Saginaw Bay Fishing Report Archives
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-1st - 2011-
Perch are starting to show up in river mouths, cuts, and marina basins,
and shore anglers are starting to do fairly well. The best location
depends on the day, so anglers are encouraged to try several spots.
If you don’t get fish in the first half-hour, move on to another
location. Perch are being caught in the lower Kawkawlin River,
near the mouth of the Saginaw River upstream as far
as Smith Park in Essexville, out
near the Spoils Island (for boat anglers), and the Quanicassee
and Sebewaing rivers. Marina basins are also worth
Saginaw River: Rumor has it and
I can't confirm the report, but it's the right time of year. Walleyes
are being taken near the mouth of the Tittabawassee in Saginaw.
-25th - 2011-
Some perch are being taken by boaters near the Spark Plug and the
Spoils Island, but after last week’s storm the water has become
extremely turbid and success has dropped off. Saturday morning, boat
and shore anglers at Quanicassee did well on perch.
Boats were fishing out at the end of the navigation channel, and shore
anglers were fishing in the lower Quanicassee River.
Success tapered off on Sunday.
Boaters also reported taking a few walleyes while trolling.
Saginaw River - some reports of some walleyes being
taken in Bay City casting rapalas and thundersticks or jigging minnows
or twister tails.
-19th - 2011-
Good to excellent catches of perch are being taken at Buoys 1 &
2 (the outer Spark Plug), 11 & 12 (the inner Spark Plug), along
the old shipping channel just north of the river mouth, and near the
Spoils Island . A few walleye were also taken out of the Hot Ponds.
Boat anglers at Quanicassee took some perch out by the last channel
marker buoy off the mouth of the Quanicassee River . Most all the
perch in the area rivers’ are running small, but baitfish are
starting to show up in abundance.
-11th - 2011-
Perch fishermen from Linwood to Bay Port were converging in the middle
of Saginaw Bay. Good to excellent catches of 7 to 9 inch perch were
being taken in the vicinity of Buoys 1 & 2, 16 &17, and 11
& 12; also off Linwood south of the Black Hole in 17 to 21 feet
of water. If you haven’t put your Great Lakes boat away for
the winter, now is the time to get some perch. Bass anglers launching
at Bay Port were doing very well on smallmouths on the outside of
North Island and out at the Charities. A few perch were also taken
near the mouth of the Saginaw River. A few walleyes are being caught
at night below the bridges over the Saginaw River in Bay City, mostly
on jigs and twister tails.
-4th - 2011-
Just a few perch reported early last week from 20 to 24 feet of water
near the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12). Shore anglers fishing in
marina basins around the bay are still getting a few nice bluegills
and crappies. Anglers fishing at the Hot Pond and the mouth of the
Saginaw River were mainly catching drum and some smallmouth bass.
-28th - 2011-
Best perch reports are from Buoys 1 and 5; north of the Pinconning
Bar in 18 feet of water; one to two miles east of the inner Spark
Plug (Buoys 11 and 12); and near the Spoils Island. Most keepers are
running 8 to 9 inches with occasional bigger fish. A few walleye are
also being caught incidental to perch off the Spoils Island . Perch
have not moved into the cuts, river mouths, and marina basins yet,
though some anglers are out trying to catch them there. Best fall
shore fishing for perch starts in late October and early November
and continues until ice-up. Shore anglers in the marinas are still
catching a few bluegills, sunfish, and crappies, but the perch they
are getting are very small.
- Best perch reports are from Buoy 22; off Linwood
in 17’ of water; and just west of the Spoils Island in 21 feet
of water. A few walleyes are being taken incidental to perch off the
Spoils Island. Boaters from the east side of the bay are crossing
the Bar and fishing perch along the shipping channel. A few small
perch are showing up in the Sebewaing and Quanicassee
Rivers. A few bluegills and crappies are still being taken
in area marina basins. Nearshore perch fishing usually improves in
late October and November.
- Fair to good perch success over the weekend at Buoys
1&2, 3&4, the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), Buoy 17, Sailboat
Buoy H, the Black Hole, and near the Black Hole in 17 feet of water
off Linwood. Note that all of these spots are either in the middle
of the bay or on the west side. Boat anglers from places like Quanicassee
and Sebewaing were also crossing the bay to get to these areas after
trying some areas in the vicinity of those ports but not finding much
success. The turbid water resulting from the week-long winds is hampering
fishing success somewhat.
anglers were out in force and targeting the Spark Plug, the Black
Hole, Buoy H, Buoy 22 and west of Buoys 1 & 2. Not many anglers
on the east side as most of the boats are heading over to Au Gres.
Walleye fishing is still slow due to the over abundance of minnows
and shad as well as the cooler water temperatures. Walleye fishing
will pick up later in the fall when the fish start to follow the schools
of forage fish into the river.
Very little effort for walleye last week, with most anglers chasing
perch when they could get out. Action was centered at various points
along the shipping channel. Kevin saw ONE walleye all week…but
it was a 30 incher, taken by a shore angler at Essexville fishing
for whatever would bite. The rest of the “whatever would bite”
included drum, white bass, and a few smallmouths.
- Perch fishing eclipsed walleye fishing this week, with fair success
at the Spark Plug, on the Bar east of the Spark Plug, Buoy 9, Buoys
1 & 2 , and near Sailboat Buoy H. A few walleye were reported
taken along the outside of the islands on the east side of the Bay
in 7 to 10 feet of water near the weedbeds. Some smallmouth bass were
taken around North Island.
Caseville was filled with revelers at the Cheeseburger Festival,
and few if any were out fishing there.
- Perch were hitting
around the Spark Plug and also east of it. Catches seemed to average
20 to 25 perch per boat, with size ranging from 8 to 12 inches with
a few 7s to put a few more in the boat. A few walleye were caught
out near buoys 1 & 2, and from weedbeds along the outside of Maisou
and Heisterman islands in 10 to 14 feet of water. Still some channel
cats taken in the Hot Pond.
Dock Reporter Terry
-Fishing is very slow from the Charity's to Port Austin-There
were no boats at the Caseville launch today and in the last two trips
we have caught three fish. Grindstone still giving up a few fish and
1&2 buoy in the lower bay has been slow but a few fish can still
be taken there.
- Walleyes still being
taken or near Buoys 1 & 2, in 13 feet of water off Pinconning,
and some from weedbeds over between Maisou and Heisterman islands.
Perch fishing is starting up and they are being taken from 20’
of water near the Spark Plug, east of the Spark Plug in 30’
of water, from northeast of the Black Hole, and from certain locations
in 12 to 14 feet of water on the west side of The Bar. Catches were
averaging 10 to 20 large perch per boat per trip with quite a few
10” to 12” fish.
- Walleye action has
slowed down a lot, but a few are still being caught beyond buoys 1
& 2, around the Pinconning Bar, in the south
end of the Slot, and in deeper water between the
Spark Plug and buoys 1 & 2. Deeper water is better. Body baits
are in many cases out-producing crawler harnesses, and trollers are
moving at 1.9 to 2.1 mph. Crawler harnesses are still catching some
fish (purple and gold are good spinner colors) but incidental catches
of catfish and drum are high. Perch fishing is getting started around
the Black Hole and also east of the Spark Plug in 25 feet of water.
At Caseville: Excellent walleye fishing
around all the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin, with best
fishing from Hat Point northeast toward Port Austin. Depths range
anywhere from 12 to 60 feet. Harnesses, body baits and small spoons
are all taking fish.
- Walleyes are still
being caught to a limited extent in relatively shallow water off
Finn Road (3 to 10 ft) by trollers long-lining crawler harnesses
over the top of the weed-beds (no bottom bouncers). Some walleyes
are still being caught out of the Slot off Sebewaing and Bay Port,
off Linwood in 19 feet of water, 10 to 19 feet off the west side
of the Coryeon Reef (the Bar) and out beyond Buoys 1 and 2. Crawler
harnesses are still producing well, with purple, red & silver
or blue & silver blades being good colors. Hot-n-tots are also
producing with black & gold as a hot color.
At Caseville: The deeper waters north and northeast
of Big Charity Island and around the reefs between Caseville and Port
Austin is producing good walleye action.
- Fishing at these locations
remained very good last week: 13 feet of water off the Pinconning
Bar; 2 miles northeast of the Black Hole,
the Bar on the west side of the Slot, and the Slot
itself from Fish Point to Sand Point.
Good catches of walleyes with a lot of limit catches have been made
at all these locations. Mid-summer weed growth has made fishing more
difficult in the area immediately north of Knight
and Finn roads, and fewer anglers are trolling there
than earlier in the year. Lots of catfish, freshwater drum, and a
few larger yellow perch are being taken incidental to walleye. Crawler
harnesses, crankbaits, and small spoons are all producing fish.
At Caseville: Excellent walleye fishing northeast
of Big Charity Island. The area off Oak Point and all the reefs between
Caseville and Port Austin are also producing very good catches.
- Good numbers of walleye
were taken from a variety of locations including 13’ of water
off the Pinconning Bar, northeast of the Black
Hole, Buoys 1 & 2, 10 to 12 feet of water north of Finn
Road, 7 to 8 feet of water north of Knight Road,
and 11 to 13 feet of water on the east side of the Bar adjacent to
the west side of the Slot. Crawler harnesses continue to produce,
but hot-n-tots are also working. Water surface temperatures were nearing
80 degrees in areas, and if the hot weather continues, fish can be
expected to move deeper. Lots of drum and channel cats are being caught
incidental to walleyes. Good colors include chartreuse, purple, blue,
At Caseville: doing well on walleye
off the north side of Big Charity Island, and at the north end of
the Slot off of Sand Point
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- The bite was slow but we ended up
3 short of our 4-man limit before getting blown off the water on the
Eastside of the Bay early in the afternoon. The fish were spread out
and caught in depths from 10 - 16 fow. All were caught on 1/4 oz Hot
n Tots, anything with gold seemed to produce with "Metellic Rainbow"
being one of our hottest colors. Lures were trolled at 1.6 to 2 mph
SOG and from 30 - 50ft back off tethered boards.
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Bay July-9th-11 - Muck
The Crew now has its own bay boat, this is in addition to our main
boat that we run from the west side of the state for salmon. Over
the next year we will be rigging it to fish walleyes in the Saginaw
Bay and Saginaw River. When we get it completed we will report out
on what we have added. For now we will be using what came with it.
We stat red the morning by setting up west of the #1
Spark Plug, 6
miles out from the mouth of the Saginaw River in about 22 feet
of water, west of the shipping channel.
We managed to take 3 keeper eyes trolling standard size Hot
& Tots our best color was a Metallic Gold w/ extra large eyes
and Metallic Silver w/ Black Back with a red throat. We trolled them
behind mini boards with leads from 40 to 100 feet. The best was from
50 to 60 feet back.
We are hoping to get back out again before we switch back to salmon
on Lake Michigan.
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- Walleye were 10 miles
off Gambil's in 27 feet of water, northeast side
of the Black Hole and off the Spark Plug
near Buoys 1 and 2. Near Essexville, walleye were
caught in 6 to 8 feet of water off Knight Road. Off
Sebewaing, anglers were heading out to the Slot and
the Coryeon Reef while trolling or drifting spoons
and crawler harnesses. Waters north of the Slot were also starting
to improve however Caseville was still slow. Those
fishing the Charity Islands have caught bigger walleye.
Limits of smallmouth bass were caught in Wigwam Bay
and around the Charity Islands.
Dock Reporter Terry
- We took 15 walleyes yesterday two miles west of 1 &
2 buoys. Lots of fish and heavy boat traffic We took them all on crawlers,
best harness colors were with red beads with brass and pink and white
beads on a pink spiderman blade
- At Quanicassee:
Pretty hit or miss action for most anglers. It seemed those
that are running plastic or some type of spoon setup are fairing better
than those anglers using crawlers. Purples, Pinks, and golds seemed
to produce the best. The fish are still scattered throughout the system,
but it seems like the shallow bite has started to slow down. Going
out to 12-15 FOW seemed to be a good starting point for those doing
better. Still a lot of short walleye and drum being reported, along
with the occaisional large perch, catifsh, and white bass. Shore anglers
were managing some catfish again in the river and cuts, and a few
bluegills in the marinas.
At Sebewaing: Just
like Quanicassee. Anglers are going straight out to the Slot in 12-15
FOW were doing all right and then working out onto both sides of the
Bar in around 17 FOW produced well, but again it was anglers pulling
plastic or spoons that seemed to be doing better than those with crawlers.
Same colors as Quanicassee. In the river and marina they are still
catching a lot of sub-legal pike and largemouth bass casting spinnerbaits
or small cranks.
At Bay Port: The northern part
of the Slot still sounds pretty quiet. Bass fisherman are still doing
well for largemouths in Wildfowl Bay , and around the Islands and
rock reefs for smallmouths.
At Caseville: Very
few shore or pier anglers around, mostly pleasure boaters, if there
were any boats out at all.
Dock Reporter Terry
- Yesterday I was proud to have volunteered my boat and be
part of the first ever "Walleye's for
Warrior's Event" in Bay City Mi., about 190 veterans
participated. This event was a great effort by a lot of great people
and it turned out great. Despite the high winds and having to battle
waves 3 to 5 feet high. Everyone, I think had a great time.
One of the fellas on my boat got sick, so I put my other passenger
on another boat and took the sick fella back to shore.
We turned around and headed back out and still managed to take six
We fished east of the spark plug in 18-20 feet of water, it sure wasn't
easy and luckily we got some fish to cooperate.
I have sent a few pictures so everyone can see some of the action
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- At Quanicassee:
Anglers are going out to multiple locations and taking fair numbers
of fish from just about everywhere. Shallow on Callahan Reef
and near the end of Finn Rd / Hot Pond
area has still produced some walleye in the mornings or on the overcast
days in 4-8 FOW. Anglers are also working straight north out of the
river in 12-15 FOW, over towards Sunset Bay Marina on the tail end
of the Slot in 10-13 FOW, over east of the Plug a
mile or two in 17-20 FOW, out near Buoy 1 and 2 in 25-28 FOW, and
near the Bar in 23-27 FOW. The fish remain suspended out deep as the
bug hatch has really ramped up since last week. A lot of big Sheephead,
I measured one the other day that went almost 28 inches and 15.5 lbs,
some white bass, a catfish or two, and a few decent perch are also
being caught by those trolling, as well as many short walleye. Purple,
gold, orange, chartreuse, and pink seem to be good colors.
Linwood: Better fishing was in 17 feet of water. Walleyes
were caught between the Kawkawlin and Saginaw River. Decent fishing
was reported around the Spark Plug and to the east in 20 feet of water
and Buoys 1 and 2 in 30 feet of water. Crawler harnesses with silver
backs worked best.
At Sebewaing: Saw very little
activity around here after the storm mid-week. Lots of clean-up still
going on around town. Those that were fishing were going to many of
the same areas anglers out of Quanicassee. A few
have tried up into the Slot along the islands, but
activity that way remains pretty slow. After the reef spawners dispersed
a few weeks ago the fishing hasn’t been that great up that way.
Those in the marina and along the river have been catching a few keeper
pike and largemouths, but most of the fish are sub-legal throwbacks.
At Bay Port: State site is somewhat shutdown at
this time as the dredging crew is there finally starting the clean
out. Anglers making it out were hand lining a few walleye in from
some of the deeper holes and weed banks in Wildfowl Bay, but those
going out around the Islands or off of Sand Point
report slow fishing with just a few fish managed by those making
the trip out. Water temps up that way remain pretty cold as it had
just began to creep into the upper 60s but this last cold front
and northerly winds brought colder water back in and has cooled
it down back into upper 50’s and low 60s.
At Caseville: Pretty quiet. A few anglers fishing
along the breakwall and river catching some bullheads, small perch,
sheephead, and walleye(at night). Most of the boat anglers are going
out of Bay Port.
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- Friend Blue and his son took a two
man limit Saturday straight out from Sunset Bay Marina.
Fish were in 15-16' of water and ran from 16-21". Also caught
ten throwbacks, one perch, two white bass and 5-6 sheephead. Had lots
of action. All fish came on crawlers with hammered gold and purple
blades accounting for the majority of the fish. Sheephead were big
on rasberry. Ran the crawlers 15-20' behind 3/4oz inline sinkers around
- Excellent largemouth
bass fishing in shallow water off Pinconning, with
purple plastic worms the hot lure.
Walleyes hitting off Gambil’s Marina (end of
Newburg Road) in 10 to 14 feet of water. Walleyes
also hitting about 2 miles east of the Spark Plug
(Buoys 11 & 12) in 16 to 18 feet of water. This morning at 10
AM, there were a lot of boats north and west of the Spark Plug. Crawler
harnesses and spoons working at all locations. Walleye fishing was
really good this morning on the Callahan Reef with
some guys getting their limits by 10:30 AM. Depths were 4 to 7 feet.
Over the weekend, trollers did well there in 4 to 15 feet of water.
Crawler harnesses best, with shiny spinners if the water’s muddy.
Trollers are also doing well between the mouths of the Saginaw
and Kawkawlin Rivers in 8 feet of water. Some big
perch are being caught incidentally while trolling for walleye.
Surface water temperatures in the inner bay are reported to be
about 69 degrees after the recent warm spell. Here’s hoping
it doesn’t keep getting warmer too fast and drive the walleyes
out to deeper water like last year .
At Quanicassee:, Trollers are going either west
to the Callahan Reef or northeast into the south
end of the Slot as far north as Sebewaing
and doing well on walleye. They’re also getting perch, catfish
and sheepshead incidental to walleye. At Sebewaing,
trollers are going straight off the channel in the Slot
and south from there. Fishing is also fair outside the
islands as far north as Sand Point, and at deeper
holes in Wildfowl Bay, but it’s better as
you go south.
Not much happening at Caseville yet. A few walleye
taken at night off the end of the pier. Carp are continuing their
annual rituals in the river and marina basins there, making things
Bay June-5th-11 - Muck
Boy Report - Fished with Muck
Boy Reporter Terry Murlick, this morning out of Quanicassee
Mi. targeting walleyes. What a great morning weather wise,
light south winds and warm temps. We headed north from the river mouth
for about five or six miles and set up in 13 feet of water, it didn't
take long to get our first walleye, a nice 21 inch fish. But what
we didn't know is the walleye would get a serious case of lock jaw
for most of this trip, we did manage to get two more and farm another
nice one at the boat. We were never board as there was plenty of action
catching sheephead and catfish all morning, topped off with one we
estimated to be about 12 pounds.
Terry;s favorite way to fish the bay for walleyes is slow trolling
crawler harnesses off Off Shore Boards.
We had a great trip and Thank Terry a bunch.
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- Walleye action was
reported in several different locations such as the deep side of the
Pinconning Bar, 17 feet of water off Linwood
and the Callahan Reef as well as east of the Hot
Pond discharge off Knight and Finn
Roads. Those trolling for walleye also picked up a few large yellow
perch. From Quanicassee, most of the boats caught
their limit of walleye. The fish were in 7 feet of water right off
the end of the channel marker buoys in the early morning but moved
deeper into the Slot after the fog burned off and
the sun came out. At Sebewaing and Bay Port,
walleye fishing was spotty. Bass anglers did well around the islands,
cuts and marina basins.
|May 25th -2011
- There was a tournament
last weekend and those guys put in a lot of effort off the Saganing
and Pinconning Bars trolling mostly in 8 to 14 feet
of water, mainly pulling crawler harnesses, with fair to decent success.
Some fish were also being taken north of the Black Hole
(off Linwood) and some guys were also fishing 20 feet of water out
near the Spark Plug. Red and Gold spinners on the crawler harnesses
were supposed to be the hot colors. Over toward the east side, the
water’s clearing up after the constant rains earlier in the
month. Some trollers were getting some walleye east of the Spoils
Island and the mouth of the Hot Pond. The Callahan
Reef was not producing that well, but the southern end of
the Slot was where the fish seemed to be. Trollers
launching out of Quanicassee reported fair to good
success in 15 to 17 feet of water west of Sunset Bay Marina.
Walleye anglers fishing the Slot outside the islands
northwest of Sebewaing didn’t do that well,
but anglers after catfish did make some good catches from 2 ½
to 3 feet of water straight out the channel. They also took a few
big perch incidental to the catfish, using night crawlers for bait.
Farther up toward Bay Port , walleye boats launching
out of Bayshore Marina were managing a few fish trolling
the Slot from North Island northeast
toward the Buoy off the tip of Sand Point. Bass anglers
fishing around Bay Port and North Island
reported good success at early catch and release fishing.
Carp are starting to move into cuts, rivers and marina basins in
earnest as the weather warms a bit, and bowfishermen are out after
them. The carp in the marina basins will probably put a crimp in
bass and panfish fishing while they are there in numbers, as other
fish tend to leave until the carp are done with their annual romp
in the swamp.
|May 17th -2011
- A couple of boats went
out of the mouth of the Saginaw River early last Friday morning and
got a few walleyes. One boat was 10 miles out and the other fished
6 feet of water off the Callahan Reef. The entire
weekend was a bust due to persistent wind and rain. A few boats got
out of Quanicassee, with about half working the Callahan Reef
and the other half working the south end of the Slot. They’re
taking a few walleyes from both locations, mostly on crawler harnesses.
Most of the fish brought in averaged 18” to 22”. The Slot
off Sebewaing was also producing some walleyes last
Monday (May 9th). Channel cats are showing up in the Quanicassee
River, with some good catches of LARGE channel cats
by shore anglers fishing at night. Marina basins on the east side
are producing assorted panfish (bluegills, sunfish, crappies, rock
bass) and decent catch and release fishing for largemouths with a
mix of largemouth and smallmouth in the canals of Beadle Bay.
For the archers among us, carp are just now starting to move into
the rivers and cuts to spawn. They are at least two weeks behind
schedule, just like all the other fish runs this spring.
|May 11th -2011
- Trolling, casting or
drifting in the vicinity of the Saganing and Pinconning
bars were getting fair numbers of walleye and also catching and releasing
some large smallmouth bass. The water is a lot clearer up in that
part of the bay. Turbid water caused by recent flooding extends out
into the bay at least as far as the Spark Plug (buoys
11 & 12). Some walleye are being caught in the vicinity of the
Spoils Island and also off the Callahan Reef,
in 10 to 12 feet of water. Fishing with crawler harnesses was catching
a lot of catfish and drum incidental to walleye. There’s quite
a bit of fishing activity at Quanicasssee, with walleye
anglers fishing the Callahan Reef and the lower end of the Slot.
Most boats are getting a few fish. Boats are using Bayshore
Marina near Bay Port to access the northern
end of the Slot and are getting some walleye. They’re
also doing well catching and releasing bass around North Island
and Beadle Bay. Shore anglers fishing in marina basins
are getting a missed bag of crappies, bluegills, sunfish and rock
At Caseville: Some walleye taken
off the pier by night fishermen. Not many boats out yet.
|May 4th -2011
- Three days of heavy
rain and subsequent flooding of all area rivers pretty much washed
out the opening of the trout/walleye/pike/musky season in central
Michigan. Trying to fish on area rivers was beyond futile…it
was just plain dangerous! The muddy waters also made fishing difficult
to nearly impossible on the inner part of Saginaw Bay. The inner bay
is still very murky, but the rivers are coming down and barring more
heavy rains, should be fishable by mid-week. There are still some
walleyes in the Tittabawassee, as at least one limit catch was made
below the Dow Dam.
- A few walleyes were taken jigging near the east end of the Spoils
Island off the mouth of the Saginaw River.
|Apr 26th -2011
- Spring fishing continues
to suffer from the reluctance of Spring to manifest itself in central
Michigan . Last week’s weather included cold, snow, sleet, hail,
rain, wind, thunder and lightning…all on Tuesday night! We had
1.4 inches of rain etc. on Tuesday and another 0.3 inches on Friday
night. As a result, our rivers are running bank-full and very muddy.
: Perch fishing has tapered off at the cuts, canals, and marina basins.
Some crappies are starting to show up, primarily in marina basins.
Try using a live minnow under a bobber or small crappie jigs. The
lower bay is very dirty due to runoff from all the recent rains, and
this has slowed post-spawn walleye fishing. A few walleye were reported
caught off the Spoils Island . Sucker runs in area
rivers are winding down. Some channel cats and white bass were reported
taken from the Hot Ponds. Trollers going out of Quanicassee
were taking a few (1 or 2 per boat) nice walleye. Boaters
are reminded that lake levels are low and there’s not much water
off the end of a lot of launch ramps this spring or out the channels
to the Bay.
| Apr 19th -2011
- Not a whole lot to
report anywhere in southern Lake Huron or greater Saginaw Bay this
week. Cold weather, high winds, big waves and muddy water have combined
to keep anglers indoors for most of last week. A few people were fishing
the cuts and rivers in the Thumb for perch, but with indifferent success.
|Apr 12th 2011 - Not
much going on in the lower bay. Some perch being caught in most of
the cuts, but a lot of sorting has to be done. This includes the lower
Saginaw River in Bay City. Thomas
Cut was very good for nice perch on Saturday, but it shut
down Sunday. Don’t wait to hear the fish are biting…just
GO! By the time you hear they’re biting and get there, it’ll
be over! Some perch taken at Sebewaing in the river
and marina. Lots of sorting required. Some nicer perch taken by those
in boats out in the river channel.
Suckers are starting to run in Thumb area rivers as more are being
caught by those fishing for perch.
Pier anglers at Caseville have taken the occasional
nice perch, smaller walleye, and at least one nice brown trout out
in the lake, but not big numbers. Fishing in the river and marina
is slow as the water was rising from the rains on Sunday.
|Apr 5th 2011 - Ice
fishing on Saginaw Bay is kaput.
Bay: There sre some fishing the shore and docks
in the marinas and rivers. Some panfish and small perch were being
taken in the marina basins. The time to start fishing the cuts and
lower rivers for perch is coming around, but the bite is still slow.
If you wait to hear that they’re biting, though, you might miss
em. High water levels and debris in the rivers and cuts/ditches will
make fishing them difficult until the end of the week.
Suckers have been seen running in the Shiawassee, Cass,
and Flint Rivers.
At Caseville: A
few lake trout and whitefish off the pier, and some small perch in
the river and marina. There is still ice in the marina, but use extreme
caution on or near it.
|Mar 29th 2011 - Last
week’s Wednesday snowstorm and winter temperatures that just
refuse to go away are definitely delaying spring fish runs. It’s
looking like fish runs will be anywhere from one to two weeks later
than normal this year. There’s still some ice fishing going
on in isolated, sheltered areas of the Bay , but shore ice conditions
are bad with anglers having to wade out to get onto fishable ice.
The Saginaw River: At the mouth
boats are getting out, and the skid piers were put in last Friday.
Walleye fishing out on Saginaw Bay is still reported slow. The fish
are late in showing up due to the lingering cold weather and ice.
River: There’s some shore fishing activity
at the public access site and also at the Old State Road bridge,
and they’re picking up a few perch at both locations. Lots
of sorting, with keepers running 6 to 8 inches. Mornings are best,
but ice has been forming every night and this has hampered fishing.
At Sunset Bay
Marina : Ice anglers inside the marina have
been catching some small bluegills and sunfish.
Ice anglers in the marina have been getting some perch, but the
ice is badly honeycombed so be careful! Shore fishing is possible
later in the day in the Sebewaing River . Cold night-time temperatures
have been causing the river to ice over at night, which hampers
shore anglers in the morning until it opens up later in the day.
At Caseville: A few shore anglers have been out
on the Pigeon River , but without much success as yet. Like Sebewaing
the river ices over at night and doesn’t become fishable till
later in the day.
Mar 22nd 2011 - Ice
conditions around greater Saginaw Bay are deteriorating quickly
and anglers venturing forth are cautioned to be very careful out
there. Don’t go out alone, tell your next of kin where you
Fair perch fishing has been reported off Newman Road the middle
of last week, but now it’s mostly smaller fish. Lots of small
perch being taken in the marina basin at Linwood.
The launch at the mouth of the Saginaw River is
almost (but not quite) clear of ice as of Sunday evening. The Quanicassee
River is open, boats are launching there, and shore anglers
are getting some perch. One whitefish was also caught there last
week. Cuts from Quanicassee to Fish Point
are open and shore-fishable. Ice anglers in the marina
basin at Sunset Bay Marina were catching some small
bluegills and sunfish. Ice has become
unsafe from Sebewaing northward along the east
side of the bay. Some ice remains in the marina basins but it is
not to be trusted. Some anglers are using airboats to go out for
walleye and perch. The Sebewaing, Pigeon and Pinnebog
rivers are all open, running high and muddy with a lot of floating
debris, making fishing difficult.
|Mar 15th 2011 - There’s
still a lot of ice fishing activity all over greater Saginaw Bay,
but you need to pay attention to local ice conditions as the weather
warms up this week. Shore ice is deteriorating at a lot of locations
and pressure cracks are active. Cracks are buckled and open holes
are common over in Wildfowl Bay. Watch what you’re doing and
don’t be the guy that the Coast Guard has to go looking for.
Inner Bay: Perch
action has picked up at multiple locations, depths and size of fish
varied with the location. Good spots included the Bay-Arenac County
Line, Newman Road, Bay City State Park,
Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee,
off Sunset Bay Marina, and off Thomas Road.
Fish from dawn ‘til about 11 AM, try not to make too much noise
and try to stay away from the crowd. Further up the east side, some
perch taken from the bay off Sebewaing and Rose
Island, but nothing much off Geiger Road.
Rivers at Sebewaing and Caseville
are opened up outside of town.
Saginaw River - Boaters are out on the river, but
inland pike and walleye season closes at the ends (March 15th). The
boat ramps at Rust Avenue in Saginaw and Cass Avenue
in Bay City are open, but the water is fairly fast
and muddy and action is slow.
|Mar 7th 2011 - A small
bunch of walleye tag returns came in this past week, and most of them
came from ‘waaaaay out there. A couple came from east of Buoy
#1, a couple from the Saganing Bar (a hydrographic feature, not a
drinking establishment) and others from east of the Black Hole. This
suggests that the bigger fish are still ‘way out in deep water.
Most of these fish are being caught in the late afternoon to early
evening; roughly 4 PM to 6:30 PM.
Anyone going that far out to fish walleyes needs to be cognizant
of changing ice conditions, should tell someone where they’re
going and when they expect to be back and they should definitely
carry both a cell phone and a GPS. Walleye are great fish, but they’re
not worth dying for.
Inner Bay: Some
nice catches of big perch were made on a couple of morning last week
off Bay City State Park and also off Vanderbilt
Park near Quanicassee, from 5 to 6 feet
of water at both sites. A pattern has emerged concerning both sites.
Fishing is best on the first three weekdays
Not much activity at Sebewaing; a few anglers going
out of Rose Island Road; little activity at Geiger
Road or at Bay Port; some pike reported
moving off Mud Creek, but the ice there isn’t
very good and there is little perch action to speak of. At Caseville,
there’s a few people still fishing the river but watch the ice!
Ice has broken up off the end of the breakwall.
Saginaw River - Ice conditions are unsafe in the
Saginaw River except at the mouth, where they’re just not
good. Not much being caught off the mouth of the Saginaw River last
week either. On the Tittabawassee, boats are launching at Center
Road, but anglers should beware of ice jams down near the confluence
of the Tittabawassee, Shiawassee, and Saginaw rivers. Some walleye
were being caught, but the run is clearly not in yet. Small boats
are also launching at the Gordonville Road ramp just south of Midland,
but fishing up near the Dow dam is still slow. Anglers should try
casting instead of vertical jigging, as water levels are still relatively
low. Get that bait away from the boat.
|Feb 28th 2011 - Ice
conditions continue to deteriorate on greater Saginaw Bay , and anglers
are reminded to be very careful out there. I’ll mention particularly
bad areas as I come to them. As a general comment, best perch fishing
has been in the morning and the best walleye fishing has been in late
afternoon and evening.
Bay West Side: Walleye anglers fishing 6 miles
off Erickson Road . Beware of an active crack off
Linwood. Both perch and walleyes being taken from
5 to 10 feet of water off Bay City State Park and
between the State Park and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River.
Some activity at the mouth of the Saginaw River , but fishing there
is generally slow.
Bay East Side: Perch fishing was quite good
earlier last week off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee,
but a horde of anglers descended on that area over the weekend and
drove the fish away. It may pick up again early to mid-week. Some
walleye were also taken off Callahan Road 3 miles
out, and in the lower Slot off Quanicassee and between
there and the tip of Fish Point. Some panfish being
taken from inside the Sebewaing Marina, but the bay
off Sebewaing was generally slow for perch. Perch
anglers going out off Rose Island Road were doing
a little better. Walleye fishing was generally slow outside the islands.
Ice off Mud Creek (Filion Road Access Site) was reported
to be pretty bad, and fishing there was slow. The ice off the end
of the breakwall of the Pigeon River at Caseville
broke up last week, so anglers aren’t getting out there anymore.
Not much fishing activity in the marina basins off the Pigeon River
Saginaw River - Ice conditions are bad
everywhere except near the mouth where they are just not good. Not
much fishing activity. Too much ice to launch a boat, but the ice
is too weak to stand on.
Feb 24th 2011 - From
Dock Reporter Terry
- Have not been out at all-weather and bad ice has kept me
off- 14 guys went out last Sunday and not one keeper - Everyone
there is a real good deal going on June 18th & 19th at Vets
Park in Bay City-we are taking wounded vets out for a day of fishing-hope
to have a hundred boats to get them all out. If someone hasn’t
heard about the event click the link to Walleyes
for Warriors or call Nels Larsen 989 837 2681. Leave a message
on recorder if I am not by the phone.
The thaw last week did not help ice anglers in mid-Michigan. Conditions
deteriorated and waters in and near the mouth of the rivers became
turbid. Fishing picked up at one point but shut down with the snow
storm. A few walleye were caught in shallow waters off Pine River
and Palmer Roads. Areas of open water were reported off Linwood
and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River. Some perch were caught off
the Bay City State Park, the trailer park at the end of Patterson
Road, and off Vanderbilt Park. Fish shallow, 5 to 7 feet of water.
Fishing off the east side of the bay was light. Ice near the mouth
of creeks is not good and Wildfowl Bay had a lot of bad spots. Lake
trout were caught off Caseville before muddy water from the Pigeon
River shut it down.
Saginaw River - The recent thaw coupled with heavy
snowfall has produced dangerous ice conditions.
|Feb 15th 2011 - Heavy
snow and slush are seriously impeding angler mobility all over greater
Saginaw Bay. Four-wheelers, and any wheeled vehicle
for that matter, is having a hard time getting around, but anglers
with snowmobiles are doing a bit better. Angler success has remained
slow and spotty, but some anglers continue to get a few fish.
On Saginaw Bay anglers should be careful this week,
as strong southwest winds may cause pressure cracks to widen and move.
On the Saginaw River use caution this week, as the
thaw may cause quick deterioration of river ice conditions.
- Some walleyes being taken just south of the Black Hole,
with anglers going out of Erickson and Linwood
Rds and fishing 20 feet of water or more. Walleye anglers
continue to fish The Slot off Thomas Road.
Perch fishing is slow and spotty all over the bay, but anglers who
are persistent and move often are still getting a few decent fish.
There’s still a fair amount of effort near shore by walking
anglers after perch around Vanderbilt Park, Sebewaing
marina, and similar locations. A few lake trout are being taken
just off the mouth of the Pigeon River at Caseville.
Saginaw River - Lots of sublegal walleyes being
caught from the mouth upstream to Saginaw, but very few legal fish
yet. Watch out for that river ice this week!!!
|Feb 10th 2011 - Anglers
are complaining about access sites being snowed in. Snow removal is
in the process however it may take some time. Perch anglers are heading
out 8 miles off Pine River Road, but catch rates
were slow. Fair walleye action 5 miles off Pinconning
and Linwood anglers are heading out to the Spark
Plug for walleye. Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee
is producing a few perch. Not much activity on the east side and the
water is too muddy for spearing. At Caseville, a
few lake trout were taken through the ice.
River - Sublegal walleye continue but a few keepers were
caught at Essexville near the Anderson Marina and the Coast Guard
Station. Those fishing near the Independence Bridge have also caught
the occasional keeper. Smaller walleyes were caught between Bay
City and Saginaw. A few perch were taken
off Patterson Road near the mouth.
|Jan 31st 2011 - Continued
cold weather seems to be keeping fishing success slow and fishing
pressure light on greater Saginaw Bay. Mechanized
anglers are travelling great distances out onto the bay and crossing
multiple pressure cracks to get out there. Deep snow is beginning
to hinder travel by all-terrain vehicles and those that have them
are switching to snowmobiles. If we get the heavy snows forecast for
mid-week, travel may be even more difficult than it is now. I guess
we’ll just have to see what develops. Slush is also becoming
a problem in areas.
Bay - Some perch coming from 5 to 7 feet of
water off White’s Beach, but they’re
running small. Walleye and perch anglers are going 5 miles off Pinconning
Road. Walleye anglers are going 7 miles off Erickson
Road and 8 miles off Linwood to fish around
the Black Hole and getting some walleye.
On the east side, walleye anglers are going 8 miles off Callahan
Road. They’re still picking up some perch in 5 to 7
feet of water off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee.
At Thomas Road, they’re going anywhere from
10 to 12 miles off shore across the bar to fish up to 30 feet of water
in the center of the bay. There is some pike spearing activity in
the Sebewaing marina. Perch fishing pressure is light
from Sebewaing VFW to Rose Island and
Geiger Road. A few guys are going out to the Slot
to try for walleyes from all those locations. A bit more perch fishing
activity at Bay Port and Mud Creek.
Success is spotty. Keep moving until you find a school of actively
feeding fish. A few lake trout being taken at Caseville.
Perch fishing generally slow there.
-Lots of sublegal walleye being taken everywhere from Saginaw out
to the mouth of the river. A few legal walleyes and a few perch are
being taken just downstream of the Independence Bridge.
Anglers with cameras report seeing bigger walleyes down there but
they can’t get them to bite.
|Jan 27th 2011 - Those
heading out five miles off Palmer Road caught some
walleye in 12 to 18 feet of water. Small perch were caught closer
to shore. Off Linwood, perch anglers caught fish
a mile out and walleye were caught in the Black Hole
in 20 feet of water. Near Quanicassee, perch were
caught off Vanderbilt Park. A few walleye were caught
12 miles off Thomas Road and perch near Tietz
Drain. A lot of anglers at Bay Port and
Mud Creek, but catch rates for perch were spotty.
At Caseville, a couple lake trout were taken near
Saginaw River - Ice conditions
were improving some. Most of the walleye caught were sublegal but
a few keepers were reported. Small walleye were the common catch between
the mouth and Saginaw. A few perch were caught from the mouth to the
|Jan 25th 2011 - From
Jose - A
couple of buddies went out of Thomas Rd last Thursday and caught 5
walleye keepers. They were out 10 miles near the spark plug. Lots
of broken ice on way out there so fisherman need to take caution especially
coming in after dark.
Finally got in to some good perch at Vanderbilt
Park on Sunday. Early afternoon is the prime time, the bite was in
6 ft of water.
|Jan 20th 2011 - In
general, perch fishing is spotty with lots of sorting to do. It is
still worth giving it a try as anglers manage good catches here and
there. Try moving around frequently until you find an active school
of bigger fish. Lots of anglers off Pine River and
Palmer Road but catch rates were spotty. Keeper perch
were 6 to 9 inches. No walleye to report. Some are taking the occasional
perch in 3 to 5 feet of water off White's Beach,
and some walleye about 3 miles out. Anglers are just starting to venture
out off Erickson Road, but use extreme caution due
to the active pressure crack. Perch and walleye were caught off the
mouth of the Saginaw River however many of the fish
were small. Near Quanicassee, a few perch were taken
in shallow waters off Vanderbilt Park, but the walleye
anglers were heading out about 5 miles where the action was hit-or-miss.
Those fishing off Tietz Drain and Thomas
Road were going out 5 to 11 miles however extreme caution
needs to be used. Perch fishing was spotty from the Sebewaing
VFW north to Mud Creek. Perch and bluegills were
caught in the Sebewaing Marina. Walleye fishing in
the Slot was just getting underway.
Saginaw River - Lots of sorting out the small ones
for both perch and walleye from the mouth upstream to the Independence
Bridge in Bay City. Catch rates were dominated
by sublegal walleye 11 to 14 inches which are present in large numbers.
The same is true upstream from Bay City to Saginaw.
These small walleye indicate the strength of the natural reproduction
now taking place in Saginaw Bay.
|Jan 11th 2011 - a
lot of ice fishing activity all over the near-shore waters of Saginaw
Bay , but the fish didn’t seem to be in a very cooperative mood
for most of last week. For the most part, guys aren’t getting
out far enough to effectively target walleyes in most locations yet
(except for the Slot) and the perch they are seeing down the holes
are not in much of a mood to bite. Anglers at all locations in Saginaw
Bay are catching a lot of sub-legal walleyes incidental to perch fishing…
and while targeting walleyes. Legal sized fish are apparently mostly
out deeper and the guys can’t get to them yet.
Gizzard shad are popping up in the
holes at many locations, and they are doing what they always do at
this time of year….dying! This is actually a good thing, because
if they didn’t die off, we’d be literally up to our necks
in gizzard shad! Just the same, as long as the gizzard shad are abundant
and swimming weakly around out there, the walleyes have plenty to
eat and walleye fishing may be difficult. Because of the huge year
class of shad in 2010, I would not be surprised if the walleye fishery
doesn’t come fully on-line (note the pun) until about February
when the young of year shad have finally died off.
Ice conditions are iffy all over Saginaw Bay, with active cracks at
many locations. Anglers are advised to use great caution and confine
their fishing to daylight hours. Cracks open and close with changes
in wind conditions and you can’t see what’s happening
if it’s dark.
Inner Bay West Side: Ice at Linwood has a lot of
active cracks and anglers should be careful out there. Walleye anglers
are getting a lot of short fish there and also off Bay City State
Park . Some decent catches of perch are being taken near the Spoils
Island , but be very careful of the ice near the mouth of the Saginaw
Inner Bay East Side: Very good perch
fishing was reported off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee earlier
last week, but by the weekend it had slowed down. A few walleye were
also being taken off Vanderbilt, and also from the Slot off Thomas
Road . Anglers there were fishing in 14 feet of water. (This is the
best walleye report we have for this week.) Slow fishing at Sebewaing,
with some perch and bluegills coming out of the marina basin. Perch
fishing is spotty off Geiger Road , with anglers still staying inside
the islands. Perch were running small, lots of sorting for a few decent
fish. No activity to speak of at Bay Port or Bayshore Marina, and
not much at the Mud Creek access site just south of Sand Point. The
ice is still questionable there.
|Jan 6th 2011 - Some
perch have been caught in shallow waters 2 to 5 feet deep. The ice
does not go out far enough for effective walleye fishing, but a few
were caught in shallow waters.
River - The ice is not safe yet so anglers are advised
to stay off the river and wait for a longer stretch of much colder
Jose - Fished
Vanderbilt both days this weekend. Tons of perch swimming around
in about 5 foott of water. Caught around 40 all weekend but had
to weed the small ones out. Seen some jumbos in the hole so we know
they are out there but the small ones proved to be more agressive.
Suprisingly they were hitting between 12 and 3 o'clock both days.
Lots of ice around a foot or so.
04 - 10 - Field
- Made a cold trip to Bay Port
-there is a good ten inches of ice here and man are there lots of
people out fishing - Wildfowl Bay is giving us a little of everything
- walleyes, lake trout, white fish and a few keeper perch. I caught
three lake trout-all over five lbs and two keeper eyes and seven perch
- you cannot keep lake trout except in the river at Caseville. If
you want to see a real circus you should see the lake trout being
caught in the river at Caseville where you can keep them. The DNR
makes daily checks because of the number of fish being caught. Hope
to get out this week in the lower bay area.
24 -09 - Terry -
We had a heavy week of ice fishing - The Pine River and Palmer
Road between Pinconning and Standish have
been good for perch and walleyes -Vanderbuilt Park at Quanicassee
was good but has been slow the last few days with very heavy traffic
which I think has pushed the fish out - ice is not the best - large
cracks are forming and everyone should watch the wind before going
out - stay safe and don't leave your garbage on the ice
|12- 03 -09
- Terry - reports that
his perch fishing has been going slow near Pinconning - the Muck Boy
Crew trolled the mouth of the Saginaw river out in to the bay with
Jr Thundersticks with out much success.
Saginaw River - Has fair to good walleye action in the lower
river however some of the fish were small. A few yellow perch were
caught however anglers will need to sort out the small ones.
|11- 26 -09
- Walleye were still hitting near the mouth of the
Saginaw River. Some were trolling body baits while others were casting
Hot-n-Tots. Perch fishing has been fair to good depending on the day
Saginaw River - Fair to good numbers of walleye
remain in the lower river. Boat anglers usually do well when vertical
|11- 19 -09
- Walleye have been caught in 12 to 16 feet of water
near the mouth of the Saginaw River and around the sailing buoys.
Most are trolling body baits.
Saginaw River - Good
numbers of walleye were in the lower river. Those fishing between
Bay City and the mouth have been catching small perch.
|11- 12 -09
- Very good walleye fishing in the lower part of
the Bay. Vertical jigging from boats was the most effective method.
Fish were caught in 13 to 16 feet of water when trolling body baits
near the sailing buoys.
Saginaw River - Is
producing some good numbers of walleye. Perch were caught near the
mouth, but many were small.
|11- 5 -09
- Some perch activity in the Eagle Bay Marina near Standish and off
the beach at Linwood.
Saginaw River - No reports have come in about
any perch or walleye action.
|Oct 29 09 -
Some decent catches of perch are being reported along the shipping
channel, near buoys 17 and 18 and out by the Spark Plug. Some were
9 to 10 inches but a few were closer to 12 inches. Smaller perch are
also being taken in the Linwood Marina and the Eagle Bay Marina. Activity
on the east side of the Bay was slow except for a few perch caught
in the marina and the river at Sebewaing.
| Oct 22 09 -
A few perch were caught along the shipping channel and up the old
shipping channel. Boats were lucky to get 5 to 8 keepers. Boaters
vertical jigging with jigs or spoons baited with minnows are taking
a few walleye at the mouth of the Saginaw River. Large schools of
emerald shiners are starting to show up near shore and in the mouth
of some rivers, so maybe the perch & walleye will follow.
Saginaw River - Shore anglers caught perch at
Smith Park in Essexville.
At Quanicassee - Perch fishing was hit-or-miss.
More every half hour or so to locate a school of fish.
At Sebewaing - Perch were caught by those willing
to move around.
|Oct 8 09 -
When the weather permits a few walleye can be picked up trolling crawler
harnesses in front of the Hot Ponds. A few perch are being taken in
or near the shipping channel.
- Small perch were caught but overall the action was slow.
At Sebewaing - Some perch are being taken however
its hard work to get a dozen keepers.
|Oct 1 09 -
The waters are stirred up after several windy days. Some perch and
a few walleye were caught straight off the mouth of the Quanicassee
River in 6 to 7 feet of water. At Bay Port, bass anglers caught some
nice smallmouth around Heisterman Island. Most were using minnows
under a bobber or artificial baits in shallow waters.
|Sept 24 09 -
A few perch have been caught around various buoys along the shipping
channel. The best thing to do is to keep moving until you find an
active school of fish. Walleye were caught near Buoy G which is the
sailing buoy off the mouth of the Saginaw River. Good numbers of smallmouth
bass have been caught around Spoils Island and catfish are still hitting
in the Hot Pond.
At Sebewaing - just a few perch
were caught in the boat channel. Walleye fishing was slow.
Quanicassee - A few perch and occasional walleye have been
caught. Some perch were caught in shallow waters just off the mouth
of the river. Sorting will be necessary as there are still lots of
small ones for every keeper.
|Sept 17 09 -
Walleye action has slowed with only a couple fish taken in 14 feet
of water off the Pinconning Bar. A few perch were caught on minnows
near buoys 8, 15, 16 and 18 or in 15 feet of water off Linwood and
near the Spark Plug. Most were 8 to 10 inches but some were closer
to the 12 inch range. A few walleye were caught near Quanicassee when
slow trolling crawler harnesses north of the channel. Hot-n-Tots were
also taking fish. A few perch were also caught along the weeds in
8 feet of water. Anglers are working hard to keep a dozen but the
fish caught were in the 8 to 11 inch range.
|Sept 10 09 -
Limits of walleye have been caught off Pinconning and Linwood when
trolling crawler harnesses or Hot-n-Tots in 12 to 15 feet of water.
The action was slower a few miles east of the Spark Plug and the Black
At Bay City - Perch were caught in the
shipping channel, around the Spark Plug and near Buoys 9 and 10.
At Quanicassee - Walleye fishing was slow with boats
only taking 1 or 2 fish off the Callahan Reef.
- Try here for better walleye fishing but you will still
have to work to get them. Target 15 feet of water in the Slot off
Fish Point use crawler harnesses and Hot-n-Tots.
- Fishing has been quiet except for a few smallmouth bass caught off
|Sept 3 09 -
Walleye fishing is shutting down, as it usually does around Labor
Day. As for catch rates, walleye are being taken 2 to 3 miles east
of the Black Hole in 23 feet of water. Other spots were the Callahan
Reef and out near the Slot however anglers are fishing a long time
to get a couple walleye. Perch fishing is still slow, with better
action about a month away. A few fish were caught around the Black
Hole and Buoy H. Enough fish 7 to 10 inches long were caught to make
the trip worthwhile
|Aug 27 09 -
Walleye catches are still good on the Callahan Reef
in 4 to 10 feet of water. Trolling crawler harnesses without weights
in this shallow water to avoid fouling in the weeds. Fishing was slower
in the Slot but a few walleye were found in 15 feet of water. Walleye
were caught about one and a half miles northeast of Spoils Island
while perch were caught east of the island and west of the Spark Plug.
|Aug 19 09 -
Walleye fishing is still good around the end of the shipping channel,
the dumping grounds west of the shipping channel, the Callahan Reef,
and the Slot. If fishing around weedbeds, try trolling crawler harnesses
without bottom bouncers in order to keep the bait above the weeds.
This works best in 8 to 10 feet of water where the weedbeds are thickest.
All the usual areas are still producing fish, but early morning is
the most productive. A few perch are starting to show up about a mile
west of the Spark Plug in 20 feet of water. Perch were running 7 to
9 inches for the most part, with a few up to 13 inches. Those trolling
for walleye were picking up the occasional large perch on crawler
|Aug 13 09 -
Best reports came from out around buoys 1 through
4, which is at the end of the marked shipping channel in around 24
feet of water. Boats were converging on this area from all the various
launch sites around the bay. Crawler harnesses continue to be the
most consistent bait, but crank baits were also taking fish. They
were also doing well on the Callahan Reef and in the Slot 5 miles
north of Quanicassee.
|Aug 6 09 -
At Linwood -Walleye were caught in 15 to 20 feet
At Quanicassee - limit catches of walleye
are being reported in 5 to 8 feet of water straight out from the mouth
of the river and and a couple miles northeast of the Callahan Reef
when using crawler harnesses.
At Sebewaing -
Good fishing can be found in 14 feet of water, between here and Fish
Point, also in the Slot in 16 feet of water. At Bay Port
- Good walleye action is around North Island.
a few walleye were caught near Oak Point.
|Aug 03 09 -
- Fishing has slowed - mainly because of the
weather - and now the gales have set in. On our last two trips we
have only managed 2 hours on the water and only took 6 fish, off Oak
All points on the lower bay have had a rough time finding fish also
-you will see an occasional limit but not like it was. Also perch
are starting to show up in Caseville from 30-50 off Oak Point in small
|Jul 30 09 -
Near Bay City, the best areas have been close to the edge of the shipping
channel and between the Spark Plug and buoys 1 and 2. Anglers looking
for perch can try near the Spark Plug or out from the Quanicassee
River. The fishing around Bay Port has been very spotty. The most
consistent fishing has been beyond Sand Point with Hot ‘N Tots
as the bait of choice. Out from the Standish area, anglers are finding
success near the sand bar. The best attracting colors have been pinks
and purples. The occasional perch is being caught as well.
Fish were also caught in the Slot off Sunset Bay in 14 feet of water
and outside the islands north of Sebewaing.
|Jul 23 09 -
Walleye catch rates were spotty but fish are still being taken
out near the Black Hole, the Shipping Channel, Callahan Reef, the
Slot and the sailing buoys. Average catches were 2 to 3 fish per boat.
At Linwood - head straight out to the edge of
the shipping channel in 20-25 feet of water for some nice perch action.
Fish are averaging nine inches.
At Bay City
- Fish straight out from three to four miles, near Finn Road and the
Spark Plug the walleye fishing is good. Perch activity is decent near
the last buoy bout 13 miles out.
At Bay Port - Sand
Point is a good location when the winds are calm for some good walleye
fishing in deeper water with crawlers and harnesses.
|Jul 21 09 -
- The fishing has been real slow, we were out
yesterday and worked hard to take ten fish. At the ramp three boats
had no fish at all. The weather is so messed up. Where we normally
fish off the Charities this time of year, in 38 feet of water the
bite has not happened yet -you really have to move around to find
fish right now.
|Jul 16 09 -
Excellent largemouth bass fishing off the mouth of the Pine River
in shallow waters.
At Bay City - Perch are being
taken near Buoy’s 1 and 2 off the channel. In the same location
walleye are hitting on bottom bouncers, popular colors include chartreuse,
pink or purple and south of the Spark Plug anglers are obtaining limits.
Limits are also being taken on the west side of Callahan Reef in 9-12
feet of water. Crawler harnesses 10-20 feet back with quarter ounce
in-lines running 1.3-1.5 seems to be working well with purple, pink,
red and chartreuse bead combo’s with various #6 Colorado blades,
gold or copper backed.
At Bay Port - Anglers
are finding good fishing despite windy conditions and rough water.
Walleye are in deeper waters past North Island and taking a little
longer to get limits. Perch are hitting on minnows and closer in.
At Sebewaing - Is on fire for Walleye they
are still hitting however the weather did mange to slow the bite.
|Jul 9 09 -
Saginaw Bay anglers have been dealing with windy conditions for several
days now limiting angling activity.
At Bay City - 12
feet of water seems to be the hot depth for walleye. Again
this week, Callahan Reef is producing fish in 8-10 feet of water,
most anglers are trolling quarter to half ounce in-line weights and
crawler harnesses 10-20 feet behind planer boards.Gold blades with
Chartreuse beads are still working well. Southeast of the Sparkplug
is a hot area. Anglers are trolling 1.0 to 1.2 mph using crawler harnesses
with gold #6 Warrior spinner blades on two ounce in-lines about 20-40
feet back. Also try out by Buoys 1 & 2 at the end of the shipping
|Jul 2 09 -
Walleye fishing remains Great in many areas. Fish can be found from
8-16 feet and deeper depending on the area using crawlers harnesses,
spoons and crank baits. Purple, Chartreuse and bright colors seem
to be best.
At Bay City - Walleye continue to
bite in 8 to 10 feet off Finn Road and 7 to 14 feet on the Callahan
Linwood - Walleyes are being taken at Buoys 1 and 2 and the
Spark Plug and 6 to 8 feet off the Kawkawlin River, Trolling quarter
to half ounce in-line weights on crawler harnesses trolled 10-20 feet
behind boards. Gold blades with Chartreuse beads continue to work
well. A few anglers are starting to pick up fish casting crank baits
around the weeds.
At Bay Port - Anglers continue
to do well for walleye around North Island with crawlers. Bass activity
is very good and the fish are good size as well several five pound
fish have been caught right off the docks.
Jun 25 09
-Walleyes are hitting in waters 5-24 feet on crawler harnesses
At Linwood - Fish are being taken from 4 feet to
10 feet off the Kawkawlin River.
At Bay City - Walleye were caught in 5 to 7 feet
of water near the Callahan Reef, using quarter or half ounce in-line
weights and crawler harnesses trolled 10 to 20 feet behind planer
boards. Anglers are doing best in 7-9 feet of water using gold blades
with chartreuse beads. Mid-day seems to be most productive and trolling
at low speeds less than 1.3 mph.
At Sebewaing - Walleyes are being taken in 7 to
17 feet of water in the Slot, also good catches of channel cats
in 3 to 4 feet of water.
At Bay Port - Try the weed beds south of the tower
on Sand Point also head straight out to fish around North Island
those using crawlers are having very good results.
|Jun 18 09 -Pretty
much wherever anglers went they caught walleye as long as they were
in 10 feet of water or deeper, and most were getting their limits.
At Bay City Walleye were being taken at the Spark Plug, Finn
Road and the Callahan Reef area.
At Linwood - Walleye
can be taken in 16 to 20 feet of water. off Kitchen Road in 10 feet
of water and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River.
Walleye are being taken straight out and limiting out on perch using
At Bay Port- The area around Sand Point
is producing good numbers using Hot-N- Tots and crawler harnesses
A few walleye are being caught close to shore off the Long Dock. Walleye
are good size too.
|Jun 16 09 -
- Fishing has been outstanding - the slot west
of North Island has been good - just off of Sunset has been great
and Augres has been real good - this is the time - everyone is having
some luck - We will be spending more time off Caseville in the next
Jun 14 09
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
6-12-09 Went out of Quanicassee started setting lines about 7:30
am no sooner got the lines set (running all Tots about 50' back
off boards) and boated our first keeper, about 18", at about
8:00 am we started having motor problems and decided to head into
port and not take any chances. So it was a short trip. We had reports
from a friend that they had done well with 1/4 oz Hot n Tots in
that area the day before in anywhere from 11 - 17 fow.
6/13/09 - Headed back up with my old buddy Blue and Kevin, it was
another beautiful calm day on the Bay. Went out of Sunset and fished
14 - 17 fow, we pulled Blue's homemade spinner rigs with meat 20'
- 35' back with 1oz - 1.5oz in-line weights, blades with red or
purple seemed to be the hottest. Boated a lot of undersize walleye,
some white bass, a cat, and a few sheepshead including a humongus
one which measured 27". The walleye seemed to want it slower
today at about 1.4 -1.6 mph (GPS ground speed) which contributed
to the fact that we caught more trash fish today. Took us about
7 hours to cull our limit of keepers, but we didn't mind with the
mild weather and a good supply of snacks and cold beverages.. The
walleye we kept averaged 16" - 22".
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| Jun 11 09 -Overall
walleye on Saginaw Bay is strong and steady out of many areas.
At Bay City - Walleye continue to hit near the Spark Plug,
off of Jones Road, and near the Callahan Reef.
- Good numbers of walleye are being taken in about 15 feet
of water in the Slot and outside the islands.
- anglers are heading south to the Slot off Sand Point or
the weeds in Wildfowl Bay. Crawler harnesses in green and yellow seem
to be working well.
At Linwood - Continues to
be hot for walleye in 16-feet of water. Plastics, spoons and crawlers
are very popular.
At Quanicassee - Try Finn
and Thomas Roads in 7-10 feet of water, try using crawler harnesses
with gold blades.
|Jun 5 09 -
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- What difference a few days makes, it was a bright sunny
day, not overcast, and the water had cleared considerably since our
last trip, 5 days ago. A lot of smaller fish were caught this trip
as we tossed back about 20 undersize walleye before boxing 15 keepers,
our 3-man limit. It took us 6 hours to limit out as we had about a
3 hour dry spell between our first and second keeper. We finally hit
a school of decent fish in 15 - 16 fow, after which it only took a
few hours of working the school to get our fish. We fished the Eastside
of the Bay out of Sunset Bay Marina.
We caught fish
on both Tots
and homemade spinner rigs. The hot colors for the Tots were Blue/Silver
and Purple/Gray. Hot blade colors were Silver/Chartreuse and Purple.
We ran the 1/4 oz Tots 50' back and the spinners 35' back with 1
oz inline weights. The fish averaged a little bigger than our last
trip as we had some in the 20" - 22" range.
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|Jun 4 09 - Walleye
fishing has been excellent all over the bay.
- Walleyes are being taken in 6 to 8 feet of water straight
out from the river or in 9 to 14 feet if water on the Callahan Reef.
At Sebewaing - Good walleye action can be found
in the slot in 14 feet of water. Those fishing off
Bay Port - The walleye are in 20 feet of water off the tip
of Sand Point.
At Linwood - Walleye action remains
steady, try using a crawler harness in about 12 to 20 feet of water.
For those anglers fishing the northern portion of the bay try trolling
with stick baits in 25 to 30 feet of water.
At Bay City
- Good to excellent walleye action can be found at the Spark Plug,
Black Hole, Sailing buoys G & H, off Jones and Finn Roads, the
Callahan Reef and the mouth of the Saginaw River.
|May 30 09
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- Buddy Blue, his son Kevin and I fished 15 -17 fow on the
eastside of the Bay near Fish Point. We began setting lines at 8 am
and were picking up at 10 am with our 3-man limit of walleye in the
box. We trolled Blue's homemade spinners with meat 35' to 40' behind
boards and used 1oz in-line weights. Gold, purple, and chartreuse
blades were all effective. We only had two throwbacks (undersize)
and the keepers averaged 16" - 19". The overcast skies and
1 foot chop contributed to the good bite.
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|May 28 09
- At Linwood - very good walleye fishing is northeast
of the Spark Plug and off in 20 feet of water.
City - Walleyes can be taken off the Callahan Reef in 8 to
14 feet of water,
At Bay Port - For Walleyes
fish the Slot in 15 feet of water and between Sand Point and the North
Island. Planer boards and crawler harnesses were good but some did
just as well on Hot-n-Tots or crank baits. Limits were the norm with
many limiting out in two hours or so.
|May 23 09
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- My first trip to the Bay this year and the fishing picked
up right were it left off last year, with a steady walleye bite. My
buddy and I fished out of Sunset
Bay Marina about 2 - 3 miles. We trolled spinner rigs and Eyeliminator
harnesses with crawlers in the 11' to 14' depths, from about 8:30
am til 11:30 am. The walleye averaged from 16" through 19".
The hottest lure was the Eyeliminator with the Aphrodite color scheme
as pink seemed to a hot color. We also caught a bonus pair of perch
that measured 10.5" each and a chunky channel cat in the 6# range.
Looks like it's going to be another banner year for walleye on Saginaw
|May 20 09
- Despite the windy conditions this week, area anglers
are doing well for walleye and the weather for holiday weekend is
anticipated to be good for fishing.
At Bay City -
Walleye action is strong near Finn Road.
- Walleyes are rangeing in size from 17 to 22 inches. With limits
being taken two to three miles out and in about 8 to 10 feet of water.
Anglers are finding success with spinners and gold blades.
Linwood - The walleye action is straight out in 12-20 feet
of water and using crawler harnesses. Good walleye fishing around
At Bay Port - Walleye limits are being taken near
the buoy at Sandpoint.
At Sebewaing - Walleye
limits were being taken straight out, off Lone Tree Island or Thomas
|May 14 09 -
Saginaw Bay is giving up nice numbers of walleye in several
At Bay City - Walleye are hitting
on crawler harnesses in 14 to 22 feet of water at the Spark Plug (Buoys
11 & 12), in 4 feet of water off Finn Road, the mouth of the Saginaw
River and jigging around Gull Island.
At Quanicassee -
Walleye are best straight off the mouth in 10 to 14 feet
of water. using crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers. A few pike
were also caught.
At Bay Port - Walleye fishing
was very good off the tip of Sand Point and out in the Slot. Some
are jigging around the weed beds while others are trolling planer
boards with crawler harnesses.
At Linwood -Crawler
harnesses are taking good numbers of walleye in 12-20 feet of water.
At Sebewaing - Good walleye activity is in 13-feet
of water. Fish can also be found at Sunset Bay Marina and Fish Point
in 11 feet of water. Good channel cat action is reported off the mouth
of the river.
|May 5 09 - Walleye
are everywhere around the Bay City area and anglers are giving a thumbs-up
for good action. Saginaw Bay is producing good quantities in 10-feet
of water on crawlers.
At Bay City - Trolling and drifting east of Spoils
Island caught Walleyes when using crawler harnesses and jigs with
crawlers. At Quanicassee - Fair to good walleye
action is near the mouth of the river.
At Bay Port - Boaters are catching walleye in the
channel off the tip of Sand Point, around North Island and out in
the Slot. At Caseville - Walleye were caught off
the breakwall at night.
At Sebewaing - The river is producing Walleye on
jigs in the early morning. Catch and release bass anglers are catching
fish as well.
|Apr 30 09 -
After all the rain this past weekend you will want to find areas of
clear water far away from river mouths, or fish along the line where
clear and muddy waters converge. Walleyes had been hitting good on
crawler harnesses fished off planer boards.
|Apr 23 09 -
Walleye fishing is starting to pick up as the water in the bay warms
and the winds subside.
At Caseville - Small
perch are in the river and the marina. A few walleye were caught off
the end of the pier in the early morning.
- Shore fishing has been very slow. Walleye were caught off
the mouth of the River when using thundersticks
in 10 feet of water.
At Sebewaing - Still has
a few small perch, a few nice bluegills and rock bass were caught
around the docks in the marina.
At Bay City -
Boaters are headed to the Kawkawlin River for walleye action.
|Apr 21 09 -
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
My freind Blue and his son fished
Saginaw Bay April 18, 2009, the bite was slow all morning but picked
up some in the afternoon. All their fish were caught trolling with
Jerks, Rebels, and Thundersticks)
behind in-line boards in 6 - 12 fow. The largest was over 28"
and in the 7+ lb range, it would have weighed more but was freshly
18 09 Field Reporter
T's Report Was
out today - took two eyes-not a lot of action- water is still cold
at 49 degrees - it needs to warm up a little.
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Apr 9 09 -
Perch fishing is starting
to pickup all around the bay when the weather is right.
At Bay City - The Saginaw River had mixed results.
Fishing here should pick up in the coming weeks as post-spawn walleye
drop back down the Saginaw River system and re-enter the bay. The
Hot Ponds were muddy so only a couple catfish have been caught.
At Linwood - Small
perch are being taken
off the docks at Linwood Marina
At Quanicassee - High muddy
water made for slow fishing.
At Sebewaing - Lots of small perch are being caught
in the river and the marina.
|Apr 5 09 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report We have
been trying all week to fish but high winds and lots of dirty water
have made it very hard to fish and nothing to show for it - The boat
is ready to go - just send warm weather soon!
|Apr 2 09 -
The cut at the end of Palmer
Road near Standish is producing lots of perch
but many are small. Perch were caught in the cut along Thomas
At Bay Port whitefish
and burbot were being caught.
- Perch action slowed with the cooler temperatures but should rebound
with a warm up.
Rifle River - is giving
up suckers and steelhead are picking up.
Mar 27 09 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
The Rifle River near Omer - the suckers
were running fairly good we kept 25 in a few hours of fishing. All
were caught on hook and line, bottom rigging with crawlers.
A lot of small perch are in the cuts all around the bay. The perch
runs are just getting started so the action should only get better.
|Mar 22 09 - Field
- Perch (small) can be had in many
of the ditches and cuts around the bay. As the muddy water clears
and Ice piles at the mouths move or melt away the fishing should pick
|Feb 19 09 - Field
- The ice is beginning to move around with the river
now open - rain and strong winds have also made bad spots in the ice
- still fishing has been good all over with the walleyes moving up
to the river - Good catches all along the western shore and perch
are hitting out of Vanderbilt Park about a mile out. Lake Trout are
being taken in the river at Caseville - Its time to be very careful
on that ice.
|Jan 30 09 - Field
- Fishing has been good all over Saginaw
Bay with good catches out of Linwood and Pinconning - just about any
road that will get you out to 16-24 ft of water will do the trick
Road is still hot 8 miles out, long ride but lots of fish. On
the Saginaw River things are heating up, Shiver
on the River starts Saturday and it will be busy all over but
there is lots of room to fish - get your kids out they will enjoy
hooking a big old eye.
18 08 - Field Reporter Terry
Road near Standish
A great day on the bay - had 21 big perch in three hours-
lot of small fish but the big ones make up for it, there are quite
a few pike in the area. We were running four wheelers along
the bay shore, out to about half mile. Lots of fisherman in every
|Oct 30 08 - Perch
fishing was limited to shore fishing in the marinas and river mouths
becasue of the wind this past week. Check, Linwood Marina, the cut
at Finn Road, the mouth of the Quanicassee River, the lower Sebewaing
River and the public marina, and the harbor at Caseville.
|Oct 23 08 - Fair
to good perch action near Buoys 4, 5, and 22. Good catches of 8 to
12 inch perch off Quanicassee when fishing anywhere from the last
buoys at the end of the navigation channel to about 8 feet of water
two miles out. North of Caseville, perch fishing was good off Oak
Point in the 50 foot hole.
Sebewaing River -
Small perch, some crappies and sunfish are being taken in the river
|Oct 19 08 - Perch
fishing north of the Spark Plug has produced 20 to 30 fish per boat
while those fishing east did much better with 50 to 70 fish per boat.
Slow catch rates off Quanicassee. Boats were heading out about 2.5
miles but the schools of fish have moved. Sebewaing has good catches
of bluegill, crappie and sunfish. A few small perch were caught off
the breakwall at Caseville.
|Oct 9 08 - Some
Walleyes have been caught off Linwood and the Pinconning
Bar in about 20 feet of water. Walleyes are also reported near Buoys
1, 2, and 27. Good perch fishing at Buoys 1 and 2, the first Spark
Plug, and around the Black Hole. Off Sebewaing, perch were caught
north of the channel near Lone Tree Island in 10 feet of water. At
Caseville, perch were caught in 40 to 50 feet of water between Oak
Point and Sleeper State Park
|Oct 5 08 - Field
- At Bay City the Perch fishing is
day to day, earlier this week we hit them really good at buoy #1.
Today only four fish and we fished from #1 buoy all the way back to
the mouth of the Saginaw River.
|Oct 2 08 -
At Bay City and Quanicassee perch are being taken place to try are
in 7-11 feet of water, east of the Spark Plug in 16-17 feet of water
and around buoys 18 and 19. Anglers are using perch minnows with good
|Sept 25 08 -
Perch were caught from a variety of locations including the Spark
Plug, the Callahan Reef, and 2.5 miles north of the Quanicassee River.
Perch were also caught in 50 feet of water off Oak Point which is
up near Caseville. Walleye fishing is quite slow, as it always is
this time of year. A few channel cats were taken at the Hot Pond.
|Sept 18 08 -
Perch have been caught around the Spark Plug and near Buoys 15, 16
and 18. Some nice perch were taken from the weed beds on the edge
of the Callahan Reef in 8 feet of water and about two or three miles
northwest off the mouth of the Quanicassee River. A few walleyes were
caught on a crawler harness in the Slot however anglers were doing
more fishing than catching.
|Sept 11 08 -
Walleye action slowed with the onset of cooler weather, heavy rain
and strong winds but fish were still being caught in the vicinity
of the Spark Plug and one or two miles east of the Plug in 19 feet
of water. Some found fish near the Callahan Reef and in 15 feet of
water over the Bar which is west of Sebewaing. Perch fishing is spotty
with a few caught near the G Buoy, one or two miles east of the Spark
Plug and about two and half miles north/northwest of Quanicassee.
At Bay City - Perch are active around Callahan
Reef the Black Hole and Buoys 18 and 19. Walleye action remains great
north of Buoys 1 and 2 in deeper water and also in 6-7 feet of water
around Callahan Reef.
At Bay Port - Crawler
harnesses and Hot-N-Tots seem to be working on fair catches of walleye.
The fish are in deeper water and are scattered. The Bay Port public
access launch is closed and will be open by duck hunting season.
Sept 4 08 -
At Linwood - the perch fishing is good in 19-21 feet of
water. Walleye activity is slow.
At Bay City - There are some really nice perch
being taken around the Black Hole and Buoys 18 and 19 on minnows
in 17-feet of water. Hot-n-Tots are working well for some good catches
of walleye just north of Buoys 1 and 2 in deep water.
At Bay Port - Walleye & perch fishing is rated
fair to good. Best location for walleye is between Sand Point and
North Island in Wild Fowl Bay. Using crawlers and chartreuse Hot-n-Tots
in 20-feet of water. Perch are hitting on minnows off of the Sebewaing
At Quanicassee - Fish can be found in 7 to 14 feet
of water north around the Slot. Crawler harnesses are consistent,
but crank baits are also taking fish
Aug 28 08 - Perch
are being caught in small to moderate numbers a mile east and a
mile north of the Spark Plug, near Buoy #18 along the shipping channel,
just south of the Black Hole, and 2 miles north off the mouth of
the Quanicassee River. The action is not fast and furious but the
fish being caught are running 8 to 11 inches. Walleye action continues
fair at most locations, with angler effort concentrated around the
Spark Plug, off Spoils Island, and in the Slot northeast of Quanicassee
up to the outside of the islands off Bay Port. Bass are still hitting
in Wildfowl Bay.
|Aug 22 08 - Field
Reporter Terry T's Report -
Fished yesterday out of Sunset - Took limit
but it took four hours-14 ft of water-still a few around-you can tell
it is winding down-many of the boats west of the channel had 1 or
2 fish - Caseville has much cooler water and the bite has slowed -
still some being taken but slow - No report of any perch action up
there-some reports of boats on bouy # 1 chasing perch
Aug 21 08 -
At Linwood - Walleye are still
being taken on a variety of baits and anglers are finding best results
in deeper waters. Perch remain constant again this week in the shipping
channels in 19-21 feet of water, south of the Black Hole
At Bay City - Callahan Reef is giving up a few
walleye and perch action is decent around buoy’s 18 and 19
At Quanicassee - Walleyes are being taken, north
in 13 to 15 feet of water.
|Aug 14 08 -
Walleye fishing has slowed considerably for the time being. Strong
winds have stirred up the bay and floating weeds and algae were causing
some problems with lines. Experienced anglers are reporting large
quantities of forage fish showing up on their fish finders, and this
may help account for the bite slowing down.
- The walleye fishing remains strong and steady. The fish
have moved to deeper waters, and all types of baits are working well.
Perch are active in the shipping channels in 19-21 feet of water south
of the Black Hole
At Bay City - The walleye action has slowed a
bit and fish are moving to deeper waters. Perch are just starting
and the hot spot is near the Spark Plug.
|Aug 7 08 -
At Linwood - Walleye fishing is good in the
deeper waters on Saginaw River and Bay. Crawlers and Hot-N-Tots are
working well. In the channel and around the Black Hole, the perch
action is good when using minnows.
At Bay City
- Good fishing activity is four miles out from Quanicassee and around
Thomas Reef using crawlers and Hot-N-Tots. Perch action is good on
around buoy 18 and 19 when using minnows.
At Bay Port
- Walleye activity has slowed a bit but persistent anglers
using crawlers, minnows and Hot-N-Tots will reel in a few especially
near the “gap”.
Aug 7 08 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report Fished
the Bay on 8/6/08 the bite for us has slowed down the past few trips.
It appears the majority of the fish are now in deeper water 22'
- 28' fow. Our average has fallen from about 5 fish per hr to about
2. The high pressure system that came through on the 5th may have
slowed 'em down as most fish we marked were near bottom.
We started shallow in 14 fow in the Slot and only boated 1 fish
in a little over an hour, the water was dirty there and churned
up from the wind. We picked up and headed to near the end of the
shipping channel, the water was clearer here and we began to pick
up a few fish, but after 7.5 hrs of fishing we still ended up 5
short of our 4 man limit. our most productive lures were a homemade
spinner harness with a Halloween colored (orange/brown) blade and
a 1/2 oz Hot
n Tot, Gold with Black Back, these two accounted for 1/2 our
fish. Effective depths were within 5' of bottom at 1.5 - 2mph.
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|Jul 31 2008 -
At Linwood - The perch action is improving with
the best fishing being found along the edge of the shipping channel
in water 20-23 feet deep. The walleye fishing remains steady in water
approximately 20 feet deep.
At Bay City - Walleye
fishing is very good on, early mornings are the best time to be out,
with crawlers being the preferred bait.
At Bay Port -
Walleye fishing is very good a few miles west of North Island
using Hot-N-Tots or crawlers.
|Jul 26 08 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report - Fished
with my Buddy Blue and his son out of Quanicassee the 26th and 27th.
The 26th was a good day on the water, a little bumpy toward the
end of the trip caused by 10 - 15 mph South winds but all in all
a pleasant day. We trolled Blue's homemade crawler harnesses, color
didn't seem to make much difference, silver, gold, pink, and purple
spinners all did well. We pulled 'em 35' to 45' back with 1 oz inline
weights. The bite slowed a little as the wind began to build but
we managed our 3 man limit in 4 hr.
What a difference a day makes, we fished the same area in the "Slot"
on the 27th, with the same program as the previous day but with
stiffer winds 10 - 20 mph outta the South West we spent most of
the day fighting 2 - 3 footers making boat, speed, and depth control
difficult. We stuck it out for near 8 hrs. But failed to limit for
the second time this year. We worked hard to boat 11 walleye but
turbid waters and floating weeds caused by the wind dampened our
efforts. But still any day on the water beats a day at work.
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|Jul-24-08 - The
Bay continues to have phenomenal walleye fishing from Au Gres around
to Port Austin.
At Linwood - Perch are active in 20-23 feet of water
near the edge of the shipping channel and walleye can be found in
20-22 using plastic baits
At Bay City - Limits of walleye in 4-26 feet of water
near Oakhurst and Charity Island. Anglers will only need 45-60 minutes
to catch their limits.. Best results have been using crawler harnesses,
N Tots, and mini disks with a spoon. Some
nice perch were caught in 20 to 23 feet of water north of the Spark
Plug which is near Buoys 11 & 12.
At Caseville - Good walleye catches were reported
up by Oak Point.
|Jul-23-08 - Field
Reporter Terry T's Report -
The good walleye bite is still on - off Oak Point near Caseville,
limits are being taken daily. We fished the lower bay again today
off North Island and took 10 fish in
1 hour and 20 min using pink and green crawler harnesses with #2 bottom
bouncers in 20 to 22 feet of water - lots of fish and not alot of
|Jul 16 08 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report - Mark,
I, and 2 other friends hit the Bay out of Quanicassee on Wed. the
16th. The weather was hot and humid with very little breeze and waves
under a foot. There was a lot of floating weeds from storms that went
through the previous night (these caused us to have to clean lines
continuously). We fished the "Slot" in 14 to 16 fow. We
started setting lines about 8:30 am and were pulling lines with our
4-man limit at about 11:30 am. The fishing on the Bay has been outstanding
this year. We didn't believe it could get better than the 2007 season
but it has. Reports have the entire inner Bay producing limit catches.
We trolled "meat" behind boards, 40' to
50' back with inline 1 1/2 oz weights at speeds between 1.5 and
2 mph. Color didn't seem to be a big factor as we pulled a rainbow
of colors that morning. We pulled both spinners and spoon harnesses.
It was our first experience with the spoon harnesses and they performed
well. We used both the Eyeliminator
(spoon/spinner combos) and Captain Dan's (Walleye Express) custom
spoon harnesses made with Stinger Scorpion spoons. The spoon harnesses
will tolerate higher speeds than the spinners. However, the fish
liked slower speeds most of the morning, at times fairly tight turns
which would almost stall the inside boards would produce best.
The fish ranged from 15.25" through 19," great eating
size and that's what we wanted.
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|Jul-15-08 - Field
Reporter Terry T's Report -
The walleyes are still hot- Monday was still rough but limits were
taken - at Caseville you have to search for them, the water tempature
is still a problem. We plan on going out of the Saginaw River tomorrow.
At Port Austin - Very hot for walleyes here, with many big
fish and limits being caught - the charter boats are all out fishing
those large eyes.
Jul 10 2008 -
Walleye fishing in the bay has been incredible with lots of limit
catches being taken. Crawler harnesses and Hot-n-Tots
were taking most of the fish, but some anglers were also using small
spoons. The walleye are averaging between 17-22 inches.
At Linwood - Walleye fishing is rated as very good
with limits being taken in in 20 to 24 feet of water near the Black
At Bay City - Walleye are being taken using crawler
harnesses, in the shipping channel between buoys 1 and 12 in 20
to 24 feet of water.
At Quanicassee - Walleye are being taken in the
Slot and 10 to 12 feet of water out on the middle of the bay.
At Bay Port - Very good walleye action is reported
behind North Island using Hot
N Tots or crawler harnesses, early in the moring.
|Jul 5 08 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report - Mark
had is nephew Bob from Columbus, Ohio up for the holiday and wanted
to show him the Saginaw Bay fishery. So we hit the Bay the day after
the Fourth and what a day it was. We set lines at about 8:30 am in
14 fow in "The Slot" out of Quanicassee and had filled our
three-man limit a little after 10:30 am. We ran all "meat"
behind boards, spinners, 40' - 45' back behind 1 1/4 oz. in-line weights,
the average speed was about 1.8 mph. Color didn't seem to make much
of a difference but we did have 1/2 of our lines rigged with spinners
having some purple in the color scheme. The walleyes were the usual
chunky Bay fish and ranged from 15 1/4" to a little over 23".
We only had 4 throw backs.
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|Jul 3 2008 -
Pick any port around the bay for
excellent walleye fishing! Fish the vicinity of the Black Hole, the
Spark Plug, Callahan Reef, off Jones Road, and the Slot from about
4 miles north of Quanicassee all the way up to the tip of Sand Point.
They're also taking fish off the Bar on the west side of the Slot.
Fish a variety of depths but in some area anglers need to fish in
a minimum depth of 10 feet. From Bay Port and
Port - fish the Slot outside Heisterman and North Islands
northeast to the tip of Sand Point.
Walleye action is good just about everywhere using crawler harnesses.
At Linwood - head toward the middle of the Bay.
At Bay City - Walleye is good around the Spark Plug.
At Quanicassee - Catch
rates slowed in the Slot, but fish are still being caught.
|Jun-21-08 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report - Another
day on the Bay, it took us about 4 hrs (9:30 am - 1:30 pm) to get
our 3-man limit 2 - 4 miles east of Linwood Beach Marina, 18 - 20
fow. Lots of small fish today some as small as 8" -12".
Hot & Tots and Spoons. The Stinger
Scorpion Spoons were the ticket, hot colors were Kervorkian, Blueberry
Muffin, and Rosemary's Baby, pulled 45' - 50' back off boards, behind
#30 Jet Divers.
Jun-20-08 - Field Reporter
- Fog was a problem early morning-slow
bite for a lot of boats-had our 10 fish by 10:30- heavy boat traffic
out of the mouth of the river
|Jun 19 2008 -
Walleye fishing has been excellent
all over the bay. Lots of fish were taken near Buoys 1 & 2, around
the Spark Plug, off the Bay City State Park, the Callahan Reef, Quanicassee,
and in the slot from Fish Point to Sand Point.
Linwood - Walleyes are being taken in waters 5-18 feet deep
and getting decent results with when using a variety of colored spoons
or various body baits
At Bay City - Walleyes
are being taken on crawler harnesses and Hot-N-Tots, as well as trolling
with mini disks and a trailing spoon.
At Bay Port -
Fishing has been been idled due to extreme windy conditions. When
anglers can get out on the waters the fishing is very good for walleye
| Jun-18-08 - Field
Reporter Terry T's Report -
The bite has been hot untill the weather has kept us off the bay.
The North Island slot area has been great took 2 fish over 24 inches,
fishing with two lines- off Thomas Rd Sunday morning 5 fish by 11am
-1&2 bouy has been real good-trying different things-mini disk
with small spoons has been fun - Next week Caseville all week weather
|Jun-15-08 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report - My
buddy Chris and his son Lucas celebrated Father's Day fishin' on Saginaw
Bay with me. They were forecasting 1 - 3' waves with 5 -15 mph winds
out of the SW so I decided to launch at Linwood Beach Marina and fish
the lee side of the Bay. We set lines at about 8:30 am and headed
in with our 3-man limit around 11:30 am. We ran spoons and Hot-n-Tots
about 35 - 45' back off tethered boards. The spoons were pulled behind
Divers. We started picking up fish right away on 1/4oz Hot-n-Tots,
Gold/Black and Purple/Chartreuse. But throughout the day the spoons
outfished the Tot's at least 2 to 1. Hot color for the spoons, Stinger
Scorpion was Kervorkian Gold. We had probably about another limit
(15) of throwbacks (undersize), which was good to see as we haven't
been catching many small ones so far this year. We fished the 18 -
21 fow, 2 - 4 mi east of LBM, trolling speed was around 2 knots. This
was the first time using the Jet
Divers instead of the mini-discs, most times the divers surfaced
even with only small fish and you got to fight the fish more rather
than the diving apparatus, which was a plus in my book.
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|Jun 11 2008 -
Excellent walleye fishing out near the Spark Plug and the Callahan
Reef. Most are using harnesses, but some are starting to use Hot-n-Tots.
Anything with silver is working.
At Linwood - Good
success with walleye in waters up to 17 feet. Bottom bouncers are
working well also crawler harnesses.
At Bay City -
Walleyes are hitting on just about every thing this week. Running
spoons on mini divers as well as crawler harnesses.
Bay Port - Walleye action is good near the North Island on
crawlers and Hot-N-Tots.
At Quanicassee - Excellent walleye fishing was
reported in the Slot up to Bay Port in 12 to 15 feet of water.
|Jun 05 2008 -
Walleye fishing remains excellent
in many locations. Crawler harnesses trolled off planer boards seem
to be the rig of choice at all of these locations.
Linwood - Fish in 14 to 19 feet of water northeast of the
Spark Plug Try using a crawler harness or bottom bouncer.
Bay City - Fish near the Callahan Reef using crawlers. The
carp are moving in close to shore, providing bow anglers with a few
At Bay Port - Walleye fishing
is good near Sand Point and North Island.
- Fish the slot north to Fish Point
|Jun-01-08 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report - It
was a beautiful day on Saginaw Bay, warm, sunny, and calm. We began
setting lines near the "Plug" about 11:30 am and had our
3-man limit by 4:30 pm. The fish ran a bit bigger this trip, than
last with many in the 3 - 4 lb range and topped off by one over 5
lbs. We did however toss our first and only undersize fish of the
year back. The Tots seemed to do better for us than other presentations
although we caught a few on spoons. Color didn't seem to matter much,
as we took fish on about everything we put down. Fish appeared to
be hugging the bottom so we trolled our lures at about 17 - 18' in
around 20 - 22 fow.
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At Linwood - Walleye action in the area is good,
in 6-15 feet of water, using crawlers.
At Bay City -
Walleye action remains good near the “B” buoy and between
Jones and Finn roads useing crawler harnesses, trolling extremely
At Quanicassee - Walleye action is at
Callahan Reef, and north to the Slot.
|May-25-08 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report - Buddy,
Mark took his boat out for the first time this year Greg, Matt, and
I went along for the ride. Started fishin' about 11 am, messed around
in shallow water about 4 mi out of Quanicasee for about an hour as
a boat came in while we were launching with a two-man limit from that
morning fishing 10 - 11 fow in that area. No luck there running meat
and Tot's so we picked up and went out east of the Spark Plug where
we began catching fish in 20 - 22' fow on 1/4 oz Tot's and spoons
behind mini-discs run 50 to 60' behind boards. Gold /black back was
the hot color with the Tot's and a pink/chartreuse color (I don't
know the name) and a Confusion colored Scorpion were our hot spoons.
Matt started the day landing a nice Pike (37") on a spoon. The
action was pretty steady for a few hours until the front started moving
in and the wind began picking up. We decided to go in at about 4 pm
with 15 walleye ranging from 15.5" to 23" as they were forecasting
storms later that evening. Surface water temps were right around 56.5
degrees and it was warm and calm most of the day. A great day to be
on the water.
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Excellent walleye fishing can be found on the bay when the wind is
At Linwood - Walleyes can be taken
for here up to Pinconning in 8-14 feet of water.
City - Walleyes are being taken off Calahan Reef in 7-9 feet
of water and near the “B” buoy. Crawler harnesses are
working well when trolling very slow and then drifting.
Quanicassee, Walleyes are being taken in 7 feet of water
off Knight, Finn and Quanicassee Roads. Shore anglers are catching
a lot of channel cats.
At Bay Port - Walleye
action is good at North Island and The Slot in 10 feet of water using
Crawler harnesses trolled off planer boards.
- Crappie and bass have been caught in the marina.
Walley Fishing is Picking Up.
At Linwood - The
walleye action is steady, trolling in water 8 to 17 feet deep.
At Bay City - Walleye fishing is fair by the “B”
buoy. The Hot Ponds are producing some excellent channel cat fishing.
At Quanicassee - Fish are found straight out and
between Jones and Finn roads, in 8 feet of water.
Port - Walleye fishing is good using crawlers.
|May-15-08 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report - First
trip to the Bay in 2008. My buddy Blue and his son fished Saturday
the 10th and caught their two-man limit pullin' Deep Jr.Thundersticks
and Tots (silvers and golds).
So we headed back
up to give 'em a try on the 13th, we stuck with the same program,
pullin' cranks in 8 - 10 fow east of the shipping channel, 30 -
35' back off in-line boards. Fishin' for us was slow to say the
least, the wind shift from N - NE (on-shore on the 10th) to S -
SE (off-shore on the13th) may have had something to do with it.
We had to quit about noon due to prior commitments so we didn't
really have time to do a lot of wide range searching. We ran into
4 guys at the launch that had limited out deeper (in 15 - 18 fow)
dragging meat behind 1.75 oz weights and using large thumper bladed
harnesses. We ended up with 2 walleyes 18" and 19" plump
fish for our efforts.
It was great to be back out fishing walleye on the Bay again even
if we didn't tear 'em up.
|May-10-08 - Field
Reporter Terry T's Report -
Walleyes bitting off North Island down through the slot - Sand Point
has been weedy and very hard to fish - the wind on 5/9/08 did help
clear it out. Planning on fishish hard this week weather permitting.
At Linwood - Doing well for walleye, using bottom
bouncers and crank baits.
At Bay City - Good
to excellent walleye, about two miles past Finn Road in shallow waters
4 feet deep, using crawler harnesses.
At Quanicassee -
Excellent walleye fishing straight out from the port in 8
feet of water using crawler harnesses.
At Sebewaing -
Pike and largemouth bass are being taken.
At Linwood - Good walleye action was reported
in 14 feet of water.
At Bay City - A few walleye
are being caught, but anglers are working really hard to get them.
Due to cold and windy weather.
At Sebewaing - Crappie and pike were caught from the docks
in the marina.
At Caseville - A few bass and
some small perch are being taken from shore..
- Walleye are being taken at the southern end of the bay
off Jones and Finn Road in 5 to 7 feet of water, using crawler harnesses
or stick baits. A few channel cats were taken from shore in the lower
Perch and walleye fishing are started to pick up this past week.
At Linwood - Good walleye fishing is in 6-15 feet
of water on crawlers harnesses. Some are trolling with stick baits.
At Bay City - Walleye action is getting better drifting
with crawlers at the mouth of the Kawkawlin River. Perch are still
hit or miss.
At Bay Port - Perch are being taken
from the cuts and crappie at Bayshore Marina.
River - Perch and catfish are being taken from shore in
the lower river. Some walleye are being taken by the mouth using crawler
At Sebewaing - A few small perch were
caught in the river and the marina.
-Perch fishing is still slow off Pine River
and Palmer Roads. A few were caught in the Linwood Marina, but it
sounds like the fish are just not in yet. The Rifle River is producing
suckers with crawlers being the best bait.
At Bay City - The weather has been effecting the
fishing with high winds. The water is muddy and really stirred up.
Activity should improve for the weekend as warmer and milder weather
At Linwood - Muddy water and winds effecting the
fishing. Some reports of walleye being taken in 9-14 feet of water
trolling when boats can get out.
At Bay Port - The weather has been effecting the
fishing with high winds. Reports of good perch activity at Mudd
Creek, wirth blue gill and crappie fishing improving at Bay Shore
-Perch action is starting to pick up in some
of the cuts around the bay. Rains from last week has left the water
in the cuts high and muddy.
At Linwood - Still
some ice bing reported. Sucker fishing in the area is picking up.
At Bay City - Pike are decent at the mouth of
the Hot Pond.
At Quanicassee - The river is
producing some fair size perch around the iron bridges, with minnows
working best. The larger fish range from 7 to 9 inches. Boaters moving
up and down the river seem to be catching some of the bigger fish.
At Sebewaing - Lots of small perch are being
caught in the river.
At Caseville - Perch are
being taken in the harbor
Caseville - A few perch are being taken in the harbor.
- Perch fishing has improved as water cools down.
Try the shipping channel from the mouth of the Saginaw River all
the way to out to buoys 11 & 12. Some fish 9 to 12 inchs have
At Linwood - Perch were taken in 18 feet of water
north of the Black Hole. Walleye fishing is slow.
At Bay City - Perch fishing is fair near buoys
one and two.
At Quanicassee - A few crappie are being taken
in the river..
At Bay Port - Walleye fishing is fair and the perch
A few perch are being caught near the Spark Plug and around Buoys
15, 17, and 22. With the fish averaging 8 to 12 inches.
At Linwood - Walleye fishing is good.
At Bay City - Perch and walleye fishing is fair,
when the weather allows.
At Quanicassee - A few walleye are being taken
using crawlers in 5 to 7 feet of water.
At Linwood - Perch fishing is improving in about
20 foot of water. Walleye action is steady. Try near buoys one and
two and the Black Hole.
At Bay City - Perch fishing
is improving using minnows try by the Spark Plug.
Bay Port - Perch fishing is fair
- Perch are being caught north of the breakwall in 25 feet of water.
At Quanicassee - Nice perch reported 5 mile
Walleye fishing was better than last week and Perch fishing is getting
At Bay City - Perch were caught by the Spark Plug and near
Buoys 11, 12,15,and 16.
At Quanicassee - Perch
and walley were reported by Callahan Reef.
- Perch are being reported in 50 feet of water off Oak Point.
At Linwood - Perch fishing is good, with minnows
working well, early morning is the best time to be out.Try by the
At Bay Port - A few perch are being
At Sebewaing - Walley were being taken
in the Slot, fishing 12 to 15 feet of water.
Fishing has been slow from all ports. A few walleye were taken west
of the Spark Plug near Buoys 11 & 12 and in 7 to 8 feet of water
in the Slot off the islands. Some nice perch were taken near the Spark
Plug and around Buoy 15.
At Linwood - Walleye
fishing is fair. The best spots are near buoys one and two and the
At Bay City - The perch
fishing is picking up, with minnows being the preferred bait.
At Bay Port - The perch fishing is good by Sand Point.
Walleye fishing is starting to slow down, . Perch action is just getting
started with some 8 to 11 inch fish caught out by Buoys 15 & 16
and Buoys 11 & 12 near the Spark Plug.
- Steady walleye action is being reported. Try around the
“black hole,” and 1 & 2 buoys. In 25 to 30 feet of
water.The perch fishing is improving, in water about 20 feet deep.
At Bay City - Walleye fishing is fair, poor
weather earlier in the week kept boats from getting out. The perch
fishing is spotty on the bay.
At Sebewaing -
a few fish are being taken in 9 to 15 feet of water off Fish Point.
Walleye fishing seems to be slowing down a bit. The best fishing
continues to be out near Buoys 1 & 2.
At Linwood - Good walleye fishing, in water up
to 22 feet deep, hitting on spoons, crawler harnesses and Hot-N-Tots
At Bay City - Walleye fishing is good. Near buoy
15 a few perch are being taken early in the morning or late in the
At Sebewaing - Walley are still goodt in the
Slot outside the islands. Crawlers and crankbaits are both
| Aug-11-2007 -Saginaw
Bay - Field Reporter Paul Smith's
Report - Fished
near Buoys 1 & 2, started at 10am and had our 3-man limit by 2pm,
the fish ran a little larger than usual today, around the 17"
to 19" mark, with a few smaller ones and topped by a 5+ pounder.
We trolled spoons and cranks off boards, mini-diver spoon combos 60'
to 70' back and 1/2 oz Hot & Tot's 100' back. Hot colors for the
spoons where "Monkey Puke" and "Rosemary's Baby".
The hot Tot color was Gold/Red. Beautiful day on the Bay with light
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remains good around both the inner and outer Spark Plug Buoys, and
Buoys 11 & 12. Harnesses worked best followed by chrome colored
crankbaits and spoons.
At Pinconning - Walleye
have also been caught along the weedbeds..
- Walleyes can be found in 10 to 15 feet of water in the
Slot off Fish Point and outside the Islands.
At Linwood - Walleye fishing is good on up to Au Gres, also walleye
have also been caught along the weedbeds.
At Bay City
- Walleye fishing is fair with the best fishing is found near the
“sparkplug” in water about 30 feet deep.
The best locations for walleye has been the areas of Buoys 1 &
2 and beyond the end of the shipping channel in 30 feet of water.
Walleyes were also taken in 10 feet of water by the Pinconning Bar
At Linwood - walleye fishing is good with the
best fishing being found in water 18 to 22 feet deep, north to Au
At Bay City - walleye fishing is good in water
about 25 feet deep. A few perch are starting to show up. Hot-n-Tots
worked best followed by crawler harnesses and crankbaits.
At Caseville - walleyes are being taken on harnesses
when fishing in 35 to 40 feet of water off Oak Point.
| Jul-31-2007 - Saginaw
Bay - Field Reporter Paul Smith's
Report - fished
from 9 am til 1 pm catching a 4 man limit in around 4 hrs. with about
a dozen throwbacks. We fished near #1 Buoy trolling Stinger Scorpions
/ Mini-Divers 65' - 75' back off boards at 2 - 2.5 mph, in 23 - 24
fow. Caught fish on all colors but Mai-Tai and Clown were some of
the hotter ones. Fish ranged from 15.5" to 22". It was a
great day fishin' and a beautiful day to be on the water.
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Walley fishing remains good when trolling crawler harnesses, spoons,
At Linwood - The walleye action
is pretty good, the perch fishing ranges from slow to fair, with the
best area being by the “blackhole,” in water 20 to 22
At Bay City - The walleye fishing
is good around Buoys 1 & 2.
At Bay Port -
Good numbers of catfish are being caught along the shoreline. The
walleye fishing is fair. The best area is by the Charity Islands.
Most fishing activity is concentrated in the middle of the bay, around
Buoys 1 to 4 and around the inner Spark Plug in 18 to 23 feet of water.
At Pinconning - The area off the Bar has been
At Quanicassee - Fishing is reported slow
At Sebewaing, - Most are fishing by the Spark
At Caseville - Fishing is slow, with a
few walleye coming off Oak Point.
- Walleye action is steady with the perch fishing being reported as
slow, but there are a few perch starting to show up near the “Blackhole.”
At Bay City - Walleye fishing is good on crawler
harnesses, small spoons and Hot-N-Tots.Good numbers of channel cats
are being taken out of the Hot Pond.
At Bay Port
- Walleye fishing is spotty, strong winds in recent days has scattered
the fish. The perch fishing is slow.
Hot weather has pushed the fish out to deeper water in the middle
of the bay, try around the Second Spark Plug out near Buoys 1 and
2. Crawler harnesses along with blue and silver Hot-n-tots were both
At Bay Port - bass are coming
on a variety of lures near in 6 to 10 feet of water.
Caseville - walleyes are being taken trolling with crawler
harnesses off Oak Point. At Bay City - Walleye action
is much better on the Callahan Reef near Finn Road. Try fishing in
7-14 feet of water.
At Bay Port - Windy conditions
has slowed the activity in the area with only a few walleye are coming
in from Sand Point. Perch action has stopped.
|Jul-5-2007 - Saginaw Bay
- Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- A buddy and I fished the Bay this
morning from 7:30 am til 11:30 am. Trolled mini-diver/scorpions behind
boards a few feet from the bottom. Took a 2-man limit with 3 fish
over 20" with he biggest at a little over 23.5". The fish
averaged a little better today than on previous trips with only a
few throwbacks. The hot color today was Blue Circus Freak. My Monkey
Puke spoons one lost on a break off and the other with just about
all the paint and plating worn off weren't as effective.
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|Jul-5-2007 - Windy
cooler weather has slowed the walleye fishing, but limits of fish
are still being taken near the Spark Plug, the Callahan Reef, the
Coryeon Reef, in the Slot, and off Sand Point. The most consistent
area has been out in the middle of the bay in 20+ feet of water.
- Saginaw Bay - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report - Two
friends and I hit the Saginaw Bay for the first time since the 16th,
the weatherman's nearly calm forecast was 3 footer's for a while,
but I've learned to expect that on the Bay anytime the wind is from
a Northerly direction. Started trolling cranks and spoons in the area
of the "Spark Plug." Since the spoons were the only baits
producing we switched to all Scorpions trolled behind Mini-Divers
50 - 60' off boards after the first hour. The hot color was "Monkey
Puke," spoons with Blue, and Blue/Purple combo's also produced
well. A lot of throwbacks today almost twice as many undersize as
keepers. Took us almost 5 hr. to sort through all the dinks for our
3-man-limit. Fish are ranging 15.5 - 22" on an average. Still
a lot of fun a some good eating.
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Walleye fishing continues to be excellent with limit catches being
taken by those willing to stay out and fish for several hours. Favorite
lures have been harnesses with purple and gold spinner blades along
with fire-tiger or rainbow Hot-n-Tots .
- Some 10 to 12 inch perch were taken off the Pinconning Bar along
with a walleyes.. ,
At Sebewaing - the walleye are straight west of the channel
or north of the islands in 9 to 12 feet of water.
At Bay Port - walleye are mainly in the Slot outside the
islands in 11 to 14 feet of water or right off Sand Point in 22 feet
At Caseville - walleye action is picking
up off Oak Point in 30 feet of water.
- the walleye fishing is very good in water up to 20 feet deep, near
Buoys 1 & 2.
At Bay City - the walleye fishing
is good when fishing near the Spark Plug, off Callahan Reef and Knight
At Pinconning - Excellent walleye action is being
reported off the Bar in 5 feet of water.
At Quanicassee - Fish in 9 to 11 feet of water near the Callahan
Reef for walleye.
At Sebewaing - Good walleye
action is in 12 feet of water in the Slot.
At Bay Port
-Reports of good walleye action west of Heisterman Island in 14 feet
of water or straight out from the water tower on Sand Point.
At Linwood - Walleye fishing ranges from good to
At Bay City - Walleye fishing is excellent
in 20 feet of water in the shipping channel near Buoys 1 and 2 using
small spoons, Hot-N-tots and crawler harnesses. Also a few are being
picked up in 7 feet of water off Jones Road.
- Saginaw Bay - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report -
Friday the 15th. started about 8:30 am and limited by about
2:30 pm. Trolled 1/4 oz Tots off in-line boards (forgot my big boards,
just brought the mast, I blame that on "Old Timers" disease).
Hot color was silver / blue herring bone from 70' - 80' back about
On Saturday the 16th ( remembered the
boards today), wind came up in the morning giving us 2' -3'+ waves,
making boat control a problem until it laid down just before noon.
Fishing was real slow for us only had 5 keeper fish in the box by
2 pm, then one of our buddies called and said they had just picked
up a few on spoons, so we dropped in a couple of Stinger Scorpions
behind mini-discs 60' - 70' back and they started out doing the Tots
by about 6 to 1. We dropped in two more lines with Scorpions and landed
many walleye in the next few hours including 9 keepers, were running
2 - 2.5 mph. We ended the day with one shy of a 3 man limit at 5 pm,
as it was smokin' hot out there and we ran out of liquid refreshments
and even drank up all the water we had aboard.
All our fishin' was within a 2 mile radius of the first "Spark
Plug" and the keepers were about 16" to 22" averaging
around 18", great eatin' size.
Walleye fishing remains rated as Excellent with lots of limits. Using
crankbaits and crawler harnesses, color does not seem to matter.
At Linwood. Those trolling are catching fish just about everywhere
try around G and H buoys.
At Quanicassee - 13 to 16 feet of water off the Callahan
At Sebewaing - Fish about 16 feet of water in the Slot with
At Bay City - Walleye fishing
is very good in water about 20 feet deep 2 to 3 miles east of the
At Bay Port - walleye fishing is
very good on near Sand Point.
At Quanicassee - Walleye
fishing continues to be red hot off Finn Road.
At Linwood - the walleye fishing is very good, near Buoys
G, H, and A in water up to 20 feet deep. Using Blue/Silver Hot-n-Tots
and thundersticks off Planer boards
At Bay City, the walleye fishing is very good.by
the Spark Plug and shipping channel Using stick baits or crawlers
Bay City - the walleye fishing is very good near the “H”
At Bay Port - the walleye fishing is good near
Sand Point. The bass fishing is good on the bay, while the perch
fishing is spotty.
At Quanicassee - incredible walleye fishing from
5 to 7 feet of water off Finn road using crawler harnesses and Hot-n-Tots.
At Sebewaing - the walleye action has been
straight off the end of the channel or south towards Fish Point
in 10 to 13 feet of water.
- At Linwood - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report - Fished about 3 - 3.5 miles east
of Hoyles, dropped lines about 8 am and were headed in with our two-man
limit at about Noon. trolled 1/4 oz. 'Tots about 80' back off boards.
Silver or Gold were the hot colors. From the sounds of the chatter
on the radio the guys dragging meat were doing a little better this
morning. Fish averaged 17" - 18" with the largest around
- At Linwood - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report - The nice weather and moderate
winds lured us to Saginaw Bay even though it was a holiday. Despite
having to wait in line at the launch, the trip was over all a success.
We dropped lines at 8:30 am and 3 hours later we had our two-man limit.
Fished near the sailboat buoys, in 18 fow, trolling 1/4 oz 'tots about
80' back off boards at about 1.5 - 1.8 mph. Anything with silver seemed
to catch fish.
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- At Linwood - the walleye fishing is steady
with the best action being found 14 to 17 feet deep, near buoys
A and H.
At Bay City - Walleye fishing is very good on near
the Spark Plug.
At Bay Port - walleye fishing is fair to good near
Sand Point using crawlers.
-At Quanicassee, Dan
Ray from Caro Mi, reports the fishing on the Bay has
never been better. During the last week except for Sunday, to windy,
Dan says they have been taking limits of 17 to 21 inch walleye no
matter how many he has on his boat, Dan has been running night crawlers.
Today Dan says he also had taken a 14 pound nothern pike.
- At Linwood - Walleye
hot spots before the winds was H bouy in 8 to 17 feet of water.
At Bay City - Walleye are being taken from Finn
Road east to Quanicassee in 5 to 6 feet of water using crawler haresses.
At Sebewaing - Try walleye in 9 feet of water,
up to Sand Point
At Caseville - fishing has been slow.
- At Linwood - walleye fishing is
reported as being steady trolling with Rapalas and crawler harnesses
in water eight to 14 feet deep.
At Bay City -
the walleye fishing is good on Mornings being the best time.
At Bay Port - perch are spotty near North Island
and Mud Creek
-At Linwood - Fair to good walleye
fishing was reported, to the Saginaw River
At Bay City
- Walleye fishing was good at the Spoils Island, North of
Farley Road and out by Buoy #1. Crawler harnesses, jigs baited with
worms, and bodybaits were all taking fish.
limits of walleye were taken in 7 feet of water at the mouth of the
At Caseville - a few perch
were taken at the mouth of the river.
- At Bay Port - perch is good when
using minnows near Bay Shore Marina.
At Bay City - fishing is slow.
At Linwood - Boaters trolling for walleye have
done well south to the Bay City State Park in 10 to 13 feet of water
using either harnesses or small crankbaits.
At Quanicassee - Walleye were taken in 5 feet of
water off the mouth of the river.
fishing remains slow to fair between Linwood and Bay City.
Omer Field Reporter Paul Smith
and a friend went up and fished the Rifle River on Monday the 2nd
and in 4 hrs caught all the suckers they wanted for the smoker.
At Linwood - perch fishing is starting in the cuts.
At Quanicassee - Some small perch have been reported.
Sebewaing - some small perch and suckers are in the river.
Bay City - fair perch fishing is being reported near Buoys
18 and 22. Also a few walleye were being taken fishing with crawler
harnesses either trolling or still-fishing near the second Spark Plug.
At Sebewaing fishing is reported slow due to the
weather, but a few perch were being taken in 12 feet of water near
Lone Tree Island.
At Linwood fair perch fishing is being reported.
At Caseville, Fish at Oak Point for perch.
Bay City fair to good walleye fishing being reported north
of the Callahan Reef and around the Spark Plug using crawler harnesses.
Perch fishing has been reported good to very good at Buoys 1, 2, 15
and 16, also try near Buoy H.
At Linwood fair to good perch fishing near the black
hole and pencil buoys in water 18 to 22 feet.
By Caseville, the perch fishing ranges from fair
to good near Sleeper State Park. Also near Oak Point and Sand Point
a few walleyes are being reported.
Linwood fair to good perch fishing around the Black Hole
and Spark Plug.
At Sebewaing, Buoy H, Buoy 16, and Buoys 1 and
2. pearch fishing is rated good with many limit catches being reported.
At Caseville Walleye activity has slowed down.
Linwood the perch fishing ranges from fair to good.
Try near the “blackhole” and the pencil buoys in water
18 to 22 feet deep. Walleye are reported fair.
At Bay City, the walleye fishing is good. Perch
fishing has started with fish being caught in 27 feet of water around
the Spark Plug and in 18 feet of water near the H Buoy. On Callahan
Reef walleyes are in 7 to 9 feet of water.
At Caseville, the walleye fishing
is fair, many of the fish are reported small. Perch are hitting
in 35 feet of water near Oak Point.
Linwood, perch fishing is fair fishing near the black hole
in about 20 feet of water. Walleye action is steady.
At Bay City, the walleye fishing is good the best
area to drop is northeast of the spark plug in water 17 to 22 feet
deep or out from Finn Road in water seven to 14 feet deep.
At Caseville the walleye fishing is reported to
be good around the Charity Islands and perch fishing is fair near
At Quanicassee good walley fishing is reported
using harnesses and Hot-n-Tots in 8 to 11 feet of water on the Callahan
At Sebewaing, boats are trolling south from Fish
Point to the area off Sunset Bay Marina in 11 feet of water.
- Great report from Paul - finally
got out fishin' here's what some info in case ya decide to go Wally
fishin'. Fish were 15.25" to 22" and we threw back at least
a dozen short ones.Bite
was slow but we managed a nice 3 man limit of eaters taken near the
"Spark Plug" on 1/4 and 1/2 oz Hot'n Tots and 3/8 Rattle
Tots. 80' to 120' back off boards, 1.6 - 1.8 mph. Hot colors were
"Tutti Frutti", "Gold/Black Back", and "Gold/Red
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