The most recent fisheries survey of Hamlin Lake was conducted in 2010.  Unfortunately, due to lack of staff, I cannot say when another survey will be conducted.  A creel survey was conducted in 2019, and it showed good catches of bluegill, black crappie, pumpkinseed, rock bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, northern pike, and walleye.  The survey also showed over 75,000 angler-hours generated on Hamlin Lake.  Anecdotally, we hear mixed results on the bluegill and black crappie fishing, with some anglers doing well while others struggle.

Walleye- Hamlin Lake was stocked with spring fingerling walleye in 2017, 2019, and 2022, with stocking numbers between 142k and 151k.  It is slated to be stocked this summer with another 150k spring fingerlings, likely from the Mason County Walleye Association pond.  Anecdotally, we have heard good reports regarding walleye fishing the last several years.

Muskellunge- Hamlin Lake was stocked with fall fingerling muskies in 2018 (3,984), 2021 (8,025), and 2022 (7,731).  It is slated to be stocked in the fall of 2024 with 8,025 fall fingerlings.  Anecdotally, we have received documentation of good muskie fishing in Hamlin Lake, with dedicated anglers providing us with pics of muskies they are catching.

Mark Tonello
Fisheries Management Biologist
Central Lake Michigan Management Unit, Cadillac
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Hamlin Lake is the largest man-made lake in Michigan.