Saginaw Bay Boat anglers were catching walleye in 6 to 10 feet of water near Linwood Beach Marina. Walleye were also caught two miles northeast of Spoils Island in 18 to 20 feet of water on #9 Flicker minnows in both areas. Some bluegill were caught at the mouth of the Pine River in 5 to 6 feet of water. At Eagles Bay Marina, shore anglers were catching bluegill and a few on slip bobbers and minnows. On the east side of Saginaw Bay, fishing for walleye was spotty, but limits were starting to become more common. Anglers fishing the edge of Callahan reef were finding walleye around 10 to 12 feet of water. Walleye were also caught out from Quanicassee in 10 feet of water and less. The slot out from Sunset and all the way up towards North Island was producing walleye in 12 to 14 feet. Body baits were doing well for walleye and crawler harnesses were starting to produce limits. Bass anglers were catching and releasing both smallmouth and largemouth bass in nearshore areas all around the east side of the bay on a variety of artificial baits.
Saginaw River Overall, fishing was slow. Bass anglers casting various artificial baits in the vicinity of Vets Park M13 in shallow areas around six feet of water caught a good number of largemouth bass and a few walleye.
Tittabawassee River Anglers found some walleye and did well fishing downstream of Gordonville Road. From there down to Freeland Road Bridge anglers were casting jigs or trolling various body baits. Elsewhere on the river fishing was pretty slow.
Fishing Tip: How to catch your own nightcrawlers
Are you interested in catching and keeping your own nightcrawlers? It’s fairly easy to do – just follow these simple steps:
- Know where to look. Scout locations such as parks, playgrounds and open, grassy areas after a good rain. Look for nightcrawler castings (the little piles of dirt they leave behind) and then plan to visit again following the next good rain.
- Know when to collect. Nightcrawlers are best caught an hour or so after dark.
- Bring the right equipment. Nightcrawlers are sensitive to vibrations, so wear lightweight shoes. They’re also sensitive to bright light, so consider rigging your flashlight with a red cover over the lens.
- Store them properly. When you catch nightcrawlers, just lay them on top of some storage bedding – don’t mix them in. This will allow you to remove sick or dead ones more easily.