Bait-shops in Benzie and Manistee County

Benzie County is famous for the Platte River Hatchery birth place of the coho salmon in the great lakes.With the Platte and Bestie river this county rocks with Salmon in the fall and Steelhead in the spring. With Lake Michigan suppling the action May though September. Crystal Lake is the mecca for ice fisherman in the winter if the lake freezes (late Jan). It is full of perch, smelt, and lake trout and they catch lots! Manistee County has a great salmon and trout fishery also. Portage Lake is the favorite place for the locals to fish in the winter it is a great place to get walleye, northen pike, and perch. The Big Manistee and Little Manistee rivers are one of the worlds fishing “hotspots” for trout and salmon.

Pappy ‘s Bait & Tackle
17092 Caberfae Hwy Wellston,Mi 49689
231-848-4142

Has a full line of bait and tackle

OSBORN’S SPORT SHOP
8929 CHIPPEWA HWY. BEAR LAKE, MI 49614
231-889-3775

Has a full line of bait and tackle

Don’s Sporting Goods
535 Cypress St. Manistee, Mi 49660
231-723-5028.

Has a full line of bait and tackle

Franfort Tackle Box
903 Main Street Franfort, Mi 49628
231-352-7673

Has a full line of bait and tackle, but is not open in the winter

Lake Ann Grocery
19619 Maple St, Lake Ann, MI 49650

Has worms and crawlers but no minnows

 Tag Limit Outdoors, Inc.  

9899 Honor Hwy  Honor, MI

  (231) 225-0278

Backcast Fly Shop

1675 Benzie Hwy, Benzonia, MI 49616

(231) 882-5222

Stapleton’s Corner Store

790 Michigan Ave, Benzonia, MI 49616

(231) 882-4342

Has minnows

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By looking at the background that looks like the boardmen river in traverse city..

Why does tragic city need a plant?

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Curious…Why not wait a day or two? Current meteorological forecasts make the wind very predictable. Seems better than wasting a precious amount of time and money.

Could have picked a better day

Why not dump after dark?

Seems like if that's the case maybe plant them after dark!

Why they do it like this I’ll never understand just light lighting money on fire with a match

Why night stocking isn't done…

What's wrong with the night time fish planting?

Bummer! I know "you guys" have been doing a great job. Sometimes mother nature throws you a curve ball. Keep up your great work!

They need to be held in a floating pen for awhile in the river they are wanting them to return to then transport the pen out past the mouth of the rivers at night and realease them to give them a better return

Then people wonder where they went. Hmmmmm

Do they have to pump them into the shallows for a certain reason? If not take em a mile or so off shore where they at least have some deeper water to dive it.

I’m sure I’ve seen them planted with airplanes. That would spread them out. Do they have to be concentrated in rivers so they have a “home” to spawn too?

"Hey Fred, looks like the weather is pushing the fish into that swarm of seagulls, maybe we should wait until another day?" Fred with his hand on the nozzle: "not my problem".

How outdated and undependable are the tankers used to stock fish? It sounds like they need to be followed by a tow truck, repair truck, and an ambulance! Why is it so much more dangerous to stock fish at night. Do the trucks not have working lights? And why is overtime such a big concern. Don’t work all day then work all night as well. Take daylight hours off and start in the evening. And why can’t you spread the process out by using boats or even planes. Do you have to put out a fish “buffet” by only planting at boat launches in shallow water? In all the years that planting has taken place has nothing been learned? I’ve seen historical displays showing fish being transported by train cars in milk cans. I’m assuming methods have improved!

I'm sure the dnr is doing best with what they have. But some pretty solid suggestions here. Just saying for friend,

Waste of our money typical

Do it at night…… DUH !!!!

What a waste lol why didn’t you wait 🤦‍♂️ F for effort

Good try tho 🤷🏼‍♂️………..

Seagull season

We have been dealing with these issues for many years. We put the browns in under the old Ferry boat in deep water. It takes a day or 2 for the gulls and worse the cormorants to find them. When they do its a massacre. We need to be able to shoot these birds, or at the very least shoot blanks or something to scare them off. Its true we have major predation from other fish but we cant do anything about that, we can do something about the birds. We need to bug our senators and congress to get funds alotted to take care of this. Squeaky wheel gets the grease. Make some phone calls.

Mother Nature.

Wow what a bunch of clueless insults in here. It’s obvious none of you have loaded, hauled, or stocked fish before. Once things are in motion, you can’t just park the truck and say oh well, let’s go tomorrow.

The further upstream they plant them, the more that make it. There is zero doubt to this.

you guys are missing the key issue of the problem.the city and the trout bums dont want the fish in the upper river where they would flourish and be better protected so they dump them right at the launch 100ft from the bay where the birds are a waitin.There is a reason salmon and steelhead travel 100s of miles to spawn,it offers better chance for the survival of their offspring but no lets just stock it like we would a farm pond.Genius!

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lake trout and duck lake?

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Great job guys

THANKS FOR KEEPING THE SPORT GOING.

Dan Minzey Jr.