Alpena, Michigan has a reputation for being one of the best bass fishing hotspots in the nation. Do you want to learn all of the ins of outs of bass fishing Alpena like the pros?  Alpena Bass Outfitters has got you covered! Your northern Michigan smallmouth guide, Connor Gagnon, has been fishing the waters of Alpena for the past 20 years.

Why is Alpena the best for bass?

Alpena Bass Outfitters, Connor Gagnon. Photo by Cobi Pellerito.

While walleye, panfish, and big lake beasts like salmon and trout are popular, bass fishing has been this area’s best-kept secret. Bass is considered by many to be America’s top game fish, and they are highly prized for their spirited fight. Alpena has earned a reputation for its amazing bass fishing, making it a destination for numerous fishing tournaments, fishing-focused vacations, and TV shows.

  • Fun Fact: Alpena was featured on the Outdoor Channel’s popular TV series Major League Fishing three times! Earning it the title of being the first location the show has ever filmed in more than once. Major League Fishing is ranked as the top fishing show on TV in America. With multiple episodes of other fishing shows like Fishing University traveling to Alpena to film, it’s no wonder the area has earned the reputation as an authentic, world-class bass fishery.
Owner and operator of Alpena Bass Outfitters, Connor Gagnon says:
Alpena Bass Outfitters, photo by Brian Eavey

Alpena Bass Outfitters, photo by Brian Eavey

“Fishing the waters of Alpena for the last 20 years has been a gift to enjoy. I’m truly lucky to call Alpena my home. Whether you are looking for your personal best smallmouth, or to catch fish until your arms are sore, Alpena has the lakes and bronzebacks just for you. The smallmouth and scenery of Northern Michigan make this place a bucket list for any angler; novice to professional. It is my passion to put all types of anglers on these beautiful fish.”

You may choose your own lake for your bass fishing adventure or take suggestions from Connor. Suggestions will depend on the current weather and time of year. Alpena Bass Outfitters will cover Long Lake, Hubbard Lake, Lake Winyah, the Thunder Bay River, and a couple of secret spots!

You can book your bass fishing trip today by visiting or calling 989.324.0746.

Nice catch! Photo by Brian Eavey.

Nice catch! Photo by Brian Eavey.

Package deals, customized trips, full days, half days, and military/kids discounts available.

Follow Alpena Bass Outfitters on Instagram @alpena_bass_outfitters. Don’t forget to tag Alpena Bass Outfitters in your catch photos, as well as @visit_alpena for a chance for your catch of the day to be featured!

Don’t forget your license! You can pick up your fishing license from any bait and tackle shop, or by going to the DNR website here: