Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

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5/25/18 @ 3:07 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
Trophy Specialist
USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (85%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

5/25/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Going out scouting yesterday really paid off today as my clients from Gladwin and S. MI cashed in with some incredible fishing action.  We caught 40 walleyes in less than a few hours of fishing and also took a nice king salmon as a, rare, bonus fish.  We don't normally get kings on crawler harnesses, but I know a king when I see one and one certainly ended up in the cooler today.  We fished the same waters where my wife and I found fish yesterday, only the action was much stronger.  Running over the area to position us for a down wind trolling pass this morning, I marked a lot of fish all over the water column at high speed, therefore, I set a mixed spread with half up high and half down deep using spinner/crawler rigs.  The high rigs with bright, fire-tiger patterns were best as those sets got hit constantly, but everything was taking fish today too.  Trolling speed did not seem to mater much as 1.4 to 1.9 mph caught fish with the surging waves.  As I predicted, this year is setting up to provide perhaps the best fishing the Bay has ever seen.  As the waters continues to warm up, with a record high walleye population, the catch rates this year will be phenomenal. 

Capt. Mike Veine

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5/24/18 @ 4:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (77%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

5/24/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

With the 23rd and 24th open on my schedule, I decided to go out today with my wife to do some scouting around.  We had beautiful conditions with lots of sunshine and a light breeze.  We checked out five spots that have been good at this time of the year before, but didn't catch any walleyes at any of those past hot spots.  The sixth spot though showed a lot of fish marks on my sonar as I approached it.  We started catching fish there right away and after about two hours there, caught 16 walleyes.  This deeper spot had fish all over the water column from just below the surface all the way down to the bottom.  Lots of schools of baitfish were also marked there.  We caught fish about equally suspended and on bottom.  We ran six spinner/crawler rigs: Three up high and three down deep.  Color did not seem to make much difference today.  I trolled at about 1.5 mph.   I'm booked solid for the next two weeks, but do still have some June openings, which won't last long as that month typically books up completely.  Same thing for July.  There are millions of walleyes in the Bay this year.  Give us a call and we'll put you on them.

Capt. Mike Veine

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5/24/18 @ 4:09 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
Trophy Specialist
USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (77%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

5/24/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

With the 23rd and 24th open on my schedule, I decided to go out today with my wife to do some scouting around.  We had beautiful conditions with lots of sunshine and a light breeze.  We checked out five spots that have been good at this time of the year before, but didn't catch any walleyes at any of those past hot spots.  The sixth spot though showed a lot of fish marks on my sonar as I approached it.  We started catching fish there right away and after about two hours there, caught 16 walleyes.  This deeper spot had fish all over the water column from just below the surface all the way down to the bottom.  Lots of schools of baitfish were also marked there.  We caught fish about equally suspended and on bottom.  We ran six spinner/crawler rigs: Three up high and three down deep.  Color did not seem to make much difference today.  I trolled at about 1.5 mph.   I'm booked solid for the next two weeks, but do still have some June openings, which won't last long as that month typically books up completely.  Same thing for July.  There are millions of walleyes in the Bay this year.  Give us a call and we'll put you on them. 

Capt. Mike Veine

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5/21/18 @ 5:37 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

5/21/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres,  Fishing Report

We did a two boat charter for 8 anglers today and put over 60 walleyes in the box for a pretty good day of fishing in anybody's book.  The fish ran bigger today too compared to yesterday with a lot of walleyes in the 20" to 26" range.  It took my clients all of the 8 hour charter to limit out though with constantly changing winds and weather conditions making the bite on and off all day.  We just persisted in the same spot though waiting out the lulls in the action and were rewarded with a great catch.  We caught fish mostly on spinner/crawler rigs today, but also took some on crankbaits too.  A red/glow/silver harness was the only one that worked well today as the fish were pretty particular today.  Flickershads were best crankbait.  We trolled at 1.5 to 1.7 mph in waters in the mid-50 degree range.  All the fish were caught on or near the bottom.  I got an email today from my clients from 5/20 and they took some of their fresh caught fish to H&H Bakery and Restaurant for the Catch and Cook meal deal and were very complementary of their meal saying it was delicious.  I have client that take advantage of the Catch and Cook program every week at H&H and have never heard anything but good comments about this awesome meal opportunity.

Capt. Mike Veine

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5/20/18 @ 3:08 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (34%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

5/20/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The wind blew today a bit more than predicted by the weatherman, but my clients from Vanderbilt, MI still managed to catch their limits of nice walleyes. We got pestered by a lot of white perch today, which made the fishing a lot tougher than it should have been. Those little thieves would steel the night crawlers constantly, but the walleyes were in their with them, so we pushed through the pain they caused. The walleye bite was on and off all day with the changing wind directions. We would have burst of good action followed by lulls. The walleyes did run bigger today compared to yesterday, so that was nice. Most of the fish were over 20 inches. We trolled at 1.5 to 1.6 mph with spinner/crawler rigs on or near bottom. Color did not make any noticeable difference and the bite off the boards or behind the boat was about equal too. All in all though my clients had an enjoyable day with lots of action.

Capt. Mike Veine

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5/7/18 @ 6:47 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

5/7/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Limit catches of nice sized walleyes filled the box again today.  We had near perfect fishing conditions with sunny skies, a slight breeze and pleasant temperatures.  The walleye cooperated big time with steady action and a maxed out catch.  All of our fish today were over 20" long, so the size was good too.  We caught them all off spinner/crawler rigs fished with bottom bouncers at 1.4 to 1.6 mph.  All colors produced.  we are hitting it again tomorrow, but I still have plenty of openings left this week and next too before my schedule gets super busy, so if you want to take advantage of this awesome spring fishing, just give me a call.   

Capt. Mike Veine

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5/5/18 @ 8:15 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

5/5/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I had the same group from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo scheduled yesterday and today.   We had to stay very close to port yesterday due to the predicted strong winds.  We only got to fish part of the trip yesterday due to inclement weather, but still managed to catch some nice fish during the curtailed trip.  Today though we ran out to a typical hot spot for this time of the year and loaded up on a bunch on nice walleyes taking limit catches.  We trolled with spinner/crawler rigs today targeting larger male walleyes.  As of yesterday, we had caught all female walleyes without exception.  Today though all the walleye caught were milting, male walleyes.  Only a few of the fish we caught were under 20", with the rest in the 20 to 25 inch range.  We also caught one nice sized northern pike as a bonus.  The 32 walleyes that ended up in the box filled a 120 quart cooler 3/4 full, so they were some chunky fish that were hard fighters too.   Since we were targeting post spawn male walleyes, we switched over to spinner/crawler rigs with bottom bouncers.  The water temperature was in the low 50s, so we kept the trolling speed at 1.5 to 1.6 mph.  Colors did not seem to mater.  The bite was fairly light today with a lot more fish lost than caught, but since we were getting hits nearly constantly, those lost fish were inconsequential.  At some some times we had three or four fish on at the same time, which is awesome fishing action in anybody's book.  My clients today already booked their dates for 2019, so they were very happy with the fishing.  I have plenty of openings over the next week, so if you want to get in on this fantastic fishing, just give me a call.

Capt. Mike  Veine

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4/30/18 @ 6:38 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

4/30/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients from southeast Michigan caught their limits of mostly big walleyes today.  The fish were all 22 to 28 inches and were spunkier than normal putting up some good battles in the frigid waters, which ran in the neighborhood of 43 degrees today.  The bite this morning was pretty good with steady action until the wind shifted and then the bite stopped for a while.  Thankfully it picked up towards the end of the trip but it took the entire 8 hours of the charter for them to fulfill their limits.  This morning a pink, Deep Husky Jerk bait was best, but later in the day a three hook, shallow Rouge in purple/gold was best.  We trolled at 1.4 to 1.6 mph and caught fish in all sorts of depth today keeping the lures about 12 feet down all day.  All the fish I've cleaned so far this year have been post spawn females.  The snowy owls were still hanging around the south break wall of the Au Gres River mouth today: Both in the morning and when we retuned in the afternoon.  I've read where the winter was brutal and very prolonged in Canada and at the Arctic to the north, which is why the owls are likely so far south from their home range.   In any case, it's cool to see them for sure.

Capt. Mike Veine

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4/29/18 @ 6:21 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

4/29/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We are still catching some big walleyes out of Au Gres.  Heading out of the Au Gres River mouth today, we were once again greeted by snowy owls, but this time there were four of them, which is almost a flock.  Pretty cool to see these birds way out of their home ranges like those owls.  We didn't have much fishing action early this morning with the super cold conditions suppressing the bite.  When I was setting lines this morning ice was forming on the lines.  As it warmed up, the bite finally started to pick up some and my clients from southeast Michigan caught some beautiful walleyes with several of the lunkers measuring 27 to 29 inches.  The smallest fish we caught today was about 22 inches, so all of the fix boxed were good sized.  We caught all our walleyes today on crankbaits trolled at 1.3 to 1.5 mph.  Gold/purple Rouges did best, but pretty much every lure we had in the water today caught at least one fish including Deep Husky Jerks, Deep Jr. Thundersticks and Flicker Minnows.  This is the time of the year when we catch our biggest walleyes with average sizes much larger than later in the season.  It's easier fishing during late spring and summer with limit catches almost every trip, but early spring is when trophy fish are taken about every day.  It's lots of fun anytime on the Bay though for sure.                     

Capt. Mike Veine

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4/28/18 @ 4:29 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

4/28/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


We've been catching some big walleyes this week at Au Gres.  Our biggest today was about 29 inches and we caught some others this week near that size too.  We are catching them trolling with crankbaits with a fire/tiger, Deep Jr. Thunderstick being best today.  On previous days this week though a  purple/gold Rouge took most of the fish.  The water is still well below normal temperature wise at 41 degrees today.  It should be in the 50s by now.  We are tolling at 1.2 to 1.5 mph.  Yesterday, on the way back in we spotted two snowy owls perched on the rocks along the break wall.  A rare sighting indeed.  This is prime time for catching big walleye on the Bay and we still have some openings for early May trips to go after the big ones. 

Capt. Mike Veine

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