Sanctuary of the great lakes

Fishing the Alpena Area

Charles Kennedy kidsWhether you’re taking the kids out to create some relaxing memories, or on the hunt for the next trophy catch, Northeast Michigan is THE destination for sport and recreational fishing.

There are more than 100 accessible bodies of water (300,000 acres of open water) in the 4-county Northeast Michigan area. Alpena serves as base camp for your fishing expedition. Within an easy drive of Alpena, you’ll find numerous inland lakes and river systems that offer a variety of healthy fish species. Locations for trolling, fishing off the river bank, fly fishing, fishing from a dock or canoe, a perfect reed bed for your bass boat, and even deep water options abound in and around Alpena.

Relive the lazy summer days of your childhood with a hook and bobber while your feet dangle in the refreshing water. Venture out to the big lake and reel in the wildest of the wild fish populations that have never before seen a lure. Experience the unique fishing habitat created by hundreds of historic shipwrecks resting on the bottom of Lake Huron in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. There is even a multitude of great fishing spots within the city limits of Alpena. We don’t even stop when the snow starts! As soon as the lakes freeze over they are dotted with ice fishing shanties. If you love fishing, you need to put Alpena on your list.

Take care of your fishing license online! Just follow this link and you’ll be on the water in no time!  DNR E-License

*** Help prevent the spread of invasive species! Wash your watercraft before putting in at a new body of water. Find out more here:***

Catch and Cook LogoMichigan Catch & Cook

For a full water-to-table fishing experience,  make arrangements for a Michigan Catch & Cook adventure at one of these two participating restaurants!  Thanks to partnerships between the Courtyard Restaurant, Twin Acres 19th Hole Restaurant, Two Hearted Charters, Trout Scout Charters, and WipeOut Charters,  you can take your fresh catch to one of these restaurants and have it prepared and served to you the same day!

Tournament Services

If you are interested in bringing your tournament to the Alpena area we are happy to assist!
Please see our services guidelines>> HERE


If you are interested in filming a fishing related program in the Alpena area, please email Mary Beth Stutzman for details and services:





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420 N. 2nd Ave. • Alpena, MI 49707
(989) 340-2288
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