Catch The Big One in Benzie Waters!

Charter Fishing in Benzie CountyFrom the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan to the sparkling inland rivers and lakes, Benzie County is bursting with fishing opportunities for young and old. Within the borders of Benzie County are some of the Midwest’s most renowned trout and salmon streams, while Lake Michigan serves up big water charter fishing.   Bring your rod, plan to stay a few nights and hook a big one!

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Benzie County Lakes & Rivers – Types of Fish

Four Seasons of Fishing

Get out on Lake Michigan with a local fishing charter or reserve a fishing guide. With a collective knowledge that spans generations, they will provide you with all you need to have an enjoyable, memorable, successful day of fishing on the water of our area. Local businesses can help you with fishing licenses, equipment, bait and tackle, or the latest fishing reports. 


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Vacation Trailer Park on the Betsie River

2080 Benzie Hwy.
Benzonia, MI 49616

Phone: (231) 882-5101
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Region: Benzonia

Fishing Tackle, Hunting Supplies, Licenses Canoe or kayak trips on the Betsie River.
Riverside Canoe Trips

5042 Scenic Hwy.
Honor, MI 49640

Phone: (231) 325-5622
Web site:
Region: Honor and Lake Ann

Backcast Fly Shop

1675 US 31
Benzonia, MI 49616

Phone: (231) 882-5222
Region: Benzonia

Bait, Spin and Fly Tackle, Fly tying, Custom Rods, Rod Building. Steelhead / Salmon Headquarters.
Crystal Lake Marina

7271 Crystal Drive
Beulah, MI 49617

Phone: (231) 882-7058
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Region: Frankfort / Elberta

Sales Office on US 31 in Beulah - 231-882-9636 Boat Rentals, supplies, service.
East Shore Marina & Charter Service

324 Lake St.
Frankfort, MI 49635

Phone: (231) 352-7511
Region: Frankfort / Elberta

70 lighted boat slips, multi purpose building, display board for the days catch, and fish cleaning pavillion. Tackl ...
MacDonald Marine

2461 Frankfort Hwy
Frankfort, MI 49635

Phone: (231) 352-7970
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Region: Frankfort / Elberta

Service and Sales, Boat Rentals
Marine Tech Inc

1351 Michigan Ave.
Benzonia, MI 49616

Phone: (231) 882-0766
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Region: Benzonia

We repair all brands of outboard motors.
Tiny Bubbles Charters

827 Main St
Frankfort, MI 49635

Phone: (231) 383-1500
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Region: Frankfort / Elberta

As the only 3rd Generation Charter operation in the north,Captains David Robert Rommellensure all guests (men, wome ...
Marina at Harbor Lights

2 Second St
Frankfort, MI 49635

Phone: (231) 352-4400
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Region: Frankfort / Elberta

This 58 slip deepwater marina is located at the west end of Betsie Bay offers 30-45 ft slips available daily, weekl ...
Long Lake Marina

9685 US 31 S
Interlochen, MI 49643

Phone: (231) 276-9910
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Region: Interlochen

Long Lake Marina is Boat Power Sports Dealer. We sell Pontoons, Fiberglass Bowriders, Hurricane Deckboats, Yamaha W ...
Sport Fish Michigan

4819 Arbutus Lane
Beulah, MI 49635

Phone: (877) 442-4294
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Region: Benzie County

Crystal Lake Marina Sales & Service

8888 US 31
Beulah, MI 49617

Phone: (231) 882-9636
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boat and marine sales service
Archer Country Store

7567 Michigan Ave
Thompsonville, MI 49683

Phone: (231) 378-4520
Region: Thompsonville

Grocery, propane, beer, wine, liquor, fishing tackle bait.

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Benzie Lakes and Rivers are Waiting For You!

Below is a table showing the types of fish typically found in Benzie County Lakes.

Crystal Lake
Perch, Lake Trout, Smelt, Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, Rock Bass

Big Platte Lake
Walleye, Pike, Crappie, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Perch

Little Platte Lake
Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Pike

Betsie Bay
Smallmouth Bass, Bullhead, Catfish, Salmon, Steelhead, Pike, Brown Trout

Frankfort Piers
Perch, Salmon, Trout, Whitefish

Upper Herring Lake
Walleye, Perch, Pike, Bluegill, Crappie

Lower Herring Lake
Salmon, Walleye, Pike, Perch, Catfish

Lake Ann
Good pan fishing, Bluegill, Perch , Brown Trout, Pike

Betsie River
King Salmon run from September thru October. Steelhead run November – April with the best in March and April.

Platte River
Coho Salmon run starts around Labor Day. Steelhead run November – April with the strongest push in March and April

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Four-season fishing

Successful Ice Fishing in Benzie

Springtime brings hefty steelhead and huge brown trout in both of our rivers and off the piers of Lake Michigan, from “as soon as you can get out there” until mid-May.

Starting in late July through September the salmon fishing in Lake Michigan, and then on the Platte and Betsie rivers, will provide you with some of the best angling in the Midwest.

Just as the salmon season winds down, the fall steelhead run begins. These silver bullets are caught by anglers with spawn off the piers or with flys or spawn in our beautiful rivers.