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Spots still available for Saginaw Bay Walleye Clinic with Walleye Trail World Champion Captain Mark Martin, May 2-3

There are still spots available in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy's Saginaw Bay Walleye Clinic. The class will be held May 2-3 at the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center in Bay City State Park, located at 3582 State Park Drive in Bay City.

This two-day course 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 techniques needed to catch Saginaw Bay walleye.

The first day, 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 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 will give participants an opportunity to experience hands-on, one-on-one time with Martin's pro-staff as participants board charter boats and fish Saginaw Bay and River.

"Past participants have told us this is a great experience for those who may not have access to a boat and want to learn more about walleye fishing from local pros," said Jonathan Massung, park interpreter at the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center. "The student with the largest walleye will get a free taxidermy of their fish if they choose to."

Cost is $375. Lunch and morning snacks both days and charter boat trips will be provided.

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.

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

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into Bay City State Park and the Saginaw River Boat Launch.

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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  • Martin: Don't miss the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy's Saginaw Bay Walleye Clinic, May 2-3 at Bay City State Park, with Walleye Trail World Champion Captain Mark Martin.