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Saginaw Bay - Dock Reports
Great Lakes Buoy Data, Inner
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Saginaw Bay Map with Reef Locations, Area
Map of Bait Shops and Launches
Bay Dock Reporter: Paul Smith and Terry Murlick
are showing definite signs of moving to deeper water, but some good
fishing continues in inner Saginaw Bay as well. Prevailing west wind
over the past two weeks has caused some strange temperature patterns
to set up in the lake, which is hampering lake trout and salmon fishing
on the outside of the Thumb and to a certain extent also curtailing
walleye success off Tawas City, Au Gres, and north of the Charity
Walleye are still being taken at a variety of locations, including
- 18 to 24 feet off Pinconning and Gambil’s
Marina - 18 feet off Linwood - The Spark Plug (buoys
11 & 12) - North of Buoys 1 & 2 (the green Spark Plug) - The
Slot from Quanicassee to North Island
(fishing at the south end of the Slot was particularly
good in 7 to 11 feet of water north of Quanicasse
on Sunday morning) Crawler harnesses in all the usual colors continue
to be the go-to bait, and crankbaits in chrome finishes (particularly
blue & silver) also produced well. Shore fishing at all locations
was generally slow, with a few bass, drum, and catfish caught.
Water temperatures at Caseville were hovering around
59 degrees last week, which sharply curtailed success, but some walleyes
were still caught north of the Charities and off Oak Point.
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- With temps in the 70's, sunny skies, and light and variable winds
it made for an enjoyable day of fishing on Saginaw Bay, the bite was
a little slow and we had to work for our fish but we stuck with it
until we boated our 15 fish 3 man limit. The fish came on a variety
of presentations, spinner rigs behind 2oz in-lines, spoon harnesses
(similar to Worm Burners) and spoons behind mini disc divers, 50'
- 60' back in about 22 fow. Purple, pink, and gold seemed to be prefeed
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fishing continues to be very good all over whenever the wind is light
enough for boats to get out. Unfortunately, that wasn’t very
often last week. Thursday was about the best day all week; fishing
was excellent at just about every port with limit catches on Thursday
the 10th, but then the wind started blowing again. There are further
indications that the walleye are making their annual summer movement
toward deeper water, but good numbers of fish were still being caught
in the inner bay - Just north of buoys 1 & 2 (the Green Spark
Plug at the end of the dredged ship channel) in 20 to 25 feet - 19
feet of water west of the Red Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12)- Off
Pinconning in 17 feet of water - Off Bay
City State Park and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River
in 10 to 12 feet of water - In the first couple of miles of the lower
Saginaw River, from the mouth up to the Coast Guard station, trolling
crankbaits - In 10 feet of water on the Callahan reef. (Weeds are
starting to be a problem here.) - In the Slot from Quanicassee
north to North Island, in 12 to 16 feet of water - On the Bar in 12
feet off Fish Point - On the west side of the Bar in 17 to 18 feet
- In 25 to 32 feet off Oak Point and north of Big Charity Island,
fishing from Caseville. Crawler harnesses continue
to produce, but hot-n-tots are also working. Gold, purple, anti-freeze,
and green were good colors.
8th 2014 -
Very good walleye fishing continues, but there is some indication
that the fish are moving toward deeper water. More boats are working
out near the green Spark Plug (Buoys 1 & 2) at the end of the
shipping channel, the deep side of the Bar, and similar areas. Windy
weather really suppressed fishing activity for a lot of last week
and for the weekend. Trollers out of Caseville were
getting some bigger walleyes off Oak Point and north
of the Charities.
1st 2014 -
Excellent walleye fishing in a lot of locations this past week. Here’s
a list of the areas - 24 feet of water north of Gambil’s Marina
near Pinconning - 12 to 14 feet off the Pinconning Bar - Northwest
of Buoys 1&2 - Two miles east of the Spark Plug - 25 to 28 feet
of water near the Spark Plug - 6 to 8 feet off the mouth of the Kawkawlin
River, very early in the morning. - Anywhere from 4 to 14 feet on
and along the Callahan Reef. (Very good there on Saturday.) - The
Slot, from Quanicassee northeast to the outside of Heisterman Island
- Over the Bar, between the Bar and the Shipping Channel.
In short, you can catch some walleye just about anywhere you go, but
if the area you’re in is slow at the moment, move a few miles
and try a different depth. There is some indication that the fish
are moving to deeper water, but it depends on the day and the time
of day. They may be shallower early in the morning than in the afternoon.
Crawler harnesses are the go-to bait, but crankbaits and spoons
are also taking fish for some trollers. Best spinner colors vary
with the day, but green, anti-freeze, and chartreuse were consistent
producers. It it’s cloudy, try gold, silver, or copper. Best
crankbait colors were chrome with blue, orange or gold backs, purple
Walleye fishing was good to excellent about anywhere anglers want
to go. Here’s a partial list.- 10 feet of water off the Pinconning
Bar - 16 feet off Gambil’s Marina.
- Buoys 1 & 2 - Around the old dumping grounds
- 20 feet of water, 2 miles east of the Spark Plug
(buoys 11 & 12) - Off Finn Road and on the Callahan
Reef in 6 to 8 feet of water - The Slot
from Sunset Bay Marina to the outside of North
Island in 12 to 16 feet of water. - The west side of The
Bar in 10 to 20 feet of water - Some walleyes are also being taken
out of Wildfowl Bay
It all depends on your luck on any given day. Some boats have limits
but almost everybody is getting some fish every trip. Crawler harnesses
are the go-to bait but hot-n-tots are also taking some fish. Chromes
with blue, black or orange backs, black & gold, and purples are
all taking fish.
If it’s too rough to fish on the bay, trollers are still
taking walleyes in the lower Saginaw River between the mouth and
the Coast Guard Station. Shore anglers at Smith
Park were getting catfish, drum, and a few smallmouths.
22nd 2014 -
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- It was a great day on Saginaw Bay. Temps in the 70's, overcast sky,
light southerly winds, and the walleye bite was on. We continued fishing
shallow water, dropping our lines around 8am and pulling a 4 man limit
by 11am. We trolled homemade harnesses 20 to 30 ft back off in-line
boards, at 1 to 1.3 mph SOG. Fish ran a little larger this trip with
only 4 throwbacks, many in the 17 to 20" range, and topped with
a nice 25" Walleye.
Our friend Kevin and crew fished the same general area boating
their 3 man limit of walleye plus 3 bonus jumbo perch by 9 am. They
ran a similar program as ours.
My buddy Goldy and crew trolled deeper water today fishing 20 to
26 fow, pulling crawlers behind boards with 1 and 2 oz in-line weights.
They had their 2 man limit by 10 am.
Basically walleye can be caught just about anywhere on the Bay
right now. Another banner year for this great fishery.
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17th 2014 - INNER
SAGINAW BAY: Excellent walleye fishing at a variety of locations,
including: 22 feet off Pinconning - 20 feet off Linwood
(purple spoons were hot here) - 20 feet northwest of the Dumping
Grounds - Off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River
- On the Callahan Reef - In the Slot
anywhere from Quanicassee to Bay Port
- A were starting to cross the Bar from Sebewaing
to fish the deeper water near the shipping channel. - Some walleyes
still being taken on the lower Saginaw River, trolling
crank-baits. Most are using crawler harnesses; purple, orange, pink
and fire-tiger were popular blade colors. Some were doing well on
spoons and some were running crank-baits. Everybody was getting some
fish; whether or not you got a limit depends on your skill and tenacity…and
your luck that day.
9th 2014 -Walleyes
were being taken at a variety of locations; 21 to 24 feet of water
around the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12), 21 feet
near the Dumping Grounds, 8 feet off the Pinconning
Bar, 14 feet east of the Spoils Island,
and 14 to 16 feet out in the Slot from Quanicassee
northeast to the tip of Sand Point. On windy days
when it’s hard to fish comfortably on the bay, anglers trolling
the lower Saginaw River from the mouth upstream to
the Coast Guard Station have been taking a lot of
walleyes there including some limit catches. Silver/blue crankbaits
have been working well there. Out in the bay, most people have been
using crawler harnesses; purple, green and brass have been favored
spinner blade colors. Fishing has been good from most access points
including Sebewaing and Bay Port.
Fishing at Caseville is still reported slow, but
it’ll pick up out there as the water gets warmer.
8th 2014 -
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
June 7th - Blue and Son went back
to the shallow water and it produced a quick 3-man limit in a few
hours, they boated a tagged fish, and a nice 26" walleye.
June 6th - Saginaw Bay Walleye fishing
has been red hot with my freinds reporting limit catches the past
4 weekends. I finally got out on the 6th, the weather was great
with mostly cloudy skies, temps in the mid 70's. and light and variable
winds. The fish didn't disappoint us as we got a 4 man limit trolling
5-7 fow in the southern portion of the Bay. We trolled wieghtless
crawler harnesses behind in-line boards in the shallow waters at
.9 to 1.1 mph SOG. Color didn't seem to make a difference.
While we were fishing shallow my buddy Goldy and his crew were fishing
14-16 fow on the Eastside of the Bay which produced a 3-man limit
for them. They also trolled spinners and crawlers. They've been
limiting on the Eastside for the past 2 weeks.
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3rd 2014 -
The early part of last week was pretty windy with not many boats out,
but walleye fishing on Friday and through the weekend was nothing
short of fantastic! Limit catches were the rule, and it really didn’t
matter a whole lot where you went. Fishing was just excellent off
Pinconning and Linwood, off Bay
City State Park and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River,
both north and east of the Spoils Island, the Callahan
Reef off Finn Road, around both Spark
Plugs, and in the Slot from Quanicassee
to North Island. Depths ranged from as shallow as
5 feet to as deep as 30 feet. As a rule of thumb, the shallows were
best early in the morning with deeper waters being more productive
as the sun got higher. Crawler harnesses were the go-to bait, with
spinner colors of purple, white, gold, silver, and chartreuse producing
best. Some trollers fishing deeper were also getting walleyes on crankbaits
and spoons. Better crankbait colors included yellow perch and goby
28th 2014 -
Good catches of walleye were taken from a variety of locations in
the inner bay last week. Many limit catches reported throughout the
inner bay, and almost all boats got fish. Here are some hot-spots:
- 21 feet at the Black Hole - 20 feet off Linwood
- 16 feet off Pinconning - 21 feet just east of the
Dumping Grounds (Ship Channel) - 4 to 6 feet east of the
Spoils Island - 4 to 8 feet on the Callahan
Reef - The Slot from Quanicassee
to Fish Point; anywhere from 4 to 16 feet of water.
- The Slot on the west side of the islands from Heisterman
Island to the tip of Sand Point.
Good colors for crawler harness spinners include purple, green,
anti-freeze and gold. Some sublegal fish are starting to show up
and are being released.
In addition, some walleye are still being taken in the lower Saginaw
River from the Independence Bridge downstream
to the river mouth by trolling, vertical jigging, and casting with
27th 2014 - From
Dock Reporter Terry
-Fishing is great all over-I fished off of North
Island and was able to catch fish all day-
on on night crawler
harnesses and 2 once bottom bouncers most
of them in the 15 to18 inch range - every boat I heard from this weekend
caught fish on both sides of the bay - now is the time to be out there-
Also remember the Walleye
for Warriors on
June 15 - Please support this effort in any way you can
|May 12th 2014
- Good numbers of walleye being taken from 6 to 16 feet of water off
Pinconning and Linwood, trolling
harnesses. Walleye fishing is also very good off Jones Road
in 4 to 6 feet and off Quanicassee in 6 to 7 feet.
Walleye are also still hitting on jigs baited with crawlers or minnows
in the lower Saginaw River from Essexville to the
mouth. This is a place to try if the winds are too strong to get out
on the bay. Further up the Slot, walleye were hitting
in 10 to 15 feet of water off Sunset Bay Marina.
There’s lots of disagreement about what color spinners to use
on crawler harnesses; white, purple, green, chartreuse, and brass
all have their proponents. A catfish tournament held over the weekend
at the BayShore church camp near Sebewaing which
produced a lot of channel cats. Shore fishing at Quanicassee
and Sebewaing has been kind of slow, with
a few catfish and drum caught. Up at Caseville, shore
fishing has been slow, producing some rock bass and the odd walleye.
Catch-and-release fishing for smallmouths has been pretty
|Apr 30th 2014
- During the week good success on walleye off Linwood
in 14 to 16 feet of water trolling assorted crankbaits. Walleye fishing
was also very good off the mouth of the Saginaw River
and east of the Spoils Island, trolling or jigging
with jigs baited with minnows or crawlers. Windy weather Saturday
and Sunday kept most boats off the bay and in the lower Saginaw
River, however. Perch fishing in the Quanicassee
River is about done, but river anglers were catching channel
cats and walleyes, and a couple of pike. They were still catching
perch in the Sebewaing River last week, but doing
a lot of sorting to get a few keepers. The Pigeon River
at Caseville has been slow, with a couple of walleye
The Saginaw & Tittabawassee
Rivers: The walleye opener on the rivers was just
outstanding, with lots of anglers on the water and limit catches the
rule. This was the case on the Tittabawassee from
the Dow Dam all the way downstream to the confluence
with the Saginaw, and the excellent success continued down the Saginaw
River all the way to the mouth of the river. The most popular
technique was vertical jigging using jigs baited with minnows or crawlers,
but a few boats were trolling crankbaits and they were also getting
Walleye fishing in the rivers should continue to be good for at
least another couple of weeks, barring major floods that raise the
rivers, run the fish out, and make fishing difficult.
|Apr 29th 2014
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- Chris called and wanted me to fish the Saginaw River with him on
the opening weekend of the Michigans inland water walleye season but
since I was still chasing turkey's I declined, well I shoulda went
fishin. He fished in Saginaw and in a few hours of fishing on Sunday
afternoon he had his one man 5 walleye limit.
Your webmaster has received many reports of limits this past weekend
in the Saginaw and Tittabawassee rivers. Wih rain in the forecast
all week in may be hard to get out.
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|Apr 22nd 2014
-Walleye were hitting trolled crankbaits in 16 to 18 feet of water
off Linwood and off the mouth of the Saginaw
River. Anglers fishing off the river mouth were also jigging
with jig heads baited with minnows and doing well on that combination.
Area rivers are finally receding and clearing up a bit after last
weekend’s downpours, but perch fishing in the Quanicassee,
Sebewaing, and Pigeon rivers and
nearby cuts remains spotty, with lots of small perch to sort through
for every keeper. Lots of people were out fishing over the weekend
because of the nice weather. A few suckers were caught in each river
also. Perch fishing is generally at its best from dawn until about
11 AM. Afternoon fishing for perch in generally unproductive.
Area Rivers: The Tittabawassee experienced major
flooding last week, but for the most part the rivers are back in their
banks now. No doubt a fair number of fish chose to ride the flooding
back to Saginaw Bay after spawning, but there should
still be enough fish in the rivers to make for a good opener. The
long, lingering winter cause most fish (including walleye) to spawn
two weeks later than normal, so the fish have had two less weeks to
drop back to the bay. Barring another major rain event between now
and Saturday, the walleye opener should be a good one.
|Apr 15th 2014
- River fishing was just getting underway in a big way last week around
greater Saginaw Bay, with lots of suckers being taken, perch off certain
cuts, and walleyes in the bay off the mouths of several area rivers….and
then the rains came.
Torrential rains beginning Saturday afternoon have most area rivers
running at or above flood stage and fishing is just about impossible.
This goes for all Saginaw Bay tributaries
|Apr 8th 2014
- The ice has gone out around the edges to the point that the only
way to get to it is with waders. If you do that and the wind shifts,
you might not be able to get back off the ice. So, the best advice
we can give people is that it’s time to hang up the hard-water
gear until next winter. There are a few guys with air-boats continuing
to ice fish, but most people are getting their regular boats ready
Shore anglers are starting to fish for perch at the Quanicassee
River, the Garner Road Drain, and Allen Cut (Kirk Road), with ???
results; mostly very small perch. The perch really haven’t
come in yet. Thomas cut is just opening up. The Sebewaing River
is fishable, but no great results reported yet. Same story at Caseville.
|Apr 2nd 2014
- Walleye off White’s Beach - watch out for
the crack; a four-wheeler went through out there over the weekend.
Water’s reportedly getting murky from the Saganing River. Some
perch taken off the end of Newman and Townline
At Linwood: walleyes in 15 feet
of water; shore ice getting bad; a pickup went through over the weekend
in a foot of water.
At Bay City: Lots of anglers
fishing out from the State Park this past week and getting walleyes
in 3 to 9 feet of water. No activity off the Hot Ponds,
Vanderbilt Park, or Thomas Road.
A few anglers venturing out from Sunset Bay Marina
and getting a few walleyes in 13 feet of water out in the Slot.
At Sebewaing: Fishing is slow due to muddy water.
A few guys are fishing walleyes late in the evening off the VFW
and Geiger Road, but tno reports on success.
At Caseville: No activity, due to deteriorating ice
conditions and muddy water.
Saginaw River including the Shiawassee, Cass and Flint rivers. Consult
your Fishing Guide for gear restrictions on these rivers that are
in place during the period when the walleye, pike and muskie season
is closed. Worms fished on single hooks are legal and greatly encouraged!
by the DNR.
Mar 26th 2014
- Ice fishing on Saginaw Bay continues with lots and lots of people
out there fishing. Cold nights continue to sustain the ice out there,
but the more intelligent anglers are no longer driving trucks onto
the ice. The snow cover on the ice is gone, so creepers on the boots
are in order. Rivers have yet to open up, so steelhead and sucker
fishing is still something off in the future.
On the west side, fishing off White’s Beach
was slow due to dirty water but they were getting a few walleyes.
A few perch and walleye from 6 to 8 feet off Townline
and Newman roads. Lots of activity centered around
Bay City State Park. They’re getting walleye
from 9 feet off Parish Road, 14 feet off Killarney
Beach, 15 to 17 feet out by the crack off the State
Park itself, and 4 to 10 feet off the trailer park at the
mouth of the Saginaw River. Most anglers are not
even going out until 6PM these days, and they fish until after dark.
On the east side, walleyes from 13 to 14 feet in the Slot
off Thomas Road and Sunset Bay marina,
again in late afternoon and evening. At Sebewaing,
fishing slowed down in the marina last week. Water is getting dirty
and the river ice in Sebewaing and Caseville
is getting bad as the runoff starts to wear it away. At Mud
Creek, anglers are still getting out but the shore ice
is deteriorating. Machines still getting out in the morning when
it’s cold. They’re getting some nice perch off Mud
Creek, but small numbers only. Lots of the bigger perch
are just ignoring anglers’ baits.
|Mar 11th 2014
- Walleye were taken at a variety of locations last week. Action could
be hit and miss, but was generally better in the evening around dusk,
with early morning also a fair bet.
- 4 to 5 miles out.
Linwood - 17 to 20 feet of
Bay City State Park - 12 to 17 feet of
Spoils Island - 16 feet of water northeast
of the island
Callahan & Finn Rds - Seven
miles north off the end of either
Thomas Road & Sunset
Bay Marina - 16 feet of water out in the middle of the Slot.
On the east side, some bluegills and some BIG crappies were taken
out of the Sebewaing marina last week. At Mud
Creek, perch fishing was hit or miss, Monday and Tuesday
were said to be the best days last week; Sunday was real slow. Very
little activity in the river or marina basins at Caseville
all week long. A few guys were fishing for lake trout out
along the breakwall and up to a mile lakeward of it, but with little
action over the weekend.
Fishing success has been spotty all up and down the river over the
past week. There really hasn’t been any hot-spot, just a few
keepers here or there on any given day. Lots of fishing pressure all
over the river this past weekend, as temperatures finally nudged up
into a more comfortable range. It appearsa better strategy might be
for anglers to avoid the more crowded spots and try getting away from
large concentrations of anglers to the less-visited areas in between
the main access points. The more sparsely-fished areas were producing
a little better than the places with dozens of anglers stomping around
and drilling holes with their power augers. So, try getting away from
| Mae 6th 2014
- Here’s a general note for all of the inner bay…the morning
fishing was slow all over last week, but the evening fishing for walleye
was pretty good! In the mornings, anglers reported seeing the walleye
down there, but they wouldn’t bite. The fishing picks up considerably
late in the afternoon, roughly from 6 PM until dark. This was the
case from Erickson Road (18 to 20 feet out near the
Black Hole) down to Linwood (15 to 23 feet) and also
off the river mouth (3.5 miles north of the Spoils Island).
A few perch were taken off Bay City State Park, out
near the first crack. Fishing at the Hot Pond and
over at Vanderbilt Park was slow all week. Walleye
anglers off the end of Callahan Road were taking
fish from 20 feet of water. (That’s a long way out!) Walleye
anglers off Thomas Road were getting some fish out
of the Slot in the evening. Up at Sebewaing,
a few guys were going off the VFW to fish walleyes
in the Slot. The Sebewaing Marina
was giving up a few bluegills and crappies. Almost no activity from
Sebewaing to Mud Creek. Perch Fishing
at Mud Creek was slow all week. At Caseville,
fishing in the river and marina basins was slow with just a few small
perch caught. Anglers are also fishing out along the break-wall, and
there are rumors of a few lake trout being taken.
River: Fishing was generally slow all week from Wickes
Park north through Saginaw, around the Zilwaukee
Bridge, and north to the Middle Grounds
at the south end of Bay City. Angler reported seeing
lots of fish but they’re just not biting. They are taking a
few walleye in the evenings at the Middle Grounds.
Fishing was slow through Bay City, but below the
Independence Bridge they were taking some walleye
in the evening downstream of the U.S.S. Edson in
14 to 15 feet of water. Downstream a bit farther, some perch were
being taken off the cement plant at Essexville on
perch rigs & minnows. Fishing at Patterson Road
around the river mouth was very slow.
|Feb 28th 2014
- A few perch being taken in 10 feet of water off White’s
Beach. Nothing much going on around Pinconning.
Light fishing pressure over the weekend off Linwood
with spotty results. A few walleye in the evening in 15 feet of water
inside the first crack off Bay City State Park. A
couple walleye taken out near the Spoils Island.
Nothing going on at the Hot Pond. Perch fishing off
Vanderbilt Park was pretty much dead over the weekend.
Walleye anglers going off Thomas Road are scratching
a few fish out of the middle of the Slot, and they
were doing better than the guys crossing the Bar going to the middle
of the bay. One brave fisherman from Sebewaing drove
his quad all the way to the Spark Plug to get them. A few bluegills
and crappies and the odd pike came out of the marina at Sebewaing
also. (Efforts by the City to dynamite the ice to break it up last
week probably left the fish with a headache and a loss of appetite…)
Pressure at Mud Creek and Caseville was very light.
Saginaw River: The fishing was slow from one end
to the other last week. Just an occasional walleye being picked
up at all locations. Blue & Silver jigging rapalas baited with
a minnow head on the treble hook remained the go –to lure.
(You can’t hardly find one of these at any area tackle shop.)
A few perch were also taken off the cement plant at Essexville.
Anglers in the river in particular commented on seeing a lot of
fish on their cameras and the fish just ignoring their baits. There
was a little bit of open water on the upper Tittabawassee
near Gordonville Rd last week and a few
guys were casting for walleye there, but they didn’t get any.
|Feb 18th 2014
- Walleye are kind of hit and miss but they’re being taken in
several locations including, 5 to 6 miles off Pinconning Park,
15 feet of water off Linwood, 17 feet of water off
Parish Rd. Perch anglers were getting a few from
7 feet off the ends of Newman and Townline
roads near Pinconning. Perch fishing was pretty good
mid-week in 5 feet of water off Vanderbilt Park near
Quanicassee, but a horde of anglers showed up on
the weekend and ran the fish out. Perch anglers also did well in 5
feet of water off Hidden Harbor (King Road),
fishing in close proximity to the Vanderbilt Park
people. Walleye anglers accessing the bay at Thomas Rd were
going across the Slot, across the Bar, and on out
to either Buoy #12 or Buoy #1. The distance to either of these buoys
is best described as…miles and miles and miles! Most fishing
activity at Sebewaing is inside the marina, where
anglers took a mix of bluegills and crappies, a few perch, and also
speared a couple of pike last week. Ice anglers are reminded that
the Sebewaing DPW will be breaking up some of the river ice this coming
Thursday (February 20th) using dynamite to prevent ice jams at spring
break-up, so you might want to fish someplace else for a few days
after that. At Mud Creek, pressure was moderate and
success was slow and spotty last week.
Fishing was generally slow at all locations from one end
of the river to the other this past weekend, but individual anglers
did very well in places. Fire-Tiger jigging rapalas and gold jigging
spoons, both baited with minnow heads, seemed to be producing best.
A few decent walleyes were taken at just about every location on one
day or the next; you just have to get out there and put your time
in. Fishing in the Ship Channel (20 feet of water or more) seems to
be most productive. There were lots of people out over the weekend,
and also lots of snowmobile traffic which could have suppressed fish
Feb 12th 2014
- Lots of people out fishing on Saturday but fishing generally slow.
They’re getting a few walleyes in 20 to 21 feet of water off
Linwood and in the same depths off Bay
City State Park. A few perch are being taken from 6 feet
of water off Newman Road up by Pinconning,
but it’s hit and miss. Wading anglers at the Hot Pond
took a few pike last week. At the end of Callahan Road,
guys were going out about 8 ½ miles and a few limits of nice-sized
walleye came from way out there on Sunday. Over at Vanderbilt
Park near Quanicassee, perch anglers were
doing well on and off out near the first crack. Likewise, some perch
were being taken off Hidden Harbor (King
Road), but that was hit and miss also. Walleye anglers
continue to fish about 10 miles off Sunset Bay Marina
and Thomas Road up near the tip of Fish
Point; hit and miss there also.
Up at Sebewaing, a few pike and small perch continue
to be taken from inside the marina. Anglers should be aware that
the Village of Sebewaing along with the Huron County Drain Commission
is planning to break up some of the river ice with dynamite beginning
on or about February 20th in order to prevent flooding when the
snow melts. Signs are posted around town and at some access points
for the river. February 20th will probably not be a good day to
fish there and you might want to go someplace else…
Nothing much happening at Bay Port last week.
Up at Mud Creek, perch fishing has been spotty,
with the Old Regulars averaging maybe 10 decent fish per trip most
days and 25 fish per trip on the better days. A few pike were also
speared last week.
Saginaw River: Walleye fishing was slow at all
locations over the weekend. However, the fish bit pretty good on
Tuesday and several guys did well.
-Wickes Park: slow
-Ojibway Island: slow
-I-675 to First Street: Tuesday was real good with some 5 &
6 pounders caught. Weekend slow.
-South of Zilwaukee Bridge: some walleye near the grain silos in
23 feet of water.
-North of Zilwaukee Bridge all the way to Bay City: slow all weekend.
-Middle Grounds & Cass Avenue: slow
-Vet’s Park/M-25: slow
-Liberty Bridge downstream: a few walleye in 23 feet out in the
-Independence Bridge & downstream; good walleye fishing at mid-week;
very slow all weekend.
-Smith Park: slow
-Patterson Road/river mouth: slow all weekend; lots of sublegals
being caught & released.
|Feb 5th 2014
-There was some walleye success off Linwood in 16
to 20 feet of water and also in similar depths off Bay City
State Park. On the east side, walleye anglers fishing out
of Sunset Bay and Thomas Road are
reportedly going out 8 to 11 miles. Perch anglers fishing 5 to 6 feet
of water off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee
have been getting some nice perch during the first half hour
of daylight in the morning but the fishing slows as the sun comes
up. Fishing at the Hot Pond has been pretty quiet,
probably due to the intense cold. Nothing much going on at Sebewaing
last week, although a few pike and small perch were being taken out
of the marina basin. a lot of sub-legal pike being seen for every
legal fish speared. A few guys are accessing the bay at Rose
Island and Geiger Road and fishing out in
the Slot for walleye. Up at Mud Creek,
Wednesday was a very good day for perch despite the very cold temperatures.
Saginaw River: Fishing success was slow
and spotty most of the week, but picked up a bit on Sunday. Pressure
was generally light from Wickes Park and Rust
Avenue north through downtown Saginaw, with
anglers picking up an “eater” here and there, mostly on
green jig-heads baited with a minnow in 9 to 15 feet of water. Success
was also spotty both south and north of the Zilwaukee Bridge,
all the way through the Middle Grounds. They were
getting some walleyes and occasional decent perch around the Veterans’
Bridge (M-25) in downtown Bay City, mostly
downstream of the bridge on the east side of the river. Fishing around
the Independence Bridge was generally slow all week
but a few guys did really well there on Friday and Saturday. Silver/blue
jigging rapalas were producing consistently. Further down the river,
at Smith Park, the Cement Plant
and the river mouth, success was also slow and spotty.
Jan 30th 2014
- They’re getting a few perch in 5 feet of water off Newman
Road up near Pinconning. Lots of walleye
anglers are going 4 miles off Linwood to 17 feet
of water, or off Bay City State Park to similar
depths. On the east side, anglers going off Thomas Road
and Sunset Bay are catching walleyes in the middle
of the Slot in 14 feet of water. Drifting snow is making access
and ice travel difficult all along the east side of the bay. Little
fishing activity from Sebewaing to Mud
Creek. At Mud Creek, local perch anglers
are averaging about 12 to 15 perch per trip, with run of the mill
being 8 to 9 inches long. Although the occasional jumbo greater
than 12 inches has been taken. Pike spearing has been slow. Fishing
at Caseville has been slow.
Saginaw River: Fishing in the river was generally slow
all last week. Fishing was slow around Wickes Park.
The occasional keeper was taken downtown off the St. Mary’s
Health building. Fishing was slow from the Zilwaukee
Bridge downstream all the way to Bay City.
A few keepers were taken around the Middle Grounds
and Cass Avenue; likewise downstream of the Veteran’s
Bridge in downtown Bay City. They’re
scratching out a few keepers just downstream of the U.S.S
Edson below the Independence Bridge. A
few perch being taken off Smith Park at Essexville.
Fishing at the river mouth was generally slow all week.
|Jan 23rd 2014
-Strong winds last weekend have opened up an active pressure crack
three to four miles offshore. The crack runs from Linwood
south to the area off Bay City State Park. It opened to a
width of 3 to 4 feet and a lot of people ran into it, causing damage
to their ATV’s and snowmobiles. Still, guys were finding ways
to cross the crack and going still further out to fish! They’re
getting some walleyes out there…and then having to look for
a way to get back across the crack to come in! Friday night, 8
machines went through, and more went through on Saturday.
And still they go out. Sunday, on the east side of the bay, anglers
were going up to 8 miles out off Thomas Road to fish
near the shipping channel until the strong winds, blowing snow and
blizzard-like conditions drove them off. At Vanderbilt Park
near Quanicassee, a few guys are after perch and
doing poorly. The best perch fishing right now is in the lower Saginaw
River. Pike spearers are still having trouble with turbid
water at Sebewaing and Mud Creek,
but that should clear up with the most recent cold snap. They’re
still getting some perch off Mud Creek; generally
10 to 15 per angler-trip. At Caseville they did ok
on perch a couple of days last week in the various marina basins.
Some guys with an underwater camera fished out near the end of the
breakwall and reported seeing walleye, whitefish, and lake trout down
there…and were unable to get any of them to bite.
TITTABAWASSEE AND SAGINAW RIVERS:
There’s no fishing on the Tittabawassee River
at present…too much ice for boats but not enough to stand
on. On the Saginaw River, some walleyes are being
taken at Wickes Park in Saginaw
in 14 feet of water. Fishing is slow through most of downtown Saginaw,
but improves downstream of the Zilwaukee Bridge
and north to the south end of Bay City. A constant
for the whole river is that you’ll catch a lot of short walleyes
for every keeper, and the best lures are chartreuse, orange, or
clown-colored jig heads baited with minnows. Jigging rapalas with
a minnow head on the center hook are also catching fish. Fishing
was slow at Cass Avenue and the Middle
Grounds. In downtown Bay City off Veteran’s
Park, they were getting some keepers during the first and
last two hours of daylight. Downstream of the Independence
Bridge, they were getting some walleyes and perch downstream
from the the Navy
Destroyer. Jig heads, jigging rapalas, and perch rigs were all
taking some fish. Fishing was kind of slow off Smith Park
and at the river mouth.
|Jan 14th 2014
- Lots of guys going off Linwood, 3 to 4 miles out
and getting some walleyes near and beyond the first crack. Ice conditions
are very sloppy and slushy. Anglers going off Bay City State
Park are getting walleyes in the old shipping channel. Open-water
anglers fishing at the mouth of the Hot Pond are taking some walleyes
and pike casting any lure with a chrome or silver finish. Over at
Quanicassee, spearers off Vanderbilt Park
are getting a few pike. Perch fishing is slow. Walleye anglers off
Thomas Road are going to the middle of the Slot (15
feet of water) and getting a few. Up at Sebewaing,
about the only thing going on is pike spearing with a couple being
taken out of the marina every day up until the thaw with visibility
becoming a problem by Sunday. From there north, there’s almost
no activity at Geiger Road or at Bay Port.
At Mud Creek, persistent perch anglers are getting
an average of 10 keepers per trip and pike spearers are getting one
here and there. Rains over the weekend are starting to muddy the water
there. Some decent perch catches were made mid-week in marina basins
in Caseville, but the word got out, lots of anglers showed up, all
the stomping around, and runoff in the river seems to have ran the
perch out of there. There are people ice-fishing out at the end of
the breakwall and a bit further, but success has been indifferent
there with just the odd walleye or lake trout.
TITTABAWASSEE AND SAGINAW RIVERS:
Stay off the Tittabawassee River;
flows have increased with the rain and the ice isn’t safe
anywhere. On the Saginaw River, walleye fishing
was quite good around Wickes Park on Friday and
Saturday with a few limits taken, but it slowed on Sunday morning.
(White jig heads baited with minnows or silver/blue jigging rapalas
in 9 to 10 feet of water.) There was also a lot of fishing activity
on the river right in front of the St. Mary’s Health
Building on Washington Ave. Here, anglers
reported best success in mid-channel (25 feet of water) with chartreuse
jig heads & minnows. From the Zilwaukee Bridge
downstream to and through Bay City, anglers caught
a lot of short walleyes and occasional keepers. Lots of fishing
pressure downstream of the Independence Bridge.
Lots of sorting there with occasional keeper walleyes, mostly from
mid-channel; also some perch on perch rigs. Some decent catches
of perch coming from around the railroad bridge down by Essexville
on perch rigs; average catch up to 25 keeper perch per angler per
trip. They’re also getting some decent perch at the river
mouth, also on minnows. Ice conditions are sloppy on top, but not
quite as bad as out on the bay and you don’t have all that
far to go in order to fish.
|Jan 9th 2014 -
Some walleyes being taken in 20 feet of water off Linwood
(yeah, that’s a long way out!) and also off Bay City
State Park in the old shipping channel. On the east side,
they’re getting walleyes in the Slot, 2 miles
off Sunset Bay and in 14’ of water off Thomas
Road. Most activity at Sebewaing is concentrated
in the marina with a few spearing shacks. At Mud Creek,
there’s a fair amount of pike spearing activity but success
is hit and miss. There have been a few good perch days over the Christmas
holidays, but there was nothing much going perch-wise this past weekend.
At Caseville: There are a number of shacks in the
marina basins and near the river mouth, but success on Saturday was
indifferent. They were getting a few walleyes and lake trout out near
the river mouth around Christmas as well. There’s not much activity
north of Caseville.
There’s a ton of fishing activity on the river all
the way from Wickes Park in Saginaw
north to the river mouth in Bay City. They’re
catching walleye from one end to the other, but down in Saginaw
a lot of the fish are there are a lot of throwbacks for every legal
fish caught. This is pretty much the story from Wickes Park
through Zilwaukee and all the way to the south end
of Bay City. They were picking up more legal-sized
walleyes around the Middle Grounds at the south end
of town; Some legal fish taken off Veterans’ Park
near the M-25 bridge. Near the Independence Bridge
a lot of people were fishing around the Destroyer
and catching a lot of short fish and a few keepers. Fishing pressure
was light near the river mouth, as packs of snowmobilers have disrupted
fishing somewhat there. A few guys were trying for perch in the various
marina basins, but without much success.
|Oct 29th 2013 -
Perch fishing was poor all over, with a few guys trying but having
trouble even holding anchor, let alone catching anything. There were
a couple of bright spots, however. Walleye are hitting in the Hot
Ponds for those wading anglers casting jigs, and for a couple of boats
that made it around the Karn-Weadok plants and managed to get into
the channel. A few boats also went trolling for walleye in 18 feet
of water off Linwood. Most were trolling Rapalas and they got some
nice fish…up to 5 and 6 pounds. There was a report of one limit
of 15 fish for 3 guys, but the average catch is 5 or 6 fish per boat.
Heavy clothing, float coats and Dramamine were the order of the day.
Over on the east side, anglers were pretty much confined to shore
were most fishing remains slow, but the launches were full of duck-hunting
rigs. At Sebewaing, anglers in the marina were
getting some decent crappies but not much for perch. Channel dredging
continues at Caseville, suppressing fishing activity
there, and only small perch in the marina. Anglers around Quanicassee
struggled to find much of anything at all.
Oct 24th 2013 -
Another quiet week for fishing success on greater Saginaw Bay. Windy
weather kept most boat anglers ashore except for short periods of
time, usually early in the morning. Water temperatures are finally
cooling off and the emerald shiners are starting to show up in big
numbers around some of our harbors. Perch fishing is starting to
pick up. This week doesn’t look any better for fishing than
last week, with high winds predicted for today. Good river fishing
for perch is probably about 3 weeks away yet, if past history is
any indicator. When they could get out, boat anglers were picking
up some decent catches of perch from 20 feet of water off Gambil’s
Marina up near Pinconning, out along the
shipping channel near Buoy 22, and also just northeast of the Spoils
Island. The perch bite takes place early in the morning,
from dawn until about 10:30 AM. Nothing going on in the lower Saginaw
At Quanicassee: Fishing was generally
poor last week, with boats pretty much having to stay in the river
due to rough weather. Six perch per boat was about average, with
lots of sorting.
At Sebewaing: The fishing was limited to a few
guys fishing from the docks in the marina. They were getting a few
bluegills and black crappies. A couple of boats launching at Bay
Port went clear across to the Au Gres side of the bay and
brought back decent catches of perch from about 35 feet of water.
Bass anglers continue to do well on smallmouths around North Island.
Channel dredging continues at Caseville, suppressing
fishing activity there.
The docks at Bay Shore Marina (near Bay Port)
and in the Caseville city harbor are now open to
shore anglers. Almost all the boats are out.
Oct 14th 2013 -
Good perch catches on the right day have picked up a bit at several
west inner bay locations including sailboat buoy H, the old shipping
channel, buoy 14, and also off Linwood in 15 to
18 feet of water. Catches averaged 30 to 35 perch per boat. A lot
of sorting is necessary, but the keepers averaged 7 to 11 inches.
There is some shore fishing activity for perch around the inner
bay, but action hasn’t picked up for those anglers as of yet.
(If it’s like years past that’ll pick up about deer
season.) Fair catches of perch from boats in 7 to 8 feet of water
off Quanicassee, with many boats averaging about
20 good fish. Nothing much going on at Sebewaing,
just a few small fish in the marina and only a few fishing boats
that haven’t been fairing all too well. A few boats have been
launching at Bay Port and going clear across to
the Au Gres side; they’re bringing back 30
to 35 perch per trip fishing the same waters.
At Caseville: Dredging in the channel continues
along the breakwall and probably accounts for slow fishing there.
Boats fishing perch off Oak Point are doing well one day and catching
nothing at all the next day, so it’s kind of hit and miss.
A hit day will produce 20-30 big perch per boat though.
|Oct 9th 2013 -
rain and waves combined to produce another week of mediocre fishing
on greater Saginaw Bay and southern Lake Huron. The weekend was pretty
much a washout with rain Friday through Sunday. Water temperatures
remain high; as high as 69 degrees on the surface of inner Saginaw
Bay last week.
Fishing pressure all over the inner bay was light to non-existent
all week. Some perch are still being taken off the Pinconning
Bar and near the sailboat buoys off Linwood,
but the catches are not large. One boat went into the Hot Pond and
caught one walleye and released 10 channel cats. River fishing is
really slow and will probably stay that way all week, as several inches
of rain fell in the Saginaw River watershed over the weekend.
On the east shore anglers in the various marinas are getting a few
bluegills, crappies, rock bass, and perch in a mixed-bag bobber fishing
. Bass anglers are still catching some smallmouths in Wildfowl
Bay, but most of the boats are carrying duck hunters going
out to fix up their blinds for the opener this weekend. Perch fishing
off Oak Point, north of Caseville, was slow as was
that off of Quanicassee.
It was really slow in the inner bay last week except for last Monday,
when a couple good catches of perch were taken off the Old Dumping
Grounds north of the mouth of the Saginaw River. Somebody talked,
and by Tuesday morning there was a small flotilla of boats sitting
all over the Old Dumping Grounds, but the perch didn’t care
for the crowd and moved elsewhere. So that was the end of that.
Perch off Quanicassee, from the last channel maker
buoys out to about 11 feet of water, but not with much success. A
good catch there was maybe 20 perch for 2 guys for 5 to 6 hours effort…in
other words, pretty slow.
windy weather last week and weekend kept most boats off greater Saginaw
Bay and southern Lake Huron, so there is really not much
fishing activity to report on. Walleye fishing is winding down and
a lot of anglers put their boats away after Labor Day. Fishing pressure
was reported very light in all areas of the bay all week
no one is even trying to get out on the bay. Shore anglers fishing
the Saginaw River at Essexville caught
some catfish and a couple of walleyes. There was a bass tournament
Saturday at the Patterson Road launch ramp and virtually
all the contestants ended up fishing in the Saginaw River.
They did get a fair number of bass.
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
Goldy and freind fished the westside of the Bay for perch, he said
the bite was slow but the Jalopy Perch are starting to bite. It was
his first trip for perch this fall so finding the fish took more time
than catching but after all it doesn't take many of 'em this size
to make a meal. That's a 16" walleye in the picture with some
of the larger perch.
image for larger view
You can still scratch a few walleyes out of the deeper parts of the
inner bay. Just pull crawler harnesses on bottom bouncers and go slow.
Perch fishing will keep improving as the weather cools off.