Saginaw Bay has warmed up a bit this last week (74.5 F just south of Pt. Augres), and walleye action has picked up accordingly, though few anglers are fishing them any more (Only five boats in the area we fished today just a few miles south of the point). Thanks to calm seas, trolling east to west and back while working 25 to 30 feet of water, we boated 17 dandy walleye, most in the 3 pound class and 3 that reached 4.5 pounds. The bite was on crawlers running in-line 2 ounce sinkers 55-63 feet behind Offshore In-Line Boards. Trolling speed was 1.5 to 1.6 mph on the GPS.
There were also a half dozen perch anglers spread out from Pt. Augres south, but radio traffic indicated the bite still hasn’t developed. One friend of mine down in the Black Hole area south of Pinconning said he pulled 38 pretty decent perch over a 5 hour period today. Perch that are being caught seem to be in 24 feet of water or deeper. Most anglers feel August’s warm weather is holding up what would normally be good perch fishing this time of year.
While walleye fishing can be hit or miss this time of year, continued warm weather and the bay’s water warming up again is producing good catches of these fine eating game fish.