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Fishing the Gaylord Golf Mecca – Enjoy Our Green & Blue

There’s nothing quite like a Gaylord Golf Mecca getaway. Those late evenings with sherbet sunsets, gentle inland breezes and mild summer temperatures that allow for play at any hour of the day…top it all off with 16 phenomenal golf courses and we’re sold!

So what is it that makes our area such a slam-dunk?  

Obviously, there’s the golf. Our member courses were designed by the sport’s finest, including Rees Jones, Rick Smith and Tom Fazio, just to name a few. Challenge yourself on greens carved along the ridges of the Sturgeon River Valley or spend a more leisurely afternoon on parkland-style links; the quality and variety of courses in our area just can’t be beat.

While attending golf shows during the winter months, the array of golf-related questions we’re asked are often followed up with “how’s the fishing?” It seems that for many, golf and fishing go hand-in-hand. And it makes sense if you think about it. Both sports require patience, skill, time, a love for the outdoors and are most enjoyed with a cold beer. In fact, what would you do on a buddy trip that didn’t involve either fishing or golf?

So, here’s the skinny on fishing in the Gaylord Golf Mecca. We have it. And lots of it. Otsego County is home to over 90 inland lakes, ranging in size from just larger than a pond to Otsego Lake that stretches for 5 miles along Old 27 South.  Fly fishing is also a favorite pastime with the headwaters of 5 major rivers flowing through our area. So, whether you’re in search of panfish, walleye, bass, trout or the elusive lake sturgeon, the Gaylord Golf Mecca could also easily be considered the Gaylord Fishing Mecca.

Boat rentals are available and anglers will find just about every supply they need at Jay’s Sporting Goods. Best of all, extend your stay by just a few days and you can split your time between the greens and the water. It doesn’t get much better than that. 

To find the best stay and play packages in Northern Michigan, visit the Mecca. For information on fishing hotspots, check out the Gaylord Area Tourism Bureau and navigate over to the dedicated fishing page. If you’re an angler that just can’t get enough, we’ve got a blog for you! Read 5 Things to Know About Fishing in Otsego County for tips and some fun history!

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