Saginaw Bay Area Fishing Report 11/22/2012

Saginaw Bay:walleye action has been very good near Bay City.

Walleye action has been very good near Bay City.

Saginaw River: Walleye fishing slowed with the warmer weather. Look for better action by the weekend with rain and much cooler temperatures.

Au Gres River: The better steelhead fishing has been in the deeper holes and down near the mouth. Those fishing the East Branch have caught fish in the lower end of Whitney Drain and near the Singing Bridge. Some are surfcasting.

Oscoda: Is producing whitefish for pier anglers.

Au Sable River: Is producing whitefish right along with the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Try floating spawn and wax worms or casting flies. Whitefish in the lower river were caught on wax worms or a single egg.

Harbor Beach: Still has one dock in at the boat launch.

Tawas: Is producing whitefish off the state dock. Try a Swedish pimple with a single egg or wax worm just off the bottom in the early morning or late evening.

Weekly Fishing Tip: Additional Tips for Targeting Steelhead this Fall
Did you like last week’s tips for fishing for steelhead? Due to the aggressive opportunities they offer anglers this fall – we thought we’d give you some more!

If you decide to target these fish on Michigan’s rivers while in a boat, there are two reel options you can turn to. Consider offering bait underneath a centerpin style reel, which are becoming more popular with steelhead anglers. The line will come off smoothly allowing for float-suspended baits to work long distances downstream, plus it offers drag-free drifts.

If you’re not confident on a centerpin style or you’re a novice angler, try a level-wind reel. It allows you to just drop the float behind the boat and wait for the strike. It will take care of the hard work while reeling in your catch by guiding the line on properly.