Saginaw Bay Area Weekly Fishing Report 03/31/2017

Saginaw Bay perch anglers were doing a lot of sorting but were getting some limit catches of seven to nine inch fish at Eagle Bay Marina and the cut at the end of Palmer Road. Some walleye were taken by those trolling in 23 feet off Linwood Beach Marina. Limit catches were also taken straight off the state launch at the end of Patterson Road. Perch fishing was good for smaller fish at Finn Road, on the Quanicassee River, the Vassar Road drain and off the docks in Sunset Bay Marina. Catch rates were slow but steady in the Sebewaing River, at Bay Port, and at Mud Creek. Those putting in a lot of time did best as the fish would come and go. The females are still green but the males are ripe, so spawning should start sometime this week or early next week.

  • Saginaw River anglers were doing well on catfish and suckers.

Au Gres Area boat anglers trolling assorted crank baits off the various points were picking up walleye and lake trout.

  • Au Gres River steelhead were caught near the Singing Bridge and by those surf-casting with spawn bags. The river was a bit high and murky after recent rains.
  • Omer:
    Rifle River t
    he sucker run is underway so grab a dozen crawlers and get out there. Steelhead are also in the river.

Outer Saginaw Bay:

  • Oscoda
    Au Sable River: Water levels were up after the rain. Fresh steelhead continue to move into the system and catch rates will only get better as water temperatures warm.

Port Austin: Still had some ice floating around both inside and outside the marina.

Tawas Area pier anglers on the state dock caught a few lake trout and a couple pike on large minnows or when casting assorted hardware. A couple walleye were caught straight out from the mouth of the river.

  • Tawas River sucker anglers were doing well in the lower river. A couple steelhead were also caught.

Fishing Tip: Buy your 2017 fishing license

For many of you it may be time to buy your 2017 fishing license so you can enjoy the numerous angling opportunities available in Michigan each year. This year’s license is valid until March 31, 2018.

Are you aware of the two simple ways you can buy a Michigan fishing license?

  1. Visit your local license retailer and make a purchase in person!
  2. Use the E-License system to buy a license online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just visit www.mdnr-elicense.com to get started!

For additional information on fishing licenses in Michigan – including license requirements – visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.

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