Talking Saginaw Bay walleyes with Hall of Fame angler Mark Martin

Hall of Fame professional walleye fisherman Mark Martin will share his expertise as one of the instructors at the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy's Saginaw Bay clinic in Bay City.

The Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy will offer an in-depth opportunity to learn about Saginaw Bay walleye fishing Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9-10 at the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center in Bay City, Mich.

The two-day Saginaw Bay Walleye Clinic will begin May 9 with a tips and techniques session, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Instructors Mark Martin – Walleye Trail World Champion and full-time Hall of Fame professional walleye fisherman – and Brandon Stanton of Team Gunsmoke Sportfishing and Guide Service will cover the equipment and skills needed to catch Saginaw Bay walleye. The class will take the novice angler through rod and reel selection, rigging and presentation techniques, and natural history tips about walleye in Saginaw Bay.

On the second day of the clinic, running 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants will have an opportunity to experience hands-on, one-on-one time with Martin’s pro-staff as they board pro boats and fish Saginaw Bay.

Cost for the clinic is $165, which includes lunch both days and pro boat trips. Participants are encouraged to bring the fishing gear they already have.

Registration is limited to 28 participants. Sign up for the Saginaw Bay Walleye Clinic in the Michigan e-Store.

For more information, contact park interpreter Valerie Blaschka at 989-667-0717 or

The Saginaw Bay Visitor Center is located inside Bay City State Recreation Area at 3582 State Park Drive in Bay City. A Recreation Passport is required for entry into the recreation area and the Saginaw River Boat Launch.

The DNR Outdoor Skills Academy offers in-depth, expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities at locations around the state. Learn more about the Outdoor Skills Academy at

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