Bait-shops in Roscommon, Alger, and Ogemaw County

Roscommon County has the Largest inland lake in Michigan Houghton Lake. This lake is one of the best producers of panfish in the state of Michigan. It also has a good population of walleye and pike. Higgins Lake is the King for ice fishing when it freezes in the middle of January. The target fish are perch and smelt which they catch by the bucket on Hali’s. This lake has a huge population of lake, brown, and rainbow trout, it is the place to be in the late winter when the shallow lakes are not producing. Ogemaw County Main lakes are Peach, Sage, Clear, Lake George, Rifle, and Hardwood lake. Lots of fisherman head to Lake St. Helen which is just across the line in Roscommon as it produces lots of fish in the winter.

6560 W Houghton Lake Dr. Houghton Lake Mi 48629
989-422-3231

Full line of live bait and tackle

H&H Fireworks 

  7511 West Houghton Lake Drive, Houghton Lake, MI 48629 

(989) 366-0126

Full line of live bait and tackle

Sports Barn
East Higgins Lake Dr. Roscommon, Mi 48653
989-821-9511

Full line of bait and tackle

Angelo’s Party Store
2506 N. Old 27 N. Houghton Lake Mi 48629
989-202-4422

Full line of bait and tackle

PaPa’s Bait

127 Windemere, Houghton Lake, MI

(989) 429-5780 

full line of bait some tackle

Higgins Lake Hardware
 
 4521 West Higgins Lake
Dr.Roscommon, MI 48653
989-821-6677

Full line of bait and tackle

Evergreen Party Store

9961 N Higgins Lake Dr, Roscommon, MI 48653

(989) 821-5425

 

Full line of bait and tackle

Saint Helen Bait and Tackle

1727 North St. Helen Road

989-808-1814

Full line of bait and tackle

Dean’s Bait & Tackle
2260 M-33 Alger, Mi 48610
989-836-2460

Full line of bait and tackle

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Jay Stephan reports I have fished Musky for 20 year and this one tops them all! It was a dramatic and very eventful fish! Thanks Steve Ryan for sharing the experience! 54.5 beast ! I have fished Musky for 20 year and this one tops them all! It was a dramatic and very eventful fish! Thanks Steve Ryan for sharing the experience! 54.5 beast ! #muskyfishing #puremichigan #fishing #michiganfishing See MoreSee Less

Jay Stephan reports I have fished Musky for 20 year and this one tops them all! It was a dramatic and very eventful fish! Thanks Steve Ryan for sharing the experience! 54.5 beast ! I have fished Musky for 20 year and this one tops them all! It was a dramatic and very eventful fish! Thanks Steve Ryan for sharing the experience! 54.5 beast ! #muskyfishing  #puremichigan #fishing #michiganfishing

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That's a monster freshwater barracuda!! Nice Fish!

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Just got some from a place outside Mesick. Holy cow they were small!!

Shiners or fatheads

Now all we need is perch!

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They are catching perch in Big Glen, Both north and south Lake Leelanau, Sutton’s Bay, Crystal Lake and Long Lake have been slow. Wigglers , minnows and perch pounders have been working best. #livebait #perchfishing #fishingnorthernmichigan #purefishing #puremichigan #bucsbait #bucsfishingreport #minnows #wigglers #leelanaucounty #empireoutdoors #roysgeneralstore #takeakidfishing #fishinglife See MoreSee Less

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Who is selling shiners and wigglers?

So are they catching perch or is it slow? Read your first sentence.

Fair reports of perch at Sutton’s Bay on wigglers and minnows #live bait #perch pounders #perch #Bucs fishing reports. #bucsbait #puremichigan #puremichiganfishing #perchfishing #liveminnows #suttonbay See MoreSee Less

Fair reports of perch at Sutton’s Bay on wigglers and minnows #live bait #perch pounders #perch #Bucs fishing reports. #bucsbait  #puremichigan #puremichiganfishing #perchfishing #liveminnows #suttonbay

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no word on Northport yet?

Photos was at Armstrongs on White Lake wednesday as they were catching perch off the dock, also two fisherman had a limit of huge gills they caught off the yacht club on waxworms.

Was at Pappys at Welston and lots of fisherman at Tippy Dam.

Perch fishing is starting to improve but gale winds this week really stirred up West Grand Traverse Bay so have not got any reports the few days.

Some nice perch are being caught on South Lake Leelanau on the south-end with minnows and wigglers working best.

Portage Lake a few guys are trying for perch but been slow.

Perch fishing has been slow at Ludington and Pentwater but things should get better with north winds.

Higgins Lake: Was producing decent catches of lake trout from the bottom in 80 to 130 feet with downriggers and cowbells, spoons and body baits. Brown trout and rainbow trout were caught in about 30 feet near the west side launch with the same. Smallmouth action was good along the breaks.

Traverse City: Salmon action slowed in the East Bay, but anglers did manage to get the occasional Chinook or coho. Cisco fishing was on fire at Yuba and Deepwater Point for those trolling or jigging in 100 to 140 feet. No word on perch. In the West Bay, a few salmon were caught in the hole near the river. A few perch were caught in 25 to 40 feet near the Hilltop Road launch. No word on perch in Bowers Harbor yet.

Boardman River: Anglers are catching coho at Union Street Dam. A few Chinook have been caught, but there are not many in the river yet.

Betsie River: Chinook salmon are being caught on spawn and flies.

Drummond Island: When they could get out, anglers caught yellow perch throughout Maxton Bay and Scott Bay. Try still fishing with worms and shiners at the south end of James Island in 8 to 10 feet. Fish were caught at Ashman Island in 8 feet and just off the weed beds at Harbor Island. Try a jig with a white twister tail. Smallmouth bass fishing was good on the north side of Burnt Island near the red buoy with a dark orange or green speckled tube jig.

Cedarville and Hessel: Good pike action continues at the Middle Entrance to the Les Cheneaux Islands when using chubs in 18 to 20 feet. Fish were also caught when trolling between Little La Salle Island and Peck Bay in 8 feet. Yellow perch were found in Musky Bay when drifting worms and shiners in 8 to 10 feet and when jigging a small white or chartreuse twister tail off the weed beds in 4 to 6 feet near Connors Point. For Hessel, a good number of splake were caught off the finger docks in the marina when jigging both natural and artificial spawn bags. Good catches of rock bass and sunfish were taken between Hessel Point and Highway M-134.
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Photos was at Armstrongs on White Lake wednesday as they were catching perch off the dock, also two fisherman had a limit of huge gills they caught off the yacht club on waxworms.
Was at Pappys at Welston and lots of fisherman at Tippy Dam.
Perch fishing is starting to improve but gale winds this week really stirred up West Grand Traverse Bay so have not got any reports the few days.
Some nice perch are being caught on South Lake Leelanau on the south-end with minnows and wigglers working best.
Portage Lake a few guys are trying for perch but been slow.
Perch fishing has been slow at Ludington and Pentwater but things should get better with north winds.
Higgins Lake: Was producing decent catches of lake trout from the bottom in 80 to 130 feet with downriggers and cowbells, spoons and body baits. Brown trout and rainbow trout were caught in about 30 feet near the west side launch with the same. Smallmouth action was good along the breaks.
Traverse City: Salmon action slowed in the East Bay, but anglers did manage to get the occasional Chinook or coho. Cisco fishing was on fire at Yuba and Deepwater Point for those trolling or jigging in 100 to 140 feet. No word on perch. In the West Bay, a few salmon were caught in the hole near the river. A few perch were caught in 25 to 40 feet near the Hilltop Road launch. No word on perch in Bowers Harbor yet.
Boardman River: Anglers are catching coho at Union Street Dam. A few Chinook have been caught, but there are not many in the river yet. 
Betsie River: Chinook salmon are being caught on spawn and flies.
Drummond Island: When they could get out, anglers caught yellow perch throughout Maxton Bay and Scott Bay. Try still fishing with worms and shiners at the south end of James Island in 8 to 10 feet. Fish were caught at Ashman Island in 8 feet and just off the weed beds at Harbor Island. Try a jig with a white twister tail. Smallmouth bass fishing was good on the north side of Burnt Island near the red buoy with a dark orange or green speckled tube jig.   
Cedarville and Hessel: Good pike action continues at the Middle Entrance to the Les Cheneaux Islands when using chubs in 18 to 20 feet. Fish were also caught when trolling between Little La Salle Island and Peck Bay in 8 feet. Yellow perch were found in Musky Bay when drifting worms and shiners in 8 to 10 feet and when jigging a small white or chartreuse twister tail off the weed beds in 4 to 6 feet near Connors Point. For Hessel, a good number of splake were caught off the finger docks in the marina when jigging both natural and artificial spawn bags. Good catches of rock bass and sunfish were taken between Hessel Point and Highway M-134.Image attachment

I nice limit of 8-10” eaters from the dock this morning. See MoreSee Less

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Is this a public fishing dock?

Hope you don’t give up your spot, it will be fished out by end of day tomorrow!

Tony Vork

Getting reports of perch on West Grand Traverse Bay at the usual places minnows, wigglers and perch pounders See MoreSee Less

Getting reports of perch on West Grand Traverse Bay at the usual places minnows, wigglers and perch pounders

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Is that the lure you are stocked up on?

Them are the best. Slammed them on the bay with them bad boys.