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Nov -1st - 2011- Perch are starting to show up in river mouths, cuts, and marina basins, and shore anglers are starting to do fairly well. The best location depends on the day, so anglers are encouraged to try several spots. If you don’t get fish in the first half-hour, move on to another location. Perch are being caught in the lower Kawkawlin River, near the mouth of the Saginaw River upstream as far as Smith Park in Essexville, out near the Spoils Island (for boat anglers), and the Quanicassee and Sebewaing rivers. Marina basins are also worth a try.

Saginaw River: Rumor has it and I can't confirm the report, but it's the right time of year. Walleyes are being taken near the mouth of the Tittabawassee in Saginaw.
 
Oct -25th - 2011- Some perch are being taken by boaters near the Spark Plug and the Spoils Island, but after last week’s storm the water has become extremely turbid and success has dropped off. Saturday morning, boat and shore anglers at Quanicassee did well on perch. Boats were fishing out at the end of the navigation channel, and shore anglers were fishing in the lower Quanicassee River. Success tapered off on Sunday.
Boaters also reported taking a few walleyes while trolling.

Saginaw River - some reports of some walleyes being taken in Bay City casting rapalas and thundersticks or jigging minnows or twister tails.
 
Oct -19th - 2011- Good to excellent catches of perch are being taken at Buoys 1 & 2 (the outer Spark Plug), 11 & 12 (the inner Spark Plug), along the old shipping channel just north of the river mouth, and near the Spoils Island . A few walleye were also taken out of the Hot Ponds. Boat anglers at Quanicassee took some perch out by the last channel marker buoy off the mouth of the Quanicassee River . Most all the perch in the area rivers’ are running small, but baitfish are starting to show up in abundance.  
Oct -11th - 2011- Perch fishermen from Linwood to Bay Port were converging in the middle of Saginaw Bay. Good to excellent catches of 7 to 9 inch perch were being taken in the vicinity of Buoys 1 & 2, 16 &17, and 11 & 12; also off Linwood south of the Black Hole in 17 to 21 feet of water. If you haven’t put your Great Lakes boat away for the winter, now is the time to get some perch. Bass anglers launching at Bay Port were doing very well on smallmouths on the outside of North Island and out at the Charities. A few perch were also taken near the mouth of the Saginaw River. A few walleyes are being caught at night below the bridges over the Saginaw River in Bay City, mostly on jigs and twister tails.
 
Oct -4th - 2011- Just a few perch reported early last week from 20 to 24 feet of water near the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12). Shore anglers fishing in marina basins around the bay are still getting a few nice bluegills and crappies. Anglers fishing at the Hot Pond and the mouth of the Saginaw River were mainly catching drum and some smallmouth bass.  
Sept -28th - 2011- Best perch reports are from Buoys 1 and 5; north of the Pinconning Bar in 18 feet of water; one to two miles east of the inner Spark Plug (Buoys 11 and 12); and near the Spoils Island. Most keepers are running 8 to 9 inches with occasional bigger fish. A few walleye are also being caught incidental to perch off the Spoils Island . Perch have not moved into the cuts, river mouths, and marina basins yet, though some anglers are out trying to catch them there. Best fall shore fishing for perch starts in late October and early November and continues until ice-up. Shore anglers in the marinas are still catching a few bluegills, sunfish, and crappies, but the perch they are getting are very small.
 
Sept-20-11 - Best perch reports are from Buoy 22; off Linwood in 17’ of water; and just west of the Spoils Island in 21 feet of water. A few walleyes are being taken incidental to perch off the Spoils Island. Boaters from the east side of the bay are crossing the Bar and fishing perch along the shipping channel. A few small perch are showing up in the Sebewaing and Quanicassee Rivers. A few bluegills and crappies are still being taken in area marina basins. Nearshore perch fishing usually improves in late October and November.

 
Sept-13-11 - Fair to good perch success over the weekend at Buoys 1&2, 3&4, the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), Buoy 17, Sailboat Buoy H, the Black Hole, and near the Black Hole in 17 feet of water off Linwood. Note that all of these spots are either in the middle of the bay or on the west side. Boat anglers from places like Quanicassee and Sebewaing were also crossing the bay to get to these areas after trying some areas in the vicinity of those ports but not finding much success. The turbid water resulting from the week-long winds is hampering fishing success somewhat.
 
Sept-8-11 - Perch anglers were out in force and targeting the Spark Plug, the Black Hole, Buoy H, Buoy 22 and west of Buoys 1 & 2. Not many anglers on the east side as most of the boats are heading over to Au Gres. Walleye fishing is still slow due to the over abundance of minnows and shad as well as the cooler water temperatures. Walleye fishing will pick up later in the fall when the fish start to follow the schools of forage fish into the river.
 
Aug-29-11 Very little effort for walleye last week, with most anglers chasing perch when they could get out. Action was centered at various points along the shipping channel. Kevin saw ONE walleye all week…but it was a 30 incher, taken by a shore angler at Essexville fishing for whatever would bite. The rest of the “whatever would bite” included drum, white bass, and a few smallmouths.  
Aug 24th-2011 - Perch fishing eclipsed walleye fishing this week, with fair success at the Spark Plug, on the Bar east of the Spark Plug, Buoy 9, Buoys 1 & 2 , and near Sailboat Buoy H. A few walleye were reported taken along the outside of the islands on the east side of the Bay in 7 to 10 feet of water near the weedbeds. Some smallmouth bass were taken around North Island.

Caseville was filled with revelers at the Cheeseburger Festival, and few if any were out fishing there.

 
Aug 16th-2011 - Perch were hitting around the Spark Plug and also east of it. Catches seemed to average 20 to 25 perch per boat, with size ranging from 8 to 12 inches with a few 7s to put a few more in the boat. A few walleye were caught out near buoys 1 & 2, and from weedbeds along the outside of Maisou and Heisterman islands in 10 to 14 feet of water. Still some channel cats taken in the Hot Pond.
 
Aug 13th-2011 - From Dock Reporter Terry T -Fishing is very slow from the Charity's to Port Austin-There were no boats at the Caseville launch today and in the last two trips we have caught three fish. Grindstone still giving up a few fish and 1&2 buoy in the lower bay has been slow but a few fish can still be taken there.  
Aug 10th-2011 - Walleyes still being taken or near Buoys 1 & 2, in 13 feet of water off Pinconning, and some from weedbeds over between Maisou and Heisterman islands. Perch fishing is starting up and they are being taken from 20’ of water near the Spark Plug, east of the Spark Plug in 30’ of water, from northeast of the Black Hole, and from certain locations in 12 to 14 feet of water on the west side of The Bar. Catches were averaging 10 to 20 large perch per boat per trip with quite a few 10” to 12” fish.

 
Aug 2nd-2011 - Walleye action has slowed down a lot, but a few are still being caught beyond buoys 1 & 2, around the Pinconning Bar, in the south end of the Slot, and in deeper water between the Spark Plug and buoys 1 & 2. Deeper water is better. Body baits are in many cases out-producing crawler harnesses, and trollers are moving at 1.9 to 2.1 mph. Crawler harnesses are still catching some fish (purple and gold are good spinner colors) but incidental catches of catfish and drum are high. Perch fishing is getting started around the Black Hole and also east of the Spark Plug in 25 feet of water.

At Caseville: Excellent walleye fishing around all the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin, with best fishing from Hat Point northeast toward Port Austin. Depths range anywhere from 12 to 60 feet. Harnesses, body baits and small spoons are all taking fish.

 

July 26th-2011 - Walleyes are still being caught to a limited extent in relatively shallow water off Finn Road (3 to 10 ft) by trollers long-lining crawler harnesses over the top of the weed-beds (no bottom bouncers). Some walleyes are still being caught out of the Slot off Sebewaing and Bay Port, off Linwood in 19 feet of water, 10 to 19 feet off the west side of the Coryeon Reef (the Bar) and out beyond Buoys 1 and 2. Crawler harnesses are still producing well, with purple, red & silver or blue & silver blades being good colors. Hot-n-tots are also producing with black & gold as a hot color.

At Caseville: The deeper waters north and northeast of Big Charity Island and around the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin is producing good walleye action.
 
July 19th-2011 - Fishing at these locations remained very good last week: 13 feet of water off the Pinconning Bar; 2 miles northeast of the Black Hole, the Bar on the west side of the Slot, and the Slot itself from Fish Point to Sand Point. Good catches of walleyes with a lot of limit catches have been made at all these locations. Mid-summer weed growth has made fishing more difficult in the area immediately north of Knight and Finn roads, and fewer anglers are trolling there than earlier in the year. Lots of catfish, freshwater drum, and a few larger yellow perch are being taken incidental to walleye. Crawler harnesses, crankbaits, and small spoons are all producing fish.

At Caseville: Excellent walleye fishing northeast of Big Charity Island. The area off Oak Point and all the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin are also producing very good catches.

 
July 13th-2011 - Good numbers of walleye were taken from a variety of locations including 13’ of water off the Pinconning Bar, northeast of the Black Hole, Buoys 1 & 2, 10 to 12 feet of water north of Finn Road, 7 to 8 feet of water north of Knight Road, and 11 to 13 feet of water on the east side of the Bar adjacent to the west side of the Slot. Crawler harnesses continue to produce, but hot-n-tots are also working. Water surface temperatures were nearing 80 degrees in areas, and if the hot weather continues, fish can be expected to move deeper. Lots of drum and channel cats are being caught incidental to walleyes. Good colors include chartreuse, purple, blue, and pink.

At Caseville: doing well on walleye off the north side of Big Charity Island, and at the north end of the Slot off of Sand Point
 
July 12th-2011- Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report - The bite was slow but we ended up 3 short of our 4-man limit before getting blown off the water on the Eastside of the Bay early in the afternoon. The fish were spread out and caught in depths from 10 - 16 fow. All were caught on 1/4 oz Hot n Tots, anything with gold seemed to produce with "Metellic Rainbow" being one of our hottest colors. Lures were trolled at 1.6 to 2 mph SOG and from 30 - 50ft back off tethered boards.

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Saginaw Bay July-9th-11 - Muck Boy Report The Crew now has its own bay boat, this is in addition to our main boat that we run from the west side of the state for salmon. Over the next year we will be rigging it to fish walleyes in the Saginaw Bay and Saginaw River. When we get it completed we will report out on what we have added. For now we will be using what came with it.

We stat red the morning by setting up west of the #1 Spark Plug, 6 miles out from the mouth of the Saginaw River in about 22 feet of water, west of the shipping channel.

We managed to take 3 keeper eyes trolling standard size Hot & Tots our best color was a Metallic Gold w/ extra large eyes and Metallic Silver w/ Black Back with a red throat. We trolled them behind mini boards with leads from 40 to 100 feet. The best was from 50 to 60 feet back.

We are hoping to get back out again before we switch back to salmon on Lake Michigan.

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Saginaw Bay Walleye Fishing

Saginaw Bay Walleye Fishing

July 7th-2011 - Walleye were 10 miles off Gambil's in 27 feet of water, northeast side of the Black Hole and off the Spark Plug near Buoys 1 and 2. Near Essexville, walleye were caught in 6 to 8 feet of water off Knight Road. Off Sebewaing, anglers were heading out to the Slot and the Coryeon Reef while trolling or drifting spoons and crawler harnesses. Waters north of the Slot were also starting to improve however Caseville was still slow. Those fishing the Charity Islands have caught bigger walleye. Limits of smallmouth bass were caught in Wigwam Bay and around the Charity Islands.
 
July 6th-2011 - From Dock Reporter Terry T - We took 15 walleyes yesterday two miles west of 1 & 2 buoys. Lots of fish and heavy boat traffic We took them all on crawlers, best harness colors were with red beads with brass and pink and white beads on a pink spiderman blade  
June 29th-2011 - At Quanicassee: Pretty hit or miss action for most anglers. It seemed those that are running plastic or some type of spoon setup are fairing better than those anglers using crawlers. Purples, Pinks, and golds seemed to produce the best. The fish are still scattered throughout the system, but it seems like the shallow bite has started to slow down. Going out to 12-15 FOW seemed to be a good starting point for those doing better. Still a lot of short walleye and drum being reported, along with the occaisional large perch, catifsh, and white bass. Shore anglers were managing some catfish again in the river and cuts, and a few bluegills in the marinas.
At Sebewaing: Just like Quanicassee. Anglers are going straight out to the Slot in 12-15 FOW were doing all right and then working out onto both sides of the Bar in around 17 FOW produced well, but again it was anglers pulling plastic or spoons that seemed to be doing better than those with crawlers. Same colors as Quanicassee. In the river and marina they are still catching a lot of sub-legal pike and largemouth bass casting spinnerbaits or small cranks.
At Bay Port: The northern part of the Slot still sounds pretty quiet. Bass fisherman are still doing well for largemouths in Wildfowl Bay , and around the Islands and rock reefs for smallmouths.
At Caseville: Very few shore or pier anglers around, mostly pleasure boaters, if there were any boats out at all.

 
June 20th-2011 - From Dock Reporter Terry T - Yesterday I was proud to have volunteered my boat and be part of the first ever "Walleye's for Warrior's Event" in Bay City Mi., about 190 veterans participated. This event was a great effort by a lot of great people and it turned out great. Despite the high winds and having to battle waves 3 to 5 feet high. Everyone, I think had a great time.

One of the fellas on my boat got sick, so I put my other passenger on another boat and took the sick fella back to shore.

We turned around and headed back out and still managed to take six good fish.

We fished east of the spark plug in 18-20 feet of water, it sure wasn't easy and luckily we got some fish to cooperate.

I have sent a few pictures so everyone can see some of the action
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June 15th-2011 - At Quanicassee: Anglers are going out to multiple locations and taking fair numbers of fish from just about everywhere. Shallow on Callahan Reef and near the end of Finn Rd / Hot Pond area has still produced some walleye in the mornings or on the overcast days in 4-8 FOW. Anglers are also working straight north out of the river in 12-15 FOW, over towards Sunset Bay Marina on the tail end of the Slot in 10-13 FOW, over east of the Plug a mile or two in 17-20 FOW, out near Buoy 1 and 2 in 25-28 FOW, and near the Bar in 23-27 FOW. The fish remain suspended out deep as the bug hatch has really ramped up since last week. A lot of big Sheephead, I measured one the other day that went almost 28 inches and 15.5 lbs, some white bass, a catfish or two, and a few decent perch are also being caught by those trolling, as well as many short walleye. Purple, gold, orange, chartreuse, and pink seem to be good colors.
At Linwood: Better fishing was in 17 feet of water. Walleyes were caught between the Kawkawlin and Saginaw River. Decent fishing was reported around the Spark Plug and to the east in 20 feet of water and Buoys 1 and 2 in 30 feet of water. Crawler harnesses with silver backs worked best.
At Sebewaing: Saw very little activity around here after the storm mid-week. Lots of clean-up still going on around town. Those that were fishing were going to many of the same areas anglers out of Quanicassee. A few have tried up into the Slot along the islands, but activity that way remains pretty slow. After the reef spawners dispersed a few weeks ago the fishing hasn’t been that great up that way. Those in the marina and along the river have been catching a few keeper pike and largemouths, but most of the fish are sub-legal throwbacks.

At Bay Port: State site is somewhat shutdown at this time as the dredging crew is there finally starting the clean out. Anglers making it out were hand lining a few walleye in from some of the deeper holes and weed banks in Wildfowl Bay, but those going out around the Islands or off of Sand Point report slow fishing with just a few fish managed by those making the trip out. Water temps up that way remain pretty cold as it had just began to creep into the upper 60s but this last cold front and northerly winds brought colder water back in and has cooled it down back into upper 50’s and low 60s.

At Caseville: Pretty quiet. A few anglers fishing along the breakwall and river catching some bullheads, small perch, sheephead, and walleye(at night). Most of the boat anglers are going out of Bay Port.

 
June 13th-2011 - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report - Friend Blue and his son took a two man limit Saturday straight out from Sunset Bay Marina. Fish were in 15-16' of water and ran from 16-21". Also caught ten throwbacks, one perch, two white bass and 5-6 sheephead. Had lots of action. All fish came on crawlers with hammered gold and purple blades accounting for the majority of the fish. Sheephead were big on rasberry. Ran the crawlers 15-20' behind 3/4oz inline sinkers around 1.3 mph.  
June 7th-2011 - Excellent largemouth bass fishing in shallow water off Pinconning, with purple plastic worms the hot lure.
Walleyes hitting off Gambil’s Marina (end of Newburg Road) in 10 to 14 feet of water. Walleyes also hitting about 2 miles east of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12) in 16 to 18 feet of water. This morning at 10 AM, there were a lot of boats north and west of the Spark Plug. Crawler harnesses and spoons working at all locations. Walleye fishing was really good this morning on the Callahan Reef with some guys getting their limits by 10:30 AM. Depths were 4 to 7 feet. Over the weekend, trollers did well there in 4 to 15 feet of water. Crawler harnesses best, with shiny spinners if the water’s muddy. Trollers are also doing well between the mouths of the Saginaw and Kawkawlin Rivers in 8 feet of water. Some big perch are being caught incidentally while trolling for walleye.

Surface water temperatures in the inner bay are reported to be about 69 degrees after the recent warm spell. Here’s hoping it doesn’t keep getting warmer too fast and drive the walleyes out to deeper water like last year .

At Quanicassee:, Trollers are going either west to the Callahan Reef or northeast into the south end of the Slot as far north as Sebewaing and doing well on walleye. They’re also getting perch, catfish and sheepshead incidental to walleye. At Sebewaing, trollers are going straight off the channel in the Slot and south from there. Fishing is also fair outside the islands as far north as Sand Point, and at deeper holes in Wildfowl Bay, but it’s better as you go south.

Not much happening at Caseville yet. A few walleye taken at night off the end of the pier. Carp are continuing their annual rituals in the river and marina basins there, making things murky.

 
Saginaw Bay June-5th-11 - Muck Boy Report - Fished with Muck Boy Reporter Terry Murlick, this morning out of Quanicassee Mi. targeting walleyes. What a great morning weather wise, light south winds and warm temps. We headed north from the river mouth for about five or six miles and set up in 13 feet of water, it didn't take long to get our first walleye, a nice 21 inch fish. But what we didn't know is the walleye would get a serious case of lock jaw for most of this trip, we did manage to get two more and farm another nice one at the boat. We were never board as there was plenty of action catching sheephead and catfish all morning, topped off with one we estimated to be about 12 pounds.

Terry;s favorite way to fish the bay for walleyes is slow trolling crawler harnesses off Off Shore Boards.

We had a great trip and Thank Terry a bunch.

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Headed out into Saginaw  Bay  for a morning of Fishing

Saginaw Bay Cat Fish

June 2nd-2011 - Walleye action was reported in several different locations such as the deep side of the Pinconning Bar, 17 feet of water off Linwood and the Callahan Reef as well as east of the Hot Pond discharge off Knight and Finn Roads. Those trolling for walleye also picked up a few large yellow perch. From Quanicassee, most of the boats caught their limit of walleye. The fish were in 7 feet of water right off the end of the channel marker buoys in the early morning but moved deeper into the Slot after the fog burned off and the sun came out. At Sebewaing and Bay Port, walleye fishing was spotty. Bass anglers did well around the islands, cuts and marina basins.
 
May 25th -2011 - There was a tournament last weekend and those guys put in a lot of effort off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars trolling mostly in 8 to 14 feet of water, mainly pulling crawler harnesses, with fair to decent success. Some fish were also being taken north of the Black Hole (off Linwood) and some guys were also fishing 20 feet of water out near the Spark Plug. Red and Gold spinners on the crawler harnesses were supposed to be the hot colors. Over toward the east side, the water’s clearing up after the constant rains earlier in the month. Some trollers were getting some walleye east of the Spoils Island and the mouth of the Hot Pond. The Callahan Reef was not producing that well, but the southern end of the Slot was where the fish seemed to be. Trollers launching out of Quanicassee reported fair to good success in 15 to 17 feet of water west of Sunset Bay Marina. Walleye anglers fishing the Slot outside the islands northwest of Sebewaing didn’t do that well, but anglers after catfish did make some good catches from 2 ½ to 3 feet of water straight out the channel. They also took a few big perch incidental to the catfish, using night crawlers for bait. Farther up toward Bay Port , walleye boats launching out of Bayshore Marina were managing a few fish trolling the Slot from North Island northeast toward the Buoy off the tip of Sand Point. Bass anglers fishing around Bay Port and North Island reported good success at early catch and release fishing.

Carp are starting to move into cuts, rivers and marina basins in earnest as the weather warms a bit, and bowfishermen are out after them. The carp in the marina basins will probably put a crimp in bass and panfish fishing while they are there in numbers, as other fish tend to leave until the carp are done with their annual romp in the swamp.


 
May 17th -2011 - A couple of boats went out of the mouth of the Saginaw River early last Friday morning and got a few walleyes. One boat was 10 miles out and the other fished 6 feet of water off the Callahan Reef. The entire weekend was a bust due to persistent wind and rain. A few boats got out of Quanicassee, with about half working the Callahan Reef and the other half working the south end of the Slot. They’re taking a few walleyes from both locations, mostly on crawler harnesses. Most of the fish brought in averaged 18” to 22”. The Slot off Sebewaing was also producing some walleyes last Monday (May 9th). Channel cats are showing up in the Quanicassee River, with some good catches of LARGE channel cats by shore anglers fishing at night. Marina basins on the east side are producing assorted panfish (bluegills, sunfish, crappies, rock bass) and decent catch and release fishing for largemouths with a mix of largemouth and smallmouth in the canals of Beadle Bay.

For the archers among us, carp are just now starting to move into the rivers and cuts to spawn. They are at least two weeks behind schedule, just like all the other fish runs this spring.

 
May 11th -2011 - Trolling, casting or drifting in the vicinity of the Saganing and Pinconning bars were getting fair numbers of walleye and also catching and releasing some large smallmouth bass. The water is a lot clearer up in that part of the bay. Turbid water caused by recent flooding extends out into the bay at least as far as the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12). Some walleye are being caught in the vicinity of the Spoils Island and also off the Callahan Reef, in 10 to 12 feet of water. Fishing with crawler harnesses was catching a lot of catfish and drum incidental to walleye. There’s quite a bit of fishing activity at Quanicasssee, with walleye anglers fishing the Callahan Reef and the lower end of the Slot. Most boats are getting a few fish. Boats are using Bayshore Marina near Bay Port to access the northern end of the Slot and are getting some walleye. They’re also doing well catching and releasing bass around North Island and Beadle Bay. Shore anglers fishing in marina basins are getting a missed bag of crappies, bluegills, sunfish and rock bass.

At Caseville: Some walleye taken off the pier by night fishermen. Not many boats out yet.

 
May 4th -2011 - Three days of heavy rain and subsequent flooding of all area rivers pretty much washed out the opening of the trout/walleye/pike/musky season in central Michigan. Trying to fish on area rivers was beyond futile…it was just plain dangerous! The muddy waters also made fishing difficult to nearly impossible on the inner part of Saginaw Bay. The inner bay is still very murky, but the rivers are coming down and barring more heavy rains, should be fishable by mid-week. There are still some walleyes in the Tittabawassee, as at least one limit catch was made below the Dow Dam.
- A few walleyes were taken jigging near the east end of the Spoils Island off the mouth of the Saginaw River.

 
Apr 26th -2011 - Spring fishing continues to suffer from the reluctance of Spring to manifest itself in central Michigan . Last week’s weather included cold, snow, sleet, hail, rain, wind, thunder and lightning…all on Tuesday night! We had 1.4 inches of rain etc. on Tuesday and another 0.3 inches on Friday night. As a result, our rivers are running bank-full and very muddy.

Inner Bay: : Perch fishing has tapered off at the cuts, canals, and marina basins. Some crappies are starting to show up, primarily in marina basins. Try using a live minnow under a bobber or small crappie jigs. The lower bay is very dirty due to runoff from all the recent rains, and this has slowed post-spawn walleye fishing. A few walleye were reported caught off the Spoils Island . Sucker runs in area rivers are winding down. Some channel cats and white bass were reported taken from the Hot Ponds. Trollers going out of Quanicassee were taking a few (1 or 2 per boat) nice walleye. Boaters are reminded that lake levels are low and there’s not much water off the end of a lot of launch ramps this spring or out the channels to the Bay.
 
Apr 19th -2011 - Not a whole lot to report anywhere in southern Lake Huron or greater Saginaw Bay this week. Cold weather, high winds, big waves and muddy water have combined to keep anglers indoors for most of last week. A few people were fishing the cuts and rivers in the Thumb for perch, but with indifferent success.
 
Apr 12th 2011 - Not much going on in the lower bay. Some perch being caught in most of the cuts, but a lot of sorting has to be done. This includes the lower Saginaw River in Bay City. Thomas Cut was very good for nice perch on Saturday, but it shut down Sunday. Don’t wait to hear the fish are biting…just GO! By the time you hear they’re biting and get there, it’ll be over! Some perch taken at Sebewaing in the river and marina. Lots of sorting required. Some nicer perch taken by those in boats out in the river channel.
Suckers are starting to run in Thumb area rivers as more are being caught by those fishing for perch.
Pier anglers at Caseville have taken the occasional nice perch, smaller walleye, and at least one nice brown trout out in the lake, but not big numbers. Fishing in the river and marina is slow as the water was rising from the rains on Sunday.
 
Apr 5th 2011 - Ice fishing on Saginaw Bay is kaput.

Inner Bay: There sre some fishing the shore and docks in the marinas and rivers. Some panfish and small perch were being taken in the marina basins. The time to start fishing the cuts and lower rivers for perch is coming around, but the bite is still slow. If you wait to hear that they’re biting, though, you might miss em. High water levels and debris in the rivers and cuts/ditches will make fishing them difficult until the end of the week.
Suckers have been seen running in the Shiawassee, Cass, and Flint Rivers.
At Caseville: A few lake trout and whitefish off the pier, and some small perch in the river and marina. There is still ice in the marina, but use extreme caution on or near it.
 
Mar 29th 2011 - Last week’s Wednesday snowstorm and winter temperatures that just refuse to go away are definitely delaying spring fish runs. It’s looking like fish runs will be anywhere from one to two weeks later than normal this year. There’s still some ice fishing going on in isolated, sheltered areas of the Bay , but shore ice conditions are bad with anglers having to wade out to get onto fishable ice.

The Saginaw River: At the mouth boats are getting out, and the skid piers were put in last Friday. Walleye fishing out on Saginaw Bay is still reported slow. The fish are late in showing up due to the lingering cold weather and ice.

The Quanicassee River: There’s some shore fishing activity at the public access site and also at the Old State Road bridge, and they’re picking up a few perch at both locations. Lots of sorting, with keepers running 6 to 8 inches. Mornings are best, but ice has been forming every night and this has hampered fishing.

At Sunset Bay Marina : Ice anglers inside the marina have been catching some small bluegills and sunfish.

At Sebewaing: Ice anglers in the marina have been getting some perch, but the ice is badly honeycombed so be careful! Shore fishing is possible later in the day in the Sebewaing River . Cold night-time temperatures have been causing the river to ice over at night, which hampers shore anglers in the morning until it opens up later in the day.

At Caseville: A few shore anglers have been out on the Pigeon River , but without much success as yet. Like Sebewaing the river ices over at night and doesn’t become fishable till later in the day.

 

 

Mar 22nd 2011 - Ice conditions around greater Saginaw Bay are deteriorating quickly and anglers venturing forth are cautioned to be very careful out there. Don’t go out alone, tell your next of kin where you are going.

Inner Bay: Fair perch fishing has been reported off Newman Road the middle of last week, but now it’s mostly smaller fish. Lots of small perch being taken in the marina basin at Linwood. The launch at the mouth of the Saginaw River is almost (but not quite) clear of ice as of Sunday evening. The Quanicassee River is open, boats are launching there, and shore anglers are getting some perch. One whitefish was also caught there last week. Cuts from Quanicassee to Fish Point are open and shore-fishable. Ice anglers in the marina basin at Sunset Bay Marina were catching some small bluegills and sunfish. Ice has become unsafe from Sebewaing northward along the east side of the bay. Some ice remains in the marina basins but it is not to be trusted. Some anglers are using airboats to go out for walleye and perch. The Sebewaing, Pigeon and Pinnebog rivers are all open, running high and muddy with a lot of floating debris, making fishing difficult.


 
Mar 15th 2011 - There’s still a lot of ice fishing activity all over greater Saginaw Bay, but you need to pay attention to local ice conditions as the weather warms up this week. Shore ice is deteriorating at a lot of locations and pressure cracks are active. Cracks are buckled and open holes are common over in Wildfowl Bay. Watch what you’re doing and don’t be the guy that the Coast Guard has to go looking for.

Inner Bay: Perch action has picked up at multiple locations, depths and size of fish varied with the location. Good spots included the Bay-Arenac County Line, Newman Road, Bay City State Park, Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee, off Sunset Bay Marina, and off Thomas Road. Fish from dawn ‘til about 11 AM, try not to make too much noise and try to stay away from the crowd. Further up the east side, some perch taken from the bay off Sebewaing and Rose Island, but nothing much off Geiger Road. Rivers at Sebewaing and Caseville are opened up outside of town.

Saginaw River - Boaters are out on the river, but inland pike and walleye season closes at the ends (March 15th). The boat ramps at Rust Avenue in Saginaw and Cass Avenue in Bay City are open, but the water is fairly fast and muddy and action is slow.

 
Mar 7th 2011 - A small bunch of walleye tag returns came in this past week, and most of them came from ‘waaaaay out there. A couple came from east of Buoy #1, a couple from the Saganing Bar (a hydrographic feature, not a drinking establishment) and others from east of the Black Hole. This suggests that the bigger fish are still ‘way out in deep water. Most of these fish are being caught in the late afternoon to early evening; roughly 4 PM to 6:30 PM.

Anyone going that far out to fish walleyes needs to be cognizant of changing ice conditions, should tell someone where they’re going and when they expect to be back and they should definitely carry both a cell phone and a GPS. Walleye are great fish, but they’re not worth dying for.

Inner Bay: Some nice catches of big perch were made on a couple of morning last week off Bay City State Park and also off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee, from 5 to 6 feet of water at both sites. A pattern has emerged concerning both sites. Fishing is best on the first three weekdays
Not much activity at Sebewaing; a few anglers going out of Rose Island Road; little activity at Geiger Road or at Bay Port; some pike reported moving off Mud Creek, but the ice there isn’t very good and there is little perch action to speak of. At Caseville, there’s a few people still fishing the river but watch the ice! Ice has broken up off the end of the breakwall.

Saginaw River - Ice conditions are unsafe in the Saginaw River except at the mouth, where they’re just not good. Not much being caught off the mouth of the Saginaw River last week either. On the Tittabawassee, boats are launching at Center Road, but anglers should beware of ice jams down near the confluence of the Tittabawassee, Shiawassee, and Saginaw rivers. Some walleye were being caught, but the run is clearly not in yet. Small boats are also launching at the Gordonville Road ramp just south of Midland, but fishing up near the Dow dam is still slow. Anglers should try casting instead of vertical jigging, as water levels are still relatively low. Get that bait away from the boat.


 
Feb 28th 2011 - Ice conditions continue to deteriorate on greater Saginaw Bay , and anglers are reminded to be very careful out there. I’ll mention particularly bad areas as I come to them. As a general comment, best perch fishing has been in the morning and the best walleye fishing has been in late afternoon and evening.
Inner Bay West Side: Walleye anglers fishing 6 miles off Erickson Road . Beware of an active crack off Linwood. Both perch and walleyes being taken from 5 to 10 feet of water off Bay City State Park and between the State Park and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River. Some activity at the mouth of the Saginaw River , but fishing there is generally slow.
Inner Bay East Side: Perch fishing was quite good earlier last week off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee, but a horde of anglers descended on that area over the weekend and drove the fish away. It may pick up again early to mid-week. Some walleye were also taken off Callahan Road 3 miles out, and in the lower Slot off Quanicassee and between there and the tip of Fish Point. Some panfish being taken from inside the Sebewaing Marina, but the bay off Sebewaing was generally slow for perch. Perch anglers going out off Rose Island Road were doing a little better. Walleye fishing was generally slow outside the islands. Ice off Mud Creek (Filion Road Access Site) was reported to be pretty bad, and fishing there was slow. The ice off the end of the breakwall of the Pigeon River at Caseville broke up last week, so anglers aren’t getting out there anymore. Not much fishing activity in the marina basins off the Pigeon River .

Saginaw River - Ice conditions are bad everywhere except near the mouth where they are just not good. Not much fishing activity. Too much ice to launch a boat, but the ice is too weak to stand on.

 

Feb 24th 2011 - From Dock Reporter Terry T - Have not been out at all-weather and bad ice has kept me off- 14 guys went out last Sunday and not one keeper - Everyone there is a real good deal going on June 18th & 19th at Vets Park in Bay City-we are taking wounded vets out for a day of fishing-hope to have a hundred boats to get them all out. If someone hasn’t heard about the event click the link to Walleyes for Warriors or call Nels Larsen 989 837 2681. Leave a message on recorder if I am not by the phone.

The thaw last week did not help ice anglers in mid-Michigan. Conditions deteriorated and waters in and near the mouth of the rivers became turbid. Fishing picked up at one point but shut down with the snow storm. A few walleye were caught in shallow waters off Pine River and Palmer Roads. Areas of open water were reported off Linwood and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River. Some perch were caught off the Bay City State Park, the trailer park at the end of Patterson Road, and off Vanderbilt Park. Fish shallow, 5 to 7 feet of water. Fishing off the east side of the bay was light. Ice near the mouth of creeks is not good and Wildfowl Bay had a lot of bad spots. Lake trout were caught off Caseville before muddy water from the Pigeon River shut it down.

Saginaw River - The recent thaw coupled with heavy snowfall has produced dangerous ice conditions.

 
Feb 15th 2011 - Heavy snow and slush are seriously impeding angler mobility all over greater Saginaw Bay. Four-wheelers, and any wheeled vehicle for that matter, is having a hard time getting around, but anglers with snowmobiles are doing a bit better. Angler success has remained slow and spotty, but some anglers continue to get a few fish.
On Saginaw Bay anglers should be careful this week, as strong southwest winds may cause pressure cracks to widen and move. On the Saginaw River use caution this week, as the thaw may cause quick deterioration of river ice conditions.

Inner Bay - Some walleyes being taken just south of the Black Hole, with anglers going out of Erickson and Linwood Rds and fishing 20 feet of water or more. Walleye anglers continue to fish The Slot off Thomas Road. Perch fishing is slow and spotty all over the bay, but anglers who are persistent and move often are still getting a few decent fish. There’s still a fair amount of effort near shore by walking anglers after perch around Vanderbilt Park, Sebewaing marina, and similar locations. A few lake trout are being taken just off the mouth of the Pigeon River at Caseville.

Saginaw River - Lots of sublegal walleyes being caught from the mouth upstream to Saginaw, but very few legal fish yet. Watch out for that river ice this week!!!

 
Feb 10th 2011 - Anglers are complaining about access sites being snowed in. Snow removal is in the process however it may take some time. Perch anglers are heading out 8 miles off Pine River Road, but catch rates were slow. Fair walleye action 5 miles off Pinconning and Linwood anglers are heading out to the Spark Plug for walleye. Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee is producing a few perch. Not much activity on the east side and the water is too muddy for spearing. At Caseville, a few lake trout were taken through the ice.

Saginaw River - Sublegal walleye continue but a few keepers were caught at Essexville near the Anderson Marina and the Coast Guard Station. Those fishing near the Independence Bridge have also caught the occasional keeper. Smaller walleyes were caught between Bay City and Saginaw. A few perch were taken off Patterson Road near the mouth.

 
Jan 31st 2011 - Continued cold weather seems to be keeping fishing success slow and fishing pressure light on greater Saginaw Bay. Mechanized anglers are travelling great distances out onto the bay and crossing multiple pressure cracks to get out there. Deep snow is beginning to hinder travel by all-terrain vehicles and those that have them are switching to snowmobiles. If we get the heavy snows forecast for mid-week, travel may be even more difficult than it is now. I guess we’ll just have to see what develops. Slush is also becoming a problem in areas.
Inner Bay - Some perch coming from 5 to 7 feet of water off White’s Beach, but they’re running small. Walleye and perch anglers are going 5 miles off Pinconning Road. Walleye anglers are going 7 miles off Erickson Road and 8 miles off Linwood to fish around the Black Hole and getting some walleye.
On the east side, walleye anglers are going 8 miles off Callahan Road. They’re still picking up some perch in 5 to 7 feet of water off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee. At Thomas Road, they’re going anywhere from 10 to 12 miles off shore across the bar to fish up to 30 feet of water in the center of the bay. There is some pike spearing activity in the Sebewaing marina. Perch fishing pressure is light from Sebewaing VFW to Rose Island and Geiger Road. A few guys are going out to the Slot to try for walleyes from all those locations. A bit more perch fishing activity at Bay Port and Mud Creek. Success is spotty. Keep moving until you find a school of actively feeding fish. A few lake trout being taken at Caseville. Perch fishing generally slow there.

Saginaw River -Lots of sublegal walleye being taken everywhere from Saginaw out to the mouth of the river. A few legal walleyes and a few perch are being taken just downstream of the Independence Bridge. Anglers with cameras report seeing bigger walleyes down there but they can’t get them to bite.

 
Jan 27th 2011 - Those heading out five miles off Palmer Road caught some walleye in 12 to 18 feet of water. Small perch were caught closer to shore. Off Linwood, perch anglers caught fish a mile out and walleye were caught in the Black Hole in 20 feet of water. Near Quanicassee, perch were caught off Vanderbilt Park. A few walleye were caught 12 miles off Thomas Road and perch near Tietz Drain. A lot of anglers at Bay Port and Mud Creek, but catch rates for perch were spotty. At Caseville, a couple lake trout were taken near the breakwall.

Saginaw River - Ice conditions were improving some. Most of the walleye caught were sublegal but a few keepers were reported. Small walleye were the common catch between the mouth and Saginaw. A few perch were caught from the mouth to the Independence Bridge.



 
Jan 25th 2011 - From Dock Reporter Jose - A couple of buddies went out of Thomas Rd last Thursday and caught 5 walleye keepers. They were out 10 miles near the spark plug. Lots of broken ice on way out there so fisherman need to take caution especially coming in after dark.

Finally got in to some good perch at Vanderbilt Park on Sunday. Early afternoon is the prime time, the bite was in 6 ft of water.
Jan 20th 2011 - In general, perch fishing is spotty with lots of sorting to do. It is still worth giving it a try as anglers manage good catches here and there. Try moving around frequently until you find an active school of bigger fish. Lots of anglers off Pine River and Palmer Road but catch rates were spotty. Keeper perch were 6 to 9 inches. No walleye to report. Some are taking the occasional perch in 3 to 5 feet of water off White's Beach, and some walleye about 3 miles out. Anglers are just starting to venture out off Erickson Road, but use extreme caution due to the active pressure crack. Perch and walleye were caught off the mouth of the Saginaw River however many of the fish were small. Near Quanicassee, a few perch were taken in shallow waters off Vanderbilt Park, but the walleye anglers were heading out about 5 miles where the action was hit-or-miss. Those fishing off Tietz Drain and Thomas Road were going out 5 to 11 miles however extreme caution needs to be used. Perch fishing was spotty from the Sebewaing VFW north to Mud Creek. Perch and bluegills were caught in the Sebewaing Marina. Walleye fishing in the Slot was just getting underway.

Saginaw River - Lots of sorting out the small ones for both perch and walleye from the mouth upstream to the Independence Bridge in Bay City. Catch rates were dominated by sublegal walleye 11 to 14 inches which are present in large numbers. The same is true upstream from Bay City to Saginaw. These small walleye indicate the strength of the natural reproduction now taking place in Saginaw Bay.

 
Jan 11th 2011 - a lot of ice fishing activity all over the near-shore waters of Saginaw Bay , but the fish didn’t seem to be in a very cooperative mood for most of last week. For the most part, guys aren’t getting out far enough to effectively target walleyes in most locations yet (except for the Slot) and the perch they are seeing down the holes are not in much of a mood to bite. Anglers at all locations in Saginaw Bay are catching a lot of sub-legal walleyes incidental to perch fishing… and while targeting walleyes. Legal sized fish are apparently mostly out deeper and the guys can’t get to them yet.
Gizzard shad are popping up in the holes at many locations, and they are doing what they always do at this time of year….dying! This is actually a good thing, because if they didn’t die off, we’d be literally up to our necks in gizzard shad! Just the same, as long as the gizzard shad are abundant and swimming weakly around out there, the walleyes have plenty to eat and walleye fishing may be difficult. Because of the huge year class of shad in 2010, I would not be surprised if the walleye fishery doesn’t come fully on-line (note the pun) until about February when the young of year shad have finally died off.
Ice conditions are iffy all over Saginaw Bay, with active cracks at many locations. Anglers are advised to use great caution and confine their fishing to daylight hours. Cracks open and close with changes in wind conditions and you can’t see what’s happening if it’s dark.
Inner Bay West Side: Ice at Linwood has a lot of active cracks and anglers should be careful out there. Walleye anglers are getting a lot of short fish there and also off Bay City State Park . Some decent catches of perch are being taken near the Spoils Island , but be very careful of the ice near the mouth of the Saginaw River .
Inner Bay East Side
: Very good perch fishing was reported off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee earlier last week, but by the weekend it had slowed down. A few walleye were also being taken off Vanderbilt, and also from the Slot off Thomas Road . Anglers there were fishing in 14 feet of water. (This is the best walleye report we have for this week.) Slow fishing at Sebewaing, with some perch and bluegills coming out of the marina basin. Perch fishing is spotty off Geiger Road , with anglers still staying inside the islands. Perch were running small, lots of sorting for a few decent fish. No activity to speak of at Bay Port or Bayshore Marina, and not much at the Mud Creek access site just south of Sand Point. The ice is still questionable there.


 
Jan 6th 2011 - Some perch have been caught in shallow waters 2 to 5 feet deep. The ice does not go out far enough for effective walleye fishing, but a few were caught in shallow waters.

Saginaw River - The ice is not safe yet so anglers are advised to stay off the river and wait for a longer stretch of much colder weather.

From Dock Reporter Jose - Fished Vanderbilt both days this weekend. Tons of perch swimming around in about 5 foott of water. Caught around 40 all weekend but had to weed the small ones out. Seen some jumbos in the hole so we know they are out there but the small ones proved to be more agressive. Suprisingly they were hitting between 12 and 3 o'clock both days. Lots of ice around a foot or so.

 
Jan 04 - 10 - Field Reporter Terry T's Report - 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.  
12- 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
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Saginaw River - Fair to good numbers of walleye remain in the lower river. Boat anglers usually do well when vertical jigging.
 
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.

At Quanicassee - 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.
At 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 Hole.
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.
At Sebewaing - 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.
At Caseville - Fishing has been quiet except for a few smallmouth bass caught off the breakwall.
 
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 harnesses.
 
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 of water.
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.
At Caseville, a few walleye were caught near Oak Point.
 
Aug 03 09 - - Field Reporter Terry T's Report - 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 Point.

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 numbers.

 
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 - Field Reporter Terry T's Report - 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. The
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 channel.

 
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 Reef.
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 and Hot-N-Tots.
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.
At Quanicassee Walleye are being taken straight out and limiting out on perch using minnows.
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 - Field Reporter Terry T's Report - 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 few weeks.  

Jun 14 09 - Field 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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"humongus sheepshead"
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.
At Sebewaing - Good numbers of walleye are being taken in about 15 feet of water in the Slot and outside the islands.
At Caseville - 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 - Field 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.

At Quanicassee - 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
At 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 - Field 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.
At Bay 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 - Field 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 Bay.  
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.
At Quanicassee - 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.
At 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 Reef
 
May 14 09 - Saginaw Bay is giving up nice numbers of walleye in several locations.
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.
At Quanicassee - 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 - Field 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 stickbaits (Husky 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 spawned out.

Apr 18 09 Field Reporter Terry 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 Road.

At Bay Port whitefish and burbot were being caught.

At Quanicassee - 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 Reporter Terry T's Report - 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 up.  
Feb 19 09 - Field Reporter Terry T's Report - 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 Reporter Terry T's Report - 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 - Thomas 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.  
Dec 18 08 - Field Reporter Terry T's Report - Palmer 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 direction.
 
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 and marina.

 
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 Reporter Terry T's Report - 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 results.
 
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 area.
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.
At Linwood - 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, Hot 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 fisherman.  
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 Hole.
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
At Bay Port - fish the Slot outside Heisterman and North Islands northeast to the tip of Sand Point.
 
Jun-26-08 - 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". Trolled 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 Terry T's Report - 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


Blueberry Muffin

Rosemary's Baby

Kervorkin
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.

At 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 and catfish.
 
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 permitting.  
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 #30 Jet 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.
At 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.

At Linwood - Fish in 14 to 19 feet of water northeast of the Spark Plug Try using a crawler harness or bottom bouncer.
At Bay City - Fish near the Callahan Reef using crawlers. The carp are moving in close to shore, providing bow anglers with a few opportunities.
At Bay Port - Walleye fishing is good near Sand Point and North Island.
At Quanicassee - 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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May-29-08 -
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 slow.
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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May-22-08 - Excellent walleye fishing can be found on the bay when the wind is not blowing.
At Linwood - Walleyes can be taken for here up to Pinconning in 8-14 feet of water.
At Bay 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.
At 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.
At Sebewaing - Crappie and bass have been caught in the marina.
 
May-15-08 - 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.
At Bay 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.
 
May-09-08 -
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.
 
May-01-08 -
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..
At Quanicassee - 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 river.
 
Apr-24-08 - 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.
At Quanicassee River - Perch and catfish are being taken from shore in the lower river. Some walleye are being taken by the mouth using crawler harnesses.
At Sebewaing - A few small perch were caught in the river and the marina.
 

Apr-18-08 -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 moves in.
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 Marina.

 
Apr-10-08 -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
 
Apr-4-08 - At Caseville - A few perch are being taken in the harbor.  

Sep-27-2007 - 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 been caught.
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 are slow.

 

Sep-20-2007 - 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.

 
Sep-14-2007 -
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.
At Bay Port - Perch fishing is fair
At Caseville - Perch are being caught north of the breakwall in 25 feet of water.
At Quanicassee - Nice perch reported 5 mile north.
 
Sep-06-2007 - Walleye fishing was better than last week and Perch fishing is getting better.
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.
At Caseville - 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 Black Hole.
At Bay Port - A few perch are being taken.
At Sebewaing - Walley were being taken in the Slot, fishing 12 to 15 feet of water.
 
Aug-30-2007 - 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 “blackhole.”
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.

 
Aug-23-2007 - 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.
At Linwood - 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.
 

Aug-16-2007 - 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 afternoon
At Sebewaing - Walley are still goodt in the Slot outside the islands. Crawlers and crankbaits are both taking fish.

 
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 variable winds.


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Aug-09-2007 -Walleye 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..
At Sebewaing - 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.
 
Aug-01-2007 - 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 Gres.
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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Jul-26-2007 - Walley fishing remains good when trolling crawler harnesses, spoons, and crankbaits.
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 feet deep.
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.

 
Jul-19-2007 - 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 good.
At Quanicassee - Fishing is reported slow
At Sebewaing, - Most are fishing by the Spark Plug.
At Caseville - Fishing is slow, with a few walleye coming off Oak Point.
At Linwood - 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.

 
Jul-14-2007 - 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 producing fish.
At Bay Port - bass are coming on a variety of lures near in 6 to 10 feet of water.
At 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.
 
Jun-30-2007 - 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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Jun-28-2007 - 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 .
At Pinconning - 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 of water.
At Caseville - walleye action is picking up off Oak Point in 30 feet of water.
At Linwood - 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 Road.

 
Jun-21-2007 - 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 very good
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.

 
Jun-18-2007 - 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 2 mph.
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.

 
Jun-15-2007 - 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 Reef.
At Sebewaing
- Fish about 16 feet of water in the Slot with crawler harnesses.
At Bay City - Walleye fishing is very good in water about 20 feet deep 2 to 3 miles east of the Spark Plug.
At Bay Port - walleye fishing is very good on near Sand Point.

 

Jun-08-2007 - 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 as bait.

 

May-31-2007 - At Bay City - the walleye fishing is very good near the “H” buoy.
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 boats in 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.

 
May-30-2007 - 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 20"..
 
May-28-2007 - 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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May-24-2007 - 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.

 
May-23-2007 -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.  

May-17-2007 - 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.

 
May-10-2007 - 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
 
May-04-2007 -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.
At Quanicassee, limits of walleye were taken in 7 feet of water at the mouth of the Quanicassee River.
At Caseville - a few perch were taken at the mouth of the river.
 

Apr-26-2007 - 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.

 
Apr-19-07 - Perch fishing remains slow to fair between Linwood and Bay City.  

Apr-4-07 - At 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.

At Sebewaing - some small perch and suckers are in the river.

 
Aug-31-06 - At 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.
 
Aug-24-06 - At 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.
 

Aug-17-06 - At 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.

 

Aug-10-06 - At 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.

 

Aug-04-06 - At 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 Sand Point.
At Quanicassee good walley fishing is reported using harnesses and Hot-n-Tots in 8 to 11 feet of water on the Callahan Reef.
At Sebewaing, boats are trolling south from Fish Point to the area off Sunset Bay Marina in 11 feet of water.

 
July-28-06 - 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 Back".

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