The Grayling area is known worldwide for trout fishing. Two famous streams, the AuSable and Manistee, along with various branches provide angling for brook, brown and rainbow trout.
Area lakes offer good fishing for bass, bluegill, walleye and pike. Higgins Lake along Crawford County’s southern border, is widely recognized as one of the finest inland fisheries in the state. There are numerous lakes in Crawford County offering a variety of fishing opportunities.
Local landmark shops sell fishing supplies, trout flies, fly-fishing equipment, riverboat and wading guide services, live bait, spin and baitcast equipment. They will gladly help out with information about current hot spots, fly hatches, directions, and advice. Ice shanties are a common sight during winter months as the use of tip-ups yield a variety of fish.