Storms earlier in the week kept all but a few locals, who could sneak in an hour or two between them, dockside. Weather-wise, this has been a most unstable summer. However, the walleye always seem to be right where they were the last time we left them. A good number of fish in the 3 ½ to 5-pound class are showing up with more regularity. Big perch have become a part of the daily catch as well, so this fishery must be close to starting. When it does, very few locals will continue to pursue walleye.
Before the storms, the east side of the bay provided hot walleye action from the islands off Caseville down into Sunset Bay. Anglers were enjoying a good plastic bite (Hot ‘N Tots) with fish averaging around 18-inches. That fishery should pick up again once the weather stabilizes.
Both the east and west sides of Bouys One and Two provided good fishing. Good numbers of fish were caught off the Pinconning and Saganeen Bars and the ship wreck south of Pt. Augres. The amazing thing about this summer is that walleye can regularly be caught in the near-shore shallows right on out to the 31-foot depths.
Large numbers of white bass have suddenly shown up, especially in 24-foot of water or less. It pays to check crawler harness regularly, as they will clean the crawlers off quickly. Any sign of a bite requires a check for potential lost bait.
It’s August already and school starts up shortly, so make sure the kids get an enjoyable day fishing Saginaw Bay’s premier walleye fishery. Along with the perch, catfish, fresh water drum, and occasional northern pike there is plenty of action.
Capt. Terry R. Walsh