This article’s pic is of a winter Saginaw Bay haul from School of Walleye students.
Located in Lake Huron, Saginaw Bay is a popular fishing area off eastern Michigan. Here are some tactics that can help you catch walleyes in this bay.
Tip 1: Try a Livebait Rig After Spawning
Although walleye can be caught anytime in the bay, the most successful season is the post-spawn spring.
To catch post-spawn walleye, consider using live bait. As you know, walleye prefer minnows, leeches, and nightcrawlers. One of the best rigs for this season is a walleye spinner. Attach either a tadpole diver or bottom bouncer for best results.
Tip 2: Use Weight Forward Spinners in Weedbeds
During the spring and summer, walleye are often found near dark, protected areas like weed beds. Weed beds are a smart place to start searching for these fish.
When casting in weed beds, use a weight forward spinner. Use this in combination with a nightcrawler for best results. Weight forward spinners are successful for suspended walleye.
Tip 3: Try Bouncer Rigs for Bottom Dwellers
Walleye like to gather near the bottom of Saginaw Bay. To catch these fish, use a bouncer bottom or spinner rig. This is a useful combination for slow trolling. During the summer, walleye become lazy. They relax near the Bay’s bottom and are not very aggressive.
To catch bottom-dwelling walleye, use a bottom bouncer and spinner rig. Troll at 1.2-1.5 mph. At regular intervals, pull the line. Release and continue this bouncing motion to attract the bottom-dwelling walleye. These are commonly used with a flat line behind a trolling boat. If you are fishing in deep water, consider a 3-ounce bouncer (these can reach depths below 25 ft.)
Tip 4: Use a Planer Board and a Crankbait at Rock Bars
Although walleye do swim near the bottom of Saginaw Bay, you can also find these fish in shallow waters.
Specifically, walleye can be found near rock bars. A rock bar between North Island and Heisterman Island frequently attracts walleye. Use a planer board and a crankbait to successfully catch an eye in these shallow waters.
Have fun at the extremely enjoyable fishin’ spot, Saginaw Bay.
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