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

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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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There was 1 fisherman down at the mouth of the Platte today surf fishing, many were trying there luck on long lake by traverse city for walleye. A few were out to northport and spots on West Grand Traverse Bay trying for perch. No ice fishing yet😢 #icefishing #icefishinglife #icefishingnation #puremichiganfishing #livebait #livebaitfishing #bucsbait #bucsfishingreport #puremichigan #fishingreports #michiganfishing #icefishingmichigan #northernmichiganfishing #fishing See MoreSee Less

There was 1 fisherman down at the mouth of the Platte today surf fishing, many were trying there luck on long lake by traverse city for walleye. A few were out to northport and  spots on West Grand Traverse Bay trying for perch. No ice fishing yet😢 #Icefishing #icefishinglife #icefishingnation  #puremichiganfishing #livebait #livebaitfishing #bucsbait #bucsfishingreport #puremichigan #fishingreports #michiganfishing  #icefishingmichigan  #northernmichiganfishing #fishing

They are catching perch below Reedsburg Dam by Houghton Lake with perch minnow and a bobber.

The DNR planted some brooder Browns in Higgins Lake and they have been catching those with a few rainbows on big blues and a bobber.

Perch are being caught in Kalkaska County out of Skegemog and Manistee Lake on Minnows.

They are still catching some perch on Saginaw Bay and walleye also.

Steelhead fishing has picked up in the rivers with waxworms working best.
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They are catching perch below Reedsburg Dam by Houghton Lake with perch minnow and a bobber. 
The DNR planted some brooder Browns in Higgins Lake and they have been catching those with a few rainbows on big blues and a bobber.
Perch are being caught in Kalkaska County out of Skegemog and Manistee Lake on Minnows.
They are still catching some perch on Saginaw  Bay and walleye also.
Steelhead fishing has picked up in the rivers with waxworms working best.

The only ice fishing is in Northern Minnesota and North Dakota.

Winds have finally subsided and hopefully this will get the perch to school up again.

Northport, Suttons Bay and Boers Harbor have been hit and miss with all the wind.

Portage Lake there has been a few out but it has been slow.

PM Lake and Pentwater Lake report that perch have been moving back in the last couple days with minnows working best.

White Lake, Muskegon Lake and Grand Haven report lots of perch but small. Muskegon Pier Those jigging for whitefish found the action to be hit or miss. Small jigging spoons have worked the best. Pier anglers have caught a couple steelhead using spawn.

Green Lake by Interlochen, Big Glenn and South Lake Leelanau have been fair when they can get out.

Steelhead have been fair in the white River by Hesperia and Tippy Dam with waxworms working best.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers were having some late-season success for walleye.

Lake Missaukee: Was also producing a few late-season walleyes.

Manistee River: Had pretty good steelhead fishing; however, water levels were dropping and clearing up, which makes fishing more difficult. Rain in the forecast should help.

Saginaw Bay: Surface water temperatures were in the upper 30s. A few perch anglers were still heading out.

Saginaw River: Catch rates for walleye were slow, but boat and shore anglers are getting a few.

Tittabawassee River: Anglers have caught the occasional walleye.
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The only ice fishing is in Northern Minnesota and North Dakota.
Winds have finally subsided and hopefully this will get the perch to school up again.
Northport, Suttons Bay and Boers Harbor have been hit and miss with all the wind.
Portage Lake there has been a few out but it has been slow.
PM Lake and Pentwater Lake report that perch have been moving back in the last couple days with minnows working best.
White Lake, Muskegon Lake and Grand Haven report lots of perch but small. Muskegon Pier Those jigging for whitefish found the action to be hit or miss. Small jigging spoons have worked the best. Pier anglers have caught a couple steelhead using spawn.
Green Lake by Interlochen, Big Glenn and South Lake Leelanau have been fair when they can get out.
Steelhead have been fair in the white River by Hesperia and Tippy Dam with waxworms working best.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers were having some late-season success for walleye. 
Lake Missaukee: Was also producing a few late-season walleyes.    
Manistee River: Had pretty good steelhead fishing; however, water levels were dropping and clearing up, which makes fishing more difficult. Rain in the forecast should help. 
Saginaw Bay: Surface water temperatures were in the upper 30s. A few perch anglers were still heading out.    
Saginaw River: Catch rates for walleye were slow, but boat and shore anglers are getting a few. 
Tittabawassee River: Anglers have caught the occasional walleye.

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Next week is starting to look promising for dropping surface temps.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Patiently waiting!!!

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Remember last year 🥺

Soon. Very soon .

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The pig is not off the hook, I eat ham for all holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Your not suckers or losers

“If da rod’s not bendin, you’re just pretendin” – Grandpa StClair

Holy wah, hooked a dinosaur last night! 68” and 90lbs. Took 30 minutes ta get him up to da boat and another 10 ta figure out how ta get him in da net 😅. Was hoping ta break 70”/100lbs dis season but I guess I’ll settle. 😄
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He got 2? Far from getting it done

Nice perch!!

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What body of water

Doug VanderWater aka Mr Perchpounder and Mark Gleason were trying to fish West Grand Traverse Bay off of Bowers Harbor and Suttons Bay over the weekend and got blown off so they went to Big Glen and caught a nice mess of perch on of course Perchpounders and wigglers. They caught a lot of fish as lots of sorting but good to see 5 year classes of fish on the lake showing a healthy perch population.

White Lake has a good bluegill and perch bite this week

Burt and Mullett Lakes: Walleye and perch anglers had mixed results.

Higgins Lake: Is still producing some nice rock bass along the drop-offs. Some are still getting the occasional nice yellow perch as well. Trout were found in shallow water. Try near the conference center.

Houghton Lake: Fishing has been slow. Walleye continue to move into the canals and were hitting onblue minnows. Bluegills were deeper and hitting on waxworks. A few crappie have moved into the canals hitting minnows

Traverse City: In the West Bay, limits of perch were caught near Suttons Bay.

Boardman River: The weir has been officially pulled for the season. There were reports of a few salmon still in the river.

Portage Lake: A few anglers were out trying for perch this week when using worms and wigglers. No big ones to report, but lots of small ones. Bluegills and rock bass were also caught.
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Doug VanderWater aka Mr Perchpounder and Mark Gleason were trying to fish West Grand Traverse Bay off of Bowers Harbor and Suttons Bay over the weekend  and got blown off so they went to Big Glen and caught a nice mess of perch on of course Perchpounders and wigglers. They caught a lot of fish as lots of sorting but good to see 5 year classes of fish on the lake showing a healthy perch population.
White Lake has a good bluegill and perch bite this week
Burt and Mullett Lakes: Walleye and perch anglers had mixed results.
Higgins Lake: Is still producing some nice rock bass along the drop-offs. Some are still getting the occasional nice yellow perch as well. Trout were found in shallow water. Try near the conference center. 
Houghton Lake: Fishing has been slow. Walleye continue to move into the canals and were hitting onblue minnows. Bluegills were deeper and hitting on waxworks. A few crappie have moved into the canals hitting minnows
Traverse City: In the West Bay, limits of perch were caught near Suttons Bay.
Boardman River: The weir has been officially pulled for the season. There were reports of a few salmon still in the river. 
Portage Lake: A few anglers were out trying for perch this week when using worms and wigglers. No big ones to report, but lots of small ones. Bluegills and rock bass were also caught.

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Muskegon lake 4 – 5 fow, anything with a little flash tipped with piece of night crawler.😉

William Zehel not too big but a nice mess

Paul Adler go fish!!!! Look at these hogs!!!

Mike Johnston