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Hands-on opportunity to learn about Saginaw Bay walleye fishing, featuring pro walleye fisherman Mark Martin, May 3-4

close-up of walleye in person's hands with boat and lake in background

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy is offering an in-depth opportunity to learn about Saginaw Bay walleye fishing Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4, at the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center in Bay City.

The first day of the Saginaw Bay Walleye Clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.It will begin with a tips and techniques session led by Walleye Trail World Champion Captain Mark Martin and Captain Brandon Stanton of Team Gunsmoke Sportfishing and Guide Service, covering the equipment and methods needed to catch Saginaw Bay walleye.

The class will take the novice angler through rod and reel selection, rigging and presentation techniques and natural history tips about Saginaw Bay walleye. Time also will be set aside the first day for a trip to Frank's Great Outdoors to go through equipment and purchase needed gear to take back and prep for fishing.

The second day, running from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants have an opportunity to experience hands-on, one-on-one time with Martin's pro-staff on charter boats and fish Saginaw Bay and River.

Cost is $350. Lunch will be provided both days, with morning snacks. Charter boat trips will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring the gear they already have on the second day.

Seven charter boats are participating and the clinic is limited to 21 participants.

To register for this class, go to Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses and click on the "Purchase a license" button. Sign in (using either a username and password or your ID and birthdate), and find the class under the Outdoor Skills Academy tab.

Please note: Cancellations must be made by April 22to guarantee a full refund.

The Saginaw Bay Visitor Center is located inside Bay City State Park at 3582 State Park Drive in Bay City. A Recreation Passport is required for entry into Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, Bay City State Park and the Saginaw River Boat Launch.

For more information, contact Jonathan Massung, park interpreter, at 989-667-0717.

This class is part of the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy, which offers in-depth, expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities at locations around the state. Learn more at Michigan.gov/OutdoorSkills.

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Walleye: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy will offer an in-depth Saginaw Bay Walleye Clinic in Bay City, featuring Hall of Fame pro walleye fisherman Mark Martin, May 3-4.
Contact: Jonathan Massung, 989-667-0717