Saginaw Bay Area some were ice fishing off the Pinconning Park in about a foot of water. A number of people were fishing inside the Linwood Beach Marina and getting six to seven inch perch. Ice anglers were pretty much confined to Lindy’s Marina basin along the Quanicassee River and the Sunset Bay Marina basin south of Fish Point where they were taking small perch. The ice in the Sebewaing Marina and in the river was not good. The wind made ice conditions questionable up around Geiger Road and Rose Island. The ice blew out from Vanderbilt Park to Fish Point and any ice in the river and marinas at Caseville was not safe. No safe ice at Port Austin.
Saginaw River boat anglers making their way out of the Rust Avenue launch did find a few walleye before the snow and cold. Orange jig heads tipped with artificial blue and silver minnows worked best from the old Hooters upstream to Rust Avenue. There was so much floating ice from Zilwaukee north to Bay City that fishing was difficult and boating was hazardous. Boat fishing in Bay City is at a standstill.
Tittabawassee River water levels were up and muddy after the last rain. Late last week, boat and shore anglers were taking some walleye at various locations from Mapleton upstream to the Dow Dam. Most were launching from the ramp at Gordonville Road and trolling plugs or jigging orange and chartreuse jigs tipped with live or artificial minnows.