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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 

 

Traverse City: Bower Harbor they are going way out on the tip of Neahtawanta Point. Saw quite a few guys on east bay off the M-37 access site but have not got a report. Some are saying bigger perch off of Dock road but have not seen any photos.
Anglers on the East Bay caught lake herring however there were still some areas where the ice was questionable. In the West Bay, perch were caught on small jigs tipped with minnows or wax worms in 40 to 60 feet off Clinch Park. Some nice fish were caught however anglers were sorting through a lot of small ones. Lake Trout on west bay off of Crane rd and bingham rd.

Lakes such as Muskegon, White, Pere Marquette, Pentwater and Portage were giving up good catches of perch.

Skegemog: they are catching lots of perch but none are over 9 inches so lots of sorting there also.

White Lake: the perch bite has picked up this week with bigger perch being caught, bluegill and pike have been good also.

Lake Margrethe: has been fair for pike, perch, and walleye.

Fletchers Floodwater has been slow this week.

Pappy's at Wellston reports the river fishing has been good for this time of year and they have a tournament this weekend on the river,

Otsego Lake: Has good ice however the snow was too deep for ORV’s. There are some areas where there is six inches of slush, especially on the north end and around the shoreline. Fishing picked up with anglers taking walleye in seven to 15 feet with perch minnows or blues. Most of the fish were 12 inches but there were a few up to 22 inches. Pike were taken when jigging minnows in 8 to 10 feet.

Fife Lake has been slow as most the shanties have been removed.

Crystal Lake: Continues to produce pike for those using tip-ups with minnows. A few perch and rock bass were caught on minnows, wigglers and wax worms. Burbot were caught in deep water off the Yacht Club.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Ice fishing continues. Catch rates were slower but the regulars were still getting some nice panfish along with a few walleye and pike.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is still slow, although a few were taken up near Tippy Dam.

Hamlin Lake: The ice is NOT safe for vehicles. Fishing improved as anglers were getting 10-15 panfish along the east side which included bluegill, crappie, sunfish and the occasional perch. Most of the perch were small. Crappie anglers fishing between Indian Pete’s Bayou and the Narrows were taking five to 10 fish per trip in 30 to 37 feet. A couple decent catches of bluegill and sunfish were taken from the North Bayou. Those fishing the walleye grounds off Duneview Road managed to get a couple legal size fish though many were too small. Pike anglers did well along the upper lake with tip-ups or when spearing though some were too small.

Little Bay De Noc: Heavy snowfall made travel on the ice very difficult. Under the deep snow is a foot or more of slush in the low areas. Those venturing off the trail were getting stuck so be warned if you plan to fish the low traveled areas. Best walleye areas were on the south side of the Escanaba River using tip-ups or jigging rapalas in 28 to 40 feet. This was also a good area for big northern pike. The other walleye area was near Gladstone and pushing toward the east bank using the same in 25 to 35 feet. Perch catches were spotty with most anglers targeting the Butler Island area in five to 10 feet with minnows and wigglers. Many were fishing much shallower than the weeks before mainly because of access. Whitefish anglers reported fair catches off Sand Point with minnows or spawn in 70 to 80 feet.

Munising: Deep snow one to two feet or more in areas has made travel on the ice difficult. Shoreline areas seem to have the most slush. The ice in Trout Bay was very “iffy” and had areas with pack ice. Catch rates were slow with only a couple coho and splake taken. Whitefish were caught near Powell Point, but many were small. Perch anglers had some luck however the fish were small. Lake trout were caught near White Rocks and Wood Island Reef. No reports on smelt but anglers are getting two to three burbot per trip.

Cedarville and Hessel: Had good ice however deep snow and slush have been an issue for ORV’s if you get off the main snowmobile trail. Anglers caught some perch between five to eight inches using perch minnows and wigglers off Cedarville. Pike were spotted moving through the Snows Channel, but no reports of any fish harvested. From Hessel, perch between five to 10 inches were caught when jigging minnows and wigglers. Those targeting splake had no luck.

Higgins Lake: Had a good six to eight inches of snow including some areas that are deeper because of drifting. The smelt action was fair off the North State Park and Big Creek in 40 to 60 feet at dusk. More perch were caught around the islands however be ready to sort through the small ones. Lake trout were taken with blues on tip-ups or when jigging just off the bottom in 80 to 110 feet. More whitefish were caught on wax worms, wigglers or eggs on the bottom in 110 to 120 feet.

Houghton Lake: Anglers are still heading out however use caution and watch for two pressure cracks. There is the large one that runs from the West DNR launch to Johnsons Point and now another that has formed off that and runs north to south northeast of Heights Marina. Also, the ice off Long Point is soft and is not safe. The panfish bite was still soft but anglers are getting some. Hot colors were glow, pearl, orange or green. The fish are not schooled up, so anglers were moving from hole to hole after catching a few. Pike were hitting emerald shiners on the bottom.Overall: The drowned river mouth lakes such as Muskegon, White, Pere Marquette, Pentwater and Portage were giving up good catches of perch. On area rivers, some reaches have ice and were unfishable.

Saginaw Bay: Anglers were fishing all over however caution still needs to be used and watch for the active pressure cracks along the west and south sides of the bay from north of Linwood to Quanicassee and ½ mile out from Finn Road. Those fishing off Coggins Road and up off the Pinconning Bar caught walleye. Limit catches were taken five to 10 miles out from Finn Road in 15 to 25 feet. Perch fishing picked up off Vanderbilt Park in 10 feet. The fish were 12-14 inches and some limit catches were reported. Be sure to watch out for the pressure crack near the Quanicassee River, head northeast toward Hidden Harbor instead. At Thomas Road, parking can be a problem because of too many trucks on the ice. The better fishing was 12 miles out with limit catches of walleye and big perch taken in 28 feet. Fishing pressure was light from Sebewaing to Caseville.
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Traverse City: Bower Harbor they are going way out on the tip of Neahtawanta Point. Saw quite a few guys on east bay off the M-37 access site but have not got a report. Some are saying bigger perch off of Dock road but have not seen any photos.
Anglers on the East Bay caught lake herring however there were still some areas where the ice was questionable. In the West Bay, perch were caught on small jigs tipped with minnows or wax worms in 40 to 60 feet off Clinch Park. Some nice fish were caught however anglers were sorting through a lot of small ones. Lake Trout on west bay off of Crane rd and bingham rd.
Lakes such as Muskegon, White, Pere Marquette, Pentwater and Portage were giving up good catches of perch.
Skegemog: they are catching lots of perch but none are over 9 inches so lots of sorting there also.
White Lake: the perch bite has picked up this week with bigger perch being caught, bluegill and pike have been good also.
Lake Margrethe: has been fair for pike, perch, and walleye.
Fletchers Floodwater has been slow this week.
Pappys at Wellston reports the river fishing has been good for this time of year and they have a tournament this weekend on the river,
Otsego Lake: Has good ice however the snow was too deep for ORV’s. There are some areas where there is six inches of slush, especially on the north end and around the shoreline. Fishing picked up with anglers taking walleye in seven to 15 feet with perch minnows or blues. Most of the fish were 12 inches but there were a few up to 22 inches. Pike were taken when jigging minnows in 8 to 10 feet.
Fife Lake has been slow as most the shanties have been removed.
Crystal Lake: Continues to produce pike for those using tip-ups with minnows. A few perch and rock bass were caught on minnows, wigglers and wax worms. Burbot were caught in deep water off the Yacht Club.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Ice fishing continues. Catch rates were slower but the regulars were still getting some nice panfish along with a few walleye and pike.
Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is still slow, although a few were taken up near Tippy Dam.
Hamlin Lake: The ice is NOT safe for vehicles. Fishing improved as anglers were getting 10-15 panfish along the east side which included bluegill, crappie, sunfish and the occasional perch. Most of the perch were small. Crappie anglers fishing between Indian Pete’s Bayou and the Narrows were taking five to 10 fish per trip in 30 to 37 feet. A couple decent catches of bluegill and sunfish were taken from the North Bayou. Those fishing the walleye grounds off Duneview Road managed to get a couple legal size fish though many were too small. Pike anglers did well along the upper lake with tip-ups or when spearing though some were too small.
Little Bay De Noc: Heavy snowfall made travel on the ice very difficult. Under the deep snow is a foot or more of slush in the low areas. Those venturing off the trail were getting stuck so be warned if you plan to fish the low traveled areas. Best walleye areas were on the south side of the Escanaba River using tip-ups or jigging rapalas in 28 to 40 feet. This was also a good area for big northern pike. The other walleye area was near Gladstone and pushing toward the east bank using the same in 25 to 35 feet. Perch catches were spotty with most anglers targeting the Butler Island area in five to 10 feet with minnows and wigglers. Many were fishing much shallower than the weeks before mainly because of access. Whitefish anglers reported fair catches off Sand Point with minnows or spawn in 70 to 80 feet.
Munising: Deep snow one to two feet or more in areas has made travel on the ice difficult. Shoreline areas seem to have the most slush. The ice in Trout Bay was very “iffy” and had areas with pack ice. Catch rates were slow with only a couple coho and splake taken. Whitefish were caught near Powell Point, but many were small. Perch anglers had some luck however the fish were small. Lake trout were caught near White Rocks and Wood Island Reef. No reports on smelt but anglers are getting two to three burbot per trip.
Cedarville and Hessel: Had good ice however deep snow and slush have been an issue for ORV’s if you get off the main snowmobile trail. Anglers caught some perch between five to eight inches using perch minnows and wigglers off Cedarville. Pike were spotted moving through the Snows Channel, but no reports of any fish harvested. From Hessel, perch between five to 10 inches were caught when jigging minnows and wigglers. Those targeting splake had no luck.
Higgins Lake: Had a good six to eight inches of snow including some areas that are deeper because of drifting. The smelt action was fair off the North State Park and Big Creek in 40 to 60 feet at dusk. More perch were caught around the islands however be ready to sort through the small ones. Lake trout were taken with blues on tip-ups or when jigging just off the bottom in 80 to 110 feet. More whitefish were caught on wax worms, wigglers or eggs on the bottom in 110 to 120 feet.
Houghton Lake: Anglers are still heading out however use caution and watch for two pressure cracks. There is the large one that runs from the West DNR launch to Johnsons Point and now another that has formed off that and runs north to south northeast of Heights Marina. Also, the ice off Long Point is soft and is not safe. The panfish bite was still soft but anglers are getting some. Hot colors were glow, pearl, orange or green. The fish are not schooled up, so anglers were moving from hole to hole after catching a few. Pike were hitting emerald shiners on the bottom.Overall: The drowned river mouth lakes such as Muskegon, White, Pere Marquette, Pentwater and Portage were giving up good catches of perch. On area rivers, some reaches have ice and were unfishable.
Saginaw Bay: Anglers were fishing all over however caution still needs to be used and watch for the active pressure cracks along the west and south sides of the bay from north of Linwood to Quanicassee and ½ mile out from Finn Road. Those fishing off Coggins Road and up off the Pinconning Bar caught walleye. Limit catches were taken five to 10 miles out from Finn Road in 15 to 25 feet. Perch fishing picked up off Vanderbilt Park in 10 feet. The fish were 12-14 inches and some limit catches were reported. Be sure to watch out for the pressure crack near the Quanicassee River, head northeast toward Hidden Harbor instead. At Thomas Road, parking can be a problem because of too many trucks on the ice. The better fishing was 12 miles out with limit catches of walleye and big perch taken in 28 feet. Fishing pressure was light from Sebewaing to Caseville.

 

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Collin Betten

Everybody on foot or is the ice good enough for snowmobile/ATV travel?

Tobe Gauthier

Lymans Reports In

Logan & Jordan from St Clare Shores filled a bucket with HL gills and crappie. They were using tungsten jigs with wax worms in 11 fow. They said they had to go hole-hopping...no more than 4 fish were caught out of a hole.
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Lymans Reports In
Logan & Jordan from St Clare Shores filled a bucket with HL gills and crappie. They were using tungsten jigs with wax worms in 11 fow. They said they had to go hole-hopping...no more than 4 fish were caught out of a hole.

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Buc's Northern Michigan Fishing Report

John and son Nolan Kessler went fishing the other day ,Look at this really big pumpkin seed that Nolan caught.
CONGRATULATIONS NOLAN.
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Nice fish Congrats

Nice one young man

Beautiful fish there kid

That a pretty Sunny, Nolan !! Congrats!!!

Nice catch,and smiles

awesome fish

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Great job!

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