Osborns Sport Shop




Perch minnows             1/doz.  $2.50

Blues                             1/doz.   $5.00

Golden Shiners             1/doz.  $10.00

Suckers                          1/doz.  $10.00


Wax Worms  3 /doz. $2.49

Bulk Wax Worms 250/11.00

White spikes  3 /doz. $1.89

Red spikes   3/doz.  $1.99

Rainbow  spikes  3/doz. 1.89

Variety Pack 1 doz white & red spikes  1 doz wax worms $2.10 3/doz

              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. Need some smarter people, do less get paid more.  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, Northern 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. 

     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. They eat to many of them.? HOW let stop putting lampricide TFM into our water. It an estrogen agonist, magnitude od its effect is required. This is just for stream with 3-5 year cycles,  the one's here are Bi yearly.!!  Thanks MI.  New job , I don't know if it Doc. or fish. 

   I hope they are not sending my queen lamprey out of lampricide waters.

                                                                                                                                                        CWD, oh yes let test water for (glyphosate) roundup.  Our deer are drinking it.    They have been known  to use dirty tools to test!!!!  What about the fish?  There is to be, a lot of hungry wild things this year!!!                                                                                                                               

              Fishing Reports                                                           

Portage Lake Pier: 12 MAR. . 2019-  Getting better everday!

                                                                                                                                      Portage Lake:  12 MAR. 2019-  15" PLUS of ice. Lots of vehicles out there last weekend! The area by the channel  is not safe.    Perch fishing is good 10 - 15 maybe or more.  Cisco bite is good 1-2 plus. Pike is good also. Ice is great! A 12 and 13  Plus walleye came out of that lake last week.  Don't drive on lake, nothing but bad  happens! A pocket of people out by the channel today.


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, crappies (excellent for Perch All year round), Northern Pike, Walleye, Small mouth and Large mouth Bass, fall run of Salmon, late summer coho, Brown Trout and Steelhead in fall and spring into the  doz.'s small  streams or brooks around it, some can be fished.

Bear Lake :12 MAR. 2019- 10" PLUS Ice covering the whole lake.  Good numbers of walleyes have been caught off Bear Lake, couple days left.  Good pike fishing too!      And a couple of perch, there is some in there, lots of little ones.

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). SUWK

Bear Creek:  12 MAR. 2019- Couple trout here or there.  Browns, 600 down stream is open all year. It colded! Spring is in the air!


Manistee Lake:  12 MAR. 2019- Good ice, big pike and walleye being caught. It was once the best in the state. Only 2 pike, ( IT WAS 5) now only 25 perch, 1 April.  dnr  lets them put Lamprircide,  Herbicides in our waterways killing habitat for base minnows. Next is walleye 2 limit.  Ice is going fast!!

MANISTEE RIVER:   12 MAR. 2019-  The old guy at the dam said it good fishing. 45 year, going almost every day knows.  He is having lot of fun.  He is my Russian contact, well he talk like one.


TIPPY DAM BACK WATERS: 12 MAR. 2019-  You never know what you might catch. Rivers are warming up!


Crystal Lake: 12 MAR 2019- It Iced over. Lots of ice  on the whole lake. Going for everything. I have the Lake Trout spoon. Smelt are biting. Going out at 1 AM is best.

boathouse is the best spot.

BETSIE RIVER:  12 MAR. 2019-  Couple trout, look for fish cover. It getting better by the day.

Google Map

12 MAR. 2019 -Arcadia Lake, Glovers Lake, Lemon, Healy Lake, Chief Lake. 

Arcadia Lake:        

Lemon Lake and Glovers lake: Great fishing of you know were to go.

Chief Lake:  Great pan fish, small pike lake.

Healy Lake:

Long Lake: Walleye and Perch!

Duck Lake: 

Platte lake:  There is some perch on the south middle 15 ' fishing.   Browns east end.

Little PLatte Lake: Big Pike!

Green Lake: South side  SMELT! The right night. 

Platte River: What a great river!!!!   What was that virus that kill off the fish in the 60's

Wellston- Lake: Bluegill'ss


   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.  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. Cane Poles, Bobber, Hooks, the main stuff.

  Come see my custom fishing pole rack.  Trout, perch rods 6' to 14'.  Trout fly display case, it has 1152 compartments. Getting more all the time.  Lots of nice  flies coming in, hoppers, streamers, egg sucking leeches, and drys flies.

       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