Saginaw Bay: Bay City Area windy conditions have kept anglers off the Bay. When they can get out, they will be targeting perch. Look for pike and panfish in the marinas.
Saginaw River boat and shore anglers are trying for walleye. The better action was in the lower section. Boat anglers were vertical jigging with minnows. Be sure to watch for tagged fish.
- Au Gres River those fishing the East Branch were targeting steelhead near the Singing Bridge. Try floating or putting spawn on the bottom, spinners or spoons.
Outer Saginaw Bay:
Oscoda anglers should start to see more steelhead in and around the piers. Those fishing at night should still find some walleye when casting.
- Au Sable River is still producing some walleye in the lower stretch. Anglers are casting body baits. Good colors were blue and silver, orange and silver or fire-tiger. Fresh steelhead were caught between the mouth and Foote Dam. They are drifting or floating spawn under a bobber and casting small spoons or spinners. Those fishing further upstream have done well when fly fishing.
Weekly Fishing Tip: Fall is an important time to think about gear maintenance
With the colder months quickly approaching, many anglers may be getting ready to store their gear for the season. Below are a few maintenance tips you should follow so your gear is cared for and ready to be used next season.
- Make sure all of your gear is clean and completely dry before storing it. Start by cleaning everything (rods, reels and line) in fresh water with soap or with the manufacturer’s recommended solution to remove any materials that may have become attached or embedded.
- Inspect your gear for any damage and make any repairs or prepare for replacements.
- Don’t store any of your gear in direct sunlight and don’t store any of your gear where heat and/or moisture might build up.
- Air your waders out completely and don’t forget to hang them upside down for the months they are out of use.