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Saginaw Bay Dock Reporter: Paul Smith and Terry Murlick
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Jan 25th 2016 - White’s Beach had relatively few anglers and they were getting mainly small perch. Some perch were being caught at Pinconning and down off Newman Road, but there were a lot of anglers at both sites and they may have run the fish out of there to some extent. Some walleyes were taken ¾ mile off Erickson Road, but anglers are cautioned to beware of the many cracks out there. There are also active cracks off Linwood, and the Coast Guard had to pull a guy out last Friday after he tried to jump the crack with his machine and almost made it. They got some walleyes from 8 feet of water off Bay City State Recreation Area on Saturday evening, but by Sunday morning the fish had turned off. A few walleye are being taken from the shipping channel near the Spoils Island and a few perch were being caught near the range light off the river mouth. Over on the east side of the bay, perch fishing was spotty catches varied from zeroe to limits of 25 perch. Anglers need to keep moving until they find an active school of fish. There were some anglers after walleye out in the Slot and around North Island Mud Creek was slow for perch over the weekend, but reportedly better at mid-week.

Saginaw River: Still has patches of open water here and there all along the river and anglers are cautioned to stay well away from them….but some aren’t. There were lots of people on the river all weekend wherever they could get out on the ice. Anglers were marking lots of fish in the river, but they just didn’t seem to want to bite very well, and this was the rule from Saginaw north all the way to the river mouth. Walleyes were taken about everywhere, but not in large numbers anywhere. Jigging Rapalas baited with minnow heads were the preferred lure, and best colors were blue/silver, purple, black/gold, and perch finish. Fishing activity began around Wickes Park and Ojibway Island. There were a number of anglers in the First Street turning basin at the north end of Saginaw, and they were strung out north and south of the Zilwaukee Bridge. (Be very careful of the ice in the vicinity of the bridges. It’s usually thinner there!) There were some guys out around the Middle Grounds and James Clements Airport, but again, watch the ice in those reaches! The ice was no good around the Boys & Girls Club in the south end of Bay City. Lots of people fishing around the U.S.S. Edson downstream from the Independence Bridge, but success was spotty. Best success was in the middle of the shipping channel at most locations; 26+ feet of water. They’ve been doing pretty well at the river mouth on both perch and walleye in the middle of the channel. The first hour of daylight in the morning has been best.

 

Jan 6th 2016 - On Saginaw Bay, fishing is pretty much confined to guys sitting on docks in marina basins fishing for perch through holes in ice too thin to walk on. Saginaw Bay proper is ringed with “shove” ice or “blow” ice that blew in yesterday. The resulting “slushy” extends out from shore anywhere from 200 to 400 yards, but has yet to freeze into a solid mass. Whether we get fishable shore ice on the bay proper will depend on the weather during the rest of the week.

The Rivers:

The Tittabawassee River is filled with floating ice and the boat ramps at Gordonville Road and Center Road are iced in and not useable.

Marina basins and boat launches at most locations on the Saginaw River are also iced in and not useable, with two exceptions…

The Zilwaukee launch ramp is still useable as of today.

The McGillvary Street launch ramp in Bay City, just downstream from the Independence Bridge, is still getting some use. I saw three boats fishing walleyes around the U.S.S. Edson earlier this afternoon, but boat anglers need to be vigilant for large sheets of floating ice that may keep them from moving freely around in the river.

 
Nov 3rd 2015 - Boaters only got out on Tuesday the 27th and Friday the 30th due to rain and wind on all the other days. Not much activity last week on the west side of Saginaw Bay. Just a few boats got out near the Spoils Island and they took a few perch. Some perch also taken in the lower Saginaw River right at the river mouth off the Yacht Club.

Boaters fishing in 6 feet of water straight off the mouth of the Quanicassee River did pretty well last Tuesday, taking decent catches of 8 to 11 inch perch. After that it was either too rainy or too windy to get out. Shore anglers fishing the lower Quanicassee River had to do a lot of sorting for a few keepers. River fishing should pick up after the weather gets colder.

 
Sept 28th 2015 - Perch fishing was kind of slow along the shipping channel and amongst the sailboat buoys last week with 10 to 12 fish per boat the norm. One pretty decent catch of perch is being reported out of the lower Saginaw River near the mouth, so that’s an option if it’s too windy to go out on the bay. The inner bay hotspot last week was Quanicassee, where anglers were getting decent catches of perch fairly consistently straight north of the river mouth in 8 to 10 FOW. These fish ranged from 8” to 12” and the average catch was 20 to 25 perch per boat with some boats doing much better than others. There were a couple of reports of decent perch catches off Sebewaing, some pike in the Sebewaing River and a couple of walleyes from the Slot, but really nothing much going on at Bay Port ( a few smallmouths around the islands) and Caseville.  
Sept 21st 2015 - - Muck Boy Crew Fishing Report - spent a few hours off the mouth of the Quanicassee river this morning looking for perch. Only got three little ones fished in 10, 11 and 12 feet also took one cat fish on an ultra-lite, good fun. Trolled a couple of hours with Thundersicks for something to bite, no success.  
Sept 16th 2015 - Good perch fishing continues around the Sailboat Buoys off Linwood (specifically buoys A, F, and H) with catches of 40 to 50 per boat, sizes ranging from 8 to 10 inches. Good perch fishing off both the Saganing and Pinconning bars, in the Black Hole and near the Spoils Island. Depths vary…look for the other boats out there. Fishing on the east side of Saginaw Bay was slower, but some perch and a couple walleyes were taken in the Slot and off Quanicassee. Shore anglers took a few decent perch out of the lower end of the Quanicassee River also. Best fishing for perch is in the morning, from dawn until about 11AM.  
Sept 10th 2015 - Good fishing for perch off Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning around the front of a commercial net set out there somewhere; also near sailboat buoys A, B, & H, near the Spark Plug (channel buoys 11 & 12), off the Spoils Island, and straight out of Quanicassee. Catches ran 20 to 40 perch per boat (for those that did well) Perch size ranged from 7” to 12”. A couple of good catches of walleye; one from the Slot off Sebewaing and one from out of Caseville, taking several hours of fishing to get them. Otherwise, walleye fishing was slow. At Quanicassee last Sunday reports of some decent perch caught in the Quanicassee River by shore anglers.  

Sept 1st 2015 - Perch fishing is picking up as walleye fishing wanes for the year, at least in the inner bay. While not as good as in years past, it appears they’re getting enough nice perch to get people out looking for them.

A common theme is setting up concerning perch, is that the key to success was finding shiner minnows to use for bait. The perch weren’t wanting worms or fathead minnows, which many bait shops carry at this time of year. They want shiners. Unfortunately, this is the hardest time of year to get shiners, as most wholesalers have run out of them and the emerald shiners won’t move inshore until the middle of October so they can catch more. If you can get shiners, you can catch perch.

Perch are being taken at a lot of locations: west of the Spark Plug (buoys 11&12) in 20 FOW; sailboat buoys A & H off Linwood; near the Spoils Island; and 10 to 12 FOW straight off Quanicassee or slightly to the west. Lots of sorting is necessary at all locations, and the fish being brought in range from 6” to 11”. Twenty to thirty fish per boat is a good catch right now. Keep moving around until you find a school of fish in a biting mood. Walleye fishing in the inner bay is very slow.


 
Aug 18th 2015 - Really tough fishing and little success last week. Fishing was slow and spotty at best. They were getting a few walleye on spoons in 25 FOW northeast of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11&12). A few guys were starting to try for perch, but the average trip catch was 5 to 8 perch per boat. Fishing was just uniformly bad all week on the east side of the inner bay. A couple of the DNR Fisheries staff fished the Slot on Wednesday evening and got utterly and thoroughly skunked. They washed the same four crawlers for two hours without so much as a nibble. Some drum and catfish still being caught in the lower Saginaw River. One bright spot was that anglers after bass were doing well around the Spoils Island, casting spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  
Aug 10th 2015 - Some walleye still being taken by trollers running crawler harnesses just over the weed beds off the Bay City State Park and the Kawkawlin River, and over on the Callahan Reef early in the morning. As the sun rises the fish go deeper and the fleet moves to about 25 feet of water on the east side of the Shipping Channel. This would put them lakeward of the red Spark Plug (buoys 11&12) but still landward of the green Spark Plug (buoys 1&2). Fishing was pretty slow in the Slot last week, although a few fish were picked up from weed beds along the east side of the Slot. At least one nice catch of walleye was taken out of Wildfowl Bay. At Caseville, some walleye were being taken northeast of the Charities, off Oak Point and off Oak Beach and off the Hat Reef.

One potentially positive note…One halfway decent catch of perch taken from 10 FOW straight out of Quanicassee on Sunday morning. Otherwise, the walleye guys were bringing in 1 or 2 fish per boat. Shore anglers fishing the lower Saginaw River were catching a few smallmouths, rock bass, drum, and channel cats.

 
July 21st 2015 - Windy weather hampered fishing again last week. Blow days included Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. A storm front came through early Saturday afternoon and ran everybody off the water. That’s the hell of fishing the Great Lakes; half the time, you can’t get out due to the weather.

F ishing has slowed somewhat, but good numbers of walleye are still being taken beyond buoys 1&2 in 25+ FOW, off the Pinconning Bar, off Linwood in 20 FOW, and there’s an early morning bite around weedbeds off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River and on the Callahan Reef off Finn Road in 6 to 9 FOW. To fish the weed beds, guys troll unweighted or minimally weighted crawler harnesses off planer boards so they ride just over the top of the weeds. This is a pre-dawn until 10-11AM bite and then the fish go deep for the rest of the day. Smith Park in Essexville on the lower Saginaw River is open after renovations, and shore anglers there were catching occasional bass, catfish and drum. Trollers up the east side of the bay continue to scratch a few walleyes out of the Slot, off the Bar, and along the east side of the shipping channel, mostly on harnesses. The fish are scattered so if you find some active fish, circle back through them. Fishing on the east side last week was hampered by several windy days that kept boats ashore. At Caseville, success off Oak Point was limited last week; better to go out northeast of Big Charity Island.


 
July 13th 2015 - Five miles north of buoys 1 & 2; northwest of the Spark Plug (buoy 11 & 12) in 27-28 FOW; sailboat buoys G, A, and B; all good for walleye. Closer to the river mouth, early morning bite over the weed beds in 12 to 14 FOW off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River trolling un-weighted or very minimally weighted crawler harnesses to stay above the top of the weeds. There were a lot of boats working that area every decent morning last week. Still taking walleye off the Callahan Reef off Finn Road; also out of the Slot, and off the Bar. Crawler harnesses, crankbaits, and spoons are all taking fish. Best spinner colors remain, purple, pink, chartreuse and brass, with a few guys using white. Deeper areas of Wildfowl Bay off Bay Port still producing walleyes. At Caseville, most boats are either fishing north of Big Charity or off Oak Point.  
July 4th 2015 - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report - The 6th was a hazy humid day on the Bay with light southerly winds the walleye bite was slow but somewhat steady. We trolled Hot n Tots 25 to 40 feet behind in line boards at 1.8 to 2.5 mph SOG in 12 to 16 fow on the eastside of the Bay. Silver/green and silver/blue were the top producing colors.

>Saginaw Bay Walleye Fishing Report 7-6-15

Saginaw Bay Walleye Fishing Report 7-6-15 three man limit
June 30th 2015 - The best way to characterize the past week of fishing on Saginaw Bay and southern Lake Huron was “a bust” with the exception of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday afternoon. Windy weather ruined most of the week and kept people ashore, and even more wind coupled with rain ruined Saturday all day and Sunday morning. The best fishing was for a short period at mid-week. Walleyes in Saginaw Bay appear to be going deep, with best success out beyond Buoys 1 & 2. Windy weather has waters off the outside of the Thumb pretty roiled up, and it may take a few days to settle down out there.

Most of the success for walleye last week came at mid-week, with boats going way out…4 to 5 miles north and east of Buoys 1 & 2. Some walleye action near Sailboat Buoy A and also in 12 FOW off Bay City State Park. Harnesses and spoons were both catching fish. During the windy part of the week, a lot of guys didn’t want to brave the waves so they trolled in the lower Saginaw River and picked up some walleyes in there on harnesses. Smith Park is open to shore fishing again after major renovations, and shore anglers there were catching drum, catfish, and a few bass and walleye. Nothing going on at the Hot Pond last week. The east side of the bay was pretty lightly fished last week. Shore anglers fishing the Quanicassee River took some bluegills and sunfish on worms. Trollers after walleye were going out of Bay Port and Caseville to the area north of the shipping channel; some got a few fish and a couple boats got limits.
 
June 15th 2015 -Very good success on walleye in 26 to 30 FOW out near and just beyond the red Spark Plug (buoys 11&12).Some trollers report doing better on spoons and lead core than on harnesses. Spoons in blue colors working well. Reports of an awful lot of boats out there last week with some boats fighting the “traffic pattern” and making problems for others. Still some walleye coming from 6 FOW off Finn Road, but the muddy water may put an end to that. Some walleye also taken off the trailer park at the end of Patterson Road. (This was before the rains last week.) Fishing in the Slot has slowed down some but is still pretty good for guys not wanting to run miles and miles to the spark plug. Most everyone gets some fish, but not many limit catches. Best spinner colors were chartreuse, pink, purple and brass. Walleye fishing in Wildfowl Bay and outside the islands at Bay Port was also fair. There are fish there, but you have to work for them. A report of a really big white perch last week that may have even beaten the new state record, but the lucky angler wasn’t all that interested in pursuing it. (I guess tackle companies and sponsors don’t beat a path to your door if you get a record white perch, eh?) A couple walleye brought in at Caseville, but not much fishing traffic out of that port.  
May 29th 2015 - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report -The Bay is still producing good numbers of walleye. We stayed on the south end of the bay, as the forecast was for increasing southerly winds. We kept 9 walleye in approximately 3hrs of fishing.

My buddies Mark and Lee braved the wind and fished deeper waters on the eastside and fared better with both boats punching a 3 man limit.

May 26th 2015 - Walleye in 12 FOW off Pinconning Bar and Gambil’s Marina, 17 to 20 FOW off Linwood, 21 to 24 FOW near the Spark Plug. A few bass taken at Pinconning on plastic worms. Some walleye still taken around the Spoils Island but it has slowed down there. At Finn Road, they’re getting walleye as shallow as 4 to 6 FOW early in the morning, but they move deeper quickly as the sun comes up. Crawler harnesses are working best at all locations this past week. Chartreuse, purple, brass, and pink were the hot spinner colors. At the Hot Pond they were catching a lot of white bass and drum and a few walleye, casting crankbaits.

At Quanicassee was a busy place all weekend. Reports ranged from skunks to party limits on some boats. The Slot from Sunset Bay to the tip of Fish Point in 16 FOW was the local hot-spot. Lots of people fishing there, launching from Quanicassee, Sunset Bay, Thomas Marina and Sebewaing. Up at Bay Port, they were taking decent numbers of walleye out of Wildfowl Bay and the Slot. A Few bass taken in the marina basins and around the islands. Nothing much going on at Caseville yet.

A note about bass fishing on the opening weekend. There were people out after bass in the inner bay and also in the harbors on the outside of the Thumb, but it appears that the late spring and the cold water has held back the spawn. The bass haven’t moved inshore in large numbers yet. The consensus among the bass anglers is that fishing will get better shortly as the water warms up.

 
May 18th 2015 -They’re still getting a few walleye and some catfish out of the lower Quanicassee River. Walleye fishing in the Slot from Sunset Bay up to Thomas Road was very good with many limit and near-limit catches. Walleye fishing was likewise very good in Wildfowl Bay both inside and outside Sand Point. Good spinner colors (for crawler harnesses) include purple, pink, brass, and chartreuse. There’s a fair amount of CIR bass fishing in Wildfowl Bay and around the islands also.


 
May 11th 2015 - From Dock Reporter Terry T -Fishing was great last week-if you where out there you got fish! Linwood is hot and has been since ice out. Quanicassee has been great in shallow and all up and down the East shore has been producing fish-no idea what this cold week will do to the bite but you have to get out there and get a line in you will get fish.  
May 2nd 2015 - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report - The bite on Saginaw Bay is hot and are biting where ever ya go, using what ever method you like to use.

Mark and crew fished the westside of the Bay on the 1st and 2nd taking a 3 man limit both days.

While on the 2nd of May, Kevin and his crew fished the eastside taking their 3 man limit.

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Saginaw Bay Walleye Fishing Report 5-1-15
Walleye Limit 5-1-15

Saginaw Bay Walleye Fishing Report 5-2-15
Walleye Limit 5-2-15

Apr 12th 2015 - - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report - Blue and sons Kevin, and Damian made their first trip to Saginaw Bay on April 11th. It was a chilly morning but the walleye's cooperated as they slow trolled Rapala Husky Jerks in shallow waters using their bow mount trolling motor. Blue reported that the fishermen he saw jigging were catching fish also.
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Early Spring Walleye on Saginaw Bay
Apr 7th 2015 - It’s still early. Perch have yet to start entering river mouths and cuts, although anglers are out looking for them. Sucker runs just got underway in numbers last week. A warm rain would probably get a lot of fish moving.

Boat anglers are out after walleye now that the ice is gone. Trollers are fishing crankbaits three miles off Linwood and getting walleyes there. They’re also trolling near the Spoils Island and from the Saginaw River, mouth north toward the Kawkawlin River mouth and doing well on walleye. Some are fishing east toward Finn Road, but the Finn Road cut is still full of ice so they are launching at the Saginaw River mouth. Some boat anglers are also vertical jigging or fishing perch rigs baited with walleye-sized minnows just off the Saginaw River mouth and getting walleyes that way. Boat anglers fishing the lower Saginaw River were getting some perch out of the Bay Aggregate cut. Over at the Hot Ponds they are mainly catching white bass, a few smallmouths (released) and a few carp. A couple of boats have been out of the Quanicassee River fishing the bay for walleye and they’ve picked up a few. Shore anglers fishing for perch in the Quanicassee River are still reporting slow fishing. Perch fishing was still really slow in the cuts near Unionville and Fish Point and likewise the Sebewaing River. There’s really nothing going on at Caseville as of yet.
 
Apr 1st 2015 - The ice has broken up in greater Saginaw Bay with Sunday’s gusty southwest winds, and it’s time to get out the boats and the long rods. Since this report is based on what happened last week when there was still ice. Continued cold weather is putting fish runs in area rivers behind schedule, but things might start picking up by next weekend.

The ice is all but gone all along the inner bay. Some boat anglers fishing near the Spoils Island did well on walleyes over the weekend, and white bass are being caught in the Hot Pond. Boat anglers took some nice perch on minnows near the train bridge at Essexville on the lower Saginaw River over the weekend. There was still some fishable ice inside Sunset Bay Marina near Unionville, but it won’t last much longer. Perch anglers from Kawkawlin to Sebewaing would do well to get out their shore-fishing gear and start hitting the cuts and rivers starting this coming weekend. Perch fishing on last ice around Rose Island and Geiger roads was pretty good over the weekend, but the ice is now gone. Some anglers were using air boats to get around.
 
Mar 25th 2015 - Ice conditions continue to deteriorate on Saginaw Bay and a lot of anglers are putting away their hard-water gear and starting to get their boats ready for the warmer weather to come. The die-hards are still going out, some as far as 6 miles, crossing two very active cracks to do it…and so far as we know, they’ve also succeeded in coming back! Shore ice is getting bad all around the bay, causing problems for machines and for guys who don’t like getting their feet wet, but the main ice sheet is still pretty thick. Just the same, there are reports of areas of open water out there from many locations, so anyone going out had better watch what they’re doing.

They’re still getting a few perch off White’s Beach, but success is spotty.

Off Linwood area, walleye fishing continues out there. There was some walleye success over the weekend from Bay City State Park south to the trailer park near the river mouth in about 5 feet of water. The walleye bite is in the morning from dawn until about 9AM and again in the evening from about 7PM until you get tired of sitting out there in the dark. Some folks were wading and casting off the mouth of the Hot Ponds, but without much success.

Not much happening over at Vanderbilt Park, and a few crappies taken out of the marina basin at Sunset Bay Marina. North of Sebewaing at Rose Island and Geiger Road, perch success was spotty over the weekend but a couple of limit catches were reported. Most perch brought in ranged 6” to 8” in size, with occasional perch to 12”. There’s not much activity at Mud Creek, and perch action there was slow.

 
Mar 18th 2015 - Warm weather over the past 10 days and very windy weather to start this week has ice conditions deteriorating quite fast. Shore ice has been getting bad for the last several days and everything is kind of “loosening up” out there, so anglers should be very cautious if they go out fishing. Watch out for pressure cracks and think twice before crossing them. There were two ice rescues yesterday, one near Pinconning and the other near the mouth of the Saginaw River. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, FOLKS!

The inland walleye season ended Sunday, March 15th. It will re-open on Saturday, April 25th.

They’re getting some decent perch from 8 feet of water near White’s Beach, and also some walleye, off Cody-Estey and Pinconning roads, walleye were coming from 14 feet, but watch out for the cracks out there. Ice conditions were not good! There was a LOT of activity off Bay City State Park last week. Some guys were going 3 miles out for walleye, and some were staying relatively close to shore and catching some fish in as little as 4 to 5 feet of water. The early morning bite was best, and things really slow down after 9:30 AM. Things pick up again in the evening. The ice is getting bad around the river mouth and that area is best avoided.

Moving to the south and east side, anglers going out of Finn Road were working back toward the north end of the Spoils Island (Stay away from the Hot Pond Channel!) and getting some walleye. Anglers fishing inside the marina basin at Sunset Bay Marina were catching some crappies and bluegills. Walleye fishing in the Slot has apparently slowed down, no doubt due to questionable ice conditions. At Sebewaing, the river’s getting dirty and guys fishing in the marina are finding it real slow.

Perch success at Geiger Road was pretty darn good Thursday and Friday and predictably slowed down some on Saturday, but that was our best perch report for the week. Mud Creek was generally spotty with a couple of good catches and a lot of ‘skunks’. Anglers fishing the east side need to watch out for large areas of open water near the islands. Fishing at Caseville has been slow..


 
Mar 4th 2015 - Walleye fishing picked up last week over a wide area of inner Saginaw Bay. After three weeks of lockjaw, I guess the fish finally got hungry! Conservation Officers wrote several over-limit tickets over the weekend. Success could be spotty; if you were in the right place you caught a lot of walleyes. If you weren’t in the right place, you might have gotten skunked! However, in general fishing out there was better than in the previous three weeks.

The best walleye action was along the west and south shores of the bay last week. Anglers did well off several locations…Erickson Road, Linwood Road, Boutell Road, Bay City State Park, Killarney Beach, the trailer park by the Saginaw river mouth, northeast of the Spoils Island, and in the Slot off Sunset Bay and Thomas Road. Vanderbilt Park remains the lone perch hot-spot for the entire bay, with good catches taken from 2 to 5 feet of water very early in the morning. The perch bite is basically over by 10 AM, but if you wait until next week when Daylight Savings Time kicks in, the bite should last until 11AM, assuming that the perch remember to reset their clocks on Saturday night. Very little activity from Sebewaing to Caseville last week, probably due to the wind and the brutally cold weather.

SAGINAW RIVER: Little has changed over the past month on the river. Fishing for walleye was slow and sporadic at best. Anglers with cameras reported seeing a lot of fish down there, but they just wouldn’t bite. Warmer weather might eventually help this situation. A few walleyes were taken near the train bridge in Essexville Saturday evening from the middle of the navigation channel. If contemplating fishing the river this week, concentrate on the lower end from the Independence Bridge downstream and fish at dusk.

 
Feb 23rd 2015 - They’ve been getting both walleyes and perch off White’s Beach. The walleye guys were going about 5 miles out, while the perch guys have been going north toward Palmer Road. Some perch were caught from 6 to 8 feet of water off Newman and Townline roads; lots of sorting necessary, but a few keepers mixed in. At the end of Erickson Road was “a madhouse” on Saturday. Most people were fishing about 5 miles out in 18 to 20 feet of water. Wonderbread pattern spoons tipped with minnow heads were the hot ticket. At Linwood, anglers were going about 3 to 4 miles out and fishing about 18 feet of water.. The first crack offshore is very active and it opened to 4 feet wide Saturday night, so watch out for that if you intend to fish off Linwood. They got some walleyes about 4 miles off Bay City State Park on Saturday evening also. Moving toward the south side of the bay, they’re getting walleyes from 14 feet of water northeast of the Spoils Island. Some guys are getting walleyes 6 to 7 miles north off Finn Road. Vanderbilt Park is still the best spot on the bay for perch, with some up to 13 and 14 inches brought in.With a some limits and near-limit catches taken. For best success, fish early to mid-week and get out there EARLY in the morning.

Fishing pressure from Sebewaing to Caseville was slow all week. Most of the perch fishermen were apparently going down to Vanderbilt Park. Fishing success for perch at Geiger Road and Mud Creek was pretty slow all week. A few guys were fishing walleye in the Slot from Fish Point up to the islands, but not many.

They are catching some lake trout near the pier at Caseville, if you’re interested in fishing close to shore and pursuing something other than perch or walleye.

SAGINAW RIVER: The river has been slow from one end to the other. A few nice perch were caught near the cement plant in Essexville one day last week, and there were a couple of decent evenings for the walleye guys fishing off Wickes Park at mid-week. The weekend was generally pretty slow.


 
Feb 10th 2015 - They’re getting walleye and some perch off White’s Beach, but watch the ice out there. They were catching them just short of the crack in 8 to 10 feet of water. Off Pinconning, Newman Road, and Townline 16 Road they were getting a few perch very early in the morning and walleyes in the evening and after dark. Down off Erickson Road, they’re getting walleye out in the Black Hole. Saturday night they got into the walleyes about 1 to 1 ½ miles off Bay City State Park. Walleye were also hitting along the Shipping Channel off the mouth of the Saginaw River. Walleye anglers were going north 8 to 10 miles off Finn Road and Callahan Road and getting good catches and some limits at mid-week. Perch fishing could be excellent off Vanderbilt Park up toward Tietz Drain if you were there on the right day andm had the right hole. Very early in the morning is best, before everybody else gets there and starts making a racket. Walleye anglers were going out of Sunset Bay and Thomas Road to the middle of the Slot, 3 to 4 miles out, and doing pretty well. Nothing going on at the Hot Ponds last week. If you’re ice fishing, stay clear of that channel! Perch fishing at Mud Creek was slow and spotty all week. If you were in the right spot, you did all right but not great on perch. If you weren’t in that spot, you caught little or got skunked. A few walleyes were brought in, and pike spearing was really slow. Down at Geiger Road, north of Sebewaing, perch fishing was spotty all week but was at least decent on Saturday. Perch brought in ranged from 6 to 8 inches with a few to 10 inches. The best catch seen was 70 perch for two guys. Some walleye anglers are going out to the Slot between Fish Point and the islands, fishing very late into the evening.

SAGINAW RIVER: In general, the river from Wickes Park downstream past the Zilwaukee Bridge was slow and spotty with lots of short fish caught for every keeper. Most guys are using jigging Rapalas in silver-blue or fire-tiger finishes. They did fairly well off the M-13 Vet’s Park area and especially off James Clements Airport on Saturday evening. Cass Avenue was slow. They got a few walleyes near the Appledore in mid-town Bay City. It was slow from the Independence Bridge downstream to the mouth most of the week. Still, if you don’t have an ATV or a snowmobile, you can have a lot of fun without having to walk far by fishing the river. If nothing else, the short fish will keep you busy and the next fish might be a keeper!


 
Feb 5th 2015 -Special Note from the DNR - Anglers on Saginaw Bay are not having nearly enough respect for changing ice conditions and what can happen to them as a result. One man died and another is recovering after running into the Hot Pond channel on their snowmobile last Thursday morning. On Saturday, five people had to be pulled out of the water about 2 miles off Linwood after they drove their machines into a large area of open water. The common denominator in both cases is that these people were out on the bay early in the morning, in the dark, and couldn’t see where they were going. They out-drove their lights and ran right into open water before they saw it and could stop. This is not the way you live to get old!

The winds have caused the ice to move and have created several areas of open water on both sides of the bay. Anglers, especially those riding machines, need to be careful and make sure they can see what’s ahead of them when they go out!

Near Pinconning off Newman Road and Townline 16 Road was hit & miss for perch in 6 to 8 feet of water last week. Some walleyes taken 3 miles off Linwood on Saturday (if you managed to avoid the open water 2 miles out) and also about 3 miles off Bay City State Recreation Area, but watch out, there’s a bad crack out there also. On the east side, they did pretty well on perch between Vanderbilt Park and Tietz Drain early in the week but it tapered off by the weekend. Walleye anglers on the east side were 3 to 8 miles west of Thomas Road and 8 miles north of Callahan Road, which is all roughly in the same area. At Geiger Road and Mud Creek. Perch fishing was spotty at both locations, although Geiger Road was apparently good earlier in the week. Walleye anglers out of Geiger were going out to the Slot and fishing in the evening. Perch catches at Mud Creek ranged from zeroes up to maybe 20 perch per angler. Walleye anglers were going out beyond North Island but need to beware of a big crack with open water out there. Anglers in Sebewaing marina weren’t doing very well last week. At Caseville, a few guys were fishing in the marinas, but not doing that great. A couple guys were still fishing for lake trout out near the breakwall, but not getting much. The ice out there is very questionable after all the wind.


SAGINAW RIVER: It was kind of a slow week from one end of the river to the other all last week. Lots of short fish caught and released, a few keepers here and there, but no real hot spots. Anglers with fish finders and cameras report the fish are down there, but they weren’t really in much of a biting mood. (That’s the great thing about these modern electronics; 20 years ago, anglers would complain that there were no fish. Now they can see the fish down there ignoring them!) The best report seemed to be around the river mouth, but success there ran hot & cold also.


 

Jan 28th 2015 - Special Notice - Watch the ICE - Reports of some machines going in on the Bay and ice appears to be variable around Parking areas on the West side, and Areas where cracks moved. River had dark spots. Anglers should have ice safety stuff and not be alone.

Linwood - A few perch and good walleye in 22 foot

ICE BAD along shore where folks parked and some vehicles went through……CAUTION

Hot Ponds—few pike
Vanderbelt/ Sunset/ Thomas Rd - Some perch in 6’, walleye limits out 8 miles.
Sebewaing—little action. Poor perch catches at Geiger.
Mud creek – lots of anglers , little success 5-10 perch per group of anglers… Most using Russian hooks and beads…few using minnows.
Caseville—anglers were after lake trout but not catching many, saw one walleye and whitefish. Monday morning a big wide crack had opened up right off the end of the break-wall at, right in the area where people had been fishing for lake trout over the weekend. The crack is very wide and ranges south toward Sand Point.

SAGINAW RIVER:
Wickes Park—slow, no activity
First St.—few shorts
S. side of Z bridge/ silos – slow
N. Side, Crow Island—Slow
Near Airport- fair , few keepers and shorts.
Boys and Girls Club- BC—few caught, better Saturday night. In 25-30 ft Jig Raps (perch, fire tiger, blue and silver).
Rest of River to the mouth—slow, not many success stories.
Few dark spots in river ice--- watch carefully.

Truck went in near spoils island also.

 

 
Jan 21st 2015 - A few perch are being taken off White’s Beach, but beware of the ice past the first crack. Some perch also being taken off Newman Road just south of Pinconning. Walleye fishing was pretty good 3 miles off Linwood with a fair number of limits taken by anglers in the right spot with the right presentation, but be careful of the ice beyond the first crack. Walleye fishing was very good and some perch were being taken near the Spoils Island. Along the east side of the bay, most anglers were after perch near shore. They were getting a few at Vanderbilt Park, but beware, there’s still some open water out there and I’m sure the weekend thaw on Saturday didn’t improve that situation. Some crappies being taken inside the marina basin up at Sunset Bay Marina, and walleye anglers going out of there were getting walleye in 15 feet of water out in the Slot. They were also going out of Thomas Road to roughly the same area. As with the west side of the bay, be very careful of the ice out beyond the first crack
Perch fishing predominates from Sebewaing north to Caseville, and has been slow and spotty throughout most of the area. Perch fishing was slow in the Sebewaing marina, slow at Geiger Road, and nobody has been fishing at Bay Port. Most activity has been concentrated in Wildfowl Bay off the Mud Creek access site. Perch catches there range from total “skunks” to maybe 25 brought in by the luckiest anglers who found a school of active fish. Success declined through the week as more and more anglers started hitting the area.

SAGINAW RIVER: Lots and lots of people on the river last weekend and yesterday, but fishing success was slow. There are lots and lots of sub-legal walleyes in the river at this time of year and anglers at all locations have to do a lot of sorting. Jigging rapalas are the standard lure although spoons also work, and the best colors are blue /silver, perch, and fire-tiger. In general, fishing was slowest down in Saginaw, as far north as the Zilwaukee Bridge, as the water was getting muddy from the snow-melt. (This muddy water will permeate the entire river over the next couple of days.) From the Z Bridge north to Bay City, anglers were catching mostly short fish with a few keepers. Fishing through Bay City was also slow with a lot of short fish. There was a big crowd around the U.S.S. Edson, but only the occasional keeper caught and a lot of guys skunked. The same rule applied at Essexville and the river mouth. Watch the ice at the river mouth; there are some open spots and thin spots close to shore.
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Nice Saginaw Bay Walleye through the ice
Dock Reported Terry with a nice Walleye taken off Thomas Rd on the east side of the Bay
Jan 14th 2015 -Walleye fishing was pretty good from Linwood to White’s Beach at mid-week, but fishing pressure over the weekend was low due to the cold and wind. A few perch were being taken at a lot of sites, including Pinconning (near shore), Linwood (inside the marina), in the Quanicassee River, off Vanderbilt Park, and in Sunset Bay Marina. Ice on the east side of the bay was still questionable due to the winds piling it up and many anglers over there stayed close to shore or fished inside marina basins. At Sebewaing, most ice fishing activity was confined inside the municipal marina. Anglers in there were catching a few perch, doing a lot of sorting, and spearing the odd pike. Ice anglers were also venturing out onto the bay at Geiger Road and Wildfowl Bay off the Mud Creek access site; depending on what folks were after, they took some walleye, speared a few pike, and caught a few perch. Action was slow to fair; the best perch catch was 10 keepers. At Caseville, a few lake trout were taken in the lower river and along the breakwall. The ice is not uniform there, so be awfully careful!

SAGINAW RIVER:
Lots of fishing activity all week from Saginaw all the way down to the river mouth. In general, mid-week was pretty darn good at all locations with a lot of walleyes caught, but the cold snap that moved in Thursday and stayed through the weekend shut down the bite. Also, in general, fishing was better (more keepers) near Bay City than near Saginaw. There were more sub-legal fish caught and released the further up the river one went. Good spots for walleye in Bay City included the river mouth, (with some decent perch taken out of the Yacht Club basin), off the Karn-Weadok Plant, near the Cement Plant at Essexville. just downstream of the U.S.S. Edson near the Independence Bridge, downstream of the Liberty Bridge off the OmniSource salvage yard, and near the Appledore across from Veterans’ Park. Fishing was slower from the Cass Avenue boat launch and continuing upstream (south) into Saginaw. Down there, the anglers caught a lot more sub-legal fish and had to do more measuring and releasing for each keeper. Anglers with fish-finders reported marking a lot of fish over the weekend, but they seemed disinclined to bite. Nobody was fishing around the Zilwaukee Bridge yet as the ice there was suspect. [Be careful of the river ice in general, as ice thickness can vary widely in just a few feet
 
Oct 21st 2014 -They’re getting some perch in 14 feet of water off Linwood, along the shipping channel at the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12) and at Buoys 17 & 18. They’re also getting perch in the old shipping channel not far off the mouth of the river. Walleyes are being taken around the Spoils Island and in the lower Saginaw River. Perch are being caught in the lower river near Bay Harbor Marina and in the Bay Aggregate cut. Perch fishing from Quanicassee to Caseville is spotty. They’re catching a lot of small perch in the Quanicassee River and also in the marina at Sebewaing, but there are about 20 throw-backs for every keeper.  
Oct 13th 2014 -Perch fishing has been picking up along the shipping channel. Buoys 18, 11&12, and the Spark Plug were all mentioned, as was the area off Linwood in 16 to 20 feet of water. Expect a lot of sorting, but if you put in the time you can get a mess of decent perch. Walleye fishing has likewise picked up around the Spoils Island for anglers casting spoons and Rapalas. Walleyes are also hitting in the lower Saginaw River around the Coast Guard Station and up as far as the Independence Bridge. Try jigs baited with minnows. It was tougher fishing on the east side of the bay last week, with mainly shore anglers out. Catches at Quanicassee, Sebewaing, and Bay Port were mostly small perch with a lot of sorting, but a few guys were eking out enough decent perch for a meal. Fishing at Caseville was very slow.  
Oct 7th 2014 - Rumors of perch near the Spark Plug and also the sailboat buoys off Linwood. Nothing much happening around Quanicassee with almost all fishing taking place in the river because it was too windy on the bay. A few boats got out on Monday the 29th from Sebewaing. One good catch of perch right at the end of the navigation channel and one fair catch from out in the Slot. Some channel cats taken in the lower Saginaw River.  
Oct 1st 2014 - Best reports for perch fishing were probably around the Saganing and Pinconning bars in 10 to 15 feet of water. Lots of sorting was necessary wherever you fish. Other locations producing perch included west of Buoy 16, west of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), 14 feet of water off Linwood, and around the sailboat buoys off Linwood on the west side, and 8 to 10 feet of water off the mouth of the Quanicassee River on the east side. On any given day, you might have to move around to find an active school of fish. Best catch for the week was about 40 fish for a boat with two guys in it; the average catch was more like 10 to 20 keepers for the trip, with boats staying out several hours. The only report of walleyes being taken was off the Hot Pond in 7 feet of water, trolling Hot-n-Tots behind the Spoils Island. Some channel cats were taken in the Hot Pond, and some smallmouths in the marina basins at the mouth of the Saginaw River. There was also some bass fishing effort around North Island off Bay Port, and those guys did well.  
Sept 16th 2014 - Between rain, wind and the arrival of a strong cold front, there just hasn’t been much fishing activity on greater Saginaw Bay or the outside of the Thumb during the past week. The only days when much of anybody was out were Monday, Tuesday, and Sunday morning. The rest of the week was pretty much a bust.

The inner bay was lightly fished last week, mostly due to weather. Not much happening on the west side of the bay at all. Perch fishermen going out of the Saginaw River mouth reported slow fishing. On the east side, perch anglers out of Quanicassee caught a few in the Slot from 16 feet of water off Sunset Bay Marina and also from 8 to 10 feet of water off the weed beds near Quanicassee, but success was hit and miss. A couple of decent catches came in, but most anglers had trouble finding an active school. It pays to move around. A couple of fair walleye catches came in from the deep side of The Bar, and also from the west side of the Slot off the islands and from 20 feet of water off Caseville. These guys were mainly using Hot-n-Tots in gold, purple, and orange color patterns.
 
Sept 3th 2014 -In general it was a slow week out on greater Saginaw Bay. Windy weather spoiled several days and storms over the weekend kept a lot of anglers ashore.

A few walleye were taken off the Pinconning Bar from 11 to 14 feet of water, and also from around the Black Hole, but trollers really had to work for them. A decent catch of perch was reported last week; the guy had 25 keepers from 8” to 11”. wouldn’t say where he was fishing, but said he had to do a lot of sorting. They’re still scratching a few walleyes out of the Slot from 12 to 14 feet of water, but 1 to 2 fish per boat was the norm and the best catch all week was 4 fish per boat. Some catfish were taken from the Hot Pond, and shore anglers at Essexville continued to catch a few bass, drum and catfish. In general, it was pretty slow around the inner bay last week.


 
Aug 28th 2014 - Fishing on greater Saginaw Bay was a little better this week than last, but we’re clearly in “August Mode” out there. Walleye fishing has slowed down substantially, but persistent anglers can still scratch a few fish out of the bay every trip.

A few walleye were still being taken at most locations, most notably west of the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12), in the southern end of the Slot from Quanicassee to Fish Point, out over the Bar, and out near Buoys 1 & 2. Average catches were 3 to 5 fish per boat per trip. There were rumors of some perch taken from 10 feet of water off Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning, but Kevin couldn’t confirm it. Mike talked to one boat fishing for smallmouth bass, and they took some off the Charity Islands. Some channel cats were taken out of the Hot Pond last week, and shore anglers at Essexville continue to catch a mix of bass, drum and catfish.


 
Aug 12th 2014 -Walleye fishing is generally slowing down around greater Saginaw Bay, but there are still some bright spots. Last week, walleye were hitting in relatively shallow water on both sides of the inner bay. Some limits were taken, and a lot of boats were only 2 or 3 fish short of multi-person limits. So, walleye fishing can still be productive but you may have to change where you fish.

Fishing on the west side of the inner bay was a little slow but they were still scratching out a few walleyes at most locations. Those mentioned included -Off Gambil’s Marina in 10 to 12 feet -Off the Pinconning Bar in 12 to 14 feet -Near Buoy H -West of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12)

On the east side of the bay, walleye fishing was pretty good in the Slot and on the Bar late last week. The best bite was in 8 to 12 feet of water on either side of the Slot and right on top of the Bar. The Slot was producing from Sunset Bay Marina north to the area off North Island. A few limits were taken, but most boats brought in enough fish to make it worth the trip. Crawler harnesses and crank-baits were both taking fish. Best spinner colors were chartreuse, pink, orange, and purple; chrome finish crank-baits were working best. Fishing north of the Charity Islands, at Oak Point, and on the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin has slowed down.

 
July 29th 2014 - Some walleyes are being caught at just about any of the popular locations. Catches run from 2 or 3 fish per boat to half-limits to the occasional limit catch. It just depends where you are on any given day and what kind of mood the fish are in. - Out near Buoy 1&2 - General Vicinity of the Spark Plug (2 miles north in 20 feet or 2 miles east in 25 feet.) - 10 to 12 feet of water off Bay City State Park, especially in the early morning - Still a few walleye being taken in the last two miles of the Saginaw River on Reef Runners or Husky Jerks - Anywhere from 8 to 16 feet of water in the Slot, from Quanicassee northeast to Sand Point - The west side of The Bar in 20 to 25 feet. Fishing north of the Charities and off Oak Point out of Caseville had slowed down quite a bit,
 
July 21st 2014 - Walleye are showing definite signs of moving to deeper water, but some good fishing continues in inner Saginaw Bay as well. Prevailing west wind over the past two weeks has caused some strange temperature patterns to set up in the lake, which is hampering lake trout and salmon fishing on the outside of the Thumb and to a certain extent also curtailing walleye success off Tawas City, Au Gres, and north of the Charity Islands.

Walleye are still being taken at a variety of locations, including - 18 to 24 feet off Pinconning and Gambil’s Marina - 18 feet off Linwood - The Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12) - North of Buoys 1 & 2 (the green Spark Plug) - The Slot from Quanicassee to North Island (fishing at the south end of the Slot was particularly good in 7 to 11 feet of water north of Quanicasse on Sunday morning) Crawler harnesses in all the usual colors continue to be the go-to bait, and crankbaits in chrome finishes (particularly blue & silver) also produced well. Shore fishing at all locations was generally slow, with a few bass, drum, and catfish caught.

Water temperatures at Caseville were hovering around 59 degrees last week, which sharply curtailed success, but some walleyes were still caught north of the Charities and off Oak Point.
 
July 17th 2014 - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report - With temps in the 70's, sunny skies, and light and variable winds it made for an enjoyable day of fishing on Saginaw Bay, the bite was a little slow and we had to work for our fish but we stuck with it until we boated our 15 fish 3 man limit. The fish came on a variety of presentations, spinner rigs behind 2oz in-lines, spoon harnesses (similar to Worm Burners) and spoons behind mini disc divers, 50' - 60' back in about 22 fow. Purple, pink, and gold seemed to be prefeed colors.
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July Walleyes on Saginaw Bay
July 16th 2014-Walleye fishing continues to be very good all over whenever the wind is light enough for boats to get out. Unfortunately, that wasn’t very often last week. Thursday was about the best day all week; fishing was excellent at just about every port with limit catches on Thursday the 10th, but then the wind started blowing again. There are further indications that the walleye are making their annual summer movement toward deeper water, but good numbers of fish were still being caught in the inner bay - Just north of buoys 1 & 2 (the Green Spark Plug at the end of the dredged ship channel) in 20 to 25 feet - 19 feet of water west of the Red Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12)- Off Pinconning in 17 feet of water - Off Bay City State Park and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River in 10 to 12 feet of water - In the first couple of miles of the lower Saginaw River, from the mouth up to the Coast Guard station, trolling crankbaits - In 10 feet of water on the Callahan reef. (Weeds are starting to be a problem here.) - In the Slot from Quanicassee north to North Island, in 12 to 16 feet of water - On the Bar in 12 feet off Fish Point - On the west side of the Bar in 17 to 18 feet - In 25 to 32 feet off Oak Point and north of Big Charity Island, fishing from Caseville. Crawler harnesses continue to produce, but hot-n-tots are also working. Gold, purple, anti-freeze, and green were good colors.


 
July 8th 2014 - Very good walleye fishing continues, but there is some indication that the fish are moving toward deeper water. More boats are working out near the green Spark Plug (Buoys 1 & 2) at the end of the shipping channel, the deep side of the Bar, and similar areas. Windy weather really suppressed fishing activity for a lot of last week and for the weekend. Trollers out of Caseville were getting some bigger walleyes off Oak Point and north of the Charities.


 
July 1st 2014 - Excellent walleye fishing in a lot of locations this past week. Here’s a list of the areas - 24 feet of water north of Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning - 12 to 14 feet off the Pinconning Bar - Northwest of Buoys 1&2 - Two miles east of the Spark Plug - 25 to 28 feet of water near the Spark Plug - 6 to 8 feet off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, very early in the morning. - Anywhere from 4 to 14 feet on and along the Callahan Reef. (Very good there on Saturday.) - The Slot, from Quanicassee northeast to the outside of Heisterman Island - Over the Bar, between the Bar and the Shipping Channel.

In short, you can catch some walleye just about anywhere you go, but if the area you’re in is slow at the moment, move a few miles and try a different depth. There is some indication that the fish are moving to deeper water, but it depends on the day and the time of day. They may be shallower early in the morning than in the afternoon.

Crawler harnesses are the go-to bait, but crankbaits and spoons are also taking fish for some trollers. Best spinner colors vary with the day, but green, anti-freeze, and chartreuse were consistent producers. It it’s cloudy, try gold, silver, or copper. Best crankbait colors were chrome with blue, orange or gold backs, purple or fire-tiger.

 
June 24th 2014 - Walleye fishing was good to excellent about anywhere anglers want to go. Here’s a partial list.- 10 feet of water off the Pinconning Bar - 16 feet off Gambil’s Marina. - Buoys 1 & 2 - Around the old dumping grounds - 20 feet of water, 2 miles east of the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12) - Off Finn Road and on the Callahan Reef in 6 to 8 feet of water - The Slot from Sunset Bay Marina to the outside of North Island in 12 to 16 feet of water. - The west side of The Bar in 10 to 20 feet of water - Some walleyes are also being taken out of Wildfowl Bay

It all depends on your luck on any given day. Some boats have limits but almost everybody is getting some fish every trip. Crawler harnesses are the go-to bait but hot-n-tots are also taking some fish. Chromes with blue, black or orange backs, black & gold, and purples are all taking fish.

If it’s too rough to fish on the bay, trollers are still taking walleyes in the lower Saginaw River between the mouth and the Coast Guard Station. Shore anglers at Smith Park were getting catfish, drum, and a few smallmouths.

 
June 22nd 2014 - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report - It was a great day on Saginaw Bay. Temps in the 70's, overcast sky, light southerly winds, and the walleye bite was on. We continued fishing shallow water, dropping our lines around 8am and pulling a 4 man limit by 11am. We trolled homemade harnesses 20 to 30 ft back off in-line boards, at 1 to 1.3 mph SOG. Fish ran a little larger this trip with only 4 throwbacks, many in the 17 to 20" range, and topped with a nice 25" Walleye.

Our friend Kevin and crew fished the same general area boating their 3 man limit of walleye plus 3 bonus jumbo perch by 9 am. They ran a similar program as ours.

My buddy Goldy and crew trolled deeper water today fishing 20 to 26 fow, pulling crawlers behind boards with 1 and 2 oz in-line weights. They had their 2 man limit by 10 am.

Basically walleye can be caught just about anywhere on the Bay right now. Another banner year for this great fishery.

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The Saginaw Bay Walleye Bite Continues

Saginaw Bay Jumbo Perch Taken While Trolling for Walleye
June 17th 2014 - INNER SAGINAW BAY: Excellent walleye fishing at a variety of locations, including: 22 feet off Pinconning - 20 feet off Linwood (purple spoons were hot here) - 20 feet northwest of the Dumping Grounds - Off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River - On the Callahan Reef - In the Slot anywhere from Quanicassee to Bay Port - A were starting to cross the Bar from Sebewaing to fish the deeper water near the shipping channel. - Some walleyes still being taken on the lower Saginaw River, trolling crank-baits. Most are using crawler harnesses; purple, orange, pink and fire-tiger were popular blade colors. Some were doing well on spoons and some were running crank-baits. Everybody was getting some fish; whether or not you got a limit depends on your skill and tenacity…and your luck that day.
 
June 9th 2014 -Walleyes were being taken at a variety of locations; 21 to 24 feet of water around the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12), 21 feet near the Dumping Grounds, 8 feet off the Pinconning Bar, 14 feet east of the Spoils Island, and 14 to 16 feet out in the Slot from Quanicassee northeast to the tip of Sand Point. On windy days when it’s hard to fish comfortably on the bay, anglers trolling the lower Saginaw River from the mouth upstream to the Coast Guard Station have been taking a lot of walleyes there including some limit catches. Silver/blue crankbaits have been working well there. Out in the bay, most people have been using crawler harnesses; purple, green and brass have been favored spinner blade colors. Fishing has been good from most access points including Sebewaing and Bay Port. Fishing at Caseville is still reported slow, but it’ll pick up out there as the water gets warmer.  

June 8th 2014 - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report -

June 7th - Blue and Son went back to the shallow water and it produced a quick 3-man limit in a few hours, they boated a tagged fish, and a nice 26" walleye.

June 6th - Saginaw Bay Walleye fishing has been red hot with my freinds reporting limit catches the past 4 weekends. I finally got out on the 6th, the weather was great with mostly cloudy skies, temps in the mid 70's. and light and variable winds. The fish didn't disappoint us as we got a 4 man limit trolling 5-7 fow in the southern portion of the Bay. We trolled wieghtless crawler harnesses behind in-line boards in the shallow waters at .9 to 1.1 mph SOG. Color didn't seem to make a difference.

While we were fishing shallow my buddy Goldy and his crew were fishing 14-16 fow on the Eastside of the Bay which produced a 3-man limit for them. They also trolled spinners and crawlers. They've been limiting on the Eastside for the past 2 weeks.


 

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June 3rd 2014 - The early part of last week was pretty windy with not many boats out, but walleye fishing on Friday and through the weekend was nothing short of fantastic! Limit catches were the rule, and it really didn’t matter a whole lot where you went. Fishing was just excellent off Pinconning and Linwood, off Bay City State Park and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, both north and east of the Spoils Island, the Callahan Reef off Finn Road, around both Spark Plugs, and in the Slot from Quanicassee to North Island. Depths ranged from as shallow as 5 feet to as deep as 30 feet. As a rule of thumb, the shallows were best early in the morning with deeper waters being more productive as the sun got higher. Crawler harnesses were the go-to bait, with spinner colors of purple, white, gold, silver, and chartreuse producing best. Some trollers fishing deeper were also getting walleyes on crankbaits and spoons. Better crankbait colors included yellow perch and goby patterns.  
May 28th 2014 - Good catches of walleye were taken from a variety of locations in the inner bay last week. Many limit catches reported throughout the inner bay, and almost all boats got fish. Here are some hot-spots: - 21 feet at the Black Hole - 20 feet off Linwood - 16 feet off Pinconning - 21 feet just east of the Dumping Grounds (Ship Channel) - 4 to 6 feet east of the Spoils Island - 4 to 8 feet on the Callahan Reef - The Slot from Quanicassee to Fish Point; anywhere from 4 to 16 feet of water. - The Slot on the west side of the islands from Heisterman Island to the tip of Sand Point.

Good colors for crawler harness spinners include purple, green, anti-freeze and gold. Some sublegal fish are starting to show up and are being released.

In addition, some walleye are still being taken in the lower Saginaw River from the Independence Bridge downstream to the river mouth by trolling, vertical jigging, and casting with jigs.

 
May 27th 2014 - From Dock Reporter Terry T -Fishing is great all over-I fished off of North Island and was able to catch fish all day- on on night crawler harnesses and 2 once bottom bouncers most of them in the 15 to18 inch range - every boat I heard from this weekend caught fish on both sides of the bay - now is the time to be out there- Also remember the Walleye for Warriors on
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May 12th 2014 - Good numbers of walleye being taken from 6 to 16 feet of water off Pinconning and Linwood, trolling harnesses. Walleye fishing is also very good off Jones Road in 4 to 6 feet and off Quanicassee in 6 to 7 feet. Walleye are also still hitting on jigs baited with crawlers or minnows in the lower Saginaw River from Essexville to the mouth. This is a place to try if the winds are too strong to get out on the bay. Further up the Slot, walleye were hitting in 10 to 15 feet of water off Sunset Bay Marina. There’s lots of disagreement about what color spinners to use on crawler harnesses; white, purple, green, chartreuse, and brass all have their proponents. A catfish tournament held over the weekend at the BayShore church camp near Sebewaing which produced a lot of channel cats. Shore fishing at Quanicassee and Sebewaing has been kind of slow, with a few catfish and drum caught. Up at Caseville, shore fishing has been slow, producing some rock bass and the odd walleye. Catch-and-release fishing for smallmouths has been pretty
 
Apr 30th 2014 - During the week good success on walleye off Linwood in 14 to 16 feet of water trolling assorted crankbaits. Walleye fishing was also very good off the mouth of the Saginaw River and east of the Spoils Island, trolling or jigging with jigs baited with minnows or crawlers. Windy weather Saturday and Sunday kept most boats off the bay and in the lower Saginaw River, however. Perch fishing in the Quanicassee River is about done, but river anglers were catching channel cats and walleyes, and a couple of pike. They were still catching perch in the Sebewaing River last week, but doing a lot of sorting to get a few keepers. The Pigeon River at Caseville has been slow, with a couple of walleye taken.

The Saginaw & Tittabawassee Rivers: The walleye opener on the rivers was just outstanding, with lots of anglers on the water and limit catches the rule. This was the case on the Tittabawassee from the Dow Dam all the way downstream to the confluence with the Saginaw, and the excellent success continued down the Saginaw River all the way to the mouth of the river. The most popular technique was vertical jigging using jigs baited with minnows or crawlers, but a few boats were trolling crankbaits and they were also getting fish.

Walleye fishing in the rivers should continue to be good for at least another couple of weeks, barring major floods that raise the rivers, run the fish out, and make fishing difficult.

 
Apr 29th 2014 - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report - Chris called and wanted me to fish the Saginaw River with him on the opening weekend of the Michigans inland water walleye season but since I was still chasing turkey's I declined, well I shoulda went fishin. He fished in Saginaw and in a few hours of fishing on Sunday afternoon he had his one man 5 walleye limit.

Your webmaster has received many reports of limits this past weekend in the Saginaw and Tittabawassee rivers. Wih rain in the forecast all week in may be hard to get out.
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Apr 22nd 2014 -Walleye were hitting trolled crankbaits in 16 to 18 feet of water off Linwood and off the mouth of the Saginaw River. Anglers fishing off the river mouth were also jigging with jig heads baited with minnows and doing well on that combination. Area rivers are finally receding and clearing up a bit after last weekend’s downpours, but perch fishing in the Quanicassee, Sebewaing, and Pigeon rivers and nearby cuts remains spotty, with lots of small perch to sort through for every keeper. Lots of people were out fishing over the weekend because of the nice weather. A few suckers were caught in each river also. Perch fishing is generally at its best from dawn until about 11 AM. Afternoon fishing for perch in generally unproductive.

Area Rivers: The Tittabawassee experienced major flooding last week, but for the most part the rivers are back in their banks now. No doubt a fair number of fish chose to ride the flooding back to Saginaw Bay after spawning, but there should still be enough fish in the rivers to make for a good opener. The long, lingering winter cause most fish (including walleye) to spawn two weeks later than normal, so the fish have had two less weeks to drop back to the bay. Barring another major rain event between now and Saturday, the walleye opener should be a good one.
 
Apr 15th 2014 - River fishing was just getting underway in a big way last week around greater Saginaw Bay, with lots of suckers being taken, perch off certain cuts, and walleyes in the bay off the mouths of several area rivers….and then the rains came.

Torrential rains beginning Saturday afternoon have most area rivers running at or above flood stage and fishing is just about impossible. This goes for all Saginaw Bay tributaries

 
Apr 8th 2014 - The ice has gone out around the edges to the point that the only way to get to it is with waders. If you do that and the wind shifts, you might not be able to get back off the ice. So, the best advice we can give people is that it’s time to hang up the hard-water gear until next winter. There are a few guys with air-boats continuing to ice fish, but most people are getting their regular boats ready for spring.

Shore anglers are starting to fish for perch at the Quanicassee River, the Garner Road Drain, and Allen Cut (Kirk Road), with ??? results; mostly very small perch. The perch really haven’t come in yet. Thomas cut is just opening up. The Sebewaing River is fishable, but no great results reported yet. Same story at Caseville.

 
Apr 2nd 2014 - Walleye off White’s Beach - watch out for the crack; a four-wheeler went through out there over the weekend. Water’s reportedly getting murky from the Saganing River. Some perch taken off the end of Newman and Townline roads.
At Linwood: walleyes in 15 feet of water; shore ice getting bad; a pickup went through over the weekend in a foot of water.
At Bay City: Lots of anglers fishing out from the State Park this past week and getting walleyes in 3 to 9 feet of water. No activity off the Hot Ponds, Vanderbilt Park, or Thomas Road. A few anglers venturing out from Sunset Bay Marina and getting a few walleyes in 13 feet of water out in the Slot.
At Sebewaing: Fishing is slow due to muddy water. A few guys are fishing walleyes late in the evening off the VFW and Geiger Road, but tno reports on success.
At Caseville: No activity, due to deteriorating ice conditions and muddy water.

The Rivers: Saginaw River including the Shiawassee, Cass and Flint rivers. Consult your Fishing Guide for gear restrictions on these rivers that are in place during the period when the walleye, pike and muskie season is closed. Worms fished on single hooks are legal and greatly encouraged! by the DNR.
 

Mar 26th 2014 - Ice fishing on Saginaw Bay continues with lots and lots of people out there fishing. Cold nights continue to sustain the ice out there, but the more intelligent anglers are no longer driving trucks onto the ice. The snow cover on the ice is gone, so creepers on the boots are in order. Rivers have yet to open up, so steelhead and sucker fishing is still something off in the future.

On the west side, fishing off White’s Beach was slow due to dirty water but they were getting a few walleyes. A few perch and walleye from 6 to 8 feet off Townline and Newman roads. Lots of activity centered around Bay City State Park. They’re getting walleye from 9 feet off Parish Road, 14 feet off Killarney Beach, 15 to 17 feet out by the crack off the State Park itself, and 4 to 10 feet off the trailer park at the mouth of the Saginaw River. Most anglers are not even going out until 6PM these days, and they fish until after dark. On the east side, walleyes from 13 to 14 feet in the Slot off Thomas Road and Sunset Bay marina, again in late afternoon and evening. At Sebewaing, fishing slowed down in the marina last week. Water is getting dirty and the river ice in Sebewaing and Caseville is getting bad as the runoff starts to wear it away. At Mud Creek, anglers are still getting out but the shore ice is deteriorating. Machines still getting out in the morning when it’s cold. They’re getting some nice perch off Mud Creek, but small numbers only. Lots of the bigger perch are just ignoring anglers’ baits.

 
Mar 11th 2014 - Walleye were taken at a variety of locations last week. Action could be hit and miss, but was generally better in the evening around dusk, with early morning also a fair bet.
White’s Beach - 4 to 5 miles out.
Linwood - 17 to 20 feet of water
Bay City State Park - 12 to 17 feet of water.
Spoils Island - 16 feet of water northeast of the island
Callahan & Finn Rds - Seven miles north off the end of either
Thomas Road & Sunset Bay Marina - 16 feet of water out in the middle of the Slot.

On the east side, some bluegills and some BIG crappies were taken out of the Sebewaing marina last week. At Mud Creek, perch fishing was hit or miss, Monday and Tuesday were said to be the best days last week; Sunday was real slow. Very little activity in the river or marina basins at Caseville all week long. A few guys were fishing for lake trout out along the breakwall and up to a mile lakeward of it, but with little action over the weekend.

Saginaw River: Fishing success has been spotty all up and down the river over the past week. There really hasn’t been any hot-spot, just a few keepers here or there on any given day. Lots of fishing pressure all over the river this past weekend, as temperatures finally nudged up into a more comfortable range. It appearsa better strategy might be for anglers to avoid the more crowded spots and try getting away from large concentrations of anglers to the less-visited areas in between the main access points. The more sparsely-fished areas were producing a little better than the places with dozens of anglers stomping around and drilling holes with their power augers. So, try getting away from the crowd.
 
Mar 6th 2014 - Here’s a general note for all of the inner bay…the morning fishing was slow all over last week, but the evening fishing for walleye was pretty good! In the mornings, anglers reported seeing the walleye down there, but they wouldn’t bite. The fishing picks up considerably late in the afternoon, roughly from 6 PM until dark. This was the case from Erickson Road (18 to 20 feet out near the Black Hole) down to Linwood (15 to 23 feet) and also off the river mouth (3.5 miles north of the Spoils Island). A few perch were taken off Bay City State Park, out near the first crack. Fishing at the Hot Pond and over at Vanderbilt Park was slow all week. Walleye anglers off the end of Callahan Road were taking fish from 20 feet of water. (That’s a long way out!) Walleye anglers off Thomas Road were getting some fish out of the Slot in the evening. Up at Sebewaing, a few guys were going off the VFW to fish walleyes in the Slot. The Sebewaing Marina was giving up a few bluegills and crappies. Almost no activity from Sebewaing to Mud Creek. Perch Fishing at Mud Creek was slow all week. At Caseville, fishing in the river and marina basins was slow with just a few small perch caught. Anglers are also fishing out along the break-wall, and there are rumors of a few lake trout being taken.

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.

Saginaw River: 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 activity.
 

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 Channel.
-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.

Saginaw River: 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 River yet.

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 - Wind, 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.
 
Sept-27th-2013 - 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.
 
Sept-11th-2013 - Constant 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.
 
Sept-6th-2013 - Field 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.
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Saginaw Bay Fishing Report 9-6-2013
Sept-5th-2013 - 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.
 
Aug- 31st - 2013 - From Dock Reporter Terry T - Fished Perch out near 1 & 2 buoys today. We ended up taking 37 perch and 1 keeper walleye. The perch ranged in size from 8 inches with the largest being 12 1/2 inches.  
Aug- 27th - 2013 - Fishing is definitely in the Summer Doldrums. Walleye fishing is slow, and the perch haven’t started up yet. Boat anglers are marking large schools of forage fish out there. Actually, forage fish biomass has reached its annual peak and the fish have plenty to eat without working hard for it, so it’s harder to get them to chase your crawler harness or crankbait. Perch fishing will get going after the water cools down, but until then fishing will remain spotty.

Walleye fishing is generally slow and perch fishing is barely getting started. A few walleye were still being taken from 6 to 10 feet of water off Bay City State Park and south to the mouth of the Kawkawlin River using floating crawler harnesses to stay above the weeds, and also up near the Black Hole in 14 feet of water. Only a few perch are being brought in and those anglers refuse to divulge their ‘hot-spots’. A few walleyes are still coming out of the Slot and off the Bar as well as less than 10 FOW in the weed beds, but the average seems to be about one walleye per angler per trip. Some bass and drum are being caught from the Saginaw River at Essexville, and some catfish are coming from the Hot Pond as well as a few small, small perch in the Quanicassee River.
 
Aug- 21st - 2013 - Walleye fishing is slow all over, and the perch haven’t really started up yet. In the case of walleye there are a couple of things going on; a great many walleyes have left the inner bay for the cooler waters of the main basin of Lake Huron, and this is the time of year when all the forage fish that hatched last spring are becoming large enough to be attractive to (and consequently eaten by) walleye and every other predator fish out there. So, the walleye that are still in the inner bay are swimming around in a virtual smorgasbord of forage fish!
They’re still getting some walleye off Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning in 14 feet of water; also off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River in 14 feet, and west of buoys 1&2 in 25 feet. A few perch have been caught near the red spark plug (buoys 11 & 12), but it hasn't’t really heated up yet. Perch fishing will improve with the coming of cooler weather. Trollers out of Quanicassee, Thomas Marina, Sunset Bay, Sebewaing, Bay Port, and Bay Shore Marina are looking for walleye all over the place and averaging about one walleye per angler per trip. Pleasure boats have predominated at Caseville for the past two weeks as the town hosted its annual Cheeseburger Festival. A few boats have been fishing perch out of Sebewaing and Quanicassee but success has been minimal at best.
 
Aug- 15th - 2013 We’ve finally reached the August Doldrums on Saginaw Bay. For the most part, it appears that the walleye have moved far offshore, even beyond the Charity Islands and off the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin. Persistent trollers are still scratching a few fish out of the bay, but success has definitely fallen off. This is actually a typical August pattern on the bay; the fish go out deep, and in addition, the bait-fish hatched last spring are now getting big enough to interest the walleye, so your crawlers and crankbaits are having to compete with millions of shiners and shad.

Most fishermen from Linwood and Bay City, are making long trips out to Buoys 1 & 2 and even 4 to 5 miles PAST buoys 1 & 2. There’s also some walleye being caught northeast of the Black Hole in 22 feet of water. No perch activity yet. The lower Saginaw River at Essexville is producing some catfish, drum and smallmouth bass. The Hot Pond is also producing catfish.

Most boats from Quanicassee, Sebewaing, and Bay Port are heading across the Bar to fish the deeper water along the east side of the shipping channel or going out to and past buoys 1 & 2. Catch rates are not great, with 1 to 4 walleyes per boat per trip about normal. Fishing at Caseville is about at a standstill as Cheeseburger is in full swing over the past weekend and this week. Walleyes have largely moved off the reefs from Caseville to Port Austin into deeper water.

 
Aug- 7th - 2013 - Lots of questions about Perch fishing the last week or so. The way things look right now it will be another couple weeks for them. No bait shop on the east side of the Bay has minnows in stock yet, and I’ve heard the same for most of Bay City and the west side of the Bay too.

This past week was probably the most unproductive week for walleye since the action picked up in the middle of May, meaning the summer slump for them is hear.

They are still fishing walleyes and getting some west of the Spark Plug, and west of Buoy 1-2 (25’), off Gambils (Pinconning)-23’, Saganing Bar, a few off Finn Rd 8-10’, and a few trolling in the Saginaw River trolling between Weadock and the Coast Guard station.

A few smallmouth are being caught around the spoils Island and in the River. Channel catfish and sheephead being caught at Smith Park in Saginaw River.

No perch action reported yet.

 
July- 31st - 2013 - Walleye fishing on Saginaw Bay continues to slow down as the water has gotten warm and the fish have moved offshore. Fishing pressure was light last week as we had a lot of windy days. Anglers fishing in the outer bay are still doing very well on walleyes, mostly on crawler harnesses but also using crankbaits and spoons. Lots of boats are making the trip out to buoys 1 & 2 to fish that area. They’re still getting some walleye off Gambils’ Marina at Pinconning and off the Pinconning and Saganing bars and a few around the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12). A few walleye are still being caught in the lower Saginaw River but that’s slowing down. Shore anglers at Smith Park were getting a few catfish, drum, and bass. Along the east side, persistent anglers are still scratching a few walleye out of the Slot, but most boats from Sebewaing and Bay Port are crossing The Bar and heading for the deeper water on the west side or out to buoys 1 & 2. At Caseville, most boats are going to the north of Big Charity, off Oak Point, or to the assorted reefs to the northeast toward Port Austin.

 
July- 24th - 2013 - On the west side, walleye anglers are still having good success just about everywhere; both Spark Plugs (Buoys 1 & 2 and 11 & 12) off the Saganing and Pinconning bars, at the Black Hole, in 10 to 12 feet off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, and two to three miles northeast of the Spoils Island. Small boats trolling hot-n-tots in the lower Saginaw River are still getting walleyes also. Shore anglers at Smith Park in Essexville are getting some catfish, drum and bass.

On the east side, walleye fishing in the Slot is slowing down but persistent anglers are still scratching a few fish out of there. Most boats from Quanicassee, Sebewaing, and Bay Port are crossing The Bar and heading to the deeper water on the other side, where they’re still getting good catches of walleye. For those who don’t want to go that far, the edges of the weedbeds in Wildfowl Bay are still producing some walleyes. Boats out of Caseville are doing well off Oak Point, north of the Charities, and on the reefs between Caseville and Port Crescent State Park.

 
July- 21st - 2013 - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report The weatherman's forecast of light and variable winds provided us with a long bumpy ride from Sunset Bay Marina to our spot, as apparently light and variable must of meant steady winds outta the north. Action was steady but slow from about 8:30 am til noon and we had 6 walleye in the box, but when that lunch bell rang things happened fast, by 12:15 we had 4 more to complete our limit and had to toss back 2 more keepers while pulling lines.


We pulled Tots and Reef Runners 80' back off tethrered boards and Eyeliminator spoon/spinner combos tipped with crawlers, behind 2 oz weights, 35' back. We fished 18' - 22' of water.

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Saginaw Bay Fishing Report 7-21-2013

July- 17th - 2013 - Walleye fishing continues to be red-hot all over greater Saginaw Bay, almost anywhere anyone would want to go.

Limit catches are almost the rule, and everybody is coming in with fish. Trollers are getting good numbers of walleye on all the usual baits and lures behind planer boards; nightcrawler harnesses on bottom bouncers and in-line weights continue to take the bulk of the fish because more people use them, but lots of fish are being taken on Hot-n-Tots and Thundersticks, and also on small trolling spoons. As water temperatures have crept up, the fishing in shallower areas of the bay is tapering off and the deeper areas are producing more fish. Fishing in the deeper areas off Alabaster, north of Big Charity Island around the Steeples, the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin, and off the tip of the Thumb is excellent right now. Best depths range from 25 to 40 feet, depending on where you are. In the inner bay, the deep part of the basin south of Pointe Au Gres and the area along the shipping channel around buoys 1 and 2 (the very end of the dredged channel) are hot-spots. Farther down in the inner bay, good numbers of walleye are still being taken off Pinconning, around the Spark Plug (buoys 11 and 12), in 12 feet of water off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River, and also in the lower Saginaw River from the river mouth upstream to the Coast Guard station. Anglers from the east side are generally going “over the Bar” to the deeper areas to the west, as fishing in the Slot has slowed down. Caseville Anglers are going north of the Charities or to the reefs to the northeast.

 
July- 14th - 2013 - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report We hit the Sunset Bay Marina launch about 6 am to beat the heat and were treated to a spectacular sunrise over Saginaw Bay on our way out. We dropped lines about 6:30 and action was steady until about 8:15 when we pulled lines with our, 15 walleye, 3 man limit. All our fish came from 18' - 22' depths, pulling spinner rigs with crawlers behind 2 oz bottom bouncers off in-line boards.

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Saginaw Bay Fishing Report 7-14-2013

July- 12th - 2013 - Muck Boy Crew Fishing Report - Field reporter Ernie Smith and myself hit the water at 7am with a NE breeze making it hard to get the boat out to my mark where I have had good luck in the past. But once we passed the Spoils Island the waves were a little larger that forcasted so we decided to troll to our mark out by the Spark Plug - we should have tuffed it out because we didn't pick up a fish until we neared the mark. Everyone on the marine radio was talking about the slow bite and we can relate as we only went 5 for 6 with 2 shorts. But as the morning went on the waves continued to build until they hit the 3 foot mark with a few breakers and that is when we decided to head home. Hope to be back out this weekend.
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Saginaw Bay Fishing Report 7-12-2013
July- 9th - 2013 - Field Reporter Paul Smith's Report With calm winds, near 90 degree temperatures. and high humidity it was hard to tell whether we were in a boat on Saginaw Bay or in a sauna. We literally worked up a sweat fishing. The bite was slow most of the morning and didn't pick up til about noon when we started catching fish on a regular basis. T'was a long day on the water but we stuck it out until we filled our 15 walleye 3 man limit.

Most of our fish came from the 15' - 17' depths on the eastside of the Bay trolling spinner rigs 25' -35' behind in-line boards at 1.3 - 1.6 SOG, pink and/or purple blades were the hottest producers.

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Saginaw Bay Fishing Report 7-9-2013

July- 10th - 2013 - Excellent walleye fishing from every port and at about any of the usual hot-spots. Linwood, the Spark Plug, the Slot from Quanicassee all the way to Sand Point, the Bar, the Callahan Reef, the deeper water west of the Bar; ALL areas were producing fish. Note: weeds are starting to become a problem in a lot of the shallower areas like the Callahan Reef, but anglers fishing the edges of these weed-beds are getting good numbers of walleye, especially in Wildfowl Bay. Some limit catches of walleye are still coming from the lower Saginaw River and the shipping channel out to the Spoils Island also. Walleye fishing is just great almost anywhere you go.
 
July -2nd - 2013 - Pinconning Bar—still getting walleye west of the bar 14 feet. B Buoy, 1 mile West of Spark plug, 1 mile NE of Spoils Island, Callahan Reef - getting walleyes trolling crawler harnesses and some drifting. West of buoy 11 & 12, and buoy 1 and 2 – some limit catches. Quanicassee, Sunset & Thomas Rd - still fishing the slot and the deeper side (west side) of the Bar with good success. Fishing shallower weedbeds, but harder with more vegetation now. Sebewaing and Bayport - fishing the islands and around Wildfowl Bay - fair to good for walleye. Getting some smaller walleye around the Sand Point Ball. Also fishing around triple humps. Caseville - starting to pick up a few walleyes off Oak Point to out front of Sleeper State Park.

Saginaw River - Walleye trolling from Consumers to Coast Guard Station, and at Smith Park (Essexville) – some sheephead, channel catfish, and smallmouth.

From Dock Reporter Terry T - On Friday the 28th we took 10 walleye and 2 big perch out front of Oak Point in 22-32 FOW (perch came in around 17 FOW when we made a shallow pass). Took us about 3 ½ hours to get our fish. Orange and Purple harnesses with 2 oz. BB off of inline boards between 1.0 and 1.3 worked best for us. Our walleye were 15.25, 3 between 17-18, 2 between 20-23, and 4 bigger than 23 with and the biggest just over 26. The perch were right around 11 inches.

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Caseville Walleye Fishing  July 2013
June-26th- 2013 - Excellent walleye fishing in several locations; off the Pinconning Bar, off Gambil’s Marina, off Linwood, at the Spark Plug, off the mouth of the Kawkawlin and Saginaw rivers, on the Callahan and Coryeon reefs, in the slot from Quanicassee to North Island, on the Bar, and in the deeper water west of the Bar to the shipping channel. Walleye are also being caught in Wildfowl Bay, and around the big ball buoy off the tip of Sand Point, although action there is spotty. There are a lot of short fish being caught all over the bay, so be sure to take your bump board along; most estimates are that you get at least one short walleye for every legal one. There are rumors of walleye taken northeast of Big Charity Island and Oak Point, but unable to confirm it.

Walleye are also still being taken in the lower Saginaw River by trollers towing hot-n-tots between the river mouth and the Coast Guard station. This is a possibility for the small-boat guys who don’t have a boat big enough for open water. Caseville Friday the 28th with Murlick. We took 10 walleye and 2 big perch out front of Oak Point in 22-32 FOW(perch came in around 17 FOW when we made a shallow pass). Took us about 3 ½ hours to get our fish. Orange and Purple harnesses with 2 oz. BB off of inline boards between 1.0 and 1.3 worked best for us. Our walleye were 15.25, 3 between 17-18, 2 between 20-23, and 4 bigger than 23 with and the biggest just over 26. The perch were right around 11 inches.

 

June-24th- 2013 -Good walleye on Calahan Reef, action in the Slot north to the Islands is good, also good at Wildfowl Bay and North Island.

At Caseville out to the Big Charity the fishing action is slow.
Also in Saginaw River off Smith Park, anglers catching bass, sheephead and channel catfish.

 
June 13th 2013 - Good walleye catches from Saganing bar and Pinconning bar in 10-12 ft., off Finn Rd (5-8’), Coryeon Reef, Callahan Reef, and Spark Plug East Side of the bay Fish Point to Quaunicassee: action seems to be slowly moving up the slot and toward the eastern end of the bar in 10-12’. Crawler harnesses (orange Chartreuse and copper). Many limit catches.

Bay Port has been slow but they are getting a few walleyes in the weeds. A few walleyes being taken by the sailboat buoy at end of slot. Catfish action was tapering off.

Caseville: Wall pretty slow. A stray walleye at night. Some reports of Walleye off of Oak Point and NE of the Big Charity, although water temps remain cool yet for this time of year.


 

June-6th-2013 - Walleye good at Callahan Reef in 5-6 ft. (crawler harnesses and spoons) Walleye good off Kawkawlin River in 5 ft. (crawler harnesses and spoons) Walleye—trolling in Saginaw River from Consumers to Coast Guard Station ( crankbaits and crawlers)

At Quanicassee: Walleyesbeing taken out front, and north in the slot. It appears the fish are moving out.

Quanicassee River and Thomas Cut - getting catfish. Sebewaing to Caseville - little action due to weather
Wildfowl Bay - getting walleyes near weed line, drifting crawlers. Bayport - getting some walleye off by the sailboat nall and by the islands

 
May-20th-2013 - Well, this last week during the week was a little slow out on Saginaw Bay but the weather improved and the fishing picked up on the weekend! How often does THAT happy sequence of events transpire in Michigan!?!? We had a lot of east-northeast winds last week that kept a lot of guys off the water, through the day on Saturday, and then by Sunday the winds changed to the south, the air temperatures warmed up, and fishing was not bad at all!
Good walleye fishing in 10 to 12 feet of water on harnesses from Linwood south to the mouth of the Saginaw River. They’re also doing well in the old shipping channel. Some of the best walleye fishing was still in the lower Saginaw River from the Karn-Weadok power plant upstream to the Coast Guard station, trolling fire-tiger hot-n-tots. Some are also being taken vertical jigging. There’s a lot of bow-fishing activity for carp from Jones Road east along the south end of the bay. Shore anglers at Smith Park in Essexville are taking catfish, drum and white bass.
Walleye anglers were doing well out in the Slot from Quanicassee north to Sunset Bay Marina, getting decent numbers of fish but few limits. Pretty much the same story out of Sebewaing, for those going south. At Bay Port, catch and release bass fishing was more popular than walleye fishing over the weekend with good numbers of smallmouth keeping the guys busy. Walleye fishing from Bay Port and Caseville is concentrated around the Sailboat buoy off Sand Point with average catches of 2 to 3 fish per person per boat the norm. Channel cat fishing in Wildfowl Bay is excellent right now, with a couple of flatheads also taken. Pier fishing at Caseville was spotty last week, no doubt due to weather.

 
May -14th - 2013 - Kind of slow along the west side of the bay last week, but there were walleyes being taken off Linwood in 18 feet and up at the Pinconning Bar they were getting walleyes on harnesses in 12 to 14 feet. They were also still getting walleye in the lower Saginaw River trolling body baits off Consumers. A few (not as many as last week) walleye were also taken off Jones and Finn roads. Some walleyes taken from the lower Slot from Quanicassee north to Sunset Bay. Average catch was 2 or 3 fish per boat. The skid pier is now in at Quanicassee. Catfish are just starting in the Quanicassee River, but it’s a bit early yet. Nothing much going on from Sebewaing to Bay Port with only a few boats trying the sailboat buoy off of Sand Point with very limited success at best. They are still dredging inside Bayshore Marina. At Caseville there were rumors of walleyes being taken off the wall at night.  
May-7th-2013 - Most Marinas are just getting ready and opened, and the water has been quite dirty still from the April floods. Caseville - smallmouth catch and release off the wall incidental to a few walleye…nights better. Bayport - still dredging, a few trollers out by sailboat buoy/Sand Point – success is limited as water is dirty. Bass activity near North Island, and canals of Sand Point fair to improving with warming temperatures. Sebewaing - some bass activitie in the channel and in the canals off the river. A few walleye coming in from the southern part of the Slot. Quanicassee - Little activity. Most marinas not open yet or still in the process of dredging , skid pier not in at the state launch, M-25 road construction also seems to be deterring folks. A few walleye from shallow off of Sunset. Walleye fishing in and around the Inner Bay near the Saginaw River to Linwood is very good to excellent. Many caught in the lower Saginaw River, trolling and jigging, Jones Rd 4-6 ft (crawler harnesses), Off Kawkawlin in 4-6’ (crawler harnesses), Spoils Island (jigging and crank baits), off Linwood –plastic and crawlers 18-20’, and near Consumers –jigging, plastic worms, minnows.  
May-1st-2013 - The inner bay is still pretty muddy after recent rains and floods, and success seems to be limited to the west side. Very good walleye fishing around the Spoils Island over the weekend with both trollers and vertical jiggers taking fish; it seems vertical jigging near the rocks was more effective than trolling. Small boat anglers trolling in the lower Kawkawlin River downstream from the Euclid Avenue bridge were doing very well on walleye with body baits. Rapalas and Shad-Raps were the hot baits. . The east side of the bay is still very muddy and not much was going on from Quanicassee north to Caseville. Anglers were out but fishing was tough. Be careful throughout that area with boat launching as all the ramps are shallow. Dredging will be taking place shortly at Bayshore Marina near Bay Port and at Caseville; this may involve temporary closures of both launches. Lindy's in Quanicassee is also doing some improvements, as well as Sunset Bay Marina so those launches as well maybe shutdown from time to time over the next few weeks. Also, channel marker buoys are not all in place yet so watch your depth gauge.  
Apr-29th-2013 - Blue and Kevin made their first trip of 2013 to Saginaw Bay on April 27th, it was a sunny spring day with morning temps near 50. They slow trolled spinner rigs with crawlers and stick baits in 8' to 12' depths, the bite was slow but they boated a few fish for their efforts.

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Apr-24th-2013 - Water levels have crested in most central Michigan rivers but flooding remains widespread and we just got another 1/2 inch last night. Who knows how long before the boat ramps on the area rivers are back to normal but expect mud, wood and other flood debris for a few weeks. Before all the rain and high water, channel markers and docks at boat launchs were starting to be put in.

At Linwood: Fair to good catches of walleye trolling Husky-Jerks in 16 to 18 feet of water. Find the clean water and you’ll find the fish.

At Bay City: Some walleye reported taken somewhere east of the Spoils Island. Again, find the clean water.

Nothing much going on up the east side of the bay from Quanicassee to Port Austin.

 
Apr-17th-2013 - With Torrential rains all last week and more to come in the next few days fishing is pretty much on hold in east-central Michigan for the near future. Most area rivers crested way above flood stage late last Friday night and are coming down, but no river is really fishable as of today. If we don’t get a bunch more rain this week, rivers should be approaching normal levels by next weekend. On the other hand, if we DO get much rain this week, it may be another week before fishing is practical. We’ll just have to see what Mother Nature has in store for us.

 
Apr-10th-2013 - Perch fishing in the Pine River near Standish was absolutely excellent last week with limits of 7” to 10” perch to be caught on minnows if you stayed long enough. This was in the river itself, upstream from the boat ramp. The launch ramp remains unuseable due to the jam of ice and floodwood just lakeward of the ramp.

Perch fishing is good on the lower Kawkawlin River off the Bridge at State Park Drive. Excellent perch fishing was reported from the lower Saginaw River from the river mouth upstream to Essexville, with a lot of 10” and 11” perch taken on minnows. Walleye fishing in Saginaw Bay off the mouth of the Saginaw River was also excellent, with walleyes hitting jigs and minnows or about anything else thrown at them. Some channel cats were being taken out of the Hot Ponds.

Perch fishing was really excellent on the Quanicassee and Sebewaing Rivers early last week, but it kind of tapered off by the weekend. Spring rains this week may bring in some fresh fish, but don’t wait too long to get out there. Too much rain can be as bad as too little. Perch fishing hasn’t really cranked up on the Pigeon River in Caseville yet, but the water is colder outside of Sand Point. Not many people were fishing the pier, but the weather out there was windy almost all week.

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 - Boats fishing lakeward of the Saginaw River mouth are getting good catches of walleyes on jigs & minnows. Perch fishermen in the river from the mouth upstream to Essexville; limit catches of large perch over the weekend on perch rigs and shiner minnows.

Quanicassee River: Limits of large perch over the weekend on perch rigs & shiners from M-25 bridge downstream to the bay. Fishing not as good off the old State Road bridges.

Sebewaing: Good catches of perch in the river over the weekend. Perch running 8” to 11”; average catch 20 to 25 per angler. Perch rigs & shiners.

Caseville: Some perch being taken off the docks in the city marina. Breakwall has been empty, but the last of the ice just moved out over the weekend.

 
Mar-28th-2013 -Ice conditions are quickly deteriorating, but anglers staying close to shore are getting some perch. Steelhead runs appear to be underway in area streams, but the suckers didn’t get the memo about dip-net season opening on March 20th and they haven’t showed up yet in the Rifle River. Fish runs seem to be re-set to when they used to occur before the recent succession of early springs. Actually, a long, slow warm-up is better for fish reproduction as the primary production cycle then lines up with when the fry hatch out and there’s plankton available for the fry to eat. The fish don’t care if spring arrives late…it’s just us humans who get so sick of winter!

Last-ice perch anglers were doing fairly well off Newman and Newburg roads in 5 to 6 feet of water. Average catch was 10 to 25 perch per angler, 8 to 10 inches in size, and the perch were hitting both minnows and beads. Some perch were being caught in the morning off Bay City State Park, and some walleye in the evening There’s not much going on east of Bay City; the ice is bad, with lots of holes, thin spots, and pile-ups. A few boats are going out of Quanicassee generally staying in the river in search of perch, but with little success. Still some activity on thin ice at Sebewaing, Bayshore Marina near Bay Port, and in the marina basins of Caseville. Success for perch is slow and spotty at all of these locations.

 
Mar-12th-2013 - Good catches of perch at several locations last week and over the weekend: White’s Beach in 6 to 8 feet of water, Cody-Estey Road, Newman Road in 5 to 7 feet, and Parish Road. The key seems to be to use minnows or minnow heads on small spoons, as the fish don’t seem to be hitting plastic beads very well. Fishing was generally better during the week, than on the weekend, as all the people on the ice on the weekend seems to run the fish out. Folks at Bay City State Park reported seeing a lot of walleyes down their holes but the fish had lockjaw. On the east side, some good catches of perch were reported off Tietz Drain in 4 to 7 feet of water. As usual, the weekend crowd seemed to shut down the fishing. Note: the dirt roads and trails to a lot of these local fishing spots are turning into a sea of mud after yesterday’s rain, so people going fishing should use caution driving out there. About the only fishable ice left is in the marinas at Sebewaing and Caseville, and there’s nothing much hitting besides small perch. Shore ice is starting to break up and making it hard to get on the ice elsewhere. Permanent shanties have all been pulled. Be especially cautious of the ice on Wildfowl Bay off Mud Creek. Ice is honeycombed at all locations.

Saginaw River: Time to get the boats out! Boat anglers fishing just upstream of Gordonville Road on the Tittabawassee were taking walleyes on white twister tail jigs and also on spoons. Boats out of the Center Street launch ramp were likewise doing well on walleyes around the M-46 bridge. On the Saginaw River, the Rust Avenue ramp was full over the weekend, with anglers ranging downstream as far as Zilwaukee and doing well on walleyes, mainly vertical jigging with spoons or jig heads baited with minnows or Gulp baits. The ice is out of the ramp at Zilwaukee and anglers are fishing as far downstream as Cass Avenue in Bay City and picking up walleyes. In Bay City, the ice is getting dangerous and should not be trusted.
 
Mar-5th-2013 - Some perch being taken off Newman, Newburg, and Townline roads, in 5 to 8 feet of water. Average catches are 20 to 25 fish per angler. A few walleye are also being taken in the evening. Further down inside the bay, most effort is off Bay City State Park in 5 to 6 feet of water and off the mouth of the Saginaw River. Some nice perch and a few walleye are being taken off the park, and anglers at the river mouth are getting perch and walleye near the Spoils Island and from 10 feet of water off the Trailer Park. Some perch are still being taken off Vanderbilt Park at Quanicassee in 6 to 7 feet of water. Further up Fish Point, there’s open water about 2 miles offshore and there’s not many people going out up there(Considering what happened to the guys in the airboat, it would seem wise to go someplace else…). About the only activity at Sebewaing is inside the marina basin, and the catch there is mostly small perch. Due to low water, there’s almost no activity out on the bay. A few guys are fishing off Geiger Road in search of the big crappies that show up there toward last ice, and they are having to go out by Maisou Island just to find enough water under the ice to even fish in. The ice is not good off Bay Port or in Wildfowl Bay, with a handful of snowmobiles going into the open water over the weekend. Fortunately, everybody got out. The storm last Tuesday night and Wednesday de-stabilized the ice even further. At Caseville, most of the shanties have been taken off the harbor and marina basins. The storm blew the ice out off the end of the breakwall where people were fishing for lake trout.  
Feb-28th-2013 - Ice conditions continue to be a bit dicey around greater Saginaw Bay, but people who watch what they’re doing are getting out and at least getting some perch here and there. Those who don’t watch what they’re doing are sometimes having their fishing trip turn into a very cold bath.

They’re getting some perch off Cody-Estey and Newman Road in 4 to 5 feet of water; some guys are using plastic beads and others are using live minnows. This afternoon, there’s a group of guys fishing right off Bay City State Park about 400 yards offshore, well inside the first crack. They’re reportedly taking some very nice perch (10” to 12”) but not in great numbers. Oddly enough, the perch are ignoring minnows but hitting beads. Reports over the weekend of some very nice perch being taken out near the Spoils Island in 26 feet of water in the shipping channel. Those were also 10” to 12” perch, mostly on minnows, and the average catch was 18 to 20 perch per angler. There’s a fair amount of perch fishing activity out of Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee, but anglers there need to be careful…two guys went through the ice yesterday morning into 4 or 5 feet of water, but fortunately got out. Some perch and walleye are being caught off Tietz Drain, but no activity off Sunset Bay or Thomas Road. Llittle activity at Sebewaing except inside the marina basin, where mainly small perch and bluegills were caught. Out on the bay there was little effort from Sebewaing to Bay Port. Activity at Mud Creek was spotty and anglers are warned that the areas of open water and bad ice out in Wildfowl Bay continue to grow. At Caseville, anglers in the various marina basins were sorting through a lot of small perch and a few lake trout were taken out near the end of the breakwall.

 
Feb-20th-2013 - STAY OFF SAGINAW BAY!!!
The Coast Guard plucked two guys off an ice floe up near Bay Park on the east side of the bay yesterday, and the big orange helicopter was back again this morning, apparently looking for somebody again. There is shore ice that extends out for 1 to 1 ½ miles depending on where you are. Beyond that is open water. Our spotters have confirmed open water about a mile offshore along the east side of the bay also. Strong west winds this morning are churning up major wave action in the open waters that will also tend to de-stabilize the shore ice. The fact of the matter is that nobody with any sense would go out there with conditions like this.

 
Feb-12th-2013 - STAY OFF SAGINAW BAY!!! There are numerous, very active cracks in the ice out there which will make ice fishing dangerous and foolhardy. Since I got here this morning, a crack has opened up about 1 ½ miles offshore of Bay City State Park that appears to run out of sight in either direction and there is nothing but open water visible on the other side of it, even with binoculars. At 11:45 AM at Bay City, the wind was from the southwest at 23 miles per hour, gusting to 37 mph. This is the worst possible wind direction, as it will tend to push the offshore ice out into the open waters of Lake Huron. The seiche effect that results from prolonged offshore winds here will also increase current velocities in the Saginaw River, further de-stabilizing the ice in the river. Ice conditions are going to be very treacherous in greater Saginaw Bay and on the river for the next several days, and anglers should use EXTREME caution if they venture out.

 
Feb-5th - 2013 - There are a lot of cracks along the west side of the bay, including one big one that may be open as much as 50 feet wide. Walleye anglers are going 4 to 5 miles off White’s Beach (and crossing 4 or 5 cracks to get there) and are getting fish, which are reported to be hitting anything you jig with. The story is the same off Erickson Road, but to get to the 18 to 20 foot depths most guys are fishing, it’s necessary to go north up the bay nearly to Pinconning to get around the big open crack out there. Some walleyes up to 6 lb. were taken over the weekend. It appears that a lot of the walleye fishing activity converges around the Spark Plug which is at Buoy 11 & 12. This is a LONG way out, but the people with the 4-wheelers don’t seem to mind and the fish are hitting out there! Not much activity inside Linwood Marina after the rain last Tuesday and Wednesday. The water’s very muddy and just a few small perch were taken over the weekend. Ice at the mouth of the Saginaw River was marginal at best as of Sunday. River currents remain strong as last week’s rain drains out, and the water in the river and the south end of the bay is terribly muddy. Nothing much happening there. There are quite a few people going out of the end of Callahan Road, between Essexville and Quanicassee, and making the long run out to the Spark Plug to fish walleye. At Quanicassee, the perch fishing off the river mouth and off Vanderbilt Park is at a standstill due to muddy water. A few guys tried for perch off Tietz Drain over the weekend, but the water’s too muddy there also. Lots of people have been going out off the end of Thomas Road, near the tip of Fish Point. Hundreds of cars were reported there over the weekend. They’re going 8 to 10 miles out and doing very well on walleye. There is reported to be a “soft spot” about 6 miles offshore and a few machines went through out there over the weekend. One is still there, upside down, floating by the tires, as of this morning. The water inside the Sebewaing Marina is muddy just like the river and next to nothing was biting in there. The river was just starting to refreeze as of Sunday. A couple of guys went out of the Geiger Road access site to the Slot on Sunday for walleyes, but they didn’t catch anything. Nothing going on at Bay Port. At the Mud Creek access site, anglers found the place aptly named…too muddy to fish, and the creek is open out at least as far as the boat ramp. Anglers were pulling their spearing shacks back out there after bringing them to shore for the third time already this year. A few people fished inside the marina basin in Caseville, but found the basins too muddy, just like the river which has some ice jams in it and was just starting to refreeze as of Sunday.  
Jan-29th - 2013 - What a difference a week of frigid weather makes! By Wednesday of last week there were ice fishermen back out on the Saginaw River and there were guys going from Linwood clear out to the Spark Plug by the weekend. More remarkably, they were catching fish just about wherever they went! The forecast is for record high temperatures tomorrow, but dropping back into the deep freeze by Thursday or Friday. This could make fishing on the river dangerous (especially with a big flush of melt water coming down the watershed) but ice on the bay and on inland lakes should hold up if the warm spell is only a couple of days long.

Fishing Report:
Lots of walleye activity 3 to 3 ½ miles off Erickson Road, and also out near the Spark Plug off Linwood. (Anglers beware; there are several pressure cracks out there between shore and where you are going.) Good numbers of walleyes being taken, with some running to 4 or 5 lb. On the east side there was a lot of activity off Vanderbilt Park at Quanicassee for perch, but fishing was spotty. Anglers after walleyes were going to the Slot and further and were bringing back fish at most locations.

There was very little activity from Sebewaing to Bay Port Sunday, some anglers out after perch in the marina and in the Sebewaing river channel. The perch and pike spearing at Wildfowl Bay off the Mud Creek access site just south of Sand Point is reported slow. There are still some open water spots out there, so you need to watch where they’re going. Fishing in the harbor and marinas in Caseville found the perch finicky over the weekend. Those who fished with live minnows did better than the bead fishermen, those who use a soft plastic bead of various colors on a Russian hook.

Saginaw River on Saturday and Sunday was the busy with over 250 shanties on the river between Saginaw and Bay City on Saturday. Walleye were being taken just about everywhere, a lot of sorting through sub legal fish is necessary, but most are getting 1 or 2 legal walleyes and some had 3 or 4. Areas with lots of fishermen included Ojibway Island in Saginaw, Zilwaukee, Veterans Park along M-13 south of Bay City, around the Boys & Girls Club off Salzburg Road, the other Veterans Park near the M-25 bridge in Bay City, the area just downstream of the Independence Bridge, and the mouth of the river. In addition to walleye, a couple of nice catches of big perch (everything over 8”) came from the vicinity of the river mouth.

 
Jan-23rd - 2013 - Ice conditions are changing daily so check conditions before you go out - Ice was just starting to harden off White’s Beach, Pinconning, and Newman roads. The few guys who tried it on Sunday couldn’t get out far and weren’t catching much yet. The only place on the west side where they were doing any good at all was inside the Linwood Marina basin, where they were getting a few perch. There was nothing going on yet at the mouth of the Saginaw River, the Hot Pond or Quanicassee. There was almost no fishable ice on the east side of the bay by the weekend with the exception of the marina basin at Sebewaing. Fair catches of bluegills were reported along with the odd crappie, lots of sorting of the perch, and a 37” Northern taken in there Wednesday. Little activity off of Bay Port to speak of; and up in Wildfowl Bay the wind on Saturday Night blew some of the pike spearing shanties over on their sides. No fishable ice in Caseville with the exception of the city marina,

 

Jan 16th 2013 - After heavy rains last Friday night and near-record high temperatures on Saturday, ice conditions on greater Saginaw Bay became unsafe in most places. Anglers are cautioned to stay off the ice until the colder weather coming this week has a chance to make new ice. Ice fishing over shallow water for perch should be possible again after a few days of frigid weather.

River fishing for walleye on the Tittbawassee and Saginaw rivers was pretty good at mid-week last week, but rising muddy water and floating ice chunks made fishing nearly impossible after Saturday noon. Other area rivers including the Au Gres, Pine, Kawkawlin, Quanicassee, and Sebewaing are high and muddy, but long-rod anglers are getting a few perch in all of them. Fishing is generally rated as slow about everywhere. A few pike and walleye also came out of the Hot Pond over the weekend on crankbaits and jigs. Surf anglers fishing spawn off the mouth of Whitney Drain at Singing Bridge were taking a few nice steelheads but were putting in a lot of hours for each fish caught.

 

Jan 10th 2013 - Monday the ice blew out from roughly Finn Rd to the north/northeast and west leaving just a few areas with a couple hundred yards of shore ice on the west side. The east side held pretty tight but had a lot of big cracks open up, and the continued offshore winds the next couple days may do in a lot of that ice too. Wildfowl Bay also has lots of open water and thin ice areas. Most areas, with the exception of some marina basins, will be shot before the weekend. BE VERY CAREFUL IF YOU GO OUT.

At Palmer Rd/ Pine River: Lots of activity here over the weekend; Steve estimated 300 people. They fished 2 to 3 feet of water. Perch action wasn’t red-hot, but most people got a few keepers. Ten to fifteen perch kept per angler was about the norm.

At Linwood: Lots of activity in the Linwood Marina basin and out front of the marina, and most people got a few perch. Guys casting tube jigs into the open water around the bubblers seemed to be doing better than the ice anglers.

At Quanicassee: LOTS of activity at Vanderbilt Park! There are estimateds of up to 500 people there last Saturday. Catches off Quanicassee were good earlier in the week, but the mass of humanity that descended on the place over the weekend apparently spooked the fish out of there. Fishing may pick up again the first of this week as the crowd declines….if the ice holds up.

Activity is limited to inside the marina basins at Sebewaing, Bayshore Marina near Bay Port and Caseville. They’re getting a few good perch at all locations, lots of sub-legal walleye in Caseville, and a few pike being taken by the spearers in Wildfowl Bay.

 


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