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

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

Full line of bait and tackle

Angelo’s Party Store
2506 N. Old 27 N. Houghton Lake Mi 48629

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

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


Full line of bait and tackle

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

Full line of bait and tackle

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By looking at the background that looks like the boardmen river in traverse city..

Why does tragic city need a plant?

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Curious…Why not wait a day or two? Current meteorological forecasts make the wind very predictable. Seems better than wasting a precious amount of time and money.

Could have picked a better day

Why not dump after dark?

Seems like if that's the case maybe plant them after dark!

Why they do it like this I’ll never understand just light lighting money on fire with a match

Why night stocking isn't done…

What's wrong with the night time fish planting?

Bummer! I know "you guys" have been doing a great job. Sometimes mother nature throws you a curve ball. Keep up your great work!

They need to be held in a floating pen for awhile in the river they are wanting them to return to then transport the pen out past the mouth of the rivers at night and realease them to give them a better return

Then people wonder where they went. Hmmmmm

Do they have to pump them into the shallows for a certain reason? If not take em a mile or so off shore where they at least have some deeper water to dive it.

I’m sure I’ve seen them planted with airplanes. That would spread them out. Do they have to be concentrated in rivers so they have a “home” to spawn too?

"Hey Fred, looks like the weather is pushing the fish into that swarm of seagulls, maybe we should wait until another day?" Fred with his hand on the nozzle: "not my problem".

How outdated and undependable are the tankers used to stock fish? It sounds like they need to be followed by a tow truck, repair truck, and an ambulance! Why is it so much more dangerous to stock fish at night. Do the trucks not have working lights? And why is overtime such a big concern. Don’t work all day then work all night as well. Take daylight hours off and start in the evening. And why can’t you spread the process out by using boats or even planes. Do you have to put out a fish “buffet” by only planting at boat launches in shallow water? In all the years that planting has taken place has nothing been learned? I’ve seen historical displays showing fish being transported by train cars in milk cans. I’m assuming methods have improved!

I'm sure the dnr is doing best with what they have. But some pretty solid suggestions here. Just saying for friend,

Waste of our money typical

Do it at night…… DUH !!!!

What a waste lol why didn’t you wait 🤦‍♂️ F for effort

Good try tho 🤷🏼‍♂️………..

Seagull season

We have been dealing with these issues for many years. We put the browns in under the old Ferry boat in deep water. It takes a day or 2 for the gulls and worse the cormorants to find them. When they do its a massacre. We need to be able to shoot these birds, or at the very least shoot blanks or something to scare them off. Its true we have major predation from other fish but we cant do anything about that, we can do something about the birds. We need to bug our senators and congress to get funds alotted to take care of this. Squeaky wheel gets the grease. Make some phone calls.

Mother Nature.

Wow what a bunch of clueless insults in here. It’s obvious none of you have loaded, hauled, or stocked fish before. Once things are in motion, you can’t just park the truck and say oh well, let’s go tomorrow.

The further upstream they plant them, the more that make it. There is zero doubt to this.

you guys are missing the key issue of the problem.the city and the trout bums dont want the fish in the upper river where they would flourish and be better protected so they dump them right at the launch 100ft from the bay where the birds are a waitin.There is a reason salmon and steelhead travel 100s of miles to spawn,it offers better chance for the survival of their offspring but no lets just stock it like we would a farm pond.Genius!

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lake trout and duck lake?

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Great job guys


Dan Minzey Jr.