8/26/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report
The walleye fishing out of Au Gres continues to be good, but the perch fishing is slow, so we have been going after walleyes. My clients today from Pittsburg, PA and St. Johns, MI caught 18 walleyes, one smallmouth bass and an assortment of other fish today. We had a lot of floating weeds in our fishing area, which made trolling a royal pain in the rear, as I had to constantly clean off lures and board from glopped on weeds. The recent windy weather we had chopped up a lot of weeds on the west side of the Bay and the westerly winds we had over the last 24 hours blew them out over the bay. The weeds should be gone in a couple days. I don't have a charter tomorrow as I am traveling to Kalamazoo to compete in the Michigan Arms, State Championship Arm Wrestling Tournament where over 300 competitors form Michigan and many other states will go for the gold. Hopefully by the time I get back on the water on Sunday, the weeds will be gone and the fishing will then be much better. With that much lure fowling weeds messing things up, fishing efficiency is certainly negatively affected. We caught all our fish today on spinner/crawler rigs and I tried to keep the trolling speed at 1.8 mph, which was made tough with the ever changing winds. We started off today with a pretty stiff (18 knots) west wind which then died down and changed to the north. Eventually it turned south and all that erratic winds also impacted the bite today for the worst too. Walleyes like steady winds and I think that our fishing area will produce non-stop action if we get favorable wind conditions. I only have two open dates left for my regular, 2016, charter season which are 8/30/16, and 9/11/16.
Capt. Mike Veine