I havent been on DHC in quite some time. Ive been busy fishing and unfortunately working the rest of the time. The walleye fishing on Saginaw Bay and it tributaries is better than its ever been...as far as quanity is concerned. Weve had several strong years classses of fish along with a decline in the lower levels of the food chain which have contributed to their explosion. Most notably, the decrease in alewife numbers is a direct corralation to the walleye population increase beacuse they were one of the top predators of walleye fingerling....Funny how that works. Along with alewife decreases, smelt and gizzard shad numbers have dwindled. Emerald Shiners, Spottail shiner, gobies and perch now make up the vast majority of a walleyes diet.
All of that aside, fishing is great and limits of 15-21" walleye can be expected. If you head for the deeper open basins you can hunt down soem bigger fish, but it requires patients. The monsters of Saginaw Bay are still there, just not in the numbers we were once accustomed to.
We've had a mix of hot and colder temperatures this summer, along with the right winds to keep the water temperatures at milder temperatures. Inturn the fishing remains strong opposed to the drastic drop off of the previous two years.....If you havent made it out, do so, fishings great....The Michigan walleye limit is 5 per day, 10 possession. The legal size limit is 15". You can fish 2 rods per man for walleye.
Ive been spending my time the last three weeks on the west side of the state targeting salmon and trout out of Ludington. Fishing has been great there as well. Lots of 10-12# Kings, a few Coho and steelhead mixed in as well. Headed back on Monday until Thursday, so this weekend im gonna head out after some walleyes.
Heres a few slideshows from last weekends salmon fishing on Lake Michigan. Click on each image to see each slideshow....Enjoy