Fishing Licenses are required at all Ingham County Park facilities. A basic or "Restricted License" is required on the Grand River for anglers 17 years and older (under 17, no license required) and can be purchased online at www.takemefishing.org/fishing/license, at most hardware stores, or Meijer stores.
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When Burchfield fishing pond is stocked there is no catch and release of trout; you must take what you catch. Trout are sensitive and do not survive well once caught and released. The pond is open spring, summer, and fall to the taking of rainbow trout with a maximum daily possession limit of 3 fish (strictly enforced). You must possess a fishing license if 18 years of age or older. All other state fishing regulations apply for warm water species such as, bass and panfish and those species may be caught and released or catch and keep. Because the pond is spring fed it is closed during the winter. A boardwalk surrounds the pond and provide access to accessible fishing docks.Hawk Island Park
The lake at Hawk Island was planted with Hybrid Bluegill from 2002 to 2004. Channel Catfish, Perch, and Large Mouth Bass were planted between the years of 2005 and 2009. Bass must be released. All other species you may fish and follow the limits as set forth by the DNR.
Ice fishing is permitted at Hawk Island. Be sure not to walk out on the ice until there is at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice, otherwise use at your own risk. The Parks Department does not check or monitor ice thickness. Fishermen must be off the ice when the park closes.
A boardwalk surrounds the lake at Hawk Island and provides access to accessible fishing docks on the lake. Visitors can bring in their own water craft. Motors are not allowed with the exception of non-gas trolling motors. There is no boat ramp. Boats must be carried from the parking lot to the water. Boats must stay off the island.
General fishing is allowed at the Lake Lansing Boat Launch. Fishermen may fish from the shore on either side of the main dock. Fees collected are for launching a watercraft. Due to limited parking, only vehicles with an attached watercraft are allowed to utilize the boat launch on weekends and holidays, May to Mid-September (single vehicles are not allowed). The boat launch welcomes all users Monday - Friday (excluding Holidays) during the summer months.
The lake has Bass, Panfish, and Catfish (no Salmon or Trout). Fishing is allowed year round on Lake Lansing and is not monitored by the Parks Department. In addition, ice thickness in the winter is not monitored by Park staff. Please note, vehicles are NOT allowed to drive onto Lake Lansing in the winter months.
Information about the Lake Lansing Boat Launch.
If you are looking for shore fishing Lake Lansing Park South has an accessible fishing dock. The lake has Bass, Panfish, and Catfish (no Salmon or Trout). Fishing is allowed year round on Lake Lansing and is not monitored by the Parks Department. In addition, ice thickness in the winter is not monitored by Park staff.