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31st 2010 - A
few nice perch are being taken
near Standish fishing off Newman and Palmer Roads, but be ready to
sort out the small ones. There is not much snow cover on the west
side of the bay.
Dock Reporter Terry
- Fished Pine river yesterday -lots of small
fish-the ice is moved and there is open water -everyone needs to be
careful - watched two guys on machines go almost out of sight the
other day - no brains-no big catch yet weather is not helping - hope
to fish the east side this week.
Jose - Was
out last night on the Saginaw River by Ojibway Island.... got skunked.
Reliable source says he is getting walleye 2 miles out of Linwood.
suppose to be 12 inches out on the bay...there was about 5 to 6 inches
on the river but will probley get wiped out by the weekend with this
warm weather. Won't fish again until mid next week.
|Dec 9th 2010 - Ice
is just starting to form however no safe ice has been reported. Anglers
might want to try fishing the shallow cuts and canals or off the docks
in the marinas for perch. Boat anglers heading out to Spoils Island
were catching walleye and perch but open water fishing may not last
Kawkawlin River - Last weekend, anglers were open
water fishing for perch but the river has just frozen over.
Quanicassee River - Is also starting to freeze.
At Au Gres - whitefish are still being taken,
but it won't be long and this fishery will be done.
-27th -2010 -
Lots of wind again last week, but when anglers could get out there
was some pretty decent fall fishing in places.
Bay : Quite a bit of perch fishing activity at the mouth
of the Saginaw River and around the Spoils Island
. Lots of sorting is necessary, but some bigger fish are being caught
also. When the weather allows, a few anglers are fishing out near
the Spark Plug and even as far out as buoys 1 & 2. They’re
taking some bigger perch out there. Some walleye are being taken from
in and just outside of the Hot Pond channel, mostly by wading anglers
casting jigs and crankbaits. Some perch are still being taken off
the mouth of the Quanicassee River by boat anglers
while shore anglers in the river are mostly sorting through little
ones. It may be a bit early, but this is the season when larger perch
often enter the lower parts of area rivers and shore anglers can get
a crack at them. It depends on rain and water temperatures, but fishing
in local rivers usually picks up about the first of November and can
be very productive right up until ice forms. Rather than waiting to
hear that the fishing is good, it makes more sense to start fishing
these rivers now. If you wait until you hear about it, the run will
be over by the time you get out there. Nothing much is happening yet
on the Sebewaing River or the Pigeon River
in Caseville. Perch in both locations were still
running small last week with a few larger ones taken from time to
time. Strong southwest winds have made for very low water conditions
at launch sites in inner Saginaw Bay , hampering anglers and duck
At AuGres - When boat anglers
can get out they are getting some very nice perch from 30 to 50 feet
of water straight off the river mouth out at the shipping channel.
Steve saw one catch over the weekend of 35 perch that totally filled
a 5-gallon bucket. Perch there (keepers) are averaging 8 to 10 inches
with some bigger than that.
A few perch are being taken out of the Au Gres River, but a lot
of sorting is necessary to get bigger ones.
-24th -2010 -
Perch fishing has picked up a bit at several locations around greater
Saginaw Bay . Many anglers have laid up their boats for the winter,
but those that haven’t are enjoying some good perch fishing
when the weather cooperates and shore anglers are also doing well
on the right day.
Inner Bay : Lots of perch
being taken from boats at the mouths of the Saginaw
and Kawkawlin Rivers, around the Spoils Island
, and near buoys 16 &17. Lots of sorting is necessary
but with perseverance you can get enough for dinner. Wading anglers
fishing off the mouth of the Hot Pond off the end of Jones
Road are getting a few walleyes casting assorted jigs and
crankbaits. Boat anglers are doing fairly well on perch off the mouth
of the Quanicasssee River , with keepers there running
7 to 12 inches. Shore anglers fishing the Quanicasee
and Sebewaing River and along with local marinas
are getting some smaller perch and assorted panfish. The city marina
at Caseville is now open to shore fishing, but perch
catches up there are still running small. Most of Wildfowl Bay and
areas off of Geiger Road are dominated by duck hunting activity at
At AuGres - Boaters are doing
well on perch here anytime the weather lets them get out on the bay.
A lot of sorting is necessary here also, but the typical catch brought
in is 15 to 20 fish per boat, with some catches exceeding this number.
Most are concentrating in 32 to 47 feet of water straight off the
mouth of the Au Gres River. An honest 14.6 inch perch
was taken here last week. Also, a few walleye have been taken by trollers
dragging large Rapalas.
-13th -2010 -
There was some perch fishing activity behind the Spoils Island and
in the Saginaw River were minnows are moving in. Some fair catches
of smaller perch were reported taken around Buoys 16/17 in the Shipping
Channel. Also some perch were caught from shore at the Wert Stone
dock in Essexville and near the Independence Bridge . From Quanicassee
to Sebewaing fair perch fishing was taking place in 5-8’ of
water in many areas where anglers did well on last ice in the spring.
Baitfish are showing up in many cuts and marina basins but mostly
small perch were being caught. Shad are also coming into the break
wall in Caseville, so Lake trout and walleye should not be far behind.
Overall however fishing was generally slow.
- Perch anglers are catching lots of perch, but also doing a lot sorting
fishing in waters of 35-45 ft.
-4th -2010 -
There where very few anglers out on the inner bay last week. Some
shore fishing in the lower Saginaw River is producing a few sheepshead
and channel cats.Most fishermen are fishing in local marina basins,
cuts and rivers. They’re getting some bluegills, crappies, small
bass and pike on worms or minnows under a bobber and waiting for better
things to come.
At Au Gres - Good perch fishing is reported when
boats can get out to fish. Reported catches of 25 to 35 perch per
boat; size range was 7 to 12 inches with lots of sorting required,
fishing 35 to 45 feet of water out at the shipping channel and down
off the hotel.
-28th -2010 - Perch are still
being taken along the shipping channel from Au Gres south to the mouth
of the Saginaw River when boats can get out there. I checked the bay
this morning at 10 AM with binoculars and there were two boats fishing
in the general vicinity of Buoy 18. Matt saw one good catch of perch
(about 30) from 40 feet of water straight off the mouth of the Au
Gres River one day last week.
that, shore anglers in various marinas basins around the east side
of the bay were getting some bluegills, crappies and rock bass on
leaf worms, wax worms, or minnows under a bobber
Turn off the wind for awhile and maybe the guys can get out and catch
is still spotty. The weather again has been keeping many anglers away.
Anglers are catching fair numbers of perch out along and near the
shipping channel buoys out of Bay City on minnows. Some have also
been fishing areas out in front of local river mouths in shallower
water around 10 feet picking up some perch on minnows as well. We’ll
need a few more weeks of cooler temps and rainfalls until the perch
will begin to make their run into the river basins. The local marina
basins have been producing some bluegills and crappie for those looking
to get out after something. The walleye fishing still remains sporadic
at best. A few fish have been coming in, mostly out by the Charity
Islands. Anglers report marking tons of fish, but find few that will
take the bait. The Saginaw Bay Community Gill Net survey produced
fair numbers of walleye in the nets set out of Tawas, AuGres, and
Caseville. These fish were gorging themselves on Gizzard Shad. Many
of the walleyes had stomachs full of them. This could be the reason
why walleye anglers are having a tough go of it, as the fish are simply
At Au Gres - Perch fishing has been very good straight
out from the mouth of the river, off the hotel and out near the Gravelly
Shoals in 30 to 50 feet of water. Perch are running 7 to 10 inches
or bigger. Good smallmouth bass fishing at Big Charity Island. A few
salmon and brown trout have been caught in the surf near the Singing
-14th -2010 -Wind
and poor weather hampered much of the fishing.
Some perch action when boats could get out near the spark
plug, Buoy H, and near buoy 22. Perch averaged 7-9 inches and were
caught on minnows. Some channel catfish being caught at the Hot Ponds.
Also a few bass in and around the marinas. Fishing was generally slow.
East side of Bay: Anglers are trying to fish the
cuts and rivers but not finding much success. Perch fishing was reported
as very slow. A few boaters were trying out of Caseville for walleyes
without much success. Little to no action at area piers.
AuGres: No walleye action. When they could get out perch
action was very good with decent catches of 7-11 inch perch.
-9th -2010 -
Early last week, a few walleyes were taken by trollers in 50 to 70
feet of water off Au Sable Point up near Tawas City . That’s
the only walleye report for the whole week.
Perch fishermen did pretty well last Monday (August 30th) around
the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12) and at various spots along the
shipping channel. Lots of sorting, but some nice were fish taken.
The fishing prognosis for this week doesn’t sound any better
than last week. We’ve got gale warnings today (Tuesday), Small
Craft Advisories out until Thursday, and the RV Chinook has postponed
the start of the annual Saginaw Bay fish community survey. They
probably won’t be able to set nets tomorrow, either. Wind
and rain is forecast for most of the week. It might be a good week
to start fall chores and put up the storm windows.
-31st -2010 -
Nothing going on with walleye. Perch are being caught at the Black
Hole, the Spark Plug, two miles east of the Spark Plug, Buoy 18, and
all along the shipping channel. The one constant is that you have
to do a LOT of sorting through small fish.One report on Saturday morning
had a crew getting skunked on walleye, they then dropped anchor in
the Black Hole and caught about 80 perch in 1.5 hours on pieces of
crawlers….and got 6 keepers out of 80 fish.
At Au Gres - Walleye fishing is really slow. Most people
fishing are out after perch. They’re going in many directions
(off the river mouth, off the hotel, south of the hotel, along the
shipping channel, off gravelly shoals), but they’re mostly fishing
in 30 to 40 feet of water. There’s a lot of sorting, but some
of the keepers are running 10 to 13 inches. (They’re not getting
many keepers though.
-26th -2010 -
Walleye action is almost non-existent as it usually tapers off near
Labor Day, and this year everything is at least a week or two early.
Forage fish born this spring are now large enough to be of interest
to predator fish, and the forage base is at its annual maximum in
terms of biomass. Couple this with warm water temperatures and you
end up with predator fish that are not hungry. Perch were caught
near Buoys 1, 2, 11, 12, and 18 and also a few miles east of Spoils
At Au Gres - Local anglers are putting their boats
on trailers and heading up to Tawas where the better walleye fishing
is. Perch were found in 40 feet of water along the shipping channel
however anglers will need to sort out the small ones.
-19th -2010 -
Walleye fishing continues to be slow in the inner bay due to elevated
water temperatures. Perch fishing continues to be fair to good along
the shipping channel at the Spark Plug at Buoys 11 and 12 and out
at Buoys 1, 2 and 18. A few were also taken from the shipping channel
near Spoils Island. Perch are hitting minnows, which continue to be
in short supply because of the season of the year.
Caseville - Those trolling for walleye are converging north
of Big Charity Island and fishing the Steeples and around the reefs
between Caseville and Port Austin. Fish are regularly being taken
as deep as 65 to 70 feet. Find water temperatures around 70 degrees
and you'll find the walleye.
At Au Gres - Those
trolling for walleye are doing well north of Big Charity Island in
50 to 65 feet of water. A few perch are being caught along the shipping
channel in 40 feet of water south of Pointe Au Gres.
-10th -2010 -
Walleye fishing is still pretty good if you're willing to fish in
50 to 70 feet of water out northeast of Big Charity Island or off
Alabaster. I know it's a long way out there, but that's where the
fish have gone to escape the high water temperatures in the inner
part of the bay. If you want to catch walleyes, that's where you will
have to go also. There was a tournament out of Au Gres
over the weekend, and they did very well out there, mostly on crawler
harnesses. On the other hand, people still looking for walleye in
the inner bay are mostly washing worms, with an occasional sheepshead
or catfish being caught to keep hope alive
Inner Bay -
Perch fishing continued pretty good for the second week in a row.
This is some of the best summer perch fishing that we've seen in four
or five years. Good spots include a mile east of the Spark Plug (buoy
11 & 12), buoys 9,4, and 2; and in the Black Hole. The fish are
mostly hitting minnows, and minnows are reportedly in short supply
at local bait shops. If you run out of minnows or can't get any, try
worms or a piece of night crawler, or even vertical jigging tiny jigs
tipped with power baits. Keepers are running 7 to 10 inches, and average
catches are 20 to 30 fish per boat, with some boats doing a lot better
than that. Expect to do a fair amount of sorting through smaller fish
to get a mess. Some pretty nice catches of perch are coming from the
Slot straight out of Sebewaing. Trollers are still
getting a few walleye out of the north end of the Slot off Bay
Port. From Caseville, trollers are converging northeast of
Big Charity and also fishing the deep water off the Flat Rock
Reef between Caseville and Port
Austin. Look for water temperatures in the low 70's and you
should find active walleyes.
-3rd -2010 -
Walleye fishing in the inner bay remained very slow last week, but
fishing was still fair to good in deep water north of the Charity
Islands and around the tip of the Thumb. On the other hand, perch
fishing has picked up in the inner bay and seems to be better than
it has been in mid-summer in several years.
Gres - For walleye, go north to northeast of Big Charity
or north toward Whitestone Point or Alabaster, troll 35 to 55 feet
of water, and most guys are using crawler harnesses. The Au Gres River
is still producing good numbers of catfish.
Bay -Walleye fishing is slow all over the inner bay, but
anglers fishing early mornings are taking a few out of weedbeds at
various locations. Perch fishing was good last week near the Spark
Plug, near Buoy #9, and in the Black Hole. Still fishing with minnows,
anglers were catching perch averaging 7 to 8 inches, with a fair number
of 9 inchers and a few 10 inchers mixed in. At the buoys, perch were
hitting right on the edge of the shipping channel. Water temperatures
in the inner bay remain very warm, in the high 70's to low 80's. Some
walleye are coming from the north end of the Slot for anglers fishing
out of Bay Port and Caseville.
-29 -2010 -
North of Oak Pointe and northeast of the Big Charity was producing
walleye. Not many limits brought in, but everybody had some fish.
Most were running harnesses in 25-40 feet of water.Walleye fishing
in inner Saginaw Bay remains quite slow. All indications are that
the fish have moved out to deeper cooler water, as fishing is very
good north of Big Charity Island and around the tip of the Thumb as
far south as Harbor Beach. Even though that's where the fish seem
to have gone, many anglers are apparently reluctant to go that far
offshore or trailer their boats to Grindstone City or Harbor Beach
to fish. This same pattern has developed in other recent hot summers.
Unfortunately, many anglers seem unable to change patterns with the
fish. The walleyes will come back into the inner bay as the water
cools down, but that will be just about the time most anglers are
putting their boats away for the winter.
Au Gres: Most trollers are going out north of Big
Charity Island or to deeper water off Gravelly Shoals. Walleye are
being caught in anywhere from 15 to 50 feet of water. Others are going
to the mid-bay area north of Buoys 1 & 2. One good catch of perch
came from south of Pointe Au Gres in 40 feet of water last week. The
Au Gres River is giving up good catches of channel cats.
-21 -2010 - Fishing
success on greater Saginaw Bay can best be summarized in the following
manner...the walleye apparently have gone deep, and anglers who want
to catch them should go deep also.
hot weather during past weeks has apparently driven the walleye to
seek cooler waters. Walleye fishing last week was best north of the
Charity Islands in anywhere from 20 to 50 feet of water. Trollers
from Tawas, Au Gres, and the Caseville area were all converging on
that area and some good catches were reported, mainly on bottom bouncers
and crawler harnesses. Some walleye were also being taken out around
Buoys 1 & 2, and a few in the Slot and at other traditional areas
of the inner bay, but fishing north of Big Charity Island and around
the Steeples was definitely more consistent. Incidental catches of
freshwater drum and channel catfish were common.
-15 -2010 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
Got out last week
the walleye bite was slow but we did manage to boat 12 fish in about
6 hours. We fished the East side of the Bay in 16 to 22 foot of water.
All the fish came on Hot n Tots and Stinger Scorpion spoons. Blue/Silver
Tots and Kervorkian Scorpions were the hot lures. We were troling
1.8 - 2.2 SOG usually a litle fast for catfish but a few chunky cats
chased our lures down, they sure do pull hard.
Buddy Blue and his sons fished the East side the weekend of the
10th and 11th they reported a slow bite also bringing home 5 walleye
on Saturday and a dozen on Sunday.
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-14 -2010 - Very hot weather
drove surface water temperatures well into the 80's. since Saginaw
Bay does not temperature stratify to any great extent, these warmer
waters may be pushing fish out deeper and leaving the walleyes in
the inner bay somewhat lethargic. Reports
continue about large hatches of mayflies, especially around Tawas
Bay, and anglers report encountering vast schools of baitfish (probably
emerald shiners). In some areas, the fish may just be gorged on other
forage and not inclined to bite.
Inner Bay: Most
success was out fairly deep, in the aforementioned area just north
of Buoys 1 & 2. Crawler harnesses were most productive, but some
anglers were using assorted crankbaits with good success. Incidental
catches of drum, catfish, and the occasional large perch were common.
Walleye fishing was also good off the weedbeds on the Callahan Reef
in 8 feet of water, particularly in the morning. A few 8" to
9" perch were taken near the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12) with
worms actually taking more fish than minnows. Walleye fishing in the
Slot was on the slow side last week. It appears that for consistent
success right now, going for deep water is the ticket.
Gres: Fishing was tough last week. Most boats got fish, but
few limits. Many boats were going 8 to 12 miles south into the inner
bay and fishing 20 to 40 feet of water off the Saganing Bar. (This
would be the area in mid-bay just north of Buoys 1 & 2. A lot
of boats were converging on that area from all access points around
the bay last week.)
-06 -2010 - Windy
weather continued for most of last week and the weekend, and wind
and waves seems to be suppressing fishing effort on greater Saginaw
Bay. The fish are out there and can be caught whenever anglers get
out, but all DNR creel clerks report the fish to be scattered and
anglers are having to work a bit for them. One exception seems to
be Grindstone City, where walleye success was very good last week.
Inner Bay: Good but not great catches of walleye
were coming from most of the usual areas; the Black Hole, the Spark
plug, the Slot and the Callahan Reef as well as 3 to 4 feet off Wenona
Beach. Crawler harnesses on bottom bouncers were consistent producers,
but crankbaits and spoons were also taking fish. Limits were rare,
but most boats were bringing in a few fish. The Hot Ponds and the
lower Saginaw River at Essexville continued to produce catfish. Smallmouth
bass continued to hit in the lower Saginaw River also. Pier fishing
at Caseville was slow over the Fourth.
-29 -2010 - Yet
another week dominated by windy weather, rain, and storms. It appears
that the weather is suppressing fishing effort this year more than
in some recent years. Heavy rains in mid-Michigan this past weekend
have rivers running high and muddy, and Great Lakes anglers may have
to go out further to find clear water. Nevertheless, the fish are
out there and when the weather cooperates they bite will. It's just
a matter of hitting the right day.
Inner Bay: Walleye are hitting at all the usual spots when
the weather has been agreeable. Some trollers are going as far out
as Buoys 1 & 2 in the search for fish and cleaner water. They
continue to pick up fish closer to shore also; in 3 to 5 feet of water
off Jones Road, and in relatively shallow depths
on the Callahan Reef early in the morning (before
the wind comes up) and out around the Spark Plug
and over in the northern Slot later in the day. Silvers, purples,
and blues are good colors for crawler harness spinner blades and crankbaits.
There are reports of good catches of 8 to 10 inch perch from the vicinity
of the Spark Plug last week. Channel cats have been taken in good
numbers from the Hot Pond and the lower Saginaw River near Essexville.
(Channel cats are one species where fishing often improves as waters
rise after a big rain.)
Pier anglers at Caseville are still taking some walleyes at night
and smallmouth bass in the early morning and to a lesser extent during
At Au Gres: Walleye fishing remained
good in 32 to 40 feet of water. Smallmouth bass fishing near shore
also remained steady. River fishing for channel cats picked up with
rising waters after recent rains.
At Caseville - A
few catches of bigger walleyes one measured at 28.7 inches and 7.4
lbs came from out deep straight in front to around the corner at Oak
Pointe towards Sleeper State Park fishing
down 35-40 feet in and around 50 feet of water.
-24 -2010 - At
Bay City - Walleye are being taken off Knight Road in 5
feet of water. Between Parish Road and the State Park, walleye were
caught on crawlers and rapalas in 8 to 10 feet of water. Catch rates
were fair at the mouth of the Saginaw River.
At Quanicassee - Good fishing in the early morning.
At Fish Point, Bay Park and Thomas Road
in 14 to 18 feet of water with crawler harnesses. Good colors were
purple, red, silver, blue and copper.
At Sebewaing - Walleye fishing was a bit spotty
with a few fish caught in the Slot in 14 to 16 feet of water. Better
walleye fishing came north of Sebewaing in 18 to 30 feet of water
outside Heisterman Island and 12 feet of water outside North Island.
At Caseville - Light numbers of walleye and smallmouth
bass are being reported.
At Au Gres - When you can get out, walleyes are
being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water between Pt. Au Gres and Pt.
Lookout or just south of Pt. Au Gres. Most fish were caught on bottom
bouncers with harnesses.
-14 -2010 - It was another week
dominated by wind, waves, and rain on greater Saginaw Bay, but whenever
anglers could get out they did very well. The northern part of the
Slot out of Bay Port or Sand Point has been boom or bust just like
most of the rest of the area.
At AU GRES: They
had one really good day last week when the weather cooperated and
all the walleye trollers got limits. Otherwise it was hit and miss
and play the weather. Best fishing was down toward Pointe Au Gres
in 30 to 40 feet of water. Lots of drum and catfish being caught incidental
to walleye. Some catfish being taken at the mouth of the Au Gres River.
INNER SAGINAW BAY: Fishing has been up and down with
the weather. Popular areas include the general vicinity of the Spark
Plug, fishing 20 to 25 feet of water, the Callahan Reef northeast
of Finn Road (12' of water) and the Slot from
At Quanicassee northeast to the outside of the islands (14'
- 18'). Crawler harnesses work best in the shallower waters and both
harnesses and hot-n-tots are being used out deeper. Good colors include
pinks, purples, blues, silvers, reds and coppers. Catch a good weather
day and you may limit out. Lots of incidental catches of drum, catfish,
white perch, white bass and yellow perch along with the walleye.
Good numbers of walleye are still being taken on jigs baited with
crawlers in the lower Saginaw River, from the mouth
upstream to the Independence Bridge. Good fall-back option if the
bay is too rough for comfort.
Catfish are hitting off the mouths of several local rivers and cuts,
notably Allen Cut, Garner Road, and the Quanicassee and Sebewaing
-10 -2010 - From Dock Reporter Terry
Have been out two times recently and both times we have limited fishing
in 18 to 20 feet of water east of the spark plug - lot of small fish
but did get a few nice ones.
|June -7 -2010 - Well,
it was another week of winds and storms on greater Saginaw Bay, but
anglers did pretty well when they could get out. Area rivers are swollen
and muddy from several rain events last week, so anglers on the bay
should move around and find clear water for best results.
At Quanicassee straight out in 13
to 17 feet of water straight out towards Sebewaing produced some good
numbers the last two days. They've also had varied success out on
the north side of the Slot near North Island. Some days they knock
the crap out of them other days its hard to buy a bite. Callahan has
been better early mornings or late nights has the clear water makes
the fish spooky in that shallow.
Gres - The river is high and muddy. Not much catfish action
yet. Walleye trollers were doing well in 30 to 40 feet of water out
between Pte. Au Gres and Point Lookout, with a fair number of limits
taken. Bass fishermen were also doing well near the points and out
at the Charity Islands when weather allowed them to get there.
Inner Bay - Walleye fishing activity seems to be
concentrated around the Spark Plug, on the Callahan Reef, and in the
Slot. Crawler harnesses continue to catch the bulk of the fish, but
some trollers are using hot-n-tots to good effect. Trollers report
a lot of incidental catches of freshwater drum and channel cats, and
some yellow and white perch. Good colors for crawler harness spinners
and crankbaits include blues, purples, gold and silvers.Some smallmouth
bass being taken off the pier
and a few walleyes at night. Lots of carp around.
Side - Wind and rain kept a lot of boats ashore last week,
but when they could get out the best port was Harbor Beach where blue-water
trollers were getting lake trout, pink salmon, and occasional steelheads
in 80 to 110 feet of water mostly on spoons and dodgers & squid.
Pier fishing was slow, with only small panfish and the occasional
|June -3 -2010 - Good
walleye action in all the usual locations. The Callahan Reef was good
in 5 feet of water in the early morning however the water was clear
so many were fishing deeper. The area around the Spark Plug was good
in 20 to 25 feet of water. The Slot between Quanicassee and Sand Point
was also producing fish. Most walleyes were being taken on crawler
harnesses, but hot-n-tots were getting fish out in the deeper waters.
Purple and blue were good colors. Lots of bass were caught around
the islands. Bow fishing for carp and gar was well underway near Geiger
Road. Good channel cat action in the Hot Ponds.
|Jun - 01-10 -
Dock Reporter Terry
T - Was out one day during the weekend
at Wildfowl Bay and we took eight nice fish - lots of little fish
in the slot from Quanicassee to Sebewaing. From
Dock Reporter Jose
Saenz - Saturday
we went out of Quanicassee
and fished 12 foot of water.
We took seven keepers all in the 16-17 inch range trolling bottom
bouncers and the hot color was Copper on the crawler harnesses.
5 and threw a couple small ones back. We also had to fight our way
through seven Sheephead and one cat as well. What a beautiful night
to be out fishing.
|May- 28 - 10 - Trolling
for walleye has been productive. Most of the boating activity has
been out near the Spark Plug in 20 to 22 feet of water or the Slot
in 13 to 15 feet of water. Off Finn Road, anglers are fishing in 3
to 8 feet of water or deeper when the sun comes out. Most are relying
on crawler harnesses off planer boards, but some did well with crank
baits in deeper waters.
|May- 23 - 10 -
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
Accompanied buddies Blue
and Kevin as they had done well last weekend catching a 3-man limit
in a few hours. The fish were not as cooperative this weekend. We
trolled spinners and crawlers near the waypoints in SE Saginaw Bay
that they had success fishing last weekend which produced only two
walleye and a few hefty catfish. After a lengthy lull in the action
we decided to pull lines and head north to some spots we've had success
at in the past. In the next few hours we boated 5 more walleye including
one nice 22" tagged fish. All fish were caught on Blue's Signature
Series (homemade) spinner rigs and crawlers. We trolled some Hot n
Tots for about an hour with not even one hit. Hot blade colors seemed
to be anything with purple or gold.
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|May- 20 - 10 -
Windy conditions are not helping boaters. Those fishing off the piers
at night did catch walleye when casting crank baits such as rapalas.
Water temperatures are still very cold.
|May- 13- 10 - All
that needs to be said is bad weather. The Callahan Reef gave up a
few limit catches of walleye before the bad weather moved in. Fishing
in 5 to 12 feet of water seemed to be where the fish are holding.
Further up the Bay Shore fishing the Slot has produced a few walleye
May- 4- 10 -
At Linwood - Good catches of walleye have been
taken on calmer days in 16 feet of water.
At Bay City - Fish were in 8 to 20 feet of water
off the State Park, around Spoils Island, and on the Callahan Reef.
Crawler harnesses are the popular bait.
At Quanicassee Walleye fishing was hit-or-miss.
At Bay Port - A few walleye are being taken out
in the Slot.
At Caseville - Head south to the Slot or fish around
the buoy off the end of Sand Point.
|Apr- 29- 10 -
At Bay City - Most of the fishing activity was near
the mouth of the Saginaw River; especially in windy conditions. Walleye
were caught on jigs baited with crawlers. The Hot Pond was also producing
a few walleye for those using jigs or crank baits.
Quanicassee - catch rates for walleye improved on the Callahan
Reef. Boat anglers were fishing in 3 to 12 feet of water with crawler
harnesses and crank baits.
At Bay Port - A few
crappie have been taken at the public access site and Bay Shore Marina.
At Caseville - A few walleye, trout
or salmon have been taken from the pier..
|Apr- 23- 10 -
At Linwood - Walleyes are being taken when trolling
crank baits or crawler harnesses in 14 to 18 feet of water.
At Bay City - vertical jigging with minnows or crawlers near
Spoils Island was working for walleye.
- near Callahan Reef trolling has taken walleye. At Caseville
- Pier anglers caught walleye at night. Perch runs are just
about done however warmer weather should turn the crappie bite on.
|Apr- 15- 10 -
Lots of post-spawn walleye have been caught off Linwood in 14 to 18
feet of water, around Spoils Island and in 7 feet of water from the
mouth of the Kawkawlin River to the mouth of the Saginaw River. Anglers
are trolling rapalas and crank baits or vertical jigging with crawlers
or minnows. Those trolling off the mouth of the Quanicassee River
were starting to catch walleye on crank baits or crawler harnesses.
At Caseville, crappie are in the marina and pier anglers caught salmon,
trout, whitefish and burbot.
|Apr- 08- 10 -
At Linwood - Trolling rapalas has taken walleye in 18 feet of water.
At Bay City - Near Spoils Island, boaters are
vertical jigging with minnows or crawlers for walleye.
Caseville - A few salmon and trout were being taken from
Apr- 01- 10 -Perch
fishing is underway all around the bay, but sorting out the small
ones will be required.
At Pinconning - Shore and boat anglers are fishing
off Pine River and Palmer Roads.
At Unionville - Shore anglers have also caught
perch in the Allen Cut at Kirk Road, the Thomas Cut.
At Bay Port Perch were being taken in the cut and
in the Bay Shore Marina.
At Kawkawlin - Walleye anglers were trolling crank
baits and crawler harnesses off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River,
At Bay City - Walleye anglers were trolling crank
baits and crawler harnesses near Spoils Island, and off Cotter Road
in 4 to 8 feet of water when the winds stopped blowing long enough
to allow a fishing trip.
At Caseville - Pier anglers caught a few whitefish
At Quanicassee - Shore anglers are catching perch.
At Sebewaing - Boat and shore
anglers are catching perch.
25 - 10 - Boats
are now trolling for walleye near the rivers. Fish were caught off
the mouth of the Saginaw River on Husky Jerks and Shad Raps. Some
perch were caught from the public access site at Bay Port. Pier anglers
at Caseville caught a couple of whitefish however it is still a bit
early for perch.
24 - 10 - From
Dock Reporter Terry
Fish are biting all over when you can get the boat out-out of the
mouth of the river boats at anchor casting jig heads-out of Linwood
Beach my brother and along with 2 other fishing companions limited
in two hours on stick baits.
18 - 10 - Fishing
activity has been slowed for now because of very bad ice conditions
along with areas of open water and so-called ice mountains popping
11 - 10 - Walleye
and perch were caught in 5 feet of water off White's Beach. Walleye
were caught off Linwood and Erickson Road. Some were fishing off the
Bay City State Park and near the mouth of the Kawkawlin River in 3
to 10 feet of water however the shore ice was deteriorating. Fishing
out near Spoils Island was spotty but the action at the mouth of the
Hot Ponds was good for those wading. Ice at the mouth of the Saginaw
River is getting bad. Perch were caught off Vanderbilt Park and Quanicassee
but walleye were taken off Thomas Road. Ice is getting bad in the
marinas. Both the Sebewaing and Pigeon Rivers could open up in a few
days given the weather.
04 - 10 -
Linwood - Walleye were caught around the south end of the
At Bay City - Walleye are being taken near the mouth of the Saginaw
River, a few were also caught northeast of Channel Island and out
to the Spark Plug in 15 to 20 feet of water.
- Perch fishing slowed on both sides of the river channel
and out from the VFW Hall. There is still a lot of minnows in the
marina. Walleye anglers going out to the Slot caught fish in 12 to
18 feet of water but it is hard to tell how long the ice will last.
26 - 10 - Friend
Jose and his buddy Jason went out Thursday evening and came away with
6 nice walleye. Left from the mouth of the Saginaw river and set up
between the island and the spark plug. The bite did not start until
6:30pm but when it did they were hungry. Unfortunately we lost just
as many in the hole but we managed to get a few and had some fun.
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25 - 10 - Walleye
were caught in 13 feet of water off Cody-Estey Road and in 6 to 8
feet of water off Newman Road and Erickson Road.
- Try 18 to 22 feet of water however watch out for pressure
At Bay City - Walleye were being taken
between the mouth of the Saginaw River to northeast of Spoils Island
and in 20 feet of water off Callahan Road
At Fish Point
- Fish were taken 24 to 28 feet of water off Thomas Road.
Quanicassee - Look for perch in 6 feet of water off Vanderbilt
At Sebewaing - Pike spearing is the game.
The marina and the river have started to fill up with shiners. A few
nice perch were caught between Bay Shore Camp and the factory. A few
anglers have started to fish the ridge and weed beds straight out
from the access site at Geiger Road in hopes of finding a few crappie.
At Bay Port - Rumors of some nice perch caught
in the channels and the marina. A few limits of walleye were caught
off the Slot in 15 to 18 feet of water. Near Mud Creek, perch and
walleye were small but a few nice pike were speared.
22 - 10 - Friend
Jose and his step-father fished on Saturday off of Vanderbilt Park
in about 8 foot of water. Taking one nice fat 24" and two 21"
Walleye and one great 13" Perch. Earlier in the day we had taken
two smaller Walleye along with a Pike that we weren't able to land.
The fat belly Walleye came just as we were packing up around 6:00pm.
The Walleyes and the Perch were on tip-ups baited with lone minnows.
The other walleyes came on a Tiger
Stripe Jigging Rapala. We are going to try out of Bay City State
Park on Thursday after work.
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17 - 10 -
Field Reporter Terry
- On Monday
I fished Lindwood and did 'ok' taking three fish
by 10am - I was fishing with a party of eight and we took twelve fish
total - right now on the bay there are good days and bad days. But
one thing is for sure there are always lots of fisherman.
13 - 10 -
has been good but the new problem is the trying to get through the
snow - we got stuck four times today and what a mess in some spots
- if your out stay on the trails. Went to Vanderbuilt today and moved
20 times and never seen a fish-they are spearing pike there that's
all I seen - my brothers limited out on Walleye today at the mouth
of the river.
11 - 10 - Ice
conditions continues to be extremely variable, with active cracks
and thin ice over recently open water. Anglers need to be careful
and proceed with extreme caution! Some perch were taken in 6 to 8
feet of water off White's Beach and Newman Road. A few walleye anglers
caught fish off Linwood. Walleye and whitefish have been caught off
the Bay City State Park in 7 feet of water, the mouth of the Saginaw
River in 4 to 6 feet of water and near Spoils Island in 10 feet of
water. On the east side of the bay, a few nice perch and the occasional
walleye were caught in 7 feet of water off Vanderbilt Park and Thomas
20 - 10 - Field
- Danger the ice is bad all over
the bay. The Lindwood area is where you don't want to be - Last night
over a hundred people were stranded and I talked to two of them and
it wasn't fun trying to get over a hundred foot crack - watch the
wind and don't go alone-
07 - 10 - Field
- We fished yesterday afternoon
at Vanderbuilt Park at Quanicassee - Lot of people
fishing but very few fish, in the parking lot after we were on shore
there were about 15 parties and no one caught or seen a fish. My nephews
are fishing the mouth of the Saginaw River and are doing well getting
limits - I just dont like 4 inches of ice and thirty feet of water.
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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Sorry about the pic, fill-in flash didn't go off.
- 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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