Saginaw Bay there were a lot of anglers trolling walleye over the weekend with no success. Anglers are marking fish off Linwood in stained muddy water, but they were not biting. In Eastern Saginaw Bay, anglers are mostly targeting yellow perch near shore in boats and in the area cuts or rivers from shore. Fishing for perch has been slow for most locations. Some perch were caught in mud creek this past week, but catches varied day to day. Only a couple boats tried for walleye out of the east side of the bay with little to show for their efforts.
Saginaw River some perch have been caught in the lower Saginaw River on minnows, however it has been spotty. The walleye and northern pike season is closed.
Michigan’s numerous piers and break walls offer great fishing opportunities throughout the year. Anglers often participate in this activity to target a variety of species, with trout and salmon being two of the most popular.
If you decide to partake in this type of fishing you’ll need a high-quality rod and reel. Technique-wise you’ll want to vary the depth and speed of your retrieves and consider fan-casting as opposed to casting perpendicular to the pier/break wall.
There are lots of bait options to consider, including spawn bags with steelhead, trout or salmon eggs; live alewives; or night crawlers. You’ll also want a long-handled net to aid in landing your catch!
As always, take plenty of safety precautions when fishing piers and break walls.