Saginaw Bay Area
Ice conditions are improving on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, but there are some open spots around 3 miles out off of Linwood Road. Anglers are finding 6 to 10 inches of good ice, but anything can happen out there when the wind blows. The best reports on walleyes have pegged them as shallow as 6 feet and as deep as 18 feet. The perch bite has been hot in 6 to 8 feet of water, north of Pinconning. Walleye fishing in the Saginaw River remains steady upstream where you may have to catch 30 fish to get five keepers. The bigger fish seem to be at the mouth of the river for now.
Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341.
Steelhead fishing remains fair on the Pere Marquette River. Jigs with wigglers or wax worms are producing good results. Fly fishermen report the best luck on wigglers, and nymph and egg patterns. Try the flies-only section, Gleasons Landing, or Walhalla. The lakes have firmed up again with average ice depths from 6 to 10 inches. Pike fishing has slowed a little and anglers are reporting catching plenty of smaller fish on Big Star, Idlewild, and Wolf lakes. Bluegill fishing has been good on the same lakes with jigs tipped with spikes or wigglers fished in 12 to 15 feet of water. Crappies have been about average size and are hitting minnows and spikes. Look for them suspended in 15 to 28 feet of water.
Baldwin Bait & Tackle, (231) 745-3529.
Ed’s Sport Shop, (231) 745-4974, www.edsports.com.
Maston, Blue, and Bass lakes are giving up excellent numbers of bluegills and crappies. Action has been hot one day and cold the next, but when the bite is on, limits have been taken. The pike bite has been pretty good on Lincoln Lake. Hunting pressure has been light.
Tows Country Store, (616) 984-5895.
Walleye fishing has been good in Lake Huron, 2 to 4 miles off Mud Creek between North Island and Sand Point. Perch are hitting off Mud Creek between a half-mile to 2 miles out. The perch action has been good off Geiger Road and in front of Pop’s Place (Rose Island). Lake trout and whitefish have been caught around the breakwall in Caseville. Watch the ice past the end of the breakwall, as it tends to break off depending on the wind. Ice at the end of the wall is 10 to 12 inches thick but be careful wherever you go.
Walsh Gun & Tackle, (989) 856-4465.
The St. Clair River is loaded with floating ice and fishing has stalled there. Heavy snow has made access tough on the harbors, inland lakes, and ponds. Pike fishing has been pretty good on Range Road Pond and 40th Street Pond. Tip-ups and suckers are producing some good results.
Anderson’s Pro Bait, (810) 984-3232.