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Saginaw Bay - Dock Reports
Great Lakes Buoy Data, Inner
Saginaw Bay Marine Forecast, Outer
Saginaw Bay Marine Forecast,
Lake Huron Open Water Marine Forecast,
Surface Temp Map, Sebewaing
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Marina Web Cam, Great
Saginaw Bay Map with Reef Locations, Area
Map of Bait Shops and Launches
Year Reports 2010
Bay Dock Reporter: Paul Smith, Terry Murlick
and Jose Saenz
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.
-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
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,
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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,
16th 2013 -
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.
10th 2013 -
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
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.
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
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.
27th 2012 -
From Dock Reporter Terry
The fishing has been great - last Wednesday & Thursday were great
days -taking 60 real nice perch one day and 80 the other, all on the
edge of the channel past the island. Walleyes are hot my buddy's have
been doing well and they are real nice fish. Be aware of the boat
launch problems with real low water making it very hard to launch,
some are even going off the cement and need to be pulled out by wreckers.
Patterson Rd launch is very hard to get out of with lots of bent props.
But be extra careful on a south or southwest wind days when the water
is going out of the river you may not get your boat back on the trailer.
There has been rumors that Lindwood Beach may not be able to open
next year due to the low water.
Boy Crew Fishing Report - Earlier
in the week I reported that the perch were in the
River and today we decided to take advandage of this fun
fall fishery. We took the younger crew members (grand kids) out this
morning to catch a few perch for lunch and the fish did not disappoint.
We ended up the morning keeping 25 with a few near that eight inch
mark. The morning was windy, cool and the bank of the river muddy,
but as long as the fish were biting the kids didn't seem to mind.
Also everyone along the river was catching perch. The river must also
be loaded with shad because we snagged four of them when reeling in.
Want to have a good time with the kids this is a good way to get them
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for Perch from the Quanicassee
and Sebewaing rivers is getting those fishing a lot
of fish but many many throwbacks.
perch fishing was hot, In the Saginaw River, at the mouth, at the
island, past the island it did not seem to matter a whole lot. Hit
the channel edges and load up, perch rigs and minnows. Those fishing
walleye in and around these areas also did well trolling stick baits.
Minnows are in the harbor and those fishing are starting to pick
up some perch in the river 6 -8 inches with an occasional 10 mixed
in, minnows and jigging ice fishing rods and perch eyes doing well
Saginaw River: The lower river fishing is day
to day for walleye.
walleye are moving in closer to shore so those trolling or drifting
will want to fish shallow or near the mouth of the rivers especially
Saginaw River: Walleye are being caught near Bay
City. Some are fishing up near the confluence of the Titan and the
Shiawassee River (Wicks park) reports suggest the fishing success
is day to day. Shore anglers caught perch in the lower river.
There are Perch in front of spoils island, in old shipping channel,
Buoy 18 and a few still going out to spark plug. –good success.
Walleye—a few being taken with jigs and minnows at the mouth
of the Saginaw River .
Saginaw River - getting perch at the mouth, and
out from Bay City Yacht Club. (perch rigs/shiners)
Slow fishing from Quanicassee to Caseville.
Hit or miss on bluegills and crappies at marinas. Small perch at
Sebewaing, Caseville, and Quanicassee
in the rivers. Boats had varying success for perch, but the better
catches were from deeper water along the Shipping Channel.
Inner bay boat fishing was pretty much non-existent all week due to
continuous windy weather. A few perch were caught in the lower Saginaw
River in the Bay Aggregate Cut by boats unwilling to brave
the waves out on the bay. Shore and pier anglers caught a few bluegills
and crappies out of the Sebewaing Marina, and pier
anglers at Caseville caught a few perch and smallmouth
bass. Other than that, the traffic was almost all duck hunters.
Note: The bay level is getting so low at Quanicassee
and Sebewaing that even medium-sized boats are having
trouble launching and retrieving
Oct 4th 2012 -
From Dock Reporter Terry
Fishing has been great on the bay, the best I have seen in 20 years
- limits of perch in many areas - mine have been near and around buoys
1 and 2, every day is a little different but that area has been hot
- also straight out of Lindwood Beach has been good. We talked to
2 guys there this week that were in 10 ft of water and took there
limit so the perch are all over - now the problem will be weather.
The next 7 days look to be very windy,
catches of perch are being reported from several locations along the
shipping channel including buoys 17 & 18, 11 & 12 (the Spark
Plug), 8 & 9, and 1 & 2. Perch are averaging 8 to 10 inches
at all locations. Shiners remain scarce at local bait shops and the
word is that if you can get shiners you can catch perch. Boats from
the east side of the bay are crossing The Bar to fish in the shipping
channel. A few guys out of Quanicassee have been
trying in the Slot, but they’re not getting as many perch as
the boats along the shipping channel yet. At Caseville,
pier fishing for smallmouth bass has been good anytime the water is
choppy, but poor on calm days. Some anglers are starting to fish the
Saginaw River for walleye, but with indifferent success.
Not much to report - there was a report of a few crappies being taken
off the Kawkawlin River Bridge on State Park Drive and a few perch
right at the river mouth. Anglers at the Hot Pond were catching and
releasing a few smallmouth bass.
Walleye anglers may want to start trying in the lower Saginaw River
. I have information from a credible source that walleyes are being
caught pretty consistently in the Flint River below the Hamilton Dam
in downtown Flint . That means they had to come up the system from
Last Monday, boat anglers were getting perch along the shipping channel
at buoys 1&2 (the outer Spark Plug), 11&12 (the inner Spark
Plug) buoy 22, and near the Spoils Island . Not much activity except
from shore the rest of the week. Shore anglers had indifferent success
on a mix of bluegills and sunfish at various locations near river
mouths and in marina basins.
Dock Reporter Terry
Another good Day on Monday 65 great fish and right back to the same
spot near Buoys
1 & 2.
Minnows are the key- today we had good shiners and it made a big difference.
Hope to hit it again this week -
continue to be caught at a lot of the usual locations including the
Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), Buoys 1 & 2, and the Black Hole.
A lot of people fished around the Spoils Island over the weekend because
they didn’t want to venture out into the heavy waves, and they
caught some perch there, averaging 15 to 25 per boat. (Not exactly
red-hot, but at least they got a few.) A few channel cats are coming
from the Hot Pond. Little shore or pier fishing of note in the inner
bay last week.
Dock Reporter Terry
day @1&2 buoy's - nice perch -biggest 11 nothing under 8-little
rough but a real good day-65 fish for two of us
were hitting when it wasn’t too bumpy to fish west of the Spark
Plug in 17 to 18 feet of water and in the Black Hole.
Anglers who didn’t want to brave the waves on Sunday stayed
in the mouth of the Saginaw River, fished off the Karn-Weadok power
plants, and took fair catches of 8 to 9 inch perch there also. At
Caseville, some perch were being caught up by Oak
Point. Most anglers from Quanicassee to
Bayport were crossing the Bar to fish perch in the
Shipping Channel or the Black Hole.
fishing has been pretty darned good ver the past week, but success
seems to hinge on getting shiner minnows for bait. As we have been
reporting shiners are in short supply at local bait shops, partly
due to high demand and partly because this is the hardest time of
year for the minnow catchers to get them. Word on the water is that
if you can get shiners you can catch a nice mess of perch, but if
you have to use fathead minnows or other species, it can be tough
Perch hot-spots include 21 feet in the Black Hole, 17 feet off Linwood,
the old abandoned shipping channel, the Spark Plug, Buoy #9, Sailboat
Buoy H, and Buoy 22. Boats are converging on these spots from both
sides of Saginaw Bay , Oddly enough, even the boats from the east
side of the bay are making the trip across The Bar to fish in these
areas. No reports of walleye last week except for a couple caught
incidental to perch. Average perch catches were 25 to 30 fish per
angler; average sizes in the inner bay were 8 to 9 inches with occasional
10 and 11 inchers.
last week was the best week for fishing in the last three weeks
in greater Saginaw Bay …as long as you’re after perch!
Walleye fishing was slow to non-existent at all ports and most anglers
had switched over to perch fishing. There is a chronic shortage
of shiner minnows at most bait shops, as this is the toughest time
of year for the minnow catchers to get them and wholesalers’
supplies of minnows caught last fall are exhausted. Just the same,
if you can get minnows you can catch perch out there. A word about
walleye, walleye fishing always slows down in Saginaw Bay at this
time of year for a couple of reasons. First of all, a lot of the
walleyes have moved out of the bay into deeper water to get away
from warm summer water temperatures. Secondly, all of the baitfish
born this spring have now reached a size where they are attractive
to walleye and other predators, and the forage base in the bay has
reached its annual peak. So food is at its most abundant point of
the year and the fish don’t have to look very far to get a
Good perch fishing is reported from several locations, including
the abandoned shipping channel just north of Bay City
(there were six boats fishing along the old channel at 10 AM this
morning), the vicinity of the Spark Plug (buoys
11 & 12), the Black Hole, and 17 feet
of water off Linwood. Perch being brought in averaged 8 to 10 inches
with some larger than that. Boats fishing out of Sebewaing
are mostly going for perch fishing up by Lone Tree Island
or going across the Bay and fishing the areas mentioned
above; the few guys still trying for walleye aren’t having
much success. At Caseville, the traffic was mostly
pleasure boats as the town celebrated the annual Cheeseburger Festival.
Thursday (8/9/12) morning through Saturday (8/12/12) morning, the
Bay City area received nearly 7 inches of rain. Fields are flooded,
culverts are plugged, ditches are full, some roads are flooded, and
the Saginaw River is running high and muddy, murking up the entire
inner part of Saginaw Bay . Fishing on the inner bay is virtually
at a standstill, and will probably continue that way for a week or
so, until all the murk settles out.
weather made for light fishing pressure on greater Saginaw Bay and
southern Lake Huron last week. There just weren’t many times
when boat anglers could fish comfortably. The weekend was particularly
light for pressure, with hot, muggy threatening weather on Saturday
and high winds on Sunday. Very few boats ventured forth. Nevertheless
there are fish out there to be caught for the versatile and persistent
angler. Perch are starting to turn on in the inner bay, as they
usually do in August.
Walleye fishing is pretty much confined to the area north and west
of Buoys 1&2. Perch are starting to bite around the Spark Plug
and in the Black Hole. The biggest problem the perch fishermen have
(besides the weather) is finding shiners for bait at the local bait
shops. (Wholesalers have used up most of the shiners they caught
in the spring and often substitute fathead minnows which most anglers
consider an inferior perch bait.) Very little fishing activity at
Quanicassee, Sebewaing and Bay Port last week, but pier anglers
fishing right at the end of the Caseville pier were getting good
catches of smallmouth bass on worms or minnows fished under slip
a lot of boats out as of late, and getting a lot of stop in/by questions
from anglers about perch. Perch should start picking up here as we
get more into August. What maybe most difficult to find will be shiners
as a lot of the bait shops aren’t keeping them in stock because
of the warm weather and short holding time in the tanks. The Walleye
fishing effort is concentrated in the area of the bay around the end
of the shipping channel in 25 to 35 feet of water. Anglers report
having to move around a lot to find active fish, and bottom bouncers
with crawler harnesses are working better than baits fished in mid-water.
There was little activity in the more southerly reaches of the bay
or in the Slot last week. Fishing pressure off Caseville was light,
probably due more to the windy weather and lack of walleye in the
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
fishing was tough and the water was rough with 2 foot plus waves
the crew looked more like disco dancers in the back of the boat
than fishermen. I saw Blue make a couple of moves that would have
made Travolta envious. We fished the eastside of the inner Bay and
ran spinner rigs and crawlers, 30 - 40' back with 1.5 oz in-line
weights, and 1/4 oz Hot n Tots, 40 -45' back. Both programs caught
fish we just couldn't get a good bite going. We ended up with 7
nice walleye for our efforts with about a half dozen undersize throwbacks.
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Persistent trollers are still scratching a few walleyes out of 20+
feet of water outside Buoys 1 & 2 and in 19-20 feet along the
west side of the Bar or east of the shipping channel from Buoys 11
& 12 out to Buoys 1 & 2. Some walleyes are still being taken
from the middle of the Slot from Sebewaing to Sand
Point, on the outside of the islands.
At Caseville: Fishing off Oak Point
and the reefs slowed down over mid-week, probably due to winds and
weather, but should pick up again after the weather stabilizes.
Walleyes are still being taken in 18 feet of water off Linwood,
around the Black Hole, off the Pinconning
Bar and in the deepest areas of the Slot.
Some walleyes are still being taken in the lower Saginaw River,
from the river mouth upstream as far as the Independence Bridge, by
smaller boats on days when the bay is too rough to fish. Channel cats
are being taken from the Hot Ponds and their vicinity,
and shore anglers fishing at Smith Park in Essexville
are catching channel cats, drum, and a few smallmouths and perch.
At Caseville: Walleye fishing was excellent off
Oak Point, around the Steeples
north of Big Charity Island, and around the reefs
off Sleeper State Park.
Bay July-2nd-12 -
Boy Crew Fishing Report
- Fished this morning with field reporter Ernie
Smith. We launched from the DNR ramp at the mouth of the Saginaw River
and headed northwest to the fish near the sail boat buoys in 18 to
20 fow, we marked fish from 12 to 15 feet down all day. Our lines
were set anywhere from 45 to 60 feet back, with 55 back being the
best, but we took fish no matter how far back we pulled the 'tots'.
Our best tot again was the chrome w/ black back and red on the under
side near the lip. After our last trip I tried to find a few new ones
does 't make this pattern any longer, so I painted a couple myself
and we took some of our larger fish on them. Also
took a few fish on a dark
and a Mad Flash Shad pattern, this has red on the nose. I kept
the trolling speed between 1.9 to 2.1 sog. Total fish today was 10
for 16 with the size of the ones we kept ranging for 15 1/4 to 20
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Reporter Paul Smith's Report
was a beuatiful morning on Saginaw Bay, sunny with moderate temperatures
in the 70's to low 80's, light winds, and a slight chop on the water.
The walleye bite was steady from about 8:30 am when we dropped lines
until we got our 15 fish 3 man limit at around noon. We fished 18
- 21 fow on the eastside of the Bay. Our lures of choice were homemade
spinner rigs tipped with crawlers which we ran 35' back off in-line
boards using 1 1/2 oz in-line weights run at approximately 1.4 SOG.
Blades with silver seemed to produce best for us. Fish were larger
than in size from our previous trips this year as we only had 4 undersize
fish thrown back and no barely legals (just over 15") in the
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were hitting everywhere over the weekend. Here the spots, 20’
off the Pinconning Bar, off Buoys 1 &
2, the Black Hole, the Sailboat
Buoys off Linwood, 5’ of water off the Hot
Pond, the weed banks of Callahan Reef, the
middle of the Slot (especially near the Thomas
Reef), the deeper water side of the Bar, the vicinity of
the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 &12),
drifting and jigging in Wildfowl Bay, and the weed
banks from Heisterman to North Island on
the section of the Slot up there. Fish were taken at all of these
areas over the weekend, although anglers report a tendency of the
fish to move toward deeper water as the weather and water temperatures
continue to rise. Up at Caseville, Really nice walleye
being taken, from 30-40 FOW off of Oak Point, 20-24
FOW in front of Sleeper, and out on the Banana
and North Steeple off of the Big
Charity Island Some walleye are still being
taken in the lower Saginaw River by trollers on days
when it’s too rough out on the bay. Shore anglers are getting
catfish, drum and a few bass around Essexville
Bay June-23rd-12 -
Boy Crew Fishing Report
- Moved over to
the west side of the Bay today and WHOW, we had wanted to launch at
the DNR launch at the mouth of Saginaw river but at 6:30am the parking
lot looked to already be full and there
were boats lined up out to the road waiting to launch, we turned around
and whet back to the launch by the Independence Bridge which makes
for a long slow trip out to the bay, wasting an hour of fishing time.
We started fishing by the sail boat buoys and didn't really nail down
a spot with active fish until about 9:30am. The bite stayed good until
11:00am and we managed to hook ten fish of which we could only keep
five. Our best action came on Hot & Tots, most fish came on a
chrome black back with a red throat trolled 55 feet back in 18 feet
of water, dark metallic green and a jr thunderstick also took fish.
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walleye fishing is out near Buoys 1 & 2, around
the sailboat buoys off Linwood, and east of the shipping channel between
the channel and The Bar (also known as the Coryeon Reef).
Depths vary from 19 feet to as deep as you can find, which is 30 to
35 feet in the inner bay. Crawler harnesses trolled on bottom bouncers
off planer boards are the ticket. Some walleye are also being taken
over the weeds on the Callahan Reef using crawler
harnesses trolled without bottom bouncers so they skim over the tops
of the weeds. Fishing in the Slot is slow, but at least one boat did
well in there on Sunday before the bad weather arrived. Windy weather
forced some anglers to fish in the lower Saginaw River over
the weekend, and they got a few walleyes trolling hot-n-tots between
the river mouth and the Coast Guard station. Bass anglers continue
to do pretty well around North Island . Walleye are
starting to hit on the reefs between Caseville and
Port Austin, and also out by the Port Austin
Lighthouse in 15 to 20 feet. When they start hitting out there, it’s
a sign the fish are reacting to warming temperatures and moving out
of the inner bay toward the main basin.
Dock Reporter Terry
- The Walleyes for Warriors event was very wet and windy for a great
of guys and
myself, but we caught fish like crazy.
the west side
of the spark plug and caught fish up to 25 inches.
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Bay June-16th-12 -
Boy Crew Fishing Report
- We just can't catch a break when it comes
to fishing conditions. The waves were to be 2 foot or less, just right
for a long run with our boat, but by 9:30 the waves managed to built
to 1 to 3 and our youngest crew member got a little green and our
day ended before we could get to the spot we had planned to fish.
But for our first timer on Saginaw Bay he managed to take two sheeps
head and 2 sub legal walleyes. He had a good time while it lasted
and handled the rods like a pro.
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Dock Reporter Terry
- fished out of Caseville from Sleeper
down towards Philips Park in 30-34 feet of water.
Managed 6 walleye in about 3 hours time before the wind laid down
and the biting flies got so bad you couldn't stand it. Had 3 or 4
other releases, and lost one at the back of the boat. There were 5
other boats out there to start the day, we were the only ones there
after 9:30 a.m., and thats when we started to get our fish. Red and
white blades and orange and pink blades were best ran off of 2 oz
BB at 1.0-1.2 sog.
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seemed to be moving toward deeper water in greater Saginaw Bay last
week, and the best locations were shifting somewhat. Water temperatures
are starting to warm up, and this may explain the shift. Crawler harnesses
off planer boards remain the go – to bait for walleyes at all
locations. A few guys are using crankbaits or small spoons but they’re
definitely in the minority. There are A LOT of sublegal walleyes,
14 to 14 ½ inches, being caught all over the bay this summer.
Anglers are reminded to run their catch across a ruler before putting
it in the box.
Best fishing was definitely out in the vicinity of buoys 1 &
2, at the very end of the shipping channel. Trollers are working
the whole area, in anywhere from 19 to 30 feet of water. Lots of
fish being taken, but a lot of sorting through short fish also.
Some good catches were also reported from the edges of the weedbeds
closer to shore. Conversely, the Slot and the east side of the bay
is pretty quiet right now with not much success over there. Nothing
much going on around the Callahan Reef at the south end of the bay
either, although some fish were taken from 7 feet of water around
the Spoils Island. Most trollers from the east side are crossing
over The Bar and fishing the deep zone just east of the shipping
channel, or heading for Buoys 1 & 2
-5th - 2012
on weather, walleyes were hitting in 12 to 17 feet off Linwood,
in the Slot from Quanicassee to Sebewaing,
behind the Spoils Island off Jones
and Knight roads, on the Callahan Reef,
out on the Bar, and in Wildfowl Bay off Bay
Port. There are still a lot of sublegal fish reported. Windy
weather forced some trollers to stay in the lower Saginaw
River over the weekend, and they caught some walleye in there
on crankbaits. The water in Saginaw Bay is reported
to be quite turbid due to recent winds and there’s a lot of
floating weeds around to foul anglers’ lines.
-30th - 2012
catches of walleye reported from off the Pinconning Bar,
from 17’ of water off Linwood, from 6 to 12
feet off the area from Parish Road south in front
of Killarney Beach , Bay City State Park
, and around the Spoils Island . Anglers are sorting
through short fish here also and even more so out on the Callahan
Reef. Boats out of Quanicassee north to
Sebewaing are mainly working the Slot area and doing
well, with several limit catches observed….and lots of sorting.
Walleye trollers were also getting channel cats, drum, white bass,
and a few big perch incidental to walleye. The best part of the Slot
seems to be from west of Sunset Bay Marina northeast
to the start of the islands. Crappie fishing in the various marinas
seems to be about done, but there are still enough carp and gar inshore
to keep the archers shooting.
Port: bass tournaments were the order of the weekend with
the possession season opener. There wasn’t much walleye activity
out of Bay Port , just lots of happy bass fishermen. Fishing activity
was very light at Caseville; it seemed almost all
pleasure boaters there this weekend.
bigger fish were taken by those jigging in the river, although most
boats have resorted to trolling the open waters of Saginaw
Bay . The MWT winner weighed in just over 40 pounds on
10 fish jigging by Vets Bridge —no more than
1000 feet from the tourney dock. Otherwise those out in the bay
are sorting through a lot of sublegal fish—a ratio of what
right now looks to be about 3 to 1 sublegal to legal fish especially
on the east side of the Bay. There are also a lot of big cats and
drums (master angler sized of both) being caught too, unless you
bump up the trolling speed to 1.6 or higher. With the water settling
out more and more everyday, blues and purples have worked well when
trolled way out from the boat; otherwise chartreuse, antifreeze,
pinks, and orange have still been good colors in the dirty water
if you can find it.
Good walleye fishing at a variety of locations, including; 10 to
18 feet off Linwood, 17 feet east of the Spark
Plug near the Bar, 6 to 8 feet off the Trailer Park just
north of the end of Patterson Road, the Callahan
Reef (reports of a lot of sublegal fish over there), 12
to 14 feet in the Slot from Oakhurst to the tip
of Fish Point, (best boat access from Quanicassee,
Sunset Bay Marina, or Sebewaing),
and the north end of the Slot from the Buoy south outside the islands
(Access from Bay Port or Bayshore Marina).
Most keepers are running 15 to 18 inches. Anglers drifting and casting
jigs in Wildfowl Bay are also picking up walleyes,
some a bit bigger than already mentioned. Boat anglers from Caseville
are mostly going down and fishing the top of the Slot inside Sand
Point. Archers continue to pursue carp and gar in the shallows,
cuts, and canals. The best of the carp-shooting will probably be
over pretty soon.
Bay May-20th-12 -Muck
Boy Crew Fishing Report
- Finally got our Walleye
Boat out for the first time after all of this past winters upgrades.
We fished north out of Quanicassee in 12 to 14 feet
of water, about 6 miles. We trolled Hot & Tots off big boards
with the lines back 55 feet. Took 2 nice fish within the first 15
minutes with one coming on a chrome and black back and another on
an all brass. Then we spent the next 3 hours searching, like most
all the other boats, looking for another active school, we marked
a lot of fish, but our time ran out and we had to head back.
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Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- Daddy Duck (Chris) and I took my boat for it's first trip to the
Bay for 2012. The word that the walleye bite was on, the nice weather,
and the fact that it was Saturday made for some traffic jams on the
water as you could see pods of boats which ever way ya looked. Action
was steady but a there was a lot of throw backs and other fish (mainly
white bass and catfish) being caught on our lures. We sorted through
the hodgepodge till we had our 2 man limit plus a couple of nice perch
in the box. We trolled Hot n Tots and Reef Runners at approx. 2 mph
SOG, 50' - 55' behind tethered boards. About any color caught fish
but Gold seemed to be the best for us.
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Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- Mark and I joined Butch on his boat for this trip. We began the
morning trolling north out of Quanicassee, dragging
meat on spinner rigs but put a Hot n Tot on one line just to see what
would happen. After a few hours we had 7 fish in the boat and 2 of
the nicer fish came on the Tot so we pulled the spinners and ran all
Hot n Tots it wasn't long and we had our 3 man limit with some in
the 3 to 4+ lb range. We ran the spinners at aprox. 1.3 SOG and the
Tots around 1.9 SOG, anything shiny seemes to do the trick silvers,
golds, etc. 12 to 16 fow seemed most productive for us although we
saw nets in action in both shallower and deeper waters.
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Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- Old Blue and his sons had limited on walleye the past two weekends
on Saginaw Bay dragging meat on spinner rigs so we gave 'em a go on
a Monday morning. Well the water cleared, the sun was bright, and
winds were calm pushing the fish deeper and somewhat scattered. We
only managed to catch 5 keeper walleye but stretched the kinks out
of the lines with some hog catfish.
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- Good catches
of walleye from the following locations: 18 feet of water off Linwood;
the old dumping grounds off the mouth of the Saginaw River,
the Callahan Reef, the Slot south
of Fish Point, and out on the Bar. The fish are shallower
on cloudy days and deeper on clear days. Crawler harnesses are best,
but a few are coming on crankbaits such as Shad Raps. Further north
along the east side of the bay, walleye action is starting to pick
up off Bay Port in Wildfowl Bay
and out near the sailboat buoys. Catch & Release fishing for largemouth
bass is very good around Bay Port. Walleye fishing
around Sebewaing is reported still slow, but there’s
good bass fishing in the Sebewaing River and crappies
are hitting in the channel out toward the bay. Crappie fishing is
picking up in marina basins all around the bay as water temperatures
warm into the low 60’s. Also, large numbers of carp and gar
are entering the shallows, providing plentiful targets for bow-fishing
- Good walleye
action in 15 to 18 feet of water off Linwood, mostly
on crawler harnesses. Good walleye fishing also reported around the
Spoils Island and on the Callahan Reef
, mostly on crawler harnesses. The lower Saginaw River
is pretty muddy following recent rains, so not much action there.
Likewise, fishing is slow at the Hot Pond channel.
At Quanicassee: Boats are either going west
to the Callahan Reef or north into the Slot
and were picking up walleye mostly on harnesses. Tuesday was about
the best day weather-wise for this port last week. There’s a
fair amount of catfish fishing going on at night in the river also.
Cold nights have lowered water temperatures, and slowed down panfish
activity in Sunset Bay Marina, Bayshore Marina,
and Sebewaing Marina. Warmer weather should get the
crappies, bluegills, and sunfish going eventually. River anglers
At Sebewaing: Still getting a few walleyes,
pike, and bass (catch & release) in the Sebewaing River.
Bass anglers were doing pretty well on smallmouths around North
Island, but walleye action was slower that far north although
a few anglers were albe to manage a few fish per boat.
Not much action of any kind at Caseville last week, but there were
rumors of walleyes off the pier at night.
- Most walleye
fishing has been concentrated around the mouth of the Saginaw
River and the Spoils Island. A few boats were also fishing
7 to 8 feet of water off Bay City State Park and
the mouth of the Kawkawlin River. Boat anglers
are trolling and vertical jigging in the Lower Saginaw River
at many locations from the river mouth up to about the Independence
Bridge. Anglers fishing the Hot Pond channel are mainly catching
and releasing a mix of bass and pike.
Not too many boats going out of Quanicassee last
week, and those that were, headed west to the area off Finn
Road. They were trolling 7 to 11 feet of water and using
both crankbaits and crawler harnesses and were getting some walleyes.
Success was rated as a few fish per boat, but at least one limit
was taken from 6 feet of water. There was even a one coho salmon
taken off Finn Road last week. Panfish action in
Sunset Bay and Sebewaing marinas
was slow last week, probably due to the cold weather lowering water
temperatures and scotching the spawning urge of crappies and sunfish.
Anglers casting in the lower Sebewaing River were
catching a mix of bass, pike and walleye, although the walleyes
were few in number. A number of catch & release bass anglers
were fishing off Bay Port and around Beadle
Bay, and they reported success was slow probably also due
to cold water temperatures. Fishing was slow at Caseville,
with just a few smallmouths being caught & released off the
- Trollers were
getting some walleye off Bay City State Park in 6 to 8 feet of water,
and near the Spoils Island early last week, but nothing since Wednesday
-28th - 2012
Perch fishing in Saginaw Bay off the mouth of the Saginaw
River along the shipping channel from Buoy 22 to Buoy 18,
just past the Spoils Island, was excellent during the early part
of last week, with a lot of 8”to 12” perch taken. Unfortunately,
fishing tapered off over the weekend. Shore anglers fishing in the
boat basin and channel at Finn Road got a few 7
to 8 inch perch. The Quanicassee River was reported
slow for perch, with lots of people trying it for awhile, coming
and going. Shore anglers fishing the drain at Garner Road
were sorting out some 7 to 8 inch perch.
Perch fishing seems to be pretty well done in the Sebewaing
River, but boat anglers going out to the end of the channel
off Sebewaing were still doing pretty well. Perch
fishing was reported slow at Bay Port and Caseville.
-20th - 2012
Boat anglers were doing well on walleye off the Pinconning
Bar trolling and vertical jigging last week. Trollers were
also working the bay off Parish Road northward toward
and slightly past Linwood with a variety of lures
including crawler harnesses,crankbaits, husky jerks, reef runners,
and shad-raps, mostly in 16 to 22 feet of water and having fair success
on walleye. Perch are being taken from marina basins along the Saginaw
River by boat anglers. Lots of shore fishing activity along
the Quanicassee River for perch; anglers are doing
lots of sorting like everywhere else, but they’re getting enough
nice perch to keep them fishing. Shore anglers fishing the marina
basin at Sunset Bay Marina were getting a few perch
and crappies on minnows.
At Sebewaing: Lots of perch fishing activity in
the Sebewaing River over the past week. Lots of
sorting, same as everywhere else, but some were able to sort out
enough nice ones for a mess. Perch fishing at Bay Port
and Bayshore Marina was hit and miss last week,
but both spots are worth a look on any given day you happen to be
At Caseville: Lots of shore fishing activity last
weekend, also a lots of sorting, but a few really nice perch taken.
Pier anglers last week also took a couple whitefish and a few walleyes,
as well as the odd brown.
-14th - 2012
anglers are trolling for walleyes with fair success off Linwood
in 14 to 18 feet of water, mostly using Husky-Jerks. Bright colors
(fire-tiger or pink & white) are producing best. If you’re
going out on the bay to fish walleyes, be sure to look for clear water
and stay away from the plume of murky water coming out of the Saginaw
River. Perch are being taken inside the Linwood Marina,
off the bridge on State Park Drive over the Kawkawlin
River, and out of the Quanicassee River.
At all locations, expect to sort a lot of fish to get a mess of keepers,
but at Quanicassee in particular, keepers were running
9 to 11 inches.
Perch fishing in the Sebewaing River was really good
last week and over the weekend. Lots of sorting here also, but anglers
are getting enough 8 to 11 inch perch to keep it interesting. Slow
fishing at Bay Port and Mud Creek
At Caseville: The ice is rotten in
the marina and shore anglers are mostly catching small perch. Boat
anglers were catching some walleyes but they really had to work for
them in the high muddy water.
Saginaw River: The water is muddy from the Tittabawassee
as far as Zilwaukee. The fish are scattered, a lot of guys got skunked,
and the average catch was 2 or 3 fish per boat, but a couple of guys
did manage to get their limits. Everybody seemed delighted with the
chance to fish in such nice weather over last weekend, regardless
of their success or lack thereof. Further downstream toward Bay
City, fishing was a lot tougher. Around the Independence
Bridge, a lot of sublegal fish were being taken. Boat anglers
inside the Bay Harbor Marina basin took some nice
perch, with 12 to 24 per angler being the norm. Lots of sorting here
also. Some boats were going out on Saginaw Bay after
launching at the Patterson Road access site at the
mouth of the river. They were getting a few walleyes out by the Spoils
Island, but action there was far from red-hot.
-6th - 2012
no ice from Pinconning south. Wading anglers fishing
in the Hot Pond channel caught a few pike early last week, but nothing
since. Boat anglers fishing in the Quanicassee River
took a few small perch, but nothing to write home about. On the east
side of the bay, fishing is limited to marina basins where some are
sorting out some decent perch, but those connected to rivers are very
muddy. Rivers and creeks at Sebewaing and Caseville
are high, muddy, and full of debris at the time of the report.
Saginaw River: Is high, fast, very muddy, and
full of floating debris. A few anglers who tried over the weekend
reported currents too fast to control their drift. Conditions might
improve toward the end of this week, if the area doesn’t get
a big rain event. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what
happens. Best bets for this week, especially if the weather warms
as much as predicted, would be for boat anglers to go out on the bay
and look for clean water.
some ice fishing activity in 1 to 2 feet of water at Cody-Estey,
White’s Beach, and Newman
roads. Machines are breaking through; walking anglers better wear
waders. Some perch still being taken. No activity reported at Linwood
or Bay City …because there’s no ice.
At Quanicassee: Some small perch are being taken
in the river by boat anglers. No activity reported at the Hot
Ponds off Jones Road .
Still some ice fishing activity in the Marina. The Sebewaing
River is muddy and rising after last Friday’s storm,
but should be fishable from open water later this week.
Caseville: Some perch are being taken in the Marinas
but sorting is required, but stay away from the docks! There’s
essentially no ice fishing activity on the east side of the bay due
to wave action breaking up the ice, snow pushing it down, and runoff
from creeks and drains eating it away. Poor ice conditions are keeping
anglers ashore at from the beet factory to Geiger Rd,
and the south shore of Wildfowl Bay. A few anglers
are tip-toeing their way out atMud Creek.
River: There was a lot of boat fishing last week on the nicer
days. Anglers continue to sort through a lot of sublegal fish, but
they’re getting some 15 to 20 inch walleyes from Rust
Avenue downstream through Zilwaukee to Bay
City . The best area last week was from the Cass
Avenue launch at the south end of Bay City
south to the mouth of Cheboyganning Creek. A few
fish as large as 4 to 6 lb were taken, but most were 15 to 20 inches.
Decent catches of walleyes were also being taken on the lower river
around the Bay Aggregate cut across from Essexville.
-22nd - 2012-
catches of perch through rotten ice in 2 to 3 feet of water off White’s
Beach, At Linwood, the Linwood Marina
isn’t letting anglers on right now as they prepare to dredge
in anticipation of the spring boating season. Some people were still
trying to get out near Quanicassee but a lot of them
were getting wet in the attempt. Fishing off the Hot Ponds is reported
slow right now because apparently the power plants aren’t generating
and no warm water is being released.
At Sebewaing, Some perch and also a few nice crappies
and bluegills are being out of the marina basin last week. Success
is running hot & cold. The Sebewaing River
remains froze over with the cold weather over the weekend, but the
ice is rather thin to walk on and not fishable. Fishing pressure
on the bay from Sebewaing north to Geiger
Road is very light and ice conditions are very poor. At
Bay Port, anglers using air boats are getting some
very nice perch, and other anglers on foot are doing well too, but
really need to use caution and spud their way out.
At Caseville: Ice conditions are poor outside
the city marina, fishing pressure is light, and mostly small perch
and sublegal walleyes are being caught.
Saginaw River: Some walleye were being taken near
the confluence of the Shiawassee and Tittabawassee
rivers upstream from Rust Avenue, but walleye fishing
was better from Lee Street in Saginaw
downstream to Cass Avenue at the south end of Bay
City. There were several good days last week with most
boats sorting some keepers out of a lot of sublegal fish. Keepers
were running 15 to 18 inches with occasional fish from 4 to 5 lb
taken. Boat anglers were casting or vertical jigging and jig heads
baited with minnows were the standard bait. Down in Bay
City proper, boat anglers were taking some nice catches
of perch in front of the Bay Aggregate cut. Walleye
anglers were sorting through a lot of short fish. Ice at the river
mouth made launching at the Patterson Road ramp
too difficult, but launches near the Independence Bridge
-31st - 2012-
Real good perch fishing at mid-week off Cody-Estey
Road, Newman Road, and Townline
16 Road, but things went to pot with the change in the weather
over the weekend and some of the ice blew out with the high winds
on Saturday. Some VERY nice perch (8 to 14 inches) were taken from
4 feet of water, mostly on beads. Perch anglers inside Linwood
Marina were also sorting out a few keepers. At Vanderbilt
Park near Quanicassee, perch success was
hit and miss with a couple nice catches from 5 feet of water and a
lot of skunks. Lots of small perch and the odd pike in the marina
basin at Sebewaing, and a lot of sorting perch from
the beet factory to Geiger Road. Ice conditions are
uniformly not good from Sebewaing to Bay
Port, but some guys are out there trying… and occasionally
putting their quads in the drink! Perch fishing was best and ice conditions
the worst up in Wildfowl Bay, with some guys making
good perch catches (on beads) while their others tried to retrieve
their pike shanties from the bottom of the bay. One air-boat went
out of Geiger Road to the Slot to fish walleyes,
and they reported breaking ice most of the way out there. They saw
lots of dead and dying shad, but apparently didn’t get any walleye.
(Why hit your spoon when they have all the shad they can eat?)
At Caseville: No fishing activity along the
breakwater due to poor ice. In the various marinas and in the river,
anglers are sorting out a few perch and there are a lot of 8 to 11
inch walleyes in there.
-24th - 2012-
Some excellent perch fishing was reported very early in the morning
over the weekend, but it tapered off quickly as soon as the sun came
up. The bigger perch seem to move back offshore. Anglers inside Linwood
Marina were doing a lot of sorting but getting some keepers.
Bridge anglers fishing in the lower Kawkawlin River
were also getting some perch. Some perch were also being taken out
by the range light at the mouth of the Saginaw River,
but anglers there need to be particularly cautious of ice thickness
due to river currents. There were unconfirmed rumors of a few walleye
being taken from 6 feet of water off Vanderbilt Park
near Quanicassee. Up at Sebewaing,
ice anglers were out behind the sugar beet plant and also out at Geiger
Road, as well as fishing in the city marina off the Sebewaing
River. Los of sorting involved, but some decent keeper perch
At Caseville: Lots of smaller
perch and sublegal walleye in the river and the marina, and lots of
sorting to get some keepers. No lake trout fishing out along the breakwall
yet, as the ice out there is not very good.
River: Boat fishing is not practical now because of ice.
Most of the lower Tittabawassee is ice covered but not by any means
safe to fish on. The Saginaw River in Saginaw is stuck in the “In-between
period”; too much ice for boat or shore fishing, but not enough
to ice fish. A couple of people were creeping out on the river near
Veterans’ Park south of Bay City, but this is emphatically not
recommended! There were also some anglers fishing near the pilings
downstream of the Independence Bridge in Bay City, mainly catching
sublegal walleyes. (This is not recommended either!!!) As mentioned
earlier, anglers accessing the river at the Patterson Road access
site were getting some perch out by the range light, and also at the
mouth of the Yacht Club basin. They were also walking on the shore
ice up to the Bay Aggregate cut and getting some perch there.
BE CAREFUL ON THE RIVER ICE!!! I don’t think
we can emphasize this point strongly enough
-18th - 2012-
Ice anglers fishing off White’s Beach got some
decent perch at mid-week last week, but it tapered off over the weekend.
Those that tried to get out at Pinconning to ice-fish
yesterday broke through . Some fishing is available at Linwood
Marina where guys are standing on certain docks and punching
holes in the ice. Ice is reported poor at Quanicassee.
Some ice fishing (from ice and from docks) is available in marinas
from Sunset Bay to Bay Port. Anglers
were reportedly breaking through at Geiger Road, Rose Island , and
Mud Creek both Saturday and Sunday. All rivers and cuts from Quanicassee
to Port Austin were reported open again at one point
before the weekend. After the cold snap over the weekend, there’s
a lot of floating and shore ice, making shore fishing difficult. A
few spearers were starting to prospect on the frozen part of the harbor
at Port Austin and in the marina at Caseville.
Saginaw River: Walleye fishing from boats was
quite good around the confluence of the Shiawassee and Tittabawassee
last week, but the cold front and subsequent ice formation pretty
much shut it down. Boat anglers should bring along a spud and a bag
of rock salt if they intend to launch. You’ll need the spud
to get out of and back into the boat basin, and you’ll need
the salt for traction, as the boat ramps are very icy.
-1st - 2011-
Perch are starting to show up in river mouths, cuts, and marina basins,
and shore anglers are starting to do fairly well. The best location
depends on the day, so anglers are encouraged to try several spots.
If you don’t get fish in the first half-hour, move on to another
location. Perch are being caught in the lower Kawkawlin River,
near the mouth of the Saginaw River upstream as far
as Smith Park in Essexville, out
near the Spoils Island (for boat anglers), and the Quanicassee
and Sebewaing rivers. Marina basins are also worth
Saginaw River: Rumor has it and
I can't confirm the report, but it's the right time of year. Walleyes
are being taken near the mouth of the Tittabawassee in Saginaw.
-25th - 2011-
Some perch are being taken by boaters near the Spark Plug and the
Spoils Island, but after last week’s storm the water has become
extremely turbid and success has dropped off. Saturday morning, boat
and shore anglers at Quanicassee did well on perch.
Boats were fishing out at the end of the navigation channel, and shore
anglers were fishing in the lower Quanicassee River.
Success tapered off on Sunday.
Boaters also reported taking a few walleyes while trolling.
Saginaw River - some reports of some walleyes being
taken in Bay City casting rapalas and thundersticks or jigging minnows
or twister tails.
-19th - 2011-
Good to excellent catches of perch are being taken at Buoys 1 &
2 (the outer Spark Plug), 11 & 12 (the inner Spark Plug), along
the old shipping channel just north of the river mouth, and near the
Spoils Island . A few walleye were also taken out of the Hot Ponds.
Boat anglers at Quanicassee took some perch out by the last channel
marker buoy off the mouth of the Quanicassee River . Most all the
perch in the area rivers’ are running small, but baitfish are
starting to show up in abundance.
-11th - 2011-
Perch fishermen from Linwood to Bay Port were converging in the middle
of Saginaw Bay. Good to excellent catches of 7 to 9 inch perch were
being taken in the vicinity of Buoys 1 & 2, 16 &17, and 11
& 12; also off Linwood south of the Black Hole in 17 to 21 feet
of water. If you haven’t put your Great Lakes boat away for
the winter, now is the time to get some perch. Bass anglers launching
at Bay Port were doing very well on smallmouths on the outside of
North Island and out at the Charities. A few perch were also taken
near the mouth of the Saginaw River. A few walleyes are being caught
at night below the bridges over the Saginaw River in Bay City, mostly
on jigs and twister tails.
-4th - 2011-
Just a few perch reported early last week from 20 to 24 feet of water
near the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12). Shore anglers fishing in
marina basins around the bay are still getting a few nice bluegills
and crappies. Anglers fishing at the Hot Pond and the mouth of the
Saginaw River were mainly catching drum and some smallmouth bass.
-28th - 2011-
Best perch reports are from Buoys 1 and 5; north of the Pinconning
Bar in 18 feet of water; one to two miles east of the inner Spark
Plug (Buoys 11 and 12); and near the Spoils Island. Most keepers are
running 8 to 9 inches with occasional bigger fish. A few walleye are
also being caught incidental to perch off the Spoils Island . Perch
have not moved into the cuts, river mouths, and marina basins yet,
though some anglers are out trying to catch them there. Best fall
shore fishing for perch starts in late October and early November
and continues until ice-up. Shore anglers in the marinas are still
catching a few bluegills, sunfish, and crappies, but the perch they
are getting are very small.
- Best perch reports are from Buoy 22; off Linwood
in 17’ of water; and just west of the Spoils Island in 21 feet
of water. A few walleyes are being taken incidental to perch off the
Spoils Island. Boaters from the east side of the bay are crossing
the Bar and fishing perch along the shipping channel. A few small
perch are showing up in the Sebewaing and Quanicassee
Rivers. A few bluegills and crappies are still being taken
in area marina basins. Nearshore perch fishing usually improves in
late October and November.
- Fair to good perch success over the weekend at Buoys
1&2, 3&4, the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12), Buoy 17, Sailboat
Buoy H, the Black Hole, and near the Black Hole in 17 feet of water
off Linwood. Note that all of these spots are either in the middle
of the bay or on the west side. Boat anglers from places like Quanicassee
and Sebewaing were also crossing the bay to get to these areas after
trying some areas in the vicinity of those ports but not finding much
success. The turbid water resulting from the week-long winds is hampering
fishing success somewhat.
anglers were out in force and targeting the Spark Plug, the Black
Hole, Buoy H, Buoy 22 and west of Buoys 1 & 2. Not many anglers
on the east side as most of the boats are heading over to Au Gres.
Walleye fishing is still slow due to the over abundance of minnows
and shad as well as the cooler water temperatures. Walleye fishing
will pick up later in the fall when the fish start to follow the schools
of forage fish into the river.
Very little effort for walleye last week, with most anglers chasing
perch when they could get out. Action was centered at various points
along the shipping channel. Kevin saw ONE walleye all week…but
it was a 30 incher, taken by a shore angler at Essexville fishing
for whatever would bite. The rest of the “whatever would bite”
included drum, white bass, and a few smallmouths.
24th-2011 - Perch fishing eclipsed walleye
fishing this week, with fair success at the Spark Plug, on the Bar
east of the Spark Plug, Buoy 9, Buoys 1 & 2 , and near Sailboat
Buoy H. A few walleye were reported taken along the outside of the
islands on the east side of the Bay in 7 to 10 feet of water near
the weedbeds. Some smallmouth bass were taken around North Island.
Caseville was filled with revelers at the Cheeseburger Festival,
and few if any were out fishing there.
16th-2011 - Perch
were hitting around the Spark Plug and also east of it. Catches seemed
to average 20 to 25 perch per boat, with size ranging from 8 to 12
inches with a few 7s to put a few more in the boat. A few walleye
were caught out near buoys 1 & 2, and from weedbeds along the
outside of Maisou and Heisterman islands in 10 to 14 feet of water.
Still some channel cats taken in the Hot Pond.
13th-2011 - From
Dock Reporter Terry
-Fishing is very slow from the Charity's to Port Austin-There
were no boats at the Caseville launch today and in the last two trips
we have caught three fish. Grindstone still giving up a few fish and
1&2 buoy in the lower bay has been slow but a few fish can still
be taken there.
10th-2011 - Walleyes
still being taken or near Buoys 1 & 2, in 13 feet of water off
Pinconning, and some from weedbeds over between Maisou and Heisterman
islands. Perch fishing is starting up and they are being taken from
20’ of water near the Spark Plug, east of the Spark Plug in
30’ of water, from northeast of the Black Hole, and from certain
locations in 12 to 14 feet of water on the west side of The Bar. Catches
were averaging 10 to 20 large perch per boat per trip with quite a
few 10” to 12” fish.
2nd-2011 - Walleye
action has slowed down a lot, but a few are still being caught beyond
buoys 1 & 2, around the Pinconning Bar, in the
south end of the Slot, and in deeper water between
the Spark Plug and buoys 1 & 2. Deeper water is better. Body baits
are in many cases out-producing crawler harnesses, and trollers are
moving at 1.9 to 2.1 mph. Crawler harnesses are still catching some
fish (purple and gold are good spinner colors) but incidental catches
of catfish and drum are high. Perch fishing is getting started around
the Black Hole and also east of the Spark Plug in 25 feet of water.
At Caseville: Excellent walleye fishing
around all the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin, with best
fishing from Hat Point northeast toward Port Austin. Depths range
anywhere from 12 to 60 feet. Harnesses, body baits and small spoons
are all taking fish.
Walleyes are still being caught to a limited extent in relatively
shallow water off Finn Road (3 to 10 ft) by trollers long-lining
crawler harnesses over the top of the weed-beds (no bottom bouncers).
Some walleyes are still being caught out of the Slot off Sebewaing
and Bay Port, off Linwood in 19 feet of water, 10 to 19 feet off
the west side of the Coryeon Reef (the Bar) and out beyond Buoys
1 and 2. Crawler harnesses are still producing well, with purple,
red & silver or blue & silver blades being good colors.
Hot-n-tots are also producing with black & gold as a hot color.
At Caseville: The deeper waters north and northeast
of Big Charity Island and around the reefs between Caseville and Port
Austin is producing good walleye action.
19th-2011 - Fishing
at these locations remained very good last week: 13 feet of water
off the Pinconning Bar; 2 miles northeast of the
Black Hole, the Bar on the west side of the Slot,
and the Slot itself from Fish Point
to Sand Point. Good catches of walleyes with a lot
of limit catches have been made at all these locations. Mid-summer
weed growth has made fishing more difficult in the area immediately
north of Knight and Finn roads,
and fewer anglers are trolling there than earlier in the year. Lots
of catfish, freshwater drum, and a few larger yellow perch are being
taken incidental to walleye. Crawler harnesses, crankbaits, and small
spoons are all producing fish.
At Caseville: Excellent walleye fishing northeast
of Big Charity Island. The area off Oak Point and all the reefs between
Caseville and Port Austin are also producing very good catches.
13th-2011 - Good
numbers of walleye were taken from a variety of locations including
13’ of water off the Pinconning Bar, northeast
of the Black Hole, Buoys 1 & 2, 10 to 12 feet
of water north of Finn Road, 7 to 8 feet of water
north of Knight Road, and 11 to 13 feet of water
on the east side of the Bar adjacent to the west side of the Slot.
Crawler harnesses continue to produce, but hot-n-tots are also working.
Water surface temperatures were nearing 80 degrees in areas, and if
the hot weather continues, fish can be expected to move deeper. Lots
of drum and channel cats are being caught incidental to walleyes.
Good colors include chartreuse, purple, blue, and pink.
Caseville: doing well on walleye off the north side of Big
Charity Island, and at the north end of the Slot off of Sand Point
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- The bite was slow but we ended up
3 short of our 4-man limit before getting blown off the water on the
Eastside of the Bay early in the afternoon. The fish were spread out
and caught in depths from 10 - 16 fow. All were caught on 1/4 oz Hot
n Tots, anything with gold seemed to produce with "Metellic Rainbow"
being one of our hottest colors. Lures were trolled at 1.6 to 2 mph
SOG and from 30 - 50ft back off tethered boards.
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Bay July-9th-11 - Muck
The Crew now has its own bay boat, this is in addition to our main
boat that we run from the west side of the state for salmon. Over
the next year we will be rigging it to fish walleyes in the Saginaw
Bay and Saginaw River. When we get it completed we will report out
on what we have added. For now we will be using what came with it.
We stat red the morning by setting up west of the #1
Spark Plug, 6
miles out from the mouth of the Saginaw River in about 22 feet
of water, west of the shipping channel.
We managed to take 3 keeper eyes trolling standard size Hot
& Tots our best color was a Metallic Gold w/ extra large eyes
and Metallic Silver w/ Black Back with a red throat. We trolled them
behind mini boards with leads from 40 to 100 feet. The best was from
50 to 60 feet back.
We are hoping to get back out again before we switch back to salmon
on Lake Michigan.
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7th-2011 - Walleye
were 10 miles off Gambil's in 27 feet of water, northeast
side of the Black Hole and off the Spark
Plug near Buoys 1 and 2. Near Essexville,
walleye were caught in 6 to 8 feet of water off Knight Road.
Off Sebewaing, anglers were heading out to the Slot
and the Coryeon Reef while trolling or drifting spoons
and crawler harnesses. Waters north of the Slot were also starting
to improve however Caseville was still slow. Those
fishing the Charity Islands have caught bigger walleye.
Limits of smallmouth bass were caught in Wigwam Bay
and around the Charity Islands.
6th-2011 - From
Dock Reporter Terry
- We took 15 walleyes yesterday two miles west of 1 &
2 buoys. Lots of fish and heavy boat traffic We took them all on crawlers,
best harness colors were with red beads with brass and pink and white
beads on a pink spiderman blade
29th-2011 - At
Quanicassee: Pretty hit or miss action for most anglers.
It seemed those that are running plastic or some type of spoon setup
are fairing better than those anglers using crawlers. Purples, Pinks,
and golds seemed to produce the best. The fish are still scattered
throughout the system, but it seems like the shallow bite has started
to slow down. Going out to 12-15 FOW seemed to be a good starting
point for those doing better. Still a lot of short walleye and drum
being reported, along with the occaisional large perch, catifsh, and
white bass. Shore anglers were managing some catfish again in the
river and cuts, and a few bluegills in the marinas.
Sebewaing: Just like Quanicassee. Anglers are going straight
out to the Slot in 12-15 FOW were doing all right and then working
out onto both sides of the Bar in around 17 FOW produced well, but
again it was anglers pulling plastic or spoons that seemed to be doing
better than those with crawlers. Same colors as Quanicassee. In the
river and marina they are still catching a lot of sub-legal pike and
largemouth bass casting spinnerbaits or small cranks.
Bay Port: The northern part of the Slot still sounds pretty
quiet. Bass fisherman are still doing well for largemouths in Wildfowl
Bay , and around the Islands and rock reefs for smallmouths.
Caseville: Very few shore or pier anglers around, mostly
pleasure boaters, if there were any boats out at all.
20th-2011 - From
Dock Reporter Terry
- Yesterday I was proud to have volunteered my boat and be
part of the first ever "Walleye's for
Warrior's Event" in Bay City Mi., about 190 veterans
participated. This event was a great effort by a lot of great people
and it turned out great. Despite the high winds and having to battle
waves 3 to 5 feet high. Everyone, I think had a great time.
One of the fellas on my boat got sick, so I put my other passenger
on another boat and took the sick fella back to shore.
We turned around and headed back out and still managed to take six
We fished east of the spark plug in 18-20 feet of water, it sure wasn't
easy and luckily we got some fish to cooperate.
I have sent a few pictures so everyone can see some of the action
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15th-2011 - At
Quanicassee: Anglers are going out to multiple locations
and taking fair numbers of fish from just about everywhere. Shallow
on Callahan Reef and near the end of Finn
Rd / Hot Pond area has still produced some
walleye in the mornings or on the overcast days in 4-8 FOW. Anglers
are also working straight north out of the river in 12-15 FOW, over
towards Sunset Bay Marina on the tail end of the Slot
in 10-13 FOW, over east of the Plug a mile or two in 17-20 FOW, out
near Buoy 1 and 2 in 25-28 FOW, and near the Bar in 23-27 FOW. The
fish remain suspended out deep as the bug hatch has really ramped
up since last week. A lot of big Sheephead, I measured one the other
day that went almost 28 inches and 15.5 lbs, some white bass, a catfish
or two, and a few decent perch are also being caught by those trolling,
as well as many short walleye. Purple, gold, orange, chartreuse, and
pink seem to be good colors.
At Linwood: Better
fishing was in 17 feet of water. Walleyes were caught between the
Kawkawlin and Saginaw River. Decent fishing was reported around the
Spark Plug and to the east in 20 feet of water and Buoys 1 and 2 in
30 feet of water. Crawler harnesses with silver backs worked best.
At Sebewaing: Saw very little activity around
here after the storm mid-week. Lots of clean-up still going on around
town. Those that were fishing were going to many of the same areas
anglers out of Quanicassee. A few have tried up into
the Slot along the islands, but activity that way
remains pretty slow. After the reef spawners dispersed a few weeks
ago the fishing hasn’t been that great up that way. Those in
the marina and along the river have been catching a few keeper pike
and largemouths, but most of the fish are sub-legal throwbacks.
At Bay Port: State site is somewhat shutdown at
this time as the dredging crew is there finally starting the clean
out. Anglers making it out were hand lining a few walleye in from
some of the deeper holes and weed banks in Wildfowl Bay, but those
going out around the Islands or off of Sand Point
report slow fishing with just a few fish managed by those making
the trip out. Water temps up that way remain pretty cold as it had
just began to creep into the upper 60s but this last cold front
and northerly winds brought colder water back in and has cooled
it down back into upper 50’s and low 60s.
At Caseville: Pretty quiet. A few anglers fishing
along the breakwall and river catching some bullheads, small perch,
sheephead, and walleye(at night). Most of the boat anglers are going
out of Bay Port.
13th-2011 - Field
Reporter Paul Smith's Report
- Friend Blue and his son took a two
man limit Saturday straight out from Sunset Bay Marina.
Fish were in 15-16' of water and ran from 16-21". Also caught
ten throwbacks, one perch, two white bass and 5-6 sheephead. Had lots
of action. All fish came on crawlers with hammered gold and purple
blades accounting for the majority of the fish. Sheephead were big
on rasberry. Ran the crawlers 15-20' behind 3/4oz inline sinkers around
7th-2011 - Excellent
largemouth bass fishing in shallow water off Pinconning,
with purple plastic worms the hot lure.
Walleyes hitting off Gambil’s Marina (end of
Newburg Road) in 10 to 14 feet of water. Walleyes
also hitting about 2 miles east of the Spark Plug
(Buoys 11 & 12) in 16 to 18 feet of water. This morning at 10
AM, there were a lot of boats north and west of the Spark Plug. Crawler
harnesses and spoons working at all locations. Walleye fishing was
really good this morning on the Callahan Reef with
some guys getting their limits by 10:30 AM. Depths were 4 to 7 feet.
Over the weekend, trollers did well there in 4 to 15 feet of water.
Crawler harnesses best, with shiny spinners if the water’s muddy.
Trollers are also doing well between the mouths of the Saginaw
and Kawkawlin Rivers in 8 feet of water. Some big
perch are being caught incidentally while trolling for walleye.
Surface water temperatures in the inner bay are reported to be
about 69 degrees after the recent warm spell. Here’s hoping
it doesn’t keep getting warmer too fast and drive the walleyes
out to deeper water like last year .
At Quanicassee:, Trollers are going either west
to the Callahan Reef or northeast into the south
end of the Slot as far north as Sebewaing
and doing well on walleye. They’re also getting perch, catfish
and sheepshead incidental to walleye. At Sebewaing,
trollers are going straight off the channel in the Slot
and south from there. Fishing is also fair outside the
islands as far north as Sand Point, and at deeper
holes in Wildfowl Bay, but it’s better as
you go south.
Not much happening at Caseville yet. A few walleye
taken at night off the end of the pier. Carp are continuing their
annual rituals in the river and marina basins there, making things
Bay June-5th-11 - Muck
Boy Report - Fished with Muck
Boy Reporter Terry Murlick, this morning out of Quanicassee
Mi. targeting walleyes. What a great morning weather wise,
light south winds and warm temps. We headed north from the river mouth
for about five or six miles and set up in 13 feet of water, it didn't
take long to get our first walleye, a nice 21 inch fish. But what
we didn't know is the walleye would get a serious case of lock jaw
for most of this trip, we did manage to get two more and farm another
nice one at the boat. We were never board as there was plenty of action
catching sheephead and catfish all morning, topped off with one we
estimated to be about 12 pounds.
Terry;s favorite way to fish the bay for walleyes is slow trolling
crawler harnesses off Off Shore Boards.
We had a great trip and Thank Terry a bunch.
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2nd-2011 - Walleye
action was reported in several different locations such as the deep
side of the Pinconning Bar, 17 feet of water off
Linwood and the Callahan Reef as
well as east of the Hot Pond discharge off Knight and
Finn Roads. Those trolling for walleye also picked
up a few large yellow perch. From Quanicassee, most
of the boats caught their limit of walleye. The fish were in 7 feet
of water right off the end of the channel marker buoys in the early
morning but moved deeper into the Slot after the
fog burned off and the sun came out. At Sebewaing
and Bay Port, walleye fishing was spotty. Bass anglers
did well around the islands, cuts and marina basins.
25th -2011 - There
was a tournament last weekend and those guys put in a lot of effort
off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars
trolling mostly in 8 to 14 feet of water, mainly pulling crawler harnesses,
with fair to decent success. Some fish were also being taken north
of the Black Hole (off Linwood) and some guys were
also fishing 20 feet of water out near the Spark Plug. Red and Gold
spinners on the crawler harnesses were supposed to be the hot colors.
Over toward the east side, the water’s clearing up after the
constant rains earlier in the month. Some trollers were getting some
walleye east of the Spoils Island and the mouth of
the Hot Pond. The Callahan Reef was not producing
that well, but the southern end of the Slot was where
the fish seemed to be. Trollers launching out of Quanicassee
reported fair to good success in 15 to 17 feet of water west of Sunset
Bay Marina. Walleye anglers fishing the Slot outside
the islands northwest of Sebewaing didn’t do
that well, but anglers after catfish did make some good catches from
2 ½ to 3 feet of water straight out the channel. They also
took a few big perch incidental to the catfish, using night crawlers
for bait. Farther up toward Bay Port , walleye boats
launching out of Bayshore Marina were managing a
few fish trolling the Slot from North Island
northeast toward the Buoy off the tip of Sand Point.
Bass anglers fishing around Bay Port and North
Island reported good success at early catch and release fishing.
Carp are starting to move into cuts, rivers and marina basins in
earnest as the weather warms a bit, and bowfishermen are out after
them. The carp in the marina basins will probably put a crimp in
bass and panfish fishing while they are there in numbers, as other
fish tend to leave until the carp are done with their annual romp
in the swamp.
17th -2011 - A
couple of boats went out of the mouth of the Saginaw River early last
Friday morning and got a few walleyes. One boat was 10 miles out and
the other fished 6 feet of water off the Callahan Reef.
The entire weekend was a bust due to persistent wind and rain. A few
boats got out of Quanicassee, with about half working the Callahan
Reef and the other half working the south end of the Slot.
They’re taking a few walleyes from both locations, mostly on
crawler harnesses. Most of the fish brought in averaged 18”
to 22”. The Slot off Sebewaing was also producing
some walleyes last Monday (May 9th). Channel cats are showing up in
the Quanicassee River, with some
good catches of LARGE channel cats by shore anglers fishing at night.
Marina basins on the east side are producing assorted panfish (bluegills,
sunfish, crappies, rock bass) and decent catch and release fishing
for largemouths with a mix of largemouth and smallmouth in the canals
of Beadle Bay.
For the archers among us, carp are just now starting to move into
the rivers and cuts to spawn. They are at least two weeks behind
schedule, just like all the other fish runs this spring.
11th -2011 - Trolling,
casting or drifting in the vicinity of the Saganing
and Pinconning bars were getting fair numbers of
walleye and also catching and releasing some large smallmouth bass.
The water is a lot clearer up in that part of the bay. Turbid water
caused by recent flooding extends out into the bay at least as far
as the Spark Plug (buoys 11 & 12). Some walleye
are being caught in the vicinity of the Spoils Island
and also off the Callahan Reef, in 10 to 12 feet
of water. Fishing with crawler harnesses was catching a lot of catfish
and drum incidental to walleye. There’s quite a bit of fishing
activity at Quanicasssee, with walleye anglers fishing
the Callahan Reef and the lower end of the Slot.
Most boats are getting a few fish. Boats are using Bayshore
Marina near Bay Port to access the northern
end of the Slot and are getting some walleye. They’re
also doing well catching and releasing bass around North Island
and Beadle Bay. Shore anglers fishing in marina basins
are getting a missed bag of crappies, bluegills, sunfish and rock
At Caseville: Some walleye taken
off the pier by night fishermen. Not many boats out yet.
4th -2011 - Three
days of heavy rain and subsequent flooding of all area rivers pretty
much washed out the opening of the trout/walleye/pike/musky season
in central Michigan. Trying to fish on area rivers was beyond futile…it
was just plain dangerous! The muddy waters also made fishing difficult
to nearly impossible on the inner part of Saginaw Bay. The inner bay
is still very murky, but the rivers are coming down and barring more
heavy rains, should be fishable by mid-week. There are still some
walleyes in the Tittabawassee, as at least one limit catch was made
below the Dow Dam.
- A few walleyes were taken jigging near the east end of the Spoils
Island off the mouth of the Saginaw River.
26th -2011 - Spring
fishing continues to suffer from the reluctance of Spring to manifest
itself in central Michigan . Last week’s weather included cold,
snow, sleet, hail, rain, wind, thunder and lightning…all on
Tuesday night! We had 1.4 inches of rain etc. on Tuesday and another
0.3 inches on Friday night. As a result, our rivers are running bank-full
and very muddy.
Bay: : Perch fishing has tapered off at the
cuts, canals, and marina basins. Some crappies are starting to show
up, primarily in marina basins. Try using a live minnow under a bobber
or small crappie jigs. The lower bay is very dirty due to runoff from
all the recent rains, and this has slowed post-spawn walleye fishing.
A few walleye were reported caught off the Spoils Island .
Sucker runs in area rivers are winding down. Some channel cats and
white bass were reported taken from the Hot Ponds. Trollers going
out of Quanicassee were taking a few (1 or 2 per
boat) nice walleye. Boaters are reminded that lake levels are low
and there’s not much water off the end of a lot of launch ramps
this spring or out the channels to the Bay.
19th -2011 - Not
a whole lot to report anywhere in southern Lake Huron or greater Saginaw
Bay this week. Cold weather, high winds, big waves and muddy water
have combined to keep anglers indoors for most of last week. A few
people were fishing the cuts and rivers in the Thumb for perch, but
with indifferent success.
|Apr 12th 2011 -
Not much going on in the lower bay. Some perch being caught in most
of the cuts, but a lot of sorting has to be done. This includes the
lower Saginaw River in Bay City.
Thomas Cut was very good for nice perch on Saturday,
but it shut down Sunday. Don’t wait to hear the fish are biting…just
GO! By the time you hear they’re biting and get there, it’ll
be over! Some perch taken at Sebewaing in the river
and marina. Lots of sorting required. Some nicer perch taken by those
in boats out in the river channel.
Suckers are starting to run in Thumb area rivers as more are being
caught by those fishing for perch.
Pier anglers at Caseville have taken the occasional
nice perch, smaller walleye, and at least one nice brown trout out
in the lake, but not big numbers. Fishing in the river and marina
is slow as the water was rising from the rains on Sunday.
|Apr 5th 2011 - Ice
fishing on Saginaw Bay is kaput.
Bay: There sre some fishing the shore and docks
in the marinas and rivers. Some panfish and small perch were being
taken in the marina basins. The time to start fishing the cuts and
lower rivers for perch is coming around, but the bite is still slow.
If you wait to hear that they’re biting, though, you might miss
em. High water levels and debris in the rivers and cuts/ditches will
make fishing them difficult until the end of the week.
Suckers have been seen running in the Shiawassee, Cass,
and Flint Rivers.
At Caseville: A
few lake trout and whitefish off the pier, and some small perch in
the river and marina. There is still ice in the marina, but use extreme
caution on or near it.
|Mar 29th 2011 - Last
week’s Wednesday snowstorm and winter temperatures that just
refuse to go away are definitely delaying spring fish runs. It’s
looking like fish runs will be anywhere from one to two weeks later
than normal this year. There’s still some ice fishing going
on in isolated, sheltered areas of the Bay , but shore ice conditions
are bad with anglers having to wade out to get onto fishable ice.
The Saginaw River: At the mouth
boats are getting out, and the skid piers were put in last Friday.
Walleye fishing out on Saginaw Bay is still reported slow. The fish
are late in showing up due to the lingering cold weather and ice.
River: There’s some shore fishing activity
at the public access site and also at the Old State Road bridge,
and they’re picking up a few perch at both locations. Lots
of sorting, with keepers running 6 to 8 inches. Mornings are best,
but ice has been forming every night and this has hampered fishing.
At Sunset Bay
Marina : Ice anglers inside the marina have
been catching some small bluegills and sunfish.
Ice anglers in the marina have been getting some perch, but the
ice is badly honeycombed so be careful! Shore fishing is possible
later in the day in the Sebewaing River . Cold night-time temperatures
have been causing the river to ice over at night, which hampers
shore anglers in the morning until it opens up later in the day.
At Caseville: A few shore anglers have been out
on the Pigeon River , but without much success as yet. Like Sebewaing
the river ices over at night and doesn’t become fishable till
later in the day.
Mar 22nd 2011 - Ice
conditions around greater Saginaw Bay are deteriorating quickly
and anglers venturing forth are cautioned to be very careful out
there. Don’t go out alone, tell your next of kin where you
Fair perch fishing has been reported off Newman Road the middle
of last week, but now it’s mostly smaller fish. Lots of small
perch being taken in the marina basin at Linwood.
The launch at the mouth of the Saginaw River is
almost (but not quite) clear of ice as of Sunday evening. The Quanicassee
River is open, boats are launching there, and shore anglers
are getting some perch. One whitefish was also caught there last
week. Cuts from Quanicassee to Fish Point
are open and shore-fishable. Ice anglers in the marina
basin at Sunset Bay Marina were catching some small
bluegills and sunfish. Ice has become
unsafe from Sebewaing northward along the east
side of the bay. Some ice remains in the marina basins but it is
not to be trusted. Some anglers are using airboats to go out for
walleye and perch. The Sebewaing, Pigeon and Pinnebog
rivers are all open, running high and muddy with a lot of floating
debris, making fishing difficult.
|Mar 15th 2011 - There’s
still a lot of ice fishing activity all over greater Saginaw Bay,
but you need to pay attention to local ice conditions as the weather
warms up this week. Shore ice is deteriorating at a lot of locations
and pressure cracks are active. Cracks are buckled and open holes
are common over in Wildfowl Bay. Watch what you’re doing and
don’t be the guy that the Coast Guard has to go looking for.
Inner Bay: Perch
action has picked up at multiple locations, depths and size of fish
varied with the location. Good spots included the Bay-Arenac County
Line, Newman Road, Bay City State Park,
Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee,
off Sunset Bay Marina, and off Thomas Road.
Fish from dawn ‘til about 11 AM, try not to make too much noise
and try to stay away from the crowd. Further up the east side, some
perch taken from the bay off Sebewaing and Rose
Island, but nothing much off Geiger Road.
Rivers at Sebewaing and Caseville
are opened up outside of town.
Saginaw River - Boaters are out on the river, but
inland pike and walleye season closes at the ends (March 15th). The
boat ramps at Rust Avenue in Saginaw and Cass Avenue
in Bay City are open, but the water is fairly fast
and muddy and action is slow.
|Mar 7th 2011 - A
small bunch of walleye tag returns came in this past week, and most
of them came from ‘waaaaay out there. A couple came from east
of Buoy #1, a couple from the Saganing Bar (a hydrographic feature,
not a drinking establishment) and others from east of the Black Hole.
This suggests that the bigger fish are still ‘way out in deep
water. Most of these fish are being caught in the late afternoon to
early evening; roughly 4 PM to 6:30 PM.
Anyone going that far out to fish walleyes needs to be cognizant
of changing ice conditions, should tell someone where they’re
going and when they expect to be back and they should definitely
carry both a cell phone and a GPS. Walleye are great fish, but they’re
not worth dying for.
Inner Bay: Some
nice catches of big perch were made on a couple of morning last week
off Bay City State Park and also off Vanderbilt
Park near Quanicassee, from 5 to 6 feet
of water at both sites. A pattern has emerged concerning both sites.
Fishing is best on the first three weekdays
Not much activity at Sebewaing; a few anglers going
out of Rose Island Road; little activity at Geiger
Road or at Bay Port; some pike reported
moving off Mud Creek, but the ice there isn’t
very good and there is little perch action to speak of. At Caseville,
there’s a few people still fishing the river but watch the ice!
Ice has broken up off the end of the breakwall.
Saginaw River - Ice conditions are unsafe in the
Saginaw River except at the mouth, where they’re just not
good. Not much being caught off the mouth of the Saginaw River last
week either. On the Tittabawassee, boats are launching at Center
Road, but anglers should beware of ice jams down near the confluence
of the Tittabawassee, Shiawassee, and Saginaw rivers. Some walleye
were being caught, but the run is clearly not in yet. Small boats
are also launching at the Gordonville Road ramp just south of Midland,
but fishing up near the Dow dam is still slow. Anglers should try
casting instead of vertical jigging, as water levels are still relatively
low. Get that bait away from the boat.
|Feb 28th 2011 - Ice
conditions continue to deteriorate on greater Saginaw Bay , and anglers
are reminded to be very careful out there. I’ll mention particularly
bad areas as I come to them. As a general comment, best perch fishing
has been in the morning and the best walleye fishing has been in late
afternoon and evening.
Bay West Side: Walleye anglers fishing 6 miles
off Erickson Road . Beware of an active crack off
Linwood. Both perch and walleyes being taken from
5 to 10 feet of water off Bay City State Park and
between the State Park and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River.
Some activity at the mouth of the Saginaw River , but fishing there
is generally slow.
Bay East Side: Perch fishing was quite good
earlier last week off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee,
but a horde of anglers descended on that area over the weekend and
drove the fish away. It may pick up again early to mid-week. Some
walleye were also taken off Callahan Road 3 miles
out, and in the lower Slot off Quanicassee and between
there and the tip of Fish Point. Some panfish being
taken from inside the Sebewaing Marina, but the bay
off Sebewaing was generally slow for perch. Perch
anglers going out off Rose Island Road were doing
a little better. Walleye fishing was generally slow outside the islands.
Ice off Mud Creek (Filion Road Access Site) was reported
to be pretty bad, and fishing there was slow. The ice off the end
of the breakwall of the Pigeon River at Caseville
broke up last week, so anglers aren’t getting out there anymore.
Not much fishing activity in the marina basins off the Pigeon River
Saginaw River - Ice conditions are bad
everywhere except near the mouth where they are just not good. Not
much fishing activity. Too much ice to launch a boat, but the ice
is too weak to stand on.
Feb 24th 2011 - From
Dock Reporter Terry
- Have not been out at all-weather and bad ice has kept me
off- 14 guys went out last Sunday and not one keeper - Everyone
there is a real good deal going on June 18th & 19th at Vets
Park in Bay City-we are taking wounded vets out for a day of fishing-hope
to have a hundred boats to get them all out. If someone hasn’t
heard about the event click the link to Walleyes
for Warriors or call Nels Larsen 989 837 2681. Leave a message
on recorder if I am not by the phone.
The thaw last week did not help ice anglers in mid-Michigan. Conditions
deteriorated and waters in and near the mouth of the rivers became
turbid. Fishing picked up at one point but shut down with the snow
storm. A few walleye were caught in shallow waters off Pine River
and Palmer Roads. Areas of open water were reported off Linwood
and the mouth of the Kawkawlin River. Some perch were caught off
the Bay City State Park, the trailer park at the end of Patterson
Road, and off Vanderbilt Park. Fish shallow, 5 to 7 feet of water.
Fishing off the east side of the bay was light. Ice near the mouth
of creeks is not good and Wildfowl Bay had a lot of bad spots. Lake
trout were caught off Caseville before muddy water from the Pigeon
River shut it down.
Saginaw River - The recent thaw coupled with heavy
snowfall has produced dangerous ice conditions.
|Feb 15th 2011 - Heavy
snow and slush are seriously impeding angler mobility all over greater
Saginaw Bay. Four-wheelers, and any wheeled vehicle
for that matter, is having a hard time getting around, but anglers
with snowmobiles are doing a bit better. Angler success has remained
slow and spotty, but some anglers continue to get a few fish.
On Saginaw Bay anglers should be careful this week,
as strong southwest winds may cause pressure cracks to widen and move.
On the Saginaw River use caution this week, as the
thaw may cause quick deterioration of river ice conditions.
- Some walleyes being taken just south of the Black Hole,
with anglers going out of Erickson and Linwood
Rds and fishing 20 feet of water or more. Walleye anglers
continue to fish The Slot off Thomas Road.
Perch fishing is slow and spotty all over the bay, but anglers who
are persistent and move often are still getting a few decent fish.
There’s still a fair amount of effort near shore by walking
anglers after perch around Vanderbilt Park, Sebewaing
marina, and similar locations. A few lake trout are being taken
just off the mouth of the Pigeon River at Caseville.
Saginaw River - Lots of sublegal walleyes being
caught from the mouth upstream to Saginaw, but very few legal fish
yet. Watch out for that river ice this week!!!
|Feb 10th 2011 - Anglers
are complaining about access sites being snowed in. Snow removal is
in the process however it may take some time. Perch anglers are heading
out 8 miles off Pine River Road, but catch rates
were slow. Fair walleye action 5 miles off Pinconning
and Linwood anglers are heading out to the Spark
Plug for walleye. Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee
is producing a few perch. Not much activity on the east side and the
water is too muddy for spearing. At Caseville, a
few lake trout were taken through the ice.
River - Sublegal walleye continue but a few keepers were
caught at Essexville near the Anderson Marina and the Coast Guard
Station. Those fishing near the Independence Bridge have also caught
the occasional keeper. Smaller walleyes were caught between Bay
City and Saginaw. A few perch were taken
off Patterson Road near the mouth.
|Jan 31st 2011 - Continued
cold weather seems to be keeping fishing success slow and fishing
pressure light on greater Saginaw Bay. Mechanized
anglers are travelling great distances out onto the bay and crossing
multiple pressure cracks to get out there. Deep snow is beginning
to hinder travel by all-terrain vehicles and those that have them
are switching to snowmobiles. If we get the heavy snows forecast for
mid-week, travel may be even more difficult than it is now. I guess
we’ll just have to see what develops. Slush is also becoming
a problem in areas.
Bay - Some perch coming from 5 to 7 feet of
water off White’s Beach, but they’re
running small. Walleye and perch anglers are going 5 miles off Pinconning
Road. Walleye anglers are going 7 miles off Erickson
Road and 8 miles off Linwood to fish around
the Black Hole and getting some walleye.
On the east side, walleye anglers are going 8 miles off Callahan
Road. They’re still picking up some perch in 5 to 7
feet of water off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee.
At Thomas Road, they’re going anywhere from
10 to 12 miles off shore across the bar to fish up to 30 feet of water
in the center of the bay. There is some pike spearing activity in
the Sebewaing marina. Perch fishing pressure is light
from Sebewaing VFW to Rose Island and
Geiger Road. A few guys are going out to the Slot
to try for walleyes from all those locations. A bit more perch fishing
activity at Bay Port and Mud Creek.
Success is spotty. Keep moving until you find a school of actively
feeding fish. A few lake trout being taken at Caseville.
Perch fishing generally slow there.
-Lots of sublegal walleye being taken everywhere from Saginaw out
to the mouth of the river. A few legal walleyes and a few perch are
being taken just downstream of the Independence Bridge.
Anglers with cameras report seeing bigger walleyes down there but
they can’t get them to bite.
|Jan 27th 2011 - Those
heading out five miles off Palmer Road caught some
walleye in 12 to 18 feet of water. Small perch were caught closer
to shore. Off Linwood, perch anglers caught fish
a mile out and walleye were caught in the Black Hole
in 20 feet of water. Near Quanicassee, perch were
caught off Vanderbilt Park. A few walleye were caught
12 miles off Thomas Road and perch near Tietz
Drain. A lot of anglers at Bay Port and
Mud Creek, but catch rates for perch were spotty.
At Caseville, a couple lake trout were taken near
Saginaw River - Ice conditions
were improving some. Most of the walleye caught were sublegal but
a few keepers were reported. Small walleye were the common catch between
the mouth and Saginaw. A few perch were caught from the mouth to the
|Jan 25th 2011 - From
Jose - A
couple of buddies went out of Thomas Rd last Thursday and caught 5
walleye keepers. They were out 10 miles near the spark plug. Lots
of broken ice on way out there so fisherman need to take caution especially
coming in after dark.
Finally got in to some good perch at Vanderbilt
Park on Sunday. Early afternoon is the prime time, the bite was in
6 ft of water.
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|Jan 20th 2011 - In
general, perch fishing is spotty with lots of sorting to do. It is
still worth giving it a try as anglers manage good catches here and
there. Try moving around frequently until you find an active school
of bigger fish. Lots of anglers off Pine River and
Palmer Road but catch rates were spotty. Keeper perch
were 6 to 9 inches. No walleye to report. Some are taking the occasional
perch in 3 to 5 feet of water off White's Beach,
and some walleye about 3 miles out. Anglers are just starting to venture
out off Erickson Road, but use extreme caution due
to the active pressure crack. Perch and walleye were caught off the
mouth of the Saginaw River however many of the fish
were small. Near Quanicassee, a few perch were taken
in shallow waters off Vanderbilt Park, but the walleye
anglers were heading out about 5 miles where the action was hit-or-miss.
Those fishing off Tietz Drain and Thomas
Road were going out 5 to 11 miles however extreme caution
needs to be used. Perch fishing was spotty from the Sebewaing
VFW north to Mud Creek. Perch and bluegills were
caught in the Sebewaing Marina. Walleye fishing in
the Slot was just getting underway.
Saginaw River - Lots of sorting out the small ones
for both perch and walleye from the mouth upstream to the Independence
Bridge in Bay City. Catch rates were dominated
by sublegal walleye 11 to 14 inches which are present in large numbers.
The same is true upstream from Bay City to Saginaw.
These small walleye indicate the strength of the natural reproduction
now taking place in Saginaw Bay.
|Jan 11th 2011 - a
lot of ice fishing activity all over the near-shore waters of Saginaw
Bay , but the fish didn’t seem to be in a very cooperative mood
for most of last week. For the most part, guys aren’t getting
out far enough to effectively target walleyes in most locations yet
(except for the Slot) and the perch they are seeing down the holes
are not in much of a mood to bite. Anglers at all locations in Saginaw
Bay are catching a lot of sub-legal walleyes incidental to perch fishing…
and while targeting walleyes. Legal sized fish are apparently mostly
out deeper and the guys can’t get to them yet.
Gizzard shad are popping up in the
holes at many locations, and they are doing what they always do at
this time of year….dying! This is actually a good thing, because
if they didn’t die off, we’d be literally up to our necks
in gizzard shad! Just the same, as long as the gizzard shad are abundant
and swimming weakly around out there, the walleyes have plenty to
eat and walleye fishing may be difficult. Because of the huge year
class of shad in 2010, I would not be surprised if the walleye fishery
doesn’t come fully on-line (note the pun) until about February
when the young of year shad have finally died off.
Ice conditions are iffy all over Saginaw Bay, with active cracks at
many locations. Anglers are advised to use great caution and confine
their fishing to daylight hours. Cracks open and close with changes
in wind conditions and you can’t see what’s happening
if it’s dark.
Inner Bay West Side: Ice at Linwood has a lot of
active cracks and anglers should be careful out there. Walleye anglers
are getting a lot of short fish there and also off Bay City State
Park . Some decent catches of perch are being taken near the Spoils
Island , but be very careful of the ice near the mouth of the Saginaw
Inner Bay East Side: Very good perch
fishing was reported off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee earlier
last week, but by the weekend it had slowed down. A few walleye were
also being taken off Vanderbilt, and also from the Slot off Thomas
Road . Anglers there were fishing in 14 feet of water. (This is the
best walleye report we have for this week.) Slow fishing at Sebewaing,
with some perch and bluegills coming out of the marina basin. Perch
fishing is spotty off Geiger Road , with anglers still staying inside
the islands. Perch were running small, lots of sorting for a few decent
fish. No activity to speak of at Bay Port or Bayshore Marina, and
not much at the Mud Creek access site just south of Sand Point. The
ice is still questionable there.
|Jan 6th 2011 - Some
perch have been caught in shallow waters 2 to 5 feet deep. The ice
does not go out far enough for effective walleye fishing, but a few
were caught in shallow waters.
River - The ice is not safe yet so anglers are advised
to stay off the river and wait for a longer stretch of much colder
Jose - Fished
Vanderbilt both days this weekend. Tons of perch swimming around
in about 5 foott of water. Caught around 40 all weekend but had
to weed the small ones out. Seen some jumbos in the hole so we know
they are out there but the small ones proved to be more agressive.
Suprisingly they were hitting between 12 and 3 o'clock both days.
Lots of ice around a foot or so.
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