Had a great Kids derby today! Caught some nice fish and won some great prizes. Picture update later after the weigh-in!


~last updated January 24th, 2015

Hank’s Derby Reminders

Don’t forget tomorrow is Hanks annual ice fishing derby!! We would like to mention to everyone to stay clear of the concrete overpass. With the warming weather ice around the pylons is always questionable. Please use caution, if anyone encounters bad ice please let me know and we can spread the word. We recommend wearing rubber boots due to the water on top of the ice & ice cleats for traction. Call Hanks with any questions. See you at check at 0600 Saturday morning @ Hank’s!!!

~last updated January 23rd, 2015

Reminder: If you have kids fishing the derby this Saturday, please sign them up at Hank’s as soon as possible. The Kid’s event is from 8am-11am on Saturday morning. Free entry and an optional $5 Lunch will be available at noon.


~last updated January 21st, 2015

Hank’s Top 5 Ice jigs this season so far!

From Left to Right: Northland Tackle’s Forge Minnow, Rocky’s Twin Ring, Rat Finkie, Hank’s Diamond(glass) tipped Tungsten, and Moon Glow Glitter Jigs

~last updated January 19th, 2015


Kids want to catch fish easily?! Come down to Hank’s Tank anytime that we are open! Catch and release of course! We’ve got the rod, reels and the bait to use. All you have to do is show up and catch’em! Over 80 fish and several difference species to be caught! FISH ON


~last updated January 17th, 2015

Hank’s 8th Annual Ice Fishing Derby (UPDATED)

Good news everyone!!
Hanks 8th annual Ice fishing tournament is a GO!!! Thanks to approval from the DNR!!
Get signed-up ASAP so Donna can start getting a head count to prep for everyone’s hot lunch. If you have any questions regarding the event, raffles, or anything else, please contact Hanks.


~last updated January 9th, 2015

We just got 6 Tunned Up Custom Rod Bullwhip rods in stock and 3 more Quick Tip rods! Get them while they last!


~last updated January 4th, 2015

Hank’s 2015 Ice Fishing Derby Question to customers

Hank’s would like to ask everyone for some feedback on Hank’s annual Ice Fishing Tournament. We are proposing a couple changes. #1 All contestants would participate in the derby at ONE location; it would be at Brinker/Eastlake at George Wythe State Park. #2 In past Tournaments, half the entry plus gratuity has gone towards your dinner at Knights of Columbus. Although the food has been fantastic, we could serve Lunch at noon on the Lake (Hot dogs, Chili dogs, chips and drink) for a fraction of the cost. This will allow more money to be used for prizes and winner’s payback. We would also like to add a kids division. The biggest challenge for us is allocating and preparing enough food for each participant. Last year 42 contestants signed up. In the past we have averaged 80-120 so we ordered 100 meals. The day of the tournament wind kicked up and no additional participants entered. We had $600 worth of food we paid for and didn’t eat. Please give feed back asap. We are shooting for Sat. Jan. 24th… One week prior to the Broncos’ Super Bowl!!!

~last updated January 3rd, 2015

Nice Crappie, Jeff!! Weighed in at 2.44 lbs! Biggest Crappie of the year so far!


~last updated January 2nd, 2015

Looking for a killer vertical ice fishing jig? Here’s the Northland’s Puppet Minnow! Now at Hank’s!


~last updated December 29th, 2014

Don’t forget to stop by Hanks and get friends, family & fishing buddies a gift card for Christmas!!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Hank’s!

~last updated December 24th, 2014

Mike’s TOP SECRET‘ Tip of the Day

~last updated December 15th, 2014

The All NEW Bass Ackwards 4″ Ringworm at Hank’s!

~last updated December 14th, 2014

Hank’s Ice Tent Showroom is setup and ready to go!!


~last updated December 6th, 2014


We’d like to thank everyone for attending this year’s seminars. We had our biggest crowd ever!! Over $2,000 awarded in door prizes, raffles and giveaways! Here are a few pictures from the event. Thanks again!

~last updated December 5th, 2014

All of our Electronics are charged and ready to go!!

~last updated November 21st, 2014

Hank’s 8th Annual Ice Fishing Seminar, Dec 3rd from 2-9pm

~last updated November 15th, 2014

 JB Lures new Icicle Jig coming to Hank’s!

~last updated November 10th, 2014

Changes to the Jiffy Pro 4 Propane Auger. In stock at Hanks!

~last updated November 9th, 2014

Hank’s 8th Annual Ice Fishing Seminar Coming December 3rd!!

~last updated November 5th, 2014

Nice Muskie and Catfish, Pat!

Pat’s largest fish yet was this 39 in. 12 lb.+ Muskie. His personal record only lasted 8 days until he caught a 14 lb. 10 oz. Monster Cat. Nice fish Pat!!! Thanks for supporting Hank’s Live Bait & Tackle!

~last updated November 3rd, 2014

Walleye Fishing Report (as of 10/19/14)

               -Walleyes have been hitting on the Cedar River. Customers have been using anywhere from 1/8oz. to 5/16oz. jig heads depending on the water current. Using 2.5″ to 4″ twister tails that are transparent such as smoke/glitter and clear chartreuse. Also a few anglers have been catching them on minnows and crawlers on a jig or a lindy rig. Crankbaits have been good also such as the Berkley Flicker shad and scatter Rap in firetiger, perch and purpledesent  colors.

~last updated October 19th, 2014

Nice Northern Pike and Walleye Kevin!

~last updated October 19th, 2014

Hank’s Fall / Winter Hours go into effect on October 13th, 2014.

Monday – Saturday

7:00am  –  6:00pm


7:30am  –  5:00pm

~last updated October 11th, 2014

 Hank’s Front Counter Special. BUCKTAIL JIGS

Regularly $1.99, NOW 50¢ EACH!!!

~last updated September 22nd, 2014

Tommy Skarlis gives the run down on Hank’s Crawlers

~last updated June 21st, 2014

Nice bass, Ashley!

Hank’s Current Big-Fish Leaderboards

~last updated June 4th, 2014

Hank’s Summer Hours in effect! as of 5/23/2014

Monday-Saturday: 6:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday: 7:00am – 5:00pm

~last updated May 23rd, 2014

New Holographic Spinner Baits! BUY one get one FREE!! Come check them out!

~last updated May 15th, 2014

Kim and Scott scored big time at the Detroit River!! Nice fish guys, thanks for supporting Hank’s Live Bait & Tackle!

~last updated Apr. 24th, 2014

Tuesday Night Big Bass Series

2014 Schedule

May 6th Big Woods
May 13th George Wyth
May 20th Brinker Lake
May 27th Big Woods
June 3rd George Wyth
June 10th Brinker Lake
June 17th Cedar River Island Park
June 24th Cedar River Waterloo
July 1st Big Woods
July 8th George Wyth
July 15th Brinker Lake
July 22nd Cedar River Island Park
July 29th Cedar River Waterloo
August 5th Big Woods
August 12th George Wyth
August 19th Brinker Lake
August 26th Cedar River Island Park
September 2nd Cedar River Waterloo
September 9th Cedar River Island Park
September 16th Cedar River Waterloo

~last updated Apr. 23rd, 2014

Come check out the 3.5″ Ripple Shad down at Hank’s!!! Killer for Walleyes and Bass!!

~last updated Apr. 14th, 2014

Hank’s and Berkley’s Annual Line Winding Day – March 22nd

Hank’s Spring Seminars – March 5th & 8th (info below)

~last updated Feb. 22nd, 2014

Reconditioned Abu Garcia Pro Max Reels

Reconditioned Abu Garcia Pro Max reels. $40 EACH!!(regularly $79.99) Now at Hank’s! Reels have no warranty and are AS IS. Fantastic low price!!

New Hank’s Hornet Cranks – Coming soon!

Fishing Derby Results

Thanks to everyone who came to the Fishing Derby! The fishing was kind of slow but we all had a good time!!

Congrats Dave R. on winning the biggest fish contest with a 1.6 lb. Walleye!!!

Dave R. – Left

Leaderboard – Bottom Left

Weigh-in Station – Bottom Right

~Last updated January 27th, 2014

Hank’s 7th Annual Ice Fishing Derby

DATE: Saturday, January 25th, 2014

CHECK-IN-TIME: 5:00-8:00am @ Hank’s 
WEIGH-IN-TIME: 5:30pm @ Knights of Columbus 
1955 Locke Ave. @ LaPorte Rd 

CASH PAYOUT $$$ 1st and 2nd place – Largest Fish

CATEGORIES: Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish, Walleye and Perch

RAFFLES: FLX-28 Vexilar, Lowrance Endura Out and Back(GPS hand held unit), Ice Auger, Rod and Reel combos, Ice jigs and more!

Tickets available now at Hank’s 
Pre-Registration – $25 (entry fee and dinner)
Registration – Day of tournament – $30
Bring a guest – Dinner only

Call Hank’s @ 319-234-0711 for more info

~Last updated January 19th, 2014

Buy an Eskimo Wide1 One man tent and receive a free cover! ($60 value)

Tent Price: $379.99    $299.99

~Last updated January 29th, 2014


Buy a 13 Fishing Tear Drop ice fishing reel and receive a $25 Hank’s gift card!! Special ends Jan. 7th or while supplies lasts!

Any questions? Just call us at (319)-234-0711 or send us a message on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/HanksBait

~Last updated January 1st, 2014

Thanks Gary Therm for a Successful Jig tying Day!

~Last updated December 28th, 2013

Hank’s Now Carries Costa Del Mar Sunglasses

  • February 28th, 2014

Hank’s now has a variety of Costa Del Mar sunglasses! There will be a special deal on them at the Pro Crappie Night at Hank’s on March 5th and Hank’s Annual Spring Seminars on March 8th!

Updated Local Fishing Report – 2/21/14

  • February 21st, 2014

George Wyth – Fishing in the main Lake near the island. The crappie bite has been the best early in the morning or later in the evening just before dark.

Brinker Lake (East Lake) – Ice fishing remains fairly slow across the lake. Ice thickness still remains around 16- 18 inches on most of the lake. Some Anglers have been catching crappie near the island fishing in 12-14 foot of water. Crappie – Fair: jig tipped with a waxworm or minnow has been working best.

Mitchell Sand Pits – Crappie bite has been decent early in the morning. Watch out for sketchy ice as the […]

Check out how the SrikerIce Float suits perform in Hank’s Tank!

NEW Shappell BayRunner now at Hank’s Live Bait and Tackle

Hank’s has an array of Vexilars! Come check them out!

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What Customers Say

Great customer service! Went in Dec 14 for a blade for my 9 inch auger, didn’t have one in stock. Had to order it on Monday the 16th, I recieved a call the 18th that it came in! Thanks guys!!
good place to find out where the fish are at.
Sweeeet store hidden Gem
Very good service, very friendly employees, and good tackle!