TRAVEL BEST PLACES TO FISH By: wfn Hot Fishing Spots - Saginaw Bay, MI Saginaw Bay is a large, relatively shallow basin along the western shore of Lake Huron that has become one of the nation's top walleye fisheries. A combination of national walleye tournaments and the outdoor media have focused attention on the excellent fishing. Thousands of fishermen and pleasure boaters are attracted to the many excellent marinas, campgrounds and recreational facilities that are available around the bay. Saginaw Bay is considered one of the most productive and fertile areas of the Great Lakes, but in recent history, the ecosystem of the bay had fallen out of balance. Populations of previously abundant predators, including walleye, northern pike and catfish, collapsed and allowed other less desirable species such as carp and white sucker to become over abundant. However, yearly plantings of fingerling began in 1979 and are credited with re-establishing the walleye population. Currently, walleye and yellow perch dominate the fishery and are by far the most commonly pursued species. Smallmouth bass have increased in numbers since the 1990's due to the gradual increase in water clarity from the introduction of zebra mussels and have become popular with anglers. Channel catfish are abundant and remain an underutilized resource. Recent surveys have shown that walleye growth rates are some of the highest in the Midwest. The studies also revealed that some walleye reach the legal minimum size of 15 inches after just two growing seasons, but most require three seasons to reach the 17-to 18-inch range. Check out the latest fishing reports from Saginaw Bay before heading out! Here are some tips for catching different species of fish on Saginaw Bay: After spawning, walleye and perch move downstream and back into the bay. During summer, as the inner bay warms, walleye begin a slow movement toward the cooler water of the outer bay. In late fall, movement of pre-spawn walleye occurs up the Saginaw River. The shallow weedbeds near Rifle Bar are difficult to locate but are worth finding. Cast weight-forward spinners with nightcrawlers along the weed edges for spring and summer walleye. Fish in the 15-to 18-inch range are common. If the wind is favorable, drift the 6-to 10-foot depths with jig/live bait combos. The shallow bay north of the Pinconning River mouth is good for largemouth bass and channel catfish. Cast spinnerbaits along the reed beds for bass. Shore fishing for catfish is done from Pinconning Park. This shallow bay between Fish Point and Sebewaing has abundant weed growth and good populations of largemouth bass, channel catfish, perch and crappie. Most of the bass action is centered around the shoreline reeds. Between North Island and Heisterman Island is a shallow rock bar that attracts smallmouth bass and walleye. Planer boards are helpful for working crankbaits in this shallow water. Cast 1/4-ounce spinnerbaits, Husky Jerks or floating Rapalas near the rocks for spring bass. Fishidy is your digital fishing guide with thousands of online waterway pages across the U.S. containing maps with proven Fishing Hot Spots®, local fishing reports, and advanced tools to help you catch more fish.