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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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.

These otter are great fisherman but they don’t share well.
The rain and wind the last couple days have made it tough for boat fishing on our awesome inland lakes. But the north wind and rain will make the salmon fisherman happy as this should trigger a huge run up the rivers and this weekend should be great.
Not many people out and about this week as most are on the rivers trying for salmon.
Houghton Lake: Bluegill and crappie were caught in the weed beds. Leeches, wax worms and minnows performed best. Some nice bass also.
HIggins Lake is producing rock bass and a few nice perch.
East Grand Traverse Bay still is good for ciscoes and Smallmouth bass.
West Grand Traverse Bay is waiting for the perch to show up and these winds keep scattering the fish.
Some reports of perch being caught out of portage lake last weekend.
The Big Manistee River was productive for Chinook salmon.
Little Bay de Noc: Perch anglers were having fair to good success. Most were going out of Kipling and getting small-sized bites and the occasional keepers on crawlers. Walleye anglers had low catch rates while trolling crawler harnesses.
Big Bay de Noc: Pike anglers were trolling and casting but reported only limited success. Not many smallmouth anglers were in the area, but those that went out were making contact with fish.
Saginaw Bay: Boat Anglers were catching yellow perch at the Old Shipping Channel, Spoils Island, Spark Plug, Quanicassee, Sebewaing and at the Pinconning Bar. There were a lot of small perch to sort through.
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These otter are great fisherman but they dont share well.
The rain and wind the last couple days have made it tough for boat fishing on our awesome inland lakes. But the north wind and rain will make the salmon fisherman happy as this should trigger a huge run up the rivers and this weekend should be great.
Not many people out and about this week as most are on the rivers trying for salmon.
Houghton Lake: Bluegill and crappie were caught in the weed beds. Leeches, wax worms and minnows performed best. Some nice bass also.
HIggins Lake is producing rock bass and a few nice perch.
East Grand Traverse Bay still is good for ciscoes and Smallmouth bass.
West Grand Traverse Bay is waiting for the perch to show up and these winds keep scattering the fish.
Some reports of perch being caught out of portage lake last weekend.
The Big Manistee River was productive for Chinook salmon.
Little Bay de Noc: Perch anglers were having fair to good success. Most were going out of Kipling and getting small-sized bites and the occasional keepers on crawlers. Walleye anglers had low catch rates while trolling crawler harnesses.
Big Bay de Noc:  Pike anglers were trolling and casting but reported only limited success. Not many smallmouth anglers were in the area, but those that went out were making contact with fish.
Saginaw Bay: Boat Anglers were catching yellow perch at the Old Shipping Channel, Spoils Island, Spark Plug, Quanicassee, Sebewaing and at the Pinconning Bar. There were a lot of small perch to sort through.

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Photos from NWMI Fishing Club’s post See MoreSee Less