Saginaw Bay Fishing Report 10/31/2013

Saginaw River Walleye 10-30-2013

Saginaw River Walleye

Saginaw Bay perch fishing was slow however a few walleye were caught by those wading in the Hot Ponds and casting jigs. A couple boats trolling for walleye in 18 feet of water off Linwood caught some nice fish on rapalas. The occasional limit catch was reported but most boats came back with five or six fish. Crappie were caught in the marina at Sebewaing. Dredging continues at Caseville.

Saginaw River fishing picking up everyday (see image)

Au Gres a few anglers ventured out for perch but catch rates were generally poor. The water was quite dirty from all the wind and wave action.

  • Au Gres River fishing pressure was very light at the Singing Bridge.

Outer Saginaw Bay
Oscoda pier anglers are picking up a few walleye late at night and just before sunrise. Small spoons and body baits seem to be work best.

  • Au Sable River salmon are still trickling into the river but the numbers are small and the fish are not in very good shape. Steelhead are moving in slowly. Fish were caught on spawn or flies.

Tawas fishing was slow because of the weather and the large number of minnows inside the harbor.


Weekly Fishing Tip: Why is fall fishing so great?
Many anglers will tell you that as fall rolls in the fishing gets better and better. But why is this?

There isn’t much formal research to answer that question, but several factors could be contributing to this influx of angling opportunities: forage availability, dropping water temperatures, fish movement, or oxygen availability.

Some say it could just be related to less fishing pressure and/or better angling techniques.

The bottom line is, if you don’t consider fall to be an ideal time to go fishing you may want to rethink that sentiment. Some of the biggest crappie, muskellunge, walleye and smallmouth bass can be found in the fall – don’t you want to experience that?