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Bay Dock Reporter: Paul Smith, Terry Murlick
and Jose Saenz
| Mae 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.
Saginaw 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.