Tawas Area Fishing

The Tawas area has fishing galore, regardless of the season or how much gear you have. Fishing in Tawas Bay includes walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, brown trout, and smallmouth bass. During the spring and fall, whitefish, steelhead, brown trout, lake trout and walleye move along the shoreline of the bay. Fish from riverbanks, the shore, the dock, your own boat, a charter, or the ice in winter. Don't forget to try your luck on the AuSable River, Tawas Lake, Van Etten and Cedar Lakes in Oscoda, along with a host of smaller inland lakes.

Tawas Area Fishing

Michigan's Free Fishing Weekends

Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan's premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE!

The 2023 Free Fishing Weekends are scheduled for this winter: February 18 & 19 and this summer: June 10 & 11.

Michigan DNR

Recreational Fishing Report - Michigan DNR

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Iosco County Lakes & Ponds - Michigan DNR

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Video: Fishing in Tawas, MI

Bait & Tackle Shops

AuSable Marina

440 S State St - Oscoda
(989) 739-0392

AuSable River Store

680 W. River Rd. - Oscoda
(989) 739-5332

Bay Party Store

718 East Bay Street - East Tawas
(989) 362-2332

Bunyan Town

4494 N. US-23 - Oscoda
(989) 739-2371

The Dam Store

1879 West River Road - Oscoda
(989) 739-9979

B&M Bait Shop

1132 W. Lake Street - Tawas City
(989) 362-2882

Northeast Michigan Marine

470 S State St - Oscoda
(989) 739-4411

Wellmans Sport Center

410 State St - Oscoda
(989) 739-2869

Fishing/Fishing Charters

Calypso Sportfishing Charter

Calypso Sportfishing Charter

401 W. River Rd. - Oscoda
(989) 739-2313

Jerry's Marina

Jerry's Marina

542 Tawas Beach Rd. - East Tawas
(989) 362-8641


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