Michigan's Best February Bluegill Fishing is at Hamlin Lake

Michigan's Best February Bluegill Fishing is at Hamlin Lake

Now is the time to plan for the year ahead. One thing to plan for in 2014 is more time on the water! Michigan is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes and, of course, Great Lakes fishing is a favorite.

Anglers with large boats have endless possibilities from salmon fishing to walleye fishing in Michigan, and everything in between. This February, your best bet for bluegill fishing in Michigan is on Hamlin Lake. Here are the details.

FEBRUARY

Hamlin Lake

Bluegills

When February rolls around, Miller focuses his attention back on the west side of the state where he fishes bluegills on Hamlin Lake in Ludington. "Hamlin Lake is known for holding many bluegills and catching 8- to 9-inch bluegills is not very uncommon," said Miller. "Every year a few folks even catch 10-inchers. It doesn't take long to fill up the frying pan with bluegills this size."

The advantage of this lake is the bite is usually good throughout the day, not just in the morning or evening like so many other lakes. The fish stay active. Catching a limit there is relatively easy for the experienced angler to do. My favorite bait for this lake is a spike with a black or purple teardrop. I also like using a spring bobber. I typically fish in 10 to 12 feet of water and work the bait throughout the water column. I suggest that anyone who wants to fish Hamlin Lake show up early in the morning. The lake is a popular ice-fishing spot in February.

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