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6/14/16 @ 2:21 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (72%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/14/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients from Manistee fished with me again today and had similar success as yesterday taking their limits of 32 walleyes plus three jumbo perch as a bonus too. The perch were about 13 inches long and thicker than some of the walleyes the caught. The bite today was just about as intense as yesterday, but it was a lighter bite with a lot more fish lost today compared to yesterday. We hooked over 50 walleyes today to net 32 of them. Most of our fish today came off the bottom as the higher lines I ran did not seem to produce nearly as many hits compared to the deeper sets. I marked few fish up high today, so they just seemed to be hanging out on the bottom mostly today. We fished the same general area today as yesterday making two long passes over several miles of water and catching fish all along the way. We did have a luls in the action today though, which we did not experience yesterday. That happened when the wind died down at the end of the trip. Eventually though they turned back on. Various, drastically different patterns of spinner/crawler rigs took about equal hits today, so color did not seem to be very important. A trolling speed of 1.4 mph was best today and anything over 1.5 resulted in a slowing of the bite. Going too slow also did not work as well either. I was constantly adjusting the speed today with the erratic winds. It's always fun to take people fishing that are from my home town as we can BS about local stuff their from Ski-town.

Capt. Mike Veine

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6/13/16 @ 1:24 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (63%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

6/13/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gre, Fishing Report

Today was a lot better fishing day compared to yesterday. Yesterday we had gusty, switching winds all day with downright rough conditions, but we still managed to scrape up 24 walleyes from the Bay with an all day effort. Today though, with light winds and a nice "walleye chop" the fish were biting much better as my four client from my stomping grounds (Manistee, MI) caught their 32 walleye limit in short order. We had non-stop action right from the time I started setting lines with a triple header before I even got all the lines out. The walleyes were all over the water column today, but most of them were near the bottom, so that is where we focused most of our lures. I ran my two outside boards 60' back, the middle boards 55' back, and the inside boards 30' back trolling at 1.2 to 1.5 mph in 28 to to 34 feet of water (slower in deeper water and faster in shallower). I also ran two flatlines 70-75' back and those two rods definitely had the most action off all the setups. All the rigs were spinner/crawler harnesses behind 3 ounce bottom bouncers. Fire/tiger was best at 30' back (up high) but color did not mater on bottom. We marked fish constantly and I believe that this massive concentration of fish extends from Buoys 1 and 2 all the way north for at least 10 miles on both sides of the shipping lane (50+ square miles of walleyes galore). I also marked lots of baitfish there too and the fish seemed very chubby and well fed there. Most of our fish were 16 to 20 inchers, but a few were larger and a few were smaller too. We probably had three or four throwbacks and no other fish besides walleyes were caught today. We did take one jumbo perch though yesterday.

 

Capt. Mike Veine

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6/11/16 @ 5:28 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (44%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

6/11/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


We actually contemplated cancelling he charter this morning due to high winds, but my clients were raring to go, so we gave it a shot despite the high winds and iffy forecast. We ran out in a 15 knot breeze from the WSW, but that breeze quickly developed into a stiff wind gusting to 20 knots at times. We ran south of Au Gres and set up in 26 feet of water between a couple perch nets, and then trolled easterly, with the waves all the way to the east side of the shipping lane, and despite the wind and waves, managed to catch 21 walleyes on that first pass. We didn't fine any super, fantastic, hot-spots where we caught fish non-stop, but we just kept hooking up every five minutes or so for some consistent action. After that first trolling pass the winds died down considerably, but the waves were still rolling pretty good, so we ran back to the general area where we started the day and the bite in 26 to 27 feet was a lot better then with some non-stop action until my clients form Eagle, MI boxed their limit of 32 walleyes. The fishing was so good that I even got to take some walleyes too for the fish fry I'm planning for our house warming party. We have been working like crazy on the new (to us) house, so we are almost ready to have a shin-dig. We marked tons of fish on the bottom today, which were likely mostly walleyes. Most of our spread targeted the bottom with spinner/crawler rigs behind 3 oz. bottom bouncers. Color did not mater on the bottom as everything down there got bit up relentlessly. Later in the trip though I started to mark some suspended fish, so I put a couple spinners about half way down in the water column and hit a lot of walleyes there too. The suspended fish were a bit fussier though as they only hit chartreuse/orange spinners there. After I figured out what they wanted, that suspended bite, on just two lines (two inside boards) got hit at least 10 times in one hour. Our trolling speed today was all over the place with the surging waves, but 1.3 to 1.6 seemed to be good. My clients today, who have been fishing with me regularly for years, and consist of a father and three adult sons, have always had good success fishing with me, and with a last name like theirs, fishing is certainly in their blood.

Capt. Mike Veine

6/11/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

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6/10/16 @ 9:45 PM
chuckc
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It appears that everybody uses whole crawlers on spinner rigs.  Has anybody tried half crawlers ?  Seems like a whole crawler has a lot of exposed worm with no hooks.

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6/9/16 @ 3:15 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (25%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

6/9/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


After a very windy period that kept me off the water for the past three days, we finally got back on the Bay today and were met by light winds, sunny skies, but very cold conditions at 39 degrees this morning.  We headed to the spot where I had been catching a lot of fish before the big blow, but the water temperature their had cooled down by almost 10 degrees and the fish apparently left that area as we didn't get a single strike in an hour of fishing there.  We then ran over my plan B spot and sonared the area.  I really didn't expect to find many fish there, and was really planning on fishing at my plan C spot a few miles from there, but I did mark a lot of fish on the bottom at as we cruised over Plan B, so I changed over to heavy bottom bouncers and set lines for a test run.  It didn't take long before we started to get some action and that bite was pretty good there, especially considering the post cold front conditions.  We had consistent walleye bites all morning and eventually limited out taking 24 nice walleyes mostly in the 15 to 20 inch range.  We also did throw back some smaller walleyes and caught a catfish and a few sheephead for good measure.  We also lost a couple northern pike today too.  All our fish came right off the bottom and that is the only zone that I marked fish in as well.  There is a major Mayfly hatch going on now on portions of the Bay, so until that is over, it will be a pure crawler bite for best results.  Color of harness did not mater today as all rigs were hit about equally.  A trolling speed of about 1.5 mph was best.  The water temperature was about 65 degree this morning in the area where we found fish, which was about three degrees warmer than where we started out.  Right now, higher water temperature areas are going to have more walleyes than colder spots. 

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6/4/16 @ 1:01 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/4/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


My repeat clients from the Indianapolis, IN area enjoyed a memorable day on the Bay today for sure. We had beautiful weather conditions from the get-go with a light chop on the water, sunny skies and what seemed like a perfect air temp too. Unlike yesterday when the bite was pretty slow early in the morning, today we started hammering them right off the bat and that steady action continued all morning until we had caught limits of nice walleyes mostly in the 16 to 20 inch range. I used the exact same rigs as we used yesterday consisting of 1/2 oz. bottom bouncers on the middle and outside boards, 3/4 oz. bouncers on the inside boards and 2 oz. bouncers on the two flatlines, all set 25' back. I ran a mixture of red/silver and chartreuse/orange spinner crawler rigs and color did not seem to mater much today a everything in the water caught multiple fish. The heavier weighted rigs did catch onto more weeds, but since they were closer, it was easier to clean them off. Those slightly deeper rigs did seem to get hit more though making the extra effort worth it to me. A trolling speed of 1.7 mph seemed best. We caught a lot fewer sheephead today compared to yesterday, so that was certainly OK with me.

 

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5/29/16 @ 4:15 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

5/29/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My wife bought me some beer yesterday that had a drum photo on the cans and I saw that as a bad omen. Sure enough, we got into more freshwater drum today than we have caught all year. My clients, who have been fishing with me for years, also got into a lot of walleyes too catching their limits of 32 walleyes with steady action all day. We caught a lot of fish today on Hot N' Tots, but we probably caught more on spinner/crawler rigs with our mixed spread of cranks and crawlers. A chrome/green tot was the only one to catch any fish of several that I tried. I also tried Shad Raps, both original and rattlers, and they did not produce any fish. Most of our fish were caught up off the bottom today. The best crawler rig was a 3/8 ounce rubber core sinker to take the harness about six feet below the surface at 1.7 mph. The two spinner, flatlines that I ran were our best producers. We also caught some on bottom bouncers, but I only ran two down low in the afternoon today since the bite was more suspended. Spinner color did not seem to mater as various colors all seemed to produce fish. We had to make trolling passes today with the fairly stiff wind, and we made three long runs over about three miles of water where the fish were spread out pretty far and wide. I had some friends that were catching them deeper and some others that were catching them shallower, so water depth was not all that critical today. We probably caught a dozen sheephead today, plus catfish and some perch too, all as bonus fish for a 50+ fish day, which is some pretty good fishing indeed.

 

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5/26/16 @ 3:09 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

5/26/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


We had a nice day on the water with my clients from S. Michigan and West Virginia taking their limits of dandy walleyes by noon. I had a day off yesterday, but instead of working around the house like I probably should have done, my wife, a friend and I went out fishing to scout out a bunch of spots on the Bay other than where I had been fishing previously, which seemed to be petering out. When I scout, I don't stay in one spot too long regardless of how many fish we catch there. We just keep spot checking to hopefully compile a good A, B, C.... plan for my next charter. We only found one good spot yesterday though in all the spots we checked and that is where we went first thing in the morning today. They had been predicting a chance of rain today, but we did not get any in Au Gres and we had pretty good fishing conditions all morning with light winds and mostly overcast skies until late morning when the sun finally broke out on and off. We had fairly steady action all morning except for one lull when the sun first popped out and the wind died down to nothing for a short stint. Today the fish were picky with orange/chartreuse harnesses being preferred. All the fish we marked and caught were tight to the bottom, so that is where we put the crawlers, behind bottom bouncers. The trolling speed needed to be under 1.6 with 1.2 bring best trolling into the wind and 1.5 doing the job best with the wind. There was a current in that area, thus the difference in trolling speed preference. There were also lots of floating weeds and debris floating in the area which required constant lure maintenance to keep them running unfouled. Most of the walleyes today were 18 to 22 inches, with only three below that range. We also caught two bass too, with one being a master angler qualifier by 1/2 inch. The bite was light today, but the number of fish lost was minimal. Most of the fish would just latch on to the lures without much pulling. I had some good fishermen on the rods today though, so that helped them limit out for sure as they made no fish fighting mistakes all morning long. We caught all our fish off the Church Walleye Boards today with not one walleye hit being recorded on the two flat lines, which tells me they were spooking from the boat today. We were fishing in 15 to 20 feet of water, so the fairly calm conditions in that somewhat clear water probably caused their spookiness and bottom hugging.

 

 

Capt. Mike Veine

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5/23/16 @ 4:05 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

5/23/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a customer cancelled day off the water on Saturday, we tried fishing Sunday, but the stiff, easterly wind forced us to fish very close to Au Gres and eventually the big waves also forced us to curtail the trip too with a light catch. Today though we had just the opposite conditions with dead flat water with about zero wind speed, and super, bright sunshine all day. We ran to where we had caught good numbers of fish on Thursday and Friday, but even though I was marking a lot of fish there, the bite was super light. We still ended up catching 20 keeper walleyes and four nice yellow perch, but we probably lost twice as many walleyes as we caught in the process, which is frustrating. The fish would just latch onto the lures and not pull hard enough to drive the hooks in and when on the way to the boat, they would shake free. That's why they call it fishing and not catching though and even though the bite was tough, my clients still had a lot of fun and took home a good catch of walleyes. They also caught two jumbo, channel catfish too, which both went over 10 pounds. We caught all our fish trolling slowly with spinner/crawler rigs. I didn't notice any preference in color today, but the speed had to be below 1.4 mph to get any hits, which likely exacerbating the poor hook to catch ratio too. We also caught almost all our fish off the planer boards with the middle and outside boards outperformed the inside boards too, indicating spooky fish in the glass, calm waters with bright sunshine. We caught all our fish right on the bottom today as any lures trolled up higher were ignored. The bites came in spurts today too with long lulls followed by short bursts of action. We mainly trolled in 17 to 19 feet of water, but towards the end of the trip, we did troll in shallower and got a spurt of action there too.

Capt. Mike Veine

5/23/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

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5/19/16 @ 1:24 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

5/19/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a stint off the water to attend the Arm Wrestling Nationals in New Jersey, and also a couple days in the U.P working on my hunting property, I had to do a lot of research to narrow down a good fishing spot, especially after all the heavy winds over the weekend. I ended up changing locations completely from where I last fished on Thursday and it was a good call too as we got into some good action right after setting lines. We pulled a 24 fish limit in just 2.5 hour of fishing, which was steady action with only one lull when the wind shifted. We also caught two jumbo, yellow perch and a 12 pound catfish as bonus fish too. We trolled in waters from 15 to 20 feet deep pulling spinner/crawler rigs near the bottom at 1.4 to 1.6 mph. Color did not mater as we took fish about equally on different patterns from bright colors to more natural ones. In the calm, sunny conditions, almost all our fish were taken off the Church Tackle Walleye boards with only the perch coming off the flatlines. We fished in one direction over about three miles of water too, so the fish there were pretty spread out. We did make a turn towards the end of the trip and did catch them well trolling in different directions. The bite was pretty light today as we lost at least a dozen fish in the process of limiting out.

Capt. Mike Veine


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