Saginaw River is freezing up. Cold weather is locking in so we should be on ice within a week or so. Not sure if Bay will freeze this year or not but if it does it wont be until mid to late February. Friends of mine have been hammering the walleye in boats prior to the freeze up so I know the river is loaded with fish. I am taking reservations now and calendar is booking fast now that the cold weather is here. If you are thinking about a trip call me right away and let’s get some dates down so that you can get into the action as it is going to be fast and furious.
It’s all ‘Bout that Bait, ‘Bout that Bait and Jiggers…
Yeah, Yeah Yeah, it’s more about the lures and the bait are just minnows. Hey! that goes together, right? Help us out here. Let’s make a silly song that will fund all our ice fishing trips on Saginaw Bay this winter! CMA, AMA, here we come!
Enough of that, this article is about some of the lures our ice fishing guides use when we fish for Walleye in Saginaw Bay or on the river. For the most part the ice fishing lures we use are; Jigging Rapalas, Swedish pimples, Do-jiggers, jig head, jigging shad and Little Cleo spoons – possibly with minnows or a tasty perch eyeball attached as the case may be. Below are pictures of four of the types of lures. Now, we’re fishermen not photographers, so all I have to say is that these actual lures have caught some Big Hogs for Walleye! please read on…
As an ice fishing guide on Saginaw Bay and avid angler, I like many other fishermen are not a big fan of this change. After quite a lot of debate and opposition, the DNR announced the change that affects Walleye and Yellow Perch fishing on Saginaw Bay and up to the Center Road Bridge on Saginaw River.
Only on Saginaw Bay and River
The daily limit for catching Walleye has been changed from 5 per day to 8 per day and the size limit has changed from 15 inches and lowered to 13 inches.
Possession limit for Walleye is now 24 as long as the previous days catches are processed.
The possession of Yellow Perch has been lowered as well, from 50 to 25 per day. The fishing seasons on these waters has not changed for either fish.
Now, for ice fishing guides, this should be a great year for Walleye fishing on Saginaw Bay! If the intended change works, the walleye will grow bigger with more yellow perch as prey. As your guide we will be looking to make the bigger catch anyway. I’m not going to reopen the debate, I just think they could have increased it by one to 6 a day and leave it at 15 inches. The point now is that it is up to everyone fishing (ice or no ice) to fish responsibly.
Call or contact the Walleye King for your ice fishing adventure on Saginaw Bay!
As Michigan eases into fall, that means winter is right around the corner. A great hobby or activity that a lot of Michigan fisherman enjoy is ice fishing. Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the winter months. It is a great experience being out in the fresh air in natural surroundings and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.
From seasoned ice fisherman to beginners, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Of course if you are going to go ice fishing we suggest some items you may want to consider to bring with you such as:
These are just a few items to consider, visit out what to bring page for a more detailed look at things you should bring when ice fishing. Of course for the more serious fisherman, you may want to consider a shelter such as a shanty or tent, especially if you plan on fishing for long periods of time. With or without all the gear and equipment as seasoned ice fishing guides we will make sure you have everything you need.