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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No new fish weighed in this morning. It is so much warmer than yesterday I hope the contestants are out there hitting it hard. Hopefully the kids are able to get out today. See MoreSee Less

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Is this at long lake Alpena

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Get better brother. keep up the great work.

open water on the west end down by the camp

Any info on lake Missaukee by chance? Was hoping to squeeze one last trip to the cabin tomorrow.

Anyone been on cadillac or Mitchell today with an ice report

Anyone have any updates on houghton lake or do I have a death wish if I go out tomorrow

I Think we Both have this Dang Crap . Hopefully You Get Better.

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If you have your sled or shack stored here this would be a good weekend to pick them up if you are done fishing. Warm weather next week will make it very, very muddy here.As far as the ice and fishing goes—it’s been slow for walleye and good for perch. There is 1-8 inches of ice. Move cautiously and drill your way out there. Thickness is very inconsistent and changes over very short distances.Stay away from structures, islands, and points! See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful sun rise

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Excellent shot at one of my favorite lakes I think!

Magnificent shot

Love this pic, may I paint it?

Great pic thank u for your efforts…

Sweet! #amazingview

Duck lake?

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Chandler Webster reports from Houghton Lake East Bay Sunday ‘’Houghton lake east bay Sunday…6” be safe’’ See MoreSee Less

Chandler Webster reports from Houghton Lake East Bay Sunday ‘’Houghton lake east bay Sunday…6” be safe’’

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Nice catch

Nice catch 🪝

Got my first of the day here on lake Mitchell

C'mon man

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No wonder a guy can't catch anything out that lake, keeping 4" perch is really dumb

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