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Fish Found in the Pigeon River Country State Forest
Brook trout are native to the Appalachian region, the upper Great Lakes, and parts of Canada. They are native to some streams in Michigan’s lower peninsula including the Pigeon and Black Rivers which flow through the Pigeon River Country State Forest.
Brown trout are native to Europe and were introduced to streams in the Pigeon River Country in the early to mid 1900’s.
Rainbow Trout/Steelhead are native to the Pacific Northwest. They were introduced to streams in the Pigeon River Country in the early to mid 1900’s.
Largemouth Bass are native throughout much of the eastern United States, including several ponds and lakes within the Pigeon River Country State Forest.
Panfish (Multiple Species)
Several species of panfish are native to the Pigeon River Country. Common species include Bluegill, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, and Pumpkinseeds.
Refer to the Michigan Fishing Guide for additional information on seasons, rules, and regulations.
Cornwall Flooding: Largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, perch. Excellent fishing opportunities. No gas motors allowed.
Grass Lake: Fair largemouth bass and bluegill.
Pickerel Lake: Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, some bluegill. It’s a designated trout lake. Must have an all species license. Minnows may not be used or possessed. Open to fishing last Saturday in April through September 30. No gas motors allowed.
Town Corner Lake: Fair bluegill, some largemouth bass.
Osmun Lake: Fair largemouth bass, bluegill.
Mud Lake: Largemouth bass, perch, bluegill. Subject to winter kill.
Round Lake: Fishing questionable – some pan fish.
Hardwood Lake: No fish, shallow and prone to winter kill
Tubbs Creek: Small brook trout
Dog Lake: Some northern pike, but prone to winter kill. No gas motors allowed.
Pigeon River: Brown, rainbow, and brook trout. Elk Hill Campground to Pine Grove Campground artificial lures only.
Sturgeon River: Brown and rainbow trout.
Black River: Brook Trout. Limited to two trout daily and only artificial lures between Tin Shanty Bridge downstream to Town Corner Lake Campground.
South Blue Lake: Good bass and bluegill. Open from the last Saturday in April through September 30. Fishing is catch and release with artificial lures only!
North Blue Lake: Perch – prone to winter kill. Open from the last Saturday in April through September 30. Fishing is catch and release with artificial lures only!
Robarge (Stewart) Lake: Small Pike. Open from the last Saturday in April through September 30. Fishing is catch and release with artificial lures only!
Sinkhole Lakes (Hemlock, Ford, Section 4, North & South Twin, Lost Lake and West Lost Lake): Open for fishing and stocked annually with trout, Type D regulations – daily limit one, minimum 15”. Special boating and camping restrictions at some of these lakes. Review the State Land Use Orders for details.