Refuge Pools Open to Fishing

May 15 Annually

Come catch the action! Fishing is allowed at the Show Pools, C-3, F, G, H, I and J Pools as well as the portions of D and E Pools adjacent to the Fishing Loop are open from May 15 through September 30. 

Fishing is permitted with a valid Michigan fishing license.

View the map showing which pools are open to fishing.

In addition to all applicable State regulations, the following refuge regulations apply:

Special Conditions

  • Use of lead tackle is prohibited on the refuge. Lead is a toxic metal which has adverse effects on the nervous and reproductive systems of wildlife.
  • Live bait or artificial lures may be used.
  • Wildlife have the right-of-way. Separating young animals from their parents is often fatal. This is especially true for waterfowl.
  • Dispose of fishing line properly. Line left lying on the ground or in the water often entangles fish and wildlife, causing serious injury or death. Several refuge fishing sites offer recycling bins for your used fishing line.
  • Swimming and wading are not allowed in refuge pools. Please fish only from the pool's edge.

Boating and Vehicle Regulations

  • Boats, canoes, and other flotation devices are not permitted on refuge pools and ditches.
  • Non-motorized watercraft are permitted on the Creighton River, Driggs River, and Walsh Creek. Motorized craft are permitted on the Manistique River.
  • No off-road travel allowed with any motorized vehicle.

Species found in the refuge pools include northern pike, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed and bluegill. Species in the rivers and streams include northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, brook trout and brown trout.