Saginaw Bay Fishing Report 7/04/2013

July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013

Saginaw Bay:  The curse of the NE wind had kept most fishermen on shore early this week. Water was dirty on the Linwood side of the bay. #1 shipping buoy area produced the best fishing for walleyes in the inner bay and there’s still plenty of nice ones in shallow.

Saginaw River:  Walleye trolling from Consumers to the Coast Guard Station and at Smith Park (Essexville) – some freshwater drum, channel catfish and smallmouth.

Au Gres:  Has slowed somewhat but walleye anglers are still getting fish and many limits. Anglers have been fishing in 30 to 40 feet of water from Pt. Au Gres to Point Lookout, the Charities and Gravelly Shoals. Fish appear to be a bit more scattered.  Incidental catches of freshwater drum and catfish.

Au Gres River:  Anglers are still getting catfish and freshwater drum.

Outer Saginaw Bay:
Oscoda:   Walleye have slowed in the river, but water temps are coming up so they should be making their way in and out. Crawlers and body baits seem to be hot right now. Lake trout seem to be in 70 to 90 feet of water and suspended along with a few salmon. Steelhead have been hanging in the 40 to 60 foot range and along any scum lines.
Tawas:  Trollers are still finding walleye in 25 to 60 feet of water, often fishing 30 feet down using crawlers and some plastics. A few smallmouths are being caught. No pier action reported.

Tawas River:  Anglers are fishing catfish, freshwater drum and smallmouth bass.

Weekly Fishing Tip: How to clean and care for your catch
Fishing with family and friends is a great way to spend time together, but taking your catch home and making a meal out of it – that makes it special! Check out the video below to learn the simple steps to properly clean and care for your catch.

For more information on cleaning and caring for your catch, check out this handout: How to Clean and Care for  Your Catch.