Let me say that the term "Basement Bait Makers" is not a knock against anyone.
Most manufacturers of fishing tackle work out of a garage, basement or small shop and that holds true across most segments (Muskie, Walleye, Salmon, Trout) of the Sport Fishing Industry.
It was referred to as a "Cottage Industry" in my younger days.
As far as being a "professional" company, that is reflected in the quality of the product and customer service, not the size of the buiding where it was produced. Just my opinion.
As for the Michigan Basement Bait Makers: Ziggie Lures, Lapper Lures, St. Clair Bait Co., Donato's Custom Baits, RJ Lures, S.D. Baits, Cedar Creek (Talonz) and Moski Lures.
You can find their links at http://www.michiganmuskieshow.com on the Exhibitors page.
On the Canadian side of LSC we have Woodie, Artifact, Franky Baits, Bretts Baits, Hose Baits and Frantic Big Game Tackle, that I'm aware of.
Unlike Wisconsin, we do not have a serious Muskie tackle shop anywhere in Michigan.
You can forget about finding a Wiley, Leo, Legend, Mr. Toothy or even a Tuff Shad here.
We have to have the basics (100# Power Pro, Staylock snaps, Knipex cutters, etc) shipped in.
I have yet to see one of Zach's baits, other than on ebay, and I have never even seen a picture of a Newman bait.
I did purchase a Mr. Toothy SWIZZ (last one on the hook) last October, while I was at R&H Musky Shop in Minocqua, WI.
One color to choose from sure does shorten the "buying process", I must admit.
The Michigan Muskie Show earlier this month, opened our eyes as to what the casters, jiggers and even trollers are missing out on here in Michigan.
We had several of the WI and MN makers on hand but we were thin on the makers east of Ohio.
We want to know what else you guys are keeping "hidden" over there.
Many thanks to everyone that replied.