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