Kalkaska County and Antrim County

Kalkaska County with miles of forest, broken by 86 lakes and 275 miles of trout streams is a sportmans paradise. With lots of state land and swamps the hunting is very good. Log, Bear, Twin, and Big Guernsey are great rainbow & brown trout lakes. While Elk and Torch offer great lake trout and huge smallmouth bass in the summer. Lake Skegemog offers great perch,bass, pike, muskie, large and smallmouth bass. Antrim County have a great lake system called the chain of lakes. This system offers a wide range of fishing. You can catch every fish in Northern Michigan in these lakes each lake has a different species of fish that is unique to the lake. Elk, Skegemog, Torch, Clam, Bellaire, and Intermediate Lakes form the chain that has some of the best water in the world.

212 Cedar Street Kalkaska, MI 49646
231-258-8892

Has a large selection of tackle and all the live bait

Mancelona Sports
311 N. Williams Mancelona, Mi 49656
231-587-9421

Has a full line of tackl;e and live bait

115 W. Caynga Bellaire, Mi 49615
231-533-8559

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

Butch’s Tackle & Marina
6235 Cystal Spring Rd. Bellaire, MI 49615
231-377-6787

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

Bellaire Bait and Tackle

204 N Bridge St, Bellaire, MI 49615

(231) 350-7126

Full line of bait and tackle

Eastport Market

5431 US-31, Eastport, MI 49627

(231) 599-2507

Full Line of bait and tackle

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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.