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Apr 15th 2014 - Walleye anglers fishing in boats out in Saginaw Bay were having some success off the mouths of the Tawas and Au Gres Rivers - before last weekends rains.  
Apr 8th 2014 - They’re catching a few steelheads and walleyes off the mouth of the Tawas River, and surf anglers clamoring about on the icebergs are catching a few steelheads and the odd brown off the mouth of Whitney Drain. Sucker runs in the Rifle River are just barely getting underway, with a fair amount of floating ice still coming down the Rifle. Shore anglers are trying for perch at the Pine River but the bay just off the mouth of the river is jammed up with ice, so there’s been no success there yet.  

Apr 2nd 2014 - Ice anglers inside the state harbor are catching mostly small perch. Off Jerry’s Marina, a few walleyes are being taken in the evening near Buoy #4. The Tawas River is open, and a few walleye are being taken off the mouth. Some steelhead and suckers are biting in the lower river.

At Au Gres: No activity to speak of.

At Palmer Road:
This area was over-run with anglers this past weekend. Walleye in good numbers (some limits) and some perch were taken in 7 to 8 feet of water most of last week. Evening fishing is best. Anglers report the water was getting dirty, so this may affect fishing success.

Sucker dippers are setting up along the Rifle River at Omer, but they may have a hard time until all the ice floes go downstream. Suckers are in area rivers and biting on crawlers, one family caught four large white suckers and lose a fifth in just 20 minutes yesterday. If the river has open water where you want to fish, then it’s time to take advantage of the nicer weather and get out there!

Steelhead are moving up the Rifle and East Branch Au Gres rivers. It’s about time to put away the auger and get out the long rods!

 
Mar 26th 2014 - A few nice perch being taken off Jerry’s Marina in 17 to 18 feet, but lots of sorting necessary; one angler reported throwing back at least 5 perch for every one kept. There’s quite a bit of activity inside the harbor, but the perch are smaller; mostly 6” to 7” keepers there. Anglers report seeing hordes of small perch in there. Walleye anglers are fishing out past the end of Tawas Point in 20+ feet of water and getting a few.

Rivers have yet to open up, so steelhead and sucker fishing is still something off in the future.

Whitney Drain at Singing Bridge is still not open.

Not much activity at Au Gres.


 
Mar 11th 2014 -They’re getting some perch inside the harbor, with keepers running 6 to 8 inches with the occasional bigger one . Off Jerry’s Marina, a few pike were speared and taken on tip-ups last week. There were also rumors of a few lake trout and one brown trout.

At Au Gres: Not a lot of activity last week, with just a few walleye anglers off Booth Road. Down at Palmer Road, perch anglers were getting a few nice perch off the mouth of the Rifle River in 7 feet of water, and also straight off Palmer Road in 6 feet. These perch were running 7 to 10 inches. Walleyes were being taken mostly in the evening around dusk from 7 to 15 feet of water.
 
Mar 6th 2014 -Still pretty slow here on Tawas Bay. Perch anglers inside the harbor are getting a few. Walleye anglers were marking and seeing fish on their cameras, but they weren’t biting.

At Au Gres: Fishing was reported slow At Palmer Road, walleye anglers were mainly fishing in the evening and going out about 4 miles. Fishing pressure was light here, with most guys going down to Linwood.
 
Feb 28th 2014 -Fishing has been slow. A few small perch inside the harbor at Tawas Bay, and a few off Jerry’s Marina. Only a couple of pike speared for the whole week. Walleye action out near the tip of Tawas Point was real slow. Fishing at

At Au Gres: Only a few people fishing off Booth Road, otherwise pretty deserted. At Palmer Road, a few walleye guys going out to the Catfish Hole and having very little success. Perch fishing there was pretty darn slow.


 
Feb 18th 2014 -Tawas Bay was generally pretty slow last week. They took some perch inside the harbor and off Jerry’s Marina, and they got a handful of walleyes from 20 feet of water out near the tip of Tawas Point. A couple of pike were also speared.

A t Au Gres: A few guys fishing the Au Gres River were mostly catching sublegal walleyes. At Palmer Road, perch action was spotty in 6 to 8 feet of water, and the walleye guys were going out 5 miles or more.
 
Feb 12th 2014 - They are getting some perch off Jerry’s Marina and also inside the harbor. Perch are mostly running 6” to 8”, with a few 10” and 11” fish in the mix. Walleye fishing was going on out near the edge of the safe ice and was generally slow last week. Likewise pike spearing; just a couple taken last week.

At Au Gres: most activity was concentrated off Booth Road down on Pointe Au Gres. Some perch are being taken from 8 feet of water at the edge of the drop-off and some walleye taken out farther. Down at Palmer Road, most of the activity is in the afternoon and evening and is focused for walleye around the Catfish Hole at dusk. The guys are getting a few. Perch action in 6 feet of water, about a mile offshore, has been spotty.
 
Feb 5th 2014 -Most fishing activity in Tawas Bay is now outside the harbor rather than inside. Not much going on in there. They held their Perchville festival in Tawas City this last weekend, and there was fair to decent perch fishing in about 15 feet of water off Jerry’s Marina. Angler also noted seeing a lot of perch down the holes and having a hard time getting them to bite. Farther out, near the start of the “shove ice” (ice that had broken up and re-frozen), they were getting some walleyes in around 20 feet of water. A few pike were being speared including one 20 pounder.

At Au Gres: most fishing activity is off the end of Booth Road in 15 feet of water where they’re picking up some walleyes and perch. Success was fair. Down off Palmer Road, walleye anglers were going out 4 to 4 ½ miles for walleye in 16 to 18 feet of water. Perch anglers, closer to shore, report seeing but not catching many perch.
 
Jan 30th 2014 - Some perch are being caught in 15 feet off Jerry’s Marina, 15 per angler per trip is a decent catch, with most keepers running 7 to 8 inches. A few walleye taken in 20 feet of water; Inside the harbor there was a report of a whitefish and a brown trout being taken, also a few perch, a couple of pike and a lake trout.

At Au Gres: most walleye anglers are going off Santiago Road and going south to 20 feet of water; getting a few. No activity at the mouth of the Pine River; the road into the access site is drifted shut, and very little activity off of Palmer Road.

 
Jan 23rd 2014 - There’s quite a bit of fishing activity off Jerry’s Marina and they got some nice perch and walleyes a couple of days last week in about 15 feet of water. Pike spearers also got a few nice fish. Anglers going out should stay on the well-traveled trails in order to avoid getting stuck in the snow-drifts. Some anglers are also going out to 20 feet of water out near the tip of Tawas Point and getting some walleyes at dusk. Fishing inside the harbor has slowed down some and there’s not much pressure in there.

At Au Gres: there was not much going on in the river. Most walleye anglers were going off the ends of Santiago and Booth Roads, and fishing a mile or two offshore. Very little activity at the mouth of the Pine River. At Palmer Road, anglers are reporting walleye and perch fishing kind of slow. They’re seeing fish down the holes, but can’t get them to bite.
 
Jan 14th 2014 - Snow and slush is making ice travel difficult on a lot of Tawas Bay. They’re getting some small perch and some walleye off Jerry’s Marina, the perch in 15 feet and the walleye in about 20 feet. They’re also getting some perch and walleye inside the state harbor, for anglers who don’t have machines.

At Au Gres: The river is mainly producing sublegal walleyes, but with a few keepers. They’re getting some walleye 3 to 4 miles off Santiago Road in 20 feet of water. There are also some guys going south off the end of Hale Road.

 
Jan 9th 2014 - There is some walleye activity inside the harbor and over off Jerry’s Marina, but they’re only getting one here and there. Pike spearing has also been hit and miss. Perch are running small, most report seeing bigger fish going by but they won’t bite.

Pine River:: Some walleyes being taken about 4 miles out. Perch action near shore is spotty and hit & miss, with mainly small fish biting.

 
Oct 29th 2013 - Fishing in Tawas Bay was very slow last week. Lots of minnows inside the harbor, but bad weather kept most anglers home. Salmon activity in the Tawas River also seems to have buttoned up for the year. Fishing pressure was also very light down at Singing Bridge.
At Au Gres: Those searching for perch, had generally poor success and a lot of rough waves. The water is quite dirty from all the wind and waves.
 
Oct 24th 2013 - Pier fishing is was slow, but hordes of emerald shiners are moving into the harbor. Some smaller perch (4 to 7 inches) are following them in. Not many boats out in Tawas Bay; just a couple locals trolling off the river mouth in small boats. They’re still getting a king salmon here and there in the Tawas River, but the run is definitely past its peak.

At the Singing Bridge: Fishing for salmon and steelhead is kind of hit and miss, but definitely still worth a try. Steelhead are just starting to show up.

At Au Gres: The few perch boats that got out did a little better last week, with catches of 20 to 40 perch per boat (and one catch of 80!) from anywhere from 20 to 35 feet of water, either straight off the river, up near Gravelly Shoals, or down off the hotel

 
Oct 21st 2013 - Field Reporter Scott - Augres river light numbers of salmon and steelhead have been caught in the Augres river. I lost a king salmon on sunday using a 1/3 ounce cleo and caught a nice steelhead on monday night using a cleo 1/4 ounce. Cleo colors that worked for me have been green and blue. Blue on the salmon and green on the steelhead. With the cold weather I'm hoping it will push more steelhead and the rest of the salmon in the river. I got a good look at the salmon I caught on Sunday it was a fresh fish still silver. I lost the salmon when trying to net it.
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Oct 14th 2013 - Not much boat fishing activity in Tawas Bay , and fishing in the harbor and on the pier was also slow. They continue to catch some salmon in the Tawas River, mostly at night. Down at

Singing Bridge: Some salmon and steelheads are being taken in the surf and the lower river. Try drifting spawn for the steelheads.

At Au Gres: Perch fishing has picked up a little, with catches averaging 25 nice perch (7” – 11”) per boat. Most of them are coming from 35 to 45 feet of water out near the shipping channel.
 
Oct 9th 2013 - No boat fishing activity to report in Tawas Bay. On the pier and inside the harbor, nothing much to report except for a few small perch and rock bass and one large Chinook (26 lb.) caught on a perch rig by one very surprised angler. A few salmon are being taken in the dead of night by anglers along the lower Tawas River. Down at the Singing Bridge (East Branch Au Gres River) salmon can be seen in the surf and the lower river, but no one can get them to strike.

At Au Gres: perch fishing is very spotty, but a few decent catches were landed at Northport and these guys were allegedly going out to 45 feet of water near the shipping channel. There are rumors of better perch fishing out of Eagle Bay Marina (end of Sagatoo Road).
 
Sept-27th-2013 -Walleye and perch fishing from boats was at a standstill. Pier anglers were catching a few walleyes and pike and mostly small perch with the occasional keeper. A few salmon have also been seen jumping inside the harbor, but they weren’t biting. A few salmon have been caught out of the Tawas River, however.

Down at Singing Bridge (East Branch Au Gres River), they’re catching a few salmon in the surf and in the lower river around the access site. Traffic here can be a problem, as the Singing Bridge is being rebuilt by MDOT.

At Au Gres: Fishing is very slow, Boat anglers report marking large numbers of fish (don’t know what they are), but they can’t get them to bite. Only one report of a good catch of perch for last week.
 
Sept-11th-2013 -Pier fishing is very slow with only a few rock bass and small perch taken. A couple of salmon were seen jumping inside the harbor but none were caught. Trollers caught a couple of walleyes off Jerry’s Marina near the weed beds and marked a lot of fish off Au Sable Point in 60 feet of water but couldn’t get anything to bite.

At Au Gres: there were a couple decent catches of perch taken from 26 to 30 feet of water off the hotel….for the whole week. Only a few walleyes were reported being taken all week.

 
Sept-5th-2013 - Still getting walleyes from deep water off Alabaster and south of Tawas Point. Same story down at Au Gres , where they’re still getting walleye straight off the mouth of thee Au Gres River in 25 to 35 feet and way south of Au Gres east of the end of Sagatoo Road in 30 to 35 feet of water.  
Aug- 30th - 2013 - At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - Here are some Highlights for from this August

Friday August 9th.
As you can see we didnt limit out but got some real nice fish. We were out in front of Point AuGres and had the point pretty much to ourselves. The fish are still out there as its been a great August. the water temperature is dropping with the cool evenings. All crawlers and on the bottom with few suspended fish.

Friday August 16th.
The fishing remains good for August. Even though this was not a limit catch a limit was within our reach. Fishing remains good, you just need to be patient and stay with it. This is unussual for late August. Hang in there and there are still walleyes out there.

Friday August 30th. This late season catch is not typical of late August on Sagainaw Bay. It is slow but you can still get fish out there. I have another charters in early September for walleye fishing. Perch have been slow however it will begin soon. Its beeen a fabulous year and its not to late to get walleyes out of Sagainaw bay.


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Au Gres Walleye Fishing 2013
August 9th 2013


Au Gres Walleye Fishing 2013
August 16th 2013


August 24th 2013

Au Gres Walleye Fishing 2013
August 30th 2013



Aug- 27th - 2013 - Fishing is slow, whether on the pier or from boats. The highlight of the week was Saturday when a fellow trolling for walleye off Au Sable Point in 80 feet of water caught a 15 lb. Chinook on a nightcrawler harness. Just a few walleyes being caught off Alabaster, Au Sable Point, and near Jerry’s Marina. Fishing off the pier and at the Tawas River is limited to a few small rock bass, etc.
At Au Gres: there are still some walleyes being caught, either straight off the river mouth or 6 to 8 miles south of the river mouth in 26 to 30 feet of water. A few guys are out after perch, and they’re getting a few from 30 to 40 feet of water from 4 to 8 miles south of Au Gres, but catches are spotty. The Au Gres River is producing just a few catfish and drum.
 
Aug- 21st - 2013 - Pier fishing is very slow with just a few rock bass, smallmouth and largemouth bass, a couple walleye and a few small perch for the whole of last week. Walleye trollers are going out around Tawas Point and north to the area off Au Sable Point and getting a few in 50 to 80 feet of water. They’re also taking some walleye down off Alabaster in 20 to 50 feet, and along the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina in 20 to 25 feet. There was a report of some nice perch (8 – 11 inch) being taken off Alabaster in 18 to 22 feet.

At AuGres - Walleye fishing had slowed down a lot, with the usual landed catch averaging 1 to 2 fish per angler. Reports of one good catch of 7 1/2 “ to 11 ½ inch perch, but the guys wouldn’t divulge their hot spot. Many of the guys trolling for walleye are picking up a few 10 to 11 inch perch incidentally.
 
Aug- 15th - 2013 -trollers are going out past Buoy #2 to fish in 35 to 45 feet of water. A few boats are now going out around Tawas Point, turning north and fishing up off Au Sable Point in as much as 80 feet of water. They’re getting walleyes suspended 25 to 50 feet down. Back inside Tawas Bay, a few guys are working 20 to 25 feet of water off Jerry’s Marina with crawler harnesses and catching a few walleyes. Pier fishing is slow, with only occasional bass, rock bass, walleye or small perch.

At Au Gres: there’s still quite a bit of walleye fishing going on, and a few limits are still being taken by the die-hards. They are going straight out of the river mouth to 25 to 35 feet but it’s really slowed down there; they’re also going anywhere from 2 to 9 miles south of Pointe Au Gres and fishing 25 to 35 feet down in the ‘outer-inner’ bay. A few boats have tried fishing perch off the hotel in 35 to 40 feet of water, but with mixed results; mostly small perch taken. The Au Gres River is producing some drum and catfish.

 
Aug- 7th - 2013 - Still getting walleyes beyond and near the Charities. Using crawler harnesses and Hot and Tots. near Alabaster in 15-20’. They are picking up a few incidental brown trout and steelhead while fishing the walleye.

Tawas pier—very small perch, not much action.

At AuGres - very tough fishing, bait is abundant and catches are low. Folks are fishing at the Charities, and some spotty catches to the south (4-8 miles) and straight out 20-35 ft.

 
Aug- 6th - 2013 - At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - Monday August 5th on Saginaw Bay. We stayed inside the Bay because of the strong southerly wind. The wind blew in some cold water and the bigger fish moved in with them. We didn't get our limit but came real close before heading in on this rough day. August is still holding alot of potencial for walleyes in Saginaw Bay here at AuGres Michigan.

Saturday August 3rd. I took a group out beyond the Charity Island and we did pretty well. The guys were great fishing partnerers. We used Crawlers and fished the humps north of the Islands..

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Au Gres Fisihing Report 8-5-2013

 

July- 31st - 2013 - Pier fishing at Tawas Bay is slow, but those fishing are catching a few bass, rock bass, etc. during the day. Early morning and evening anglers caught a few walleye casting spoons. Trollers were doing well on walleye primarily down toward Alabaster and north of Big Charity Island, mostly in 20 to 40 feet of water. Some incidental catches of steelhead and one brown trout came from 50 feet of water off Alabaster, trolling 15 feet down. There was a couple of big mayfly hatches around Tawas on the warmer days last week.

At Au Gres: walleye fishing is still very good with most boats heading north of Big Charity Island or south into the “outer inner bay” to the north end of the shipping channel. Most walleye action is in 20 to 40 feet at both locations. Quite a few catfish were taken in the Au Gres River over the weekend.
 
July- 24th - 2013 -Walleye trollers are mainly going south past Buoy #2 toward Alabaster and fishing 30 to 50 feet of water or to the north side of Big Charity Island where they’re fishing 20 to 30 feet. The trollers are also catching several steelhead on crawler harnesses incidental to walleyes in the 50 foot depths. Pier anglers were having slow fishing with some rock bass, and largemouth and smallmouth bass caught inside the harbor and some very small perch from the weedbeds outside the wall.

At Au Gres: Walleye fishing continues to be excellent with lots of limits reported. Most boats were going south past Pointe Au Gres into the inner bay north of Buoys 1 & 2 to fish in 18 to 30 feet; to 40 feet of water off Point Lookout, or to the area north of Big Charity. Incidental catches of catfish and drum are common.
 
July- 22nd - 2013 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - Olivia and Matt Strike it big North of the Charities on July 20th. This daugheter and son team were fantastic fisherman and brought in thier limit. Matt unfortunately has his line break just feet from the net on a 8lb plus walleye. Hope he has many more future opprotunities.All Crawlers.

This is Thursday July 18th. These fish can on a slow troll with crawler harness's. Great fishing and big fish. These guys are truely expert fisherman and got into the fish. Saginaw Bay is the place to be in Michigan.

July- 18th - 2013 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - Fishing has been fantastic here, I mainly have been fishing crawlers and for the most part the color of the blades really doesn't seem to matter at this time. See our results over the past couple of weeks.

Monday July 15th. 30' of water. All Crawlers
Sunday July 14th. All Crawlers. Various colors
Friday July 12th. 28' of water all crawlers.
Saturday July 13th. MTU donation charter. All crawler
harness's
Sunday July 7th. We fished in 28' of water and limited
in aproximately 3 hours. All Crawler harness's

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Au Gres Fisihing Report 7-13-2013

Au Gres Fisihing Report 7-12-2013

July- 17th - 2013 - See the current Saginaw Bay Report  
July- 10th - 2013 - Trollers were heading south toward Alabaster and getting walleyes in 30 to 50 feet with a few limits taken, mostly on body baits. Another good area was about a mile past Buoy #2. Steve reports large mayfly hatches in the Tawas area all last week. Pier fishing at Tawas was slow with just a few smallmouth bass taken by “tourist” anglers.

At Au Gres: Reports of over 250 cars & trailers at the launch site on Saturday and everybody was bringing in walleyes. Most of the action was in 25 to 35 feet between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres, but some boats were going south into the “outer-inner” bay and fishing as far south as the Saganing Bar.
 

July- 4th - 2013 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters -Fishing saturday was very busy for the July 4th weekend. I got in an area that was not to crowded
and hit the fish.


July- 8th - 2013 -Fishing remains hot with a good variation in size and poundage, in the picture we got these fish on Sunday. The big fish was just under 6LBS. We are fishing crawlers in 26ft. of water.


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Au Gres Fisihing Report 7-4-2013

July -2nd - 2013 - Walleye trollers are still finding walleyes 25-60 feet, often fishing 30 feet down (crawlers and some plastics). This is toward alabaster and out from point.

A few smallmouth being caught, mostly catch and release

Tawas River - Still getting some channel catfish, sheephead, and smallmouth bass

At AuGres - slowed somewhat but walleye anglers are still getting fish and many limits. Fishing 30-40 feet from Pt. AuGres to Point Lookout, Charities and gravelly shoals. Fish appear to be a bit more scattered. Incidental catches of sheephead and catfish.

AuGres River—still getting some catfish and sheephead.

 
June-26th - 2013 - Trollers are fishing near Buoy #2 and beyond, in 30 to 70 feet of water and getting good numbers of walleye. Inside the bay, anglers after smallmouth bass are doing well, and are catching some walleyes incidental to the bass. Pier anglers are getting a few bass and pike. Shore anglers fishing the Tawas River are getting catfish and drum.

At Au Gres: This is probably the busiest port on Saginaw Bay right now, with lots of boats out and lots of walleye being caught. Most action is between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres, but some anglers are going north toward Alabaster or south into the “outer part of the inner bay”. Depths vary but are usually 30 to 40 feet. Lots of limits taken here. Fishing in the Au Gres River is slow with a few catfish taken.

 
June-22nd- 2013 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - Saturday was a busy day in AuGres Michigan. The fire department had thier annual Walleye tourneyment and the bay was packed with fisherman. I had a charter that day so we left about an hour early to beat the crowd. I had a group of 4 fisherman. We started right out front by the weather tower and immediately started picking up fish. Fishing remained good until mid AM and then it suprisingly shut down. from about 10:00AM to 11:30AM. The bite did return and we were limited out by 1:00PM. We are using crawler harness dark colors with a few watermelons. We caught sever undersized walleyes making the future of Saginaw Bay look great. I have limited out in the past 8 trips making this a very good year.

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Au Gres Fisihing Report 6-22-2013
June-19th - 2013 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters -
June 6 Thursday: Fished Thursday afternoon with 2 clients. We started in 30' right out front of Augres and followed the wind which was NE. The weather was windy and somewhat rough. By 4:30 we had limited out with 15 nice walleyes. Some of the fish were 4LBS. We are using sliding 3oz bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses. The hot colors are gold or dark
colors such as Purple. It was a good Bite.
June 7 Friday: Took my two clients and had two additional clients on friday. Agsin we had a N.E blow. We are catching a wide veriety of walleyes. Many small fish requiring extra care and handling as these are next years fish. We limimited out by early afternoon. For highlights go to Jireh Charters.com. The same colors were effective and I am fishing very close to the bottom. The Augres bay remains hot and Im staying.
June 8 Saturday: Took 2 clients and limited by mid Morning. Some really nice fish. Same program with crawler harness's and dark colors. we are fishing right out front of Augres Harbor in 32-38 feet of water.
June 9 Sunday : Took 2 neighbor boys out sunday AM and limited by 10:30. These guys were fabulous with a nice catch. Same colors and same program. I am using small blades with dark colors. I ocasionally mix in
a chrome blade.
June 11 Tuesday: Took out 4 clients and fished out of Augres Bay not to far from the weather bouy in 34-38' of water. Used crawler harness and was limited out by 11:00 AM. The action was steady and many small fish safely returned. We were able to catch some nice 3-4LB fish. Same program and good bite.
June 12th Wednesday: Took out a total of 5 clients. This is the maximun I can take. We were limited out by 1:30 PM with 30 nice fish. We did get one atound 5lbs. We were out by the weather bouy and had very little traffic. We caught again several small fish but were able to return them safely. Same colors and same program.
June 18th  Tuesday: Took out 3 clients and basically got blown off the water with 5-6' swelles.
June 19th Wednesday: Took out 2 clients and limited out by 10:30. We were right out front in 34- 38' of water. We caught alot of small fish today and were able to return them unharmed. We did however also catch alot of very nice sized fish and we were able to limit out. I used the same patterns and same blades as before. Dark colors with a slow troll of 1.2 to 1.5. If you are using boards you must watch then very closely
as a small fish is hard to detect on a board. The fishing in Augres bay remains good and deep water crawler baits are working .


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Au Gres Fisihing Report 6-19-2013
June 13th 2013 - Some boats are trolling at buoy 2 and beyond – getting a few walleye
Pier - some smallmouth being caught, most released, few catfish also.
Tawas River - bluegill, catfish, few walleye, smallmouth, few largemouth—on crawlers, and crawlers and bobbers.

At AuGres: This a Definite hotspot. Most popular place to fish and many limits of walleye. Anglers are trolling 30- 50 ft. (35 best) between Point AuGres and Point Lookout. Crawler Harnesses. Getting some incidental catfish and perch.

 
June-6th-2013 - Tawas River—Channel catfish, dogfish, sheephead, and a few odd walleyes. Tawas Pier—little activity, some Catch and release smallmouth bass. Tawas Bay—getting bass casting tube jigs, mostly catch and release, Few walleyes 25-30’ good mayfly hatch.
At AuGres: Lots of fishermen when not too windy. Walleye trolling good between Pt. AuGres and Pt. Lookout 30-35’, and south of Pt. AuGres or North toward gravelly shoals and Charities. Bass tourney had good results, windy (one boat capsized). Augres River—trying for walleye, getting Channel cats


 

May-20th-2013 - Pier anglers did well in the evenings, taking decent catches of walleye casting body baits and jigs. Also, some smallmouths were caught and released and a couple of pike were caught. Trollers were getting good catches of walleye from 20 to 30 feet of water out near Tawas Point, and some guys were vertical jigging over the artificial reef and doing well there. Shore anglers fishing the Tawas River were catching a few walleye and smallmouths, and guys in waders fishing off the river mouth at night were also getting some walleye. Mostly they were casting body baits; fire tiger is the hot color about everywhere. Au Gres

Singing Bridge: Surf casters were also still taking walleye at night off the mouth of Whitney Drain

At Au Gres: This is a very busy port, with a lot of walleye activity between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres in 15 to 30 feet of water. Lots of fish and some limits taken on harnesses.

 
May -14th - 2013 - Pier fishing has been slow, with just an occasional bass, pike, or walleye being caught. Boaters were getting a few walleye near the artificial reef both vertical jigging and trolling body baits. Shore anglers on the lower Tawas River were catching the odd bass and walleye.

Singing Bridge: Some walleye continue to be taken by anglers casting in the surf with body baits at night.

At Au Gres: Trollers fishing 15 to 25 feet of water continued to get walleyes.

It should be noted that a lot of walleye trollers are now switching away from body baits to crawler harnesses on bottom bouncers…this is sort of the summer standard for all of Saginaw Bay as the water temps warm.

 
May -7th - 2013 - slow, occasional walleye in 14-16 ft near reef off Jerry’s Marina (hot n tots, body baits) Pier fishing is slow, with little activity.

At AuGres - good catches of walleye were reported this past weekend but has slowed some… average 5-8 per boat. Out 15-30 feet straight and north and south and off Point AuGres 10-35 feet.
 
May -5th - 2013 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - Fished on Friday May 2 in the morning. We fished just East of Point Augres starting in 25 to 34 feet of water. Crawler harness's were the trick. Hard body baits are not working that well. Many of the fish were suspended up to 16' of
water however the bite came on the bottom. The water is a little cloudy however the North East wind cleared the water a little bit. Keep your troll slow going with or up wind. Bright colors with big or small blades were working. Watch out for nets as the neters have moved to the East side of Point Augres.


 
May-1st-2013 - Boaters were picking up decent numbers of walleye off the mouth of the Tawas River trolling body baits in 10 to 20 feet of water, with Fire Tiger and Silver/Blue being the hot colors everywhere this weekend, regardless of where the report came from. Boats jigging over the artificial reef were also picking up good numbers of walleye. Trollers fishing deeper off the tip of Tawas Point got a few coho and a brown trout. LOTS of people were coming out to cast off the Tawas Harbor breakwater at night for walleye and they were catching good numbers of them, including a few limits. Most people were casting body baits. All of this activity was on the OUTSIDE of the breakwall….fishing on the inside of the harbor wasn’t that great. There are a lot of minnows in there but the fish just weren’t biting. Anglers fishing the lower Tawas River were also getting walleye.

Singing Bridge: Surf fishermen were picking up walleyes at night, again casting body baits.

At Au Gres: Lots of walleye activity including some limits coming from 10 to 20 feet of water. Again using body baits and crawler harnesses. Some guys are trolling, while others are just drifting harnesses or jigs baited with crawlers, minnows or Gulp baits. There was nothing much being caught in the Au Gres River itself over the weekend

 
Apr-24th-2013 -A few walleyes taken trolling crankbaits off the mouth of the Tawas River and back in the bay off Jerry’s Marina. Too muddy inside the harbor…nothing going on there.

At Au Gres: Lots of boats going out on the bay Sunday, seeking clean water, and doing well on walleye around Point Lookout and White Stone Point in 15 to 20 feet of water trolling body baits or jigging with jig heads baited with minnows or smelt. Some limits taken, and everybody was getting some fish.

 

Apr-17th-2013 - Pier anglers fishing the outside of the harbor got a few browns, lake trout and steelhead either casting hardware or still-fishing with large live minnows. A few perch were taken on the inside of the harbor on minnows. Boats trolling off the mouth of the Tawas River were marking fish but not catching much.

Singing Bridge: There was a small smelt run Monday night. Dippers should not expect to get a lot, but they might get enough for a couple of meals.

 

Apr-10th-2013 - Pier anglers are casting along the outside of the harbor and are getting some steelhead, browns, lake trout, and also a couple of whitefish last week. They’re also picking up some fish on live minnows. Ice inside the harbor is finally breaking up. On the Tawas River.Steelhead fishing was reported slow Wading anglers casting rapalas off the river mouth were picking up a few walleyes.

East Brach Au Gres River: Steelhead fishing was excellent for the first half-mile upstream, with multiple fish on the stringer a common occurrence last week. Most anglers were drifting fresh spawn. Steelheads are being taken throughout the Class 3 water, as far up as M-55. Surf fishing at Singing Bridge was reportedly not as good as fishing in the river.

At Au Gres: A Not a whole lot of action last week; a few people fishing perch in the river and a few trollers off the river mouth picking up the odd walleye.

Rifle River - Good numbers of steelhead were reported taken in the from Selkirk downstream to Greenwood Road, with many anglers float fishing in canoes or wading near access points. The sucker run is finally underway at Omer, with dip-netters and hook-and-liners doing well.

It would be a good idea to call ahead to check current conditions before you make plans for the upcoming weekend - with all the rain and the rain yet to come the rest of this week, fishing conditions are sure to change.

 
Apr-3rd-2013 - Ice fishermen inside the state harbor and open water fishermen fishing the outside of the wall are both getting browns, steelheads, and lake trout. Live minnows are best but spoons are taking some fish in open water.

Tawas River: High & muddy, but produced some steelheads early last week. Some guys casting for walleye off the river mouth; getting a few.

East Brach Au Gres River: (Whitney Drain); They’re getting good numbers of steelheads in the surf on fresh spawn. They’re also doing well on steelheads as far up the river as it is open.

Au Gres River at Au Gres: High & muddy. A few perch in river; Boats trolling off the mouth for walleyes and getting a few.

Pine River: Ice jammed up at mouth so boats can’t get out. Some small perch in river. High and muddy; fishing slow over weekend.

Rifle River: Sucker runs are just getting started. They should pick up through the week and peak next week sometime.

Palmer Road: The ice went out last Friday. Ice fishing is kaput.

 
Mar-28th-2013 - They’re still ice fishing back by Jerry’s Marina in Tawas Bay, but mainly catching a lot of small perch. Inside the state harbor, however, ice anglers are getting brown trout and lake trout on large live minnows on tip-ups and short rods. Some steelheads have been taken in the Tawas River, and a few guys are fishing at the mouth, casting lakeward for walleye. That fishing is still reported slow. Steelheads are reported to be in the East Branch Au Gres River (Whitney Drain) in good numbers, both upstream and at the mouth at Singing Bridge. There are also some guys casting for walleye at the mouth of the Au Gres River, but their success is reported slow also. Dip-netting for suckers is open in the Rifle River at Omer, but the suckers aren’t running yet…too cold. They should start trickling in about next week. The Pine River is opened up, and there’s no fishing activity there at the moment. Ice fishing continued off Palmer Road, but success for 6 to 8 inch perch was hit and miss. There was some ice fishing going on in the basin of Eagle Harbor Marina, but the main catch was small bluegills, crappies and perch.  
Mar-12th-2013 - Most of the permanent shanties have been removed from Tawas Bay and the ice is starting to honeycomb. A few guys fishing on open ice reported slow fishing. The Tawas River is open and they’re getting a few steelhead on spawn sacks. The East Branch Au Gres River (Whitney Drain) at Singing Bridge is still iced over and not fishable yet. Down at Palmer Road, ice anglers had good luck on perch last week in 5 to 10 feet of water. Some very good catches of walleye were also taken in 10 to 12 feet of water off Palmer Road on Sunday.
 
Mar-5th-2013 - In Tawas Bay near Jerry’s Marina, they were getting a few perch in 15 to 20 feet of water, also a couple of pike were speared and a few walleyes were caught. Perch anglers took a couple of steelhead along with the perch, and they report seeing a lot of smelt down the holes; more than in past years. A big field of ice broke loose and floated off out near Tawas Point, so anglers are pretty much staying well inside the point. The Tawas River and the lower Whitney Drain at Singing Bridge are frozen over, so no early steelhead fishing going on.
At Au Gres: a few people were fishing on the lower river with fair results. A few people are fishing on the lower Pine River and catching a lot of little perch but few decent ones. Perch action at Palmer Road is very slow, and has been that way for two weeks now. A few guys are crossing the first crack, going out to about 10 feet of water, and getting some walleyes out there.
 
Feb-28th-2013 - Lots of ice fishing activity in the inner part of Tawas Bay northwest of Jerry’s Marina in 15 to 20 feet of water. Perch fishing was reported spotty; lots of sorting through small fish to get a few keepers. Walleye fishing was pretty slow with just few taken, mostly in the evening. Pike spearing was kind of slow, one lake trout taken incidental to walleyes. No fishing activity in the Tawas River or at Singing Bridge. Ice anglers on the lower Pine River were taking mostly small perch. A few guys were starting to fish out of Palmer Road again, mostly inside the first crack, and they reported perch fishing slow and the water still kind of cloudy.

 
Feb-5th - 2013 - Perchville at Tawas Bay drew very large crowds over the weekend, and they caught some nice perch in 15 to 20 feet of water. The perch bite best in the morning, from dawn until about 11am. Some are reporting its the best perch fishing in Tawas Bay in years. Also some walleyes were taken, mostly at dawn and dusk; some pike were speared; and a handful of brown trout were caught incidental to perch and walleye. Nothing much going on in the Tawas River or the East Branch Au Gres at Singing Bridge. Both are high, muddy, and fast. The Au Gres River just re-froze this weekend, At the Pine River access site, the river has been flowing and has a good-sized ice jam at the mouth. Nobody’s going out of there. At Palmer Road, perch fishermen reported the water very muddy near shore and perch fishing very slow. Walleye anglers were going out to the Catfish Hole (about 3 miles out, southeast of Palmer Road) and getting a few out there  
Jan-29th - 2013 - Good numbers of decent sized perch were being taken in 12 to 15 feet of water in Tawas Bay over the weekend. Perch were also being taken in decent numbers through the ice inside the State harbor there. Walleye were hitting a little deeper, from 15 to 20 feet, with dawn and dusk best. Some pike were also speared last week, and the odd lake trout and brown trout were caught by anglers targeting walleyes.

Ice anglers on the Au Gres River were mainly catching sublegal walleyes and a few perch. Ice anglers on the Pine River were doing surprisingly well catching perch right in the river. Lots of sorting as always, but they were keeping enough 6 to 9 inch perch to keep it interesting. Perch fishing at Palmer Road in 1 to 4 feet of water was rated as slow. Walleye anglers were getting out a couple of miles and were reportedly getting fish.

 
Jan-23rd - 2013 - Ice conditions are changing daily so check conditions before you go out - Good numbers of perch were taken back in the “Armpit” of Tawas Point off Jerry’s Marina. The perch were biting in 15 to 18 feet of water. A lot of sorting was necessary but about everybody was bringing in fish. Some walleyes were being taken in the same depths around dusk. They also caught the odd steelhead, lake trout, brown trout, and pike. Pike spearing is just getting underway at Tawas Bay, with no fish speared yet.

 
Jan-10th - 2013 -They’re getting some perch out of Jerry’s Marina basin and off Jerry’s in 10 to 15 feet of water. Walleye anglers are inching out to 15 to 17 feet and getting a few. No pike spearing going on yet.

At Au Gres: The only ice fishing is on the lower Au Gres River, where they’re getting a few perch and sublegal walleyes.

 
Nov-9th - 2012 -Still has a few leftover salmon. More steelhead were moving up into the river. Try spawn or wax worms.

At Au Gres: Reports have some good action for steelhead, brown trout and Atlantic salmon in the river.

Singing Bridge: The better action for steelhead has been in the lower end of Whitney Drain and for those surfcasting near the bridge, try spawn, spoons or plugs.

 
Oct -23th - 2012 - Perch fishing is good on the Pier, some limits, using shiners 7-10 inch size, a few salmon and brown trout at night.

Tawas River - some salmon still being caught.

Singing Bridge - a few salmon are still being taken

At AuGres: earlier in the week boaters were picked up some perch in the shipping channel and South of Pt. AuGres and near Rifle Bar in 25 feet. Some small perch are also being taken in the in the River.

 
Oct -11th - 2012 - Pier anglers were making some pretty good catches of 7 to 9 inch perch all last week, averaging 15 to 20 perch per angler per trip. Early morning is best. Pier anglers casting hardware were also catching a few kings and brown trout. Kings continue to be caught in the Tawas River , and angling pressure there is brisk.

Singing Bridge: Kings are still hitting in the surf and in lower Whitney Drain at .

At Au Gres: boat anglers did well on perch last Tuesday, which was the last day anybody got out. While most boats stayed between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres, a few intrepid souls ventured as far as 8 miles south to fish on the opposite side of the shipping channel in about 33 feet of water. Boats trolling in the lower Au Gres River caught a few salmon, and still fishing produced a few smaller (6 to 9 inch) perch.
 
Oct -2nd - 2012 - Trollers took a couple of nice catches of steelhead on body baits out near Buoy #2. Boat anglers were also catching perch off Jerry’s Marina and near the State harbor. Pier anglers did pretty well on perch on the right day…some days were better than others. Shore and wading anglers continue to catch Kings and an occasional walleye at the mouth of the Tawas River , mainly very early in the morning and at dusk.

Singing Bridge: Kings are also being taken in the surf and the lower Whitney Drain.

At Au Gres: good catches of perch were reported whenever the boats could get out. Most action was in 35 to 47 feet of water out near the shipping channel between Gravelly Shoals and Pointe Au Gres. Perch are running 8 to 12 inches long. Some Kings are also being caught in the lower Au Gres River. (We haven’t seen Chinooks there in awhile.)

 
Sept -27th - 2012 - last week, pier anglers fishing early in the morning took some very nice perch; 8” to 10” on minnows. Several kings were caught in the Tawas River and a rumor of a couple of steelhead also. One big brown was caught by a wading angler behind the State Police Post.

Singing Bridge: Some kings are being taken in the surf and the lower Whitney Drain right there at the access site. One boat fishing right off the mouth of the drain early last week got 4 kings.

At Au Gres: boats fishing perch got out on Monday and Tuesday last week. They haven’t been out since. They did pretty well in 30 to 45 feet of water off Gravelly Shoal and Point Lookout.

 
Sept -18th - 2012 - A few decent catches of perch were made off the Tawas Pier last week, but windy weather kept boat anglers shore-bound. A few stray King salmon are being taken in the Tawas River and at the Whitney Drain ( Singing Bridge ).

At Au Gres: Perch fishing was good last Monday off out in the Shipping Channel, generally between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. Too windy to fish for the rest of the week.

 
Sept -10th - 2012 - Some perch being taken down toward Alabaster in 17 to 20 feet of water. Boats are marking but not catching a lot of fish off Jerry’s Marina . Pier fishing is slow; just a few small perch.

At Au Gres: Perch fishing remains fair to good when you can get out. Most perch action was in 40 to 45 feet of water in an area roughly between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres, with some guys going south into the inner bay off Eagle’s Landing Marina. One boat trolling crawler harnesses out of Eagle’s Landing did pick up a couple of walleyes, but those were the only two any of the bay clerks saw all week.

 
Sept -5th - 2012 - Pier fishing is slow. There are apparently a few walleyes being caught off the end of the pier at night and very early in the morning on crankbaits. Otherwise, pier catches are limited to small perch and the odd channel cat. Trollers fishing at night out by Buoy #2 in 30 to 35 feet of water are getting a few walleyes.

No salmon or steelheads have shown up at Singing Bridge as yet.

At Au Gres: Lots of perch fishing activity when the weather cooperates and anglers can get out. Various areas off Au Gres are producing decent catches of perch; up to 60 or 70 fish per boat on a good day. Most perch are being caught in 20 to 40 feet of water, anywhere from Point Lookout down to south of Pointe Au Gres. Die-hard walleye trollers picked up a handful of fish on crawler harnesses from 20 to 25 feet of water off Gravelly Shoals.

 
Aug -28th - 2012 - Pier anglers are getting some small perch, a few smallmouths and a few channel cats. Not much activity on the pier. Trollers are getting a few walleyes (emphasis on a few) at Buoy # 2 and Buoys 4 & 6 on crawler harnesses.

At Au Gres: Perch anglers were doing well in 30 to 45 feet of water in several directions; off Point Lookout, off the mouth of the river, off Pointe Au Gres, and some were even going down around buoys 1 & 2. Perch were running 8 to 12 inches in length. There were lots of boats out of Au Gres over the weekend. Some are saying this is the pest perch fishing in 10 years.

 
Aug -20th - 2012 - Pier fishing is generally slow and pressure is light. They’re getting a few small perch and some rock bass off the pier, and one big channel cat was also caught there last week. Trollers are getting a few walleye on crawler harnesses out near Buoy #2 in 35’ of water and also off Jerry’s Marina .

At Au Gres: Most of the fishing effort out of Au Gres last week was targeted at yellow perch. Perch anglers are going straight off the mouth of the river out to 25 to 35 feet of water. While they’re not getting limit catches as a rule, they are getting good catches of 7 to 10 inch perch with a few fish to 12 inches. The few trollers still fishing for walleye are mostly going south into the inner bay to 35 to 40 feet of water northwest of the end of the shipping channel. Fishing success for walleye is spotty at best.

 
Aug -8th - 2012 -Fair walleye trolling reported off Jerry’s Marina and around Buoy #2 in 15 to 35 feet of water. Some perch being taken off Jerry’s also, in 15 to 25 feet of water. Pier anglers are catching quite a few northern pike, both casting and on live minnows. Some perch are also being taken very early in the morning. Expect to do a lot of sorting. Shore anglers fishing in the lower Tawas River are catching bass, drum, and catfish.

At Au Gres: Walleye fishing is slowing down as it does every August, but trollers are still scratching a few fish out of the deep part of the inner bay north and west of Buoys 1&2. The area around Big Charity Island was slow last week, probably because no one wanted to chance going out that far. Some trollers are also going straight off the mouth off the Au Gres River and getting some walleyes in 25 to 45 feet of water. Perch are starting to bite in about 35 feet of water straight off the river mouth. Success is spotty. Move around until you find an active school of fish

 
Jul -31st - 2012 - Walleye fishing inside Tawas Bay was actually pretty good when anglers could get out. They were picking up walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water near the weed beds. Walleyes were also being taken down off Alabaster in 50 to 60 feet of water. Some perch were being caught in 10 to 15 feet off Jerry’s Marina and also off the pier very early in the morning. Expect to do a lot of sorting.

At Au Gres: A few good catches of walleye are still being taken straight off the river mouth in 34 to 38 feet on harnesses and spoons, but most guys were either running south of Pointe Au Gres to the area north of the end of the shipping channel or going north of Big Charity Island .

 
Jul -30th - 2012 - From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - The Bay has clouded up, however the weeds have not shown up. I have actually been fishing in the bay and the fishing has been excellent. The weather this week has been very windy and it was a difficult time to fish, but when you could get out the bay was the place to be. A lot of friends were headed out to North of the Charities however if you stayed in the bay you did just fine. This week on Friday I took a group out and we limited out on the largest catch of the season. Im still using crawlers. By the end of this week however the bigger fish were still in the bay however they were moving out. I will be on the hunt the next two weeks, moving out into other water.

Tight lines
 
Jul -19th - 2012 - From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters -
The AuGres fishing has been fantastic. I had 3 charters this past week and limited on all 3 of them. The water has turned fairly warm and is discolored making the fishing fantastic. Be looking for cloudy water. Most of my fishing has been out to the Charities or in the bay depending on weather conditions. It’s a long way out to the charities. I continue to use night crawlers however the body baits are also working. I have been moving pretty fast and scrapping bottom.

Tight lines

 
Jul -10th - 2012 - Pier anglers (mostly kids) are catching the odd bass, rock bass, catfish, drum, or tiny perch. Trollers after walleye are going down off Alabaster in 25 to 45 feet of water. Some boats from Tawas are going as far as the area north of Big Charity Island and the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin.

At Au Gres: Still lots of fishing pressure and walleye action here. Lots of limits still being taken. There are two groups of trollers here; one group is fishing 25 to 35 feet from off the mouth of the Au Gres River, or south of Pointe Au Gres into the “outer-inner” bay outside the end of the shipping channel. The other group is going north of Big Charity Island and fishing around the Steeples and other area reefs.

 
Jul -10th - 2012 - At Tawas -Pier anglers are catching the usual summer mix of rock bass, smallmouths, and a few small perch. Some perch are also being reported off the old Coast Guard station. Trollers going after walleyes are doing well off Alabaster in 40 to 50 feet of water with some limits taken.

At Au Gres: Trollers after walleyes are making some long runs out to the north of the Charity Islands and even as far as Oak Point north of Caseville and the reefs off Sleeper State Park over on the Thumb side. Others are still going south into the inner bay to 30 feet of water north of Buoys 1 & 2 and they continue to do well there. Walleye fishing at both locations continues to be very good.

 
Jul -9th - 2012 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - Fishing this past week has been excellent with limits on my last two trips. The shallow water bite is on. Look for shallow cloudy water and troll. The best bite seems to be in the 8’ to 10’ range. Both body and crawler harness are working. The fish are moving back into deeper water it appears so start moving out into deeper water. They like the dirty water as it is holding bait food.

Tight lines.

 
Jul -2nd - 2012 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - I had 2 Charters this week and limited out on both of them. I used crawler harness’s and I was right on the bottom. Best locations are still across the bay and or south. The fish are starting to move out into deeper water so be on the hunt around the charities soon. Be aware of the shallow water bite if the water is cloudy. A lot of fish are being taken in shallow water using hot and tots.

 
Jun -28th - 2012 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - This area of the Bay has been on fire with good fishing thoughout. I have been using crawler harness and fishing right on bottom. I was booked all last week and pretty much limited out every day most fish coming on gold crawler harness's. Troll at 1.2 to 1.4 depending on the day. A tournment was in town last week end and the majority of the guys fished the charities and beyond. This area is really starting to come on. There is no bad spot to fish right now so get out there and go get em. "  
Jun -27th - 2012 -Some walleye and some steelheads being picked up out around Buoy #2. Pier anglers were getting a few rock bass and smallmouths.

At Au Gres: Lots of walleye activity here and lots of fish being caught at all depths. Walleye were reported taken anywhere from 5 to 50 feet of water. Many anglers were going out to the Charitie Islands, many were going south into the inner bay south of Pointe Au Gres, and some were fishing right out front of the Au Gres River. Crawler harnesses still work best, but the walleye are also starting to hit spoons and hot-n-tots as well as other crankbaits.

 
Jun -19th - 2012 -Trollers were getting walleye outside Tawas Point in 20 to 30 feet and a few were going all the way to the Charity Islands and getting fish there. However, most boat anglers were trailering their boats down to Au Gres to fish walleyes. Bass anglers in Tawas Bay and at the Charities continued to catch fish, but the spawn is about over and bass fishing is winding down. Pier anglers in Tawas were getting a few bass and rock bass, and catfish were hitting in the Tawas River .

At Au Gres: Good numbers of walleye being taken south of Pointe Au Gres in 20 to 35 feet of water on crawler harnesses. Some walleye are also being taken between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres.

 
Jun -12th - 2012 - Pier anglers were picking up some smallmouths, rock bass, largemouth bass, and a couple of pike and walleyes. Mayfly hatches have been heavy the last few nights at Tawas, and it’s hard for anglers to compete with all that natural food. Trollers have been getting walleyes at night from 27 to 30 feet of water outside Tawas Point, but most of the walleye guys are towing their boats down to Au Gres, where the bite is heavier.

At Au Gres: Good to excellent walleye fishing south of Pointe Au Gres in 30 to 35 feet of water, more or less east of Eagle’s Landing Marina. Lots of limits when the bite is on.

 
Jun -11th - 2012 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - What a week in AuGres. Fishing was fabulous from Point Look Out to Gravelly Sholes. Start in 30’ of water and try all the way to 45’. Once the fish are located stay in that approximate depth. If you are not marking fish move. The fish are moving to different depths but have been in Au Gres bay all week. Crawler harness’s fished on or near the bottom with attention the suspended fish. Make sure you vary your speed as 1 tenth of a mile in hour can make a difference. Yesterday the water temperature again was in the high 60’s and actually reached 70 by late afternoon. The may fly hatch slowed the bite but the fish were there.

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Jun -5th - 2012 - Pier fishing was very slow due to weather; a few smallmouths and rock bass and the odd bluegill were caught. Boat anglers fishing inside the bay did very well on smallmouths. Not much walleye action.

At Au Gres: The walleye fishing was very good whenever the weather let the boats get out. The best area was 30 to 35 feet of water south of Point Au Gres. Most fish were taken on crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers but some were taken higher off the bottom on small spoons and crankbaits. Good smallmouth fishing continued around the Charity Islands.

 
May -31th - 2012 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters -Despite heavy seas if you are able to get out, the fishing out of AuGres remains solid. Thursday I set up in 32 feet of water right out front and this produced some good fishing with my clients limiting out with a few from the Captain. All of the fish came on meat (Crawlers) brown or copper colors were working well. Don’t throw those cats back they are excellent eating… Note the 2 nice perch.in the picture.
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May -30th - 2012 -Trollers after walleye were doing pretty well in 20 to 40 feet of water out near Buoy #2 and around the point into Lake Huron proper. Another group of trollers working out deeper in 50 to 60 feet was catching a mixed bag of cohos, steelheads, lake trout, and browns on spoons and body baits. Lots of anglers on the Tawas Pier (the state harbor) over the weekend catching rock bass, smallmouths, a couple of pike, and a couple of perch. Down along the Tawas River they were getting channel cats, smallmouths, and pike.

At Au Gres: Lots and lots of boat fishing activity this past weekend. Many boats are going 2 to 8 miles due south of Point Lookout and fishing in 30 to 35 feet of water. Good catches of walleye reported, but they’re sorting through a lot of sublegal fish anywhere from 8 to 14 inches long. (This was also a common experience all over the inner bay. Sounds like we’ve got some big year classes in the pipeline…) Shore anglers in the Au Gres River are catching a mix of catfish and pike (depending on fishing methods) and small boats trolling crankbaits in the river caught pike and a couple of walleye.

 
May -29th - 2012 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters -  Fishing in AuGres is on the Move. Fishing is right out front from Gravelly Sholes to Point Lookout and the fish are showing up in good numbers and good size. On Saturday the fish were still a bit touchy but boaters using lures and or plastic in 30 foot plus water were getting fish. On Sunday the weather prohibited fishing with thunderstorms and rain. On Monday however the lake had calmed down. I used Meat and started in 28 to 30 feet of water on my 1st pass with a SSW wind. Most fish were on the bottom. By my second pass the fish had moved to 30 to 34 feet of water. The fish were aggressive and some very healthy and 3# were on the bite. The old stand by Purple, red and don’t forget copper.. Stay at 1.2- 1.4MPH…

Tight lines Capt Ken

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May -20th - 2012 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - What a Beautiful week end it was. Fishing out of AuGres remains hit and miss. When the fish are there they seem to be in the 28-34’ and are running bigger than the fish in the southern end. I ended up going over to the other side of the Bay and hung out in the 12’-15’ feet of water range near sand point . Once we found the fish the action was good. In the shallower water, boards are the key as the water is very clear making early morning and evening your best bite. No particular color was working making speed and presentation key. We got fish on every color.. The water temperature in the AuGres Bay area went up 10 degress on Saturday and was in the Mid to High 60’s on Sunday. With the Bay heating up AuGres should really be hoping in the next week.
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May -15th - 2012 - Pier fishing at Tawas has slowed down, as the minnows have finally moved out of the harbor. Steve only had one shift there last week, so not much report on how the boats were doing.

At Au Gres: It appears most boat anglers are focusing here, good catches of walleye are coming from 25 to 30 feet of water between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. Crawler harnesses are doing best but some fish are hitting crankbaits also.

 
May -14th - 2012 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters This was a good place to fish almost all of last week. Most fishing was between Gravelly Sholes and Point AuGes. Each day the fish were moving from 28 to 34 feet of water. Best action was on crawlers right on the bottom. The fish are not aggressive so look for a short bite… I experimented with a 1.3 to 1.4 MPH troll and found my best success was 1.0 to 1.1mph.. go slow and stay on bottom. I did get some suspended fish late in the week but by Sunday it was down and dirty. The bay temp in Au Ges is 56 degrees. Again the bigger fish are mixed in with the smaller fish so be ready. I did get a report of deep in the southern part of the Bay a friend limited out in 5-6’ of water out of Quanicassee..
 

5-9-12 - Trollers were working the area out near Tawas Point and around Buoy #2 in 20 to 30 feet of water and picking up walleyes, a few steelhead and lake trout, and a couple of brown trout mostly on body baits. Some trollers were going as far south as Whitestone Point. Pier anglers were sorting out some perch on the inside of the harbor on minnows and catching some walleye and browns on the outside, either casting body baits or still-fishing with large minnows.

At Au Gres: trollers were working between Whitestone Point and Pointe Au Gres, mostly in 20 to 30 feet, and getting walleyes on both crawler harnesses and body baits. Area rivers are all running high and muddy from heavy rains last Wednesday and Thursday.

 
5-2-12 - Trollers in Tawas Bay were working 15 to 20 feet of water out near Tawas Point and picking up a few walleyes on body baits behind planer boards. Inside the harbor, perch anglers were sorting a lot of fish but were still getting a few keepers. Pier anglers fishing the outside of the wall weren’t doing very well last week due to cold windy weather.

Singing Bridge: Steelhead fishing has slowed down and is probably about over for this spring.

At Au Gres: Most boats were trolling 20 feet of water between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres and they were getting some walleyes when they could get out. Steve reported that about half the boats coming in had some walleyes.

 
Apr -29rd - 2012 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters Fishing has been tough due to cold NE winds and lots of it.. The AuGres river opened for Walleyes Saturday and many boats were trolling the river due to the tough conditions on the lake. Most of the fish are out of the river however there are a few straggler walleye and a few pike. The weather Saturday afternoon finally settled down enough to get out . We managed to pick up 2 walleyes on Saturday in 28 feet of water. The fish had moved as we didn’t mark as many in AuGres Bay as we did the previous week end so we moved south to Pinconning and started marking fish. On Sunday 1st mate Terri and I went back to Gravelly Sholes but stayed in 25-30’ of water. We picked up 5 nice fish and one nice cat fish.. By the way these cat fish are very good eating…
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Apr -24th - 2012 - Pier anglers fishing inside the harbor were doing a lot of sorting but were taking home some 7 to 8 inch perch. Pier anglers fishing the outside were getting a few browns, the odd steelhead, and some walleyes at night either casting or still-fishing with larger minnows.

Singing Bridge: some drop-back steelheads were caught in the river and the surf, and some walleye in the surf at night on body baits.

At Au Gres: Trollers working 25 to 30 feet of water off Whitestone Point and Point Lookout were getting some walleyes on body baits early last week before the weather turned bad.

 
Apr -23rd - 2012 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters A strong NE wind kept many people off the water this week end, however those fortunate enough to be able to get out and set up did ok. The only place we could tuck up behind was Gravely Sholes point. Water ranging from 14 – 25 feet produced fish… We used meat but body baits were producing also. The water due to recent heavy rains and wind is clouding up the water. Look for semi cloudy water mixed with clear… Purple and or green worked the best between 1.1 and 1.4 if you could strir in all the wind. This is a good time to get bigger fish.
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Apr -9th - 2012 -At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - Fishing is picking up for walleyes, as fish that are being caught are spawned out and heading out . Trollers at the mouth are picking up a few as well as folks just fishing off the rocks. Don’t be afraid to fish into the evening. Rapala #14 in clown, pearl or chrome and blue are reliable. There is the occasional nice pike mixed in. Perch have apparently moved out.
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Mar -28th - 2012 - Pier anglers at Tawas Bay were catching a few steelheads and browns inside the harbor, and are also sorting through lots of small perch to get a few keepers. Perch anglers were also doing well from shore in the lower Tawas River, which is kind of unusual. River anglers were also catching some suckers, and a few spent walleye off the mouth of the river. Trollers working 20 to 25 feet of water were getting some lake trout on body baits. Steelhead anglers were doing well in Whitney Drain, mostly upstream of Singing Bridge, but a few steelheads were also being taken in the surf. Perch fishing off the mouth of the Pine River near Standish appears to be about done for this spring.

At Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - Sucker fishing on the Rifle River was in full swing last weekend in Omer. Fishing at the mouth of the Augres is very slow, but starting to pick up as a couple of fish were caught Sunday a.m., along with an occasional pike. A few perch are being caught at the Marina fishing off the docks in down town Augres across from Rivers Edge.
Perch anglers fishing in boats off the mouth of the Au Gres River caught some really nice fish last week, but had to sort through a lot of smaller fish, as is normal everywhere on the bay. A couple walleye were also taken.

 
Mar -20th - 2012 - Pier anglers fishing inside the harbor are sorting perch and generally getting enough keepers to keep them fishing. Pier anglers fishing outside the breakwall caught a few lake trout, the odd brown and a couple of whitefish and walleyes last week, mostly still-fishing minnows or spawn. Boaters trolling off the mouth of the Tawas River generally found walleye action slow. Trollers going farther south, off Whitestone Point, were catching lake trout, the odd brown, and also a couple of salmon in about 20 feet of water on body baits. Anglers fishing the Tawas River were catching some suckers.

At Au Gres: trollers were picking up a few walleye off Point Lookout in 20 feet. Lots of people were sorting through perch along the Au Gres River over the weekend. Boat angler were launching at the mouth of the Pine River and fishing out around the commercial nets off Palmer Road for perch, sorting through a lot of little ones. It appears the warm weather may have temporarily driven the larger perch out to deeper water. The Rifle River is finally becoming fishable after last week’s heavy rains and high water, and sucker runs are underway. Anglers had better get out there, as the rapidly warming waters might make for a short spawning season.
 
Mar -14th - 2012 - The ice in Tawas Bay is officially kaput. Pier anglers at the State Harbor are picking up a few lake trout on the outside and sorting through some perch from the inside. A couple of steelheads have been taken from the lower Tawas River, and surf casters are starting to take walleyes off the mouth.
Singing Bridge: The Whitney Drain at is pretty high and muddy, so steelheaders should probably go upstream far enough to find cleaner water. The river is a Class 3 stream from M-55 downstream, and steelheads should be found the whole length of the river.
At Au Gres: The Au Gres River is high and muddy, but a few boats are starting to troll for walleye in the cleaner waters of Saginaw Bay just offshore. Shore anglers are taking some perch out of the cut at the end of Palmer Road but a lot of sorting is necessary. Females are still green, so perch spawning is not yet underway, but with the warm weather it should commence shortly.

 
Mar -6th - 2012 - There’s still a little bit of ice out off Jerry’s Marina, and last week ice anglers there caught a few walleyes and speared a couple of pike. Almost no perch were caught. Ice conditions could deteriorate quickly this week so anglers should use EXTREME caution. Down
At Au Gres: The river is open, high, and muddy. No open-water fishing activity was going on there as yet.
At Standish: The Pine River mouth near is open, high, and muddy. There was a little bit of ice hanging on at Palmer Road , but the water was muddy and fishing was very slow after mid-week.
 
Feb -22nd - 2012 - They’re still ice-fishing back by Jerry’s Marina in Tawas Bay, but fishing last week out there was spotty at best. Anglers took a few perch and one or two legal walleyes (lots of short walleyes caught & released) and speared a couple of pike, all in 10 to 20 feet of water. Anglers inside the state harbor report seeing a few lake trout and a lot of suckers down the holes, but not much was biting. A couple of steelheads were caught out of the Tawas River last week.

At Au Gres: There’s just a little ice in the marina basins along the river, and a few perch and a lot of short walleyes were caught last week. There’s no ice in the bay off Au Gres.

At Standish: Palmer Road/Pine River: Some very good catches of perch were taken through very poor ice in 2 to 3 feet of water last week. Keepers were running 7 to 12 inches long, and a lot of sorting was necessary, but a few limit catches were seen. Anglers off Palmer Road also report a lot of sublegal walleyes, but a few bigger ones showing up at dark. A few pike were taken also.

 

Jan -31st - 2012- Ice fishing activity is confined to the back of the bay out off Jerry’s Marina and inside the state harbor. Out off Jerry’s, they’re spearing a few pike, sorting through perch, and also sorting through a lot of sublegal walleyes to get a few keepers. Most of this fishing is taking place in around 15 feet of water, with some walleye guys venturing close to the edge of the ice to fish in 20 feet. Inside the state harbor, anglers are sorting through perch to get a mess of eating sized fish, they are reporting that they are seeing some real nice ones in the holes.

At Au Gres:
Most fishing activity has been concentrated on the lower river, although a few guys were venturing out onto the bay in the area south of the breakwalls. In the river they’re mainly catching undersized walleyes and sorting out a few perch.

At Standish: Pine River / Palmer Rd - Perch fishing was really good at mid-week in this area, but tapered off over the weekend. Fishing was in 2 to 5 feet of water, and soft plastic colored beads on jack hooks was the universal bait of choice. Lots of sorting, but that’s the norm when fishing for perch

 
Jan -24th - 2012- There’s some ice off Jerry’s Marina, and a fair amount of effort in 15 to 20 feet of water. Some pike were being speared, and some perch and walleyes being caught. Many sublegal walleyes caught and lots of sorting for the perch, but also some legal walleyes and some nice perch being taken. Inside the State Harbor,

At Au Gres: Catching a lot of sublegal walleye and small perch in the Au Gres River,

At Standish: a lot of perch activity in 2 to 3 feet of water off Palmer Road. Not much activity last week at White’s Beach; most perch fishing was in 2 to 3 feet of water from Pinconning Park south to the end of Townline 16 Road, with most activity either at Pinconning or Newman roads.

 
Jan -18th - 2012- Inside the state harbor, mostly small yellow perch are being caught, but if you sort long enough you might get enough keepers for dinner. Some ice has formed over by Jerry’s Marina and anglers creeping out there were getting a few perch and marking but not catching walleyes in 15 feet of water. [Editor’s note: I wouldn’t go out on ice like that over water that deep for all the fish in Lake Huron !]

At Au Gres:
Anglers fishing in the river were catching lots of small perch and sublegal walleyes.

At Standish: Lots of fishing pressure here over the weekend, lots of smaller perch caught, lots of sorting, but most anglers had a few keepers. Fish in two feet of water and wear a pair of waders, as you may find yourself meeting the fish on their own terms!
 

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