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 statewide trout opener on all Type 1 and Type 2 streams as well as all Type A and Type D trout lakes is also this Saturday, April 24. Also the walleye and pike opener for the Lower Peninsula inland waters.

Cold and windy conditions have slowed fishing.

All anglers 17 years of age and older are required to have a fishing license.

Manistee Lake by Manistee has slowed down for perch with most getting ready for the walleye opener.

Saginaw Bay: Anglers were starting to catch walleye with a crawler harness in 20 feet off Linwood and three miles northeast of Spoils Island when trolling a husky jerk. Yellow perch were also found northeast of Spoils Island in 20 feet. A couple boats fishing from Sebewaing to Wildfowl Bay caught walleye in shallow water when trolling crawlers and artificial baits. At Sebewaing, crappie were caught in the river with minnows and artificial baits. At Bay Port, large and smallmouth bass were caught and released when casting artificial baits in 2 to 10 feet around North Island and Heisterman Island. Crappie were caught in the canals around Sand Point.

Detroit River: Walleye fishing picked up on the lower river.
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The statewide trout opener on all Type 1 and Type 2 streams as well as all Type A and Type D trout lakes is also this Saturday, April 24. Also the walleye and pike opener for the Lower Peninsula inland waters. 
Cold and windy conditions have slowed fishing.
All anglers 17 years of age and older are required to have a fishing license.
Manistee Lake by Manistee has slowed down for perch with most getting ready for the walleye opener.
Saginaw Bay: Anglers were starting to catch walleye with a crawler harness in 20 feet off Linwood and three miles northeast of Spoils Island when trolling a husky jerk.  Yellow perch were also found northeast of Spoils Island in 20 feet. A couple boats fishing from Sebewaing to Wildfowl Bay caught walleye in shallow water when trolling crawlers and artificial baits. At Sebewaing, crappie were caught in the river with minnows and artificial baits. At Bay Port, large and smallmouth bass were caught and released when casting artificial baits in 2 to 10 feet around North Island and Heisterman Island. Crappie were caught in the canals around Sand Point.
Detroit River: Walleye fishing picked up on the lower river.

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1/10th of what they used to stock annually💯

The weather sucks but a few got out fishing this week trying your luck. Manistee Lake at Manistee still has been ok for perch. Pentwater has been fair for perch with minnows working best.

West Grand Traverse has had a lot of wind but a few good reports from Northport and Suttons Bay.

Higgins Lake: The docks are in at the launch sites. Those trolling near the west launch caught a few rainbow trout.

Houghton Lake: Bluegill and crappie are being caught in the canals. Most are using wax worms and red worms. Some nice perch were caught at the Reedsburg Dam when using perch minnows.

Traverse City: Those fishing in the West Bay, including Suttons Bay, have caught Cisco. A couple limits of perch were caught at Northport. A fair number of steelhead are in the Boardman River.

White Lake: Bluegill and crappie were found along the south shoreline.

Grand Marais: Pier anglers have caught whitefish and a few coho. The whitefish bite is somewhat slow with most fish 10 to 13 inches. The best action came on noodle rods with a single egg. Boat anglers are trolling mainly within the harbor or to the east between Lonesome Point and the Blind Sucker River. Those targeting lake trout near the shipping channels reported good catches. Water temps are still extremely cold at 34 degrees plus or minus.

Detroit River: High angling pressure and the cold front has made for tough fishing. Michigan waters on the upper river have become extremely clear and anglers have struggled to consistently catch walleye. Mid-river fishing has been better. First light and just after dusk have produced the best results.

Saginaw Bay: Yellow perch were caught on perch rigs off the mouth of the river near Buoys 17-18. Fish were also caught off Finn Road, but most were throwbacks. Some perch were caught in shallow water off the mouth of the Quanicassee River in the early morning. Walleye fishing was slow in the bay. Fishing in the Quanicassee River was slow.
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The weather sucks but a few got out fishing this week trying your luck. Manistee Lake at Manistee still has been ok for perch. Pentwater has been fair for perch with minnows working best.
West Grand Traverse has had a lot of wind but a few good reports from Northport and Suttons Bay.
Higgins Lake: The docks are in at the launch sites. Those trolling near the west launch caught a few rainbow trout. 
Houghton Lake: Bluegill and crappie are being caught in the canals. Most are using wax worms and red worms. Some nice perch were caught at the Reedsburg Dam when using perch minnows. 
Traverse City: Those fishing in the West Bay, including Suttons Bay, have caught Cisco.  A couple limits of perch were caught at Northport. A fair number of steelhead are in the Boardman River. 
White Lake: Bluegill and crappie were found along the south shoreline.
Grand Marais: Pier anglers have caught whitefish and a few coho. The whitefish bite is somewhat slow with most fish 10 to 13 inches. The best action came on noodle rods with a single egg. Boat anglers are trolling mainly within the harbor or to the east between Lonesome Point and the Blind Sucker River. Those targeting lake trout near the shipping channels reported good catches. Water temps are still extremely cold at 34 degrees plus or minus.
Detroit River: High angling pressure and the cold front has made for tough fishing.  Michigan waters on the upper river have become extremely clear and anglers have struggled to consistently catch walleye. Mid-river fishing has been better. First light and just after dusk have produced the best results.      
Saginaw Bay: Yellow perch were caught on perch rigs off the mouth of the river near Buoys 17-18.  Fish were also caught off Finn Road, but most were throwbacks.  Some perch were caught in shallow water off the mouth of the Quanicassee River in the early morning.  Walleye fishing was slow in the bay.  Fishing in the Quanicassee River was slow.

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Todd Bosley with a nice pike that was released out of West Grand traverse bay this week #pike #bucsbait #bucsfishingreport #livebait #puremichiganfishing #puremichigan #fishingmichigan #fishing #traversecity See MoreSee Less

Todd Bosley with a nice pike that was released out of West Grand traverse bay this week #pike  #bucsbait #bucsfishingreport #livebait #puremichiganfishing  #puremichigan  #fishingmichigan  #fishing #traversecity

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David Cholger

there's no closed season on the great lake's??have to check beautiful fish great colors

Great job on the C&R

Way to go Tommy!!

Nice Lake Wolf!! 😎👍

Thank you for letting him go

Nice fish Tod

Nice release

nice snake

Nice

Thank you for letting him go. Beautiful catch

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DNR is getting docks in at many access site. Photo is of the dock at Lake Ann just put in. Crappie fishing is good at Houghton Lake in the canals, also good gill fishing.

Remember that pike, walleye, bass season are closed as summer like weather has many out fishing and keeping fish. Also the trout streams are also closed so please read the regs.

Perch fishing is good at Manistee and PM lake.

Saginaw Bay: In the lower Saginaw Bay, anglers fishing for walleye are jigging at the mouth of the Saginaw River in 16 feet around the range light and also trolling around Spoils Island with flicker shads. Some walleye are being caught. Yellow perch are being caught on perch rigs, with average size 8-10 inches. Some yellow perch are also being caught upriver at the mouth of the Bay Agg cut.

Very slow fishing in the Sebewaing River and Marina. Most anglers are looking for perch and not finding any. Bayport had very little fishing activity. In Mud Creek, a few perch were caught, but anglers are catching lots of small perch to keep one or two. At Port Sanilac, an occasional coho was caught trolling, but the water is dirty from the winds and fishing has been slow. The pier in Port Sanilac has been slow as well.

A few perch have been caught in the Caseville area, with many of those being small. An occasional keeper-sized perch can be caught. Perch fishing has been getting slower over the last week for keeper-sized fish.

Fishing Tip: Let’s catch some crappie!
Crappie are among the most difficult pan fish to pattern because of their tendency to suspend in the water column, except in the spring. During this time, crappie move to shallow water – sometimes in water only a couple feet deep – to spawn, so there isn’t a lot of water column to suspend in.

Crappies like both minnows and jigs. The easiest way to fish for them is to suspend the bait under a bobber, halfway between the surface and the bottom, around any sort of cover – weeds, brush, dock pilings … whatever.

Anglers who prefer a more active approach can cast with jigs and swim them back or fly fish with minnow-imitating streamers. Just think shallow in spring.
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DNR is getting docks in at many access site. Photo is of the dock at Lake Ann just put in.   Crappie fishing is good at Houghton Lake in the canals, also good gill fishing. 
Remember that pike, walleye, bass season are closed as summer like weather has many out fishing and keeping fish. Also the trout streams are also closed so please read the regs.
Perch fishing is good at Manistee and PM lake.
Saginaw Bay: In the lower Saginaw Bay, anglers fishing for walleye are jigging at the mouth of the Saginaw River in 16 feet around the range light and also trolling around Spoils Island with flicker shads. Some walleye are being caught. Yellow perch are being caught on perch rigs, with average size 8-10 inches. Some yellow perch are also being caught upriver at the mouth of the Bay Agg cut.
Very slow fishing in the Sebewaing River and Marina. Most anglers are looking for perch and not finding any. Bayport had very little fishing activity. In Mud Creek, a few perch were caught, but anglers are catching lots of small perch to keep one or two. At Port Sanilac, an occasional coho was caught trolling, but the water is dirty from the winds and fishing has been slow. The pier in Port Sanilac has been slow as well.
A few perch have been caught in the Caseville area, with many of those being small. An occasional keeper-sized perch can be caught. Perch fishing has been getting slower over the last week for keeper-sized fish. 
Fishing Tip: Lets catch some crappie!
Crappie are among the most difficult pan fish to pattern because of their tendency to suspend in the water column, except in the spring. During this time, crappie move to shallow water – sometimes in water only a couple feet deep – to spawn, so there isn’t a lot of water column to suspend in.
Crappies like both minnows and jigs. The easiest way to fish for them is to suspend the bait under a bobber, halfway between the surface and the bottom, around any sort of cover – weeds, brush, dock pilings … whatever.
Anglers who prefer a more active approach can cast with jigs and swim them back or fly fish with minnow-imitating streamers. Just think shallow in spring.
Jeff Walley reports from Houghton Lake A few slabs from yesterday afternoon. #crappiefishing  #houghtonlake #puremichigan  #bucsbait #bucsfishingreport #livebait #fishing #lymansonthelake

Some perch being caught in Manistee, PM Lake. Pentwater Lake, and White Lake. It seems the best reports are out of Manistee Lake. Also Suttons Bay and Northport have been hit and miss on Perch.

Crappie and bluegills are showing up in the canals in Houghton Lake.

Detroit River: Limit catches of walleye are becoming more the norm this week throughout the river as temperatures reach into the low 40’s. Anglers are vertical jigging plastics with or without minnows.

Petoskey: The docks are not in yet at the public launch in Petoskey. Water levels are noticeably lower near shore in Petoskey this year. The bobberhole water looks 2 feet down. Anglers are targeting Steelhead on the break wall and in the bobberhole (mouth of Bear River) mainly. Success has varied, with the weekend being a bit slower. But there have been steelhead caught in both locations over the last week, mainly on spawn bags and beads. There are still a lot of planter brown trout hanging around at the bobberhole.
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Some  perch being caught in Manistee, PM Lake. Pentwater Lake, and White Lake. It seems the best reports are out of Manistee Lake. Also Suttons Bay and Northport have been hit and miss on Perch.
Crappie and bluegills are showing up in the canals in Houghton Lake.
Detroit River: Limit catches of walleye are becoming more the norm this week throughout the river as temperatures reach into the low 40’s. Anglers are vertical jigging plastics with or without minnows.    
Petoskey: The docks are not in yet at the public launch in Petoskey. Water levels are noticeably lower near shore in Petoskey this year. The bobberhole water looks 2 feet down. Anglers are targeting Steelhead on the break wall and in the bobberhole (mouth of Bear River) mainly. Success has varied, with the weekend being a bit slower. But there have been steelhead caught in both locations over the last week, mainly on spawn bags and beads. There are still a lot of planter brown trout hanging around at the bobberhole.

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