Hamlin Lake

Ice Fishing

At almost 5,000 acres, Hamlin Lake, located in the port town of Ludington, Michigan has some of the best crappie and blue gill ice fishing in the area. In addition, many anglers fish it for walleye and northern pike. As safe ice dictates, during the winter months of January through March ice fishing can be the name of the game.

History of Hamlin Lake:

The lake was originally a “drowned river mouth lake.” It’s located approximately one mile upstream of Lake Michigan, with the Big Sable River flowing through it. In the 1850s, a wooden sawmill dam was constructed on the outlet of the lake. That dam failed in 1888, but was rebuilt. It failed again in 1912 and was replaced with a concrete dam. Currently, the dam is a 20-foot high concrete structure that raises the water level of Hamlin Lake by about 12 feet. The dam is operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and is located within Ludington State Park. It was most recently renovated in 2007.

Upstream of Hamlin Lake, the Big Sable River is a designated trout stream with populations of brown and brook trout. The river rises from several spring-fed lakes in western Lake County and flows for approximately 40 miles before entering the lake, which is the largest lake in the Big Sable River watershed and in Mason County.

Why Fish Hamlin Lake:

The fishing is great on Hamlin Lake! Whether you traverse the bayous or head for deeper waters, Hamlin offers a smorgasbord of fish. From tiger muskie to northern pike, and large and small mouth bass to perch, crappie and bluegill. In addition, 600,000 walleye, planted several years ago, promise a superb catch. The fishing doesn’t cool down in winter either. Tip-ups and shanties dot the ice as fishermen pull in delicious panfish and walleye.

Ice fishing on Hamlin Lake is an excellent way to get outside during the winter months.  Our guides will put you on bluegill, perch, crappie as well as northern pike and walleye. We provide all the ice fishing gear and heated shanties to make your day on the ice as successful and comfortable as possible. In addition, we will clean and fillet your catch.