  • West Branch
    Dean's Bait & Tackle Inc

    2260 M-33Alger, MI 48610Phone: (989) 836-2460

  • West Branch
    J&P Sporting Goods

    3275 W M-76West Branch, MI 48661Phone: (989) 345-3744

  • West Branch
    McGregor's Country Store

    3980 Henderson Lake RoadPrescott, MI 48756Phone: (989) 873-3863

  • West Branch
    Parkview Acres

    2575 E Rose City RoadLupton, MI 48635Phone: (989) 473-3555

Rifle River Cabin
Colwell Lake Trail
Colwell Lake Trail
Colwell Lake Trail
Colwell Lake Trail
Colwell Lake Trail