Saginaw Bay walleye were found in 18 to 25 feet off Pinconning when trolling spoons and flicker shads. At Linwood, walleye were hitting east of the Spark Plug in 20 to 25 feet when trolling crawlers or spoons. Shore anglers at the end of Linwood Road caught large and smallmouth bass on spinners and soft plastics. Windy conditions limited fishing activity between Quanicassee and Sunset Bay. Good walleye fishing was reported off Quanicassee in 7 to 9 feet and from the bottom of the Slot up to Sebewaing in 17 to 19 feet with a purple, orange or chartreuse crawler harness and body baits. A few fish were taken from the outer edge of Wildfowl Bay and inside the islands. Anglers may need to cover some water to locate fish and use their GPS to circle back to the same area.
Au Gres Area walleye were caught from Pt. Au Gres to Pt. Lookout and to the south with crawlers in 20 to 30 feet. Anglers also found fish near the mouth of the Rifle River, Pine River and in Eagle Bay Marina when using crawlers or flicker shad in 10 to 20 feet. Small perch, catfish and freshwater drum were caught by shore anglers on the Pine River. Most were bottom fishing with crawlers.
Outer Saginaw Bay
Port Austin those heading west toward the bay caught walleye and the occasional whitefish in 20 to 25 feet when trolling crawlers and crankbaits.
Tawas Area Coho, Atlantic and pink salmon, as well as some steelhead and lake trout, were caught out past Tawas Point and up toward Au Sable Point with spoons in 70 to 80 feet. A couple walleye were caught down near Alabaster and to the south with body baits in 20 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught all along the bay when casting tube jigs near shore.
- Tawas River lots of smallmouth bass were caught when casting lures or crawlers.
Fishing Tip: Help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species
Anglers and boaters can do their part to help make sure Michigan’s rivers, lakes and streams are protected against invasive species by following these some simple steps:
- CLEAN boats, trailers and equipment.
- DRAIN live wells, bilges and all water.
- DRY boats and equipment.
- DISPOSE of unwanted bait in the trash.
Want to learn more about how you can help? Visit Michigan.gov/Invasives.