Marina basin still ice covered. Run-off moving through marina from the drain that enters near gas dock. Moving water can be seen flowing through cracks and around edges. We’ve noticed little activity on marina ice the last couple of days. Reports from earlier in the week were water was cloudy/dirty. About a 1/4 to 1/2 mile of ice still hanging on the Bay shoreline. A few fishermen can be seen chasing perch in the shallows. Ice thickness is unknown.
Ice broke off and blew out again at first the crack. Big wind Saturday and Sunday did the damage. We have heard of a shallow water Perch bite, but no location specifics. Marina and feeder drain are still ice covered. Parking for fishing remains $3. Please see cashier at front counter for a daily parking pass.
The word is people are fishing on the newly formed ice over a mile offshore, but the ice thickness varies. Inconsistent is what we are told. No personal experience by marina staff during the last week. There has been more of a focus on Perch fishing in the shallows. West side Walleye reports are that fishing has been slow Linwood to the State Park.
Shore ice has been holding steady. Some fishermen are accessing depths of up to 14′ on the “old ice”, but we caution that conditions are day to day. No reports from the new ice beyond the crack that separated a week ago. Fishing has been tough for those chasing Walleye south and east of the marina. There seems to be a Perch focus near shore, and we’ve heard of nice size Perch being caught, just not in great numbers. We expect the shallow water Walleye mystery will be solved soon. It’s time for them to show up in 10′ or less from Linwood to the Saginaw River mouth.
Stop and see us at the Birch Run Spring Boat Show this Friday 2-8, Saturday 10-8, and Sunday 10-3.
As always, good luck and be safe. We appreciate your business.