Saginaw Bay

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Saginaw Bay Fishing Charters

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Saginaw Bay: 27 fishing charters available

Windrift Sport Fishing

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

Danny Boy Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(26 reviews)
Bay City
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trips from $600

Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters

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

Horton Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(2 reviews)
Sebewaing
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Send It Charters

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

Catchin Hell Charters – Saginaw Bay

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

The Fish Fly Charters – Linwood

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

Reel Bratt Sportfishing Charters

Linwood
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Reel Bratt Sportfishing Charters – 19'

Linwood
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Angler One Charters - Saginaw Bay

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Linwood
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FAQs about Fishing Charters in Saginaw Bay

The average price for a private 4 hour Saginaw Bay fishing trip is $542, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $568 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Windrift Sport Fishing, Danny Boy Fishing Charters, and Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Saginaw Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Saginaw Bay.

Windrift Sport Fishing, Danny Boy Fishing Charters, and Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Saginaw Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Northern Pike. Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and jigging. Lake fishing, river fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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 24785 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

Send It Charters
Send It Charters
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 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
(64 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
(11 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
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(87 reviews)
We had a great day with our daughter. Even though the captain was having trouble with one of the boats engines, he made sure that we got the trip in and found fish for us!
Becky  D.
Becky D. Emporium, PA
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
This was our 2nd year fishing with Captain Shane and he didn't disappoint. Thank you Captain Shane & Courtney too!! See you in 2023!!!
Christopher  M.
Christopher M. Flint, MI
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(87 reviews)
The vast expertise of Captain Doug and first mate Ron was evident. They knew where to go to find the walleye, and how to keep the action going. The six of us had a great time! Highly recommend!
Brian  P.
Brian P. Kalamazoo, MI
Captain Big Bobber Charters
Captain Big Bobber Charters
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Awesome morning out with my four and six year old daughters. Bobber stocked up with juice boxes and candy and had the girls giggling in between fish being on. When the 4 year old was done no questions asked he boogied us on back to shore. We will book with Bobber again, and soon!
Maria  G.
Maria G. Midland, MI
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(87 reviews)
Captain Douglas and Ron provided an excellent experience for our family group including my 8 year old grandson's first fishing trip. We all had a great time and caught a decent number of walleye. They worked hard at finding the right combination of speed, depth, presentation and location for catching the most fish. They are also fun guys so we all had a blast. Will definitely book again.
Dennis  D.
Dennis D. Macomb, Michigan
Northstar Fishing Adventures
Northstar Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Standish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Had a great time. Took our neighbors for a afternoon of fishing. First fish caught ever by Beverly. Captain Andrew was very professional and made the experience one we'll all remember.
John  Z.
John Z. Frankenmuth, MI
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(87 reviews)
Had an amazing day of fishing. Took our limit within a hour and a half. Guy's were great and very professional as soon as the boat stopped we were on fish. I would give 10 stars if I could. Would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a great day on the water.
Zack  W.
Zack W. Leslie, MI
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(87 reviews)
Captain Doug and Ron were extremely friendly and courteous. Had a great day as we maxed out with 32 fish. They worked very hard at making our day a great one!
Judy  R.
Judy R. Rochester, MI
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Great experience! Captain Dietrich and Mike his first mate were very helpful with our 10 and 12 year old grandkids. We caught 38 walleyes. Highly recommend.
John  Z.
John Z. Frankenmuth, MI
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
What a great day! Thanks Captain Shane and First Mate Kieth for some great memories! This charter service helped us get our daily limit of Walleye, a nice catfish, and a huge 36.5”Northern Pike! They cleaned and bagged them all for us!
Charles  V.
Charles V. Richland, Michigan
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Incredible trip. We limited out by 10:30 and had a phenomenal morning. He put us on fish immediately and kept us on the fish constantly.
Russell  A.
Russell A. Ithaca, MI
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(87 reviews)
Had a great time on the Bay with Captain Doug and mate Ron. Didn’t take long for them to put us on fish. These guys worked hard to set up the lines and to keep us on the fish. Ended our trip with 27 walleyes and a pike in the box. Doug and Ron are a lot of fun out on the water which makes for a great trip.
Dan  B.
Dan B. Zeeland, MI
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Top Notch experience. Great boat with a great captain who really looks out for the well being of his customers. Learned a lot about Saginaw Bay and he was excellent with the kids.
David  S.
David S. Peoria, AZ
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
My grandsons had the best time of their lives. They told me we picked the right Captain. He was so patient and helpful to them, and treated them with the respect of good fisherman. Captain Shane put us on a ton of fish, some we lost while realign them in. Even had a 36" pike on that didn't want to come in and shook off the lure. Excellent time. We are definitely coming back.
Glen  M.
Glen M. Cheboygan, MI
Captain Big Bobber Charters
Captain Big Bobber Charters
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
This is our third time booking on fishingbooker.com and it was a great experience! Captain Bobber was great! Put us on the fish and had a great day of it!! Now let’s eat!
Catherine  B.
Catherine B. Libertyville, IL
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Linwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(87 reviews)
Very pleasant trip. Didn't catch the amount of fish, but it wasn't from lack of effort from Captain and 1st Mate. Weather didn't cooperate.
Douglas  T.
Douglas T. Sanford, MI
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Shane did all the work for us novices, we got all the fish. He worked hard to get us a great experience, cleaned and bagged the catch, oh, and did I mention the catch? He knows where to go based on water & wind conditions. We had a good haul of walleyes and a lunker pike. Well worth the expense. HIGHLY recommend! The shared trip is a great bargain!
Brendan  C.
Brendan C. Lafayette, CO