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MIKE VEINE
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7/28/15 12:35 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 86° - 90° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/28/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Today I had a repeat client form Grand Blanc, MI that has been fishing with me since the 1980s. On this outing he brought along his two Grandsons and their Dad. We started out into the fish right off the bat catching fish one after another. In just two hours of fishing time, they caught their four man limit of nice walleyes that ranged in size from 17 to 25 inches. Sure the kids lost some fish, but it was no biggie as they were quickly replaced with more fish on the lines. They were all chunky, well fed walleyes today with lots of girth and plenty of spunk. One of our walleyes today, a 24 incher, wore a MI-DNR lip tag and the young man that caught her will send the info in to the DNR and will get a report back from them detailing the fish's history. He may even win $100 as some of the tagged fish have a reward on them. We also caught about a dozen sheephead, so as you can imagine the action was non-stop. I never did really get a chance to sit down all morning running the boat by myself with all the action going on. We fished once again out by the Charity Islands pulling the fish out of rocky structure with lots of breaks, humps and rock piles in that area that hold millions of gobbies, which the walleyes love to eat. Yesterday I had some grilled walleye and those gobbie fed walleyes, even though most of them are on the rather large size, are absolutely scrumptious to eat. We pulled the same spread I've basically been running all summer with four chartreuse/orange spinner/crawler rigs and four more red/silver spinner rigs with six off the Church Tackle boards and two flat lines run right off gunnels behind the boat. They hit everything about equally and the bite today was good with few lost fish and plenty hooked deeply. Actually, after the first hour, I went down to a six rod spread and our action was still non-stop. I fished even faster today with speeds in the 1.8 to 1.9 mph range being best. Faster trolling speeds are best as the water gets warmer. This is walleye fishing at it's finest right now and this action is sure to stay good for weeks to come as the Outer Bay is setting up for a prolonged walleye bite this year that aught to be world class for the rest of the summer.

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7/27/15 1:24 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/27/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had another great day of fishing on the Bay again today. My clients from Gladwin had never fishing on Saginaw Bay before, so they were pleasantly surprised when they caught their limits of dandy walleyes that ranged in size from 17" to 27" with most of them over 20". We fished out by the Charity Islands again today and the number of fish in that area is very high producing outstanding fishing. With dead calm, hot conditions this morning, we had another light bite as we lost way more walleyes than we caught. The lost fish didn't mater though because there were so many fish around that they were replaced quickly. We caught all our fish today on spinner crawler rigs with no color shining as they hit everything off the boards about equally. With the calm condition and sunny skies, the flat lines did not produce much. We only caught one walleye off the flat lines. We trolled at 1.8 mph and covered about four miles of water in one, looping trolling pass before I turned around and headed back to port with a box full of walleyes.

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7/26/15 2:43 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/26/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a cancelled trip yesterday due to high winds and storms in the area, we hit the water today with clientele from Anchorage, Alaska. We headed north of the Charity Islands today and found world class walleye fishing with limits taken in short order. Most of our walleyes today were over 20 inches with a half dozen five to six pounders anchoring the fish box. We pulled all spinner/crawler rigs today with no color preference being noticed. We had a breeze when we ran out, but by the time we started fishing, the wind died to dead calm conditions which slowed the bite considerably. The bite was light today as we never had one walleye hooked deeper than the edge of the mouth. Today we caught a lot more fish off the boards compared to the flat lines, likely due to the dead calm conditions spooking the fish near the boat. We also lost a lot of fish too. I trolled at 1.7 to 1.8 mph to keep the gobbies from steeling too many crawlers, but we still caught a lot of those little rascals. I think some of them would attempt to steel the crawler and get hooked in the process and then a walleye would grab the gobbie. With those kinds strikes, with the hooks partially hidden in gobbies, the walleyes would hit over and over again until they got hooked themselves or got tired of the game. The walleyes in that area are extremely fat and well fed looking with girths so thick that the fish look obese. They also fight very hard too with many of them tanking the boards on the strike and then going nuts as they get closer to the boat with surging runs and lots of thrashing. They are lots of fun to catch. It was truly a beautiful day to fish today with blue skies, low humidity, and the calm conditions with long visibility. This is some outstanding fishing right now on the Bay indeed.

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7/24/15 4:49 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/24/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report After a very successful trip on Wednesday, I had a couple scheduled days off, but with very stabile weather all week in the area, it was driving me nuts to be home working on writing assignments when the fishing was on fire. I had been working out the details of helping out a friend of mine by getting them on some walleyes on Saginaw Bay for an episode of Great Lakes Fisherman's Digest TV. With the weather ideal though, and with me having an open day today, we got it all together and met at Au Gres this morning for a day of filming some fishing action. We went out in John Bergsma's boat, a new 21' Crestliner Authority powered by a 225 horse power, Mercury Verado. The boat was also decked out with 9.9, hp Mercury Pro Kicker and a 36 volt, Motorguide, XI5, auto pilot, bow mounted, electric motor and all the other bells and whistles you can imagine. My main task for the day was to direct them to some good walleye fishing and to supply the rods, reels, lures and knowhow for putting nice walleyes in front of the camera. The wind was about double the velocity of what the National Weather Service had predicted today, so we set up for our first trolling pass with Big Charity Island offering us some protection form the waves. We started out in shallow water and then trolled north, with the wind into deep water catching walleyes everywhere we went. We made two trolling passes and had put enough walleyes in front of the cameras to make several shows. There were a lot of gobies in that area and they were steeling crawlers like crazy, so John pulled out some Uncle Josh port rind that was a night crawler imitator specifically made for trolling for walleyes. We cut the 6" port rind in half, and put it on my hot harnesses, and the walleyes ate them up like crazy. Towards the end of the trip, we were catching more walleyes on the side of the boat with the port rinds compared to the other with crawlers, so I have some for tomorrow and will give them another try then. Our fish today were mostly nice sized ones over 20 inches. We trolled with the same setbacks in shallow and deep water, but just went faster shallow and slower deeper to keep the lures within five feet of bottom. In the up and down bottom structure of that area, that system works great. It was a lot of fun fishing today with a camera crew. Even the guys behind the cammera got in on the action as everybody caught their limits of walleyes on this awesome day of fishing on the Bay.

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7/21/15 2:15 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/21/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report Today my clients from various parts of Michigan caught lots of walleyes and some big walleyes too. We had a pretty good forecast for a change today, but when I checked the buoys weather stations on the Bay on the Internet, the winds were way higher than predicted, which left me indecisive on where to fish as we motored up the river heading towards the Bay. I decided to try out by the Charity Islands hoping for the winds to die down as the day went on. We ran out in three footers and set lines north of the Big Island and set up for a down wind trolling run. We didn't get a bite for almost a half hour, but then, all the sudden in was game-on as we started running into pods of fish with multiple hookups. 12 walleyes went into the box in no time and we pulled lines for another run through that area. By then though the winds had died down and on that second pass, the bite also died down there, so we just continued to troll in one direction and eventually got into another area with some outstanding action. My clients caught some very impressive fish today with several in the five to six pound range and most were well over 20 inches. The biggest one was a nine pound, Master Angler qualifying, lunker. We also caught two big, fat channel catfish and a few sheephead to add even more action to the morning. My clients had caught their 20 fish limit by 11:00, which is outstanding especially considering the quality of the fish taken in such a short time span. We caught all our fish suspended today on spinner/crawler rigs. They hit everything in the water about equally, so no color preference was noticed. I trolled at about 1.7 to 1.8 mph today with 40' setbacks behind the boards and 3 ounce weights. Two flat lines took a lot of fish too with 50' setbacks and the same rigs. By the time we had limited out the seas had calmed down to near perfect conditions and the long, 15 mile run back to port went by fast as we skimmed back at high speeds in the light chop. Everybody on the boat agreed today that was a awesome day of fishing on the Bay indeed and it turned out to be a beautiful day as well.

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7/18/15 1:16 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/18/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report This week has been nothing short of crappy, weather wise. On Tuesday I had to cancel due to storms and small craft warnings. On Wednesday the winds blew over 30 knots out of the northeast, which also cancelled Wednesdays trip too. That big nor'easter really changed the water big time. When I went out to the spot where we did good south of Au Gres on Monday, the walleyes had moved from that area completely by Thursday, so we had to go to my plan B spot a few miles from there. We did find fish there and my clients from Indianapolis took a good catch home with them on their half day charter. Yesterday we had more storms in the area along with heavy winds. With small craft warnings in effect, we cancelled yesterday too. The forecast for today was supposed to be sunny, hot and calm, so my clients form various parts of Indiana and I decided to head north towards Big Charity Island. It was a smooth ride out there, but as I began to set lines, the wind kicked up making it very difficult to fish the structure type spot we were at. We did catch walleyes in my target area, but we had to make short, trolling passes over them wasting a lot of time. About the time the wind started to die down I noticed storms brewing up on my radar. We picked up lines about half way into the trip with 12 nice sized walleyes in the box and headed back to port. The wind really kicked back up just as we were nearing Au Gres, and a storm did pass by the spot we had been fishing, so it was certainly a good call to head in. We caught our fish today suspended on spinner/crawler rigs pulled 40' back behind the boards and 50' back on the flat lines. All the rigs had 3 ounce weights. We trolled at 1.7 to 1.8 mph. Color did not mater as we took hit about equally on everything in the water.

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7/13/15 1:09 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/13/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

On four days in a row, I we took limits fishing four completely different areas of the Bay. My clients form the Flint, MI area had no trouble at all doing their job of catching fish today, however the National Weather Service sure did an incompetent job with their forecasting for today. They had predicted light, southerly winds with waves under one foot high. I was fully prepared to run up to where we had done so well yesterday north of Au Gres, however the reality of the wind was something quite different and caused me to change my plans. I had to resort to a Plan-B spot that fished well with the stiff, southwest wind we had this morning. The wind never did go below 15 knots and by the time we were heading back with my clients limits, the wind had risen to 20 knots with three to four footers and it was building too and is likely going to be five times worse than the weatherman predicted. At least the predicted storms held off though, so even though they were wrong about the storms in the forecast at least that was an error that we didn't mind. We caught our fish today on about the same program as yesterday pulling meat at a pretty fast clip of 1.7 to 1.8 mph, but in the surging waves today, that speed was up and down. The spot we fished today is a consistent producer during mid to late July and oftentimes into August too. I looked at my fishing logs last night and saw that last year I started fishing there on about this date and the fish have migrated into there again at about the same time frame this year. We have more iffy weather predicted for the next couple days, so we'll see how that all plays out with this cold front coming though the region. Right now though, there are so many great spots on fish on the Bay that even a cold front will not slow down the fishing much.

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7/12/15 6:14 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/1215, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I had a birthday girl on my boat today and this trip was a present to her from her loving husband and they were joined by her two sisters to round out the party. We had dead calm conditions today, so I presented some options to my clients and we decided to run well north of Au Gres, which is the first time I've fished that way since 2013. I have though fished there hundreds of times in the past, so those waters are not strange to me at all. We set up with the same spinner/crawler rigs that I've been running all summer, but I set them suspended today at various depths and in short order, the walleye told me what depth to load up on with all my presentations. My clients enjoyed non-stop action all morning. The bite was very light with us loosing over half the fish that hit. It didn't mater though because a lot of fish hit. By 11:15 my clients had taken their limits of dandy walleyes and they also took a 5-6 pound smallmouth bass that jumped over and over all through the long fight. They also caught an 8 pound channel catfish and at least a dozen sheephead, all as bonus fish. Our smallest walleye today was 19 inches and that was the only walleye we caught that was under 20". The size today was a consistent 20-24 inch size range, which are hard fighting sized walleyes indeed. A 40' setback behind the Church Tackle Walleye Boards with three ounce weights, pulled at 1.7 to 1.8 mph was the hot ticket. I used half crawlers on red/silver and chartreuse/orange harnesses with equal hits on each color variation today. We fished all sorts of depths in our big hook of a trolling pass. Big Charity Island is a cool place to fish indeed with lots of structure and depth variations. If the weather is good, we may head back out that way again tomorrow. However, in the past three days, I have fished in three widely separated areas of the Bay that are very different and have taken good catches on each day at every location. Saginaw Bay certainly has a lot of good spots these days and it make it hard to decide where to fish.

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7/10/15 12:27 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/10/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients from the Shelby, MI area caught their limits of walleyes today aboard the Trophy Specialist boat. We had constantly switching winds today that started from the south, then switched to the northwest and then it changed to the northeast. While I was cleaning fish, it was blowing east. In conditions like that, walleyes will typically not bite very well and that is exactly the kind of bite we had today with a slow, sporadic bite with spurts of action followed by lulls when the wind switched. We did mark a lot of fish today, but they just would not turn on much. We had our best luck with high lines this morning early with a lot of hits coming on spinner/crawler rigs set 40' back behind the boards, which was about 22 feet down at a trolling speed of 1.4 mph, with 15 pound co-polymer line and three ounces of weight. Later on in the morning, we did best on the bottom at the same speeds. Color did not mater much today as everything got hit about equally well. We trolled in waters from 29 to 33 feet deep today. I also heard good reports of limits being caught north of Big Charity Island today too, so that means that a lot of fish have moved out there. I will likely be trying some new areas tomorrow to find some better action and to take advantage of typical migration patterns at this time of the year that concentrates fish in certain areas.

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7/9/15 4:22 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/9/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Today the weatherman predicted sunny skies, but we instead had mostly cloudy conditions while we were on the water with winds that started from the southeast and then veered to the northeast later in the morning. Changing winds typically equals a slow walleye bite and that is exactly what we had today with a slow pick at the walleyes all day. It took my clients from Holland, MI, Wolverine, MI and Montana about five hours of trolling time to pull their four man limits of walleyes, which for Saginaw Bay standards, on my boat, is considered slow fishing. We fished the same general area today as we did yesterday, but today we were able to troll all morning in different directions as the winds were fairly light. The bite today was light too, with a lot of fish lost in the process of limiting out. All but one of our walleyes were caught on or near the bottom today. Color pattern did not mater much as they hit everything I had in the water about equally. When the bite is tough, like it was today, I don't change lures at all, as I just stick with what works consistently well, day in and day out. I pulled eight, 3 ounce bottom bouncers with about a 70' setback behind the six Church Tackle Walleye Boards and 80' back off the two flat lines to round out my eight rod trolling spread. I trolled all spinner/crawler rigs. Slow speeds (for this time of year) of 1.3 to 1.4 mph worked best. We fished in waters 30 to 35 feet deep. Our first couple fish we caught today were sheephead, but after that, we only caught one more of those beasts. We did pull one nice channel catfish in though, which my clients kept for a fish fry. All in all it was a pretty nice day on the Bay today and a heavy box of fish made it ever better.

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7/8/15 12:27 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
7/8/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Today a long time, repeat client from Grand Blanc, MI enjoyed taking limit catches of nice, eating sized walleyes. After yesterday's blow-day, the National Weather Service had predicted light winds for today, but that forecast was BS as the wind was blowing pretty stiff when I got up and from the northeast, none-the-less. By the time we hit the water though, the wind had died down to less than 15 knots, but the waves were still rolling pretty good coming down from Lake Huron proper. We ran out a few miles out from the point and set lines pointing the boat with the wind so we could ride the swells better. We got into some pretty good action for the first couple miles of trolling, but when the wind switched more easterly, the bite slowed up some. We had our walleye limits though in pretty short order and also caught six sheephead, one catfish and one nice sized yellow perch too, just to add some mixture to the box. I started off with a mixed spread of spinner/crawler rigs with some on the bottom and some up higher in the water column. The high rigs failed to produce any strikes, so I then set everything down on the bottom and trolled slow, at 1.3 to 1.4 mph to get them to bite best. I had various colors from bright fluorescents to more natural patterns and everything got hit about equally. I talked to a bunch of other fishermen today and none of them had done very well, so the bite was pretty tough overall. Normally, this time of the summer serves up some of the best fishing of the year, but we need some stable, warm weather to set up that hot fishing, which will hopefully happen in the next weeks to come.

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7/7/15 9:50 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/7/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Today's charter was cancelled due to stormy, wet, windy weather. Yesterday though we did fish, but the weather served up tough conditions. My clients from Saline, MI and Little Rock, Arkansas road with me to the fishing area in fairly rough seas. We only picked up five keeper walleyes in the first two hours of fishing in that area, which had been very hot in recent trips, so with that slow fishing there, we set out to try to find somewhere better. I sonared a lot of water in different parts of the Bay and even made a trolling pass in shallow water, but only caught a few walleyes there. We ended up out in the middle of the Bay and did get into a decent bite there for a brief flurry, but the the wind changed and the bite slowed way down. My clients ended up catching 18 keeper walleyes up to 25 inches. They also caught one plump channel catfish and a yellow perch that were kept too. One of the clients were very happy indeed with his nice catfish. All our fish were caught on or near the bottom. The bite was extremely light yesterday and even with freshly sharpened hooks on the harnesses, we still lost more fish than we caught. No real preference was shown for spinner patterns as they hit everything about equally. Cancelling the trip today turned out to certainly be the right call as the winds really kicked up mid-morning and it rained pretty steady all morning too. Today's clients rescheduled to an open date later this week from a cancellation on Friday. The weather is predicted to be nice for the rest of the week, so hopefully they will cash in on Friday with a nice day on the water then.

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7/5/15 2:21 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/5/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients from Lambertville, MI enjoyed a nice day of the Bay today catching their limits of dandy walleyes in the process. This family group related to me that they had been having some bad luck walleye fishing elsewhere, but the way the bite has been going here now, I assured them before the trip started that success would be likely today. We ran out just north or the same area we fished yesterday and set lines when I started to really mark a bunch of fish. We had some quick action with four bites in just minutes, but then the action died for a short while. Eventually though we trolled into an active school of walleyes and I just circled in that spot a couple times until we loaded up with their limits. The fish ran bigger today compared to yesterday with five of them in the 23 to 25 inch range and all but a couple over 17 inches. Today I set two high lines about 10-15 feet off bottom and those two rigs caught not only most of the fish, but also the bigger ones too. We did take walleyes off the bottom too though and once we got into them, the action was fast paced enough that I didn't bother to change things up. Two fire/tiger spinner/crawler rig, 35' back off the inside boards, with a 3 ounce bottom bouncer, trolled at about 1.5 mph, was the hottest setup. We also caught a walleye that had another anglers harness inside his gut with the trailing line hanging out. The hooks were all rusty, so it appeared that that fish had been in that condition for a while. It was still healthy looking though. So if you know someone that has blue line on their harnesses and broke off a walleye a while back, then tell them that their knot failed where it connects to the weight.

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7/4/15 2:07 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/4/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients and I celebrated the Fourth of July today in style with limit catches of nice walleyes. We had absolutely beautiful, perfect fishing conditions today with blue skies, a steady, light, southerly breeze and temperatures in the mid-70s for a high. We started off today heading to a promising spot, but as I cruised over that area and saw no fish on the sonar, I didn't even slow down and headed for my plan B spot. There were lots of fish marks there, so we set up for a long, with the wind, northeast trolling pass that covered almost five miles of water with walleyes all through the area from top to bottom. At first the higher lines that I had set about 10' off bottom did a lot of damage to the walleye population, but then later, when the sun came up, the fish moved down and the bottom presentations took over. I changed up from high to low as the bite dictated. We pulled 25 keeper walleyes in less than three hours of fishing today with steady action all morning. We also caught a fair number of undersized walleyes too, which is always nice to see for the future of the fishery. A few sheephead were caught to add even more action to the trip. Fire/tiger spinners worked best up high, but red/silver worked better later when the fish were low. Trolling speeds of 1.5 mph or less was the hot ticket. My clients today were repeat customers and they are already planning a return trip later this summer and will take advantage of my 10% discount on second and subsequent charters that I offer.

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7/3/15 2:19 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/3/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Blue skies with cool temperatures greeted my clients this morning who mostly hailed from the Pinconning, MI area. We also had light winds that died to calm conditions at times too. Without the breeze, the bite was just a slow pick, but they did catch their limits of nice walleyes with minimal effort. When the breeze would blow a little, the bite would turn on, but when it calmed down, the bite slowed down. It was like that all morning. Today the finicky fish would only bite a red/silver harness well and it had to be on or near bottom too. Trolling speeds of 1.4 to 1.5 mph best. Any slower and we started to pick up sheephead. Any faster and we caught nothing, so I had to constantly adjust the speed with the wind coming and going. We fished the same general area as yesterday in waters that ranged from 28 to 34 feet deep. While I was cleaning their fish, my clients were planning out their fish fry for dinner today. It doesn't get much better than fresh walleye filets cooked any way you want.

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