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Saginaw Bay: 31 fishing charters available

Windrift Sport Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Linwood
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trips from $600

Danny Boy Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.4 / 5
(30 reviews)
Bay City
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trips from $700

Horton Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(3 reviews)
Sebewaing
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Send It Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Linwood
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trips from $550

Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Bay City
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trips from $150

The Fish Fly Charters – Linwood

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Linwood
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trips from $450

Catchin Hell Charters – Saginaw Bay

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Unionville
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trips from $449

East Side Guide Service LLC

Arenac
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Reel Bratt Sportfishing Charters

Linwood
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Windrift Sport Fishing II

Linwood
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trips from $450

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The average price for a private 4 hour Saginaw Bay fishing trip is $555, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $576 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Saginaw Bay are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $450
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $475
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $633
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $800
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $517

Saginaw Bay fishing is the stuff of legend, especially to avid Walleye chasers. This bay in Lake Huron offers some of the best spots in the state of Michigan to target prized game fish. With over 1,000 square miles of water to explore, Saginaw Bay is a fishery as big as it is productive.
 
Anglers come to the bay year round to go after an array of species, including Walleye, Yellow Perch, Panfish, Carp, Bass, Chinook Salmon, and Steelhead. Ice fishing in the area is superb, and often you can catch as many Walleye as you would during your day on a boat. 
 

Top Catches

 
A lot of anglers come to Saginaw Bay to catch their trophy Walleye, whether in number or the size of the fish. Fishermen are pleasantly surprised by the sheer number of Yellow Perch and Carp. Chinook Salmon is also in the cards, if you know where to look. Because Saginaw Bay is so vast, finding your trophy fish is sometimes easier said than done. If you’ve never cast a line in the bay before, it’s best to take your pick of Saginaw Bay fishing charters. A local captain will know exactly where to go and what technique to use to get you on the bite.
 

Walleye

 
Walleye are abundant throughout the year, but the best time to go after them is during the spring spawning run, which usually takes place in April and May. On a good day, you can catch well over 40 pounds of fish in a matter of hours. Trolling is the most productive technique, as well as jigging and casting.
 

Yellow Perch

 
Local anglers love going after Perch as much as they enjoy a good Walleye hunt, and chances of hooking a Perch or two on your trip are significant. The middle of the bay is your best bet to catch good amounts of Perch. Testing your luck around buoys could also bring success. The “Blackhole” is another popular fishing spot in the bay, and you can easily find 7–8’’ Perch in its vicinity.
 

Chinook Salmon

 
If you’ve had your fill of Walleye hookups and you’d like to try your luck in Salmon fishing, Chinook awaits. The best time to go after these tasty lunkers is during the colder months. You will find them at the meeting point of the green waters of the bay and Lake Huron’s clear waters. Local captains recommend targeting the early morning bite for best results. Start fishing before sunrise and you’ll have at least two hours of solid Chinook action. After that, you can focus on catching Lake Trout and Steelhead.
 

Fishing Tips

 
  • Board trolling is a very popular technique on Saginaw Bay – anglers use special planer boards tied to the mast that take the lines to the side of the boat, away from the noise so fish are more likely to gulp them down.

  • Saginaw Bay fishing usually means one thing – whatever you do, take your time. Slow trolling is the way to success when you’re going after Walleye in these murky waters.

  • The nightcrawler harness might be the favorite rig of local fishermen, who swear by it and assure that it will not fail you when it comes to Walleye fishing.

 

Need to Know

 
Seeing that the Saginaw Bay fishery is open year round, your chances of success are high no matter when you decide to test its potential. Ice fishing is very popular in the area, so if you’re a hard water enthusiast, this is the place to be on a sunny weekend morning. 
 

Regulations

 
The rules on Saginaw Bay are simple – if you have your line in the water and are 17 and older, you need a valid Michigan fishing license. Anglers under 17 don’t need a license, but must follow all local fishing regulations. 
 

Budget

 
If you decide to fish with an experienced local captain, charter prices will vary depending on the length of your trip. You can find half day trips at $150 per person and up to $500 for a group. Full day on the water could cost up to $700.
 

Getting There

 
You’ll find the town of Saginaw some 20 miles from Saginaw Bay, so you’ll only need half an hour by car to get to the water. Both Lansing and Detroit are well over 100 miles from the bay, about two-and-a-half hours by car.
 
Saginaw Bay fishing is the pride of Michigan and once you give it a try, you’ll understand why. With great chances to hook the Walleye of your life both from the boat and on the ice, the waters of the bay promise great times on the rod and fishing action you won’t soon forget.
 
Saginaw Bay
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 25065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Temperatures in January can be quite unforgiving, but on a sunny day, you can have a great day on the ice. Solid-sized Walleye and Panfish are in the cards.

February

The ice is still stable on the bay, but be wary of the pressure cracks. The Walleye bite is good, and you could also find Lake Whitefish on your line.

March

In March, the ice can be unstable and soft, so fish with caution. Walleye, Perch, and an occasional Whitefish are swimming around, you just need to attract them to your line.

April

Though the weather is warmer, the water is still quite cold and there’s a lot ice floating around. You can hook smaller Perch, and a Lake Trout and Steelhead here and there.

May

As the temperatures are rising, so are the opportunities to boat more fish. You can find Walleye in the 10’ waters, and Northern Pike and Perch are biting as well.

June

The Walleye are moving to deeper waters, and catching your limit on a day trip is the norm. A crawler harness works best for these fighters. Perch is also active and biting.

July
Fishing in Saginaw Bay in July is nothing short of extraordinary. Walleye are biting right and left, and often the winds push the fish in certain areas of the bay, where they’re yours for the taking.
 
August
Both Perch and Walleye fishing is excellent in August. There’s a possibility of storms that could muddle the waters, and if that is the case, you’ll find big Walleye in the outer bay.
 
September
Walleye fishing is still going strong in Saginaw Bay. Chinook and Coho Salmon, as well as Steelhead, are biting as well, so you’ve got a variety of catch to choose from.
October

As the fall weather is getting more unpredictable, so are the fish movements, highly dependable on the rain and wind. Walleye, Salmon, Trout, and Perch could all find their way to your line.

November

It’s getting quite cold outside, so don’t forget to dress in layers before you hit the water. Perch and Walleye are the main catches, and you can get more than enough to bring home for a feast.

December

This is the last chance to go fishing before the ice sets in, so dress warmly and head out. Along with the strong Walleye bite, Trout and Perch are likely to take the bait.

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It was a great experience! Captain Shane took care of everything, just have a Michigan license and show and have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a great experience! Captain Shane took care of everything, just have a Michigan license and show and have fun!
Charles  V.
Charles V. Richland, Michigan
It was cold, damp and windy (this spring has been awful!), but if you like to fish, you can have a very good time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was cold, damp and windy (this spring has been awful!), but if you like to fish, you can have a very good time.
Michler  B.
Michler B. New York, NY
4 stars only because this is Bay fishing for walleye only and the advert/target included Salmon. We'll go again but earlier in the year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
4 stars only because this is Bay fishing for walleye only and the advert/target included Salmon. We'll go again but earlier in the year.
Tammy  S.
Tammy S. Stanton, MI
We didn’t fish Bay City, but Houghton Lake and it was an excellent experience. I’m sure Bay City is excellent when conditions allow!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We didn’t fish Bay City, but Houghton Lake and it was an excellent experience. I’m sure Bay City is excellent when conditions allow!
Brodie  B.
Brodie B. Gas City, IN
Bring beverages and snacks..Windrift Charters takes care of everything else.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring beverages and snacks..Windrift Charters takes care of everything else.
Brian  M.
Brian M. Caledonia, MI
Start your trip at the walleye capital of Michigan (Linwood) with Fishfly Charters and Captain Jason Gallagher.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Start your trip at the walleye capital of Michigan (Linwood) with Fishfly Charters and Captain Jason Gallagher.
Kenneth  (.  M.
Kenneth (. M. West Branch, MI
We fished in late June. We were catching fish all day and there was lots of chatter on the radio indicating other boats were catching fish as well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We fished in late June. We were catching fish all day and there was lots of chatter on the radio indicating other boats were catching fish as well.
Craig  S.
Craig S. Grayling, Michigan
Use Chunky Monkey Charters. Very patient outfitter. The focus is all about the client.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use Chunky Monkey Charters. Very patient outfitter. The focus is all about the client.
David  C.
David C. Lapeer, Michigan
You might have to put some time in but it's worth it. Caught several over 27 inches!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You might have to put some time in but it's worth it. Caught several over 27 inches!
Michael  B.
Michael B. DeWitt, MI
Go with caption Shane he's awesome you will have a unbelievably good time!!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with caption Shane he's awesome you will have a unbelievably good time!!!!!
Bianca  L.
Bianca L. Clare, MI

Captain Big Bobber Charters
Captain Big Bobber Charters
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Gorgeous day in the bay with crew, my son and grand nephew. It was their 1st charter and Capt. made it memorable for them. The Great Northern Pike amongst all the walleye we reeled in was a plus. Thanks! can't wait to do it again.
Patrick  H.
Patrick H. Detroit, MI
Send It Charters
Send It Charters
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Not only did Jason get us on fish but he showed us a few tricks of the trade. When other Captians were canceling Send it Charters got us out and we got it done. 5 Stars ➕️
Michael  V.
Michael V. Farmington, Michigan
Send It Charters
Send It Charters
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Captain Jason was very willing to answer any questions that we had and was clearly very knowledgeable about his craft! He took care of everything we needed. Although the fish weren’t biting as much as we wanted, Captain Jason did everything he could to make our trip successful.
Gina  L.
Gina L. Howell, MI
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Excellent charter. The crew knew where to find the fish and had great setup to assure the groups success. We caught 28 walleye and had several opportunities for even more along with catching other fish species as well. Great time and looking forward to the next one. I know this team will be my first choice to go out and catch walleye!!
Mitchell  S.
Mitchell S. Hope, MI
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
The trip met our expectations and more. Had a great day with captain Doug and first mate Ron. It started with us deciding on trying for walleyes instead of perch as the perch we’re biting yet. They worked there tail off putting us on fish. We were only a couple shy of limiting out. We had such a good time we are thinking of another trip when the perch start hitting this fall. Thanks Doug and a Ron Clint M.
Clint  M.
Clint M. Durand, MI
Fishin Finn-atics – 22'
Fishin Finn-atics – 22'
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Awesome experience. Had a great time. First time ever salmon fishing. Highly recommend Captain Mike.
Dean  K.
Dean K. Bay City, MI
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Captain and crew knew where the fish were, and led the way with 31 in the boat
James  F.
James F. Hoxeyville, MI
Fishin Finn-atics – 22'
Fishin Finn-atics – 22'
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
My boys and I had a great evening on the water with captain Tom. He worked hard to get us on fish and was a great conversation. We will be going back again next year
Steve  T.
Steve T. Onsted, MI
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
We had a great time catching fish and you couldn’t ask for nicer guys. Doug and Ron work well with each other and with the other boat’s. I caught the biggest one and love rubbing it into my husband.
Shirley  B.
Shirley B. Branch, WI
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Amazing service and Awesome Captain Shane!!!:) We will try the perch charter next!!!
Megan  V.
Megan V. Interlochen, Michigan
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
We took 2 of our grandsons on a fishin’ mission with Captain Shane. 27 Walleyes later, we had a lot to celebrate. The captain was great and patient with all of the young fishermen’s questions. He kept everyone safe, and made it a point to find still water. He couldn’t have been more helpful. The 5 hours flew by, and we had a great time and great conversation. We will certainly be back.
John  B.
John B. Rochester, MI
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Incredible time. Very knowledgeable fisherman . Will plan another trip in the future.
Shawn  I.
Shawn I. Grand Rapids, MI
Danny Boy Fishing Charters
Danny Boy Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
This was our first experience on a charter fishing boat. We had an excellent time. Duane is very knowledgeable. It was late in the season for walleye so we only caught a few so next time we will book earlier with Duane if possible.
Tammy  S.
Tammy S. Blandon, PA
Danny Boy Fishing Charters
Danny Boy Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
We had a super good time out on the Bay with captain Duane. He tried his absolute best to put us on some fish, his first mate Ashley did a super job of keeping things in order. Small world, however Captain Duane knew several members of my extended family!! So between the fishing and the story telling, we had a SUPER good time. I would recommend this charter and this captain and would charter with him again in a heartbeat! His boat was one of the smoothest we have ever been on.
RICHARD  S.
RICHARD S. Elsie, MI
Danny Boy Fishing Charters
Danny Boy Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
What a great trip we had with Captain Duane and first mate Ashley ! Mother Nature gave us a scorcher today…..,we still slayed the walleye! Worth every penny ‘
Lili  G.
Lili G. Farmington Hills, MI
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
We went out on an afternoon shared trip. Fishing was tough, but Captain Shane worked hard to put us on some nice walleyes. We all had a great time and would highly recommend Captain Shane!
Chase  C.
Chase C. Buffalo Ridge, SD
Send It Charters
Send It Charters
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Very knowledgeable, friendly, answered any questions. Top notch equipment. Put us on fish, two man limit of Saginaw Bay Walleye.
Greg  T.
Greg T. Mecosta, MI
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Great time today with Captain Shane! He is very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Answered all of our questions and knew where to find the walleye. Caught our limit for the day easily. Best part was not having to clean the fish when we were done Glorious day and we had walleye sushi when we were done!! Lol
Joseph  D.
Joseph D. Plymouth, MI
Send It Charters
Send It Charters
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Jason went above and beyond to get a great catch of walleye for us. On the eight hour ride home my son's talked about the great fishing and Jason for most of the ride. I will defiantly book again.
Dan  V.
Dan V. Houghton, MI
Fishin Finn-atics – 22'
Fishin Finn-atics – 22'
Fishing charter in Linwood
Very good
4.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Targeting trout last evening was slow for everyone we seen on the waters. We saw a couple or 3 fish caught from other boats, but not a lot of action for some reason. I TrueType feel it was just a fluke trip and our captain has a ton of experience and will definitely go again.
Jimmy  O.
Jimmy O. Bivins, TX