Bait-shops in Otsego and Crawford Counties

5765 M-72 West Grayling, Mi 49738
989 348-7111

Full line of bait and tackle

Grumpy’s Corner Store
4800 West Otsego Drive
Gaylord, Mi
989-732-8664
 

Full line of live bait and tackle

Jay’s Sporting Goods

1151 S Otsego Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735

 

Super Tackle Store, worms and crawlers. No Minnows

Northern Sports
3819 South Old US -27
Gaylord, MI
989-448-2014

Full line of live bait and tackle

DerMiner’s Parkside Market

7131 Old 27 S, Gaylord, MI 49735

(989) 705-7051

full line of bait and tackle

Caids Party Store
6510 Co. Rd. Lovells, MI 49735
989-348-2283

Worms, crawlers and tackle

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Steve Yager reports from Houghton Lake Began the morning casting in North Bay looking for Walleye, only 1 small LMB. Then heading out to the Elbow in the main lake, West side of lake, nothing, stopping at 9 different spots,I have marked. Nothing. Finally at the 9 spot, about 11:30 am, the gill bite started, 5 we’re very quick bites, it was over by 1pm, then small gills moved in, and kept stealing my Leeches, a fish were on Leeches, under a Rocket Bobber. In 9’ of water, about 6’ down. Nice size gills, definitely another Dinner in the Freezer 😁. Water temperature was 69° to 72° west side of main lake. #houghtonlake #panfish #puremichigan #livebait #leechfishing #michiganfish #northernmichigan #fishing See MoreSee Less

Steve  Yager  reports from Houghton Lake Began the morning casting in North Bay looking for Walleye, only 1 small LMB. Then heading out to the Elbow in the main lake, West side of lake, nothing, stopping at 9 different spots,I have marked. Nothing. Finally at the 9 spot, about 11:30 am, the gill bite started, 5 we’re very quick bites, it was over by 1pm, then small gills moved in, and kept stealing my Leeches, a fish were on Leeches, under a Rocket Bobber. In 9’ of water, about 6’ down. Nice size gills, definitely another Dinner in the Freezer 😁. Water temperature was 69° to 72° west side of main lake. #houghtonlake  #panfish  #puremichigan #livebait #leechfishing  #michiganfish #northernmichigan  #fishingImage attachment

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Those are such nice tummy yummies

Ride on!

Nice info. Carry on soldier!

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Soni Aylsworth  from Empire Outdoors with a nice Lake Trout.

If you’re headed out fishing, please do your part to keep yourself and others safe by following COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines. Go fishing only if you’re feeling well. Practice proper social distancing, at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household. Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer.

Photo- Lake Trout fishing has been great off of Leland with Gary, Cole, Jana, Max show off there limit of beautiful lake trout aboard the Whitecap with capt Jack Duffy

Hearing good reports on East Bay for big smallmouths and below Elk Rapids Dam the smallmouth fishing has been really good with leeches. West bay off the Maritime they have been catching nice smallmouth.

Bowers Harbor have guys using taffies and doing great on ciscoes and lake trout during the day in 20 to 25 feet of water.
White Lake has been awesome for gills with waxworks working best.

Lake Margrethe has been good for walleye and gills.

Higgins Lake: Was producing decent catches of lake trout from the bottom in 80 to 130 feet with downriggers and cowbells, spoons and body baits. Brown trout and rainbow trout were caught in about 30 feet near the west side launch with the same. Smallmouth action was good along the breaks.

Houghton Lake: The better walleye fishing has been at night, close to shore with shallow diving crankbaits. During the day anglers are trolling a purple and nickel blue crankbait or using a crawler harness in 8 to 12 feet. The panfish bite was best, especially for those using leeches. Bluegills and crappie were hitting about a foot and a half down. Some bass were caught in the canals with leeches. Pike numbers were few, but a couple nice fish were caught.

Charlevoix: Cisco have started to show up in the channel and some days were producing quite a few. Time of day has not seemed to matter for those using any lure that is flashy. Anglers are reminded that the whitefish daily possession limit has changed for 2020 and is now 10 in any combination on the Great Lakes. The channel in Charlevoix is considered Great Lakes past the shoreline of Lake Michigan. A couple lake trout also have been caught. Lake Charlevoix has been great for walleye with crawlers and leeches working best.

Portage Lake: High water levels have the fish in close to shore. Bluegills, perch and bass have been reported in the shallows as well as 10 to 15 feet.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Had good crappie and bass fishing. Walleye also have been caught, though the bite slowed with the warm weather.

Alpena: Walleye fishing was spotty in Thunder Bay. Lake trout were in 50 to 90 feet.

Fletchers Pond: Was producing bluegills, rock bass, sunfish and a few perch near the state launch.

Little Bay De Noc: Even though walleye season was off to a slow start, the action is picking up, with limit catches reported in several areas by those trolling or drifting a crawler harness or flatfish tipped with a crawler in 18 to 24 feet. Try near the Escanaba River and the Whitefish River. At Kipling, a few perch were caught on crawlers and minnows in 25 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass anglers reported good to excellent catches throughout the northern bay and south by the Ford River when casting plastics in 3 to 10 feet. Most have spawned, but some were still on the beds. Good pike action at Kipling, south of the Days Rivers and the Escanaba Harbor and ship docks.

Escanaba River: Reported fair to good walleye action up to the U.S. 2 bridge when using a crawler harness.

Manistique: A few salmon anglers have been going out, and the early reports are promising, as they are marking good numbers of bait fish. A couple Chinook were caught in and around 90 feet. Most anticipate fewer fish but bigger fish.

Manistique River: Still had some steelhead, but no anglers were seen. Walleye anglers reported a slow start, but a few are being picked up.
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If you’re headed out fishing, please do your part to keep yourself and others safe by following COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines. Go fishing only if youre feeling well. Practice proper social distancing, at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household. Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer.
Photo- Lake Trout fishing has been great off of Leland with Gary, Cole, Jana, Max show off there limit of beautiful lake trout aboard the Whitecap with capt Jack Duffy
Hearing good reports on East Bay for big smallmouths and below Elk Rapids Dam the smallmouth fishing has been really good with leeches. West bay off the Maritime they have been catching nice smallmouth.
Bowers Harbor have guys using taffies and doing great on ciscoes and lake trout during the day in 20 to 25 feet of water.
White Lake has been awesome for gills with waxworks working best.
Lake Margrethe has been good for walleye and gills.
Higgins Lake: Was producing decent catches of lake trout from the bottom in 80 to 130 feet with downriggers and cowbells, spoons and body baits. Brown trout and rainbow trout were caught in about 30 feet near the west side launch with the same. Smallmouth action was good along the breaks.
Houghton Lake: The better walleye fishing has been at night, close to shore with shallow diving crankbaits. During the day anglers are trolling a purple and nickel blue crankbait or using a crawler harness in 8 to 12 feet. The panfish bite was best, especially for those using leeches. Bluegills and crappie were hitting about a foot and a half down. Some bass were caught in the canals with leeches. Pike numbers were few, but a couple nice fish were caught. 
Charlevoix: Cisco have started to show up in the channel and some days were producing quite a few. Time of day has not seemed to matter for those using any lure that is flashy. Anglers are reminded that the whitefish daily possession limit has changed for 2020 and is now 10 in any combination on the Great Lakes. The channel in Charlevoix is considered Great Lakes past the shoreline of Lake Michigan. A couple lake trout also have been caught. Lake Charlevoix has been great for walleye with crawlers and leeches working best.
Portage Lake: High water levels have the fish in close to shore. Bluegills, perch and bass have been reported in the shallows as well as 10 to 15 feet.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Had good crappie and bass fishing. Walleye also have been caught, though the bite slowed with the warm weather. 
Alpena: Walleye fishing was spotty in Thunder Bay. Lake trout were in 50 to 90 feet.
Fletchers Pond: Was producing bluegills, rock bass, sunfish and a few perch near the state launch. 
Little Bay De Noc: Even though walleye season was off to a slow start, the action is picking up, with limit catches reported in several areas by those trolling or drifting a crawler harness or flatfish tipped with a crawler in 18 to 24 feet. Try near the Escanaba River and the Whitefish River. At Kipling, a few perch were caught on crawlers and minnows in 25 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass anglers reported good to excellent catches throughout the northern bay and south by the Ford River when casting plastics in 3 to 10 feet. Most have spawned, but some were still on the beds. Good pike action at Kipling, south of the Days Rivers and the Escanaba Harbor and ship docks. 
Escanaba River: Reported fair to good walleye action up to the U.S. 2 bridge when using a crawler harness. 
Manistique: A few salmon anglers have been going out, and the early reports are promising, as they are marking good numbers of bait fish. A couple Chinook were caught in and around 90 feet. Most anticipate fewer fish but bigger fish. 
Manistique River: Still had some steelhead, but no anglers were seen. Walleye anglers reported a slow start, but a few are being picked up.

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Covid is a scam. A tool of fear from the NWO.

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I’ve seen that before but it never gets old.

Lots of similarities here!

Brady Dodick

😂 that trolling motor 😂😂

Shannon Lynch

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Hustle up some deductible money i hope. Geographically undesirable location. Located on west side of state. Would attend otherwise. Prayers to all involved. Come on 2021!!

Justin Bickel

Paul Adler

Chris

There are some big fish out there. The bigger fish 42″ 15.27lbs See MoreSee Less

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Bet those put up a fight . Very cool!

Bear lake?

Wow!

Nice catch

Nice!

Congratulations that’s awesome.

Monsters

Nice fish.

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Charter and private boats have been catching some King salmon out of Leland!! Do you know that Carlson’s can clean and custom smoke your fresh catch? #salmonarehere #aretheygoingtostay #kings #smokedfisheveryday #launchyourownboat or #bookacharter See MoreSee Less

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Keep the mask, sister. The plague rats don’t understand that it is to protect them, not you. Thank you for caring. It’s a shame they do not.

What's the mask for?

Shut the hell up about the mask. Congratulate her and move on.

Nice fish sister!