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

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*** 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. ***

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

 Michigan Fishing License Requirements (see DNR page)

  • You must purchase a fishing license if you are 17 years of age or older to fish. If you are under 17, you may fish without a license, but you are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations. Any adult actively assisting a minor who does not have a license must have a fishing license. Please note, a license is required when targeting fish, amphibians, crustaceans and reptiles.

    Michigan's annual fishing license is valid from March 1 of a given year through March 31 of the following year.

        See the DNR website for more fishing information

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 guide.  Michigan has terrible fish identification resources, but this Wisconson guide is pretty good.

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

MI Fishing Guide

***Invasive Species Information***

Landowner's Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention (Michigan DNR)

Invasive Species in Runyan Lake

  • Curly Leaf Pondweed*

  • Purple Loosestrife

  • Starry Stonewort*

  • Eurasian Milfoil*

  • Zebra Mussels

*The majority of our annual aquatic weed control budget is for treatment of these invasive species

***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 Contest Information

Contest Photos & Winners for:  2023    2022    2021    2020    2019    2018    2017    2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008     2007     2006 


28th Annual Fishing Contest (2024)

Click here for the 2024 event flyer

                  When:     Contest/Weigh-In begins: Friday, June 21, 2024 @ 6:30 pm
                 Contest/Weigh-In ends: Friday, June 28, 2024 @ 8:30 pm

What:     Go fishing! Bring your individual live fish to the dock for weigh-in.
                You may enter as many individual fish as you want into the contest!

Time:     Weigh in hours: 6:30pm - 8:30pm daily or whenever the fish windsock is up

Where:    Verbeke Dock: Lakeshore Drive (South East Shore / Heights)

Look for the Dock with the Fish Windsock!!!

Cost:       No cost to participate (donations welcome)

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

  • Bass ( largemouth and smallmouth)
  • Panfish (Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, etc.)
  • Open (any other species)

Junior 13 through 16 years of age

  • Bass ( largemouth and smallmouth)
  • Panfish (Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, etc.)
  • Open (any other species)

Junior 9 through 12 years of age

  • Bass ( largemouth and smallmouth)
  • Panfish (Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, etc.)
  • Open (any other species)

Adult 17 years of age and up

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

Big Fish All ages

  • Largest by weight any species - one winner only!

Daily Prizes

There will be a daily prize drawing each day for fish weighed in by 8:30 PM that day.  Limit two tickets per person per day.  

Raffles (must be present to win)

8 yrs and younger: One raffle ticket for each fish registered* will be entered into a raffle for a prize.

Ages 9 and up: One raffle ticket only with your first registered fish into the contest.

Youth Raffle: An additional raffle for all youths registering a fish will be entered into the
raffle for the chance to win 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, June 30th, at 11:00 am.

For more information contact:

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

Thanks for the continued support from Erik Smith of HSP Imaging Inc. of Fenton
for donations of trophies and medals for each division,
Doug Smith, Exit 80,
and Joe Trollman, Runyan Lake Party Store, for donations



Historical Fishing Contest Information

Prior Year Contest Photos & Winners      2023    2022    2021    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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