Bait Shops Not Returning Fisherman in Northeast Ohio, primarily those who fish West Branch and Lake Milton will have to travel further and pay more for their baits of choice this spring. Two local bait shops will not be returning for this season of fishing. West Branch Bait -&- Tackle located on State Route 14 will not be opening this spring nor will North Coast Bait -&- Tackle located on County Road 18. Bait Shops have consistently struggled over the last 5 to 10 years. West Branch Bait -&- Tackle has been through a slew of owners over the past couple of years. North Coast Bait -&- Tackle used to have a strangle hold on the bait dealings in the Lake Milton area. At one time they had two shops open on Lake Milton, with everything from bait, food, snacks, lures, public restrooms, and gas pumps located right on the water. Lake Milton anglers will still have the option of purchasing minnows from Miller Marine also located on County Road 18 and buying night crawlers from Craig Beach Market located on Grandview Drive. That is just not the same as stopping into good old North Coast and picking up a copy of Fish -&- Field a stick of beef jerky, some bait, glancing over the fish pictures and grilling the shop keepers about the fishing hot spots. If an angler happens to drop by Carsons Landing they might get lucky and spot old Carson towing his boat down to the lake with his tractor and hell be happy to sell some night-crawlers and talk to you for hours about the good old days of fishing. If you havent had the opportunity to look through Carsons old fishing albums and enjoy the conversation from a time long past, I highly recommend that your drop down to Ellsworth Road and pay this Lake Milton Muskie Legend a visit. Other area bait shops have also shared the same hardships. Breyers Bait -&- Tackle located on State Route 225 has had its fair share of owners over the past few years. They are open now, but the gun shop within the bait shop is now a thing of the past. This area somewhat makes for a bait ship mini mall as Breyers is located right next door to Tall Tails. Between these two larger bait shops and angler should have access to pretty much anything he/she would need. There are only remnants left of For Hookers Only the bait shop located in the Center of Edinburg on State Route 14 near the corner store and the dairy queen. Hookers as many referred to it offered everything from line spooling, live bait, lures and also included a gun shop. Its a shame that this establishment is no longer operational. Local anglers will still be able to access Double Ks located on State Route 5, the Army Navy Surplus store at cotton corners will continue to offer a dismal selection of fishing amenities for those anglers wishing to fish West Branch. The marina at Dale Walborn Reservoir will still probably be able to offer anglers wax-worms. The Bait Barn out on Berlin has been closed for quite a few seasons now and doesnt appear to be reopening. Less Bait offers a nice clean environment with lots of walleye lures and live bait however they have very limited hours. Why are the bait shops disappearing? Are less people fishing? Is it because of corporate giants like Wal-Mart, Gander Mountain, and Cabelas?