Saginaw Bay Fishing Report 7/19/2013

Saginaw Bay: Walleye fishing continues to be red-hot pretty much anywhere you go. Limit catches are almost the rule, and everybody is coming in with fish. Those trolling are getting good numbers of fish with planer boards, crawler harnesses on bottom bouncers and in-line weights. Those using Hot-n-Tots, thundersticks or small spoons also caught fish. As water temperatures warm, fishing in the shallows has tapered off as the fish are moving to deeper water. Good fishing off Pinconning, around the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 and 12), and off the mouth of the Kawkawlin River. Catfish have been caught in the Hot Ponds.

Nice Saginaw Bay walleye

Nice Saginaw Bay walleye

Saginaw River: Has good walleye fishing between the mouth and the Coast Guard Station. Shore anglers at Smith Park in Essexville are catching catfish and bass.

Au Gres: The deep part of the basin south of Pointe Au Gres was a walleye hot spot.

Outer Saginaw Bay
Au Sable River: Boats drifting to the mouth had luck when using bottom bouncers.

Grindstone City: Has excellent walleye fishing. It should be noted that boats are getting out of the state launch site as long as they are not too big and they take their time in the channel.

Oscoda: Pier anglers are starting to catch walleye. Early morning through mid-day and again in the evening was best when using crawlers, leeches and body baits. Boat anglers caught lake trout in 80 to 150 feet and steelhead up high in 50 to 90 feet. Spoons in a variety of colors worked best.

Port Austin: Had excellent walleye fishing along the reefs and off the tip of the Thumb in 25 to 40 feet of water.

Tawas: Walleye fishing was excellent off Alabaster, north of Big Charity Island and around the Steeples.