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Bay & Au Gres Dock Reporter:
25th 2016 - Most
ice fishing activity in Tawas Bay is still up in the “armpit”
of the bay off Jerry’s Marina. They’re getting perch in
15 to 20 FOW and walleye in 20 to 22 FOW; success is spotty for both,
but the locals are doing all right. The best walleye catch last week
was one guy with four. One local angler last week caught a mix of
one brown trout, a few lakers, a burbot and a whitefish jigging minnows
on a spoon. There are also a few people fishing inside the state harbor,
taking a few perch and the odd pike.
At Au Gres: River anglers were taking a few walleye.
Palmer Road near Standish was super busy over the weekend, with
literally tons of anglers on the ice. They got some decent perch
(8”-10”) from 2 to 3 feet of water and walleyes in the
evening from 8 to 10 feet.
3rd 2015 -
A few guys trolling for walleyes in Tawas Bay with crankbaits and
each boat was getting a couple. A few walleye also picked up in the
evening off the Tawas Pier casting crankbaits. Perch fishing off the
pier was hit and miss with lots of sorting. The water’s all
stirred up from all the wind.
At Au Gres: a few boats trolling rapalas in 18
to 20 FOW off Whitestone Point are getting a few walleyes. Not much
going on for perch. There have been some shore anglers fishing from
the docks in Eagle Bay Marina (end of Sagatoo Road) sorting through
a lot of small perch for a few keepers.
Some steelhead are in the Rifle and also in the East Branch of the
Au Gres rivers. These are bright fish that have just come in. More
should be coming in as the weather cools off…if it ever does.
|Sept 28th 2015
- Nothing much happening on the pier in Tawas…a few salmon seen
porpoising but none being caught there. A couple of boats still trolling
for walleyes off Jerry’s Marina and out near buoy #2 and getting
one or two. In the Tawas River, however, anglers fishing from about
4AM until dawn were doing battle with some Chinook salmon and occasionally
landing one. There are definitely fish in there but they’re
hard to land in the close confines of the river.
Au Gres: Fishing was pretty slow all last week. One boat
got a few walleyes trolling near Big Charity Island. The spot to go
for perch was down at Eagle Bay Marina at the end of Sagatoo Road.,
south of the Pine River and just north of White’s Beach. Several
good catches of perch landed off the Saganing and Pinconning bars
in 15 to 24 FOW Most of the perch measured 9 to 12 with one being
reported ar 14” perch from there. Catches were running from
25 to 50 fish per boat.
|Sept 16th 2015
- Pier fishing at Tawas was very slow over the weekend. Just a few
boats out; they got a few walleyes near the weedbeds off Jerry’s
Marina and the odd salmon near the buoys on the outside of the bay.
At Singing Bridge: Those fishing the river
were catching and releasing a few smallmouths, and there were rumors
of some steelheads in the surf, but Steve didn’t see any landed.
A t Au Gres: Really slow over the
weekend, but there were reports that perch fishing was better down
off the Saganing and Pinconning bars. Shore anglers on the Au Gres
River took a mix of drum, small perch, and a few bluegills.
| Sept 10th 2015
- Pier fishing at Tawas is slow with a few bass being caught and the
odd walleye taken by walk-trolling the wall at night. Trollers were
fishing 35 to 50 FOW out near Buoy #2 and also fishing around the
weed-beds off Jerry’s Marina, but they weren’t getting
much. Perch anglers were marking a lot of fish near the weedbeds,
but they wouldn’t bite, whatever they were.
Au Gres: Walleye fishing was slow with occasional fish coming
from 15 to 40 FOW. Perch fishing was mostly down off the Saganing
or Pinconning bars, but they weren’t in a real biting mood over
the weekend….marking fish that weren’t biting again. One
boat did pretty well south of the Pinconning bar in 18FOW; they came
in with 40 perch. Murky water in the Au Gres River after Thursday’s
rains made for good fishing for catfish and bullheads.
|Sept 1st 2015
- Pier anglers at Tawas have been “walking the wall” at
night “trolling” fire-tiger rapalas, and also casting
those rapalas and picking up some walleyes. During the day, the pier
has mainly been the domain of strolling tourists from the Blues Festival.
Boat anglers have been picking up some walleyes along the weedbeds
off Jerry’s Marina and have taken some limit catches last week.
They’re either trolling or casting with Lindy Rigs, crawler
harnesses or crankbaits. Trollers working deeper water (30’
to 55’) off Tawas Point have brought in some steelheads and
a few walleyes. Fishing in the Tawas River was slow. at
At Au Gres: Fishing was very slow last week, with
just a few walleyes (1 to 2 per boat) taken from scattered locations.
There were rumors of some perch taken off Pointe Au Gres in 25 FOW,
and also rumors of perch off the Saganing and Pinconning bars in 14
|Aug 18th 2015
- Walleye fishing is really slow at both Tawas and Au Gres. There
was a tournament out of Eagle Bay Marina this weekend and some guys
were pre-fishing. They were pretty closed-mouthed about where they
got fish, but it sounds like either 60+ FOW or over weed beds off
the Pine River….and they weren’t setting the world on
fire. Average anglers out of Au Gres were working to get 1 or 2 fish
per boat. Fishing effort has fallen way off.
|Aug 10th 2015
-Fishing of all sorts was pretty slow in Tawas Bay last week, but
the one bright spot was that several boats picked up walleye in 60
FOW off “the crib”. Anyways, 60 FOW is definitely outside
of Tawas Bay. The pier in Tawas is slow with just a few smallmouths,
rock bass, and short pike. Trollers report marking lots of fish but
they aren’t biting.
At Au Gres: Fishing
success was spotty with fishing pressure light. A lot of boats were
crossing to fish north of the Charities and around the Steeples, though
some continue to fish between the points. Success was mixed wherever
they went. Shore anglers along the Au Gres River were catching a few
pike and drum and a lot of BIG channel catfish.
| July 21st 2015
- Quite a few trollers out of Tawas Bay last week when the weather
cooperated. They did best in 50 to 60 FOW outside Tawas Point, mostly
on crawler harnesses, with some limits of walleye taken. Some boats
were also going south toward the “crib” off Alabaster
in 40 to 50 FOW. Pier and river fishing were “summer slow”;
just the occasional bass, catfish or drum.
Gres: Remains very busy, with lots of walleye action between
Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres in 35 to 45 FOW and northeast of
the Charities. Harnesses and some body baits were the main lures.
Not as many boats going south of Pointe Au Gres last week. Fishing
in the Au Gres River was slow, with occasional catfish taken.
|July 13th 2015
- Trollers after walleye did very well in 50 FOW out past Tawas Point
with some limits taken; also south of Tawas Bay off Whitestone Point
(40-45 FOW). Pier fishing is slow at Tawas, with most anglers being
summer tourists catching a few catfish and drum. Shore anglers in
the lower Tawas River were catching the odd catfish, drum, or hammer-handle
At Au Gres: Walleye fishing is good just about
anywhere anyone wanted to go. Many boats were going over to the
Charities, or fishing 30 to 45 FOW between Point Lookout and Pointe
Au Gres. Others were going south into the inner bay and fishing
north of buoys 1 & 2. (That seems to be the universal hot-spot
for the past couple of weeks. A lot of guys have been running clear
out there from the mouth of the Saginaw River.) Limit catches have
been pretty common, and everybody gets some fish. Shore anglers
fishing the Au Gres River caught a few catfish , drum, and bass.
|June 30th 2015
- Not a lot of fishing effort in Tawas Bay proper last week. A few
walleyes taken from 35 to 50 FOW off the end of Tawas Point and down
toward Alabaster in 25 to 30 FOW. Pier angling is limited to a few
smallmouth bass and one English guy who visits his daughter every
year at this time and catches carp like there’s no tomorrow,
using advanced English methods. The Tawas River is slow, producing
just a few smallmouth bass and catfish.
At Au Gres:
it’s a totally different story. Lots of boats out anytime the
weather cooperates, they’re generally getting good catches of
walleye all over the place in 25 to 45 FOW. Crawler harnesses are
producing best. There was a big mayfly hatch off Au Gres late last
week that may have suppressed the bite somewhat. Lots of catfish and
drum and a few perch taken incidental to walleye. Also, a few boats
went to the Charities after bass and did very well on smallmouths
(catch & release).
June 15th 2015
-Tawas bay was slow for walleye last week, but trollers working
50 to 70 FOW were getting lake trout. A few walleye reported taken
around buoys 4 & 6. Pier and river fishing was pretty slow and
limited to smallmouth bass, carp, and gar.
At Au Gres: Walleye fishing was excellent with
two big tournaments in the past week. Most boats are fishing 30
to 35 FOW, and getting fish from many locations at that depth. A
few catfish taken from the Au Gres River.
- it’s kind of slow up there. Deepwater trollers are taking
some lake trout, steelhead and a couple walleye from 50 FOW . A few
walleye taken by trollers from weedbeds off Jerry’s Marina.
Not much fishing from the pier. Some bass and pike taken from the
lower Tawas River.
At Au Gres: Walleye
fishing picked up out in front of Au Gres in 25 to 30 FOW. Best walleye
fishing still south of Au Gres down around the Pine River area; 15
to 20 feet in the Catfish Hole and also out by buoys 1&2.
18th 2015 -
Trollers mainly fishing off Tawas Point and beyond; walleye action
slow and spotty. Tawas pier; last week, one Atlantic salmon, a couple
of pike, one big catfish. Tawas River – mainly catching pike
At Au Gres: Dirty water off the Au Gres River
is limiting success near the port, so most boats going south and
fishing off the Pine River where they’re getting good catches
of walleye early and late in the day from 6 to 10 FOW, and also
from the Catfish Hole which has up to 18 FOW. There were also a
few boats going clear out to The Steeples north of Big Charity Island.
Singing Bridge : Surf casting body baits for walleye
in evening, getting a few, also one Atlantic Salmon.
Apr 7th 2015
- Ice has gone out around the state harbor in Tawas Bay and pier
anglers are casting the outside of the wall for whatever will hit.
Nothing much has been caught up to now. In the lower Tawas River,
some suckers and steelheads have been taken,
At Au Gres: The river and bay are both are open
, but there wasn’t much activity there over the weekend.
At Standish: Pier anglers at
Eagle Bay Marina were having indifferent success on perch.
Area Rivers : Rifle River - Sucker runs are underway
and should continue strong this week. Some steelhead were caught
in the Rifle and some walleyes and a pike or two just off the mouth.
Singing Bridge Steelhead were taken here last week
and were running 2 to 4 lb. It’s also reported that there
are steelhead in the river along Turner Road. The Pine River
launch ramp is now operational, but nobody was going out
|Apr 1st 2015
- Ice is hanging on in the very northernmost part of Tawas Bay, from
Jerry’s Marina back north toward shore, and there are a lot
of perch under that ice though most of them are small. Anglers doing
a lot of sorting were bringing in fair numbers of 6 to 8 inch perch
over the weekend. Some walleyes were being caught in the evening in
the vicinity of the artificial reef. Boat anglers are starting to
venture out and they caught a couple of Atlantic salmon and lake trout.
Not much activity at the mouth of the Tawas River; just a few suckers
At Au Gres: The ice broke up yesterday
and is gone. The Pine River near Standish is open near the mouth,
but shore anglers weren’t doing much there yet. Anglers fishing
inside Eagle Bay Marina found fishing slow.
Area Rivers : Rifle River Sucker fishing in the
is just barely getting underway. The run should start picking up
by this weekend. No report of steelhead success in the Singing
Bridge area from this weekend, but the ice is gone from
the mouth and the surf fishermen are out there when the weather
cooperates. There should be fish in the river also.
|Mar 25th 2015
- Lots of ice has blown out of Tawas Bay but there’s still some
ice hanging on near Jerry’s Marina and that’s where ice
fishing is concentrated. A few limits of perch were reported last
week from off Jerry’s, but a lot of sorting is required one
fisherman sorted through 300 perch to get 50 keepers. A few walleyes
were also caught out there. The ice went out off the mouth of the
Tawas River and wading anglers started casting there almost immediately,
but there was no report on how they were doing. Down at
Singing Bridge: (Whitney Drain), some steelhead were
caught in the lower river and also in the surf, but surf fishing was
complicated by piles of shore ice. Conditions should continue to improve
At Au Gres: There were still some
guys going north of the breakwall and catching a few walleyes. There
is no telling how long that ice may hang on. At Palmer Road, anglers
crossing two major cracks and fishing 18 feet of water were doing
well on walleye. Closer to shore, fishing was spotty but a few walleyes
were taken. The Pine River is starting to open up, and may be a good
bet for open water perch and sucker fishing soon.
River: Sucker fishing is just barely starting to get underway
|Mar 18th 2015
- In Tawas Bay, pike spearing picked up last week with several 30”+
pike taken. Perch fishing was generally slow. A few walleye were taken
off Jerry’s Marina and the mouth of the Tawas River, but success
was spotty. A couple of lake trout were also caught by the walleye
At Au Gres: A few guys were going
out just north of the breakwall in 7 to 10 feet of water and they
caught a few walleyes and a couple of whitefish and lake trout. There
were lots of people going off Palmer Road over the weekend. They did
pretty well on walleye with a few limits taken. Most of the activity
was about 1 ½ miles out in 7 to 8 feet of water, inside the
first crack. Some nice perch were also taken. Reports are is that
the water is getting pretty murky off the Rifle and Pine rivers as
snow-melt starts swelling the rivers. This will affect fishing success
in those areas.
|Mar 18th 2015
- Perch fishing in Tawas Bay continued to be slow, with a lot of sorting
and a few keepers coming from 15 to 18 feet of water off Jerry’s
Marina. Walleye fishing was still slow with just a few walleyes and
a couple of lake trout picked up from 20 to 22 feet. Two or three
pike were speared last week. Ice anglers fishing along the outside
edge of the harbor just off the rock break wall caught a few lake
trout last week also.
At Au Gres: Some walleye
were taken straight off the river mouth in 12 to 22 feet of water.
There’s still light activity for walleye off Booth Road. (Per
Steve, it’s the same few trucks there every time, so those guys
must be getting something out there. ) There are also a few guys going
off Santiago Road, but there’s more activity off Palmer Road,
where walleye anglers were getting good numbers of fish including
some limits from anywhere from 5 to 20 feet of water. These same guys
are also getting 2 or 3 really nice perch per trip incidental to the
|Feb 23rd 2015
- Tawas Bay was generally slow all week and weekend, with a few small
perch from 18 feet and a couple of walleyes from 22 feet of water.
Only 1 or 2 pike were speared last week.
At Au Gres:
A few people were fishing the river and out by the end of
the breakwall, but catching not much of anything to speak of. A few
guys are getting out at Booth Road again no report on how they did.
At Palmer Road yesterday, anglers there were getting some walleyes
and a few big perch anywhere from 10 to 22 feet of water.
Feb 10th 2015
-Some perch were taken from 18 to 20 feet of water in Tawas Bay.
Walleye fishing there really slowed down last week, but a few were
taken from 20 to 22 feet, along with a couple of lake trout.
At Au Gres: Most of the activity was off Booth
or Santiago roads; anglers there were getting some walleyes as well
as a few whitefish and lake trout from 10 to 20 feet. The Palmer
Road/Pine River area was slow for perch last week, but they did
really good on walleye on Saturday.
|Feb 5th 2015
- On Tawas Bay, fishing was generally slow and spotty last week. Perch
fishing was really slow. Walleye fishing had slowed down. Anglers
were going out to 20 feet and getting a few, but not limits. Pike
spearers weren’t doing that great, but a couple fish were speared
during the week.
At Au Gres: most of the
action was at the drop-off off Booth Road. Also, some anglers were
going way south to the Catfish Hole. Down at Palmer Road, they were
getting fair catches of perch (up to maybe 20 keepers per angler)
from 8 to 10 feet of water, and going out to 12 to 20 feet for walleye.
The walleye are hitting mainly early and late and the perch are a
morning bite, from dawn to about 11 AM.
|Jan 28th 2015
- Good walleye fishing in 18-20 feet, some limits, evenings best ,
Perch were slower and anglers were generally fishing in 15 feet. Sorting.
No report on pike spearing.
At Au Gres: Booth Rd.- 10 feet, Some walleye and
whitefish being caugh using spoons and jigging rapalas tipped with
Pine River/ Palmer: Anglers are venturing out there 1-2 cracks
( far) to like 18’ and getting some walleye limits and many
fish but ice conditions are variable and anglers should be cautious.
Some fishing in 10’ also getting walleyes particularly in
early AM. They are mostly targeting perch. Some fair catches but
lots of sorting.
|Jan 21st 2015
- On Tawas Bay, walleye anglers were doing pretty good in 15 to 20
feet of water several limit catches were reported. Perch fishing was
‘pretty good’ with a fair number of 7 ½”
to 10” perch brought in, but no limits. Fishing inside the harbor
is generally slow
At Au Gres: fishing in the river is mostly
producing a lot of ‘short’ (sub-legal) walleyes. Best
walleye fishing is off Point Au Gres at Booth Road in 15 feet of water.
At Palmer Road, walleye fishing was good with some limits coming in,
and perch fishing was spotty with catches of 10 to 25 perch per angler
and sizes ranging from 7 to 9 inches.
|Jan 14th 2015
- On Tawas Bay, they were doing really well on walleye
at mid-week off Jerry’s Marina in 15 feet of
water. Most anglers got at least a couple, and there were reports
of a couple of limit catches but not confirmed. Also taken incidentally
were a 23” brown trout and a pike or two. Not many perch anglers
out on Tawas Bay, and little activity inside the
state harbor. It was reported that there were few minnows and fewer
perch inside the harbor right now. No activity on the Tawas
River or at Singing Bridge due to bad ice
At Au Gres: There is fishing
activity on the lower river and getting a few perch and some sub-legal
walleyes. Down at the Palmer Road/Pine River area
there were a lot of guys out. Fishing was better at mid-week than
it was over the weekend. Anglers were bringing in a few perch (6 or
so per angler) and a few odd walleyes from 3 to 6 feet of water. They’re
just starting to take machines out on the ice.
Mostly pier and shore anglers last week although at least one boat
did go out and fish over the artificial reef and they picked up a
couple of walleyes. At the state harbor at Tawas,
anglers casting at night were taking good numbers of walleyes including
a few limit catches last week. Walleyes would also hit during the
day on cloudy days. A steelhead and a couple of smallmouth bass were
also taken incidental to the walleyes. Perch fishing inside the harbor
slowed down as the small shiners temporarily moved back out into the
lake. Over by the Michigan State Police Post, anglers
casting jigs around the pilings were also getting walleyes.
Au Gres: Not many boats went out after perch, but those that
did caught a few in 20 feet of water off the hotel or in 40 feet out
by the shipping channel. The hot-spot for perch continued to be off
the Saganing and Pinconning Bars in 10 to 20 feet
of water. The perch from here are running from 8 to 12 inches long,
and 30 to 40 fish per boat per trip.
Hordes of shiners are moving into the harbor at Tawas,
and bringing in some perch and some walleyes with them. Perch fishing
picked up a bit, but lots of sorting is necessary to pick out the
bigger ones. The perch anglers are also catching the odd walleye on
perch rigs, and anglers casting at night are picking up some walleyes.
A few pike were also taken in the harbor. There are still people fishing
for salmon in the Tawas River, but without much success.
They are getting a few walleye out of the river.
Gres: Bass anglers continue to do well casting tube jigs.
Perch fishing was spotty in 30 to 40 feet of water off the hotel;
better perch fishing was reported off the Saganing
and Pinconning bars in 10 to 15 feet of water. A
few perch were also caught out of the Au Gres River. Walleye trollers
picked up a few off Whitestone Point.
few walleyes, catfish and drum in the harbor at Tawas. Virtually no
boats out all week. Some walleyes taken in the Tawas River casting
At Au Gres: Almost no boats out. Rumors of perch taken off the Saganing
and Pinconning bars early last week. Monday was about the only day
any boats got out at all.
Pier fishing was slow with a few smallmouth
bass and small perch taken. Some perch were taken from 15 to 20 feet
of water off Jerry’s Marina, but hit and miss with a lot of
sorting. No walleye action to speak of. The Tawas River is giving
up a few salmon early in the morning, but they’re hard to catch.
A couple steelhead reported taken at Singing Bridge on floating spawn
sacks last week, but generally pretty slow.
At Au Gres: perch fishing was spotty but some perch
as large as 11 to 12 inches were taken. Straight off the mouth of
the Au Gres River in 40 to 50 feet of water was a
popular place to try. Boats going out of Eagle Bay Marina were generally
fishing off the Saganing Bar and were doing a bit
better on perch down that way. A few bass anglers were out off the
mouth of the Au Gres River in 10 to 15 feet of water
and caught and released a bunch of big smallmouth, with the biggest
around 6 pounds.
little boat fishing effort at Tawas last week. A
few guys were casting in the Tawas River, looking
for salmon and trout. No report of either being caught, but they did
catch a few walleyes out of the lower river. At the Singing
Bridge, surf anglers were casting and still-fishing with
floating spawn sacks, and they picked up a couple of steelheads.
At Au Gres: When they could get out, a few guys
went after perch and walleyes. The perch anglers caught a few in 15
to 25 feet of water off Pointe Au Gres, but they
were big perch…up to 14”. The walleye guys continued to
pick up some fish from 25 to 35 feet of water straight off the river
mouth and also off Pointe Au Gres in 25 to 35 feet
of water on crawler harnesses.Only one or two limit catches were reported
all week, and that’s the best walleye report we had from anywhere.
At Tawas, pier fishing was generally slow, with a couple of catfish,
some small yellow perch, and some rock bass taken. Trollers were working
hard to scratch out a walleye or two off Buoy #2, inside the bay near
buoys 4 & 6, down by Alabaster.
At Au Gres:
Walleye fishing was also tough with 1 to 2 fish per boat
per trip the normal catch. The few fish taken were coming from 25
to 40 feet of water south of Pointe Au Gres. A few
boats were trying for perch but without success. A couple of catfish
were reported taken in the Lower Au Gres River, but dredging there
continues to hamper fishing.
Pier angling at Tawas is slow, with a few smallmouth bass, rock bass
and small perch taken. There are some rumors of salmon jumping around
the harbor very early in the morning. Walleyes out near Buoy #2 and
down toward Alabaster in 25 to 35 feet of water.
Au Gres: Walleye trollers were averaging 2 to 3 fish per
boat and pressure has dropped considerably. A few people have been
out after perch, but without much success. Dredging continues to hamper
fishing in the Au Gres River.
A few boats were trolling near the weed beds near buoys 4 & 6,
and getting a few walleyes. Some trollers were also out near Buoy
#2 and they got a few also. Still-fishermen in boats were fishing
the deep edge of the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina and getting
fair catches of 6 to 8 inch perch. Pier fishing remains in “late-summer
tourist mode”; tourist anglers caught a few bass, rock bass,
small perch, etc. The Tawas River has been producing good catches
of catfish at night.
At Au Gres: walleye trollers continued to do pretty
well. Best spots were south of Pointe Au Gres in 8 to 12 feet of
water, off the mouths of the Rifle and Pine rivers. They were also
doing well in 25 to 35 feet just west of the shipping channel. Fishing
in the lower Au Gres River remained slow due to continued dredging.
- Pier fishing is slow and;
a few pike, small perch, smallmouth bass, rock bass and bluegills
caught here and there. Trolling for walleye was hampered by a lot
of wind most of the week. Walleyes north of the Charities had slowed
down. A few walleyes were picked up off Alabaster in 25 feet of water.
Likewise, a few walleye and steelhead were caught around Buoy #2,
and also from the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina. Anglers still-fishing
with minnows in those weed beds also caught a few decent perch and
a couple of pike. Fishing in the Tawas River was slow. At
Au Gres: Walleye fishing has slowed down but they’re
still getting fish. Most boats were dropping south into the “Outer-Inner
Bay” to fish the area north of Buoys 1&2 in 25 feet of water
or off the Saganing Bar in 12 feet. Another contingent is fishing
30 to 35 feet of water out near the shipping channel. The Au Gres
River is currently being dredged and fishing in the river is reported
and river fishing at Tawas City is generally slow with a few smallmouths,
rock bass, drum and small perch caught by tourists. Boats trolling
outside Buoy #2 were taking some steelheads off the surface and down
to about 20 feet over 35 to 50 feet of water. A few walleyes were
also being taken out there. A couple of boats have been perch fishing
in the weedbeds off Jerry’s Marina last week, and they have
been taking fair numbers of perch in the 6 to 10 inch range.Many
walleye boats continue to go south to the vicinity of the Charity
At Au Gres: Water temperatures have dropped as a result of prevailing
wind conditions but trollers were still getting good catches of walleyes
straight off the mouth of the Au Gres River and south of Pointe Au
Gres in 10 to 20 feet of water off the Rifle Bar. Look for areas of
warmer water and you’ll find active fish.
boats after walleye were going south many miles to the area north
of Big Charity Island, with some even fishing off Oak Point north
of Caseville. (There has apparently been a significant change in water
temperature, as a result of the winds, that is causing the fish to
re-locate.) One or two boats were trolling for lake trout and salmon
out of Tawas, and they are doing very well on lakers and steelhead
in 35 to 55 feet of water south of Buoy #2. Pier anglers are catching
the standard summer mix of smallmouths, rock bass, drum, and maybe
a walleye in the evening. Fishing in the Tawas River is slow.
At Au Gres: excellent walleye fishing continues in
depths of 25 to 30 feet. Most boats are now going south of Pointe
Au Gres into the “outer-inner bay” or are fishing
out near the commercial shipping channel.
8th 2014 -Pier
fishing and river fishing is slow at Tawas. Trollers are mostly going
all the way to the north side of the Charity Islands, where they’re
picking up good catches of larger walleyes in 25 to 35 feet of water.
At Au Gres: Fishing
remains excellent with
lots of anglers, lots of walleyes taken, lots of limit catches. Trollers
were able to ‘lay under the land’ on days with north winds
and did well straight off the river mouth in 25 to 40 feet of water.
River fishing at Au Gres was slow, but catches of catfish pick up
immediately after rains.
1st 2014 -Pier
fishing at Tawas Bay is in ‘summer mode’
with a few bass, drum, and catfish being caught and some of the local
kids are fishing for and catching carp. Boat anglers out of Tawas
are catching some steelhead out past Buoy #2 in 50 feet of water almost
up on the surface. The steelies are apparently in there taking advantage
of hatching mayflies. Trollers after walleyes are doing fair down
toward Alabaster in 25 to 40 feet of water or going
to the north side of the Charities and fishing around
the Steeples. Limit catches were common north of
the Charities. Shore anglers fishing the Tawas
River were getting a few bass, catfish and drum.
At Au Gres: Lots of boats, lots of walleyes caught, lots of limit
catches. Much of the action was in 35 to 45 feet of water out near
the shipping channel. Other boats were going north of the Charitie
Islands and doing real well. Shore anglers fishing the
lower Au Gres River were taking good numbers of
catfish and drum.
Pier fishing is slow, the catch is a few rock bass and large-and smallmouth
bass. Boat anglers are running to the north side of Big Charity
Island and getting walleyes in 30 to 35 feet of water. .
A few walleyes are also being taken near Buoy #2. A
couple of boats have been running south around the tip of Tawas
Point and then going toward Au Sable Point
for salmon and lake trout. They’re getting some Chinooks and
lake trout in 50 feet up there. Shore anglers in the lower Tawas
River are getting some catfish at night and a few smallmouths
at other times.
At Au Gres: Lots of boats, lots
of people, lots of walleye coming in. 15 boats had limits on Sunday
and all the others had fish. Good fishing is taking place all over;
some between the points in 30 to 40 feet, some south of Pointe
Au Gres, some out north of Big Charity Island.
Crawler harnesses were best but crankbaits were also catching fish.
(This is what people are using all over the bay right now.) Night
fishermen are getting channel cats out of the Au Gres River.
17th 2014 - Pier
fishing is in ‘summer mode’ with an assortment of largemouth
and smallmouth bass, rock bass and carp being taken. It might still
be possible to catch a walleye on the outside of the wall at night.
Not much boat activity in Tawas Bay; most trollers
going to Au Gres. Some catfish, smallmouth bass and drum taken by
shore anglers in the mouth of the Tawas River.
At Au Gres: Lots of boats out whenever the weather
is decent, lots of walleyes caught. Most boats working between the
two points (Point Lookout & Pointe Au Gres),
some boats fishing 50 to 60 feet of water north of the Charities
(some of the largest walleyes were taken out there) and some going
2 to 3 miles south of Pointe Au Gres. Lots of walleyes
being taken and many limit catches. A few bass anglers were going
out to the Charities to fish smallmouths.
9th 2014 - Pier
anglers at Tawas were catching a mixed bag of warmwater
fish; rock bass, crappies, smallmouths, carp and catfish. The clientele
is mostly summer vacationers trying their luck for whatever will bite.
Only a few boats are trolling for walleye off Tawas,
with most locals trailering down to Au Gres. A few
walleye are being taken from 35 feet of water out past Buoy #2. Shore
anglers on the Tawas River were getting some smallmouths,
drum, bluegill and channel cats.
At Au Gres: Lots
of fishing pressure and lots of walleyes being caught with over 150
boats out of this port on Saturday. More than half of the boats had
their limits and everybody had fish. A lot of the activity is in 25
to 35 feet of water between Point Lookout and Pointe
Au Gres, but a lot of boats are also going south of Pointe
Au Gres, some as far south as Pinconning.
Fishing in the Au Gres River was kind of slow, with
a couple of channel cats caught.
3rd 2014 -
Pier fishing in Tawas has slowed down into “summer
mode”; nothing much happening inside the pier, but walleyes,
smallmouth bass and channel cats are being caught on the outside of
the wall at night. Trollers were picking up some walleyes from the
tip of Tawas Point to Buoy #2 in
15 to 30 feet of water.
At Au Gres: Lots
of boats and lots of walleyes caught. Lots of boats fishing between
Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres,
but some boats were also running 8 to 10 miles south of Pointe
Au Gres and fishing 10 to 25 feet of water off the mouth
of the Pine River. Catfish anglers are doing well
in the lower Au Gres River.
28th 2014 -Daytime
fishing off the Tawas pier was kind of slow. Inside the harbor, weekend
tourists caught a few carp and bass. The outside of the wall produced
a couple of salmon on large shiners. Night fishing off the pier was
considerably more productive, with several walleyes caught by anglers
casting body baits or still-fishing with large shiners. Trollers in
Tawas Bay have picked up a few walleyes, mostly on
crawler harnesses, between the tip of Tawas Point
and Buoy #2. Shore anglers along the Tawas River were
catching mostly smallmouth bass.
At Au Gres:
Lots of fishing centered mostly in 20 to 35 feet of water between
Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres,
with lots of limit catches of walleye. A few boats were also going
further south to fish off the Saganing Bar and doing
very well down there also. Shore anglers fishing the Au Gres
River at night were getting some channel cats.
|May 12th 2014
- On the Tawas Pier, daytime anglers are taking pike,
Atlantics, brown trout, and an occasional king, fishing the outside
of the wall during the daytime, and night anglers are getting walleyes
and channel catfish. Mostly, they’re still-fishing with minnows
and casting body baits. Boat anglers in Tawas Bay were
taking good numbers of walleye fishing 15 to 24 feet of water from
Tawas Point south to Alabaster.
Farther out, they’re picking up a few small Kings in 30 feet
of water. Walleye are still being taken off the mouth of the Tawas
River by anglers casting body baits, mostly at night.
At the Singing Bridge: A few walleye are being
taken at night off the mouth of Whitney Drain at Singing Bridge.
At Au Gres: Excellent walleye fishing for trollers,
lots of limits being taken between Point Lookout
and Pointe Au Gres from 15 to 25 feet of water.
Channel cats are being taken at night from the Au Gres River.
|May 5th 2014
- From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters -
Out of AuGres
Michigan. The 2014 walleye season has begun and things are
go. The fishing right out in front of the pier has been excellent.
baits have been good but guess what all my fish come on Crawlers.
not to early.
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| Apr 30th 2014
- Inside the harbor at Tawas, perch anglers are mostly
catching small ones and doing a lot of sorting for keepers. Minnows
are thick inside the harbor. On the outside of the wall, anglers casting
crankbaits and spoons or fishing minnows or spawn are catching some
walleyes and a few steelheads and browns. Trollers were taking lots
of walleyes in 10 to 20 feet of water, and reported marking lots of
fish all the way from the mouth of the Tawas River
south to Alabaster.
At the Singing Bridge:
Some steelhead were being taken from the lower river drifting
spawn and in the surf on floating spawn sacks. Anglers wading in the
surf were getting some walleyes at night casting Rapalas.
At Au Gres: It was extremely busy over the weekend. Lots of people,
lots of boats, and lot of limits of walleye, mostly taken trolling
15 to 25 feet of water between Pointe Au Gres and
Point Lookout. Walleye fishing was excellent! Perch
anglers at the Pine River were getting mostly very
small fish. Perch fishing last week was a little better in the cut
at Palmer Road, but the perch run is on the wane;
most of the perch taken were spawned out.
|Apr 22nd 2014
- Not too much activity from boats in Tawas Bay yet,
as there’s a lot of ice floating around and the skid piers at
the boat ramps are not in yet. On the pier at the harbor, anglers
casting the outside of the wall were getting an occasional steelhead
and walleye. Down at the Tawas River, suckers were
hitting well, a few steelheads were caught and wading anglers were
casting off the river mouth at night for walleye.
At the Singing Bridge: the water’s finally
clearing up but fishing success is slow. Steelhead are being caught
farther up the East Branch Au Gres below M-55,
At Au Gres: boats trolling off the mouth of the
river were trolling rapalas in 10 to 15 feet of water and getting
good numbers of walleyes including several limit catches. The
Au Gres River remains muddy and fishing for suckers and
perch remained slow. At Palmer Road, perch fishing
was spotty in the cut but small catches of perch were possible after
a lot of sorting.
|Apr 15th 2014
- Walleye anglers fishing in boats out in Saginaw Bay were having
some success off the mouths of the Tawas and Au Gres Rivers - before
last weekends rains.
|Apr 8th 2014
- They’re catching a few steelheads and walleyes off the mouth
of the Tawas River, and surf anglers clamoring about on the icebergs
are catching a few steelheads and the odd brown off the mouth of Whitney
Drain. Sucker runs in the Rifle River are just barely getting underway,
with a fair amount of floating ice still coming down the Rifle. Shore
anglers are trying for perch at the Pine River but the bay just off
the mouth of the river is jammed up with ice, so there’s been
no success there yet.
Apr 2nd 2014
- Ice anglers inside the state harbor are catching mostly small
perch. Off Jerry’s Marina, a few walleyes
are being taken in the evening near Buoy #4. The
Tawas River is open, and a few walleye are being
taken off the mouth. Some steelhead and suckers are biting in the
At Au Gres: No activity to speak of.
At Palmer Road: This area was over-run with anglers this
past weekend. Walleye in good numbers (some limits) and some perch
were taken in 7 to 8 feet of water most of last week. Evening fishing
is best. Anglers report the water was getting dirty, so this may
affect fishing success.
Sucker dippers are setting up along the Rifle River
at Omer, but they may have a hard time until all
the ice floes go downstream. Suckers are in area rivers and biting
on crawlers, one family caught four large white suckers and lose
a fifth in just 20 minutes yesterday. If the river has open water
where you want to fish, then it’s time to take advantage of
the nicer weather and get out there!
Steelhead are moving up the Rifle and East Branch Au Gres rivers.
It’s about time to put away the auger and get out the long
|Mar 26th 2014
- A few nice perch being taken off Jerry’s Marina
in 17 to 18 feet, but lots of sorting necessary; one angler reported
throwing back at least 5 perch for every one kept. There’s quite
a bit of activity inside the harbor, but the perch are smaller; mostly
6” to 7” keepers there. Anglers report seeing hordes of
small perch in there. Walleye anglers are fishing out past the end
of Tawas Point in 20+ feet of water and getting a few.
Rivers have yet to open up, so steelhead and sucker fishing is still
something off in the future.
Whitney Drain at Singing Bridge
is still not open.
Not much activity at Au Gres.
|Mar 11th 2014
-They’re getting some perch inside the harbor, with keepers
running 6 to 8 inches with the occasional bigger one . Off Jerry’s
Marina, a few pike were speared and taken on tip-ups last
week. There were also rumors of a few lake trout and one brown trout.
At Au Gres: Not a lot of activity last week,
with just a few walleye anglers off Booth Road. Down
at Palmer Road, perch anglers were getting a few
nice perch off the mouth of the Rifle River in 7
feet of water, and also straight off Palmer Road
in 6 feet. These perch were running 7 to 10 inches. Walleyes were
being taken mostly in the evening around dusk from 7 to 15 feet of
|Mar 6th 2014
-Still pretty slow here on Tawas Bay. Perch anglers inside the harbor
are getting a few. Walleye anglers were marking and seeing fish on
their cameras, but they weren’t biting.
Au Gres: Fishing was reported slow At Palmer Road, walleye
anglers were mainly fishing in the evening and going out about 4 miles.
Fishing pressure was light here, with most guys going down to Linwood.
|Feb 28th 2014
-Fishing has been slow. A few small perch inside the harbor at Tawas
Bay, and a few off Jerry’s Marina.
Only a couple of pike speared for the whole week. Walleye action out
near the tip of Tawas Point was real slow. Fishing
At Au Gres: Only a few people fishing
off Booth Road, otherwise pretty deserted. At Palmer
Road, a few walleye guys going out to the Catfish
Hole and having very little success. Perch fishing there
was pretty darn slow.
18th 2014 -Tawas Bay was generally
pretty slow last week. They took some perch inside the harbor and
off Jerry’s Marina, and they got a handful
of walleyes from 20 feet of water out near the tip of Tawas
Point. A couple of pike were also speared.
A t Au Gres: A few guys fishing the Au Gres River
were mostly catching sublegal walleyes. At Palmer Road,
perch action was spotty in 6 to 8 feet of water, and the walleye
guys were going out 5 miles or more.
|Feb 12th 2014
- They are getting some perch off Jerry’s Marina
and also inside the harbor. Perch are mostly running 6” to 8”,
with a few 10” and 11” fish in the mix. Walleye fishing
was going on out near the edge of the safe ice and was generally slow
last week. Likewise pike spearing; just a couple taken last week.
At Au Gres: most activity was concentrated
off Booth Road down on Pointe Au Gres.
Some perch are being taken from 8 feet of water at the edge of the
drop-off and some walleye taken out farther. Down at Palmer
Road, most of the activity is in the afternoon and evening
and is focused for walleye around the Catfish Hole at dusk. The guys
are getting a few. Perch action in 6 feet of water, about a mile offshore,
has been spotty.
|Feb 5th 2014
-Most fishing activity in Tawas Bay is now outside
the harbor rather than inside. Not much going on in there. They held
their Perchville festival in Tawas City this last
weekend, and there was fair to decent perch fishing in about 15 feet
of water off Jerry’s Marina. Angler also noted
seeing a lot of perch down the holes and having a hard time getting
them to bite. Farther out, near the start of the “shove ice”
(ice that had broken up and re-frozen), they were getting some walleyes
in around 20 feet of water. A few pike were being speared including
one 20 pounder.
At Au Gres: most fishing
activity is off the end of Booth Road in 15 feet
of water where they’re picking up some walleyes and perch. Success
was fair. Down off Palmer Road, walleye anglers were
going out 4 to 4 ½ miles for walleye in 16 to 18 feet of water.
Perch anglers, closer to shore, report seeing but not catching many
|Jan 30th 2014
- Some perch are being caught in 15 feet off Jerry’s
Marina, 15 per angler per trip is a decent catch, with most
keepers running 7 to 8 inches. A few walleye taken in 20 feet of water;
Inside the harbor there was a report of a whitefish and a brown trout
being taken, also a few perch, a couple of pike and a lake trout.
At Au Gres: most walleye anglers are going off
Santiago Road and going south to 20 feet of water;
getting a few. No activity at the mouth of the Pine River; the road
into the access site is drifted shut, and very little activity off
of Palmer Road.
|Jan 23rd 2014
- There’s quite a bit of fishing activity off Jerry’s
Marina and they got some nice perch and walleyes a couple
of days last week in about 15 feet of water. Pike spearers also got
a few nice fish. Anglers going out should stay on the well-traveled
trails in order to avoid getting stuck in the snow-drifts. Some anglers
are also going out to 20 feet of water out near the tip of Tawas
Point and getting some walleyes at dusk. Fishing inside the
harbor has slowed down some and there’s not much pressure in
At Au Gres: there was not much going on in the river. Most walleye
anglers were going off the ends of Santiago and Booth
Roads, and fishing a mile or two offshore. Very little activity
at the mouth of the Pine River. At Palmer
Road, anglers are reporting walleye and perch fishing kind
of slow. They’re seeing fish down the holes, but can’t
get them to bite.
|Jan 14th 2014
- Snow and slush is making ice travel difficult on a lot of Tawas
Bay. They’re getting some small perch and some walleye off Jerry’s
Marina, the perch in 15 feet and the walleye in about 20
feet. They’re also getting some perch and walleye inside the
state harbor, for anglers who don’t have machines.
At Au Gres: The river is mainly producing sublegal walleyes, but
with a few keepers. They’re getting some walleye 3 to 4 miles
off Santiago Road in 20 feet of water. There are
also some guys going south off the end of Hale Road.
|Jan 9th 2014
- There is some walleye activity inside the harbor and over off Jerry’s
Marina, but they’re only getting one here and there.
Pike spearing has also been hit and miss. Perch are running small,
most report seeing bigger fish going by but they won’t bite.
Pine River:: Some walleyes being taken about 4
miles out. Perch action near shore is spotty and hit & miss,
with mainly small fish biting.
|Oct 29th 2013 -
Fishing in Tawas Bay was very slow last week. Lots of minnows inside
the harbor, but bad weather kept most anglers home. Salmon activity
in the Tawas River also seems to have buttoned up
for the year. Fishing pressure was also very light down at
At Au Gres: Those searching for perch, had generally poor success
and a lot of rough waves. The water is quite dirty from all the wind
|Oct 24th 2013 -
Pier fishing is was slow, but hordes of emerald shiners are moving
into the harbor. Some smaller perch (4 to 7 inches) are following
them in. Not many boats out in Tawas Bay; just a
couple locals trolling off the river mouth in small boats. They’re
still getting a king salmon here and there in the Tawas River,
but the run is definitely past its peak.
At the Singing Bridge: Fishing for salmon and
steelhead is kind of hit and miss, but definitely still worth a
try. Steelhead are just starting to show up.
At Au Gres: The few perch boats that got out did a little better
last week, with catches of 20 to 40 perch per boat (and one catch
of 80!) from anywhere from 20 to 35 feet of water, either straight
off the river, up near Gravelly Shoals, or down
off the hotel
|Oct 21st 2013 -
Field Reporter Scott
- Augres river light numbers of salmon and steelhead have been caught
in the Augres river. I lost a king salmon on sunday using a 1/3 ounce
cleo and caught a nice steelhead on monday night using a cleo 1/4
ounce. Cleo colors that worked for me have been green and blue. Blue
on the salmon and green on the steelhead. With the cold weather I'm
hoping it will push more steelhead and the rest of the salmon in the
river. I got a good look at the salmon I caught on Sunday it was a
fresh fish still silver. I lost the salmon when trying to net it.
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|Oct 14th 2013 -
Not much boat fishing activity in Tawas Bay , and
fishing in the harbor and on the pier was also slow. They continue
to catch some salmon in the Tawas River, mostly at
night. Down at
Singing Bridge: Some salmon
and steelheads are being taken in the surf and the lower river. Try
drifting spawn for the steelheads.
At Au Gres:
Perch fishing has picked up a little, with catches averaging 25 nice
perch (7” – 11”) per boat. Most of them are coming
from 35 to 45 feet of water out near the shipping channel.
|Oct 9th 2013 -
boat fishing activity to report in Tawas Bay. On the pier and inside
the harbor, nothing much to report except for a few small perch and
rock bass and one large Chinook (26 lb.) caught on a perch rig by
one very surprised angler. A few salmon are being taken in the dead
of night by anglers along the lower Tawas River. Down at the Singing
Bridge (East Branch Au Gres River) salmon can be seen in the surf
and the lower river, but no one can get them to strike.
At Au Gres: perch fishing is very spotty, but a few
decent catches were landed at Northport and these
guys were allegedly going out to 45 feet of water near the shipping
channel. There are rumors of better perch fishing out of Eagle Bay
Marina (end of Sagatoo Road).
and perch fishing from boats was at a standstill. Pier anglers were
catching a few walleyes and pike and mostly small perch with the occasional
keeper. A few salmon have also been seen jumping inside the harbor,
but they weren’t biting. A few salmon have been caught out of
the Tawas River, however.
Down at Singing Bridge (East Branch Au Gres River),
they’re catching a few salmon in the surf and in the lower river
around the access site. Traffic here can be a problem, as the Singing
Bridge is being rebuilt by MDOT.
At Au Gres: Fishing is very slow, Boat anglers report marking large
numbers of fish (don’t know what they are), but they can’t
get them to bite. Only one report of a good catch of perch for last
fishing is very slow with only a few rock bass and small perch taken.
A couple of salmon were seen jumping inside the harbor but none were
caught. Trollers caught a couple of walleyes off Jerry’s Marina
near the weed beds and marked a lot of fish off Au Sable Point
in 60 feet of water but couldn’t get anything to bite.
At Au Gres: there were a couple decent catches
of perch taken from 26 to 30 feet of water off the hotel….for
the whole week. Only a few walleyes were reported being taken all
Still getting walleyes from deep water off Alabaster
and south of Tawas Point. Same story down at Au
Gres , where they’re still getting walleye straight
off the mouth of thee Au Gres River in 25 to 35 feet
and way south of Au Gres east of the end of Sagatoo
Road in 30 to 35 feet of water.
30th - 2013
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters - Here are
some Highlights for from this August
Friday August 9th. As you can see we didnt limit out but
got some real nice fish. We were out in front of Point AuGres
and had the point pretty much to ourselves. The fish are still out
there as its been a great August. the water temperature is dropping
with the cool evenings. All crawlers and on the bottom with few suspended
Friday August 16th. The fishing remains good for August.
Even though this was not a limit catch a limit was within our reach.
Fishing remains good, you just need to be patient and stay with it.
This is unussual for late August. Hang in there and there are still
walleyes out there.
Friday August 30th. This
late season catch is not typical of late August on Sagainaw Bay. It
is slow but you can still get fish out there. I have another charters
in early September for walleye fishing. Perch have been slow however
it will begin soon. Its beeen a fabulous year and its not to late
to get walleyes out of Sagainaw bay.
27th - 2013
- Fishing is slow, whether on the pier or from boats. The highlight
of the week was Saturday when a fellow trolling for walleye off Au
Sable Point in 80 feet of water caught a 15 lb. Chinook on
a nightcrawler harness. Just a few walleyes being caught off Alabaster,
Au Sable Point, and near Jerry’s Marina.
Fishing off the pier and at the Tawas River is limited to a few small
rock bass, etc.
At Au Gres: there are still
some walleyes being caught, either straight off the river mouth or
6 to 8 miles south of the river mouth in 26 to 30 feet of water. A
few guys are out after perch, and they’re getting a few from
30 to 40 feet of water from 4 to 8 miles south of Au Gres,
but catches are spotty. The Au Gres River is producing
just a few catfish and drum.
21st - 2013
- Pier fishing is very slow with just a few rock bass, smallmouth
and largemouth bass, a couple walleye and a few small perch for the
whole of last week. Walleye trollers are going out around Tawas
Point and north to the area off Au Sable Point
and getting a few in 50 to 80 feet of water. They’re also taking
some walleye down off Alabaster in 20 to 50 feet,
and along the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina
in 20 to 25 feet. There was a report of some nice perch (8 –
11 inch) being taken off Alabaster in 18 to 22 feet.
At AuGres - Walleye fishing had slowed
down a lot, with the usual landed catch averaging 1 to 2 fish per
angler. Reports of one good catch of 7 1/2 “ to 11 ½
inch perch, but the guys wouldn’t divulge their hot spot. Many
of the guys trolling for walleye are picking up a few 10 to 11 inch
15th - 2013
are going out past Buoy #2 to fish in 35 to 45 feet of water. A few
boats are now going out around Tawas Point, turning north and fishing
up off Au Sable Point in as much as 80 feet of water.
They’re getting walleyes suspended 25 to 50 feet down. Back
inside Tawas Bay, a few guys are working 20 to 25
feet of water off Jerry’s Marina with crawler
harnesses and catching a few walleyes. Pier fishing is slow, with
only occasional bass, rock bass, walleye or small perch.
At Au Gres: there’s still quite a bit of walleye
fishing going on, and a few limits are still being taken by the die-hards.
They are going straight out of the river mouth to 25 to 35 feet but
it’s really slowed down there; they’re also going anywhere
from 2 to 9 miles south of Pointe Au Gres and fishing
25 to 35 feet down in the ‘outer-inner’ bay. A few boats
have tried fishing perch off the hotel in 35 to 40 feet of water,
but with mixed results; mostly small perch taken. The Au Gres River
is producing some drum and catfish.
7th - 2013
getting walleyes beyond and near the Charities. Using crawler harnesses
and Hot and Tots. near Alabaster in 15-20’. They are picking
up a few incidental brown trout and steelhead while fishing the walleye.
Tawas pier—very small perch, not much action.
At AuGres - very tough fishing, bait is abundant
and catches are low. Folks are fishing at the Charities, and some
spotty catches to the south (4-8 miles) and straight out 20-35 ft.
6th - 2013
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters - Monday August 5th on Saginaw
Bay. We stayed inside the Bay because of the strong southerly wind.
The wind blew in some cold water and the bigger fish moved in with
them. We didn't get our limit but came real close before heading in
on this rough day. August is still holding alot of potencial for walleyes
in Saginaw Bay here at AuGres Michigan.
Saturday August 3rd. I took a group out beyond
the Charity Island and we did pretty well. The
guys were great fishing partnerers. We used Crawlers and fished
the humps north of the Islands..
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31st - 2013
fishing at Tawas Bay is slow, but those fishing are catching a few
bass, rock bass, etc. during the day. Early morning and evening anglers
caught a few walleye casting spoons. Trollers were doing well on walleye
primarily down toward Alabaster and north of Big
Charity Island, mostly in 20 to 40 feet of water. Some incidental
catches of steelhead and one brown trout came from 50 feet of water
off Alabaster, trolling 15 feet down. There was a
couple of big mayfly hatches around Tawas on the warmer days last
At Au Gres: walleye fishing is still
very good with most boats heading north of Big Charity Island
or south into the “outer inner bay” to the north end of
the shipping channel. Most walleye action is in 20 to 40 feet at both
locations. Quite a few catfish were taken in the Au Gres River
over the weekend.
24th - 2013
trollers are mainly going south past Buoy #2 toward Alabaster
and fishing 30 to 50 feet of water or to the north side of Big
Charity Island where they’re fishing 20 to 30 feet.
The trollers are also catching several steelhead on crawler harnesses
incidental to walleyes in the 50 foot depths. Pier anglers were having
slow fishing with some rock bass, and largemouth and smallmouth bass
caught inside the harbor and some very small perch from the weedbeds
outside the wall.
At Au Gres: Walleye fishing
continues to be excellent with lots of limits reported. Most boats
were going south past Pointe Au Gres into the inner
bay north of Buoys 1 & 2 to fish in 18 to 30 feet; to 40 feet
of water off Point Lookout, or to the area north
of Big Charity. Incidental catches of catfish and
drum are common.
22nd - 2013
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters - Olivia and Matt Strike it big North of
the Charities on July 20th. This daugheter and son team were fantastic
fisherman and brought in thier limit. Matt unfortunately has his line
break just feet from the net on a 8lb plus walleye. Hope he has many
more future opprotunities.All Crawlers.
This is Thursday July 18th. These fish can on a slow troll with crawler
harness's. Great fishing and big fish. These guys are truely expert
fisherman and got into the fish. Saginaw Bay is the place to be in
18th - 2013
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of
Jireh Charters - Fishing has been fantastic here,
I mainly have been fishing crawlers and for the most part the color
of the blades really doesn't seem to matter at this time. See our
results over the past couple of weeks.
Monday July 15th. 30' of water. All Crawlers
Sunday July 14th. All Crawlers. Various colors
Friday July 12th. 28' of water all crawlers.
Saturday July 13th. MTU donation charter. All crawler
Sunday July 7th. We fished in 28' of water and limited
in aproximately 3 hours. All Crawler harness's
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- See the current Saginaw
10th - 2013
- Trollers were heading south toward Alabaster and
getting walleyes in 30 to 50 feet with a few limits taken, mostly
on body baits. Another good area was about a mile past Buoy #2. Steve
reports large mayfly hatches in the Tawas area all last week. Pier
fishing at Tawas was slow with just a few smallmouth bass taken by
At Au Gres:
Reports of over 250 cars & trailers at the launch site on Saturday
and everybody was bringing in walleyes. Most of the action was in
25 to 35 feet between Point Lookout and Pointe
Au Gres, but some boats were going south into the “outer-inner”
bay and fishing as far south as the Saganing Bar.
4th - 2013
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of
Jireh Charters -Fishing saturday was very busy for
the July 4th weekend. I got in an area that was not to crowded
and hit the fish.
8th - 2013
remains hot with a good variation in size and poundage, in the picture
we got these fish on Sunday. The big fish was just under 6LBS. We
are fishing crawlers in 26ft. of water.
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-2nd - 2013 -
Walleye trollers are still finding walleyes 25-60
feet, often fishing 30 feet down (crawlers and some plastics). This
is toward alabaster and out from point.
A few smallmouth being caught, mostly catch and release
Tawas River - Still getting some channel catfish,
sheephead, and smallmouth bass
At AuGres - slowed somewhat but walleye anglers
are still getting fish and many limits. Fishing 30-40 feet from Pt.
AuGres to Point Lookout, Charities and gravelly shoals. Fish appear
to be a bit more scattered. Incidental catches of sheephead and catfish.
AuGres River—still getting some catfish and
are fishing near Buoy #2 and beyond, in 30 to 70 feet of water and
getting good numbers of walleye. Inside the bay, anglers after smallmouth
bass are doing well, and are catching some walleyes incidental to
the bass. Pier anglers are getting a few bass and pike. Shore anglers
fishing the Tawas River are getting catfish and drum.
Au Gres: This is probably the busiest port on Saginaw Bay
right now, with lots of boats out and lots of walleye being caught.
Most action is between Point Lookout and Pointe
Au Gres, but some anglers are going north toward Alabaster
or south into the “outer part of the inner bay”. Depths
vary but are usually 30 to 40 feet. Lots of limits taken here. Fishing
in the Au Gres River is slow with a few catfish taken.
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters - Saturday
was a busy day in AuGres Michigan. The fire department had thier annual
Walleye tourneyment and the bay was packed with fisherman. I had a
charter that day so we left about an hour early to beat the crowd.
I had a group of 4 fisherman. We started right out front by the weather
tower and immediately started picking up fish. Fishing remained good
until mid AM and then it suprisingly shut down. from about 10:00AM
to 11:30AM. The bite did return and we were limited out by 1:00PM.
We are using crawler harness dark colors with a few watermelons. We
caught sever undersized walleyes making the future of Saginaw Bay
look great. I have limited out in the past 8 trips making this a very
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Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
June 6 Thursday: Fished
Thursday afternoon with 2 clients. We started in 30' right out front
of Augres and followed the wind which was NE. The weather was windy
and somewhat rough. By 4:30 we had limited out with 15 nice walleyes.
Some of the fish were 4LBS. We are using sliding 3oz bottom bouncers
with crawler harnesses. The hot colors are gold or dark
colors such as Purple. It was a good Bite.
Friday: Took my two clients and had two additional clients on friday.
Agsin we had a N.E blow. We are catching a wide veriety of walleyes.
Many small fish requiring extra care and handling as these are next
years fish. We limimited out by early afternoon. For highlights go
to Jireh Charters.com.
The same colors were effective and I am fishing very close to the
bottom. The Augres bay remains hot and Im staying.
8 Saturday: Took 2 clients and limited by mid Morning.
Some really nice fish. Same program with crawler harness's and dark
colors. we are fishing right out front of Augres Harbor in 32-38 feet
June 9 Sunday
: Took 2 neighbor boys out sunday AM and limited by 10:30. These guys
were fabulous with a nice catch. Same colors and same program. I am
using small blades with dark colors. I ocasionally mix in
a chrome blade.
June 11 Tuesday: Took out 4 clients
and fished out of Augres Bay not to far from the weather bouy in 34-38'
of water. Used crawler harness and was limited out by 11:00 AM. The
action was steady and many small fish safely returned. We were able
to catch some nice 3-4LB fish. Same program and good bite.
12th Wednesday: Took out a total of 5 clients. This
is the maximun I can take. We were limited out by 1:30 PM with 30
nice fish. We did get one atound 5lbs. We were out by the weather
bouy and had very little traffic. We caught again several small fish
but were able to return them safely. Same colors and same program.
Tuesday: Took out 3 clients and basically got blown off the
water with 5-6' swelles.
Wednesday: Took out 2 clients and limited out by 10:30. We were right
out front in 34- 38' of water. We caught alot of small fish today
and were able to return them unharmed. We did however also catch alot
of very nice sized fish and we were able to limit out. I used the
same patterns and same blades as before. Dark colors with a slow troll
of 1.2 to 1.5. If you are using boards you must watch then very closely
as a small fish is hard to detect on a board. The fishing in Augres
bay remains good and deep water crawler baits are working .
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|June 13th 2013 -
Some boats are trolling at buoy 2 and beyond – getting a few
Pier - some smallmouth being caught,
most released, few catfish also.
- bluegill, catfish, few walleye, smallmouth, few largemouth—on
crawlers, and crawlers and bobbers.
This a Definite hotspot. Most popular place to fish and many limits
of walleye. Anglers are trolling 30- 50 ft. (35 best) between Point
AuGres and Point Lookout. Crawler Harnesses.
Getting some incidental catfish and perch.
Tawas River—Channel catfish, dogfish, sheephead,
and a few odd walleyes. Tawas Pier—little activity,
some Catch and release smallmouth bass. Tawas Bay—getting
bass casting tube jigs, mostly catch and release, Few walleyes 25-30’
good mayfly hatch.
At AuGres: Lots of fishermen
when not too windy. Walleye trolling good between Pt. AuGres and Pt.
Lookout 30-35’, and south of Pt. AuGres or North toward gravelly
shoals and Charities. Bass tourney had good results, windy (one boat
capsized). Augres River—trying for walleye, getting Channel
Pier anglers did well in the evenings, taking decent catches of
walleye casting body baits and jigs. Also, some smallmouths were
caught and released and a couple of pike were caught. Trollers were
getting good catches of walleye from 20 to 30 feet of water out
near Tawas Point, and some guys were vertical jigging
over the artificial reef and doing well there. Shore anglers fishing
the Tawas River were catching a few walleye and
smallmouths, and guys in waders fishing off the river mouth at night
were also getting some walleye. Mostly they were casting body baits;
fire tiger is the hot color about everywhere. Au Gres
Singing Bridge: Surf casters were also still taking
walleye at night off the mouth of Whitney Drain
At Au Gres: This is a very busy port, with a lot
of walleye activity between Point Lookout and Pointe
Au Gres in 15 to 30 feet of water. Lots of fish and some
limits taken on harnesses.
-14th - 2013
Pier fishing has been slow, with just an occasional bass, pike, or
walleye being caught. Boaters were getting a few walleye near the
artificial reef both vertical jigging and trolling body baits. Shore
anglers on the lower Tawas River were catching the
odd bass and walleye.
Singing Bridge: Some walleye continue to be taken
by anglers casting in the surf with body baits at night.
At Au Gres: Trollers fishing 15 to 25 feet of water
continued to get walleyes.
It should be noted that a lot of walleye trollers are now switching
away from body baits to crawler harnesses on bottom bouncers…this
is sort of the summer standard for all of Saginaw Bay as the water
-7th - 2013
slow, occasional walleye in 14-16 ft near reef off Jerry’s Marina
(hot n tots, body baits) Pier fishing is slow, with little activity.
At AuGres - good catches of walleye were reported
this past weekend but has slowed some… average 5-8 per boat.
Out 15-30 feet straight and north and south and off Point
AuGres 10-35 feet.
-5th - 2013
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters - Fished
on Friday May 2 in the morning. We fished just East of Point
Augres starting in 25 to 34 feet of water. Crawler harness's
were the trick. Hard body baits are not working that well. Many of
the fish were suspended up to 16' of
water however the bite came on the bottom. The water is a little cloudy
however the North East wind cleared the water a little bit. Keep your
troll slow going with or up wind. Bright colors with big or small
blades were working. Watch out for nets as the neters have moved to
the East side of Point Augres.
Boaters were picking up decent numbers of walleye
off the mouth of the Tawas River trolling body baits
in 10 to 20 feet of water, with Fire Tiger and Silver/Blue being the
hot colors everywhere this weekend, regardless of where the report
came from. Boats jigging over the artificial reef were also picking
up good numbers of walleye. Trollers fishing deeper off the tip of
Tawas Point got a few coho and a brown trout. LOTS
of people were coming out to cast off the Tawas Harbor
breakwater at night for walleye and they were catching good numbers
of them, including a few limits. Most people were casting body baits.
All of this activity was on the OUTSIDE of the breakwall….fishing
on the inside of the harbor wasn’t that great. There are a lot
of minnows in there but the fish just weren’t biting. Anglers
fishing the lower Tawas River were also getting walleye.
Singing Bridge: Surf fishermen were picking up
walleyes at night, again casting body baits.
At Au Gres: Lots of walleye activity including
some limits coming from 10 to 20 feet of water. Again using body
baits and crawler harnesses. Some guys are trolling, while others
are just drifting harnesses or jigs baited with crawlers, minnows
or Gulp baits. There was nothing much being caught in the Au
Gres River itself over the weekend
few walleyes taken trolling crankbaits off the mouth of the Tawas
River and back in the bay off Jerry’s Marina. Too muddy
inside the harbor…nothing going on there.
At Au Gres: Lots of boats going out on the bay
Sunday, seeking clean water, and doing well on walleye around Point
Lookout and White Stone Point in 15 to
20 feet of water trolling body baits or jigging with jig heads baited
with minnows or smelt. Some limits taken, and everybody was getting
Pier anglers fishing the outside of the harbor got a few browns,
lake trout and steelhead either casting hardware or still-fishing
with large live minnows. A few perch were taken on the inside of
the harbor on minnows. Boats trolling off the mouth of the Tawas
River were marking fish but not catching much.
Singing Bridge: There was a small smelt run Monday
night. Dippers should not expect to get a lot, but they might get
enough for a couple of meals.
Pier anglers are casting along the outside of the harbor and are
getting some steelhead, browns, lake trout, and also a couple of
whitefish last week. They’re also picking up some fish on
live minnows. Ice inside the harbor is finally breaking up. On the
Tawas River.Steelhead fishing was reported slow Wading anglers casting
rapalas off the river mouth were picking up a few walleyes.
East Brach Au Gres River: Steelhead fishing was
excellent for the first half-mile upstream, with multiple fish on
the stringer a common occurrence last week. Most anglers were drifting
fresh spawn. Steelheads are being taken throughout the Class 3 water,
as far up as M-55. Surf fishing at Singing Bridge
was reportedly not as good as fishing in the river.
At Au Gres: A Not a whole lot of action last week;
a few people fishing perch in the river and a few trollers off the
river mouth picking up the odd walleye.
Rifle River - Good numbers of steelhead were reported
taken in the from Selkirk downstream to Greenwood
Road, with many anglers float fishing in canoes or wading
near access points. The sucker run is finally underway at Omer,
with dip-netters and hook-and-liners doing well.
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.
Ice fishermen inside the state harbor and open water fishermen fishing
the outside of the wall are both getting browns, steelheads, and lake
trout. Live minnows are best but spoons are taking some fish in open
Tawas River: High & muddy, but
produced some steelheads early last week. Some guys casting for walleye
off the river mouth; getting a few.
East Brach Au Gres River: (Whitney Drain); They’re
getting good numbers of steelheads in the surf on fresh spawn. They’re
also doing well on steelheads as far up the river as it is open.
Au Gres River at Au Gres: High
& muddy. A few perch in river; Boats trolling off the mouth
for walleyes and getting a few.
Pine River: Ice jammed up at mouth so boats can’t
get out. Some small perch in river. High and muddy; fishing slow
Rifle River: Sucker runs are just getting started.
They should pick up through the week and peak next week sometime.
Palmer Road: The ice went out last Friday. Ice
fishing is kaput.
They’re still ice fishing back by Jerry’s Marina in Tawas
Bay, but mainly catching a lot of small perch. Inside the
state harbor, however, ice anglers are getting brown trout and lake
trout on large live minnows on tip-ups and short rods. Some steelheads
have been taken in the Tawas River, and a few guys
are fishing at the mouth, casting lakeward for walleye. That fishing
is still reported slow. Steelheads are reported to be in the East
Branch Au Gres River (Whitney Drain) in
good numbers, both upstream and at the mouth at Singing Bridge.
There are also some guys casting for walleye at the mouth of the Au
Gres River, but their success is reported slow also. Dip-netting
for suckers is open in the Rifle River at Omer,
but the suckers aren’t running yet…too cold. They should
start trickling in about next week. The Pine River
is opened up, and there’s no fishing activity there at the moment.
Ice fishing continued off Palmer Road, but success
for 6 to 8 inch perch was hit and miss. There was some ice fishing
going on in the basin of Eagle Harbor Marina, but the main catch was
small bluegills, crappies and perch.
Most of the permanent shanties have been removed from Tawas
Bay and the ice is starting to honeycomb. A few guys fishing
on open ice reported slow fishing. The Tawas River
is open and they’re getting a few steelhead on spawn sacks.
The East Branch Au Gres River (Whitney Drain)
at Singing Bridge is still iced over and not fishable
yet. Down at Palmer Road, ice anglers had good luck
on perch last week in 5 to 10 feet of water. Some very good catches
of walleye were also taken in 10 to 12 feet of water off Palmer
Road on Sunday.
In Tawas Bay near Jerry’s Marina,
they were getting a few perch in 15 to 20 feet of water, also a couple
of pike were speared and a few walleyes were caught. Perch anglers
took a couple of steelhead along with the perch, and they report seeing
a lot of smelt down the holes; more than in past years. A big field
of ice broke loose and floated off out near Tawas Point,
so anglers are pretty much staying well inside the point. The Tawas
River and the lower Whitney Drain at Singing
Bridge are frozen over, so no early steelhead fishing going
At Au Gres: a few people were fishing on
the lower river with fair results. A few people are fishing on the
lower Pine River and catching a lot of little perch
but few decent ones. Perch action at Palmer Road
is very slow, and has been that way for two weeks now. A few guys
are crossing the first crack, going out to about 10 feet of water,
and getting some walleyes out there.
of ice fishing activity in the inner part of Tawas Bay
northwest of Jerry’s Marina in 15 to 20 feet
of water. Perch fishing was reported spotty; lots of sorting through
small fish to get a few keepers. Walleye fishing was pretty slow with
just few taken, mostly in the evening. Pike spearing was kind of slow,
one lake trout taken incidental to walleyes. No fishing activity in
the Tawas River or at Singing Bridge.
Ice anglers on the lower Pine River were taking mostly
small perch. A few guys were starting to fish out of Palmer
Road again, mostly inside the first crack, and they reported
perch fishing slow and the water still kind of cloudy.
at Tawas Bay drew very large crowds over the weekend,
and they caught some nice perch in 15 to 20 feet of water. The perch
bite best in the morning, from dawn until about 11am. Some are reporting
its the best perch fishing in Tawas Bay in years.
Also some walleyes were taken, mostly at dawn and dusk; some pike
were speared; and a handful of brown trout were caught incidental
to perch and walleye. Nothing much going on in the Tawas River
or the East Branch Au Gres at Singing Bridge.
Both are high, muddy, and fast. The Au Gres River just
re-froze this weekend, At the Pine River access site,
the river has been flowing and has a good-sized ice jam at the mouth.
Nobody’s going out of there. At Palmer Road,
perch fishermen reported the water very muddy near shore and perch
fishing very slow. Walleye anglers were going out to the Catfish Hole
(about 3 miles out, southeast of Palmer Road) and getting a few out
numbers of decent sized perch were being taken in 12 to 15 feet of
water in Tawas Bay over the weekend. Perch were also
being taken in decent numbers through the ice inside the State harbor
there. Walleye were hitting a little deeper, from 15 to 20 feet, with
dawn and dusk best. Some pike were also speared last week, and the
odd lake trout and brown trout were caught by anglers targeting walleyes.
Ice anglers on the Au Gres River were mainly catching
sublegal walleyes and a few perch. Ice anglers on the Pine
River were doing surprisingly well catching perch right in
the river. Lots of sorting as always, but they were keeping enough
6 to 9 inch perch to keep it interesting. Perch fishing at Palmer
Road in 1 to 4 feet of water was rated as slow. Walleye anglers
were getting out a couple of miles and were reportedly getting fish.
- Ice conditions are changing daily so check
conditions before you go out - Good
numbers of perch were taken back in the “Armpit” of Tawas
Point off Jerry’s Marina. The perch were biting in 15 to 18
feet of water. A lot of sorting was necessary but about everybody
was bringing in fish. Some walleyes were being taken in the same depths
around dusk. They also caught the odd steelhead, lake trout, brown
trout, and pike. Pike spearing is just getting underway at Tawas Bay,
with no fish speared yet.
getting some perch out of Jerry’s Marina basin and off Jerry’s
in 10 to 15 feet of water. Walleye anglers are inching out to 15 to
17 feet and getting a few. No pike spearing going on yet.
At Au Gres: The only ice fishing is on the lower
Au Gres River, where they’re getting a few perch and sublegal
has a few leftover salmon. More steelhead were moving up into the
river. Try spawn or wax worms.
At Au Gres: Reports have some good action for
steelhead, brown trout and Atlantic salmon in the river.
Singing Bridge: The better action for steelhead
has been in the lower end of Whitney Drain and for those surfcasting
near the bridge, try spawn, spoons or plugs.
Perch fishing is good on the Pier, some limits, using shiners 7-10
inch size, a few salmon and brown trout at night.
River - some salmon still being caught.
Bridge - a few salmon are still being taken
At AuGres: earlier in the week boaters were picked
up some perch in the shipping channel and South of Pt. AuGres
and near Rifle Bar in 25 feet. Some small perch are also being taken
in the in the River.
Pier anglers were making some pretty good catches of 7 to 9 inch perch
all last week, averaging 15 to 20 perch per angler per trip. Early
morning is best. Pier anglers casting hardware were also catching
a few kings and brown trout. Kings continue to be caught in the Tawas
River , and angling pressure there is brisk.
Bridge: Kings are still hitting in the surf and in lower
Whitney Drain at .
At Au Gres:
boat anglers did well on perch last Tuesday, which was the last day
anybody got out. While most boats stayed between Point Lookout
and Pointe Au Gres, a few intrepid souls ventured
as far as 8 miles south to fish on the opposite side of the shipping
channel in about 33 feet of water. Boats trolling in the lower Au
Gres River caught a few salmon, and still fishing produced
a few smaller (6 to 9 inch) perch.
Trollers took a couple of nice catches of steelhead on body baits
out near Buoy #2. Boat anglers were also catching perch off Jerry’s
Marina and near the State harbor. Pier anglers did pretty
well on perch on the right day…some days were better than others.
Shore and wading anglers continue to catch Kings and an occasional
walleye at the mouth of the Tawas River , mainly
very early in the morning and at dusk.
Kings are also being taken in the surf and the lower Whitney
At Au Gres: good catches of perch were reported
whenever the boats could get out. Most action was in 35 to 47 feet
of water out near the shipping channel between Gravelly Shoals and
Pointe Au Gres. Perch are running 8 to 12 inches long. Some Kings
are also being caught in the lower Au Gres River. (We haven’t
seen Chinooks there in awhile.)
week, pier anglers fishing early in the morning took some very nice
perch; 8” to 10” on minnows. Several kings were caught
in the Tawas River and a rumor of a couple of steelhead also. One
big brown was caught by a wading angler behind the State Police Post.
Singing Bridge: Some kings are being taken in
the surf and the lower Whitney Drain right there at the access site.
One boat fishing right off the mouth of the drain early last week
got 4 kings.
At Au Gres: boats fishing perch got out on Monday
and Tuesday last week. They haven’t been out since. They did
pretty well in 30 to 45 feet of water off Gravelly Shoal and Point
few decent catches of perch were made off the Tawas Pier last week,
but windy weather kept boat anglers shore-bound. A few stray King
salmon are being taken in the Tawas River and at the Whitney Drain
( Singing Bridge ).
At Au Gres: Perch fishing
was good last Monday off out in the Shipping Channel, generally between
Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres. Too windy to fish for the rest of
perch being taken down toward Alabaster in 17 to 20 feet of water.
Boats are marking but not catching a lot of fish off Jerry’s
Marina . Pier fishing is slow; just a few small perch.
At Au Gres: Perch fishing remains fair to good
when you can get out. Most perch action was in 40 to 45 feet of
water in an area roughly between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres,
with some guys going south into the inner bay off Eagle’s
Landing Marina. One boat trolling crawler harnesses out of Eagle’s
Landing did pick up a couple of walleyes, but those were the only
two any of the bay clerks saw all week.
fishing is slow. There are apparently a few walleyes being caught
off the end of the pier at night and very early in the morning on
crankbaits. Otherwise, pier catches are limited to small perch and
the odd channel cat. Trollers fishing at night out by Buoy #2 in 30
to 35 feet of water are getting a few walleyes.
No salmon or steelheads have shown up at Singing Bridge as yet.
At Au Gres: Lots of perch fishing activity when
the weather cooperates and anglers can get out. Various areas off
Au Gres are producing decent catches of perch; up to 60 or 70 fish
per boat on a good day. Most perch are being caught in 20 to 40
feet of water, anywhere from Point Lookout down to south of Pointe
Au Gres. Die-hard walleye trollers picked up a handful of fish on
crawler harnesses from 20 to 25 feet of water off Gravelly Shoals.
anglers are getting some small perch, a few smallmouths and a few
channel cats. Not much activity on the pier. Trollers are getting
a few walleyes (emphasis on a few) at Buoy # 2 and Buoys 4 & 6
on crawler harnesses.
At Au Gres: Perch anglers were doing well in 30
to 45 feet of water in several directions; off Point Lookout, off
the mouth of the river, off Pointe Au Gres, and some were even going
down around buoys 1 & 2. Perch were running 8 to 12 inches in
length. There were lots of boats out of Au Gres over the weekend.
Some are saying this is the pest perch fishing in 10 years.
fishing is generally slow and pressure is light. They’re getting
a few small perch and some rock bass off the pier, and one big channel
cat was also caught there last week. Trollers are getting a few walleye
on crawler harnesses out near Buoy #2 in 35’ of water and also
off Jerry’s Marina .
At Au Gres: Most of the fishing effort out of
Au Gres last week was targeted at yellow perch. Perch anglers are
going straight off the mouth of the river out to 25 to 35 feet of
water. While they’re not getting limit catches as a rule,
they are getting good catches of 7 to 10 inch perch with a few fish
to 12 inches. The few trollers still fishing for walleye are mostly
going south into the inner bay to 35 to 40 feet of water northwest
of the end of the shipping channel. Fishing success for walleye
is spotty at best.
walleye trolling reported off Jerry’s Marina and around Buoy
#2 in 15 to 35 feet of water. Some perch being taken off Jerry’s
also, in 15 to 25 feet of water. Pier anglers are catching quite a
few northern pike, both casting and on live minnows. Some perch are
also being taken very early in the morning. Expect to do a lot of
sorting. Shore anglers fishing in the lower Tawas River are catching
bass, drum, and catfish.
At Au Gres: Walleye fishing is slowing down as
it does every August, but trollers are still scratching a few fish
out of the deep part of the inner bay north and west of Buoys 1&2.
The area around Big Charity Island was slow last week, probably
because no one wanted to chance going out that far. Some trollers
are also going straight off the mouth off the Au Gres River and
getting some walleyes in 25 to 45 feet of water. Perch are starting
to bite in about 35 feet of water straight off the river mouth.
Success is spotty. Move around until you find an active school of
fishing inside Tawas Bay was actually pretty good when anglers could
get out. They were picking up walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water near
the weed beds. Walleyes were also being taken down off Alabaster in
50 to 60 feet of water. Some perch were being caught in 10 to 15 feet
off Jerry’s Marina and also off the pier very early in the morning.
Expect to do a lot of sorting.
At Au Gres: A few good catches of walleye are
still being taken straight off the river mouth in 34 to 38 feet
on harnesses and spoons, but most guys were either running south
of Pointe Au Gres to the area north of the end of the shipping channel
or going north of Big Charity Island .
From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - The
Bay has clouded up, however the weeds have not shown up. I have actually
been fishing in the bay and the fishing has been excellent. The weather
this week has been very windy and it was a difficult time to fish,
but when you could get out the bay was the place to be. A lot of friends
were headed out to North of the Charities however if you stayed in
the bay you did just fine. This week on Friday I took a group out
and we limited out on the largest catch of the season. Im still using
crawlers. By the end of this week however the bigger fish were still
in the bay however they were moving out. I will be on the hunt the
next two weeks, moving out into other water.
From Capt Ken of Jireh Charters -
The AuGres fishing has been fantastic. I had 3 charters this past
week and limited on all 3 of them. The water has turned fairly warm
and is discolored making the fishing fantastic. Be looking for cloudy
water. Most of my fishing has been out to the Charities or in the
bay depending on weather conditions. It’s a long way out to
the charities. I continue to use night crawlers however the body baits
are also working. I have been moving pretty fast and scrapping bottom.
Pier anglers (mostly kids) are catching the odd bass, rock bass, catfish,
drum, or tiny perch. Trollers after walleye are going down off Alabaster
in 25 to 45 feet of water. Some boats from Tawas
are going as far as the area north of Big Charity Island and
the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin.
At Au Gres: Still lots of fishing pressure
and walleye action here. Lots of limits still being taken. There
are two groups of trollers here; one group is fishing 25 to 35 feet
from off the mouth of the Au Gres River, or south of Pointe Au Gres
into the “outer-inner” bay outside the end of the shipping
channel. The other group is going north of Big Charity Island and
fishing around the Steeples and other area reefs.
At Tawas -Pier anglers are catching the usual summer
mix of rock bass, smallmouths, and a few small perch. Some perch are
also being reported off the old Coast Guard station. Trollers going
after walleyes are doing well off Alabaster in 40 to 50 feet of water
with some limits taken.
At Au Gres: Trollers after walleyes are making
some long runs out to the north of the Charity Islands and even
as far as Oak Point north of Caseville and the reefs off Sleeper
State Park over on the Thumb side. Others are still going south
into the inner bay to 30 feet of water north of Buoys 1 & 2
and they continue to do well there. Walleye fishing at both locations
continues to be very good.
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Fishing this past week has been excellent with limits on my last two
trips. The shallow water bite is on. Look for shallow cloudy water
and troll. The best bite seems to be in the 8’ to 10’
range. Both body and crawler harness are working. The fish are moving
back into deeper water it appears so start moving out into deeper
water. They like the dirty water as it is holding bait food.
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters - I had 2 Charters this week and limited
out on both of them. I used crawler harness’s and I was right
on the bottom. Best locations are still across the bay and or south.
The fish are starting to move out into deeper water so be on the hunt
around the charities soon. Be aware of the shallow water bite if the
water is cloudy. A lot of fish are being taken in shallow water using
hot and tots.
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters - This area of the Bay has been on fire with
good fishing thoughout. I have been using crawler harness and fishing
right on bottom. I was booked all last week and pretty much limited
out every day most fish coming on gold crawler harness's. Troll at
1.2 to 1.4 depending on the day. A tournment was in town last week
end and the majority of the guys fished the charities and beyond.
This area is really starting to come on. There is no bad spot to fish
right now so get out there and go get em. "
walleye and some steelheads being picked up out around Buoy
#2. Pier anglers were getting a few rock bass and smallmouths.
At Au Gres: Lots of walleye activity here and
lots of fish being caught at all depths. Walleye were reported taken
anywhere from 5 to 50 feet of water. Many anglers were going out
to the Charitie Islands, many were going south
into the inner bay south of Pointe Au Gres, and
some were fishing right out front of the Au Gres River.
Crawler harnesses still work best, but the walleye are also starting
to hit spoons and hot-n-tots as well as other crankbaits.
were getting walleye outside Tawas Point in 20 to 30 feet and a few
were going all the way to the Charity Islands and getting fish there.
However, most boat anglers were trailering their boats down to Au
Gres to fish walleyes. Bass anglers in Tawas Bay and at the Charities
continued to catch fish, but the spawn is about over and bass fishing
is winding down. Pier anglers in Tawas were getting a few bass and
rock bass, and catfish were hitting in the Tawas River .
At Au Gres: Good numbers of walleye being taken
south of Pointe Au Gres in 20 to 35 feet of water on crawler harnesses.
Some walleye are also being taken between Point Lookout and Pointe
Pier anglers were picking up some smallmouths, rock bass, largemouth
bass, and a couple of pike and walleyes. Mayfly hatches have been
heavy the last few nights at Tawas, and it’s hard for anglers
to compete with all that natural food. Trollers have been getting
walleyes at night from 27 to 30 feet of water outside Tawas Point,
but most of the walleye guys are towing their boats down to Au Gres,
where the bite is heavier.
At Au Gres: Good to excellent walleye fishing
south of Pointe Au Gres in 30 to 35 feet of water, more or less
east of Eagle’s Landing Marina. Lots of limits when the bite
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters - What
a week in AuGres. Fishing was fabulous from Point Look Out to Gravelly
Sholes. Start in 30’ of water and try all the way to 45’.
Once the fish are located stay in that approximate depth. If you are
not marking fish move. The fish are moving to different depths but
have been in Au Gres bay all week. Crawler harness’s fished
on or near the bottom with attention the suspended fish. Make sure
you vary your speed as 1 tenth of a mile in hour can make a difference.
Yesterday the water temperature again was in the high 60’s and
actually reached 70 by late afternoon. The may fly hatch slowed the
bite but the fish were there.
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-5th - 2012
Pier fishing was very slow due to weather; a few smallmouths and rock
bass and the odd bluegill were caught. Boat anglers fishing inside
the bay did very well on smallmouths. Not much walleye action.
At Au Gres: The walleye fishing was very good
whenever the weather let the boats get out. The best area was 30
to 35 feet of water south of Point Au Gres. Most fish were taken
on crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers but some were taken higher
off the bottom on small spoons and crankbaits. Good smallmouth fishing
continued around the Charity Islands.
-31th - 2012
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters -Despite heavy seas if you are able to get
out, the fishing out of AuGres remains solid. Thursday I set up in
32 feet of water right out front and this produced some good fishing
with my clients limiting out with a few from the Captain. All of the
fish came on meat (Crawlers) brown or copper colors were working well.
Don’t throw those cats back they are excellent eating…
Note the 2 nice perch.in the picture.
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-30th - 2012
after walleye were doing pretty well in 20 to 40 feet of water out
near Buoy #2 and around the point into Lake Huron proper. Another
group of trollers working out deeper in 50 to 60 feet was catching
a mixed bag of cohos, steelheads, lake trout, and browns on spoons
and body baits. Lots of anglers on the Tawas Pier (the state harbor)
over the weekend catching rock bass, smallmouths, a couple of pike,
and a couple of perch. Down along the Tawas River they were getting
channel cats, smallmouths, and pike.
At Au Gres: Lots and lots of boat fishing activity
this past weekend. Many boats are going 2 to 8 miles due south of
Point Lookout and fishing in 30 to 35 feet of water. Good catches
of walleye reported, but they’re sorting through a lot of
sublegal fish anywhere from 8 to 14 inches long. (This was also
a common experience all over the inner bay. Sounds like we’ve
got some big year classes in the pipeline…) Shore anglers
in the Au Gres River are catching a mix of catfish and pike (depending
on fishing methods) and small boats trolling crankbaits in the river
caught pike and a couple of walleye.
-29th - 2012
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters - Fishing
in AuGres is on the Move. Fishing is right out front from Gravelly
Sholes to Point Lookout and the fish are showing up in good numbers
and good size. On Saturday the fish were still a bit touchy but boaters
using lures and or plastic in 30 foot plus water were getting fish.
On Sunday the weather prohibited fishing with thunderstorms and rain.
On Monday however the lake had calmed down. I used Meat and started
in 28 to 30 feet of water on my 1st pass with a SSW wind. Most fish
were on the bottom. By my second pass the fish had moved to 30 to
34 feet of water. The fish were aggressive and some very healthy and
3# were on the bite. The old stand by Purple, red and don’t
forget copper.. Stay at 1.2- 1.4MPH…
Tight lines Capt
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-20th - 2012
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters - What a Beautiful
week end it was. Fishing out of AuGres remains hit and miss. When
the fish are there they seem to be in the 28-34’ and are running
bigger than the fish in the southern end. I ended up going over to
the other side of the Bay and hung out in the 12’-15’
feet of water range near sand point . Once we found the fish the action
was good. In the shallower water, boards are the key as the water
is very clear making early morning and evening your best bite. No
particular color was working making speed and presentation key. We
got fish on every color.. The water temperature in the AuGres Bay
area went up 10 degress on Saturday and was in the Mid to High 60’s
on Sunday. With the Bay heating up AuGres should really be hoping
in the next week.
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-15th - 2012
fishing at Tawas has slowed down, as the minnows have finally moved
out of the harbor. Steve only had one shift there last week, so
not much report on how the boats were doing.
At Au Gres: It appears most boat anglers are focusing
here, good catches of walleye are coming from 25 to 30 feet of water
between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres.
Crawler harnesses are doing best but some fish are hitting crankbaits
-14th - 2012
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters This was a good place
to fish almost all of last week. Most fishing was between Gravelly
Sholes and Point AuGes. Each day the fish
were moving from 28 to 34 feet of water. Best action was on crawlers
right on the bottom. The fish are not aggressive so look for a short
bite… I experimented with a 1.3 to 1.4 MPH troll and found my
best success was 1.0 to 1.1mph.. go slow and stay on bottom. I did
get some suspended fish late in the week but by Sunday it was down
and dirty. The bay temp in Au Ges is 56 degrees. Again the bigger
fish are mixed in with the smaller fish so be ready. I did get a report
of deep in the southern part of the Bay a friend limited out in 5-6’
of water out of Quanicassee..
were working the area out near Tawas Point and around Buoy #2 in
20 to 30 feet of water and picking up walleyes, a few steelhead
and lake trout, and a couple of brown trout mostly on body baits.
Some trollers were going as far south as Whitestone Point. Pier
anglers were sorting out some perch on the inside of the harbor
on minnows and catching some walleye and browns on the outside,
either casting body baits or still-fishing with large minnows.
At Au Gres: trollers were working between Whitestone
Point and Pointe Au Gres, mostly in 20 to 30 feet, and getting walleyes
on both crawler harnesses and body baits. Area rivers are all running
high and muddy from heavy rains last Wednesday and Thursday.
- Trollers in
Tawas Bay were working 15 to 20 feet of water out
near Tawas Point and picking up a few walleyes on
body baits behind planer boards. Inside the harbor, perch anglers
were sorting a lot of fish but were still getting a few keepers. Pier
anglers fishing the outside of the wall weren’t doing very well
last week due to cold windy weather.
Singing Bridge: Steelhead fishing has slowed down
and is probably about over for this spring.
At Au Gres: Most boats were trolling 20 feet of
water between Point Lookout and Pointe
Au Gres and they were getting some walleyes when they could
get out. Steve reported that about half the boats coming in had
-29rd - 2012
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters Fishing has been tough
due to cold NE winds and lots of it.. The AuGres river opened for
Walleyes Saturday and many boats were trolling the river due to the
tough conditions on the lake. Most of the fish are out of the river
however there are a few straggler walleye and a few pike. The weather
Saturday afternoon finally settled down enough to get out . We managed
to pick up 2 walleyes on Saturday in 28 feet of water. The fish had
moved as we didn’t mark as many in AuGres Bay as we did the
previous week end so we moved south to Pinconning and started marking
fish. On Sunday 1st mate Terri and I went back to Gravelly Sholes
but stayed in 25-30’ of water. We picked up 5 nice fish and
one nice cat fish.. By the way these cat fish are very good eating…
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-24th - 2012
anglers fishing inside the harbor were doing a lot of sorting but
were taking home some 7 to 8 inch perch. Pier anglers fishing the
outside were getting a few browns, the odd steelhead, and some walleyes
at night either casting or still-fishing with larger minnows.
Singing Bridge: some drop-back steelheads were
caught in the river and the surf, and some walleye in the surf at
night on body baits.
At Au Gres: Trollers working 25 to 30 feet of
water off Whitestone Point and Point Lookout were getting some walleyes
on body baits early last week before the weather turned bad.
-23rd - 2012
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters A strong NE wind kept many people off the
water this week end, however those fortunate enough to be able to
get out and set up did ok. The only place we could tuck up behind
was Gravely Sholes point. Water ranging from 14 – 25 feet produced
fish… We used meat but body baits were producing also. The water
due to recent heavy rains and wind is clouding up the water. Look
for semi cloudy water mixed with clear… Purple and or green
worked the best between 1.1 and 1.4 if you could strir in all the
wind. This is a good time to get bigger fish.
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-9th - 2012
Au Gres: From Capt Ken of Jireh
Charters - Fishing is picking up for walleyes, as
fish that are being caught are spawned out and heading out . Trollers
at the mouth are picking up a few as well as folks just fishing off
the rocks. Don’t be afraid to fish into the evening. Rapala
#14 in clown, pearl or chrome and blue are reliable. There is the
occasional nice pike mixed in. Perch have apparently moved out.
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-28th - 2012
Pier anglers at Tawas Bay were catching a few steelheads
and browns inside the harbor, and are also sorting through lots
of small perch to get a few keepers. Perch anglers were also doing
well from shore in the lower Tawas River, which
is kind of unusual. River anglers were also catching some suckers,
and a few spent walleye off the mouth of the river. Trollers working
20 to 25 feet of water were getting some lake trout on body baits.
Steelhead anglers were doing well in Whitney Drain,
mostly upstream of Singing Bridge, but a few steelheads
were also being taken in the surf. Perch fishing off the mouth of
the Pine River near Standish appears to be about done for this spring.
At Au Gres: From
Capt Ken of Jireh Charters - Sucker fishing on the
Rifle River was in full swing
last weekend in Omer. Fishing at the mouth of the
Augres is very slow, but starting to pick up as
a couple of fish were caught Sunday a.m., along with an occasional
pike. A few perch are being caught at the Marina fishing off the
docks in down town Augres across from Rivers Edge.
Perch anglers fishing in boats off the mouth of the Au Gres
River caught some really nice fish last week, but had to
sort through a lot of smaller fish, as is normal everywhere on the
bay. A couple walleye were also taken.
-20th - 2012
Pier anglers fishing inside the harbor are sorting perch and generally
getting enough keepers to keep them fishing. Pier anglers fishing
outside the breakwall caught a few lake trout, the odd brown and a
couple of whitefish and walleyes last week, mostly still-fishing minnows
or spawn. Boaters trolling off the mouth of the Tawas River generally
found walleye action slow. Trollers going farther south, off Whitestone
Point, were catching lake trout, the odd brown, and also
a couple of salmon in about 20 feet of water on body baits. Anglers
fishing the Tawas River were catching some suckers.
At Au Gres: trollers were picking up a
few walleye off Point Lookout in 20 feet. Lots of
people were sorting through perch along the Au Gres River
over the weekend. Boat angler were launching at the mouth of the Pine
River and fishing out around the commercial nets off Palmer
Road for perch, sorting through a lot of little ones. It
appears the warm weather may have temporarily driven the larger perch
out to deeper water. The Rifle River is finally becoming
fishable after last week’s heavy rains and high water, and sucker
runs are underway. Anglers had better get out there, as the rapidly
warming waters might make for a short spawning season.
-14th - 2012
ice in Tawas Bay is officially kaput. Pier anglers
at the State Harbor are picking up a few lake trout on the outside
and sorting through some perch from the inside. A couple of steelheads
have been taken from the lower Tawas River, and surf
casters are starting to take walleyes off the mouth.
Bridge: The Whitney Drain at is pretty high
and muddy, so steelheaders should probably go upstream far enough
to find cleaner water. The river is a Class 3 stream from M-55 downstream,
and steelheads should be found the whole length of the river.
At Au Gres: The Au Gres River is high and muddy,
but a few boats are starting to troll for walleye in the cleaner waters
of Saginaw Bay just offshore. Shore anglers are taking some perch
out of the cut at the end of Palmer Road but a lot
of sorting is necessary. Females are still green, so perch spawning
is not yet underway, but with the warm weather it should commence
-6th - 2012
still a little bit of ice out off Jerry’s Marina,
and last week ice anglers there caught a few walleyes and speared
a couple of pike. Almost no perch were caught. Ice conditions could
deteriorate quickly this week so anglers should use EXTREME caution.
At Au Gres: The river is open, high, and
muddy. No open-water fishing activity was going on there as yet.
At Standish: The Pine River mouth
near is open, high, and muddy. There was a little bit of ice hanging
on at Palmer Road , but the water was muddy and fishing was very slow
-22nd - 2012
They’re still ice-fishing back by Jerry’s Marina
in Tawas Bay, but fishing last week out
there was spotty at best. Anglers took a few perch and one or two
legal walleyes (lots of short walleyes caught & released) and
speared a couple of pike, all in 10 to 20 feet of water. Anglers inside
the state harbor report seeing a few lake trout and a lot of suckers
down the holes, but not much was biting. A couple of steelheads were
caught out of the Tawas River last week.
At Au Gres: There’s just a little ice in
the marina basins along the river, and a few perch and a lot of
short walleyes were caught last week. There’s no ice in the
bay off Au Gres.
At Standish: Palmer Road/Pine River: Some very
good catches of perch were taken through very poor ice in 2 to 3
feet of water last week. Keepers were running 7 to 12 inches long,
and a lot of sorting was necessary, but a few limit catches were
seen. Anglers off Palmer Road also report a lot of sublegal walleyes,
but a few bigger ones showing up at dark. A few pike were taken
-31st - 2012-
Ice fishing activity is confined to the back of the bay
out off Jerry’s Marina and inside the state
harbor. Out off Jerry’s, they’re spearing a few pike,
sorting through perch, and also sorting through a lot of sublegal
walleyes to get a few keepers. Most of this fishing is taking place
in around 15 feet of water, with some walleye guys venturing close
to the edge of the ice to fish in 20 feet. Inside the state harbor,
anglers are sorting through perch to get a mess of eating sized
fish, they are reporting that they are seeing some real nice ones
in the holes.
At Au Gres: Most fishing activity has been concentrated
on the lower river, although a few guys were venturing out onto
the bay in the area south of the breakwalls. In the river they’re
mainly catching undersized walleyes and sorting out a few perch.
Pine River / Palmer Rd - Perch fishing was really good at mid-week
in this area, but tapered off over the weekend. Fishing was in 2
to 5 feet of water, and soft plastic colored beads on jack hooks
was the universal bait of choice. Lots of sorting, but that’s
the norm when fishing for perch
-24th - 2012-
some ice off Jerry’s Marina, and a fair amount of effort in
15 to 20 feet of water. Some pike were being speared, and some perch
and walleyes being caught. Many sublegal walleyes caught and lots
of sorting for the perch, but also some legal walleyes and some nice
perch being taken. Inside the State Harbor,
Gres: Catching a lot of sublegal walleye and small perch
in the Au Gres River,
Standish: a lot of perch activity in 2 to 3
feet of water off Palmer Road. Not much activity last week at White’s
Beach; most perch fishing was in 2 to 3 feet of water from Pinconning
Park south to the end of Townline 16 Road, with most activity either
at Pinconning or Newman roads.
-18th - 2012-
Inside the state harbor, mostly small yellow perch are being caught,
but if you sort long enough you might get enough keepers for dinner.
Some ice has formed over by Jerry’s Marina
and anglers creeping out there were getting a few perch and marking
but not catching walleyes in 15 feet of water. [Editor’s note:
I wouldn’t go out on ice like that over water that deep for
all the fish in Lake Huron !]
At Au Gres: Anglers fishing in the river were
catching lots of small perch and sublegal walleyes.
Standish: Lots of fishing pressure here over
the weekend, lots of smaller perch caught, lots of sorting, but most
anglers had a few keepers. Fish in two feet of water and wear a pair
of waders, as you may find yourself meeting the fish on their own
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