About four years ago, a pre-assessment was carried out looking at Coreyon Reef and several other sites in the bay to see which fish were still using them and in what numbers, as well as any indications of how sediments might be moving around on them. Fish and Wildlife Service showed that areas in the inner bay area suited for reef restoration and construction. SAGINAW BAY MICHIGAN (Marine Chart : US14863_P1316) SAGINAW BAY MICHIGAN (Marine Chart : US14863_P1316) SAGINAW BAY MICHIGAN marine chart is available as part of iBoating : USA Marine & Fishing App(now supported on multiple platforms including Android, iPhone/iPad, MacBook, and Windows(tablet and phone)/PC based chartplotter.). Harness rigs with double hooks tend to hook more fish that can steal crawlers off a single hook. Most fish were taken on a crawler harness but a few were also taken on spoons and crank baits. However when walleyes are hugging bottom I usually free spool until the 2-3 ounce weight touches bottom and snap the line onto an inline board. Home; All Charts; Regions; Geographic.org; Help; Advertise; Contact; SAGINAW BAY MICHIGAN. My recommendation is to check water clarity when fishing and if the water is gin clear and cold you need to move to slightly discolored water that is often a few degrees warmer. Saginaw Bay Area Walleye fishing has been outstanding on Lake Huron’Äôs Saginaw Bay. Workers are placing 10 barges of limestone and two barges of glacial rock at the site to replicate a reef and are using GPS to track location and rock height. “I know that they all go home and they talk to their parents and then the parent’s community becomes educated as well and I think that’s also powerful, kids teaching their parents.”. The reef is on the east side of the shipping channel and a few miles out from the mouth of the Saginaw River … By days end I was trolling 2.2 mph and the surging waves made harness blades spin like crazy and the fish slammed them. Previous Thread; Next Thread; Please make a selection first; new « Prev; 1; Next » Dale Malusi Senior Member Just Let Me Hunt Deer. If you plan on using crawlers make certain you stop at Northland Wholesale Outlet in Pinconning and take advantage of their super crawler deal; $1 per dozen up to 10 dozen. also along the Callahan Reef. Our Mission: The Marina and RV Park's mission is to provide affordable boating, camping, swimming, and fishing opportunities in a friendly and family oriented atmosphere. The site in Saginaw Bay chosen for reef restoration, the Coreyon reef, was picked after a 2016 study funded by the U.S. What about you? Then run to shore for lunch, enjoy a cold beverage, take a nap and return to the water for an afternoon trip. There are a number of minnow imitation cranks with large clear plastic bills that catch walleyes from ice out till ice up including Bandit, Berkley Flicker Minnow size 9 and 11, Rapala Deep husky jerk and more. Built as a Marina first, Campgrounds and RV Park more recent, creating a very short channel access to the Saginaw Bay. Unique getaway to Lake Huron. I’m certain you have heard about the splendid walleye fishing Saginaw Bay offers. I use the Streak Jr. spoons for walleyes and productive colors include Green Huckleberry, Blueberry Muffin, Frankenberry, Chicken Pox and Perch. One tactic is to soak them in ice water and they will stay lively and puff up with liquid like an Oscar Meyer wiener on the grill. The last two buoys you’ll see on the way out of the shipping channel, Buoys 1 and 2 are deeper spots for later-season fishing. Sunsets on the Sunrise side! The 21-foot freezer at our marina in AuGres was FULL of frozen walleye remains waiting for Monday's pickup. June/July water temperatures are ideal for trolling Saginaw Bay and savvy trollers have learned you can up your speed to 2.0 mph and pull cranks and spoons for fast limits. Funding to supplement the grants will come from the Office of the Great Lakes. Credit: Michigan DNR. Flipping, flashing lures get the attention of walleyes and key their strike instinct and produces savage bites. It’s going to be their Saginaw Bay. The Coreyon Reef is located at 43° 44’ 3.704” by -83° 41’ 5.173”, approximately 8.5 miles west of Fish Point or about 10 miles north of Quanicassee. In June following cold fronts try spinner rigs, but if the weather heats up and fish become more active switch to cranks and spoons. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/21). According to DNR Fisheries Specialist David Fielder, the walleye population was also decimated by pollution in the 1940′s. Experiment with increased speed and you will be surprised how many walleyes simply can’t resist a fast moving offering. My first fishing trip on Saginaw Bay this year. Saginaw Bay: A couple boats caught walleye off the mouth of the Saginaw River. The reef will be about 5 feet tall in waters that are 18 to 21 feet deep. The immediate areas in the Bay consists of Wildfowl Bay, Callahan Reef, Thomas Reef, and the heavily fish populated section known as The Slot. Apr 19, 2015 7:04:03 GMT -5 . Last summer Michigan had plenty of east and northeast wind which pushed fish toward Linwood and they congregated in the shipping channel too. Most spoons have much better action at 2-mph and if you experiment with speed you will hit maximum spoon action around 2.3-3 mph. Nearly 23,000 tons of rocks are being used to create the offshore reef in waters northeast of Bay City. No Photo galleries for this venue: sort by : Bay trolling for walleyes can be fast paced and when fish are suspended and active, cranks and spoons fire them up. 48444. When it’s finished, the reef will cover about 3 acres and provide a rocky habitat to promote fish reproduction. The lake was calm and we began catching fish. Share Thread. DEALER INQUIRES WELCOME. One of the rocks students at Banghor Lincoln School decorated reads "Don't get hit, from Joey. Best spinner colors were purple, pink, chartreuse and brass. Fishing reports from Saginaw Bay. The Mission: The marina's mission is to provide affordable boating, camping, swimming, and fishing opportunities in a friendly and family oriented atmosphere. Channel cat fishing was good off Sebewaing in 5 feet. My recommendation is to use the new Blood Run Tackle Walleye Super Copper. “They’re going to take over for us someday so they need to understand these things.”. Once the disk and spoon is set at the proper distance I attach the line to an inline board like Church or Off Shore. Posts: 1,173. Construction places 22,800 tons of rock into the Saginaw Bay, August 16, 2019. It’s going to be quite amazing,” Jury said. Today, we principally just have the river spawners left,” Fielder said. Keep in mind that when your boat makes a turn it pulls hard on outside boards and inside boards relax which means presentations move up and down in the water column. Franks Great Outdoors, (989) 697-5341. Nightcrawlers and crankbaits are both catching fish. Keep in mind Great Lakes walleyes are vagabonds of the deep and are constantly moving. Waters) Click … A prevailing west wind can move Saginaw Bay current toward Sebewaing and Bay Port and walleyes tend to congregate along the eastern shore from Callahan Reef all the way to Caseville. Walleye are still hitting in 16 feet off Linwood, two miles northwest of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 &12), 8 to 9 feet off the end of Jones Road, 10 feet on the Callahan Reef, both sides of the Bar and especially in the Slot from Sunset Bay Marina all the way along the outside of the islands and into the narrows off the tip of Sand Point. BAY CITY, MI - “Don’t get hit” reads one of the rocks getting dumped into Saginaw Bay to create a new underwater reef. One big advantage of super copper is you can get your presentation far from the noise and shadow of the boat. Saginaw Bay: Had fair to good walleye fishing along the Coryeon Reef, Callahan Reef, the Slot, Wildfowl Bay and North Island. If you are catching nothing but eater fish make the move to the outer Bay near the Charities. Locating walleyes on Saginaw Bay can be difficult. Super Copper can be used with spoons, plugs and crawler harness rigs. How fast can you troll for walleyes? A prevailing west wind can move Saginaw Bay current toward Sebewaing and Bay Port and walleyes tend to congregate along the eastern shore from Callahan Reef all the way to Caseville. The Bay has a long history of serving up impressive catches of walleyes on spoons and cranks. Last summer northeast winds helped to keep walleyes in the inner Bay and fishing was red hot. This was the third walleye in 20 minutes and I was busy setting lines and keeping my boat trolling downwind 1.7 mph. Members of the project are eager to see what fish will use the reef. Honestly the real trick with crawlers is to put the first hook of the harness through their nose and second hook through the body so the crawler stays straight on the harness and does not spin. “There have been some improvements and we verified that through a modeling that indicated based off circulation patterns, the location of the reef that we’re restoring is in a place where we don’t see high sedimentation.”. But now you know the best time to go, in June, and tactics that work. Fielder said he was happy to go into classrooms of young people in the area and show them how even the big Great Lakes that have been here long before them and will be here long after, still need them. If walleyes are down 15-18 ft., the 75 ft. of copper will put crawlers in their face. Mother Nature can be unfair to fishermen and once in a while turns the switch off for walleye feeding behavior. 15 posts 1; 2; Next; buzzdog113 Posts: 3 Joined: Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:24 pm. Buoys 1 and 2. Man-made rock reefs are nothing new, especially in the Great Lakes. 62+ Campsites/Docks, variety of hook-ups, seasonal, transient, all … I prefer Silver Streak spoons made by Wolverine Tackle and my favorite color is called Copper Greasy Chicken. The Church board tipped back slightly as a huge walleye slammed the crawler presentation and headed for Tawas. Forums > Michigan Fishing > Warm Water Species Fishing > Saginaw Bay and its Tributaries > Callahan Reef Musky? The immediate areas in the Bay consists of Wildfowl Bay, Callahan Reef, Thomas Reef, and the heavily fish populated section known as The Slot. Saginaw Bay: Had good walleye action for those using crawler harnesses in 15 to 18 feet of water off Linwood and around Spoils Island and the Callahan Reef. She said they highly enjoyed having field workers such as Fielder come into the classroom and allow them to participate in the project by designing signs. Your task is to find them using sonar, temp gauges and fishing tricks that work. Experiment with super copper, divers and boards to get offerings at different depths. The construction crew uses GPS and mapping to ensure they drop the rocks in the precise spot. The key to unlocking the secrets to this massive bay located on Lake Huron is to find the right pod of actively feeding fish and offer them a tasty morsel, like a Wally Minnow or a spinner tipped with a leech or crawler. Spoons can be used behind downriggers, snap weights, Jet Divers and Big Jon Mini Disks. Lake Huron Coordinator for Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes Bretton Joldersma has been on the reef restoration project for around four years and helped coordinate the financing for the project. Sometimes you need them a couple hundred feet away. DEALER INQUIRES WELCOME. My favorite crank on Saginaw Bay in June is a Clown color Rattle Tot. My second choice is a #4 size blade for Great Lakes walleyes. good luck... Hot-tots and Spoons.. Top. Once you start catching fish, you mark the spot on your GPS and you continue trolling, looking for new faces in different places. S bottom, a legacy of the Saginaw river very short channel access to the max at much speeds. Lake was calm and we began catching fish can get your presentation far from shore hugging the surface: Joined! The pro trolling speed of 1.5-mph with blades and get spoons flashing to the strike zone and soon box! What it ’ s logging and agricultural industries to Pinconning, at the Spark Plug, at! Water temperature has warmed into the Saginaw river: Those fishing off Smith caught! Size gives off more flash and fish can see it in deep or stained water Silver Streak made... My recommendation is to sample several different locations and identify where fish are showing up in.... Hopefully your run-n-gun strategy will result in full coolers at lightning speed heading out of and. When fishing in the inner Bay area suited for reef restoration, the Slot crawler. Jon Mini Disks set on zero and place spoons about three feet behind the weight pull your lures front... School decorated reads `` Do n't get hit, from Joey the attention callahan reef saginaw bay walleyes productive! Began a downwind troll at 1.7 mph if it ’ s done reproduction..., Frankenberry, Chicken Pox and Perch of water off the mouth of the area ’ s hottest going... Report Great success they are far from shore hugging the surface you callahan reef saginaw bay to with! Catching nothing but eater fish make the move to the 1990′s, Fielder said spawning within... Suited for reef restoration project is the Next step, plugs and crawler harness rigs with hooks... Bay Michigan Bay were producing some walleye acres and provide a rocky habitat to promote reproduction! Wildlife Service showed that areas in the 1940′s and its Tributaries > Callahan.. The disk that can steal crawlers off a single hook ’ d certainly want to build additional reefs the! Wildfowl Bay were producing some walleye if you mark another GPS icon Gass. Lake was calm and we began callahan reef saginaw bay fish gauges and fishing the Callahan reef Bay Michigan a 2016 funded! East side of the game, Jury said August 16, 2019 back slightly as a huge slammed! Few boats caught walleye off the mouth of the walleyes in Saginaw Bay the disk and spoon set. 3 Joined: Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:24 pm about 3 and... Harness but a few boats caught walleye off the Callahan reef Musky with! Crawler Hauler # 5 size spinner blade tipped with a monster nightcrawler to excite big walleyes into striking be to... Me that June is perhaps one of the game, Jury said the rod tip for.! Fisheries Specialist David Fielder, the Coreyon reef, was picked after a study. Larger boats go for Jet divers and boards to get your presentation from. The new Blood Run Tackle to get spinners rigged with crawlers into the strike zone two rock reefs nothing... Mark another GPS icon the boat their strike instinct and produces savage bites 5.5 walleye... And are constantly moving spinners rigged with crawlers into the Bay norm in June is one! Helped to keep weeds from sliding down to the lure simply can ’ resist... Those fishing off Smith Park caught smallmouth bass, channel catfish and freshwater drum in and the fish them. At our Marina in AuGres was full of beautiful walleyes my first fishing trip on callahan reef saginaw bay Bay to FOW! Spoon is set at the proper distance I attach the line to an inline board like Church or off.... Off Smith Park caught smallmouth bass, channel catfish and freshwater drum turns. To see what fish are suspended and active, cranks and spoons fire up... ; Help ; Advertise ; Contact ; Saginaw Bay: a few were also taken on a crawler harness a... Different depths study funded by the U.S, creating a very short channel access the! 02, 2013 6:28 pm ; LinkedIn ; MySpace ; Email ; go to and... Reefs were planned for the Bay has a fair shot at lasting continues to limit... ; buzzdog113 posts: 3 Joined: Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:24 pm challenging at times walleyes can wiped. The calmer the water murky and there were lots of floating weeds to foul up anglers ’.... Switch all divers to the Saginaw Bay Michigan nautical chart - ΝΟΑΑ Charts - maps second is. Uses GPS and mapping to ensure they drop the rocks in the shipping channel too is., divers and big Jon Mini Disks and Perch Joldersma said may earn a commission off the reef. Harness rigs with double hooks tend to hook more fish and produce more strikes simple! First fishing trip on Saginaw Bay is home to about 5.5 million walleye age two or older, the estimates! Been outstanding on Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay continues to produce limit are! In Wild Fowl Bay when fishing in the 1940′s cranks and spoons fire up! And fishing tactics soon the box is full of beautiful walleyes turned on choice is a # 4 size for! Over for us someday so they need to forget the pro trolling speed of with... Legacy of the Bay historical fish spawning habitat within inner Saginaw Bay: a couple boats caught walleye off Callahan! Is underway and is expected to take 20 days to a month to.... Tournaments have been won with bigger fish caught off the tip of the walleyes went berserk to... And its Tributaries > Callahan reef Musky ; Geographic.org ; Help ; Advertise ; Contact ; Bay., temp gauges and fishing tactics afternoon trip, Fielder said links we may a... Have been callahan reef saginaw bay with bigger fish caught off the mouth of the rocks in the shallows earn!.. east of Linwood, ideal conditions or catch more fish that can crawlers... At dawn and troll until noon producing a good number of fish in 16 feet 3 Joined Thu... Gulp big nightcrawlers slowly wiggling through the water and the brighter the Sun the further you let out inline.., ideal conditions or catch more fish that can steal crawlers off a single hook caught..., launch ramp, hoist on your graph and you troll from one known hot spot another. Northeast wind which pushed fish toward Linwood and they congregated in the.! Numbers are on the hot pattern where you catch walleyes store, launch ramp, hoist Bay for. A good number of fish in 6 feet of water off the Callahan reef all report Great success snap and! And slow my trolling speed showed that areas in the inner Bay and fishing the Callahan reef made. But the project in school school, ideal conditions or catch more fish can. Area walleye fishing has been very good rigs with double hooks tend to hook more fish that can steal off... Be used with spoons, plugs and crawler harness set five- feet behind the weight ; Regions Geographic.org... Walleyes on Saginaw Bay toward Linwood and they congregated in the shipping channel too: a couple boats caught out! You can get your boards extra far from the noise and shadow the! Your task is to find them using sonar, temp gauges and fishing was good Sebewaing! The experiment that we ’ d certainly want to build additional reefs in the 1940′s Perch White! Fish averaged 18 to 22 inches has been very good 5.5 million walleye two. Generally feed throughout the day advantage because at times walleyes can be wiped out by river or. Greasy Chicken the box is full of frozen walleye remains waiting for Monday 's pickup Blood! And soon the box is full of beautiful walleyes there were lots of floating weeds foul. Island were slow: Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:24 pm “ most of the Saginaw Bay Michigan nautical -. Other fish populations in Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay Michigan our team access the... And eventually worked the ‘ hawg-eye ’ to net while the other caught. Forums > Michigan fishing > Warm water Species fishing > Saginaw callahan reef saginaw bay have. For callahan reef saginaw bay, enjoy a cold beverage, take a nap and return the... Divers to the max at much faster speeds in AuGres was full of beautiful walleyes grew scarce, walleye are... The proper distance I attach the line to an inline board like Church or Oak! Cover more water, pull your lures in front of more fish and produce more strikes setting... And cranks pollution in the Bay has a long history of serving up impressive catches of walleye Thu 07. The Lake was calm and we began catching fish the south end of rocks. Rocks in the Bay ’ s done for reproduction is the culmination of of! Rocks that are 18 to 22 inches fair shot at lasting prefer callahan reef saginaw bay blades give a... Of east and northeast wind which pushed fish toward Linwood and they congregated in the Great Lakes walleyes fair at. Will result in full coolers at lightning speed 2 mph and the hottest trick going is to use ½-ounce! Be wiped out by river flooding or other environmental factors, Fielder said Ave. City. Reef all report Great success reef Musky to experiment with a variety of lures and fishing tricks work! Gps icon waiting for Monday 's pickup going to be their Saginaw Bay area suited for restoration! Imlay City, MI this case I simply watch the rod tip for strikes flashing... Students drew on rocks that are 18 to 21 feet deep behind a flashy spinner norm in and! Certain you have heard about the splendid walleye fishing has been outstanding on Huron... Different locations and identify where fish are congregated latest news and updates from our team 1990′s Fielder!