Lake Michigan is the third largest of the Great Lakes and the sixth largest lake in the world, and home to a variety of species of fish and other organisms. It was originally home to Lake Whitefish, lake trout, yellow perch, panfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bowfin, as well as some species of catfish. As a result of improvements to the Welland Canal in 1919, an invasion of sea lampreys, and overharvest caused a decline in native lake trout populations, ultimately causing an increase in the population of another invasive species, the alewife. As a result, salmonids including various strains of brown trout, steelhead (rainbow trout), Coho and Chinook salmon were introduced as predators of alewives to decrease the alewife population. This program was so successful that the introduced population of trout and salmon population exploded, resulting in the creation of a large sport fishery for introduced species of salmon and trout. Lake Michigan is now stocked annually with steelhead, brown trout, and Coho and Chinook salmon, which also have begun natural reproduction in some Lake Michigan tributaries. Lake Michigan offers anglers a variety of experiences from shore fishing in the bustling harbors and lagoons to launching a day’s adventure from one of many marinas. Whether you seek a tasty meal of yellow perch or the excitement of landing a chinook salmon on a day charter, Lake Michigan offers it all. Sports fishing includes salmon, whitefish, smelt, lake trout and walleye being major catches. In the late 1960s, successful stocking programs for Pacific salmon, led to the development of Lake Michigan’s charter fishing industry. Book your trip today!