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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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7/2/15 6:21 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/2/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres Fishing Report

After a day off the water so I could go to the U.P. and spray my food plots there, along with doing some other needed chores, my clients and I from the Mt. Pleasant area hit the Bay with less than ideal conditions today. The National Weather Service had predicted light winds with waves less than one foot, but reality served up a stiff wind that switched from the northwest, then to the northeast, and then to the east, but it never let up to the predicted levels. Instead we had twos and threes to start off with and that eventually built up to threes and fours and while I was cleaning fish, the waves surpassed the four foot mark. Our fishing started off with us loosing our first five fish, but after that, our success rate skyrocketed as my four clients pulled limit catches of some very nice walleyes. Our biggest fish was a 25 incher, but they also caught several more that were close to that size too with most of the walleyes being 18-22 inch size. We had two young men on board that had a blast catching walleyes until their lips turned red and blue (from their drinks). If this would have been a couple day later, and they would have smeared on some white, they would have been considered very patriotic indeed. A friend of mine reported to me that he was catching most of his fish up high today, but we bucked that trend and pulled most of our fish off the bottom even tough I ran high lines all day with little success there. I ran three Church Tackle Walleye Boards on each side: The outside and middle boards were on the bottom and the inside boards we set about 10-15 feet off bottom. I also ran two flat lines off the gunnels and they were set on the bottom too. We only caught one keeper on the inside boards today, but the action was so good on the rest of the spread that I didn't bother to put the inside boards lures down, into the brunt of the fish. We set lines about five miles out from Au Gres and trolled with the wind all morning, but with the switching winds, that trolling direction varied a lot into a L shaped direction. At the end of the trip we ended up trolling in 5.5 miles before we had limited out and we never did run out of fish with no real lulls in the action. With some stabile weather predicted for the next days to come, the fishing here could be some of the best of the year. We certainly haven't had any stabile weather yet this year, so look out.

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6/30/15 10:32 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
6/30/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We closed out the month of June today with a stellar fishing trip. With possible storms predicted this afternoon, I was glad the fish bit well and my retired postal worker clients from the Ortonville, MI area caught their limits of nice walleyes in short order. We had very constant hookups all morning with no lulls in the action at all. Most of the walleyes we caught were bigger ones today with only one sheephead in the mix. We caught several nice yellow perch yesterday, but today we did not. We caught our fish at 1.5 mph today, but once the 15th keeper walleye hit the cooler, I sped up to 2.5 mph to keep the persistently biting walleyes from latching on, but even when pulling harnesses at that zippy speed, they still kept biting and we caught two more walleyes before I could get the rest of the lines out of the water. We caught most of our fish today on or near the bottom on various spinner/crawler rig patterns with no real preference demonstrated as they hit everything about equally. We fished the same general area as yesterday and trolled in one, straight direction without ever turning around and likely could have kept catching fish in that direction for many miles more. It was good fishing indeed today and my clients are already planning a return trip for next year to take full advantage of this fantastic fishery we have on the Bay.

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6/29/15 2:35 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
6/29/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

What a beautiful day it was indeed on the Bay today and my clients from Hillman, MI took full advantage of it today enjoying some awesome walleye fishing at the walleye capital of the world. We had light winds, blue skies and an eager young man and an energetic young lady accompanying their grandparents on this trip. It is always nice seeing kids having lots of fun catching a bunch of nice fish. Today we ran down to the area where we had been catching lots of fish before the last round of northeast winds. We marked a lot of fish all along that area and got into a decent, although light bite right away. The bite picked up as the morning went on and in about four hours of fishing my clients had caught their limit of 20 walleyes. Just before they had limited out though, a good friend of mine called and told me that he had tangled his kicker motor prop with fishing line and other trash and his main engine also decided to not run then too for a double whammy of bad luck. We caught walleye number 20 and then I caught one for myself just as we trolled up to my dead in the water buddy. I deployed my bumpers and pulled up along side him and tied off so my stern was just behind his stern so that I could reach his kicker. I had to remove his prop and cut all the line and trash off the shaft and then reinstall his prop so he could get back underway. Another friend of mine had caught a lot of fish between us and port, so the friend I helped out trolled his way back picking up more fish on the way. Our best rig today was a fire/tiger spinner/crawler rig fished about 8-12 feet off bottom. We also caught a lot of fish right off the bottom too on various colored spinner rigs. We lost more fish than we caught today with the light bite. It seemed like the bigger fish we hooked were the ones we lost the most, which is typical in the light bite situation as their bigger, bonier mouths tend to shake hooks easier compared to smaller walleyes when they ware not hitting aggressively. We also caught at least 10 undersized walleyes today too and a few sheephead which added more action for the kids to reel in. A slower trolling speed of 1.5 or less was needed to get strikes. I'm about to eat a fresh walleye dinner right now and with a cold beer and some fresh cauliflower, it doesn't get much better than that.

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6/28/15 6:58 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
6/28/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients had their trip cancelled due to bad weather back during the spring, but they rescheduled for today. With winds at 25 knots out of the northeast yesterday, we had to cancel that charter. Those big winds continued through last night and into the early morning hours. A couple hours before the start of today's charter, the wind switched to the northwest, so we had wind and big rollers from two different directions. We stayed close to shore for protection from the waves and found a small school of fish in 23 to 28 feet of water. We caught a fair number of walleyes, but when the wind shifted to the northeast the bite slowed up to a crawl. After a while though, they started biting again, but when the wind shifted once again, but to the east, the walleye bite died, but by then my clients had caught their limits of nice walleyes. I decided to scout out a different area on my limit for tomorrow's charter and set up for a reconnaissance trolling pass in 42 feet of water just west of the weather buoy. The bite was slow there too, but we did manage some more walleyes and two of them were pretty big ones. We only caught a couple walleyes today that were under 18" with our biggest being a 26 incher. We also lost several 25 inch-ish walleyes too, so there were some nice sized fish in the area. The bite though was painfully tough despite the fact that I was marking fish where ever we went. The light bite resulted in us loosing more fish than we caught. All but one of our walleyes came right off the bottom on spinner/crawler/bottom bouncer rigs. We had to keep the speeds slow at 1.3-1.4 mph to get them to bite. Color did not seem to mater as they hit everything about equally. The weather this June has been very unstable, but we do have a good forecast for tomorrow. Hopefully July will bring more stable weather. If so, the fishing here will explode.

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6/26/15 4:18 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
6/26/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a few days off the water, my clients from various parts of southeast Michigan and I hit the water with tough conditions indeed. We had a fairly stiff, northeast wind all day with waves in the three to four foot being pushed down from Lake Huron proper. With conditions like that, we had only one logical choice of a fishing area: Right out front of Au Gres and in close enough for protection from the winds that Gravely Shoal provided. We set up for our first trolling pass in 28 feet of water near the Gravely Shoal and trolled with the wind southwest. I started out with six spinner/crawler rigs set right on the bottom, but kept two more up about 20' down from the turbulent surface with a 35' setback. Those high lines took our first three bigger fish, so I naturally switched over to more of those rigs, but when the clouds rolled in about 45 minutes into the troll , that "high bite" died and we never took another hit up off bottom for the rest of the day. We picked up nine keeper walleyes on our first pass from point to point, but when I set up for our second pass, I put all the lures right on bottom and our hit rate went way up. We made it about half way through that second pass and had put our legal limit of 20 walleyes in the box. Spinner color did not mater as long as it was trolled on the bottom at slow speeds of 1.3 to 1.4 mph. I had to put one 26" drift sock into the water to attain that trolling speed. We marked a lot of fish in that area, but not all of them were walleyes. We also caught two white suckers: the first ones of the year. We also caught a sheephead that was so big that it ranked as probably one of the biggest one I've ever seen before. Most of our walleyes caught were 18-20 inchers, but we did catch some that were undersized and had to throw them back with several being 14-3/4 inchers. Some were also bigger, chunkers too that were well over 20 inches. All in all, despite the tough conditions, it was a very fun day on the water and everyone on my boat had a lot of fun in the process. Capt. Mike Veine


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6/22/15 1:21 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
6/22/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My repeat clients from Eagle, MI consisting of the 85 year old patriarch of the family and his three sons. We had rather nice conditions today despite the iffy forecast by the National Weather Service. Accept for an east wind that kicked up for about an hour, the winds were light. We also had sunny skies and an aggressive bite at first, but then it did go neutral after the east wind died as suddenly as it started. We ran down to where we fished two days ago with awesome success and got into the action right away and it did not stop until we put limits of nice walleyes in the box for everyone on board. I ran the same varied trolling spread today that has been working so well in recent trips running all spinner/crawler rigs at various depths. I ran the outside boards right on bottom, the middle boards were just off bottom and the inside boards were set about 20 feet down (10-15 feet off bottom). I also ran two flat lines on bottom too, which rounded out the spread. Trolling speeds of 1.5 to 1.7 mph were working great today. Color or presentation did not mater as they hit everything about equally. This was a very enjoyable day today for me too as these clients really know how to fish and have done well on every trip with me over the years.

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6/21/15 1:48 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
6/21/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients from the Brighton, MI area enjoyed a beautiful day on the Bay today taking their limits of nice walleyes in the process. As we were motoring up the river today on our way to the Bay, they expressed to me that they were concerned about limiting out too fast, so I changed my plans and decided to fish a different area from yesterday where we caught quick limits of walleyes. We fished straight out from Au Gres in 36 to 50 feet of water, but even there the super abundant walleyes hit everything I trolled, at every depth and we still limited out taking 20 keeper walleyes by about 10:00 in the morning. The bite is on fire right now all over the Bay and I actually think it would be hard to find a place to fish where the bite would be tough on a nice day like today. I ran the same spinner/crawler program as yesterday with the outside boards on the bottom, the middle boards near bottom and the inside boards about 20' down. I also ran two flat lines on the bottom too. I ran a variety of florescent rigs and natural colored rigs and everything got hit about equally so color did not mater much. My speeds were slow at first (1.3 mph), but then I sped up to 1.5 to 1.7 and still got a lot of hits. Those higher speeds pulled the lures up off bottom in that deep water, but even so, the fish kept hitting and I think the faster trolling speeds actually got us more action at the end too since we finished up with six fish on. We caught all walleyes today with no other fish species hooking up. We marked a lot of fish there and I believe that they were mostly all walleyes since that's all we caught. Most of the marks were on or near bottom, but we did see the occasional fish up high too. Our fish today were mostly 17 to 20 inchers with a few bigger ones and a few smaller ones too. After I cleaned the fish my clients and I enjoyed a tailgate lunch at the park under the shade of some trees. The sun was still shining and there was a gentle breeze tempering the temperature in the mid-70s. It doesn't get much better than that and in the end, my clients expressed that they were very happy with their fishing trip on the Bay despite the somewhat quick limits.

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6/20/15 2:48 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
6/20/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a vicious northeast wind yesterday forced a cancellation of of Friday's charter, I hit the water today with clients from Marshall, MI and this trip was a wedding gift certificate for the newly weds. We had a beautiful day on the Bay today with a southeast breeze of about 13 knots on the way out, but that breeze died down though when we finished up the trip. We had blue skies and temps in the low 70s too, which was very nice to experience. The fishing action this morning was nothing short of phenomenal with 15 fish in the box in less than one hour of fishing time. All the fish we caught were keeper walleyes too with no short ones or junk fish at all. The walleyes ran from 16" to 26" and all of them came on spinner/crawler rigs fished at various depths. I fished the same general area that we fished on Thursday running south and then fishing north with the wind. I set some of the lures on the bottom, some just off bottom and some about 10' off bottom and everything got bit. Trolling speeds of 1.5 to 1.7 mph did the trick and the bite today was aggressive with few fish lost. The color of the lures did not mater as they hit various stuff about equally. I just ate walleye for dinner and it doesn't get much better than fresh walleye filets served with a moral mushroom sauce with Bush's Grilln' beans (Bourbon and Brown Sugar) on the side washed down with a cold beer. I also had a couple cookies for desert. Life is good.

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6/17/15 1:41 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
6/17/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients from Flint had a beautiful day on the Bay today catching their limits of dandy walleyes. We set lines today a mile or so north of where we finished up yesterday and had a steady pick all morning fishing a large area (five or more square miles). I marked fish all over the water column so I set a mixed spread targeting various depths and that exploratory spread, helped out a lot as we found that the fish that were about out 10' off bottom were the most active and they ran pretty big today too. We took five fish that were in the 23" to 26" range. A fire/tiger harness, with a 35' setback (behind the boards), with 3 ounces of weight, trolled at close to 1.5 mph was best and I figured that the lures were about 10' off bottom with that setup. The winds were from the southeast for most of the morning, but then it calmed down breifly and then switched to the northeast, but by the time the wind shifted NE, we were pulling lines and heading in with limits in the box.

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6/16/15 2:15 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
6/16/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The weather today was beautiful with sunny skies and moderate winds. My clients from Marysville, MI caught their limits of walleyes despite a tough bite. The winds were from the northwest all morning, but we had waves also from the northeast too, from a wind way out on Lake Huron, and that created "sloppy" fishing conditions with waves coming from two different directions. It makes trolling harder and also tends to make the fish bite less in sloppy waters. We made trolling passes from Northwest to Southeast today covering about two miles on each pass staying close to shore with nets on both sides of us. We just picked away at them tough with a lot of undersized walleyes also taken today for some reason that we had to sort through. Our keepers were a mixture of 16 to 23 inchers, which are awesome eating sized fish. I saw where walleyes were $20 per pound in the store the other day, so we caught a lot of valuable fish today indeed. I ran the same spread of spinner/crawler rigs as the last two days with the lures set on, near and above bottom. The fish came on all rigs about equally. In the early morning, fire/tiger spinners worked best, but at the end of the trip, red/silver seemed to get more hits. I had to troll with a drift sock out today, not so much to slow the boat down, but to steady the trolling speed in the sloppy waters. A speed of about 1.5 was best today. The fish were still in the same area as yesterday, but they just were not biting as well. It was a tougher bite, but my clients still had a lot of fun fishing the Bay today and I'm sure they said they will be back again to take advantage of this fantastic walleye factory called Saginaw Bay.

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6/15/15 12:42 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
6/14 and 6/15, 2015, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I had a group from Pennsylvania fishing with me both yesterday and today and they got to experience some world class walleye fishing for sure. Yesterday we had storms rolling though the area all morning, so we were patient and waited them out and didn't hit the water until the threat of storms had past. We headed out at 1:00 p.m. and went out to where we had caught scattered fish on the 13th in deeper water. We started catching fish right away and in about 3 hours of fishing my clients had caught their limits of nice walleyes with most in the 17" to 20" size range, but with a few smaller and several that were bigger chunkers too. We caught the fish on spinner/crawler rigs fished on the bottom, just off bottom and about half way down. Speeds of 1.5 to 1.6 mph were best and the bite was neutral with some of the fish hitting light and others hitting aggressively. Color or pattern did not mater as they hit everything I threw at them. It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon on the Bay with calm conditions and temps in the mid-70s. Today we went right back out to the same area, set lines and trolled southward. We again started getting hits right away and the non-stop action continued until my four PA clients again took their limits of fine walleyes. I ran the same program as yesterday with the outside boards pulling spinners right on the bottom, the middle boards presenting spinners about 3' off bottom and the inside boards set about half way down. The two flat lines were set on the bottom too. All rigs took about equal hits as the fish were all over the water column and very aggressive today. Speeds of 1.5 to 1.7 mph worked well today and color patterns were not important as they hit everything I had down in the water equally. The fish were about the same size today as yesterday with a nice mix of sizes in the box. We caught about a half dozen undersized walleyes each day too, which bodes well for the future on the Bay. Today we trolled south for about four miles and never ran out of the fish. In fact, I did not have a chance to turn around once on that troll as we had non-stop action all the time. My PA clients will have a lot of fish-fries in their futures and my wife and I will also be having fresh fish today too. You gota love this fantastic fishery we enjoy out of Au Gres on Saginaw Bay.

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6/13/15 4:55 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
6/13/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I'm beginning to sound like a broken record: After a blow day yesterday with several inches of rain, lighting storms, and a 25+ mph northeast winds pushing giant waves into the Bay, we went out today with a fair forecast predicting light winds and sunny skies. The weatherman though got it totally wrong again as the sun never did show itself all day and the winds were strong from the east with waves in the 2 to 4 foot range all day. The Au Gres River was flooding with extremely muddy conditions and the Bay itself was riles up a lot from yesterdays big-blow. We went to our first spot where we fished on Thursday, but I didn't really mark much there, so we headed to another spot and made one trolling pass there, but only caught a few walleyes in one hours effort. We also caught a bunch of sheephead there, so we picked up lines and moved a few miles to deeper water and marked a fair amount of fish there, but they were scattered from yesterday's storm, so it was a slow pick all day taking the full eight hours of the charter to fill my four client's limits on some nice walleyes. Most of the fish were 16" to 21" with a a few bigger and a few smaller ones. It was an extremely light bite today with more fish lost than caught. The walleyes would just latch on without pulling much to set the hooks and then they would swim along with us on the troll barely making their presence know. Making maters worse, I had to troll very slow today to get much action with speeds of 1.2 mph being necessary. We ran all meat today right on the bottom with bottom bouncers ticking right on the lake bed. We did mark some fish up higher, but couldn't get them to bite much. Color preference was not a factor today as everything got hit about equally. The forecast tomorrow is calling for light winds , but a chance of storms and that type of forecast predominates for the rest of the week. Hopefully we can get all of this next week's trips in as the month of June has been nothing close to summer-like. Even though the conditions are tough, luckily we have the best walleye fishery in the world here, so tough conditions still result in very successful fishing here.

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