Runyan Lake Inc.

The lake association for the entire community of Runyan Lake
located in Tyrone Township, Livingston County, Michigan.



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Fishing on Runyan Lake

     Lake Access Information          Alert - Deadly Fish Disease          Fishing contest        Fish & Water Studies     

*** Anglers and Boaters - Please protect Runyan Lake!  Click here to read recommended precautions from the DNR to help prevent disease and invasive species transfer into our lake. ***

***Invasive Species Prevention***

  • CLEAN boats, trailers, and equipment.

  • REMOVE all aquatic weeds from trailers and watercraft.  Don't cross contaminate by transferring from one lake to another.

  • DRAIN live wells, bilges, and all water from ballasts.  Don't cross contaminate by transferring from one lake to another.

  • DRY boats and equipment.

  • DISPOSE of unwanted bait in the trash.

New Boating Law Effective 2019, click here. Violation of the following is a state civil infraction. Violators may be subject to fines.

  • Do not launch a watercraft or place a trailer in the water if aquatic plants are attached.

  • Do not release unused bait into the water.

  • Do not transport water over land in bilges and live wells.

Fishing on Runyan Lake is governed by State of Michigan fishing regulations. 

 Michigan Fishing License Requirements (see DNR page)

  • You must purchase a license if you are 17 years of age or older. If you are under 17, you may fish without a license, but you are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations.
  • When fishing, you must carry your license and the identification used to purchase that license and exhibit both upon demand of a Michigan Conservation Officer, a Tribal Conservation Officer or any law enforcement officer.
  • Your fishing license is valid from March 1 of a given year through March 31 of the following year.

                                                                                What fish are in Runyan Lake? 
Fish populations in Runyan Lake include Black Crappie, Bluegill/Sunfish, Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Rock Bass, Lake Herring, Longnose Gar, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Walleye, and of course bait fish.  You might also see Iowa and Johnny Darters, a Bowfin (Dogfish), or a Mudpuppy now and then.  Having trouble identifying a fish?  Think you saw or caught something else?  Try this fish identification tool.  Michigan has terrible identification resources, but this Wisconson guide is pretty good.

More from the DNR........

MI Fishing Guide

See the DNR website for more fishing information.


Fishing Contest Information

Contest Photos & Winners for:  2020    2019    2018    2017    2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008     2007     2006 


24th Annual Fishing Contest (2020)

Click here for the 2020 event flyer

When:     Weigh in starts Friday June 26th @ 6:30 pm
Weigh in ends Friday July 3rd @ 8:30 pm

                  Weigh in hours:  6:30 to 8:30 daily
                  or whenever the fish windsock is flying.  Or call my cell!

Where:    Verbeke or Johnson Docks
  Along Lakeshore Dr.  (South East Shore / Heights)

Look for the Dock with the Fish windsock!!!)

Cost:       No cost to participate (donations welcome)

Winners:   Will be contacted, and awards will be presented on the island
                    on Sunday, July 5th, at 11:00 am.

Prizes and or awards are given to the largest fish in each of the following divisions, determined by weight:

Contest Divisions

Youth 8 years of age and under

  • Panfish (Bluegill, crappie, perch etc.)

  • Bass ( largemouth and smallmouth)

  • Open (any other species)

Adult 17 years of age and up

  • Bass (largemouth and smallmouth)
  • Walleye
  • Northern Pike

Junior 9 through 16 years of age

  • Panfish (bluegill, crappie, perch etc.)
  • Bass ( largemouth and smallmouth)
  • Open (any other species)

Big Fish All ages

  • Largest (by weight any species)


One raffle ticket for each fish registered will be entered into a raffle for a prize for 8yrs and younger.
(The more fish you catch the better your chances). Ages 9 and up one ticket for entry into the

Must Be Present July 5th on the island to Win.

Youth Raffle - An additional raffle for all youths registering a fish
will be entered into a raffle for a Rod and Reel combo.

Please bring in your live fish to the dock for weigh-in during the times listed above.

Winners will be contacted, and awards will be presented on the island
on Sunday, July 5th, at 11:00 am.

For more information contact:

David Verbeke (810-919-6982) or Kevin Johnson (810-629-4512)

Thanks to continued support from Erik Smith of HSP imaging Inc. of Fenton.
For donations of trophies and medals for each division.


Historical Fishing Contest Information

Prior Year Contest Photos & Winners      2020    2019    2018    2017    2016     2015     2014    2013    2012    2011    2010     2009     2008     2007     2006 








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 Fenton, MI  48430-0105, USA

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