Fishing the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

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Pro bass angler Kevin VanDam reels in a catch during filming for the TV series Major League Fishing.

Whether 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 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 an 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 are 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.

Northeast Michigan is a fisherman's paradise. We're far away from the stress of the modern world and close to the heart of nature. Alpena is a target location for numerous fishing tournaments, offers fishing charters, and has even been featured on the Outdoor Channel's popular TV series Major League Fishing.

Check out the press from the Major League Fishing filming in Alpena!

2014 Summit Cup TV Schedule

MLF Summit Cup Promo

MLF Anglers Look to Adapt to Alpena Fisheries and New Wrinkles to Game

Reese Hopes to Find Outside Success at Alpena Unknown Water Body

Kriet Pondering How to Hit MLF'sLatest Curveball in Alpena

Hubbard Promises Big Bronzeback Action

'Sanctuary of the Great Lakes' Welcomes MLF

Behind the Scenes: MLF Jumps in with Alpena

Alpena: Hubbard Lake Preview

Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Big Bronzebacks Lure MLF Pros to Alpena

MLF Anglers Filming in Northern Michigan

MLF Anglers Finishing Up Michigan Event

Alpena Summit Cup Filming Completed

Coleman: Major League Fishing Given Royal Treatment in Alpena

Alpena Site for Reality/Documentary Style Fishing Show

Sasquatch in Alpena!

WBKB-TV Reporter Snags a Live Interview with Sasquatch!