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6/21/17 @ 3:04 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (9%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/21/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After the big blow yesterday afternoon, the water temperature really cooled down where we had limited out yesterday morning and the fish had moved from that area.  We then ran further out until I found warmer water and we set up on some pretty good looking fish marks.  We had non-stop action right away for the first hour, but then the wind died down and the bite slowed.  A while later and they did start to bite better, but when the wind shifted to the south the bite slowed down once again.  It took us a while, but my clients from Indianapolis, IN managed to catch their limit of walleyes and also took four nice yellow perch.  One of the perch was a foot long too.  We also caught a nice northern pike that jumped 5' out of the water as soon as it was hooked on the bottom which is unusual.  During the early morning the fish were hitting spinners on bottom, but later, when the wind calmed down, the fish moved up and we took a lot of them just 12' down over deep water.  I had to keep the speed under 1.6 mph to get decent action today.  No color preference was noticed.  We just stayed in the same general area all day waiting out the lulls.  There was no point in moving since I knew we were over a lot of fish.  We just used patience to load up the cooler.  My client today had fished with me a long time ago, so it was nice seeing them again on such a nice, bluebird day on the Bay.  

Capt. Mike Veine

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6/19/17 @ 1:47 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (26%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/19/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After blow days the last two days on Sat. and Sun. we hit the water and ran out to the general area where we limited out on Friday.  We had some fast paced action for the first few hours of the charter getting to 20 walleyes in the box on the first trolling pass.  After that though, some clouds moved in and the bite slowed up considerably.  We ended up with 29 walleyes today as we had to curtail the trip when some storms popped up on radar, which showed they were heading in our direction.  It was a good call coming in early too as the winds cranked up after we got back to the dock and the storms did come through the area later too.  I set a mixed spread of spinner/crawler rigs today fishing some high and some down on bottom.  Early on the fish hit everything high or low, but later when the bite slowed down, only the lures close to bottom got bit.  Color did not mater much, but the speed was pretty critical.  I had to troll no faster than 1.5 mph or they would not bite.  We also caught a lot of undersized walleyes today, so the action at times this morning was very fast and furious.  Interestingly, we did not catch any other species besides walleyes today, which is unusual for Saginaw Bay this time of year.  Even though we had to come in early, it was still a very good day on the Bay.  

Capt. Mike Veine

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6/15/17 @ 2:28 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (68%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/15/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

For a rare change of pace, the weather today was actually much better than the weatherman had predicted.  We had light winds and cloud cover giving way to mostly sunny skies with no storms or anything else to bum us out.  In fact my clients today from various parts of Michigan caught their limit of 32 walleyes in fairly short order with fish of all sizes from 25" down.  They also caught some nice catfish too along with the occasional sheepshead for a action packed morning on the water indeed.  We trolled a bit faster today at 1.6 mph and made one long trolling pass over four miles of water and never quit catching fish.  It seemed like fire/tiger crawler harnesses were best today, but we did manage to catch walleyes on every pattern I had in the water.  We caught fish suspended and we also caught them off the bottom.  There was a fly hatch going on  for the first couple hours of the morning and we marked a lot of fish up high that must have been feeding on the emerging bugs.  Every one on board had a great time today hauling in lots and lots of spunky fish. 

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6/9/17 @ 4:36 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

6/9/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We fished the deepest water of the year on today's charter.  We tried some suspended rigs, but all our hits kept coming off the spinner/crawlers close to bottom.  We had to troll slow today too with speeds of 1.2 mph being best.  The first area we fished this morning was pretty good for the first few hours, but then it really slowed down so we picked up and ran out a couple miles further out and set up on some promising fish marks on the sonar there.  We then had good action for the last part of the charter and ended up keeping 31 nice walleyes up to 24 inches and also eight yellow perch in the 9-10 inch size range as a bonus catch.  Lure color did not mater today with everything getting hit about equally.  The weather today was a bit iffy with a 40% chance of rain and T-storms, but it ended up being a very pleasant day with light winds and even some sunshine too with near perfect temperatures too.   Everyone on board certainly had a good time fishing today and they went home with enough fish filets to last a long time too. 

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6/7/17 @ 4:08 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (97%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

6/7/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


We finally had a very nice fishing day on the Bay today with sunny skies and light winds.  My clients from Indianapolis, IN caught their limits of walleyes today with a on and off bite that would come in spurts.  Every time the wind would shift, which it did on many occasions, the bite would take a pause.  We had a very light bite today with over a dozen fish that were pulled close to the boat still getting off the hooks, which did not mater in the end since everyone still caught their max of fish.  They also caught a lot of bigger fish today too with several in the 5+ pound range and most in the upper range of being considered good eaters.  We caught everything on meat/bottom bouncers trolled at about 1.3 to 1.5 mph.  Color did not mater as we took about equal numbers of hits on natural colors and also bright, fluorescent harnesses too.  The water is a bit stirred up from all the winds, but there are a lot of fish near Au Gres, so it was still pretty easy pickings today.  With a good forecast for tomorrow we should have another very productive day and my clients for today were smart enough to book two days with me, so they will likely fill up the cooler tomorrow too.

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6/3/17 @ 2:52 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (72%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

6/3/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


The weatherman messed up today with his forecast predicting calm winds, but it turned out to blow fairly stiff from the northeast with waves to about three feet.  Non-the-less, my clients from Mcomb, MI  caught their limits of walleyes.  The first spot we went to was where we ended up at the end of yesterday's charter, but the bite there was fairly slow with us only catching seven keeper walleyes and one catfish in a couple hours.  We made a short move to another spot and as soon as we set up we hooked up with a quadruple header landing all of them.  I thought we had really found a good areas, but after that first burst of action, it slowed down there to a slow pick.  We eventually pulled lines and headed back past where we had done best for another pass, but this time we had all lines set when we trolled over that "hot spot" and it was none-stop action all the way through the 1/4 miles wide spot and shortly after that we netted our 24th, and final walleye for the day and that last fish was our biggest one today too, which was nice.  We trolled with all meat today with a speed of 1.4 mph doing best in the still chilly, 60 degree water.  Color did not mater today and we took most of our fish on or near bottom, but a few did come on suspended sets.

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5/31/17 @ 4:12 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (41%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

5/31/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


We closed out May in style today with my clients from the Grand Rapids area taking limit catches of nice walleye while fishing in tough conditions on a half day charter.  The winds blew hard again today for the third day in a row with 20+ knot, south westerly winds forcing us to fish close to port.  Thankfully we have decent numbers of fish close by since going any distance in those rough conditions would be nearly impossible.  We certainly caught a lot of walleyes today with a lot of them being undersized fish, but we catch a fair number of larger fish today too keeping things interesting.  Fishing in high winds and trying to keep the trolling speed slow, which was necessary in water temps in the 50s like we have now, means a lot of tangles and lost fish too with the light bite.  Keeping hooks super sharp and using good fish fighting techniques is ultra important to minimize the hassles and maximize the catch rate.  We caught all our fish today on spinner/crawler rigs fished right on bottom in deep water using long set backs to keep lures in the strike zone.  I did mark a few suspended fish today, but they would not bite.  A trolling speed of less than 1.5 mph was needed to get bites.  Lure color did not mater today, which is normal for this type of fishing.  I have an article out in the current issue of Woods N' Water News that details the spinner/crawler fishing we were doing today and also the rigs we used.  Give it a read for 2,000 words of solid information. 

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5/28/17 @ 3:27 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

5/28/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients today from Greenbush, MI and Harrison, MI experienced an interesting day fishing on the Bay today full of ups and downs.  We started out running to a spot where we caught fish yesterday, but after an hour with no action there, we pulled lines and headed to my plan-B spot.  We started out there with some fairly slow action, but eventually it picked up there to a 10 walleye per hour catch rate with some nice sized fish hooking up too.  After a good bite though, the wind died down completely and the sun came out slowing down the bite to a crawl.  It took them about two hours to land the last four fish to fill out their limit.  We caught walleyes of all sizes today from undersized fish to nice ones up to about 26".   We were fishing in deep water trolling at 1.3 to 1.4 mph putting the spinner/crawler rigs right in their faces on bottom.  There were a few other boats in the area we were fishing that were trolling much slower, and they were not catching nearly the number of fish we were.  Color did not mater today, so speed and depth of presentation were keys.  

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5/26/17 @ 4:42 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

5/26/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We ushered in the Memorial Day weekend nicely today with my clients from the Grand Rapids area catching their limits of nice walleyes. With a fairly stiff NW wind this morning, we fished all kinds of depths from 12 to over 25' deep and caught walleyes in all depths too indicating that the fish are widely scattered, likely form the big, two day, NE blow over the past two days. All our fish were pulled right off the bottom today with meat. I checked the stomachs of a few fish today and they were all eating leaches and bugs, so it's no wonder our bottom program produced better than anything else I heard of today. Colors did not make any difference today as everything got hit about equally. Our trolling speed was kept close to 1.5 mph. We caught a lot of undersized walleyes today too; perhaps over a dozen, so we had lots of action indeed. Those small walleyes bode well for the future of the fishery too.

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5/23/17 @ 6:26 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (7%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

5/23/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


The weather was kind of gloomy today with heavy overcast skies and on and off drizzle, but the fish didn't seem to mind as they bit pretty good.  If fact the fishing was outstanding as my clients caught a box full of fish in short order.  We had a steady bite all morning from the time we set lines until we pulled out of the fishing spot with limits at about 11:00.  We fished a large area today covering about three miles of water that had scattered fish all over it.  We didn't find any tight concentrations of fish, but we also didn't go for more than five minutes without a fish on.  All the fish we caught today were walleyes with most being nice sized eaters.  We did catch a few undersized walleyes which are always nice to see for the future of the fishery.  We caught all our fish today on spinner/crawler rigs fished near bottom trolled at about 1.5 mph.  Color did not seem to mater.  The water temperature had dropped to 54 degrees since my last charter from all the high winds.  They are forecasting high, northeast winds for tomorrow, so I have already cancelled my Wed. charter.  Hopefully I'll get back at them again on Thursday.  
 

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