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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Ed Martin reports from Lake Leelanau 10/17/2021
This is the granddaughter, she’s been fishing with me since she was four years old..She’s a senior in high school this year.
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Ed Martin reports from Lake Leelanau 10/17/2021
This is the granddaughter, she’s been fishing with me since she was four years old..She’s a senior in high school this year.

Shot this photo of white lake from Armstrongs on the Lake as quite a few fishing for gills with waxworms working best.

THe salmon run is getting close to done as the fish are really get black and ugly looking. Good news as some steelhead are showing up in many of the rivers.

Perch fishing remain good on Lake Leelanau and Glen Lake. Grand Traverse Bay are still been hit and miss for perch.

Long lake, Skegemog, manistee lake, and lake margrethe have reported some perch but very little pressure.

Gills have been fair in Houghton Lake, some perch out of Higgins Lake.

Drummond Island is reporting good catches of perch when they can get out.

Little Bay de Noc: Anglers fishing out of Kipling had some success with perch, although a good deal of sorting for keepers was needed. An assortment of night crawlers and minnows were used in depths of around 14 feet of water. Walleye fishing out of the Ford River and out of Kipling had only limited success. Schools seemed to be relatively widely scattered. Some salmon were spotted in the rivers.

Big Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing out of Nahma with marginal success. Smallmouth anglers were catching fish in deep water. Some anglers were using live bait out of Fayette. Anglers were also catching pike.

Saginaw Bay: Limits of yellow perch were caught at Linwood in 13 feet of water, at the Old Shipping Channel in 14 feet of water and one mile northeast of Spoils Island in 16 feet of water. Perch were also caught at Spoils Island on the east and west of the island.
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Shot this photo of white lake from Armstrongs on the Lake  as quite a few fishing for gills with waxworms working best.
THe salmon run is getting close to done as the fish are really get black and ugly looking. Good news as some steelhead are showing up in many of the rivers.
Perch fishing remain good on Lake Leelanau and Glen Lake. Grand Traverse Bay are still been hit and miss for perch. 
Long lake, Skegemog, manistee lake, and lake margrethe have reported some perch but very little pressure.
Gills have been fair in Houghton Lake, some perch out of Higgins Lake.
Drummond Island is reporting good catches of perch when they can get out.
Little Bay de Noc: Anglers fishing out of Kipling had some success with perch, although a good deal of sorting for keepers was needed. An assortment of night crawlers and minnows were used in depths of around 14 feet of water. Walleye fishing out of the Ford River and out of Kipling had only limited success. Schools seemed to be relatively widely scattered. Some salmon were spotted in the rivers.
Big Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing out of Nahma with marginal success. Smallmouth anglers were catching fish in deep water. Some anglers were using live bait out of Fayette. Anglers were also catching pike.
Saginaw Bay: Limits of yellow perch were caught at Linwood in 13 feet of water, at the Old Shipping Channel in 14 feet of water and one mile northeast of Spoils Island in 16 feet of water. Perch were also caught at Spoils Island on the east and west of the island.