Saginaw Bay: Four words say it all this week… STAY OFF SAGINAW BAY! There are numerous active pressure cracks which make ice fishing dangerous. Deep snow has covered up some of the pressure cracks and the weak spots so anglers don’t know they are there until it is too late. Warmer temperatures along with a strong southwest wind will push offshore ice out into the open waters of Lake Huron. Ice conditions will be treacherous for the next several days. Machines have gone through the ice and people have found themselves in need of rescue.
Saginaw River: Is running high and muddy. Pretty much all the rivers around the bay are in the same shape. Rain, warm temperatures and offshore winds have increased the current. This will further erode any ice on the river. Ice conditions will be dangerous.
Au Sable River: Steelhead can be found in good numbers. Anglers did well with spawn and wax worms. Pier anglers are using spawn, drifting wax worms or casting small spoons and body baits. The launch was plowed at the Whirlpool Access site.
Tawas: Was the most fishable spot along Saginaw Bay. Try the area called the “armpit” which is off Tawas Point, near Jerry’s Marina but use caution. Anglers have caught perch and walleye and those spearing have taken a few pike.
Weekly Fishing Tip: Go fishing for FREE this weekend!
Just a reminder this Saturday and Sunday brings the 2013 Winter Free Fishing Weekend to Michigan!
On those two days all fishing license fees will be waived. Residents and out-of-state visitors will be able to enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish during their respective open seasons. Please note all regulations still apply during that time.
There are plenty of ways to take advantage of the upcoming Free Fishing Weekend – whether that means heading out to your favorite fishing hole or taking your family to an organized event. Events are being held throughout Michigan, including in the counties of Antrim, Bay, Clinton, Gogebic, Ingham, Iron, Monroe, Montcalm, Oakland, Ogemaw, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Tuscola, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne and Wexford.
Please note all events are subject to local weather conditions.
More information on the events mentioned above and on this weekend’s unique opportunity to fish for free can be found at: www.michigan.gov/freefishing