Fishing

Whether you are fishing in Lake Michigan, Lake Millecoquins, one of our three private lakes, two spring-fed stocked trout ponds, or our 30 miles of isolated rivers and streams, you can be assured of a spectacular fishing experience. Members enjoy fishing for Salmon, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Northern Pike, Bass, and Walleye at Hiawatha.

Lake Millecoquins is a public lake that is part of Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club, and gives our members a chance to share the sport of fishing with their guests.  HSC also offers 3 lakes, 2 trout ponds, and miles of streams and rivers within the boundaries of the Club that exclusively for Club members.  The Club actively manages these lakes and ponds and has an extensive fish-planting program.  Over $25,000 is spent annually just on stocking fish in our waters.  We have a working relationship with Lake Superior State University and have a scholarship program that awards students that spend a significant amount of time on HSC assisting with our management plans.

Lake Millecoquins

 Lake Millecoquins is a 1,062 acre lake with a maximum depth of about 12 feet.  There is one public access and one private access for Club Members.  The species in the lake include Walleye, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill.  The Lake is managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  More than half of the shoreline is owned by the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club and its member.   Our 42 rental cabins have lake access, and every cabin comes with a boat, giving our cabin renters the opportunity to fish.  Lake Millecoquins has been rated one of the best Smallmouth Bass lakes in the State of Michigan.  The ice fishing season on Lake Millecoquins is spectacular with fisherman catching Pike, Bluegill and Perch frequently through the ice.
 

Trout Ponds

There are two private trout ponds located on the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club.

Jocko Pond is a 10 acre pond that is fed by spring fed Jocko Creek.  Jocko is very cold and seldom gets above 47 degrees.   Jocko is stocked with Brook and Rainbow Trout.  All planted trout are of legal size.  Jocko is the most remote of the ponds and it is not unusual to have the pond to yourself.  The low fishing pressure and large pond allow for fish carry over and occasionally a really large trout will get taken out of Jocko.  Brook Trout over 16” and Rainbow over 24” are sometimes reported coming from Jocko.

Cold Creek Pond is a 5 acre pond that is also fed by a spring fed creek.  Cold Creek Pond was created like Jocko Pond by an earthen dam.  Cold Creek Pond is stocked with Rainbow Trout and is planted heavily.  If you can’t catch a fish out of Cold Creek after a plant, you should take up golf.  Children and fly fisherman enjoy Cold Creek because of its ease of access and fish population densities.  It is very common to see young kids catching 12 inch Rainbow with a crawler on a bobber.

Lakes

There are three private lakes on HSC that are home to cool water species.  HSC maintains row boats on its lakes for members to use.  Members can bring their own motors and attach them to Club boats if they wish but they must be less than 10 horsepower.

Elbow Lake is a small 9.5 acre bog-like lake with a maximum depth of 9.8 feet.  It is home to mostly Bluegill, Largemouth bass, and Yellow Perch.  The lake is currently being managed to improve the nature reproduction of Bluegill.  Around Elbow Lake is a well established trail system that is part of our self-guided hikes of Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club.  The trail is less than 1 mile providing a beautiful view of Elbow Lake.

Pullup Lake is a 200 acre lake on the North edge of HSC that is home to Northern Pike, Perch and Bullheads.  This lake is fairly shallow and has three windmills located on its shores that pump air into the lake to protect it from winter freeze.  A picnic area is located on its shores in two locations with a pavilion, tables and BBQ grills.

Cranberry Lake is home to Pike, Perch, and Walleye and also Cranberry Lodge.  Set in the remoteness of the northern forest and fed by Cranberry marsh to the East, this 250 acre lake measures 25’ at its deepest.  We have started planting Walleye in this formally Pike and Perch lake.  Its depth and strong forage base should result in a hearty Walleye fishery to accompany the Pike and Perch.  Cranberry Lodge, a log cabin with a wood stove, picnic tables, camp fire pit and grill, sits on a bluff overlooking the lake and is open for members to use on a first come first serve basis.  The setting and view will give you the feeling of remote Canadian fishing camp.  It is over 6 miles from the nearest paved road.  Sitting in the great North with nothing but the sounds of nature is worth the trip.
 

Rivers and Streams

The Hiawatha Club is nestled right in the middle of some of the best Trout fishing in the Midwest.  There are over 35 miles of rivers and streams on the Hiawatha Club and the legendary Fox and Two Hearted River are also just a short drive away.  There are two distinctly different river systems on HSC, the Upper and Lower Millecoquins and their tributaries. 

The Upper Millecoquins River, Jocko Creek and Cold Creek are all very cold and located above Millecoquins Lake.  They range from upper 40 degrees to upper 50 degrees in the middle of summer and are home to some great Brook and Rainbow Trout fishing.  The area is very remote and bumping into a bear is almost as likely as seeing another fisherman. 

The Lower Millecoquins River is fed out of the south end of Millecoquins Lake and empties into Lake Michigan west of Naubinway.  It is warmed by Millecoquins Lake, thus the species in the lower river range from Brown Trout in the North end to Bass and Pike near the mouth of Lake Michigan.  The Salmon run is a popular event and fisherman will often fish from the river banks. 

Three Mile Creek is a winding creek is a little warmer than the others located on the property.  There are two tributaries of Three Mile Creek, the North and South branch and in the past has been riddled with Beaver dams.  The slightly warmer waters make it perfect habitat for Brown and Rainbow Trout.

Come and enjoy the best kept fishing secret in the State of Michigan.  Join the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club!

 
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