Saginaw Bay Area fishing remained good but it appears the fish may be moving out a little deeper up this way – the 13 – 14.5′ of water had not been producing as well as it did last week.
Oh’ the hotntot in mad flash clown and blue scale red lip took the majority of the fish being pulled 35 – 40 – 45 feet back @ 2mph. They wanted it a touch slower today and for the first time this year the cranks out performed the spoons.
Saginaw River: Those trolling crank baits or crawlers caught walleye between Consumers and the Coast Guard Station.
Quanicassee River: Shore anglers are taking catfish.
Sebewaing River: Is producing a few pike.
Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye did well in 30 to 35 feet between Pt. Au Gres and Pt. Lookout, south of Pt. Au Gres or North towards the gravelly shoals and the Charity Islands. Bass fishing was good.
Au Gres River: Is producing channel cats but some are trying for walleye.
Outer Saginaw Bay:
Oscoda: Pier anglers are catching walleye in the early morning or late evening however; don’t rule out those overcast afternoons. Crawlers, leeches and body baits were the ticket.
Au Sable River: Steelhead are still moving in however the number of fish is declining. Catch rates were inconsistent. The brown drake hatch should occur in the next week as a few are hatching at this time.
Tawas: Pier anglers are catching bass. Those fishing out in the bay caught smallmouth when casting tube jigs. A few walleye were caught in 25 to 30 feet of water. The area is currently seeing a mayfly hatch.
Tawas River: Is producing catfish, bowfin, freshwater drum and even the occasional walleye.
Weekly Fishing Tip: Fish for FREE this weekend
Don’t forget that all Michigan residents and non-residents can fish without a license this Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9! Please note all other fishing regulations still apply.
Saturday and Sunday make up the Summer Free Fishing Weekend – an annual effort to promote Michigan’s numerous fishing opportunities. While many individuals and families will head out to fish for free on their own there are numerous organized events scheduled throughout the state to celebrate the weekend as well.