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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Steve Yager reports from Houghton Lake Began the morning casting in North Bay looking for Walleye, only 1 small LMB. Then heading out to the Elbow in the main lake, West side of lake, nothing, stopping at 9 different spots,I have marked. Nothing. Finally at the 9 spot, about 11:30 am, the gill bite started, 5 we’re very quick bites, it was over by 1pm, then small gills moved in, and kept stealing my Leeches, a fish were on Leeches, under a Rocket Bobber. In 9’ of water, about 6’ down. Nice size gills, definitely another Dinner in the Freezer 😁. Water temperature was 69° to 72° west side of main lake. #houghtonlake #panfish #puremichigan #livebait #leechfishing #michiganfish #northernmichigan #fishing See MoreSee Less

Steve  Yager  reports from Houghton Lake Began the morning casting in North Bay looking for Walleye, only 1 small LMB. Then heading out to the Elbow in the main lake, West side of lake, nothing, stopping at 9 different spots,I have marked. Nothing. Finally at the 9 spot, about 11:30 am, the gill bite started, 5 we’re very quick bites, it was over by 1pm, then small gills moved in, and kept stealing my Leeches, a fish were on Leeches, under a Rocket Bobber. In 9’ of water, about 6’ down. Nice size gills, definitely another Dinner in the Freezer 😁. Water temperature was 69° to 72° west side of main lake. #houghtonlake  #panfish  #puremichigan #livebait #leechfishing  #michiganfish #northernmichigan  #fishingImage attachment

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Nice info. Carry on soldier!

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Soni Aylsworth  from Empire Outdoors with a nice Lake Trout.

If you’re headed out fishing, please do your part to keep yourself and others safe by following COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines. Go fishing only if you’re feeling well. Practice proper social distancing, at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household. Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer.

Photo- Lake Trout fishing has been great off of Leland with Gary, Cole, Jana, Max show off there limit of beautiful lake trout aboard the Whitecap with capt Jack Duffy

Hearing good reports on East Bay for big smallmouths and below Elk Rapids Dam the smallmouth fishing has been really good with leeches. West bay off the Maritime they have been catching nice smallmouth.

Bowers Harbor have guys using taffies and doing great on ciscoes and lake trout during the day in 20 to 25 feet of water.
White Lake has been awesome for gills with waxworks working best.

Lake Margrethe has been good for walleye and gills.

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.

Houghton Lake: The better walleye fishing has been at night, close to shore with shallow diving crankbaits. During the day anglers are trolling a purple and nickel blue crankbait or using a crawler harness in 8 to 12 feet. The panfish bite was best, especially for those using leeches. Bluegills and crappie were hitting about a foot and a half down. Some bass were caught in the canals with leeches. Pike numbers were few, but a couple nice fish were caught.

Charlevoix: Cisco have started to show up in the channel and some days were producing quite a few. Time of day has not seemed to matter for those using any lure that is flashy. Anglers are reminded that the whitefish daily possession limit has changed for 2020 and is now 10 in any combination on the Great Lakes. The channel in Charlevoix is considered Great Lakes past the shoreline of Lake Michigan. A couple lake trout also have been caught. Lake Charlevoix has been great for walleye with crawlers and leeches working best.

Portage Lake: High water levels have the fish in close to shore. Bluegills, perch and bass have been reported in the shallows as well as 10 to 15 feet.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Had good crappie and bass fishing. Walleye also have been caught, though the bite slowed with the warm weather.

Alpena: Walleye fishing was spotty in Thunder Bay. Lake trout were in 50 to 90 feet.

Fletchers Pond: Was producing bluegills, rock bass, sunfish and a few perch near the state launch.

Little Bay De Noc: Even though walleye season was off to a slow start, the action is picking up, with limit catches reported in several areas by those trolling or drifting a crawler harness or flatfish tipped with a crawler in 18 to 24 feet. Try near the Escanaba River and the Whitefish River. At Kipling, a few perch were caught on crawlers and minnows in 25 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass anglers reported good to excellent catches throughout the northern bay and south by the Ford River when casting plastics in 3 to 10 feet. Most have spawned, but some were still on the beds. Good pike action at Kipling, south of the Days Rivers and the Escanaba Harbor and ship docks.

Escanaba River: Reported fair to good walleye action up to the U.S. 2 bridge when using a crawler harness.

Manistique: A few salmon anglers have been going out, and the early reports are promising, as they are marking good numbers of bait fish. A couple Chinook were caught in and around 90 feet. Most anticipate fewer fish but bigger fish.

Manistique River: Still had some steelhead, but no anglers were seen. Walleye anglers reported a slow start, but a few are being picked up.
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If you’re headed out fishing, please do your part to keep yourself and others safe by following COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines. Go fishing only if youre feeling well. Practice proper social distancing, at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household. Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer.
Photo- Lake Trout fishing has been great off of Leland with Gary, Cole, Jana, Max show off there limit of beautiful lake trout aboard the Whitecap with capt Jack Duffy
Hearing good reports on East Bay for big smallmouths and below Elk Rapids Dam the smallmouth fishing has been really good with leeches. West bay off the Maritime they have been catching nice smallmouth.
Bowers Harbor have guys using taffies and doing great on ciscoes and lake trout during the day in 20 to 25 feet of water.
White Lake has been awesome for gills with waxworks working best.
Lake Margrethe has been good for walleye and gills.
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.
Houghton Lake: The better walleye fishing has been at night, close to shore with shallow diving crankbaits. During the day anglers are trolling a purple and nickel blue crankbait or using a crawler harness in 8 to 12 feet. The panfish bite was best, especially for those using leeches. Bluegills and crappie were hitting about a foot and a half down. Some bass were caught in the canals with leeches. Pike numbers were few, but a couple nice fish were caught. 
Charlevoix: Cisco have started to show up in the channel and some days were producing quite a few. Time of day has not seemed to matter for those using any lure that is flashy. Anglers are reminded that the whitefish daily possession limit has changed for 2020 and is now 10 in any combination on the Great Lakes. The channel in Charlevoix is considered Great Lakes past the shoreline of Lake Michigan. A couple lake trout also have been caught. Lake Charlevoix has been great for walleye with crawlers and leeches working best.
Portage Lake: High water levels have the fish in close to shore. Bluegills, perch and bass have been reported in the shallows as well as 10 to 15 feet.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Had good crappie and bass fishing. Walleye also have been caught, though the bite slowed with the warm weather. 
Alpena: Walleye fishing was spotty in Thunder Bay. Lake trout were in 50 to 90 feet.
Fletchers Pond: Was producing bluegills, rock bass, sunfish and a few perch near the state launch. 
Little Bay De Noc: Even though walleye season was off to a slow start, the action is picking up, with limit catches reported in several areas by those trolling or drifting a crawler harness or flatfish tipped with a crawler in 18 to 24 feet. Try near the Escanaba River and the Whitefish River. At Kipling, a few perch were caught on crawlers and minnows in 25 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass anglers reported good to excellent catches throughout the northern bay and south by the Ford River when casting plastics in 3 to 10 feet. Most have spawned, but some were still on the beds. Good pike action at Kipling, south of the Days Rivers and the Escanaba Harbor and ship docks. 
Escanaba River: Reported fair to good walleye action up to the U.S. 2 bridge when using a crawler harness. 
Manistique: A few salmon anglers have been going out, and the early reports are promising, as they are marking good numbers of bait fish. A couple Chinook were caught in and around 90 feet. Most anticipate fewer fish but bigger fish. 
Manistique River: Still had some steelhead, but no anglers were seen. Walleye anglers reported a slow start, but a few are being picked up.

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Covid is a scam. A tool of fear from the NWO.

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I’ve seen that before but it never gets old.

Lots of similarities here!

Brady Dodick

😂 that trolling motor 😂😂

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Hustle up some deductible money i hope. Geographically undesirable location. Located on west side of state. Would attend otherwise. Prayers to all involved. Come on 2021!!

Justin Bickel

Paul Adler

Chris

There are some big fish out there. The bigger fish 42″ 15.27lbs See MoreSee Less

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Bet those put up a fight . Very cool!

Bear lake?

Wow!

Nice catch

Nice!

Congratulations that’s awesome.

Monsters

Nice fish.

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Charter and private boats have been catching some King salmon out of Leland!! Do you know that Carlson’s can clean and custom smoke your fresh catch? #salmonarehere #aretheygoingtostay #kings #smokedfisheveryday #launchyourownboat or #bookacharter See MoreSee Less

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Keep the mask, sister. The plague rats don’t understand that it is to protect them, not you. Thank you for caring. It’s a shame they do not.

What's the mask for?

Shut the hell up about the mask. Congratulate her and move on.

Nice fish sister!