Favorite colors for Saginaw river trolling

Discussion in 'Saginaw Bay and its Tributaries' started by mbirdsley, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. mbirdsley

    mbirdsley

    Messages:
    1,744
    Likes Received:
    1,308
    Location:
    Chesaning/Brant
    I’m going to order some salty dog rail clamp rod holders for my sea nymp this week. I’m going to hopefully try trolling for walleye a lot in the Saginaw river this fall. Maybe go out to the bay also, have to see what shift I’m on and how much I’m working for the bay. Saginaw River is 30 minutes away so that’s doable after work. Anyhow, what are your favorite colors of rapala’s, bandits, flicker Shad/minnow etc etc for fall trolling


    I was just going to keep things simple and long line my 3 poles. Maybe by some snap weights if I have to go deeper than 15 feet. I do have 2 little walleye boards to get my lines away from the boat. That’s about as fancy as I plan getting right now

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    3BMF’s likes this.
  2. Gone_Hunting

    Gone_Hunting

    Messages:
    2,861
    Likes Received:
    4,485
    Location:
    Lennon mi
    Not alot of trolling going on in the river in the fall. You will see most people vertical jigging with jig heads and minnows/plastic.
    With that being said you can get just about unlimited info with the search bar.
    As for the bay, blacks, pinks, purples, whites, silvers are pretty good. I like deep diving husky jerks for fall/spring but just depends on the person
     
    Ralph Smith and 3BMF’s like this.

  3. 3BMF’s

    3BMF’s

    Messages:
    241
    Likes Received:
    449
    I think what you have in mind would put some fish in the boat but I also think you will have trouble trolling in the river come fall. The boat traffic is pretty heavy even on weekdays. I think this river season is going to be combat fishing at its finest and i can’t wait:D. Just bring gear for both and you’ll be all set
     
  4. eyepod

    eyepod

    Messages:
    24,282
    Likes Received:
    35,783
    Location:
    UP NORTH
    Firetiger, White, and Clown are always good crank bait producers in the river. ;)
     
  5. Big Skip

    Big Skip

    Messages:
    4,180
    Likes Received:
    4,106
    Wouldn't be hard mid river if he is just long lining straight back. Mid river between bay city and sag would be a good bet. Most the jiggers tend to favor one side if the channel most days.

    Sent from my SM-A205U using Tapatalk
     
    Ralph Smith and 3BMF’s like this.
  6. mbirdsley

    mbirdsley

    Messages:
    1,744
    Likes Received:
    1,308
    Location:
    Chesaning/Brant
    I probably have the boat put up before it’s time to jig. I want to do some work to it mid November.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2020
    Gone_Hunting and 3BMF’s like this.
  7. No Mas

    No Mas

    Messages:
    1,127
    Likes Received:
    526
    Location:
    bay city
    Don't really have issues trolling the river and have done so far many years now. Fall is easier than spring, I will say that!
     
    eyepod, Ralph Smith and Josh R like this.
  8. Ralph Smith

    Ralph Smith Premium Member

    Messages:
    29,189
    Likes Received:
    14,578
    Location:
    Bay City,MI
    If you're fishing bu yourself, put all 3 rods off one side(I'd suggest port). Best area I liked was trolling Eastside of channel from mouth up to Hooters! We always got some eye running the DDHJ12s. Run the edge of channel with boat at bottom of drop and inside board the deepest with other boards shallowing up as the drop goes up. Even with 2 people I've ran 6 ofone side to cover the shelf up top also. Your biggest adversary will be the channel bouys..:lol: Be sure to swing out into channel to go around them. Better to keep lines too deep than 2 shallow. If you decide you want to troll the other side, go in opposite direction and your depths and boards will already set when you turn around. ;) Are those rodholders you talk about the metal "downeast"?
     
    12riverfish and Josh R like this.
  9. mbirdsley

    mbirdsley

    Messages:
    1,744
    Likes Received:
    1,308
    Location:
    Chesaning/Brant
    I’ve done it a couple times in my tin can around deer season and I’ve had the river to myself in Saginaw.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    No Mas likes this.
  10. mbirdsley

    mbirdsley

    Messages:
    1,744
    Likes Received:
    1,308
    Location:
    Chesaning/Brant
    Thanks for the info. Yes they are the metal ones that release when you pull up on the rod. I think farther back I’m going to put a 6 inch track and mount a ratcheting rod holder. Right behind where my seat would be on the starboard and port side cockpit. I want the rod holders to be heavy enough if the opportunity ever arises for spring/fall near shore salmon. Last three years work has gotten in the way but, I can hope


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  11. Ralph Smith

    Ralph Smith Premium Member

    Messages:
    29,189
    Likes Received:
    14,578
    Location:
    Bay City,MI
    I might have a couple of those downeast if you want them. The ratcheting holders work great. :) I've got a few, but need to find some used track. That stuff ain't cheap.
     
  12. mbirdsley

    mbirdsley

    Messages:
    1,744
    Likes Received:
    1,308
    Location:
    Chesaning/Brant
    Do they attach to rail about 1 inch around? I get paid tommrow


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  13. Ralph Smith

    Ralph Smith Premium Member

    Messages:
    29,189
    Likes Received:
    14,578
    Location:
    Bay City,MI
    dirtyfisheyes187 likes this.
  14. mbirdsley

    mbirdsley

    Messages:
    1,744
    Likes Received:
    1,308
    Location:
    Chesaning/Brant
    Ralph Smith likes this.