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Saginaw Bay - Dock Reports
Great Lakes Buoy Data, Inner
Saginaw Bay Marine Forecast, Outer
Saginaw Bay Marine Forecast,
Lake Huron Open Water Marine Forecast,
Surface Temp Map, Sebewaing
Bay Cam, Huron
County Caseville Beach Cam, Thomas
Marina Web Cam, Great
Saginaw Bay Map with Reef Locations, Area
Map of Bait Shops and Launches
Year Reports 2010
Bay Dock Reporter: Paul Smith, Terry Murlick
and Jose Saenz
|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.