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8/18/14 2:46 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
8/18/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I meet my customers every morning at H&H Bakery and Restaurant and tell them to follow me down to the launch and just park their vehicle where all the other trucks and trailer rigs are parked. This morning though, when I we got down to the DNR launch, the place was completely empty which was surprising considering it was a very nice day indeed. Needless to say, the fishing pressure at this time of the year is a lot lower than it is earlier in the season when the ramp is typically packed. The fishing is still excellent though as my customers from the Benton Harbor, MI area caught an impressive limit of walleyes today and also enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day on the Bay too. The fishing started off pretty slow though as we only caught four fish in the first four four hours of fishing. At mid-day though the walleyes turned on and it was non-stop action from 11:30 until limits were reached by about 1:00. We had trolled over that hot area earlier in the morning too, but the fish there then were not active, but we just kept after them until they went on the feed. We caught a lot of nice sized fish today too with most of the walleyes running 18 to 24 inches with only two under 17". We did the damage with red/silver spinner/crawler rigs trolled about 10' below the surface targeting suspended fish. A trolling speed of 1.7 to 1.8 mph was best. The floating weeds were not nearly as bad today as they were yesterday, so that was nice. I even got some fish today for my dinner too, which I will eat with a morel mushroom sauce and some fresh green beans with banana peppers that I picked from my garden yesterday evening. A meal doesn't get much better than that.

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8/12/14 12:17 PM CST
Hey Capt., since your the only post I see of recent; I am coming from Milw. going to Bay City with the boss to work on the Skipper Buds down there. They are letting us use a pontoon the few days well be there. I know it is not your norm but any advice to fishing the areas closer to shore down there in the morings? Thanks, it is well appreciated.

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8/8/14 4:54 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
8/8/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had a gorgeous day today on Saginaw Bay. The wind stayed easterly all day, but it was light and the waves were about one foot, which was about perfect for trolling. We first went out to the area where we had limited out yesterday, but the bite there was slow and we only took four keepers in the first three hours of fishing. We then pulled lines and headed to another spot and set lines, but the fish were up higher there, so I just set the same bottom/bouncer rigs with spinner/crawlers just 18 feet behind the boards and went to town with some fast and furious action until my customers from both southern and northern Michigan caught a nice limit of walleyes. The fish ranged in size from 15 to 23 inches and they hit every pattern I had in the water as long as it was about 10' under the surface. I trolled at about 1.8 to 1.9 mph and the bite was hard enough where we didn't loose many fish too, which was nice. My customers had a blast today as they had never seen this type of quality walleye fishing before on the Bay. I have not fished for suspended walleyes much this year, but this fishing area had them up off bottom feeding on shiners. Normally, spoons, crank-baits or harnesses with inline weights would have worked better in that situation, but I honestly did not have time to change anything up as the action was non-stop once I figured out the depth they were at, so I just kept the same bottom rigs on there and they worked just fine even up high. The fish were not in one spot either, as we trolled for over three miles in one direction and never ran out of fish. It was just a mater of putting the lures up high in their feeding faces.

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7/24/14 4:49 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/24/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

It's a good thing my customers booked an 8-hour charter today because the first five hour of the trip were extremely slow, but the last couple hours saw Saginaw Bay cough up over 20 nice walleyes. My customers were from Chelsea, Michigan today. In fact, some of them live less than a few miles from me, yet I had never met them before. The Chelsea crew brought along a fourth person from Ohio too. The morning started off with a lot more wind than was predicted. In fact, the wind really blew all day yesterday and last night too from the northeast. Right about the time we launched the wind shifted though to the northwest. We ran out in rollers from the NE with the wind blowing at about 15 knots from the NW. as we got out into the bay further though, the wind shifted more to the north. When I got to where I wanted to fish, the water temperature had dropped five degrees since Tuesday, so I motored south about a mile and the temp started to creep up, so we set lines there and started a long trolling pass heading south. We caught a couple walleyes right away, but then the action died right when the wind died down to almost dead calm. We then trolled for hours only taking a couple more walleyes. We did catch two jumbo smallmouth bass though. I measured the first one and it was 22" and likely weighed close to five-pounds. The second one might have been slightly smaller, but it too was a trophy class bass. Eventually, at about noon, the walleyes turned on and we had non-stop action until we filled a five man limit. The Hot N' Tots that produced so well on Tuesday did not take one walleye today, so I put out a spread of all spinner/crawler rigs fished near bottom using bottom bouncers to counteract the tough bite. The best color early was fire/tiger, but later they really went after silver spinners big time. Trolling speeds of 1.8 to 1.9 mph did most of the damage and the fish seemed to bite best when I was making turns on both the port and starboard sides. They are predicting a light southerly wind for tomorrow, so if that prediction comes true, the fishing should be outstanding. The fish we are catching are prime eating size fish in the 16 to 22 inch range, which make fine table fare. My customers today took part of their catch to H&H Bakery and Restaurant where they will enjoy a very fresh fish dinner.

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7/14/14 4:51 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/14/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

It's not unusual for the weatherman to be wrong, and he certainly was today, but for Monday the forecast had predicted stormy weather when I looked at it yesterday, but instead it turned out beautiful. It started out a little rough for the ride out, but the winds died down by 9:00 and after that it was absolutely gorgeous with lots of sunshine, a nice gentle breeze and plenty of walleyes biting on our lures. We went back to the same area where we left off yesterday, but had to troll in nearly the opposite direction due to the southeast winds today (west yesterday), so we set up south of the area where we had our best luck yesterday so we could troll downwind into the fish. We started taking some sporadic action though right off the bat though with four fish on at the same time to start things off, however three of them got off and the one landed was undersized. That's the way it went for the first hour of fishing: We would troll into a school of fish, hook multiples and loose most of them. When the wind died down though, the bite improved and we started landing more walleyes than were lost and my customers from Canton, MI had a blast limiting out on a nice mess of walleyes and also one, big catfish too. I tried to run some Hot N' Tots today, but had no takers on them, so all our fish were caught on spinner/crawler rigs trolled near bottom at trolling speeds of 1.7 to 1.9 mph. Our best rod was a flatline (no planer board) fished right off the port gunnel. For some reason that one rod caught probably half of our fish today even though I had three other identical silver/red harnesses fishing at the same depth. Sometimes walleyes can be finicky as they were today and sometimes when the weatherman is wrong, it isn't so bad after all.

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7/10/14 2:58 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
7/10/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My customers had an enjoyable trip today taking their limits of some real nice walleyes. We had blue skies, and a moderate breeze putting a nice "walleye" chop on the water. We had slow action for the first hour of the trip, but after that it was game on as we had steady action with lots of multiple fish on at the same time. Because of the slow start, it took us a bit longer than normal this year to fill up the cooler with fish, but no body was complaining. My party today consisted of a active duty Army officer with his two young sons. They are from Michigan and were accompanied by their Grandfather from the Lansing area. They had a gentleman's competition on who would catch the biggest walleye. At first the grand kids each caught some nice sized fish and were winning, but then the father caught an even bigger, but eventually their grandfather topped them all with a lunker of a walleye (see photo). I even got in on the action today and took my limit and just got done with a scrumptious grilled walleye dinner with moral mushrooms over rice on the side all washed down with Labatt beer. It doesn't get much better than that. All our fish today came on spinner/crawler rigs pulled behind bottom bouncers down near bottom. Fire-tiger patterns seemed to work best today. I did mark some smaller fish up higher today, and tried to target them for a while, but all I got was dinky walleyes up high. Trolling speeds of 1.4 to 1.6 seemed to work best today. The walleyes today were not biting very good early on. I was marking a ton of fish early, but they just wouldn't bite. We were patient though and just stayed over them until they turned on. We concentrated on deeper water today and were rewarded bit time.

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6/30/14 1:00 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
6/30/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We closed out the month of June maintaining my 100% success rate on limit catches for my customers for the year. I had a group of repeat customers today that are some pretty good fishermen who had a great time today catching lots of walleyes. We ran way south this morning and trolled back towards Au Gres in one, long trolling pass going with the wind over about five miles of water. The winds varied from 15 to 20+ knots this morning, so we had mostly three footers on the Bay, so trolling with the wind was the only, practical option. Right after I set lines, we got into a good bite taking a dozen good keeper walleyes in the first hour of fishing. After that though, the wind shifted to the south and the bite slowed to a catch rate of about five keepers per hour and when the bite slowed, we started to loose more fish too, which is normal, but no big deal on the Bay as a lost fish is quickly replaced with another fish. All the fish I saw on my sonar were tight to the bottom, so we trolled with the only logical choice in those conditions; all meat presented near bottom. I ran my typical spread with six Church Tackle Walleye Boards and also two flat lines right off the gunnels. No color preference was shown today as the walleyes bit all my harnesses about equally. My harness patterns ranged from natural silver blades to bright chartreuse and florescent orange patterns. Slow trolling speeds at 1.3 to 1.5 mph were best. We marked fish along a six mile stretch of water today, so the walleyes are very wide spread and super abundant in many year classes. We caught walleyes from four inches up to 20+ inches. There are a dozen year classes of walleyes that are showing up in the catch daily, which bodes well for the fishery. Taking limit catches on every single completed charter this year certainly demonstrates the world class walleye fishery Saginaw Bay is now serving up. This has been the best walleye fishing I've ever experienced, bar none.

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6/22/14 1:13 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
6/22/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The fishing continues to be red hot out of Au Gres. Even with winds switching several times this morning, my customers, from Cadillac, MI, still caught a fairly quick limit of nice walleyes and also a foot long perch too as a bonus fish. The wind started out from the northeast with two-foot waves rolling southwest as we headed out. Then the wind switched to the east, then 45 minutes later is switched to the southeast, then it went south and by the time we pulled lines, it was coming from the northeast once again. It was sloppy with waves coming from several different directions at the same time, which makes for tough, precision trolling. With a normal walleye fishery, switching winds like that will shut the fish off completely, however, thankfully, Saginaw Bay is not a normal fishery at all these days. With millions of walleyes in the Bay, there are always at least some fish that didn't get the memo to quite biting. The bite was a bit light this morning, but they still kept biting steadily regardless of the tough conditions. I marked tons of fish right on the bottom today, so we stuck with the same spinner/crawler/bottom/bouncer rigs I used yesterday. Slow trolling speeds were best in the 1.3 to 1.5 range. Spinner color did not mater as long as the lure was in their faces. We fished deeper water today as those deep holding fish typically don't shut down as much as shallow water fish do in changing winds like we had today. We spent most of the morning in 30 to 35 feet of water. For some reason today we caught more larger fish with only five fish under 20 inches and several real dandies too with the biggest being over 26 inches. We have still limited out on every completed charter so far this year, so this fishery is certainly world class.

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6/12/14 2:58 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
6/12/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Fog greeted us this morning, however it quickly lifted on the Bay and we were able to depart on time and on flat waters too. We motored out to the deep water area where we fished on Tuesday and had no action at all for the first half-hour, but then we finally trolled into some fish a bit shallower and had to switch things up a bit shortening the setbacks and then it was game on. Once we found them, it was non-stop action and my party from Texas got to enjoy their third, straight limit catch of dandy walleyes. Today's fish ran on the chunky side as most of them were above the ideal eating size. Our biggest fish was about 25 inches. We did take some smaller fish too though to round out the catch and we even caught some sub-legal sized walleyes, which bodes well for the future of this fantastic fishery. We trolled in one direction until we found a concentration of walleyes and then we circled around on them and really loaded up and finished up tossing back some nice fish too since we had five on at one time at the end of the trip when we only needed two more for our limits. I varied my trolling speed a lot today as the winds were variable. We caught fish at 1.3 to 1.8 mph. We used varied harnesses patterns featuring red, silver, chartreuse, orange and glow and all took hits, so there was no color preference that I could tell. The fish are still tight to the bottom feeding on emerging bugs, so the presentation had to be very close to the bottom to take fish in that area.

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6/8/14 11:35 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
6/8/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I had a group from the Columbus, Ohio area fish with me today and besides having a great time on a vacation here in the Au Gres area, they also got to experience world class walleye fishing today too. The weather was a little iffy this morning with a rain storm making its way across Michigan, but by tracking the storm on my radar, it became apparent that the storm would miss us to the south. We ran back to the spot where we ended yesterday's charter. When I saw on the sonar that the bottom there was still covered with fish, we set lines and immediately got into some walleyes. From then on we caught fish practically non-stop taking an impressive limit catch of chunky walleyes in very short order. Only a few of the fish were under 20 inches with most of them being in the 20 to 22 inch range which are excellent eating size, but still big enough to put up a good fight for some fun fishing indeed. We caught them on the same spinner/crawler rigs I've been using for about two weeks. These rigs are a variety of colors like fire-tiger, silver, red, pearl and glow and they all got hit today with no color preference shown by the walleyes. We put the harnesses right on the bottom with a long setback for the bottom bouncers. The trolling speed today was about 1.5 mph. When the wind kicked up, I had to put a drift sock in to slow the trolling speed. We are still fishing a massive school of walleyes on the east side of the shipping channel. This school stretches from Buoys 1 and 2 all the way to Sand Point in deep water and I'm sure there are a lot of fish further east in shallower water in that area too, but I haven't fished it yet. This fishing now is some of the best I've seen on the Bay. In the last few days the longest it has taken us to limit out is 65 minutes of fishing. My customers today are already planning a return trip to experience this fishery once again.

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6/5/14 11:54 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
6/5/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Today was one of those "Pure Michigan" commercials kind of days with clear, blue skies and a nice breeze to put a nice "walleye chop" on the water. We set the same hot program as the previous day in the same general location and the walleyes hit practically non-stop until we had caught our limits very quickly. This is a massive school of fish we are fishing that likely encompasses over 20 square miles of water and ranges from shallow water to depths over 35 feet. Today we did a three mile trolling pass and never ran out of fish. The fish ran bigger today with most of our walleyes measuring over 20 inches. In fact only a few were under 20". We lost some dandy fish too but when you are hooking fish constantly, it really doesn't mater in the end how many fish are lost. We were trolling with the same variety of spinner/crawler rigs that I've had on my poles all week and the fish showed no color preference today as they hit everything we put in the water. I only ran six rods today and that was more than enough to get the job done. Our trolling speed varied a lot as we were trolling with the wind in two foot waves and our speed was in the 1.3 to 1.7 mph range. The weather is predicted to be very nice for the next few days, so this world class walleye fishing should keep going for the foreseeable future.

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6/2/14 1:25 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
6/2/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

It was a little breezy this morning with a southerly wind putting a nice "walleye chop" on the water. We ran a bit south from where we took our limits yesterday and trolled with the wind at 1.2 to 1.7 mph rolling with the waves. We had consistent action all morning and my four customers took their limits of some nice walleyes before noon, despite a late start. Most of the fish were 19 to 21 inches but we did take a few bigger ones for good measure too. The fish came mostly in doubles and triples today as they were clustered in pods all over our fishing area. The walleyes have been feeding on shiners as I had about 50 shiners left in my live well that they had barfed up. The shiners were two to three inches long. We caught all our fish today on a variety of spinner/crawler rigs trolled near the bottom. I didn't mark any suspended fish all morning so having lures up higher would have been a waste of time. No particular spinner pattern shined today as they hit everything I threw at them. I have a scheduled day off tomorrow, and it's a good thing too, because the weather is predicted to be very windy and stormy Tuesday anyway. I'll be hitting the water again on Wednesday with a three boat charter, which should be fun. After that, I have every day booked until June 21, which opened up after we got a cancellation. My July charters are starting to book up more and more. July has been the most consistently excellent fishing month for me on Saginaw Bay for several years in a row with limit catches on every trip.

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5/31/14 12:10 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
5/31/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had another very productive day of walleye fishing on the Bay this morning closing out the month of May with a limit catch of nice walleyes. In fact, we have limited out on every trip so far this year, bar none. We headed back to the same area where we have been fishing for the last week and got into some hot action right away. I never actually got all eight lines in the water at the same time on the first trolling pass as we hooked up non-stop for better than one hour straight. That trolling pass covered about two miles of water and went over varying depths to 34'. We took about 15 walleyes on that first pass, but then the wind shifted to the ENE and it took us a full hour to land the last five fish on the second pass over the same waters, so that wind shift certainly slowed the bite some. It was still an awesome day as we were back to the launch by about 11:00. We caught walleyes of all sizes today for a nice mix taking everything off the bottom on crawler harnesses/bottom bouncers trolled at 1.3 to 1.4 mph. Harness color was not a factor today as they showed no real preference taking everything I put in the water about equally. We only trolled with the wind/waves today as the two foot chop was a bit too harsh to troll into those waves at the required slow trolling speeds that the walleyes wanted. The water temps are still in the low 60s at the surface and much colder on the bottom, so the fish are a bit lethargic still. Sharp hooks and a smart fish fighting strategy are needed in conditions like these for optimal success.

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5/29/14 12:22 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F
5/29/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After two days off the water due to rotten weather, we headed out today with light winds and clear skies predominating We went to the area where we had limited out on Monday, but with a southeast wind today, we set up about one mile southeast of that location to troll towards that area. When I stopped the boat there, I immediately noticed a lot of fish on the fish finder and they were all located tight to bottom. I set lines with a spread of spinner/crawler rigs taken to the bottom with heavy bottom/bouncers. We hadn't even gotten half the lines out when we hooked up with our first fish and that's the way the rest of the morning went as we had steady action until we had taken a limit in no time at all. We caught fish of all sizes today too for a perfect mix of small walleyes, medium ones and also some lunkers too. The fish were not fussy this morning as they took a variety of spinner patterns showing no real preference. We caught fish in waters 27 to 34 feet deep with 27-29 being best. I didn't try shallower than 27', but I suspect it would have been good. The trolling speed was pretty critical this morning as they bit best at 1.4 mph. One tenth of a mph more or less and they would not bite. Sharp hooks are a must at those slow trolling speeds in deep water and even then, we probably lost as many fish as we caught. I just had two rare June days open up from an otherwise completely booked month. Give me a call if you want to fish on June 20 or 21 as those are prime dates and won't last long.

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5/5/14 11:14 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 36° - 40° F Water Temp: 40° - 45° F
5/5/2014, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My customers were a bit late this morning as we didn't hit the water until about 8:00 a.m. It didn't mater though as the nearly ideal conditions with a slight chop and overcast skies produced non-stop action as we took a four-man limit in about two hours of fishing. Most of the fish were 18 to 24 inches today with a couple bigger and a couple smaller for a nice mix of walleyes. We trolled spinner/crawler rigs with bottom bouncers between the points in varied depths taking fish whereever we went. Spinner pattern did not mater today as they hit various stuff with no preference. We trolled at about 1.4 mph today, but at times, we sped up and slowed down and still took hits, so speed was not much of a factor today. I talked to the DNR creel checker and he said that most anglers were taking limits over the last few days and the fish were coming all over. Most people are still fishing with stick baits, but the crawler bite is definitely on big-time too. This is perhaps the best spring fishing I've seen out of Au Gres this year despite the late spring and bad predominantly bad weather. We have limited out on every charter so far this year and there are a lot of nice sized fish this year too. The best is yet to come too.

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