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