Cast a Line in Saugatuck/Douglas

Healthy populations of trout, walleye, salmon and steelhead make this area an angler’s paradise. You can fish from shore at Willow Park, Wade’s Bayou or on the jetty, motor out to the Kalamazoo River, or book a charter expedition on the river or in Lake Michigan. Bring your own boat and gear, or rent it here, and see what’s biting.

2019 Fishing Events

2019 Saugatuck Big Lake Classic Fishing Tournament
Come catch the big one in Saugatuck/Douglas on the big lake!
August 9 is the Spectators One Day Shootout at 6 a.m. Weigh-in takes place at Spectators Bar and Grill at noon, ending at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced at 3:15 p.m. that day.
August 10 and 11 is the 2-day Saugatuck Hummingbird/Cannon Big Lake Classic. Weigh-in both days at Coral Gables downtown from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Winners and prizes will be awarded at 3:15 p.m.

Get your Fishing License Online

Buy a fishing license through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website where you can apply for your license. To learn more about fishing in Michigan, visit or click here to download the 2019 Fishing Guide.

Already in the area? You can click here to see a list of local license vendors.

Rent a Fishing Charter Boat

Best Chance Too Charters 
If you are looking for the absolute best Lake Michigan charter fishing experience, a trip on Best Chance Too is for you.  Captain Dave Engel and Captain Bill Bale of Best Chance Too are the winningest Salmon and Trout tournament fishing team on Lake Michigan.

Big Lake Outfitters 
Straight from the port of Saugatuck. Step aboard Blue Chip, a 31 Oen Tiara with all the latest electronics and fishing equipment provided. They target Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, Brown Trout and Steelhead. Big Lake Outfitters can accommodate 1 to 6 people.

For more information on fishing in Michigan, click here.

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