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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The cold weather has slowed the bite and fishing pressure so hoping for warm weather to start turning on the fish.

Charlevoix: The docks are in at the public launch near Ferry Beach however there were no docks at the Township launch by the salmon weir. The fish cleaning station at the Ferry Beach launch is open. Strong winds have kept boat anglers off the big lake. Water temperature in the channel was 39 degrees. Some are starting to head out for walleye after dark when the wind dies down. Pier anglers reported slow catch rates. One lake trout weas caught off the end of the pier in the early morning.

Lake Charlevoix: Anglers were getting some Cisco.

Houghton Lake: It has been too windy to get out on the lake. Those fishing the canals caught a few small crappie and those over at the Reedsburg Dam have caught bass and pike. A few crappie showing up in the canals again.

Grand Traverse County: The trout and walleye opener were off to a slow start. Only a few trout were observed being caught on some small streams.

Lake Leelanau: Walleye were caught on the north end of the North Lake before sunrise and after sunset.

Missaukee County: Brook trout were caught on the Clam River and a couple brown trout were caught on Hopkins Creek.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers reported the yellow perch action as hit-or-miss. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple freshwater drum caught in the channel when using minnows and worms.

White Lake: Was producing some bass, pike, bluegills and a few perch along the south shore. A few walleye and brown trout were caught in the channel.

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers were getting some perch near the First Reef off Kipling and to the north. A few smallmouth bass were caught near the mouth of the Ford River.

Manistique River: Was producing a fair number of steelhead.
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The cold weather has slowed the bite and fishing pressure so hoping for warm weather to start turning on the fish.
Charlevoix: The docks are in at the public launch near Ferry Beach however there were no docks at the Township launch by the salmon weir. The fish cleaning station at the Ferry Beach launch is open. Strong winds have kept boat anglers off the big lake.  Water temperature in the channel was 39 degrees. Some are starting to head out for walleye after dark when the wind dies down. Pier anglers reported slow catch rates. One lake trout weas caught off the end of the pier in the early morning. 
Lake Charlevoix: Anglers were getting some Cisco.
Houghton Lake: It has been too windy to get out on the lake. Those fishing the canals caught a few small crappie and those over at the Reedsburg Dam have caught bass and pike. A few crappie showing up in the canals again. 
Grand Traverse County: The trout and walleye opener were off to a slow start. Only a few trout were observed being caught on some small streams. 
Lake Leelanau: Walleye were caught on the north end of the North Lake before sunrise and after sunset.   
Missaukee County: Brook trout were caught on the Clam River and a couple brown trout were caught on Hopkins Creek. 
Grand Haven: Boat anglers reported the yellow perch action as hit-or-miss. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple freshwater drum caught in the channel when using minnows and worms. 
White Lake: Was producing some bass, pike, bluegills and a few perch along the south shore. A few walleye and brown trout were caught in the channel.
Little Bay De Noc: Anglers were getting some perch near the First Reef off Kipling and to the north. A few smallmouth bass were caught near the mouth of the Ford River. 
Manistique River: Was producing a fair number of steelhead.

MONSTER ALERT!
Just weighed in at Bass Tackle Master the new pending world record Redear sunfish 6.30lbs 17" Long, 20" Girth.
Caught by Thomas Farchione of Waterford, Wisconsin.
Dropshotted Nightcrawer was the bait of choice. #livebait #fishing #bucsbait #bucsfishingreport #worldrecord #nightcrawler
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MONSTER ALERT!
Just weighed in at Bass Tackle Master the new pending world record Redear sunfish 6.30lbs 17 Long, 20 Girth.
Caught by Thomas Farchione of Waterford, Wisconsin.
Dropshotted Nightcrawer was the bait of choice. #livebait #fishing #bucsbait #bucsfishingreport #worldrecord #nightcrawlerImage attachment

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so where was this caught? the guy is from some place in Wis. but I looked up the bait shop and the only one that came up was in AZ.

That's insane! Lotta tacos too, lol

Hopefully our local red ears keep attacking zebra mussels in Michigan

Congrats, nice catch!

Awesome fish I bet that was fun catching

Greg Wright 😳

There is one to mount

Holy smokes

Awesome Congratulations on that bull

Nick Morse Nick Tavis 😳😳😳😳

Zack Raska holy shit!

Holy Crap!

Zach Aley

Imagine that battle wooo

Ethan Binkowski

Holy cow

Holy shit thats a big gill

Paul Adler !!!!!!

Larry Warren

Srormm Crawford Alex Fortier

Tim Buck

Ron Perkins

Mary Ransom slobasaurus rex!!!

Benjamin Iliff

Dave Anderson

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Todd Bosley with a nice rainbow out of the little betsie released back in the river #rainbowtrout #bucsbait #puremichigan #fishing #northernmichigan #bucsfishingreport #troutfishing #riverfishing See MoreSee Less

Todd Bosley with a nice rainbow out of the little betsie released back in the river #rainbowtrout #bucsbait #puremichigan #fishing #northernmichigan #bucsfishingreport #troutfishing #riverfishing

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Nice steelhead

Awesome. Great job 👏

Nice bow 🎣

Beautiful. Let go to grow

TEAM REEL WOMEN!!

Check out the great browns caught by Meagan and Paige Lavin of Team Reel Women! Awesome work ladies! Also, congrats to Paige on her PB Brown Trout! They caught fish also! #hesperiasportshop #livebait #puremichigan #bucsbait #bucsfishingreport
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TEAM REEL WOMEN!!
Check out the great browns caught by Meagan and Paige Lavin of Team Reel Women! Awesome work ladies! Also, congrats to Paige on her PB Brown Trout! They caught fish also! #hesperiasportshop #livebait #puremichigan #bucsbait #bucsfishingreportImage attachment

Paige Lavin and Meagan Lavin entered a fishing tournament and ended up catching a buzz @paige_lavin #livebait #hesperiasportshop #bucsbait #bucfishingreport See MoreSee Less

Paige Lavin and Meagan Lavin entered a fishing tournament and ended up catching a buzz @paige_lavin #livebait #hesperiasportshop #bucsbait #bucfishingreport

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It's all good just don't leave your cans behind ☺️

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Didn’t the Dow chemical plant just overflow again into that river…. weren’t there signs that said you aren’t even allowed to touch the plants on shore?

👍 Nice fish but to me not a wall hanger. Lol But to each there own.

Eater

Fishing has been slow as have not heard of any glowing reports. Cooler weather coupled with rain and even snow in some areas of the state continue to slow catch rates. The walleye, pike and trout openers last weekend got off to a slow start as well. Catch rates will improve once the weather stabilizes.

Some reports of walleye on many lakes but warmer weather will help.

Trout opener was ok as rivers were not high as they are on most openers.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Both lakes produced some walleye on opening weekend.

Perch bite has ended at Manistee with some crappie being caught.

Houghton Lake: Catch rates were still on the slow side as water temperatures remain on the cool side. No big crappie to report yet. A few walleye were caught late at night.

Traverse City: Surface water temperature was around 38 degrees on both bays. In the East Bay, the trout and whitefish action were slow with only a couple whitefish taken. Bass are in the shallows but not ready to bite. A couple steelhead were caught in the Elk River when drifting spawn. On the West Bay, perch were still being caught out of Northport. A few trout were caught near Power Island. Bass are in the shallows, but the bite was very slow. Steelhead action on the Boardman River was slow.

Tittabawassee River: Catch rates for walleye were down. Anglers reported water levels that were down at least 2 feet from years past. Those fishing from the Caldwell launch downstream struggled with the low water, logs and other obstructions. Some smaller males were caught from the south end of Freeland to M-46 when using a jig and twister tail tipped with live minnows or crawlers. Purple and white were good colors. A few fish were also taken by those trolling green and white flicker shads.
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Fishing has been slow as have not heard of any glowing reports. Cooler weather coupled with rain and even snow in some areas of the state continue to slow catch rates. The walleye, pike and trout openers last weekend got off to a slow start as well. Catch rates will improve once the weather stabilizes. 
Some reports of walleye on many lakes but warmer weather will help.
Trout opener was ok as rivers were not high as they are on most openers.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Both lakes produced some walleye on opening weekend. 
Perch bite has ended at Manistee with some crappie being caught.
Houghton Lake: Catch rates were still on the slow side as water temperatures remain on the cool side. No big crappie to report yet. A few walleye were caught late at night.    
Traverse City: Surface water temperature was around 38 degrees on both bays. In the East Bay, the trout and whitefish action were slow with only a couple whitefish taken. Bass are in the shallows but not ready to bite. A couple steelhead were caught in the Elk River when drifting spawn. On the West Bay, perch were still being caught out of Northport. A few trout were caught near Power Island. Bass are in the shallows, but the bite was very slow. Steelhead action on the Boardman River was slow.    
Tittabawassee River: Catch rates for walleye were down. Anglers reported water levels that were down at least 2 feet from years past. Those fishing from the Caldwell launch downstream struggled with the low water, logs and other obstructions.  Some smaller males were caught from the south end of Freeland to M-46 when using a jig and twister tail tipped with live minnows or crawlers. Purple and white were good colors. A few fish were also taken by those trolling green and white flicker shads.