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Stronach Boat Launch & Fishing Pier

on Manistee Lake

Project Status: Completed

Whether you’re watching your rod lodged in a sand spike or simply wandering the shores, the Bar Lake beach offers a year-round opportunity to enjoy the serenity of a still, waveless morning or the windswept breakers of a Great Lakes storm.

Bar Lake, and its outflow, is a fish magnet in the spring and fall – one of the many reasons this is such a great place to cast a line. Anglers can most often expect to catch steelhead and brown trout from the beach near the Bar Lake Outlet. On rare occasion, yellow perch, coho salmon, and Chinook salmon can also be caught at this spot.

Successful shore anglers typically cast spawn bags that are tied with small round flotation beads into the deeper offshore bars. Anglers may use up the three of these rigs, typically placed in sand spikes. Light drags and patience are the rule for hooked salmon and trout.

Anglers may also cast small spoons in varying colors. Spoon casting can be especially productive in the spring when brown trout seek warming waters and the baitfish they attract.

 
Site Amenities:
  • Barrier-free floating pier with benches
  • Close proximity to Manistee Lake and the Little Manistee River
  • Two boat launches accommodate large and small watercraft
  • Provides access to two river systems, an inland lake and Lake Michigan
Universal Access:
  • Paved Parking with designated handicapped parking
  • Universally accessible restrooms
  • Wheelchair accessible barrier-free fishing pier
Fish Found Here:
  • Brown Trout
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Coho Salmon
  • Steelhead
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Bluegill
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

Map/Location to  the Stronach Boat Launch/Fishing Pier
Location: From U.S. 31, take M55 east to Eastlake Road.  Turn west on 2nd Avenue.  Launch is at the end of the street.




Photo Gallery of the Stronach Boat Launch and Fishing Pier