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, 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.  Our deer are drinking it.    They have been known  to use dirty tools to test!!!!  What about the fish?                                                                                                                                  

              Fishing Reports                                                           

Portage Lake Pier: 9 Jan. 2019-  No place to be!

                                                                                                                                      Portage Lake:  9 Jan. 2019- They are getting out on 4" to 8" of ice. The area by the channel and that end of the lake is open water. About half the lake. By the boat launch and in town is good and the permanent shanties are starting to go out. Pike spearing is great this year already. Perch fishing is good 10 - 15 maybe more.


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 :9 Jan. 2019- 5" Ice covering the whole lake.   Right now I can say more walleyes have been caught off Bear Lake then Portage Lake. If it any thing like last year, it could be like this all year.

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:  9 Jan. 2019- Couple trout here or there.  Browns, 600 down stream is open all year. 


Manistee Lake:  9 Jan. 2019- It trying to ice up.  Just a start now.

MANISTEE RIVER:   9 Jan. 2019-  The old guy at the dam said it good fishing. 45 year, going almost every day knows. 20 degree today I don't think so.


TIPPY DAM BACK WATERS: 9 Jan. 2019-  Running  water under that ice.


Crystal Lake:  9 Jan.  2019-  99.9% open.  

BETSIE RIVER:  9 Jan. 2019-  Couple trout, look for fish cover.

Google Map

9  Jan. 2019 -Arcadia Lake, Glovers Lake, Lemon, Healy Lake, Chief Lake. 

Arcadia Lake:  Ice. To many no trespassing sign.

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

Chief Lake: 4" Plus. Great panfish lake.

Healy Lake:4" Plus.  

Long Lake: Walleye and Perch!!!

Duck Lake: NONE

Platte lake: NONE

Little PLatte Lake:NONE

Green Lake: South side 5" Plus  LOTS OF SMELT!!!!  

Platte River: NONE 

Wellston's Lake: Iced over.


   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 and trout fly display case, it has 1152 compartments.  Some more 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