Osborns Sport Shop




Shiners           1/doz.  $2.00

Blues              1/doz.  $4.00


Wax Worms  3 /doz. $2.49

Bulk Wax Worms 250/11.00

Wax Worms  3 /doz. $2.49

Wigglers $1.00 per doz. or $7.00 per 100

Spawn Bags 1/doz. $3.29 with floaters

Spawn Bags 1/doz. $2.89 without floaters

                                Call Dan for a fishing report at 231-889-3775                                                   

Dan's studies our minnows and fishes in our great state of Michigan.

 In natural waters, the Brook Trout ( State Fish) is probably the only species of game fish which feeds to a large extent on the Dace,s Minnows. Dace is almost exclusively a PLANT EATER. It is extremely hardy and lives well under crowded conditions. Experimental propagation of this minnow in a small pond at the rate of 128,000 fish per acre is feasible to rear. It would be desirable to propagate this species and many others for stocking in our trout waters. Where it has trout. Which is in my opinion is all streams. Streams 30' to 2' feet wide had hundred's - 20 thousand's plus per mile of minnows. Studies have shown. Lets stop literally pouring Hebrides, Pesticides in our streams and our lakes. One Dace Minnow fish can have several hundred eggs. One female has no fewer than 2 distinct spawning periods during one season.

   Some other Michigan minnows are Horn-headed Chub, Creek Chub, Steel-colored shiner, Common Shiner, Golden Shiner, Northern Red-bellied Dace, Blunt-nosed minnow, Fat-headed minnow, Stone-roller minnow. 

This is of great Economic Importance! Maybe the greatest one for the big lake is the smelt. 

    Let the river planting begin!!!                                                                                                                                           NO NETS NO SPEARS.                                                                          The traditioal lamprey pie for the Queen has to come from Canada for first time in centuries. The once plentiful lamprey in the UK is how protected by law. HOW let stop putting lampricide TFM into our water. It an estrogen agonist, magnitude of its effect is required. This just for stream with 3-5 year cycles, I think the one here are Bi yearly.!!                                                                                                                                         New jobs for MI. 

              Fishing Reports                                                           

Portage Lake Pier: 20 April 18-  Steelhead, Brown Trout, Coho and Cisco. Using Spawn bags fresh Steelhead spawn is the best. But Salmon will work. Kastmaster 3/4 oz. works great!

                                                                                                                                      Portage Lake:  20 April 18 -All the ice is gone. The dock is in at one boat launch. Need some warm rains or sunshine to get those fisherman or women out there! The fish have tail and they swim, just have to find them.


Portage Lake 2,100 acres, has deep water access to Lake Michigan 10'-15' and has excellent sailing. It is located off M-22 in Onekama. Two miles off U.S. 31. There is fishing for Pan Fish (excellent for Perch winter and spring), Northern Pike, Walleye, Small mouth and Large mouth Bass, fall run of Salmon, Brown Trout and Steelhead in fall and spring into the  doz.'s streams or brooks around it.

Bear Lake : 20 April 18- There is some panfish in there.   

Bear Lake is about 1,744 acres, sailing and boating, fishing and swimming. Located on U.S. 31 in Bear Lake. Fish for Pan Fish, Walleye, Northern Pike, Small mouth and Large mouth Bass. With one small steam running out of it on the east side.(The Little Bear Creek)

Bear Creek:  20 April 18- 13 mile road down open all year. All fish have to be 15" even brook trout.  Just need to stand in the right spot to hook up with them Steelhead that are in.  Those pay spot are a good place to go. 

Manistee Lake:  20 April 18- Fishing  for  steelhead  off the west side, boat dock and shore line. With the perch in lake there, fishing great. Look for the pack of boats.

MANISTEE RIVER: 20 April 18- Steelhead fishing is great  this time of year. Warm weather should turn the fishing on even more.  They like troutbeads Egg Yolk 8mm. A fresh run Daily now, heading up to spawn. They can't hold them eggs back any longer. There lots of places to fish. 


TIPPY DAM BACK WATERS: 20 April 18- Shore line Bluegill and rock bass.


Crystal Lake:   20 April 18- 

BETSIE RIVER: 20 April 18- Some great fishing now. By the old Dam. This time of year  parking lots is  full and 2-3 fisherman pure hole. Using yarn egg work well and less weight.

Google Map

20 April 18-Arcadia Lake, Glovers Lake, Lemon, Healy Lake, Chief Lake. 

Arcadia Lake: Crappie  

Lemon Lake and Glovers lake: Crappie

Chief Lake: Crappie   

Healy Lake:   

Long Lake: There perch some good ones.

Duck Lake: 

Platte lake: Perch 

Green Lake:  Perch  

Platte River: 

       In our Fishing Department, we have a good selection of seasonal fishing supplies. With new stuff coming in every week. I have some new smelt rigs! Five colors in size 10 with three hooks on each and 90- 180 LED lights. We have new custom glow getter perch jigs which are the hot new items (The Perch love them). Including six minnow tanks/ along with a bait cooler that houses minnow and other live bait selections; seasonally all year around.

Come see my custom fishing pole rack and trout fly display case, it has 1152 compartments. 

       Two Dams, Dozens of Lakes and Dozens of Streams that's within 25 miles of here. Lake Michigan is less then five miles as the crow flies. Nine pier heads into Lake Michigan to fish off of, all less then a 35 minute drive from here