Saginaw Bay Report 6-4-11

The weather gods finally cooperated and gave us a beautiful June day for walleye trolling on Saginaw Bay.  The fish responded instantly and continued to do so throughout the six hour trip.  We boated 17 and returned four to grow another inch.  Most of the fish were in the 21-inch class and in beautiful condition.  The water temperature was only 63.2 F and the fish were not real aggressive, resulting in a lot of “nipped” crawlers and missed fish.  Boats fishing anywhere from 14 feet out to 30 feet of water from AuGres as far south as Standish (Eagle’s Landing area) generally had good catches today.  There are a lot of NETS south of Pt. AuGres and some are not marked as well as they should be, so be watchful trolling in these waters.

I heard of very few fish caught on anything other than crawler harnesses, and SLOW was the rule: 1.3 to 1.5 mph.  We stuck with in-line weights 35 to 45 feet back, but a number of anglers were using bottom bouncers very successfully.

If the weather stays warm, expect the fishing to really start heating up!

Good luck and remember to take the kids fishing!  Some of the best days of my life were spent fishing with my dad.

Capt. Terry R. Walsh
Termar Charters