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Hamlin Lake Fishing Map

** Please note: This Hamlin Lake map is intended for general fishing information only. It is not intended for actual marine waterway navigation.

Types of fish in Hamlin Lake

  • Bluegill
  • Sunfish
  • Rock Bass
  • Perch
  • Catfish
  • Bullhead
  • Sheep’s Head
  • Walleye
  • Northern Pike
  • Tiger Muskie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Speckled Bass (Crappie)

Hamlin Lake Fishing Zones

Zone 1

Very good fishing after spawning season, even better in the summer. Great trolling action in the summer along the shorlines for Crappies. In deeper waters trolling and jigging for Walleyes is good. Smallouoth Bass are caught almost everywhere occasionally.

Zone 2

Very similar fishing as in Zone 1. Both sides south of The Narrows are top trolling spots for Pike in the spring.

Zone 3

This zone hosts the most unique practically year round fishing in the lake. Pike and Bluegills in the winter, Perch during spawning season in April (Indian Pete Bayou) with Walleyes in the deeper areas. Spring and summer trolling yields Pike, and angles can get their fill of Bluegills and crappies throughout the summer. Spawning Largemouth Bass abound in Indian Pete Bayou too.

Zone 4

Offers several busy seasons of good catches. In winter, its a good bet for Pike and Walleye. In spring, trolling for Pike is a sure things and in May and June when the Crappies arrive, it’s a great experience. In the summer months there is fine Bass and Bluegill fisheries.

Zone 5

Offers the best fishing for Bluegills, Crappies, Sunfish, and Pike in the shoreline shallows May-June. This zone an the North Bayou are the hot spots for winter Bluegill fishing.

Zone 6

This zone is  the headwaters of the lake and first to thaw out after winter. From ice-out to April you can catch plenty of big Perch. Bluegills and Sunfish hit at the first spring warm up. No summer action in this zone due to weed growth.

Experience Hamlin Lake

South Bayou Park

Enjoy this small, relaxing park as an easy place to place your boat in the water or throw a line out to catch some pan fish for dinner.

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More Ludington Area Fishing Information

Charter Boat Fishing

No matter your experience level, Ludington area charter captains will guide you in what to bring and what to expect on the big lake.

Fishing on Hamlin Lake

Fishing on Hamlin Lake

If there’s one thing that Hamlin Lake is known for, it’s excellent fishing. Catch crappie, bluegill, and more across thousands of acres.

Public Boat Launches

There are many places to launch a boat for fishing or recreation in the Ludington area. Most are free of charge, with plenty of parking.

Ludington Fishing Reports

Here you will find past fishing reports for the Ludington area, including Lake Michigan, PM Lake, PM River, and Hamlin Lake.


There are many places for anglers to try their luck, and Ludington has such a great variety of fish. The area also has great charter captains.