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7/26/16 @ 4:12 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
7/26/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

It was a beautiful day on Saginaw Bay today with limit catches of mostly big walleyes. We started out the morning in the same spot where we limited out yesterday, but the water had cleared up there with the strong west winds blew the stained waters eastward scattering the fish. With only two walleyes in the box after two hours of fishing, we made a move to another area and the first hour of fishing there yielded 15 walleyes with some non-stop action on some dandy sized fish. We took a half dozen walleyes there in the 24-25 inch range and all but three were over 20 inches for a pretty good average size indeed. We pulled spinners behind bottom bouncers catching fish today in waters from 12 to over 30 feet deep. I just adjusted the setbacks and speed to keep the lures just off bottom in the up and down contours of the Charity Islands, rocky, bottom structure. Color did not make any difference today as they hit everything in the water about equally. I trolled at speed of 1.5 to 2.0 mph to raise and lower the lures as the depth changes dictated. If you want to see exactly what we were doing today, I helped my friend John Bergsma film a segment of Fisherman's Digest TV show last year at about this time, in the same general area we fished today. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypy3fTfaQCM and let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Capt. Mike Veine

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7/25/16 @ 6:25 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (64%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

7/25/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients from down state MI, with a cottage near Oscoda, caught their limit of walleyes today fishing the Charities. I've been fishing out there for about a week now and the fishing there has been awesome at times, but there have been a lot of lulls and moving schools of fish to contend with. We had a blow day yesterday, so we went back to the area where we caught a lot of fish on Saturday, but the bite this morning there was slow. The winds started off southerly before we hit the water, then switched to the west as we ran out. Once we set lines the wind then switched to the northwest and then it went back to the southwest. When the wind is all over the pace like that, walleyes don't typically bite very good, so we just stayed in that spot and waited them out taking a fish now and then to make it interesting until the finally turned on at about noon. Once they turned on, we had steady action and I was even able to catch some fish for myself too after my clients limited out. We pulled all meat today and fire/tiger was best when the fishing was slow, but when they stared biting good, it did not mater on color. We trolled at 1.8 to 1.9 mph to try to keep the sheephead off, but we still ended up catching a lot of those critters. We also caught several catfish too. We caught walleyes from 24" on down with most of the fish being good sized specimens. With warm weather predicted for the next week, and warming water temperatures on Saginaw Bay, the Outer Bay walleye fishing should get better and better every day, which is a great thing for Au Gres.

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7/23/16 @ 4:27 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (84%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
91° - 95° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

7/23/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a blow day with high winds and a strong afternoon storm on Thursday, the water was riled up yesterday and the fish were scattered. We still managed 14 walleyes in the box though, but today we did better with 30 walleyes and one chunky smallmouth bass. One walleye wore a jaw tag, which we have see a lot this year. The walleyes today were all 15 to 24 inches with a fair number over 20 inches. The morning bite was slow as we only took two fish at our first spot and blanked at spot number two. Stop number three though yielded better results though, but the bite there didn't really take off until the last couple hours of the charter. We caught all our fish today on meat. I tried some plastic in the morning, but with no bites on those at all, I pull those rigs from the lineup and gave them what they wanted. We trolled pretty fast today at 1.8 to 1.9 mph, so smaller blades were a must in those conditions. In the end, color did not mater much. I ran bright colors on the port side and natural colors on the starboard side. The action could come in spurts of double headers on one side or another, but everything got hit about equally by day's end. We are fishing the outer bay now, so out there the fish tend to move around a lot, so you just need to keep moving until you find and active school of fish, which is what we did today.

Capt.Mike Veine

Edited on 7/23/16 8:31 PM
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7/20/16 @ 5:21 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

7/20/16, Saginaw Bay, Au  Gres, Fishing Report

We had an absolutely beautiful day for fishing on the Bay today and my clients from Brich Run, MI, Reno, NV and parts elsewhere took advantage by catching their 32 walleye limit.  We headed back to the same area where we fished yesterday, but with a south wind to start the day, we set up for a long, north to south trolling pass that took us over about five miles of water.  The first couple hours of fishing were somewhat slow, but eventually we trolled into a pretty good school of fish and then caught 15 walleyes in just over an hour of fishing there.  We then made another pass though that hot area, but by then the wind had died down and so did the bite.  We then picked away at them for the rest of the charter and it took nearly the entire eight hour trip to limit out including fish that I caught and added to the box.  Most of our walleyes today were in the 18 to 20 inch range (good eaters) with some bigger and some smaller.  I ran a mixed spread of Hot N' Tots on the outside boards and spinner/crawler rigs on the rest of the rigs.  A fast trolling speed of 1.9 mph helped to keep the sheephead off the line, but we still caught a lot of those critters too.  We also caught several channel catfish too.  Chrome tots were productive in the morning, but in the afternoon, they died down.  Our best rig today was the starboard flatline with a 4 ounce bottom bouncer and trailing crawler harness in red/silver.  That one rig, trolled right on the bottom, probably caught 15 walleyes today.

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7/15/16 @ 4:48 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (82%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

7/15/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After three days off the water due to high winds, we finally got back to fishing today. The forecast called for winds in the 10 knot range, but reality dished out more of a bitter pill with winds gusting to 20 knots at times. At least it was an offshore wind (northwest) today though, so we had some protection from the waves. My clients today from Ada, MI managed to catch their limits of walleye though dispute the tough weather and water conditions. It was a very light bite today with about haft the fish we hooked shaking free. I changed up my program today by running Hot N' Tots on the outside boards, high running crawler harnesses on the middle boards, deep running crawlers with bottom bouncers on the inside boards and bottom thunking rigs on the flat lines with four ounce bottom bouncers. All those rigs produced about equal numbers of fish, so I never changed things up all day. We had to make long trolling passes with the stiff winds, so we would troll into areas where the fish would hit one setup on both sides, then later, in another area, the fish would hit something else. This went on all day long. I ran bright colors on one side of the boat and more natural colors on the other, and both sides were hit about equally, so color did not mater much where we fished. It was great talking to several people in Au Gres for the West Michigan Walleye Club outing. Hopefully you folks will have better conditions for tomorrow's tournament.

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7/10/16 @ 2:56 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (38%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
7/10/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a couple bad weather days with high winds and storms, we finally got a good day to fish today with light winds and sunny skies. My clients today from the Hastings, MI area took home their limit of walleyes (24) and also kept a couple yellow perch too. We fished deep water not too far from Au Gres. I was surprised that there was extremely light fishing pressure at Au Gres today considering it is a weekend in July. We had very few boats within sight of us today. The morning started out pretty slow with only a few fish caught in the first hour. After that though the bite slowly picked up and by mid-day we had pretty steady action but with a lot of lost fish due to a light bite. We also caught a lot of undersized walleyes today, which is always a good thing as it bodes well for the future of the Bay's walleye fishery. There were some young of the year walleyes (4") today too which indicates a good 2016 walleye hatch when those start showing up in the catch. We also caught a lot of yearling walleyes (8") too and also plenty of two year old (12"). The keepers we boxed today were mostly 16 to 22 inchers. We seem to have pretty strong year classes of one, two, three and four year old walleyes. All our fish today were caught close to the bottom. I did try to run some suspended rigs, but they did not produce anything. Spinner/crawler rigs trolled at 1.5 mph with 3-4 oz. bottom bouncers was the program. Like usual with those bottom hugging fish, color did not mater at all, but the small details of the harness probably do. A #3 Colorado blade on a quick change clevis ahead of the various beads and/or rig float trialed by two, super sharp, #4 bait holder hooks spaced a couple inches apart with a 5', 25 lbs. test, fluorocarbon leader is the rig. I also highly favor plain lead color, Walleye's Choice bottom bouncers in no less than a 3 ounce size.

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7/2/16 @ 2:10 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (4%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

7/2/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a rougher than rough day on the water yesterday, yet still productive, it was a little less windy today, but with winds gusting into the high teens, I decided to try fishing right out front of Au Gres, where we were sheltered from the big waves. The action this morning started off pretty fast pace with about 20 fish on in the first couple hours of fishing. After that the bite slowed down some, but we still picked away at them and my clients from Livingston County managed to fill their limits on nice walleyes. They even caught a couple steelhead today too as a bonus, one of which was decent size. When that fish hit it jumped out of the water right away and then jumped several more times high hurdling the two middle and outside planer boards. Somehow it didn't tangle things up too badly, and we were able to land that silver bullet. We also caught one of the biggest sheephead I've ever seen today. It was so big it barley fit in my big-net. I would estimate it's weight at over 15 pounds. We caught all our fish today on spinner/crawler rigs with no preference for color noticed. Most of the fish were pulled off the bottom, but we did take some fish, including the steelhead on a suspended rig. A trolling speed of 1.4 mph was best. We are predicted to have ideal fishing conditions the next couple days, so we should really put the hurt on the walleyes for the rest of this holiday weekend on the Bay.

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6/30/16 @ 5:42 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (18%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

6/30/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients wrapped up their three day stint of fishing with me and they took their 32 walleye limit once again today and also a quite a few dandy perch to 13 inches as a bonus. They also caught a big walleye just shy of 28 inches and a lot of other chunkers, which all told, filled a 100 quart cooler nearly to capacity. In three days of fishing with me, these four guys caught over 100 fish and got to ply a lot of different areas of the Bay in the process. They also ate fresh walleyes nightly here too, which is always a great way to end any day on a fishing trip. Today we ran south of Au Gres and the bite started out rather slow with about 10 fish being caught in the first two hours of fishing. During late morning though, the wind shifted to the southwest and the bite really picked up to a 10 walleye per hour catch rate, which lasted until just after noon, when the bite slowed down a little. All our fish today were caught on or near bottom running spinner/crawler rigs behind bottom bouncers. All colors seemed to produce about equally today, so those bottom dwelling fish were not color picky. It was a fairly light bite today though with a lot of short strikes. I had to troll pretty slow today with a 1.4 to 1.5 mph speed getting the job done well.

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6/29/16 @ 6:38 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (28%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

6/29/16, Saginaw, Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


My clients had a beautiful day on the Bay today as they caught their limits of nice walleye, but he bite was anything but easy with the ever changing winds.  This was their second of three days fishing with me, and we started the day with a good bite taking about 15 walleyes in the first couple hours of fishing right out in front of Au Gres.    As the wind died though, the bite also diminished and with a lot of boat traffic in that area, we decided to pull lines and run south.  We ran until I started to mark a lot of bigger fish with fewer baitfish in the area.  Out in front of Au Gres, we have lots of walleyes, , but there are also tons of baitfish, so when the wind shifts (or any other change) the walleyes there ten to shut down.  Therefore, areas with fewer walleyes and less baitfish are better bets during time of changing winds, or especially calm conditions like we had today.  All our fish today were caught today on the bottom with heavy bottom bouncer and spinner/crawler rigs.  Like always, I'm using half crawlers with a hook spacing (two hooks) of about 2-3 inches and small spinners (#3).  Color does not mater when fishing the bottom in deeper (+25') water.  Speeds did mater today with less than 1.5 mph being good, but less than 1.3 resulting in more lost fish.  We caught bigger fish south today compared to the northern spot.  Down south our walleyes were mostly 19-20 inchers, with some bigger, and few smaller.  The bite was light today everywhere we went with about an equal number of fish lost vs. fish caught.  Good fish fighting techniques were important, but from what I have seen, most anglers lack in that category. If you have ever seen boards flopped around roughly, less than a 90 degree angle of the rod towards the fish, slack given to the fish, or an unsteady retrieve (pumping or jerking the rod), then those are some good examples of poor fish (walleye) handling.  We caught fish today in waters ranging from 27' to 47 feet.  We are predicted to have good fishing weather on the Bay for the next week, so this might very well be the best fishing of the early summer in this next period.   

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6/25/16 @ 4:50 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

6/25/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


We experienced an absolutely beautiful day on the Bay today indeed. Lots of sunshine and a light, south wind made for ideal fishing conditions and my clients from various parts of Michigan and Ohio caught their 32 walleye limit and some bonus perch too for good measure. We started out at the area where we ended the trip yesterday catching fish in about 40' of water off Pt. Au Gres, but that area only produced one walleye after about 45 minutes of trolling. The fish were in that area as we marked tons of fish there, but they just wouldn't bite. We pulled lines and ran in a looping, fish seeking boat ride that covered about 10 miles. When I found an area with lots of big fish marks and few bait fish marks, we stopped and set lines. We started hooking up immediately and never stopped catching fish there going back and forth over about two miles of water. Most of our fish were in the 19 to 21" range (a few bigger and a few smaller), so some good eaters with lots of poundage of filets for sure. I started off with some bottom and suspended sets, but it quickly became clear that the fish wanted spinner/crawler rigs on the bottom, so that is what we gave them. Color did not seem to mater as they hit everything pulled behind my 3 oz. bottom bouncers both off the Church Boards and also right behind the boat. A speed of 1.4-1.5 mph seemed best. Afterwards, I did go to the Doc. Harpham's tournament weigh-in and they had some catches with a lot of high teens and 20+ pound boxes. The winning weight was almost 26 pounds. Most of the best weights came from the steeples north of Big Charity but there was some good catches from Alabaster, Hat Point and some even ran as far as Grindstone City, but the top boats were by Big Charity (if you they told the truth on stage). One top guy was in the money jigging off the Pinconning Bar, but he had one real big walleye though that put him up there. Most of the competitors were pulling meat, but some top finishers did pull good weight trolling crankbaits. I think that had over 120 boats in the event, so it was a good turnout.

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