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We have been in the live bait business since 1949 when Earl Buchner founded the company in the small town of Interlochen, MI where we are still located. We handle all kinds of live bait in season and we are WHOLESALE ONLY. We handle pike suckers, greys, walleye suckers, blues, perch minnows, waxworms, spikes, wigglers(mayfly larve), styrofoam minnow buckets, Baitmaster canadian nightcrawlers, curly’s green and garlic crawlers, leafworms, leeches, spawn(single egg, spawn sacs, and skein), Hali Jigging lures and better bait products to keep your minnows lively.

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This page is dedicated to our great retailers who supply live bait to the fishermen and point them the right way with gear and info.
We hope this Web site inspires more fishermen to fish beautiful Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula and to do business with our great retail customers who are ready to serve you. Buc’s Fishing Report will show you where the fish are and what kind of fish are biting. We will list where the businesses are located and what each business has to offer. Also, Buc’s Fishing Report will have ice conditions 

 

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Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report

Pretty busy out there on the lake for free fishing weekend! We've got everything you need to get out there and join in on the fun! #freefishingweekend #takeakidfishing ... See MoreSee Less

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Free fishing weekend and Northland Sportsman Club kids fishing derby on Otsego Lake ... See MoreSee Less

Free fishing weekend and Northland Sportsman Club kids fishing derby on Otsego Lake

 

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Wow a lot of snow on the lake

Perrins landing is nasty on leelanau, maybe 8” of snow on the lake, quads with chains will get you out

50+ inches in 6 days Gaylord

free fishing weekend in Michigan!!!

Northern Michigan we have had a lot of snow and lakes north of M-72 were the hardest hit in the snow belt with 2 feet of snow on the ice. There has not been much pressure this week with all the wind and bad weather.

West and east grand traverse bay is froze but no reports of ice conditions yet.

Green Lake has been ok for perch and pike, smelt are only 3 inches long as some are seeing on cameras but are so small they cannot hook them

Long Lake by Traverse has been slow the last two weeks

Burt Lake: Had some very good walleye fishing however the bite did slow.

Black Lake: Anglers were catching medium-size walleye and perch.

Grand Lake: Was producing a few walleye and perch.

Long Lake: Anglers were still catching walleye, pike, perch and panfish.

Fletchers Pond: Was producing decent pike catches.

Otsego Lake: Those targeting lake sturgeon had success with minnows in five to eight feet although most of the fish caught were 46 to 48 inches and had to be released.

Higgins Lake: Had about four inches of snow on top making travel easier. Perch were caught around the islands however be ready to sort through the small ones. Lake trout were still hitting in 80 to 100 feet when jigging or using tip-ups with minnows. Rainbow trout were in the shallows near the Conference Center and Big Creek. Whitefish were starting to hit near the bottom in 100 to 110 feet. Use a single hook tipped with an egg, wax worm or wiggler. A few smelt were caught just off the bottom in 40 to 60 feet in the evening. The action was better off Big Creek and the North State Park. Try Hali jigs with wax worms or spikes. Large pike were taken on tip-ups or spearing.

Houghton Lake: Still has the large pressure crack that runs from the West DNR launch to Johnsons Point. Anglers cannot cross the pressure crack to get to the Middle Grounds safely and will have to use other areas. Travel on the ice will be easier with the snow however watch for drifts. The bluegill and crappie bite was still light so watch your line for better success. A couple walleye were found in eight to 12 feet. Bass and pike were hitting hard however all bass must be released immediately.
Harbor Springs: Some nice catches of perch were taken in Little Traverse Bay.

Walloon Lake: Was producing some decent catches of walleye.

Lake Charlevoix: Anglers were still getting a few lake herring.

South Lake Leelanau: Anglers are seeing walleye on the south end of the lake.

Traverse City: Ice fishing has been slow in the West Bay with only a few perch caught in Suttons Bay and south of Northport.

Big Glen Lake: Is producing lake trout.

Long Lake: In Benzie County is producing pike and perch.

Crystal Lake: Is producing pike and burbot. Lake trout were also caught on smelt however smelt were not being caught in large numbers.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers continue to catch pike, walleye, crappie, perch and bluegill.
Little Bay De Noc: Heavy snowfall is making travel on the ice much more difficult for many. Snowmobiles were the best means of travel. The weight of the snow has opened some of the ice off Saunders Point so extreme caution needs to be used in this area. Overall fishing was slow. Anglers were marking good numbers of fish but only a few were caught. The better perch fishing was near Kipling with minnows or wigglers in 29 to 35 feet. Best walleye catches were taken in the Gladstone area with rapalas or minnows in 28 to 35 feet however most the fish were undersize. Several large pike were caught near the Escanaba Power Plant when using tip-ups with minnows in about 30 feet.

Saginaw Bay: Fishing really picked up over the last week if anglers didn’t mind going 12 to 15 miles out. The action was best in the deepest part of the inner bay. Anglers need to use caution as there is a very active pressure crack about 1 ½ miles offshore running from the mouth of the Saginaw River all the way up to Linwood. There is slush in the crack making it appear to be frozen, but it’s not and several machines went in last weekend. Further north off Coggins and Erickson Roads, anglers were going 12 to 15 miles out to the vicinity of Buoys 1-4 and doing well on walleye and perch in 28 to 30 feet.

Along the south end, walleye anglers did well off Finn Road near Buoys 9 & 10 and around the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12). Perch anglers off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee took some perch ranging 10 to 12 inches. No limits but most averaged about 10 fish. Anglers are cautioned to avoid the area of Hidden Harbor off King Road, as there’s a bad spot near the access where machines have been going through the ice. Those heading off Thomas Road and going 12 to 15 miles out near Buoys 1-4 caught good numbers of walleye and large perch. Activity from Sebewaing to Caseville was very light. Those near the Mud Creek access site caught a couple dozen perch, one walleye and one pike. The Pigeon River at Caseville was running fast and muddy which made for poor fishing in the harbor and along the break-wall.

Saginaw River: Had poor fishing along the entire river and ice conditions were iffy at best. Recent snow melt and run-off coupled with rain has made the river fast and muddy and wrecked the ice in the main channel. A few were inching out on the turn basin near Ojibway Island but not catching anything. There was very little activity from there downstream through Bay City. There was some fishing near the mouth, but anglers had to stay away from the shipping channel due to thin ice. One angler recently went through the ice off the Patterson Road launch.
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free fishing weekend in Michigan!!!
Northern Michigan we have had a lot of snow and lakes north of M-72 were the hardest hit in the snow belt with 2 feet of snow on the ice. There has not been much pressure this week with all the wind and bad weather.
West and east grand traverse bay is froze but no reports of ice conditions yet.
Green Lake has been ok for perch and pike, smelt are only 3 inches long as some are seeing on cameras but are so small they cannot hook them
Long Lake by Traverse has been slow the last two weeks
Burt Lake: Had some very good walleye fishing however the bite did slow.
Black Lake: Anglers were catching medium-size walleye and perch.
Grand Lake: Was producing a few walleye and perch.
Long Lake: Anglers were still catching walleye, pike, perch and panfish.
Fletchers Pond: Was producing decent pike catches.
Otsego Lake: Those targeting lake sturgeon had success with minnows in five to eight feet although most of the fish caught were 46 to 48 inches and had to be released.
Higgins Lake: Had about four inches of snow on top making travel easier. Perch were caught around the islands however be ready to sort through the small ones. Lake trout were still hitting in 80 to 100 feet when jigging or using tip-ups with minnows. Rainbow trout were in the shallows near the Conference Center and Big Creek. Whitefish were starting to hit near the bottom in 100 to 110 feet. Use a single hook tipped with an egg, wax worm or wiggler. A few smelt were caught just off the bottom in 40 to 60 feet in the evening. The action was better off Big Creek and the North State Park. Try Hali jigs with wax worms or spikes. Large pike were taken on tip-ups or spearing.
Houghton Lake: Still has the large pressure crack that runs from the West DNR launch to Johnsons Point. Anglers cannot cross the pressure crack to get to the Middle Grounds safely and will have to use other areas. Travel on the ice will be easier with the snow however watch for drifts. The bluegill and crappie bite was still light so watch your line for better success. A couple walleye were found in eight to 12 feet. Bass and pike were hitting hard however all bass must be released immediately.
Harbor Springs: Some nice catches of perch were taken in Little Traverse Bay.
Walloon Lake: Was producing some decent catches of walleye.
Lake Charlevoix: Anglers were still getting a few lake herring.
South Lake Leelanau: Anglers are seeing walleye on the south end of the lake.
Traverse City: Ice fishing has been slow in the West Bay with only a few perch caught in Suttons Bay and south of Northport.
Big Glen Lake: Is producing lake trout.
Long Lake: In Benzie County is producing pike and perch.
Crystal Lake: Is producing pike and burbot. Lake trout were also caught on smelt however smelt were not being caught in large numbers.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers continue to catch pike, walleye, crappie, perch and bluegill.
Little Bay De Noc: Heavy snowfall is making travel on the ice much more difficult for many. Snowmobiles were the best means of travel. The weight of the snow has opened some of the ice off Saunders Point so extreme caution needs to be used in this area. Overall fishing was slow. Anglers were marking good numbers of fish but only a few were caught. The better perch fishing was near Kipling with minnows or wigglers in 29 to 35 feet. Best walleye catches were taken in the Gladstone area with rapalas or minnows in 28 to 35 feet however most the fish were undersize. Several large pike were caught near the Escanaba Power Plant when using tip-ups with minnows in about 30 feet.
Saginaw Bay: Fishing really picked up over the last week if anglers didn’t mind going 12 to 15 miles out. The action was best in the deepest part of the inner bay. Anglers need to use caution as there is a very active pressure crack about 1 ½ miles offshore running from the mouth of the Saginaw River all the way up to Linwood. There is slush in the crack making it appear to be frozen, but it’s not and several machines went in last weekend. Further north off Coggins and Erickson Roads, anglers were going 12 to 15 miles out to the vicinity of Buoys 1-4 and doing well on walleye and perch in 28 to 30 feet.
Along the south end, walleye anglers did well off Finn Road near Buoys 9 & 10 and around the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12). Perch anglers off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee took some perch ranging 10 to 12 inches. No limits but most averaged about 10 fish. Anglers are cautioned to avoid the area of Hidden Harbor off King Road, as there’s a bad spot near the access where machines have been going through the ice. Those heading off Thomas Road and going 12 to 15 miles out near Buoys 1-4 caught good numbers of walleye and large perch. Activity from Sebewaing to Caseville was very light. Those near the Mud Creek access site caught a couple dozen perch, one walleye and one pike. The Pigeon River at Caseville was running fast and muddy which made for poor fishing in the harbor and along the break-wall.
Saginaw River: Had poor fishing along the entire river and ice conditions were iffy at best. Recent snow melt and run-off coupled with rain has made the river fast and muddy and wrecked the ice in the main channel. A few were inching out on the turn basin near Ojibway Island but not catching anything. There was very little activity from there downstream through Bay City. There was some fishing near the mouth, but anglers had to stay away from the shipping channel due to thin ice. One angler recently went through the ice off the Patterson Road launch.Image attachment