Saginaw Bay run-off from the last heavy rain did murk up the water near the mouth of the rivers which put a damper on fishing success. Some boats were out fishing the dead shipping channel in the early morning most likely for perch.
- Au Gres Area boat anglers reported slow fishing.
Those launching from Eagle Bay Marina which is at the end of Sagatoo Road did fair for perch with most fish caught off the Saganing Bar or the Pinconning Bar in 10 to 40 feet. The fish averaged 7 to 10 inches. There were rumors of a decent number of perch caught by shore anglers in the lower Pine River but lots of sorting was necessary.
- Au Gres River was producing a few catfish and small perch. On the East Branch, there was no activity at the Singing Bridge.
Outer Saginaw Bay:
Oscoda pier fishing was slow with only a few salmon caught. Boat anglers were trolling the mouth of the river and north of the bay. Most were staying in 12 to 30 feet and using spoons, wobble glows, peanuts or body baits.
- Au Sable River had very few salmon. As with the steelhead this spring the salmon run may be running late.
Port Austin produced a nice limit of lake trout for one boat trolling straight north of the lighthouse and using spin-n-glows in 130 feet.
Tawas Area Tawas river the occasional Chinook salmon was caught in the lower river.
Fishing Tip: Using spinners for fall salmon fishing
We’re getting into the thick of fall salmon fishing on rivers as Chinooks are preparing to round out their run through
October and cohos are getting ready to head into their peak.
There are many ways you can target these fish when on the river, but a proven method includes casting in-line spinners. Although not all salmon are interested in eating during their spawning efforts, many will attack spinners as they see them as threats to their end goal.
Many anglers say this type of lure works best in depths from five to eight feet and where there’s moderate current.