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Bay Dock Reporter: Paul Smith and Terry Murlick
25th 2016 - White’s
Beach had relatively few anglers and they were getting mainly small
perch. Some perch were being caught at Pinconning and down off Newman
Road, but there were a lot of anglers at both sites and they may have
run the fish out of there to some extent. Some walleyes were taken
¾ mile off Erickson Road, but anglers are cautioned to beware
of the many cracks out there. There are also active cracks off Linwood,
and the Coast Guard had to pull a guy out last Friday after he tried
to jump the crack with his machine and almost made it. They got some
walleyes from 8 feet of water off Bay City State Recreation Area on
Saturday evening, but by Sunday morning the fish had turned off. A
few walleye are being taken from the shipping channel near the Spoils
Island and a few perch were being caught near the range light off
the river mouth. Over on the east side of the bay, perch fishing was
spotty catches varied from zeroe to limits of 25 perch. Anglers need
to keep moving until they find an active school of fish. There were
some anglers after walleye out in the Slot and around North Island
Mud Creek was slow for perch over the weekend, but reportedly better
Saginaw River: Still has patches
of open water here and there all along the river and anglers are
cautioned to stay well away from them….but some aren’t.
There were lots of people on the river all weekend wherever they
could get out on the ice. Anglers were marking lots of fish in the
river, but they just didn’t seem to want to bite very well,
and this was the rule from Saginaw north all the way to the river
mouth. Walleyes were taken about everywhere, but not in large numbers
anywhere. Jigging Rapalas baited with minnow heads were the preferred
lure, and best colors were blue/silver, purple, black/gold, and
perch finish. Fishing activity began around Wickes Park and Ojibway
Island. There were a number of anglers in the First Street turning
basin at the north end of Saginaw, and they were strung out north
and south of the Zilwaukee Bridge. (Be very careful of the ice in
the vicinity of the bridges. It’s usually thinner there!)
There were some guys out around the Middle Grounds and James Clements
Airport, but again, watch the ice in those reaches! The ice was
no good around the Boys & Girls Club in the south end of Bay
City. Lots of people fishing around the U.S.S. Edson downstream
from the Independence Bridge, but success was spotty. Best success
was in the middle of the shipping channel at most locations; 26+
feet of water. They’ve been doing pretty well at the river
mouth on both perch and walleye in the middle of the channel. The
first hour of daylight in the morning has been best.
6th 2016 - On
Saginaw Bay, fishing is pretty much confined to guys sitting on
docks in marina basins fishing for perch through holes in ice too
thin to walk on. Saginaw Bay proper is ringed with “shove”
ice or “blow” ice that blew in yesterday. The resulting
“slushy” extends out from shore anywhere from 200 to
400 yards, but has yet to freeze into a solid mass. Whether we get
fishable shore ice on the bay proper will depend on the weather
during the rest of the week.
The Tittabawassee River is filled with floating ice and the boat
ramps at Gordonville Road and Center Road are iced in and not useable.
Marina basins and boat launches at most locations on the Saginaw
River are also iced in and not useable, with two exceptions…
The Zilwaukee launch ramp is still useable as of today.
The McGillvary Street launch ramp in Bay City, just downstream
from the Independence Bridge, is still getting some use. I saw three
boats fishing walleyes around the U.S.S. Edson earlier this afternoon,
but boat anglers need to be vigilant for large sheets of floating
ice that may keep them from moving freely around in the river.
3rd 2015 -
Boaters only got out on Tuesday the 27th and Friday the 30th due to
rain and wind on all the other days. Not much activity last week on
the west side of Saginaw Bay. Just a few boats got out near the Spoils
Island and they took a few perch. Some perch also taken in the lower
Saginaw River right at the river mouth off the Yacht Club.
Boaters fishing in 6 feet of water straight off the mouth of the
Quanicassee River did pretty well last Tuesday, taking decent catches
of 8 to 11 inch perch. After that it was either too rainy or too
windy to get out. Shore anglers fishing the lower Quanicassee River
had to do a lot of sorting for a few keepers. River fishing should
pick up after the weather gets colder.
|Sept 28th 2015
- Perch fishing was kind of slow along the shipping channel and amongst
the sailboat buoys last week with 10 to 12 fish per boat the norm.
One pretty decent catch of perch is being reported out of the lower
Saginaw River near the mouth, so that’s an option if it’s
too windy to go out on the bay. The inner bay hotspot last week was
Quanicassee, where anglers were getting decent catches of perch fairly
consistently straight north of the river mouth in 8 to 10 FOW. These
fish ranged from 8” to 12” and the average catch was 20
to 25 perch per boat with some boats doing much better than others.
There were a couple of reports of decent perch catches off Sebewaing,
some pike in the Sebewaing River and a couple of walleyes from the
Slot, but really nothing much going on at Bay Port ( a few smallmouths
around the islands) and Caseville.
|Sept 21st 2015
Boy Crew Fishing Report - spent
a few hours off the mouth of the Quanicassee river this morning looking
for perch. Only got three little ones fished in 10, 11 and 12 feet
also took one cat fish on an ultra-lite, good fun. Trolled a couple
of hours with Thundersicks for something to bite, no success.
|Sept 16th 2015
- Good perch fishing continues around the Sailboat Buoys off Linwood
(specifically buoys A, F, and H) with catches of 40 to 50 per boat,
sizes ranging from 8 to 10 inches. Good perch fishing off both the
Saganing and Pinconning bars, in the Black Hole and near the Spoils
Island. Depths vary…look for the other boats out there. Fishing
on the east side of Saginaw Bay was slower, but some perch and a couple
walleyes were taken in the Slot and off Quanicassee. Shore anglers
took a few decent perch out of the lower end of the Quanicassee River
also. Best fishing for perch is in the morning, from dawn until about
|Sept 10th 2015
- Good fishing for perch off Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning
around the front of a commercial net set out there somewhere; also
near sailboat buoys A, B, & H, near the Spark Plug (channel buoys
11 & 12), off the Spoils Island, and straight out of Quanicassee.
Catches ran 20 to 40 perch per boat (for those that did well) Perch
size ranged from 7” to 12”. A couple of good catches of
walleye; one from the Slot off Sebewaing and one from out of Caseville,
taking several hours of fishing to get them. Otherwise, walleye fishing
was slow. At Quanicassee last Sunday reports of some decent perch
caught in the Quanicassee River by shore anglers.
Sept 1st 2015
- Perch fishing is picking up as walleye fishing wanes for the year,
at least in the inner bay. While not as good as in years past, it
appears they’re getting enough nice perch to get people out
looking for them.
A common theme is setting up concerning perch, is that the key
to success was finding shiner minnows to use for bait. The perch
weren’t wanting worms or fathead minnows, which many bait
shops carry at this time of year. They want shiners. Unfortunately,
this is the hardest time of year to get shiners, as most wholesalers
have run out of them and the emerald shiners won’t move inshore
until the middle of October so they can catch more. If you can get
shiners, you can catch perch.
Perch are being taken at a lot of locations: west of the Spark
Plug (buoys 11&12) in 20 FOW; sailboat buoys A & H off Linwood;
near the Spoils Island; and 10 to 12 FOW straight off Quanicassee
or slightly to the west. Lots of sorting is necessary at all locations,
and the fish being brought in range from 6” to 11”.
Twenty to thirty fish per boat is a good catch right now. Keep moving
around until you find a school of fish in a biting mood. Walleye
fishing in the inner bay is very slow.
|Aug 18th 2015
- Really tough fishing and little success last week. Fishing was slow
and spotty at best. They were getting a few walleye on spoons in 25
FOW northeast of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11&12). A few guys were
starting to try for perch, but the average trip catch was 5 to 8 perch
per boat. Fishing was just uniformly bad all week on the east side
of the inner bay. A couple of the DNR Fisheries staff fished the Slot
on Wednesday evening and got utterly and thoroughly skunked. They
washed the same four crawlers for two hours without so much as a nibble.
Some drum and catfish still being caught in the lower Saginaw River.
One bright spot was that anglers after bass were doing well around
the Spoils Island, casting spinnerbaits and crankbaits.
|Aug 10th 2015
- Some walleye still being taken by trollers running crawler harnesses
just over the weed beds off the Bay City State Park and the Kawkawlin
River, and over on the Callahan Reef early in the morning. As the
sun rises the fish go deeper and the fleet moves to about 25 feet
of water on the east side of the Shipping Channel. This would put
them lakeward of the red Spark Plug (buoys 11&12) but still landward
of the green Spark Plug (buoys 1&2). Fishing was pretty slow in
the Slot last week, although a few fish were picked up from weed beds
along the east side of the Slot. At least one nice catch of walleye
was taken out of Wildfowl Bay. At Caseville, some walleye were being
taken northeast of the Charities, off Oak Point and off Oak Beach
and off the Hat Reef.
One potentially positive note…One halfway decent catch of
perch taken from 10 FOW straight out of Quanicassee on Sunday morning.
Otherwise, the walleye guys were bringing in 1 or 2 fish per boat.
Shore anglers fishing the lower Saginaw River were catching a few
smallmouths, rock bass, drum, and channel cats.
|July 21st 2015
- Windy weather hampered fishing again last week. Blow days included
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. A storm front came through early Saturday
afternoon and ran everybody off the water. That’s the hell of
fishing the Great Lakes; half the time, you can’t get out due
to the weather.
F ishing has slowed somewhat, but good numbers of walleye are still
being taken beyond buoys 1&2 in 25+ FOW, off the Pinconning Bar,
off Linwood in 20 FOW, and there’s an early morning bite around
weedbeds off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River and on the Callahan
Reef off Finn Road in 6 to 9 FOW. To fish the weed beds, guys troll
unweighted or minimally weighted crawler harnesses off planer boards
so they ride just over the top of the weeds. This is a pre-dawn until
10-11AM bite and then the fish go deep for the rest of the day. Smith
Park in Essexville on the lower Saginaw River is open after renovations,
and shore anglers there were catching occasional bass, catfish and
drum. Trollers up the east side of the bay continue to scratch a few
walleyes out of the Slot, off the Bar, and along the east side of
the shipping channel, mostly on harnesses. The fish are scattered
so if you find some active fish, circle back through them. Fishing
on the east side last week was hampered by several windy days that
kept boats ashore. At Caseville, success off Oak Point was limited
last week; better to go out northeast of Big Charity Island.
|July 13th 2015
- Five miles north of buoys 1 & 2; northwest of the Spark Plug
(buoy 11 & 12) in 27-28 FOW; sailboat buoys G, A, and B; all good
for walleye. Closer to the river mouth, early morning bite over the
weed beds in 12 to 14 FOW off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River trolling
un-weighted or very minimally weighted crawler harnesses to stay above
the top of the weeds. There were a lot of boats working that area
every decent morning last week. Still taking walleye off the Callahan
Reef off Finn Road; also out of the Slot, and off the Bar. Crawler
harnesses, crankbaits, and spoons are all taking fish. Best spinner
colors remain, purple, pink, chartreuse and brass, with a few guys
using white. Deeper areas of Wildfowl Bay off Bay Port still producing
walleyes. At Caseville, most boats are either fishing north of Big
Charity or off Oak Point.
|July 4th 2015
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- The 6th was a hazy humid day on the Bay with light southerly winds
the walleye bite was slow but somewhat steady. We trolled Hot n Tots
25 to 40 feet behind in line boards at 1.8 to 2.5 mph SOG in 12 to
16 fow on the eastside of the Bay. Silver/green and silver/blue were
the top producing colors.
|June 30th 2015
- The best way to characterize the past week of fishing on Saginaw
Bay and southern Lake Huron was “a bust” with the exception
of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday afternoon. Windy weather ruined
most of the week and kept people ashore, and even more wind coupled
with rain ruined Saturday all day and Sunday morning. The best fishing
was for a short period at mid-week. Walleyes in Saginaw Bay appear
to be going deep, with best success out beyond Buoys 1 & 2. Windy
weather has waters off the outside of the Thumb pretty roiled up,
and it may take a few days to settle down out there.
Most of the success for walleye last week came at mid-week, with boats
going way out…4 to 5 miles north and east of Buoys 1 & 2.
Some walleye action near Sailboat Buoy A and also in 12 FOW off Bay
City State Park. Harnesses and spoons were both catching fish. During
the windy part of the week, a lot of guys didn’t want to brave
the waves so they trolled in the lower Saginaw River and picked up
some walleyes in there on harnesses. Smith Park is open to shore fishing
again after major renovations, and shore anglers there were catching
drum, catfish, and a few bass and walleye. Nothing going on at the
Hot Pond last week. The east side of the bay was pretty lightly fished
last week. Shore anglers fishing the Quanicassee River took some bluegills
and sunfish on worms. Trollers after walleye were going out of Bay
Port and Caseville to the area north of the shipping channel; some
got a few fish and a couple boats got limits.
|June 15th 2015
-Very good success on walleye in 26 to 30 FOW out near and just beyond
the red Spark Plug (buoys 11&12).Some trollers report doing better
on spoons and lead core than on harnesses. Spoons in blue colors working
well. Reports of an awful lot of boats out there last week with some
boats fighting the “traffic pattern” and making problems
for others. Still some walleye coming from 6 FOW off Finn Road, but
the muddy water may put an end to that. Some walleye also taken off
the trailer park at the end of Patterson Road. (This was before the
rains last week.) Fishing in the Slot has slowed down some but is
still pretty good for guys not wanting to run miles and miles to the
spark plug. Most everyone gets some fish, but not many limit catches.
Best spinner colors were chartreuse, pink, purple and brass. Walleye
fishing in Wildfowl Bay and outside the islands at Bay Port was also
fair. There are fish there, but you have to work for them. A report
of a really big white perch last week that may have even beaten the
new state record, but the lucky angler wasn’t all that interested
in pursuing it. (I guess tackle companies and sponsors don’t
beat a path to your door if you get a record white perch, eh?) A couple
walleye brought in at Caseville, but not much fishing traffic out
of that port.
|May 29th 2015
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
-The Bay is still producing good numbers of walleye. We stayed on
the south end of the bay, as the forecast was for increasing southerly
winds. We kept 9 walleye in approximately 3hrs of fishing.
My buddies Mark and Lee braved the wind and fished deeper waters
on the eastside and fared better with both boats punching a 3 man
26th 2015 -
Walleye in 12 FOW off Pinconning Bar and Gambil’s Marina, 17
to 20 FOW off Linwood, 21 to 24 FOW near the Spark Plug. A few bass
taken at Pinconning on plastic worms. Some walleye still taken around
the Spoils Island but it has slowed down there. At Finn Road, they’re
getting walleye as shallow as 4 to 6 FOW early in the morning, but
they move deeper quickly as the sun comes up. Crawler harnesses are
working best at all locations this past week. Chartreuse, purple,
brass, and pink were the hot spinner colors. At the Hot Pond they
were catching a lot of white bass and drum and a few walleye, casting
At Quanicassee was a busy place all weekend. Reports ranged from skunks
to party limits on some boats. The Slot from Sunset Bay to the tip
of Fish Point in 16 FOW was the local hot-spot. Lots of people fishing
there, launching from Quanicassee, Sunset Bay, Thomas Marina and Sebewaing.
Up at Bay Port, they were taking decent numbers of walleye out of
Wildfowl Bay and the Slot. A Few bass taken in the marina basins and
around the islands. Nothing much going on at Caseville yet.
A note about bass fishing on the opening weekend. There were people
out after bass in the inner bay and also in the harbors on the outside
of the Thumb, but it appears that the late spring and the cold water
has held back the spawn. The bass haven’t moved inshore in
large numbers yet. The consensus among the bass anglers is that
fishing will get better shortly as the water warms up.
18th 2015 -They’re
still getting a few walleye and some catfish out of the lower Quanicassee
River. Walleye fishing in the Slot from Sunset Bay up to Thomas Road
was very good with many limit and near-limit catches. Walleye fishing
was likewise very good in Wildfowl Bay both inside and outside Sand
Point. Good spinner colors (for crawler harnesses) include purple,
pink, brass, and chartreuse. There’s a fair amount of CIR bass
fishing in Wildfowl Bay and around the islands also.
11th 2015 - From
Dock Reporter Terry
was great last week-if you where out there you got fish! Linwood is
hot and has been since ice out. Quanicassee has been great in shallow
and all up and down the East shore has been producing fish-no idea
what this cold week will do to the bite but you have to get out there
and get a line in you will get fish.
|May 2nd 2015
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- The bite on Saginaw Bay is hot and are biting where ever ya go,
using what ever method you like to use.
Mark and crew fished the westside of the Bay on the 1st and 2nd taking
a 3 man limit both days.
While on the 2nd of May, Kevin and his crew fished the eastside taking
their 3 man limit.
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Walleye Limit 5-1-15
Walleye Limit 5-2-15
|Apr 12th 2015
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- Blue and sons Kevin, and Damian made their first trip to Saginaw
Bay on April 11th. It was a chilly morning but the walleye's cooperated
as they slow trolled Rapala Husky Jerks in shallow waters using their
bow mount trolling motor. Blue reported that the fishermen he saw
jigging were catching fish also.
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|Apr 7th 2015
- It’s still early. Perch have yet to start entering river mouths
and cuts, although anglers are out looking for them. Sucker runs just
got underway in numbers last week. A warm rain would probably get
a lot of fish moving.
Boat anglers are out after walleye now that the ice is gone. Trollers
are fishing crankbaits three miles off Linwood and getting walleyes
there. They’re also trolling near the Spoils Island and from
the Saginaw River, mouth north toward the Kawkawlin River mouth and
doing well on walleye. Some are fishing east toward Finn Road, but
the Finn Road cut is still full of ice so they are launching at the
Saginaw River mouth. Some boat anglers are also vertical jigging or
fishing perch rigs baited with walleye-sized minnows just off the
Saginaw River mouth and getting walleyes that way. Boat anglers fishing
the lower Saginaw River were getting some perch out of the Bay Aggregate
cut. Over at the Hot Ponds they are mainly catching white bass, a
few smallmouths (released) and a few carp. A couple of boats have
been out of the Quanicassee River fishing the bay for walleye and
they’ve picked up a few. Shore anglers fishing for perch in
the Quanicassee River are still reporting slow fishing. Perch fishing
was still really slow in the cuts near Unionville and Fish Point and
likewise the Sebewaing River. There’s really nothing going on
at Caseville as of yet.
|Apr 1st 2015
- The ice has broken up in greater Saginaw Bay with Sunday’s
gusty southwest winds, and it’s time to get out the boats and
the long rods. Since this report is based on what happened last week
when there was still ice. Continued cold weather is putting fish runs
in area rivers behind schedule, but things might start picking up
by next weekend.
The ice is all but gone all along the inner bay. Some boat anglers
fishing near the Spoils Island did well on walleyes over the weekend,
and white bass are being caught in the Hot Pond. Boat anglers took
some nice perch on minnows near the train bridge at Essexville on
the lower Saginaw River over the weekend. There was still some fishable
ice inside Sunset Bay Marina near Unionville, but it won’t last
much longer. Perch anglers from Kawkawlin to Sebewaing would do well
to get out their shore-fishing gear and start hitting the cuts and
rivers starting this coming weekend. Perch fishing on last ice around
Rose Island and Geiger roads was pretty good over the weekend, but
the ice is now gone. Some anglers were using air boats to get around.
|Mar 25th 2015
- Ice conditions continue to deteriorate on Saginaw Bay and a lot
of anglers are putting away their hard-water gear and starting to
get their boats ready for the warmer weather to come. The die-hards
are still going out, some as far as 6 miles, crossing two very active
cracks to do it…and so far as we know, they’ve also succeeded
in coming back! Shore ice is getting bad all around the bay, causing
problems for machines and for guys who don’t like getting their
feet wet, but the main ice sheet is still pretty thick. Just the same,
there are reports of areas of open water out there from many locations,
so anyone going out had better watch what they’re doing.
They’re still getting a few perch off White’s Beach, but
success is spotty.
Off Linwood area, walleye fishing continues out there. There was
some walleye success over the weekend from Bay City State Park south
to the trailer park near the river mouth in about 5 feet of water.
The walleye bite is in the morning from dawn until about 9AM and
again in the evening from about 7PM until you get tired of sitting
out there in the dark. Some folks were wading and casting off the
mouth of the Hot Ponds, but without much success.
Not much happening over at Vanderbilt Park, and a few crappies
taken out of the marina basin at Sunset Bay Marina. North of Sebewaing
at Rose Island and Geiger Road, perch success was spotty over the
weekend but a couple of limit catches were reported. Most perch
brought in ranged 6” to 8” in size, with occasional
perch to 12”. There’s not much activity at Mud Creek,
and perch action there was slow.
|Mar 18th 2015
- Warm weather over the past 10 days and very windy weather to start
this week has ice conditions deteriorating quite fast. Shore ice has
been getting bad for the last several days and everything is kind
of “loosening up” out there, so anglers should be very
cautious if they go out fishing. Watch out for pressure cracks and
think twice before crossing them. There were two ice rescues yesterday,
one near Pinconning and the other near the mouth of the Saginaw River.
BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, FOLKS!
The inland walleye season
ended Sunday, March 15th. It will
re-open on Saturday, April 25th.
They’re getting some decent perch from 8 feet of water near
White’s Beach, and also some walleye, off Cody-Estey and Pinconning
roads, walleye were coming from 14 feet, but watch out for the cracks
out there. Ice conditions were not good! There was a LOT of activity
off Bay City State Park last week. Some guys were going 3 miles out
for walleye, and some were staying relatively close to shore and catching
some fish in as little as 4 to 5 feet of water. The early morning
bite was best, and things really slow down after 9:30 AM. Things pick
up again in the evening. The ice is getting bad around the river mouth
and that area is best avoided.
Moving to the south and east side, anglers going out of Finn Road
were working back toward the north end of the Spoils Island (Stay
away from the Hot Pond Channel!) and getting some walleye. Anglers
fishing inside the marina basin at Sunset Bay Marina were catching
some crappies and bluegills. Walleye fishing in the Slot has apparently
slowed down, no doubt due to questionable ice conditions. At Sebewaing,
the river’s getting dirty and guys fishing in the marina are
finding it real slow.
Perch success at Geiger Road was pretty darn good Thursday and
Friday and predictably slowed down some on Saturday, but that was
our best perch report for the week. Mud Creek was generally spotty
with a couple of good catches and a lot of ‘skunks’.
Anglers fishing the east side need to watch out for large areas
of open water near the islands. Fishing at Caseville
has been slow..
|Mar 4th 2015
- Walleye fishing picked up last week over a wide area of inner Saginaw
Bay. After three weeks of lockjaw, I guess the fish finally got hungry!
Conservation Officers wrote several over-limit tickets over the weekend.
Success could be spotty; if you were in the right place you caught
a lot of walleyes. If you weren’t in the right place, you might
have gotten skunked! However, in general fishing out there was better
than in the previous three weeks.
The best walleye action was along the west and south shores of the
bay last week. Anglers did well off several locations…Erickson
Road, Linwood Road, Boutell Road, Bay City State Park, Killarney Beach,
the trailer park by the Saginaw river mouth, northeast of the Spoils
Island, and in the Slot off Sunset Bay and Thomas Road. Vanderbilt
Park remains the lone perch hot-spot for the entire bay, with good
catches taken from 2 to 5 feet of water very early in the morning.
The perch bite is basically over by 10 AM, but if you wait until next
week when Daylight Savings Time kicks in, the bite should last until
11AM, assuming that the perch remember to reset their clocks on Saturday
night. Very little activity from Sebewaing to Caseville
last week, probably due to the wind and the brutally cold
SAGINAW RIVER: Little has changed over the past
month on the river. Fishing for walleye was slow and sporadic at
best. Anglers with cameras reported seeing a lot of fish down there,
but they just wouldn’t bite. Warmer weather might eventually
help this situation. A few walleyes were taken near the train bridge
in Essexville Saturday evening from the middle
of the navigation channel. If contemplating fishing the river this
week, concentrate on the lower end from the Independence Bridge
downstream and fish at dusk.
|Feb 23rd 2015
- They’ve been getting both walleyes and perch off White’s
Beach. The walleye guys were going about 5 miles out, while the perch
guys have been going north toward Palmer Road. Some perch were caught
from 6 to 8 feet of water off Newman and Townline roads; lots of sorting
necessary, but a few keepers mixed in. At the end of Erickson Road
was “a madhouse” on Saturday. Most people were fishing
about 5 miles out in 18 to 20 feet of water. Wonderbread pattern spoons
tipped with minnow heads were the hot ticket. At Linwood,
anglers were going about 3 to 4 miles out and fishing about 18 feet
of water.. The first crack offshore is very active and it opened to
4 feet wide Saturday night, so watch out for that if you intend to
fish off Linwood. They got some walleyes about 4
miles off Bay City State Park on Saturday evening
also. Moving toward the south side of the bay, they’re getting
walleyes from 14 feet of water northeast of the Spoils Island. Some
guys are getting walleyes 6 to 7 miles north off Finn Road. Vanderbilt
Park is still the best spot on the bay for perch, with some up to
13 and 14 inches brought in.With a some limits and near-limit catches
taken. For best success, fish early to mid-week and get out there
EARLY in the morning.
Fishing pressure from Sebewaing to Caseville
was slow all week. Most of the perch fishermen were apparently going
down to Vanderbilt Park. Fishing success for perch at Geiger Road
and Mud Creek was pretty slow all week. A few guys were fishing
walleye in the Slot from Fish Point up to the islands, but not many.
They are catching some lake trout near the pier at Caseville,
if you’re interested in fishing close to shore and pursuing
something other than perch or walleye.
SAGINAW RIVER: The river has been slow from one
end to the other. A few nice perch were caught near the cement plant
in Essexville one day last week, and there were a couple of decent
evenings for the walleye guys fishing off Wickes Park at mid-week.
The weekend was generally pretty slow.
|Feb 10th 2015
- They’re getting walleye and some perch off White’s Beach,
but watch the ice out there. They were catching them just short of
the crack in 8 to 10 feet of water. Off Pinconning,
Newman Road, and Townline 16 Road they were getting a few perch very
early in the morning and walleyes in the evening and after dark. Down
off Erickson Road, they’re getting walleye out in the Black
Hole. Saturday night they got into the walleyes about 1 to 1 ½
miles off Bay City State Park. Walleye were also hitting along the
Shipping Channel off the mouth of the Saginaw River. Walleye anglers
were going north 8 to 10 miles off Finn Road and Callahan Road and
getting good catches and some limits at mid-week. Perch fishing could
be excellent off Vanderbilt Park up toward Tietz Drain if you were
there on the right day andm had the right hole. Very early in the
morning is best, before everybody else gets there and starts making
a racket. Walleye anglers were going out of Sunset Bay and Thomas
Road to the middle of the Slot, 3 to 4 miles out, and doing pretty
well. Nothing going on at the Hot Ponds last week. If you’re
ice fishing, stay clear of that channel! Perch fishing at Mud Creek
was slow and spotty all week. If you were in the right spot, you did
all right but not great on perch. If you weren’t in that spot,
you caught little or got skunked. A few walleyes were brought in,
and pike spearing was really slow. Down at Geiger Road, north of Sebewaing,
perch fishing was spotty all week but was at least decent on Saturday.
Perch brought in ranged from 6 to 8 inches with a few to 10 inches.
The best catch seen was 70 perch for two guys. Some walleye anglers
are going out to the Slot between Fish Point and the islands, fishing
very late into the evening.
In general, the river from Wickes Park downstream past the Zilwaukee
Bridge was slow and spotty with lots of short fish caught for every
keeper. Most guys are using jigging Rapalas in silver-blue or fire-tiger
finishes. They did fairly well off the M-13 Vet’s Park area
and especially off James Clements Airport on Saturday evening. Cass
Avenue was slow. They got a few walleyes near the Appledore in mid-town
Bay City. It was slow from the Independence Bridge
downstream to the mouth most of the week. Still, if you don’t
have an ATV or a snowmobile, you can have a lot of fun without having
to walk far by fishing the river. If nothing else, the short fish
will keep you busy and the next fish might be a keeper!
|Feb 5th 2015
-Special Note from the DNR
- Anglers on Saginaw Bay are not having nearly enough respect for
changing ice conditions and what can happen to them as a result. One
man died and another is recovering after running into the Hot Pond
channel on their snowmobile last Thursday morning. On Saturday, five
people had to be pulled out of the water about 2 miles off Linwood
after they drove their machines into a large area of open water. The
common denominator in both cases is that these people were out on
the bay early in the morning, in the dark, and couldn’t see
where they were going. They out-drove their lights and ran right into
open water before they saw it and could stop. This is not the way
you live to get old!
The winds have caused the ice to move and have created several areas
of open water on both sides of the bay. Anglers, especially those
riding machines, need to be careful and make sure they can see what’s
ahead of them when they go out!
Near Pinconning off Newman Road and Townline 16 Road
was hit & miss for perch in 6 to 8 feet of water last week. Some
walleyes taken 3 miles off Linwood on Saturday (if
you managed to avoid the open water 2 miles out) and also about 3
miles off Bay City State Recreation Area, but watch
out, there’s a bad crack out there also. On the east side, they
did pretty well on perch between Vanderbilt Park and Tietz Drain early
in the week but it tapered off by the weekend. Walleye anglers on
the east side were 3 to 8 miles west of Thomas Road and 8 miles north
of Callahan Road, which is all roughly in the same area. At Geiger
Road and Mud Creek. Perch fishing was spotty at both locations, although
Geiger Road was apparently good earlier in the week. Walleye anglers
out of Geiger were going out to the Slot and fishing in the evening.
Perch catches at Mud Creek ranged from zeroes up to maybe 20 perch
per angler. Walleye anglers were going out beyond North Island but
need to beware of a big crack with open water out there. Anglers in
Sebewaing marina weren’t doing very well last
week. At Caseville, a few guys were fishing in the
marinas, but not doing that great. A couple guys were still fishing
for lake trout out near the breakwall, but not getting much. The ice
out there is very questionable after all the wind.
SAGINAW RIVER: It was kind of a slow week from one
end of the river to the other all last week. Lots of short fish caught
and released, a few keepers here and there, but no real hot spots.
Anglers with fish finders and cameras report the fish are down there,
but they weren’t really in much of a biting mood. (That’s
the great thing about these modern electronics; 20 years ago, anglers
would complain that there were no fish. Now they can see the fish
down there ignoring them!) The best report seemed to be around the
river mouth, but success there ran hot & cold also.
Jan 28th 2015
- Special Notice - Watch the ICE -
Reports of some machines going in on the Bay and
ice appears to be variable around Parking areas on the West side,
and Areas where cracks moved. River had dark spots. Anglers should
have ice safety stuff and not be alone.
Linwood - A few perch and good walleye
in 22 foot
ICE BAD along shore where folks parked and
some vehicles went through……CAUTION
Hot Ponds—few pike
Vanderbelt/ Sunset/ Thomas Rd - Some perch in 6’,
walleye limits out 8 miles.
Sebewaing—little action. Poor perch catches
Mud creek – lots of anglers , little success 5-10 perch per
group of anglers… Most using Russian hooks and beads…few
Caseville—anglers were after lake trout but
not catching many, saw one walleye and whitefish. Monday
morning a big wide crack had opened up right off the end of the
break-wall at, right in the area where people had been fishing for
lake trout over the weekend. The crack is very wide and ranges south
toward Sand Point.
Wickes Park—slow, no activity
First St.—few shorts
S. side of Z bridge/ silos – slow
N. Side, Crow Island—Slow
Near Airport- fair , few keepers and shorts.
Boys and Girls Club- BC—few caught, better Saturday night.
In 25-30 ft Jig Raps (perch, fire tiger, blue and silver).
Rest of River to the mouth—slow, not many success stories.
Few dark spots in river ice--- watch carefully.
Truck went in near spoils island
|Jan 21st 2015
- A few perch are being taken off White’s Beach, but beware
of the ice past the first crack. Some perch also being taken off Newman
Road just south of Pinconning. Walleye fishing was
pretty good 3 miles off Linwood with a fair number
of limits taken by anglers in the right spot with the right presentation,
but be careful of the ice beyond the first crack. Walleye fishing
was very good and some perch were being taken near the Spoils Island.
Along the east side of the bay, most anglers were after perch near
shore. They were getting a few at Vanderbilt Park, but beware, there’s
still some open water out there and I’m sure the weekend thaw
on Saturday didn’t improve that situation. Some crappies being
taken inside the marina basin up at Sunset Bay Marina, and walleye
anglers going out of there were getting walleye in 15 feet of water
out in the Slot. They were also going out of Thomas Road to roughly
the same area. As with the west side of the bay, be very careful of
the ice out beyond the first crack
Perch fishing predominates from Sebewaing north to
Caseville, and has been slow and spotty throughout
most of the area. Perch fishing was slow in the Sebewaing
marina, slow at Geiger Road, and nobody has been fishing at
Bay Port. Most activity has been concentrated in Wildfowl
Bay off the Mud Creek access site. Perch catches there range from
total “skunks” to maybe 25 brought in by the luckiest
anglers who found a school of active fish. Success declined through
the week as more and more anglers started hitting the area.
SAGINAW RIVER: Lots and lots of people on the river
last weekend and yesterday, but fishing success was slow. There are
lots and lots of sub-legal walleyes in the river at this time of year
and anglers at all locations have to do a lot of sorting. Jigging
rapalas are the standard lure although spoons also work, and the best
colors are blue /silver, perch, and fire-tiger. In general, fishing
was slowest down in Saginaw, as far north as the
Zilwaukee Bridge, as the water was getting muddy from the snow-melt.
(This muddy water will permeate the entire river over the next couple
of days.) From the Z Bridge north to Bay City, anglers were catching
mostly short fish with a few keepers. Fishing through Bay
City was also slow with a lot of short fish. There was a
big crowd around the U.S.S. Edson, but only the occasional keeper
caught and a lot of guys skunked. The same rule applied at Essexville
and the river mouth. Watch the ice at the river mouth; there are some
open spots and thin spots close to shore.
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Dock Reported Terry with a nice Walleye taken off Thomas Rd on the
east side of the Bay
|Jan 14th 2015
-Walleye fishing was pretty good from Linwood to
White’s Beach at mid-week, but fishing pressure
over the weekend was low due to the cold and wind. A few perch were
being taken at a lot of sites, including Pinconning
(near shore), Linwood (inside the marina), in the
Quanicassee River, off Vanderbilt Park,
and in Sunset Bay Marina. Ice on the east side of
the bay was still questionable due to the winds piling it up and many
anglers over there stayed close to shore or fished inside marina basins.
At Sebewaing, most ice fishing activity was confined
inside the municipal marina. Anglers in there were catching a few
perch, doing a lot of sorting, and spearing the odd pike. Ice anglers
were also venturing out onto the bay at Geiger Road
and Wildfowl Bay off the Mud Creek
access site; depending on what folks were after, they took some walleye,
speared a few pike, and caught a few perch. Action was slow to fair;
the best perch catch was 10 keepers. At Caseville,
a few lake trout were taken in the lower river and along the breakwall.
The ice is not uniform there, so be awfully careful!
SAGINAW RIVER: Lots of fishing activity all week from Saginaw
all the way down to the river mouth. In general, mid-week was pretty
darn good at all locations with a lot of walleyes caught, but the
cold snap that moved in Thursday and stayed through the weekend shut
down the bite. Also, in general, fishing was better (more keepers)
near Bay City than near Saginaw. There were more sub-legal fish caught
and released the further up the river one went. Good spots for walleye
in Bay City included the river mouth, (with some decent perch taken
out of the Yacht Club basin), off the Karn-Weadok Plant, near the
Cement Plant at Essexville. just downstream of the U.S.S. Edson near
the Independence Bridge, downstream of the Liberty Bridge off the
OmniSource salvage yard, and near the Appledore across from Veterans’
Park. Fishing was slower from the Cass Avenue boat launch and continuing
upstream (south) into Saginaw. Down there, the anglers caught a lot
more sub-legal fish and had to do more measuring and releasing for
each keeper. Anglers with fish-finders reported marking a lot of fish
over the weekend, but they seemed disinclined to bite. Nobody was
fishing around the Zilwaukee Bridge yet as the ice there was suspect.
[Be careful of the river ice in general, as ice thickness can vary
widely in just a few feet
getting some perch in 14 feet of water off Linwood,
along the shipping channel at the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12) and
at Buoys 17 & 18. They’re also getting perch in the old
shipping channel not far off the mouth of the river. Walleyes are
being taken around the Spoils Island and in the lower
Saginaw River. Perch are being caught in the lower
river near Bay Harbor Marina and in the Bay
Aggregate cut. Perch fishing from Quanicassee
to Caseville is spotty. They’re catching a
lot of small perch in the Quanicassee River and also
in the marina at Sebewaing, but there are about 20
throw-backs for every keeper.
fishing has been picking up along the shipping channel. Buoys 18,
11&12, and the Spark Plug were all mentioned,
as was the area off Linwood in 16 to 20 feet of water.
Expect a lot of sorting, but if you put in the time you can get a
mess of decent perch. Walleye fishing has likewise picked up around
the Spoils Island for anglers casting spoons and Rapalas. Walleyes
are also hitting in the lower Saginaw River around
the Coast Guard Station and up as far as the Independence Bridge.
Try jigs baited with minnows. It was tougher fishing on the east side
of the bay last week, with mainly shore anglers out. Catches at Quanicassee,
Sebewaing, and Bay Port were mostly
small perch with a lot of sorting, but a few guys were eking out enough
decent perch for a meal. Fishing at Caseville was
Rumors of perch near the Spark Plug and also the sailboat buoys off
Linwood. Nothing much happening around Quanicassee
with almost all fishing taking place in the river because
it was too windy on the bay. A few boats got out on Monday the 29th
from Sebewaing. One good catch of perch right at
the end of the navigation channel and one fair catch from out in the
Slot. Some channel cats taken in the lower Saginaw River.
- Best reports for perch fishing were probably
around the Saganing and Pinconning bars in 10 to
15 feet of water. Lots of sorting was necessary wherever you fish.
Other locations producing perch included west of Buoy 16, west of
the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), 14 feet of water off Linwood,
and around the sailboat buoys off Linwood on the
west side, and 8 to 10 feet of water off the mouth of the
Quanicassee River on the east side. On any given day, you
might have to move around to find an active school of fish. Best catch
for the week was about 40 fish for a boat with two guys in it; the
average catch was more like 10 to 20 keepers for the trip, with boats
staying out several hours. The only report of walleyes being taken
was off the Hot Pond in 7 feet of water, trolling
Hot-n-Tots behind the Spoils Island. Some channel cats were taken
in the Hot Pond, and some smallmouths in the marina
basins at the mouth of the Saginaw River. There was
also some bass fishing effort around North Island
off Bay Port, and those guys did well.
Between rain, wind and the arrival of a strong cold front, there just
hasn’t been much fishing activity on greater Saginaw
Bay or the outside of the Thumb during the past week. The
only days when much of anybody was out were Monday, Tuesday, and Sunday
morning. The rest of the week was pretty much a bust.
The inner bay was lightly fished last week, mostly due to weather.
Not much happening on the west side of the bay at all. Perch fishermen
going out of the Saginaw River mouth reported slow
fishing. On the east side, perch anglers out of Quanicassee
caught a few in the Slot from 16 feet of water off
Sunset Bay Marina and also from 8 to 10 feet of water off the weed
beds near Quanicassee, but success was hit and miss.
A couple of decent catches came in, but most anglers had trouble finding
an active school. It pays to move around. A couple of fair walleye
catches came in from the deep side of The Bar, and
also from the west side of the Slot off the islands and from 20 feet
of water off Caseville. These guys were mainly using
Hot-n-Tots in gold, purple, and orange color patterns.
general it was a slow week out on greater Saginaw Bay. Windy weather
spoiled several days and storms over the weekend kept a lot of anglers
A few walleye were taken off the Pinconning Bar from
11 to 14 feet of water, and also from around the Black Hole,
but trollers really had to work for them. A decent catch of perch
was reported last week; the guy had 25 keepers from 8” to 11”.
wouldn’t say where he was fishing, but said he had to do a lot
of sorting. They’re still scratching a few walleyes out of the
Slot from 12 to 14 feet of water, but 1 to 2 fish
per boat was the norm and the best catch all week was 4 fish per boat.
Some catfish were taken from the Hot Pond, and shore anglers at Essexville
continued to catch a few bass, drum and catfish. In general, it was
pretty slow around the inner bay last week.
Fishing on greater Saginaw Bay was a little better this week than
last, but we’re clearly in “August Mode” out there.
Walleye fishing has slowed down substantially, but persistent anglers
can still scratch a few fish out of the bay every trip.
A few walleye were still being taken at most locations, most notably
west of the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12), in the southern end of
the Slot from Quanicassee to Fish Point, out over the Bar, and out
near Buoys 1 & 2. Average catches were 3 to 5 fish per boat per
trip. There were rumors of some perch taken from 10 feet of water
off Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning, but Kevin couldn’t
confirm it. Mike talked to one boat fishing for smallmouth bass, and
they took some off the Charity Islands. Some channel cats were taken
out of the Hot Pond last week, and shore anglers at Essexville continue
to catch a mix of bass, drum and catfish.
fishing is generally slowing down around greater Saginaw Bay, but
there are still some bright spots. Last week, walleye were hitting
in relatively shallow water on both sides of the inner bay. Some limits
were taken, and a lot of boats were only 2 or 3 fish short of multi-person
limits. So, walleye fishing can still be productive but you may have
to change where you fish.
Fishing on the west side of the inner bay was a little slow but they
were still scratching out a few walleyes at most locations. Those
mentioned included -Off Gambil’s Marina in 10 to 12 feet -Off
the Pinconning Bar in 12 to 14 feet -Near Buoy H -West of the Spark
Plug (Buoys 11 & 12)
On the east side of the bay, walleye fishing was pretty good in
the Slot and on the Bar late last week. The best bite was in 8 to
12 feet of water on either side of the Slot and right on top of
the Bar. The Slot was producing from Sunset Bay Marina north to
the area off North Island. A few limits were taken, but most boats
brought in enough fish to make it worth the trip. Crawler harnesses
and crank-baits were both taking fish. Best spinner colors were
chartreuse, pink, orange, and purple; chrome finish crank-baits
were working best. Fishing north of the Charity Islands, at Oak
Point, and on the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin has slowed
walleyes are being caught at just about any of the popular locations.
Catches run from 2 or 3 fish per boat to half-limits to the occasional
limit catch. It just depends where you are on any given day and what
kind of mood the fish are in. - Out near Buoy 1&2 - General Vicinity
of the Spark Plug (2 miles north in 20 feet or 2 miles east in 25
feet.) - 10 to 12 feet of water off Bay City State Park, especially
in the early morning - Still a few walleye being taken in the last
two miles of the Saginaw River on Reef Runners or Husky Jerks - Anywhere
from 8 to 16 feet of water in the Slot, from Quanicassee northeast
to Sand Point - The west side of The Bar in 20 to 25 feet. Fishing
north of the Charities and off Oak Point out of Caseville had slowed
down quite a bit,
are showing definite signs of moving to deeper water, but some good
fishing continues in inner Saginaw Bay as well. Prevailing west wind
over the past two weeks has caused some strange temperature patterns
to set up in the lake, which is hampering lake trout and salmon fishing
on the outside of the Thumb and to a certain extent also curtailing
walleye success off Tawas City, Au Gres, and north of the Charity
Walleye are still being taken at a variety of locations, including
- 18 to 24 feet off Pinconning and Gambil’s
Marina - 18 feet off Linwood - The Spark Plug (buoys
11 & 12) - North of Buoys 1 & 2 (the green Spark Plug) - The
Slot from Quanicassee to North Island
(fishing at the south end of the Slot was particularly
good in 7 to 11 feet of water north of Quanicasse
on Sunday morning) Crawler harnesses in all the usual colors continue
to be the go-to bait, and crankbaits in chrome finishes (particularly
blue & silver) also produced well. Shore fishing at all locations
was generally slow, with a few bass, drum, and catfish caught.
Water temperatures at Caseville were hovering around
59 degrees last week, which sharply curtailed success, but some walleyes
were still caught north of the Charities and off Oak Point.
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- With temps in the 70's, sunny skies, and light and variable winds
it made for an enjoyable day of fishing on Saginaw Bay, the bite was
a little slow and we had to work for our fish but we stuck with it
until we boated our 15 fish 3 man limit. The fish came on a variety
of presentations, spinner rigs behind 2oz in-lines, spoon harnesses
(similar to Worm Burners) and spoons behind mini disc divers, 50'
- 60' back in about 22 fow. Purple, pink, and gold seemed to be prefeed
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fishing continues to be very good all over whenever the wind is light
enough for boats to get out. Unfortunately, that wasn’t very
often last week. Thursday was about the best day all week; fishing
was excellent at just about every port with limit catches on Thursday
the 10th, but then the wind started blowing again. There are further
indications that the walleye are making their annual summer movement
toward deeper water, but good numbers of fish were still being caught
in the inner bay - Just north of buoys 1 & 2 (the Green Spark
Plug at the end of the dredged ship channel) in 20 to 25 feet - 19
feet of water west of the Red Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12)- Off
Pinconning in 17 feet of water - Off Bay
City State Park and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River
in 10 to 12 feet of water - In the first couple of miles of the lower
Saginaw River, from the mouth up to the Coast Guard station, trolling
crankbaits - In 10 feet of water on the Callahan reef. (Weeds are
starting to be a problem here.) - In the Slot from Quanicassee
north to North Island, in 12 to 16 feet of water - On the Bar in 12
feet off Fish Point - On the west side of the Bar in 17 to 18 feet
- In 25 to 32 feet off Oak Point and north of Big Charity Island,
fishing from Caseville. Crawler harnesses continue
to produce, but hot-n-tots are also working. Gold, purple, anti-freeze,
and green were good colors.
8th 2014 -
Very good walleye fishing continues, but there is some indication
that the fish are moving toward deeper water. More boats are working
out near the green Spark Plug (Buoys 1 & 2) at the end of the
shipping channel, the deep side of the Bar, and similar areas. Windy
weather really suppressed fishing activity for a lot of last week
and for the weekend. Trollers out of Caseville were
getting some bigger walleyes off Oak Point and north
of the Charities.
1st 2014 -
Excellent walleye fishing in a lot of locations this past week. Here’s
a list of the areas - 24 feet of water north of Gambil’s Marina
near Pinconning - 12 to 14 feet off the Pinconning Bar - Northwest
of Buoys 1&2 - Two miles east of the Spark Plug - 25 to 28 feet
of water near the Spark Plug - 6 to 8 feet off the mouth of the Kawkawlin
River, very early in the morning. - Anywhere from 4 to 14 feet on
and along the Callahan Reef. (Very good there on Saturday.) - The
Slot, from Quanicassee northeast to the outside of Heisterman Island
- Over the Bar, between the Bar and the Shipping Channel.
In short, you can catch some walleye just about anywhere you go, but
if the area you’re in is slow at the moment, move a few miles
and try a different depth. There is some indication that the fish
are moving to deeper water, but it depends on the day and the time
of day. They may be shallower early in the morning than in the afternoon.
Crawler harnesses are the go-to bait, but crankbaits and spoons
are also taking fish for some trollers. Best spinner colors vary
with the day, but green, anti-freeze, and chartreuse were consistent
producers. It it’s cloudy, try gold, silver, or copper. Best
crankbait colors were chrome with blue, orange or gold backs, purple
Walleye fishing was good to excellent about anywhere anglers want
to go. Here’s a partial list.- 10 feet of water off the Pinconning
Bar - 16 feet off Gambil’s Marina.
- Buoys 1 & 2 - Around the old dumping grounds
- 20 feet of water, 2 miles east of the Spark Plug
(buoys 11 & 12) - Off Finn Road and on the Callahan
Reef in 6 to 8 feet of water - The Slot
from Sunset Bay Marina to the outside of North
Island in 12 to 16 feet of water. - The west side of The
Bar in 10 to 20 feet of water - Some walleyes are also being taken
out of Wildfowl Bay
It all depends on your luck on any given day. Some boats have limits
but almost everybody is getting some fish every trip. Crawler harnesses
are the go-to bait but hot-n-tots are also taking some fish. Chromes
with blue, black or orange backs, black & gold, and purples are
all taking fish.
If it’s too rough to fish on the bay, trollers are still
taking walleyes in the lower Saginaw River between the mouth and
the Coast Guard Station. Shore anglers at Smith
Park were getting catfish, drum, and a few smallmouths.
22nd 2014 -
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- It was a great day on Saginaw Bay. Temps in the 70's, overcast sky,
light southerly winds, and the walleye bite was on. We continued fishing
shallow water, dropping our lines around 8am and pulling a 4 man limit
by 11am. We trolled homemade harnesses 20 to 30 ft back off in-line
boards, at 1 to 1.3 mph SOG. Fish ran a little larger this trip with
only 4 throwbacks, many in the 17 to 20" range, and topped with
a nice 25" Walleye.
Our friend Kevin and crew fished the same general area boating
their 3 man limit of walleye plus 3 bonus jumbo perch by 9 am. They
ran a similar program as ours.
My buddy Goldy and crew trolled deeper water today fishing 20 to
26 fow, pulling crawlers behind boards with 1 and 2 oz in-line weights.
They had their 2 man limit by 10 am.
Basically walleye can be caught just about anywhere on the Bay
right now. Another banner year for this great fishery.
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17th 2014 - INNER
SAGINAW BAY: Excellent walleye fishing at a variety of locations,
including: 22 feet off Pinconning - 20 feet off Linwood
(purple spoons were hot here) - 20 feet northwest of the Dumping
Grounds - Off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River
- On the Callahan Reef - In the Slot
anywhere from Quanicassee to Bay Port
- A were starting to cross the Bar from Sebewaing
to fish the deeper water near the shipping channel. - Some walleyes
still being taken on the lower Saginaw River, trolling
crank-baits. Most are using crawler harnesses; purple, orange, pink
and fire-tiger were popular blade colors. Some were doing well on
spoons and some were running crank-baits. Everybody was getting some
fish; whether or not you got a limit depends on your skill and tenacity…and
your luck that day.
9th 2014 -Walleyes
were being taken at a variety of locations; 21 to 24 feet of water
around the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12), 21 feet
near the Dumping Grounds, 8 feet off the Pinconning
Bar, 14 feet east of the Spoils Island,
and 14 to 16 feet out in the Slot from Quanicassee
northeast to the tip of Sand Point. On windy days
when it’s hard to fish comfortably on the bay, anglers trolling
the lower Saginaw River from the mouth upstream to
the Coast Guard Station have been taking a lot of
walleyes there including some limit catches. Silver/blue crankbaits
have been working well there. Out in the bay, most people have been
using crawler harnesses; purple, green and brass have been favored
spinner blade colors. Fishing has been good from most access points
including Sebewaing and Bay Port.
Fishing at Caseville is still reported slow, but
it’ll pick up out there as the water gets warmer.
8th 2014 -
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
June 7th - Blue and Son went back
to the shallow water and it produced a quick 3-man limit in a few
hours, they boated a tagged fish, and a nice 26" walleye.
June 6th - Saginaw Bay Walleye fishing
has been red hot with my freinds reporting limit catches the past
4 weekends. I finally got out on the 6th, the weather was great
with mostly cloudy skies, temps in the mid 70's. and light and variable
winds. The fish didn't disappoint us as we got a 4 man limit trolling
5-7 fow in the southern portion of the Bay. We trolled wieghtless
crawler harnesses behind in-line boards in the shallow waters at
.9 to 1.1 mph SOG. Color didn't seem to make a difference.
While we were fishing shallow my buddy Goldy and his crew were fishing
14-16 fow on the Eastside of the Bay which produced a 3-man limit
for them. They also trolled spinners and crawlers. They've been
limiting on the Eastside for the past 2 weeks.
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3rd 2014 -
The early part of last week was pretty windy with not many boats out,
but walleye fishing on Friday and through the weekend was nothing
short of fantastic! Limit catches were the rule, and it really didn’t
matter a whole lot where you went. Fishing was just excellent off
Pinconning and Linwood, off Bay
City State Park and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River,
both north and east of the Spoils Island, the Callahan
Reef off Finn Road, around both Spark
Plugs, and in the Slot from Quanicassee
to North Island. Depths ranged from as shallow as
5 feet to as deep as 30 feet. As a rule of thumb, the shallows were
best early in the morning with deeper waters being more productive
as the sun got higher. Crawler harnesses were the go-to bait, with
spinner colors of purple, white, gold, silver, and chartreuse producing
best. Some trollers fishing deeper were also getting walleyes on crankbaits
and spoons. Better crankbait colors included yellow perch and goby
28th 2014 -
Good catches of walleye were taken from a variety of locations in
the inner bay last week. Many limit catches reported throughout the
inner bay, and almost all boats got fish. Here are some hot-spots:
- 21 feet at the Black Hole - 20 feet off Linwood
- 16 feet off Pinconning - 21 feet just east of the
Dumping Grounds (Ship Channel) - 4 to 6 feet east of the
Spoils Island - 4 to 8 feet on the Callahan
Reef - The Slot from Quanicassee
to Fish Point; anywhere from 4 to 16 feet of water.
- The Slot on the west side of the islands from Heisterman
Island to the tip of Sand Point.
Good colors for crawler harness spinners include purple, green,
anti-freeze and gold. Some sublegal fish are starting to show up
and are being released.
In addition, some walleye are still being taken in the lower Saginaw
River from the Independence Bridge downstream
to the river mouth by trolling, vertical jigging, and casting with
27th 2014 - From
Dock Reporter Terry
-Fishing is great all over-I fished off of North
Island and was able to catch fish all day-
on on night crawler
harnesses and 2 once bottom bouncers most
of them in the 15 to18 inch range - every boat I heard from this weekend
caught fish on both sides of the bay - now is the time to be out there-
Also remember the Walleye
for Warriors on
June 15 - Please support this effort in any way you can
|May 12th 2014
- Good numbers of walleye being taken from 6 to 16 feet of water off
Pinconning and Linwood, trolling
harnesses. Walleye fishing is also very good off Jones Road
in 4 to 6 feet and off Quanicassee in 6 to 7 feet.
Walleye are also still hitting on jigs baited with crawlers or minnows
in the lower Saginaw River from Essexville to the
mouth. This is a place to try if the winds are too strong to get out
on the bay. Further up the Slot, walleye were hitting
in 10 to 15 feet of water off Sunset Bay Marina.
There’s lots of disagreement about what color spinners to use
on crawler harnesses; white, purple, green, chartreuse, and brass
all have their proponents. A catfish tournament held over the weekend
at the BayShore church camp near Sebewaing which
produced a lot of channel cats. Shore fishing at Quanicassee
and Sebewaing has been kind of slow, with
a few catfish and drum caught. Up at Caseville, shore
fishing has been slow, producing some rock bass and the odd walleye.
Catch-and-release fishing for smallmouths has been pretty
|Apr 30th 2014
- During the week good success on walleye off Linwood
in 14 to 16 feet of water trolling assorted crankbaits. Walleye fishing
was also very good off the mouth of the Saginaw River
and east of the Spoils Island, trolling or jigging
with jigs baited with minnows or crawlers. Windy weather Saturday
and Sunday kept most boats off the bay and in the lower Saginaw
River, however. Perch fishing in the Quanicassee
River is about done, but river anglers were catching channel
cats and walleyes, and a couple of pike. They were still catching
perch in the Sebewaing River last week, but doing
a lot of sorting to get a few keepers. The Pigeon River
at Caseville has been slow, with a couple of walleye
The Saginaw & Tittabawassee
Rivers: The walleye opener on the rivers was just
outstanding, with lots of anglers on the water and limit catches the
rule. This was the case on the Tittabawassee from
the Dow Dam all the way downstream to the confluence
with the Saginaw, and the excellent success continued down the Saginaw
River all the way to the mouth of the river. The most popular
technique was vertical jigging using jigs baited with minnows or crawlers,
but a few boats were trolling crankbaits and they were also getting
Walleye fishing in the rivers should continue to be good for at
least another couple of weeks, barring major floods that raise the
rivers, run the fish out, and make fishing difficult.
|Apr 29th 2014
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- Chris called and wanted me to fish the Saginaw River with him on
the opening weekend of the Michigans inland water walleye season but
since I was still chasing turkey's I declined, well I shoulda went
fishin. He fished in Saginaw and in a few hours of fishing on Sunday
afternoon he had his one man 5 walleye limit.
Your webmaster has received many reports of limits this past weekend
in the Saginaw and Tittabawassee rivers. Wih rain in the forecast
all week in may be hard to get out.
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|Apr 22nd 2014
-Walleye were hitting trolled crankbaits in 16 to 18 feet of water
off Linwood and off the mouth of the Saginaw
River. Anglers fishing off the river mouth were also jigging
with jig heads baited with minnows and doing well on that combination.
Area rivers are finally receding and clearing up a bit after last
weekend’s downpours, but perch fishing in the Quanicassee,
Sebewaing, and Pigeon rivers and
nearby cuts remains spotty, with lots of small perch to sort through
for every keeper. Lots of people were out fishing over the weekend
because of the nice weather. A few suckers were caught in each river
also. Perch fishing is generally at its best from dawn until about
11 AM. Afternoon fishing for perch in generally unproductive.
Area Rivers: The Tittabawassee experienced major
flooding last week, but for the most part the rivers are back in their
banks now. No doubt a fair number of fish chose to ride the flooding
back to Saginaw Bay after spawning, but there should
still be enough fish in the rivers to make for a good opener. The
long, lingering winter cause most fish (including walleye) to spawn
two weeks later than normal, so the fish have had two less weeks to
drop back to the bay. Barring another major rain event between now
and Saturday, the walleye opener should be a good one.
|Apr 15th 2014
- River fishing was just getting underway in a big way last week around
greater Saginaw Bay, with lots of suckers being taken, perch off certain
cuts, and walleyes in the bay off the mouths of several area rivers….and
then the rains came.
Torrential rains beginning Saturday afternoon have most area rivers
running at or above flood stage and fishing is just about impossible.
This goes for all Saginaw Bay tributaries
|Apr 8th 2014
- The ice has gone out around the edges to the point that the only
way to get to it is with waders. If you do that and the wind shifts,
you might not be able to get back off the ice. So, the best advice
we can give people is that it’s time to hang up the hard-water
gear until next winter. There are a few guys with air-boats continuing
to ice fish, but most people are getting their regular boats ready
Shore anglers are starting to fish for perch at the Quanicassee
River, the Garner Road Drain, and Allen Cut (Kirk Road), with ???
results; mostly very small perch. The perch really haven’t
come in yet. Thomas cut is just opening up. The Sebewaing River
is fishable, but no great results reported yet. Same story at Caseville.
|Apr 2nd 2014
- Walleye off White’s Beach - watch out for
the crack; a four-wheeler went through out there over the weekend.
Water’s reportedly getting murky from the Saganing River. Some
perch taken off the end of Newman and Townline
At Linwood: walleyes in 15 feet
of water; shore ice getting bad; a pickup went through over the weekend
in a foot of water.
At Bay City: Lots of anglers
fishing out from the State Park this past week and getting walleyes
in 3 to 9 feet of water. No activity off the Hot Ponds,
Vanderbilt Park, or Thomas Road.
A few anglers venturing out from Sunset Bay Marina
and getting a few walleyes in 13 feet of water out in the Slot.
At Sebewaing: Fishing is slow due to muddy water.
A few guys are fishing walleyes late in the evening off the VFW
and Geiger Road, but tno reports on success.
At Caseville: No activity, due to deteriorating ice
conditions and muddy water.
Saginaw River including the Shiawassee, Cass and Flint rivers. Consult
your Fishing Guide for gear restrictions on these rivers that are
in place during the period when the walleye, pike and muskie season
is closed. Worms fished on single hooks are legal and greatly encouraged!
by the DNR.
Mar 26th 2014
- Ice fishing on Saginaw Bay continues with lots and lots of people
out there fishing. Cold nights continue to sustain the ice out there,
but the more intelligent anglers are no longer driving trucks onto
the ice. The snow cover on the ice is gone, so creepers on the boots
are in order. Rivers have yet to open up, so steelhead and sucker
fishing is still something off in the future.
On the west side, fishing off White’s Beach
was slow due to dirty water but they were getting a few walleyes.
A few perch and walleye from 6 to 8 feet off Townline
and Newman roads. Lots of activity centered around
Bay City State Park. They’re getting walleye
from 9 feet off Parish Road, 14 feet off Killarney
Beach, 15 to 17 feet out by the crack off the State
Park itself, and 4 to 10 feet off the trailer park at the
mouth of the Saginaw River. Most anglers are not
even going out until 6PM these days, and they fish until after dark.
On the east side, walleyes from 13 to 14 feet in the Slot
off Thomas Road and Sunset Bay marina,
again in late afternoon and evening. At Sebewaing,
fishing slowed down in the marina last week. Water is getting dirty
and the river ice in Sebewaing and Caseville
is getting bad as the runoff starts to wear it away. At Mud
Creek, anglers are still getting out but the shore ice
is deteriorating. Machines still getting out in the morning when
it’s cold. They’re getting some nice perch off Mud
Creek, but small numbers only. Lots of the bigger perch
are just ignoring anglers’ baits.
|Mar 11th 2014
- Walleye were taken at a variety of locations last week. Action could
be hit and miss, but was generally better in the evening around dusk,
with early morning also a fair bet.
- 4 to 5 miles out.
Linwood - 17 to 20 feet of
Bay City State Park - 12 to 17 feet of
Spoils Island - 16 feet of water northeast
of the island
Callahan & Finn Rds - Seven
miles north off the end of either
Thomas Road & Sunset
Bay Marina - 16 feet of water out in the middle of the Slot.
On the east side, some bluegills and some BIG crappies were taken
out of the Sebewaing marina last week. At Mud
Creek, perch fishing was hit or miss, Monday and Tuesday
were said to be the best days last week; Sunday was real slow. Very
little activity in the river or marina basins at Caseville
all week long. A few guys were fishing for lake trout out
along the breakwall and up to a mile lakeward of it, but with little
action over the weekend.
Fishing success has been spotty all up and down the river over the
past week. There really hasn’t been any hot-spot, just a few
keepers here or there on any given day. Lots of fishing pressure all
over the river this past weekend, as temperatures finally nudged up
into a more comfortable range. It appearsa better strategy might be
for anglers to avoid the more crowded spots and try getting away from
large concentrations of anglers to the less-visited areas in between
the main access points. The more sparsely-fished areas were producing
a little better than the places with dozens of anglers stomping around
and drilling holes with their power augers. So, try getting away from
| Mar 6th 2014
- Here’s a general note for all of the inner bay…the morning
fishing was slow all over last week, but the evening fishing for walleye
was pretty good! In the mornings, anglers reported seeing the walleye
down there, but they wouldn’t bite. The fishing picks up considerably
late in the afternoon, roughly from 6 PM until dark. This was the
case from Erickson Road (18 to 20 feet out near the
Black Hole) down to Linwood (15 to 23 feet) and also
off the river mouth (3.5 miles north of the Spoils Island).
A few perch were taken off Bay City State Park, out
near the first crack. Fishing at the Hot Pond and
over at Vanderbilt Park was slow all week. Walleye
anglers off the end of Callahan Road were taking
fish from 20 feet of water. (That’s a long way out!) Walleye
anglers off Thomas Road were getting some fish out
of the Slot in the evening. Up at Sebewaing,
a few guys were going off the VFW to fish walleyes
in the Slot. The Sebewaing Marina
was giving up a few bluegills and crappies. Almost no activity from
Sebewaing to Mud Creek. Perch Fishing
at Mud Creek was slow all week. At Caseville,
fishing in the river and marina basins was slow with just a few small
perch caught. Anglers are also fishing out along the break-wall, and
there are rumors of a few lake trout being taken.
River: Fishing was generally slow all week from Wickes
Park north through Saginaw, around the Zilwaukee
Bridge, and north to the Middle Grounds
at the south end of Bay City. Angler reported seeing
lots of fish but they’re just not biting. They are taking a
few walleye in the evenings at the Middle Grounds.
Fishing was slow through Bay City, but below the
Independence Bridge they were taking some walleye
in the evening downstream of the U.S.S. Edson in
14 to 15 feet of water. Downstream a bit farther, some perch were
being taken off the cement plant at Essexville on
perch rigs & minnows. Fishing at Patterson Road
around the river mouth was very slow.
|Feb 28th 2014
- A few perch being taken in 10 feet of water off White’s
Beach. Nothing much going on around Pinconning.
Light fishing pressure over the weekend off Linwood
with spotty results. A few walleye in the evening in 15 feet of water
inside the first crack off Bay City State Park. A
couple walleye taken out near the Spoils Island.
Nothing going on at the Hot Pond. Perch fishing off
Vanderbilt Park was pretty much dead over the weekend.
Walleye anglers going off Thomas Road are scratching
a few fish out of the middle of the Slot, and they
were doing better than the guys crossing the Bar going to the middle
of the bay. One brave fisherman from Sebewaing drove
his quad all the way to the Spark Plug to get them. A few bluegills
and crappies and the odd pike came out of the marina at Sebewaing
also. (Efforts by the City to dynamite the ice to break it up last
week probably left the fish with a headache and a loss of appetite…)
Pressure at Mud Creek and Caseville was very light.
Saginaw River: The fishing was slow from one end
to the other last week. Just an occasional walleye being picked
up at all locations. Blue & Silver jigging rapalas baited with
a minnow head on the treble hook remained the go –to lure.
(You can’t hardly find one of these at any area tackle shop.)
A few perch were also taken off the cement plant at Essexville.
Anglers in the river in particular commented on seeing a lot of
fish on their cameras and the fish just ignoring their baits. There
was a little bit of open water on the upper Tittabawassee
near Gordonville Rd last week and a few
guys were casting for walleye there, but they didn’t get any.
|Feb 18th 2014
- Walleye are kind of hit and miss but they’re being taken in
several locations including, 5 to 6 miles off Pinconning Park,
15 feet of water off Linwood, 17 feet of water off
Parish Rd. Perch anglers were getting a few from
7 feet off the ends of Newman and Townline
roads near Pinconning. Perch fishing was pretty good
mid-week in 5 feet of water off Vanderbilt Park near
Quanicassee, but a horde of anglers showed up on
the weekend and ran the fish out. Perch anglers also did well in 5
feet of water off Hidden Harbor (King Road),
fishing in close proximity to the Vanderbilt Park
people. Walleye anglers accessing the bay at Thomas Rd were
going across the Slot, across the Bar, and on out
to either Buoy #12 or Buoy #1. The distance to either of these buoys
is best described as…miles and miles and miles! Most fishing
activity at Sebewaing is inside the marina, where
anglers took a mix of bluegills and crappies, a few perch, and also
speared a couple of pike last week. Ice anglers are reminded that
the Sebewaing DPW will be breaking up some of the river ice this coming
Thursday (February 20th) using dynamite to prevent ice jams at spring
break-up, so you might want to fish someplace else for a few days
after that. At Mud Creek, pressure was moderate and
success was slow and spotty last week.
Fishing was generally slow at all locations from one end
of the river to the other this past weekend, but individual anglers
did very well in places. Fire-Tiger jigging rapalas and gold jigging
spoons, both baited with minnow heads, seemed to be producing best.
A few decent walleyes were taken at just about every location on one
day or the next; you just have to get out there and put your time
in. Fishing in the Ship Channel (20 feet of water or more) seems to
be most productive. There were lots of people out over the weekend,
and also lots of snowmobile traffic which could have suppressed fish
Feb 12th 2014
- Lots of people out fishing on Saturday but fishing generally slow.
They’re getting a few walleyes in 20 to 21 feet of water off
Linwood and in the same depths off Bay
City State Park. A few perch are being taken from 6 feet
of water off Newman Road up by Pinconning,
but it’s hit and miss. Wading anglers at the Hot Pond
took a few pike last week. At the end of Callahan Road,
guys were going out about 8 ½ miles and a few limits of nice-sized
walleye came from way out there on Sunday. Over at Vanderbilt
Park near Quanicassee, perch anglers were
doing well on and off out near the first crack. Likewise, some perch
were being taken off Hidden Harbor (King
Road), but that was hit and miss also. Walleye anglers
continue to fish about 10 miles off Sunset Bay Marina
and Thomas Road up near the tip of Fish
Point; hit and miss there also.
Up at Sebewaing, a few pike and small perch continue
to be taken from inside the marina. Anglers should be aware that
the Village of Sebewaing along with the Huron County Drain Commission
is planning to break up some of the river ice with dynamite beginning
on or about February 20th in order to prevent flooding when the
snow melts. Signs are posted around town and at some access points
for the river. February 20th will probably not be a good day to
fish there and you might want to go someplace else…
Nothing much happening at Bay Port last week.
Up at Mud Creek, perch fishing has been spotty,
with the Old Regulars averaging maybe 10 decent fish per trip most
days and 25 fish per trip on the better days. A few pike were also
speared last week.
Saginaw River: Walleye fishing was slow at all
locations over the weekend. However, the fish bit pretty good on
Tuesday and several guys did well.
-Wickes Park: slow
-Ojibway Island: slow
-I-675 to First Street: Tuesday was real good with some 5 &
6 pounders caught. Weekend slow.
-South of Zilwaukee Bridge: some walleye near the grain silos in
23 feet of water.
-North of Zilwaukee Bridge all the way to Bay City: slow all weekend.
-Middle Grounds & Cass Avenue: slow
-Vet’s Park/M-25: slow
-Liberty Bridge downstream: a few walleye in 23 feet out in the
-Independence Bridge & downstream; good walleye fishing at mid-week;
very slow all weekend.
-Smith Park: slow
-Patterson Road/river mouth: slow all weekend; lots of sublegals
being caught & released.
|Feb 5th 2014
-There was some walleye success off Linwood in 16
to 20 feet of water and also in similar depths off Bay City
State Park. On the east side, walleye anglers fishing out
of Sunset Bay and Thomas Road are
reportedly going out 8 to 11 miles. Perch anglers fishing 5 to 6 feet
of water off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee
have been getting some nice perch during the first half hour
of daylight in the morning but the fishing slows as the sun comes
up. Fishing at the Hot Pond has been pretty quiet,
probably due to the intense cold. Nothing much going on at Sebewaing
last week, although a few pike and small perch were being taken out
of the marina basin. a lot of sub-legal pike being seen for every
legal fish speared. A few guys are accessing the bay at Rose
Island and Geiger Road and fishing out in
the Slot for walleye. Up at Mud Creek,
Wednesday was a very good day for perch despite the very cold temperatures.
Saginaw River: Fishing success was slow
and spotty most of the week, but picked up a bit on Sunday. Pressure
was generally light from Wickes Park and Rust
Avenue north through downtown Saginaw, with
anglers picking up an “eater” here and there, mostly on
green jig-heads baited with a minnow in 9 to 15 feet of water. Success
was also spotty both south and north of the Zilwaukee Bridge,
all the way through the Middle Grounds. They were
getting some walleyes and occasional decent perch around the Veterans’
Bridge (M-25) in downtown Bay City, mostly
downstream of the bridge on the east side of the river. Fishing around
the Independence Bridge was generally slow all week
but a few guys did really well there on Friday and Saturday. Silver/blue
jigging rapalas were producing consistently. Further down the river,
at Smith Park, the Cement Plant
and the river mouth, success was also slow and spotty.
Jan 30th 2014
- They’re getting a few perch in 5 feet of water off Newman
Road up near Pinconning. Lots of walleye
anglers are going 4 miles off Linwood to 17 feet
of water, or off Bay City State Park to similar
depths. On the east side, anglers going off Thomas Road
and Sunset Bay are catching walleyes in the middle
of the Slot in 14 feet of water. Drifting snow is making access
and ice travel difficult all along the east side of the bay. Little
fishing activity from Sebewaing to Mud
Creek. At Mud Creek, local perch anglers
are averaging about 12 to 15 perch per trip, with run of the mill
being 8 to 9 inches long. Although the occasional jumbo greater
than 12 inches has been taken. Pike spearing has been slow. Fishing
at Caseville has been slow.
Saginaw River: Fishing in the river was generally slow
all last week. Fishing was slow around Wickes Park.
The occasional keeper was taken downtown off the St. Mary’s
Health building. Fishing was slow from the Zilwaukee
Bridge downstream all the way to Bay City.
A few keepers were taken around the Middle Grounds
and Cass Avenue; likewise downstream of the Veteran’s
Bridge in downtown Bay City. They’re
scratching out a few keepers just downstream of the U.S.S
Edson below the Independence Bridge. A
few perch being taken off Smith Park at Essexville.
Fishing at the river mouth was generally slow all week.
|Jan 23rd 2014
-Strong winds last weekend have opened up an active pressure crack
three to four miles offshore. The crack runs from Linwood
south to the area off Bay City State Park. It opened to a
width of 3 to 4 feet and a lot of people ran into it, causing damage
to their ATV’s and snowmobiles. Still, guys were finding ways
to cross the crack and going still further out to fish! They’re
getting some walleyes out there…and then having to look for
a way to get back across the crack to come in! Friday night, 8
machines went through, and more went through on Saturday.
And still they go out. Sunday, on the east side of the bay, anglers
were going up to 8 miles out off Thomas Road to fish
near the shipping channel until the strong winds, blowing snow and
blizzard-like conditions drove them off. At Vanderbilt Park
near Quanicassee, a few guys are after perch and
doing poorly. The best perch fishing right now is in the lower Saginaw
River. Pike spearers are still having trouble with turbid
water at Sebewaing and Mud Creek,
but that should clear up with the most recent cold snap. They’re
still getting some perch off Mud Creek; generally
10 to 15 per angler-trip. At Caseville they did ok
on perch a couple of days last week in the various marina basins.
Some guys with an underwater camera fished out near the end of the
breakwall and reported seeing walleye, whitefish, and lake trout down
there…and were unable to get any of them to bite.
TITTABAWASSEE AND SAGINAW RIVERS:
There’s no fishing on the Tittabawassee River
at present…too much ice for boats but not enough to stand
on. On the Saginaw River, some walleyes are being
taken at Wickes Park in Saginaw
in 14 feet of water. Fishing is slow through most of downtown Saginaw,
but improves downstream of the Zilwaukee Bridge
and north to the south end of Bay City. A constant
for the whole river is that you’ll catch a lot of short walleyes
for every keeper, and the best lures are chartreuse, orange, or
clown-colored jig heads baited with minnows. Jigging rapalas with
a minnow head on the center hook are also catching fish. Fishing
was slow at Cass Avenue and the Middle
Grounds. In downtown Bay City off Veteran’s
Park, they were getting some keepers during the first and
last two hours of daylight. Downstream of the Independence
Bridge, they were getting some walleyes and perch downstream
from the the Navy
Destroyer. Jig heads, jigging rapalas, and perch rigs were all
taking some fish. Fishing was kind of slow off Smith Park
and at the river mouth.
|Jan 14th 2014
- Lots of guys going off Linwood, 3 to 4 miles out
and getting some walleyes near and beyond the first crack. Ice conditions
are very sloppy and slushy. Anglers going off Bay City State
Park are getting walleyes in the old shipping channel. Open-water
anglers fishing at the mouth of the Hot Pond are taking some walleyes
and pike casting any lure with a chrome or silver finish. Over at
Quanicassee, spearers off Vanderbilt Park
are getting a few pike. Perch fishing is slow. Walleye anglers off
Thomas Road are going to the middle of the Slot (15
feet of water) and getting a few. Up at Sebewaing,
about the only thing going on is pike spearing with a couple being
taken out of the marina every day up until the thaw with visibility
becoming a problem by Sunday. From there north, there’s almost
no activity at Geiger Road or at Bay Port.
At Mud Creek, persistent perch anglers are getting
an average of 10 keepers per trip and pike spearers are getting one
here and there. Rains over the weekend are starting to muddy the water
there. Some decent perch catches were made mid-week in marina basins
in Caseville, but the word got out, lots of anglers showed up, all
the stomping around, and runoff in the river seems to have ran the
perch out of there. There are people ice-fishing out at the end of
the breakwall and a bit further, but success has been indifferent
there with just the odd walleye or lake trout.
TITTABAWASSEE AND SAGINAW RIVERS:
Stay off the Tittabawassee River;
flows have increased with the rain and the ice isn’t safe
anywhere. On the Saginaw River, walleye fishing
was quite good around Wickes Park on Friday and
Saturday with a few limits taken, but it slowed on Sunday morning.
(White jig heads baited with minnows or silver/blue jigging rapalas
in 9 to 10 feet of water.) There was also a lot of fishing activity
on the river right in front of the St. Mary’s Health
Building on Washington Ave. Here, anglers
reported best success in mid-channel (25 feet of water) with chartreuse
jig heads & minnows. From the Zilwaukee Bridge
downstream to and through Bay City, anglers caught
a lot of short walleyes and occasional keepers. Lots of fishing
pressure downstream of the Independence Bridge.
Lots of sorting there with occasional keeper walleyes, mostly from
mid-channel; also some perch on perch rigs. Some decent catches
of perch coming from around the railroad bridge down by Essexville
on perch rigs; average catch up to 25 keeper perch per angler per
trip. They’re also getting some decent perch at the river
mouth, also on minnows. Ice conditions are sloppy on top, but not
quite as bad as out on the bay and you don’t have all that
far to go in order to fish.
|Jan 9th 2014 -
Some walleyes being taken in 20 feet of water off Linwood
(yeah, that’s a long way out!) and also off Bay City
State Park in the old shipping channel. On the east side,
they’re getting walleyes in the Slot, 2 miles
off Sunset Bay and in 14’ of water off Thomas
Road. Most activity at Sebewaing is concentrated
in the marina with a few spearing shacks. At Mud Creek,
there’s a fair amount of pike spearing activity but success
is hit and miss. There have been a few good perch days over the Christmas
holidays, but there was nothing much going perch-wise this past weekend.
At Caseville: There are a number of shacks in the
marina basins and near the river mouth, but success on Saturday was
indifferent. They were getting a few walleyes and lake trout out near
the river mouth around Christmas as well. There’s not much activity
north of Caseville.
There’s a ton of fishing activity on the river all
the way from Wickes Park in Saginaw
north to the river mouth in Bay City. They’re
catching walleye from one end to the other, but down in Saginaw
a lot of the fish are there are a lot of throwbacks for every legal
fish caught. This is pretty much the story from Wickes Park
through Zilwaukee and all the way to the south end
of Bay City. They were picking up more legal-sized
walleyes around the Middle Grounds at the south end
of town; Some legal fish taken off Veterans’ Park
near the M-25 bridge. Near the Independence Bridge
a lot of people were fishing around the Destroyer
and catching a lot of short fish and a few keepers. Fishing pressure
was light near the river mouth, as packs of snowmobilers have disrupted
fishing somewhat there. A few guys were trying for perch in the various
marina basins, but without much success.
|Oct 29th 2013 -
Perch fishing was poor all over, with a few guys trying but having
trouble even holding anchor, let alone catching anything. There were
a couple of bright spots, however. Walleye are hitting in the Hot
Ponds for those wading anglers casting jigs, and for a couple of boats
that made it around the Karn-Weadok plants and managed to get into
the channel. A few boats also went trolling for walleye in 18 feet
of water off Linwood. Most were trolling Rapalas and they got some
nice fish…up to 5 and 6 pounds. There was a report of one limit
of 15 fish for 3 guys, but the average catch is 5 or 6 fish per boat.
Heavy clothing, float coats and Dramamine were the order of the day.
Over on the east side, anglers were pretty much confined to shore
were most fishing remains slow, but the launches were full of duck-hunting
rigs. At Sebewaing, anglers in the marina were
getting some decent crappies but not much for perch. Channel dredging
continues at Caseville, suppressing fishing activity
there, and only small perch in the marina. Anglers around Quanicassee
struggled to find much of anything at all.
Oct 24th 2013 -
Another quiet week for fishing success on greater Saginaw Bay. Windy
weather kept most boat anglers ashore except for short periods of
time, usually early in the morning. Water temperatures are finally
cooling off and the emerald shiners are starting to show up in big
numbers around some of our harbors. Perch fishing is starting to
pick up. This week doesn’t look any better for fishing than
last week, with high winds predicted for today. Good river fishing
for perch is probably about 3 weeks away yet, if past history is
any indicator. When they could get out, boat anglers were picking
up some decent catches of perch from 20 feet of water off Gambil’s
Marina up near Pinconning, out along the
shipping channel near Buoy 22, and also just northeast of the Spoils
Island. The perch bite takes place early in the morning,
from dawn until about 10:30 AM. Nothing going on in the lower Saginaw
At Quanicassee: Fishing was generally
poor last week, with boats pretty much having to stay in the river
due to rough weather. Six perch per boat was about average, with
lots of sorting.
At Sebewaing: The fishing was limited to a few
guys fishing from the docks in the marina. They were getting a few
bluegills and black crappies. A couple of boats launching at Bay
Port went clear across to the Au Gres side of the bay and
brought back decent catches of perch from about 35 feet of water.
Bass anglers continue to do well on smallmouths around North Island.
Channel dredging continues at Caseville, suppressing
fishing activity there.
The docks at Bay Shore Marina (near Bay Port)
and in the Caseville city harbor are now open to
shore anglers. Almost all the boats are out.
Oct 14th 2013 -
Good perch catches on the right day have picked up a bit at several
west inner bay locations including sailboat buoy H, the old shipping
channel, buoy 14, and also off Linwood in 15 to
18 feet of water. Catches averaged 30 to 35 perch per boat. A lot
of sorting is necessary, but the keepers averaged 7 to 11 inches.
There is some shore fishing activity for perch around the inner
bay, but action hasn’t picked up for those anglers as of yet.
(If it’s like years past that’ll pick up about deer
season.) Fair catches of perch from boats in 7 to 8 feet of water
off Quanicassee, with many boats averaging about
20 good fish. Nothing much going on at Sebewaing,
just a few small fish in the marina and only a few fishing boats
that haven’t been fairing all too well. A few boats have been
launching at Bay Port and going clear across to
the Au Gres side; they’re bringing back 30
to 35 perch per trip fishing the same waters.
At Caseville: Dredging in the channel continues
along the breakwall and probably accounts for slow fishing there.
Boats fishing perch off Oak Point are doing well one day and catching
nothing at all the next day, so it’s kind of hit and miss.
A hit day will produce 20-30 big perch per boat though.
|Oct 9th 2013 -
rain and waves combined to produce another week of mediocre fishing
on greater Saginaw Bay and southern Lake Huron. The weekend was pretty
much a washout with rain Friday through Sunday. Water temperatures
remain high; as high as 69 degrees on the surface of inner Saginaw
Bay last week.
Fishing pressure all over the inner bay was light to non-existent
all week. Some perch are still being taken off the Pinconning
Bar and near the sailboat buoys off Linwood,
but the catches are not large. One boat went into the Hot Pond and
caught one walleye and released 10 channel cats. River fishing is
really slow and will probably stay that way all week, as several inches
of rain fell in the Saginaw River watershed over the weekend.
On the east shore anglers in the various marinas are getting a few
bluegills, crappies, rock bass, and perch in a mixed-bag bobber fishing
. Bass anglers are still catching some smallmouths in Wildfowl
Bay, but most of the boats are carrying duck hunters going
out to fix up their blinds for the opener this weekend. Perch fishing
off Oak Point, north of Caseville, was slow as was
that off of Quanicassee.
It was really slow in the inner bay last week except for last Monday,
when a couple good catches of perch were taken off the Old Dumping
Grounds north of the mouth of the Saginaw River. Somebody talked,
and by Tuesday morning there was a small flotilla of boats sitting
all over the Old Dumping Grounds, but the perch didn’t care
for the crowd and moved elsewhere. So that was the end of that.
Perch off Quanicassee, from the last channel maker
buoys out to about 11 feet of water, but not with much success. A
good catch there was maybe 20 perch for 2 guys for 5 to 6 hours effort…in
other words, pretty slow.
windy weather last week and weekend kept most boats off greater Saginaw
Bay and southern Lake Huron, so there is really not much
fishing activity to report on. Walleye fishing is winding down and
a lot of anglers put their boats away after Labor Day. Fishing pressure
was reported very light in all areas of the bay all week
no one is even trying to get out on the bay. Shore anglers fishing
the Saginaw River at Essexville caught
some catfish and a couple of walleyes. There was a bass tournament
Saturday at the Patterson Road launch ramp and virtually
all the contestants ended up fishing in the Saginaw River.
They did get a fair number of bass.
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
Goldy and freind fished the westside of the Bay for perch, he said
the bite was slow but the Jalopy Perch are starting to bite. It was
his first trip for perch this fall so finding the fish took more time
than catching but after all it doesn't take many of 'em this size
to make a meal. That's a 16" walleye in the picture with some
of the larger perch.
image for larger view
You can still scratch a few walleyes out of the deeper parts of the
inner bay. Just pull crawler harnesses on bottom bouncers and go slow.
Perch fishing will keep improving as the weather cools off.