Wind has made fishing tough the past 3-4 days. Thursday/Friday N.E. blow at 30 kts plus muddied the water. Conditions should improve with the current off shore wind. Walleye were being taken before the blow all over the basin and with a number of techniques. Stick baits, crawler harness, spoons all produced fish. The ramp is working great. We're running the channel as "NO WAKE" and it's best to stay off plane for a few hundred yards past our markers as we continue to improve our channel. 30' boats have been getting out and running charters.
The weather has kept most fisherman on shore for the last few weeks. Some have made it out only to report back a few fish in 10-12 FOW. The run off water from the ditches and rivers have the bay turned up right now. The weekend forecast is looking good and we hope to get some positive reports.
The launch ramp is now open and the docks are in. The channel has been marked. please stop into the store for channel information. dredging will continue thru out the spring and early summer so please remember to give the dredging barge pleanty of room when going past.
On 4/14/2013 a few boats took advantage of the nicer weather and made it out fishing. A few Walleye were taken by the fisherman that fished in the 10 - 12 FOW using larger bodied crank bait like Husky Jerks.
We did not talk to anyone targeting Perch. The water is very muddy right now.
Good luck and be safe.
We have been getting a lot of calls for an updated fishing report. At this time we do not have much to report. The remaining shore ice is mostly water covered. the chanel is still frozen so no boats are launching. There is open water 1/2 mile or less off shore. We do not know when it will blow out the rest of the way. As soon as the ice is out of the channel we will post online when we have the channel marked.
Fishing from the docks will not be allowed this year. There will be one area for shore fishing by the gas dock only.
Strong east winds and 4"-5" of new snow have kept fishermen off Bay ice today. Conditions prior to the onshore wind were unknown as few have ventured out, and we've seen no one cross the crack that is about 1/2 mile out. Perch fishermen in the marina reported dirty water with about a foot of visibility this morning, action was slow.
02/19/2013 ICE CONDITION UPDATE
Strong West Winds have blown the ice infront of the marina out again. The marina channel has water on it and most of the ice in the basin has water on it. We have not seen fisherman on the ice the last two days. We will update when the conditions change.
It appears the open water beyond the shore ice (1/2 - 3/4 off shore) has froze over Friday night. A two inch coating of fresh powder snow covers what we expect is VERY THIN ice. Perch fishing continues in the marina. Remember, some docks have bubblers and ice eaters. Stop in to the marina store for ice access information and fresh bait. Be safe. Capt. Jeff
Shore ice out 1/2 - 3/4 of a mile. Open water beyond that as far as we can see. Ice piles on the Nayanquing Bar. A few perch fishermen have been in the marina and on the near shore ice. No recent catch reports. Capt. Jeff
02/11/2013 ICE UPDATE !!!!!!!
From shore we can see that the first crack is opened up about 200 feet or better. There is a lot of water on top of the ice. Heavy slush. With Strong offshore winds.
02/08/2013 Ice Update after the Storm
Heavy snow and snow drift visable from shore also some large ice pile ups at the first crack. We have not seen anyone attempt to go out this morning and have no reports from fisherman. As soon as we get a few reports we will post here and on facebook. Thank you ~John
02/07/2013 Conditions @ LBMC
Fishermen report Ice conditions and crossing spots at the crack 3/4 of a mile of shore have been changing daily. They are reporting sleds are crossing easier than quads. For those venturing out 3-5 miles and fishing 16 - 21 FOW Walleye fishing has been good if not great. The Perch fishing in the marina has been hit and miss, a typical full day with sorting will allow for a good Perch dinner.
01/29/2013 Condition Update!!!
Over the last few days the fishing has been great. However with the warm weather and rain the ice conditions are quickly changing. Currently there is no snow on the ice and the ice is quickly becoming water covered. The area ditches are flowing. We do not suggest ice fishing on the bay or inside of our basin until the cold weather returns. As soon as we see better ice conditions we will update the fishing reports here and on FaceBook.
~ Thank you, John
01/24/2013 Ice Update!!!
We finally have a few fisherman that have shared ice reports with us. From shore we can see machines about 5 miles out. Some fisherman have stated that there is about 6 - 8 inches of ice at the 18 FOW area. Please remember it is early reports in a few areas directly out in front of Linwood. The ice conditions may not be the same in all areas. At no time is any ice to be considered safe. Alway use extream caution when going out in unknow conditions and new areas. And never travel alone on the ice.
Good Luck and Be Safe. ~John
01/05/2013 Linwood Ice Fishing Championship
We have been getting a few calls about the 2013 Ice Fishing Championship. The last two tournaments have been cancelled due to poor ice conditions. As of now we are already one week into January with little to no ice. Therfore we will NOT be doing the sign up for the 2013 ice fishing tournament. If you have any questions please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Ice access to the bay and boating basin. We have the bridge opened back up tot he south parking lot behind the storage building. The boat ramp will be closed off for a few more weeks, however there is a access ramp on the east wall marked with orange cones.
If people continue to enter the ice from our docks and rocks we will close off all access and ask the DNR to ticket people for tresspassing. Ice cleats on your boots damage our docks. Also please take your trash off of the ice when you are done fishing. We have bathrooms in the store. The parking lot and ice is not a good place to do this. Remember that the security cameras see everything. The next guy with his drawers down going to the bathroom may end up on YOU TUBE for all to see!!!
I know this report will be reposted. This is o.k. it will help get the message out to those that need to be reminded how to act.
We have been getting a lot of phone calls about the ice conditions and access to the ice with in the boat basin. Currently the launch ramp is closed / damed off for launch ramp repairs and upgrades. With the ramp closed there is no access to the ice inside the marina basin. Also with the work we are doing we are disturbing the ice and the ice is not safe. We understand that this is not god news for the ice fisherman, however this is the only time we have to do the needed improvements to the launch ramp to make sure that boats will be able to access the Saginaw Bay for the 2013 season.
There is ice access to the Saginaw Bay thru our south parking lot. There is a small ramp for sled and 4 wheeler access. We recommend stopping into the store for daily updates on the ice condition. We will at some point start dredging thru the winter months. This will make the ice unsafe in the channel area. Again we understand the inconvenience for the ice fisherman, however these project must be completed to insure a good 2013 boating season.
Please DO NOT ATTEMPT to access the ice by going over our rock seawall or our docks. Many people ask why and are upset we do not allow this. However this policy is from our Insurance company. Also the damage that happens to the docks and rock landscape is costly.
Thank you, LBMC Staff.
12/21/2012 NOTICE !!!!!!! We have closed our ramp for the year. We will began construction of a new and improved launch ramp for the 2013 season. We expect to have this project completed by mid January 2013. With the current low water levels and the forcast for the 2013 water levels we decided that this needed to be done to make sure there good access to the bay next year.
We will also be dredging our channel to improve access to the Bay. We intend to extend the channel out an additional 1000 feet with a depth of 4' minium. We advise all fisherman to avoid this area while we are working. The ice will form over night and look safe however it will not be. Please stop into the store if you have any questions when attempting to access the ice or call. Follow our FaceBook page for up to date information on this project and fishing reports.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to a great 2013 Boating and Fishing season.
Remember NO FISHING from THE DOCKS OR ON / IN FRONT OF THE ROCKS... Please stop into the store if you are not sure what areas are open to fishing.