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8/29/16 @ 3:33 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (8%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

8/29/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


My clients today from Carson City, MI enjoyed a gorgeous day on the Bay today and they also caught their limits of walleyes, which was icing on the cake.  It was a pleasant, sunny day with temps on the water in the high 70s and low humidity.  We had a fairly choppy ride out this morning with northeast winds, but that breeze quickly died down after we started fishing.  Eventually the wind died down completely and the shifted to the east with a gentle breeze that died down once and then picked up slightly towards the end of the day, but the ride in was on pretty calm seas with the slight wind mostly behind us.  The bite today was a slow pick all day with a couple wind induced lulls, but pretty steady action overall.  The walleyes were a nice blend of eaters with some nice sized fish too up to 23 inches.  We ran the same program in the same area where we have been doing good all though August pulling spinner crawler rigs fairly quickly near bottom.  Three ounce bottom bouncers off the six, Church Tackle Walleye Boards and four ouncers off the gunnels on flat lines.  I've been running the same spinners program for a month there too with fire/tiger on the port side and red/silver to starboard and today, like most days this month, color did not mater at all.  We did take few fish off the flatlines today, which is typically when it is calm like it was most of today.  We trolled in a straight line south for about 6 miles today at 1.8 mph, turned around and trolled back over the same water back to where we started without ever really finding a super, hot spot.  The active fish were just scattered around the large area and we took every once in a while with only one or two doubles all day.  We did catch some sheephead, a few catfish, and some perch too, which added action to the adventure.  We only had one boat within sight of us briefly today, so fishing pressure is super light right now even though the catch rate is still pretty good considering the lateness of the season.  There are more people fishing for perch now that walleyes too, but even the perch effort is light too, and yes they are catching good numbers of perch now too.  There was only one rig in the Au Gres, DNR launch parking this morning when I went out and only a few there when I returned.  This will be my last fishing report for the season.  My wife booked my last, remaining open date for the season today, so we are now only taking reservations for 2017.  Tight lines to everyone.

Capt. Mike Veine

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8/26/16 @ 3:53 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (33%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

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

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8/19/16 @ 12:11 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

8/19/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients from Fenton, MI caught their limits of nice walleyes today in short order.  These fish were all sorts of sizes from 15 to 26 inches with about a half dozen over 20 inches.  We caught our fish in a different area today.  We had pretty stiff south winds when we ran out with waves in the two to four foot range, so I set up a quite a bit further south from where we had been fishing for the last couple weeks, and really did well there.  Still mainly using the same spinner/crawler/bottom bouncer program targeting the bottom hugging fish in that area, but we did take a few suspended fish though as we saw baitfish jumping out of the water being chased by what was likely walleyes.  The fish are feeding mainly on shiners, but I also saw a couple gobies in the cooler at days end too.  A trolling speed of 1.7 to 2.0 mph surging in the waves was deadly.  We made one long trolling pass and then went back to the best area of that first pass and finished up the charter there.  There are fish in at least a five square mile area there and likely that fishy area is even larger as I have not poked around much since we have been catching fish constantly and have not needed to do any searching.  This is some of the best fishing of the season right now for us and hopefully it will continue into September too. 

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8/18/16 @ 1:34 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

8/18/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had to cancel my charters on both Tuesday and Wednesday due to stormy weather, but we did have a beautiful day on the water today with sunny skies and light winds.  My clients from Florida and South Lyon, MI boxed 26 walleyes on a half day charter, which is pretty good fishing considering we only had lines in the water for about three hours.  I had one happy six year old on board that caught his limit of eight nice walleyes too.  We fished the same area where we have been fishing for weeks now and pulled spinner/crawler rigs close to the lake bed using bottom bouncers.  Color did not mater as every rig was hit about equally.  A trolling speed of 1.7 to 1.9 mph did the trick and with lots of baitfish in that area, the fish are keeping fat and happy in that area and are not showing any signs of thinning out there.  Actually today, we had dead calm conditions for much of the trip and we probably would have done better with a little chop on the water, so perhaps the best fishing there is yet to come.  

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8/15/16 @ 12:58 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (92%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
8/15/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients today from Hale, MI got blown off the water on their last scheduled charter with me, but they rescheduled for today and experienced some excellent walleye fishing catching limits of 24 nice walleyes, one smallmouth bass, one catfish and several sheephead.  We had very light winds early this morning and the bite then was only fair with the walleyes hitting about every 5 to 10 minutes.  When the wind completely died down though to dead calm conditions, the bite slowed up even more and for about an hour or more, we only caught a few fish.  When the breeze finally picked up again though, the bite also picked up and we finished off the charter taking fish pretty steadily.  We are still fishing the same area where we have been going for the past two weeks.  In fact, this is perhaps the longest stretch where I have fished one area all season and the fish are showing no signs of wanting to move out despite the water temperatures warming to the high 70s.  There is a lot of baitfish in that area (graph shows lots of schools) for sure with the walleyes mainly full of shiners, but we are also seeing a lot of gobies and leaches in their guts too.  I have been running about the same program there for weeks with fire/tiger spinners on the port side and natural, red/silver on the starboard rods.  Today no pattern was preferred, but I would say that perhaps the starboard flatline, with a red/silver spinner and four ounce bottom bouncer caught the most fish of any rod.  We trolled at 1.7 to 1.9 mph trolling in a north and then south directions, which in that area is ideal as the slight current there also runs north and south.

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8/14/16 @ 5:04 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (85%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

8/14/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


We had two days off in a row where I had to cancel charters due to bad weather, so it's always interesting to see if the fish will be where we last caught them after such a hiatus.  Well, we didn't have to dwell on negativity too long this morning though as we started to hammer them like crazy right off the bat and boxed about 15 walleyes in the first hour or so of fishing effort.  After that though, the wind shifted, the clouds cleared out and the bite slowed up considerably to more of a slow pick that lasted for the rest of the charter.  My clients though, from Caro and Lansing, MI managed to catch their limits of 32 walleyes and they also took home a couple smallmouth bass, perch and small, eating sized catfish too.  We fished the same area where we had been fishing all week before the stormy/windy weather knocked us off the water.  A trolling speed of about 1.8 to 1.9 mph pulling spinner/crawler rigs with bottom bouncers ticking the bottom was the hot ticket.  Early in the morning bright, fire/tiger patterns were favored by the walleyes, but after the sun came out, no color was really preferred with everything being hit about equally.  Perhaps my port, flatline with a fire/tiger spinner was best though with a 35' setback as that rig accounted for a lot of fish today.  We had a water temperature of 78 degrees today, so a couple more degrees of temp will likely send those fish heading to deeper water.  I did hear of some good fishing reports from deep water today (over 50') and also some good perch fishing success too today with limit catches, so that is good news indeed.

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8/11/16 @ 1:21 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (59%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

8/11/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients today follow my fishing reports and asked me what I was going to post today.  I told them it will be the "Same old, Same old."  Limit catches of walleyes in short order fishing with the same stuff, the same way, in the same area where we have been catching limits all week.  We caught 32 walleyes today, one nice smallmouth bass and one perch for the box too.  A couple catfish and a half dozen sheephead rounded out the day for a lot of action indeed.  All in all, another fine day of fishing on the Bay with some fun folks to fish with.  It doesn't get much better than that.

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8/10/16 @ 12:33 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

8/10/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The fishing right now is some of the best of the summer with my clients from Manistee and Gun Lake putting a limit catch of 24 walleyes in the box by 10:00 this morning.  We had dead calm conditions to make the long run in the fishing area, so that got lines in the water that much faster this morning.  The bite was a bit slow at first, but when the breeze picked up, the walleyes started hitting non-stop, with the fastest action coming as we trolled into the wind and up current.  They also caught another nice smallmouth bass today too as we have taken bass on about every trip this week.  We also caught a rock bass today, which is the first one of those I can remember catching on the Bay ever.  A few sheephead rounded out the catch with no catfish taken yesterday or today, which was OK by me as my hands are sore from going to an arm wrestling practice yesterday evening and catfish are very hard to handle.  We ran the same program I've been running all weed today with bright, florescent spinner/crawler rigs on the port side and natural patterns to starboard.  All lures took about equal numbers of fish today, so they were not picky.  The bite was light early this morning though with lots of lost fish at first, but as the morning went on, the bite got more intense and we lost fewer fish.  We trolled at 1.7 to 1.9 mph today with setbacks that put the lures close to bottom.  It seems like there are more and more fish pouring into our fishing area every day, so unless a big blow occurs or too many other anglers find out about that spot and push the fish out of there, we should keep hammering them for the foreseeable future to come there.

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8/9/16 @ 12:11 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (40%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

8/9/16, Saginaw Bay, Au  Gres, Fishing Report

We had an awesome morning of fishing today on the Bay with my clients catching their limits of nice walleyes by 10:00 a.m. with almost non-stop action from the time we set lines until they maxed out.  I even got to catch some walleyes for myself today to.  We also caught another nice smallmouth bass today and just a few sheephead.  There was a slight south to north current where we fished today, so we trolled at 1.9 to 2.0 mph down current and 1.7 to 1.8 mph up current using spinner/crawler rigs behind heavy bottom bouncers.  We did a lot of circling around today fishing a small area that was just full of walleyes.  Despite our quick success, the bite today was actually very light with a lot of lost fish and very lethargic hookups, but the sheer number of walleyes in that spot more than made up for their tentativeness.  Color made no difference today as everything in the water seemed to get hit about equally.  The water temperature in the spot we fished was in the mid-70s today, so as long as that water stays in the mid-to high 70s there, the fish should stay in that general area and will provide some of the best fishing of the season.  If the predicted hot weather though warms the water there into the 80s, it will push them north to deeper water, which is when that fishery really takes off for a suspended bite in 50 to 100 feet of water closer to Tawas.  We will have wait and see how things develop, but we may very well be fishing deep water soon unless this heat wave breaks. 

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8/8/16 @ 5:23 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

8/8/16, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients today, who have fished with me over 30 times through the years, told me that they have never had a bad trip with me and today was no exception.  They caught their limits of dandy walleyes and also caught two jumbo, smallmouth bass, one of which, a 21", five pounder, is destined for the taxidermist.  His wife has one on the wall that is slightly smaller, so his trophy today is extra special to tone down her trash talking.  We fished the same general area where we have been fishing all week pulling meat on the bottom at 1.9 mph.  My hands have been taking a real beating the last week with the fish really thrashing around a lot coming out of that warm water.  I probably spewed blood a half dozen times today in the process of hook removal and cooler disposal.  Being a charter captain is often a blood sport and I typically get blood drawn several times a day all summer, but that just goes with the territory.  Today I even got stabbed very deeply by a catfish spine, which is very painful and causes one to loose their temper a bit.  Rubbing catfish slim on the wound though is a good remedy to kill the pain and it actually does work.  Today fire/tiger seemed to work a little better than other colors and a fire/tiger spinner/crawler flatline rig with a four ounce bottom bouncer was the best producer on the trip.

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