Osborns Sport Shop




Shiners           1/doz.  $2.00


Wax Worms  3 /doz. $2.49

Bulk Wax Worms 250/11.00

Meal Worms  3 /doz. $1.29

Leaf Worms $2.89 #30

Night Crawlers $2.29

              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, 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. HOW let stop putting lampricide TFM into our water. It an estrogen agonist, magnitude of 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.  They have been known  to use dirty tools to test!!!!                                                                                                                                    

              Fishing Reports                                                           

Portage Lake Pier: 12 Oct. 2018-  Salmon are closing in. Loaded up on Rapala Shadow Rap Jerkbait Slow Sinking! If you can take .

                                                                                                                                      Portage Lake:  12 Oct. 2018 -  The fish have tail and they swim around, just have to find them. The salmon are in the west hole now. (SEE MY COLORED CODED MAP IN STORE) The  perch have put their fall feed bag on!!! Got lots of minnows!!


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 Oct. 2018-  Look for any weeds.? Fish habitat is just about wiped out!  Late night walleyes off  the point point in the park till ice on.

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:   12 Oct. 20 18-    Just need to stand in the right spot to hook up with them salmon that are in.  Those pay spot are a good place to go. One by Johnson Road. One on Lahti Road, the  Hilliard there have cabins for rent. 231-362-3431. Still one or two nice salmon with some steelhead following them up!


Manistee Lake:  12 Oct. 2018-   Trolling  with big or small  spoon for kings, pike, and coho salmon. Probably some nice perch stacking up at this time. 

MANISTEE RIVER:   12 Oct.  18-   Colder  weather should turn up  fishing by  the dam. It good down there now! 


TIPPY DAM BACK WATERS: 12 Oct.  18-  Is that big bobbers that I see?


Crystal Lake:  12 Oct.  18-   There been some nice pike coming out there.  Rockbass, perch that order. Keep them all, take ice, keep cold and alive.

BETSIE RIVER: 12 Oct..  18-  The run is on, all the way to the pier. It almost at the end now.

Google Map

12 Oct.  18-Arcadia Lake, Glovers Lake, Lemon, Healy Lake, Chief Lake. 

Arcadia Lake:  Perch off 22 at the bridge.

Lemon Lake and Glovers lake: Panfish

Chief Lake: Panfish   

Healy Lake: Panfish  

Long Lake:  Perch, and some good ones. One of the best walleye fishing in NW Michigan. 

Duck Lake:  Pike

Platte lake: Perch, Walleye

Green Lake:  Perch  

Platte River: 12 Oct. 2018-It was full of coho. 


In our Fishing Department, we have a good slection 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 and trout fly display case, it has 1152 compartments.  Some more nice flies coming in, hoppers, streamers, egg sucking leeches, and drys.

       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.