Hi There Fellow Fisherman, Captain Andy here with this week's Fishing Report
Ice conditions are remaining solid out on the Saginaw Bay. Most areas you will find 12-18” of good ice but you have to watch out for the working shoves that are out 2 to 4 miles depending on where you leave from. You can cross those, but you should check it out with a spud first and proceed with extreme caution as always. There are some big schools of fish moving around in 12-19 feet of water from the state park all the way up to Standish, so some days you may have to move a couple times to get on the hungry fish. As the winter progresses the fish head toward the river and move in to the shallows following the bait so if you’re not ready by now, you better get moving because the best fishing is yet to come.
Perch action has been slow but if you sit on a school you’re bound to catch some nice ones after a little sorting. I’ve talked to quite a few anglers that caught some 11-13’’ perch while they were out jigging for walleye as well.
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Captain Dan's Fishing Report
Both the bite and the safe ice on the Saginaw Bay seems to be holding up. Some cracks have become open or heaved up in places because of intense winds lately, but slow going and picking your areas to cross is always best anyway. The Low light feeding hours are always best for walleye on the Bay. That can change on certain days during low cloud cover, when the wind is blowing or when there is a front of any kind coming in. This has always been the case for years. High no-wind/sunny days can be tough out there. Working and/or tricking any fish that comes into the hole to bite during this kind of day is the best thing to try. Pull out every jigging technique you have in your arsenal when you see a fish come in. If the fish bolts immediately, omit that technique on the next fish. If he follows your offering up, keep teasing him and watch for that light and very timid take.
The river bite has also been good one day and bad the next. Same goes for the daily spots selected up or down river to fish. Some early spring female spawners always make their way into the river long before the ice breaks up. They of course are followed in by the hordes of eager young males. And with lots of food in the river system again this year, both sexes (like the ones on the Bay) seem to be more eager to bite/feed during low light periods. Jigging Raps have been the ticket, with some colors (as always) doing better than others this year. As always, fish smart, be safe and tight lines. Capt. Dan.
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