Captain Terry Walsh MCBA President from Termar Charters Reports from Au Gres:
> A friend of mine commented this last weekend, “if the walleye
> fishing were any better, they would have to be jumping in the boat!”
> Honestly, it is that good right now and has been all month.
> While there are still some walleye being caught straight off the
> mouth of the Augres River in 30 to 35 feet of water and some really
> big fish north toward Alabaster, the red hot fishing is south of Point
> Augres in 31 to 33 feet of water on either side of the shipping
> channel all the way down to Buoys One and Two at the mouth of the
> Saginaw River. This is also a wide school of fish, as Friday we could
> only troll east and west because of three foot seas but still had
> steady action from the shipping channel as far west as 26 feet of
> water. In short, right now, there are just a lot of fish in the inner
> bay. Most of the fish are averaging 17 to 22 inches with a half dozen
> under size fish released each trip.
> The basic tactics remain crawler harnesses behind two-ounce
> inline weights trolled at 1.5 mph (speed over ground). At this speed,
> lines run 43 to 57 feet behind Off Shore Inline Trolling Boards is ideal.
> Saginaw Bay is a big body of water, the inner bay lone comprising
> some 240,000 acres. It demands respect. Bottom line: know your
> boat’s load capacity, and never exceed it. Secondly, stay in port
> when it’s rough. There’s no fish out there worth your life.
> Be safe and have a great day fishing!
> Capt. Terry R. Walsh
> MCBA President