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

Northern Michigan ice fishing report December 14 See MoreSee Less

 

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Great ice report as always. Your reports are always up-to-date and give just the right amount of relevant safety information any fisherman needs to know for what to expect.

Thank you for your reports 🎣❄

I saw a huge sturgeon on the camera at Otsego Lake today. Fishing was slow though.

Thanks

As I am down in the southwest corner I greatly appreciate your updates. Thank you.

Michael Frost

Mitch Gaska Listen careful. Maybe good for Xmas break

Thanks for the great report Dennis !

Chris Perkins

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Lyman’s on the Lake in Houghton Lake Reports
Houghton Lake Ice Report 12.13.18. Ice thickness is being reported from 2" to 8" with a couple of spots of open water. We measured about 4 1/2" about 500 yards out from Lyman’s. Guys are getting out on 5" to 8" near Harvey’s in east bay, the northeast DNR launch and the south shore weed bed from the south DNR launch up to Lyman’s. We haven’t seen anyone out on the west side or the north shore.
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Lyman’s on the Lake in Houghton Lake Reports 
Houghton Lake Ice Report 12.13.18.  Ice thickness is being reported from 2 to 8 with a couple of spots of open water.  We measured about 4 1/2 about 500 yards out from Lymans.   Guys are getting out on 5 to 8 near Harveys in east bay, the northeast DNR launch and the south shore weed bed from the south DNR launch up to Lymans.  We havent seen anyone out on the west side or the north shore.Image attachment

Pilgrims Village Reports
Ice Report: Tuesday 12/11/18
Lake Mitchell
Big and Small cove areas: 2 1/2-4". Still inconsistent.
Thirsty’s off M-55: 2 1/2"
Mitchell State Park: 6"
Lake Cadillac
Causeway along M-115: 4-6"
Kenwood Park: 4"
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Pilgrims Village Reports
Ice Report:  Tuesday 12/11/18
Lake Mitchell
Big and Small cove areas:  2 1/2-4.  Still inconsistent.
Thirstys off M-55: 2 1/2
Mitchell State Park: 6
Lake Cadillac
Causeway along M-115: 4-6
Kenwood Park: 4

 

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But are the fish biting?

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Ian Dexter heres the ice report you were looking for

Andy Gibbie

Josh quain where do you want to go fishing

Vicente Hyden

Hey Marc Goodrich

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