Saginaw Bay Fishing Report 08/21/2014

Nice Saginaw Bay Perch

Nice Saginaw Bay Perch

Saginaw Bay fishing pressure has been minimal due to the weather. When boats can get out, they are still catching some walleye along the weed beds especially along the inner bay. A few boats tried fishing out from the state park but windy conditions made it difficult.

Au Gres Area is still producing some walleye when anglers can get out. Try fishing near the mouth of the rivers or out near the shipping channel.

Outer Saginaw Bay:

Grindstone City lake trout were caught in the early morning. Pink salmon, steelhead and the occasional walleye were also caught on six colors of lead core and trolling spin-glows and UV spoons in 100 to 137 feet off Lighthouse Park.

Oscoda boat anglers were not running as far to find fish as most were starting close to shore and then heading out in the morning and reversing by starting out deep and heading towards shore in the evening. Chinook, steelhead, lake trout and Atlantic salmon were holding in 60 to 90 feet but run your bait top to bottom.

  • Au Sable River walleye are moving in and heading all the way up to the dam. Channel catfish are slowly trickling in late in the evening and there is a good number of large and smallmouth bass upstream.

Tawas Area a few walleye are still being caught with the better fishing closer to shore in 10 to 15 feet near the weed beds. Fish were caught off Jerry’s Marina in Tawas Bay and off the mouth of the Pine River, Rifle River and Saganing River. Perch anglers had fair catches of smaller fish six to eight inches near the weeds off Jerry’s Marina.

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