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8/21/15 6:50 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
8/21/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had to delay our departure on today's charter until about 9:30 am due to high winds. It blew very hard the last several days with winds yesterday over 40 knots at time. I didn't know what to expect when I headed out having not been able to fish in days. We did go through a lot of riled up water in patches, but the area we fished was not too bad with visibility about 3-4 feet down into the water. The first four hours of the charter were pretty slow with only 4 or 5 walleyes making it into the box. The second half though was better as the wind died down and things settled down a bit. At first we had to make west to east trolling passes, but when it died down and switched to the southwest, we were able to circle around in an area where we found some semi-active fish. The bite was very light today with all fish barely hooked. My clients from Pinckney, MI though did very good on the rods today and as a result they went home with their limits of walleyes. We only caught two undersized walleyes today and all our keepers were in the 19 to 26 inch range for a nice sized box of fish. They also caught one yellow perch (kept) a couple catfish and one sheephead (thrown back). We did get raided some by white perch today that stole a lot of crawlers. Most of the fish were marked on the bottom today, but with all the perch down there with the walleyes we had to keep the lures a few feet off bottom to keep things running efficiently. Trolling speeds of 1.7 to 1.8 mph were best. I pulled all 3 ounce bottom bouncers with spinner/crawler rigs. The color did not mater as everything got hit about equally. We fished in 25 to 30 feet of water and did not have another boat fishing within sight of us all day. This will likely be my last fishing report of the season. I only have one open date left this year and half a lot of writing assignments to complete before the end of the month. On top of that, we are closing on a house in Au Gres next week and need to get a lot of projects done on that place before the snow flies. We will be moving to Au Gres next spring permanently and will be selling our house and 38 acres near Chelsea. We will also be selling our 20 acres near Au Gres next year too. This will be a very busy next month for me indeed.

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8/17/15 4:46 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
8/17/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients today from Grand Blanc, MI, enjoyed a nice day on Saginaw Bay while catching their limits of walleyes. The day didn't start off so great though with winds in the 20 knot range from the southwest, but it died down to the upper teens by the time we departed and about mid mourning the winds died down to the mid-teens bringing the waves down from threes and fours to twos and threes. The bite today started off pretty decent with six in the box on the first pass. After that though, when the winds died down, the bite stalled for a while, but then picked up and my clients were limited out by a little past noon. Yesterday my clients from the Hillman/Atlanta, MI area, only managed 11 in the box on an all day charter, so today's bite was certainly better. We caught all our fish today on spinner/crawler rigs trolled a few feet off bottom at 1.7 to 1.8 mph. We were the only boat going out of the Au Gres ramp this morning and we only had one boat fishing near us, who was a buddy of mine. We fished in 25 to 29 feet of water. The color did not mater at all today as everything got hit about early from natural colors to bright florescent. We caught most of our fish off the six Church Walleye Boards, but the two flat lines I ran probably contributed 25% if the fish to the box too. This is not easy fishing now, but it is still pretty good none-the-less. I am also hearing reports of some yellow perch being caught now too, so those golden gems are starting to school up near Au Gres too.

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8/6/15 5:32 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
8/6/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

As I was running back to port today, I declared today to be the most beautiful day of the year and my clients from Grand Blanc and Brighton, MI agreed. We had blue skies all day over the Bay with puffy, fair weather clouds over land to add contrast to the picturesque day. The temperatures were cool in the morning, but with a high of about 75 degrees, low humidity, and a light easterly breeze for most of the day, it was comfortable to say the least. We started out heading back to where we had been fishing north of Big Charity Island, but the water temperatures there had taken another nose dive and after an hour or so of trolling there, we only had one catfish strike to show for our efforts. Some of my other fishing buddies that I was in contact with also had not found any fish in that area either, so it became apparent that the walleyes there had gotten tired of all the constant water temp fluctuations and had left the area. I pulled lines at about 9:00 and ran to my plan B spot, but only caught a couple walleyes there in an hours worth of fishing. We then pulled lines once again and headed to my plan C spot and started to take some walleyes there right away. Once I figured out the best pattern, it was pretty steady action until we limited out with 20 walleyes by about 12:30. We had to sort through some undersized walleyes and perhaps a dozen sheephead too, so the action was pretty good in that spot. The keeper walleyes there were perfect eating sized fish in the 16 to 23 inch range. We caught them by pulling meat behind bottom bouncers right on the lakebed at 1.7 to 1.9 mph. The faster speeds helped to reduce the occurrence of sheephead and also kept the gobies from steeling the crawlers. When I bumped the speed to 2.0 though, the action stopped. The fish hit everything I had in the water today, so no pattern or color preference was noticed. We did take a lot of fish off the flat lines though, so those were certainly worth the extra effort to run. Even tough the bite was tough to find today, we still enjoyed an awesome day on the Bay and with ideal weather conditions, it doesn't get much better than that.

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8/5/15 4:50 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
8/5/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients from Hale, MI, Ann Arbor, MI and Illinois enjoyed some fun walleye fishing on the Bay today. We started out heading onto the Bay with fairly stiff, northwest winds combined with pretty big rollers from the northeast for some sloppy conditions. The early morning bite was good though as we had 15 walleyes in the box by 11:00. After that though, when the wind died down and then started switching this way and that way, the bite was very slow and also turned light. Before 11:00 we caught most of the fish that were hooked, but after that, we lost far more than were caught. When the walleye bite slowed, the gobies got a lot more active and started coming up and steeling crawlers exacerbating the problem. If we had gotten a bit earlier start, we would have limited out early, but instead we fished all day and ended up with 19 walleyes, one short of my clients limits. At least my clients got to enjoy a full day of fishing though. The only real complaint that I get on my boat is that limits are caught too fast. Today they did not have that problem. Next year, when the limit is doubled to 10 walleyes on Saginaw Bay, hopefully that complaint will be a thing of the past. We caught all our walleyes on spinner/crawler rigs with bottom bouncers. I did run some crankbaits and did not get any action on them today. Our hottest rig was the starboard flat line with a red/silver pattern harness 60 feet back with a three ounce weight. We trolled at speeds of 1.4 to 2.0 mph depending on the depth. We fished north of Big Charity Island once again. There are a lot of fish there for sure, but there are also a lot of baitfish there too, so the bite is not as consistent as we experience in other areas earlier in the season. Depths fished ranged form 20 to 30 feet of water today and the walleyes were scattered over a wide area with pods of fish here and there that were moving around a lot making them hard to peg down. If we get stable weather, then the fishing there is fantastic, but if the weather is unstable with changing winds, then the fishing is tougher. Hopefully tomorrow will bring stabile weather.

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8/4/15 4:48 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
8/4/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

For the second day in a row we had to curtail the charter due to squalls blowing through the area. Also for the second day in a row, my clients caught two fish shy of their limits and likely would have limited out if we could have concluded the charter much like yesterday too. The bite today was extremely light as we lost probably as many walleyes as we caught. They were just nipping at the lures and not hooking up solid. We fished again north of Big Charity Island taking a trolling pass in shallow first, but coming up empty there. We then moved deeper and found some action there, but it was pretty slow through the morning hours with the wind switching from west to southerly. When the wind picked up though, the fish turned on and we had one very good trolling pass taking about 10 walleyes in short order, but then a squall popped up right over us and when it passed the wind switched back to the west and the bite slowed down to a crawl once again. We then had another squall pass to the north of us, but when we saw another menacing looking squall line developing on a course towards us, we pulled lines and called it a day. Besides walleyes, we also caught one nice smallmouth bass, one catfish, and several sheephead. I pulled mostly spinner/crawler rigs today, but I did do some experimenting with other stuff, which did not produce at all. I pulled 3 ounce bottom bouncers just off bottom adjusting the running depth by slowing down and speeding up as we went over the varied depths of that rocky, structure laden area. I ran both natural and bright florescent spinner patters and everything got hit equally so no real color preference was evident. We trolled at speeds that ranged form 1.3 to 2.2 mph and caught fish at all speeds. Despite the challenging weather conditions my clients from various parts of Michigan still indicted to me that they had a good time. They are waterfowlers so today probably seemed like a very nice day to them. The weather is predicted to be more stable tomorrow, so that will be a good thing though in my book.

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8/3/15 8:21 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
/3/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a blow-day yesterday with wicked winds between the multiple severe storms (I saw 1" hail balls) the walleyes were scattered today and the bite was tough. The weather today was also worse than predicted with gusty winds all day and we had to curtail the trip due to multiple squalls in the area. My clients though from Atlanta, MI still managed to good catch coming up only two fish short of their walleye limits. We fished in four different areas this morning catching walleyes in all spots, but never really finding a "hot spot" where we could catch fish steadily. We fished in waters from 14 to 30 feet deep north or Big Charity Island and could only get bites when pulling the lures closely past the fish as they laid tight to the bottom. That area is home to zillions of round gobies though, so putting night crawlers near the bottom results in a lot of stolen baits, so I tried to keep the strolling speeds at more than 1.8 mph to lessen the thievery. I also had to use long setback, especially in the deeper water to keep things productive. The fish did show a preference for any one particular harness color as they hit everything equally, as long as it was kept on the bottom with the night crawler intact. This was certainly a tough day to fish today, so hopefully the weather will stabilize for my upcoming days. I only have a few openings left for the remainder of the charter season and they area going fast, so if you want to get in on this fantastic fishery with me, please phone soon to make your reservations. We of course are also taking reservations for 2016 for those who want to plan ahead.

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8/1/15 9:14 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
8/1/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Today was a perfect example of why 8 hour charters are sometimes a trip saver. After a tough day of fishing yesterday we had much better conditions today, but it was still a bit choppy out. We ran out to where we had been catching lots of fish near the Charity Islands and didn't even get a bite at the first spot as the water had cooled down and cleared up there with all the high winds we had the past few days. We then picked up and scouted another area, but didn't find anything there either. We then tried yet a third spot and found some fish, but the bite was sporadic. We did work over that area for the rest of the day and my clients from Oscoda (with one downstater too) managed to catch their limits of nice walleyes with most of them coming in the last few hours of their charter. Our biggest walleyes today were a pair of 25 inchers, but we did have one up to the side of the boat that was lost that might have been a bit bigger. We also caught two jumbo channel catfish and perhaps a dozen sheephead too to add to the action. We pulled all our fish today right off the bottom as suspended presentations did not produce for us at all. We had our best luck on humps that were about 23 to 25 feet deep with deeper water nearby. The bite was sporadic. When the wind died down some, so did the bite. When the wind would blow again, the bite would pick up. We used various spinner/crawler rig colors today with no real preference shown as they hit everything about equally. With the predicted 27 knot winds, storms and small craft warnings posted for tomorrow, I have already cancelled my charter for Sunday. Hopefully the weather will simmer down some for my Monday trip.

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7/28/15 12:35 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 86° - 90° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/28/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Today I had a repeat client form Grand Blanc, MI that has been fishing with me since the 1980s. On this outing he brought along his two Grandsons and their Dad. We started out into the fish right off the bat catching fish one after another. In just two hours of fishing time, they caught their four man limit of nice walleyes that ranged in size from 17 to 25 inches. Sure the kids lost some fish, but it was no biggie as they were quickly replaced with more fish on the lines. They were all chunky, well fed walleyes today with lots of girth and plenty of spunk. One of our walleyes today, a 24 incher, wore a MI-DNR lip tag and the young man that caught her will send the info in to the DNR and will get a report back from them detailing the fish's history. He may even win $100 as some of the tagged fish have a reward on them. We also caught about a dozen sheephead, so as you can imagine the action was non-stop. I never did really get a chance to sit down all morning running the boat by myself with all the action going on. We fished once again out by the Charity Islands pulling the fish out of rocky structure with lots of breaks, humps and rock piles in that area that hold millions of gobbies, which the walleyes love to eat. Yesterday I had some grilled walleye and those gobbie fed walleyes, even though most of them are on the rather large size, are absolutely scrumptious to eat. We pulled the same spread I've basically been running all summer with four chartreuse/orange spinner/crawler rigs and four more red/silver spinner rigs with six off the Church Tackle boards and two flat lines run right off gunnels behind the boat. They hit everything about equally and the bite today was good with few lost fish and plenty hooked deeply. Actually, after the first hour, I went down to a six rod spread and our action was still non-stop. I fished even faster today with speeds in the 1.8 to 1.9 mph range being best. Faster trolling speeds are best as the water gets warmer. This is walleye fishing at it's finest right now and this action is sure to stay good for weeks to come as the Outer Bay is setting up for a prolonged walleye bite this year that aught to be world class for the rest of the summer.

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7/27/15 1:24 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/27/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had another great day of fishing on the Bay again today. My clients from Gladwin had never fishing on Saginaw Bay before, so they were pleasantly surprised when they caught their limits of dandy walleyes that ranged in size from 17" to 27" with most of them over 20". We fished out by the Charity Islands again today and the number of fish in that area is very high producing outstanding fishing. With dead calm, hot conditions this morning, we had another light bite as we lost way more walleyes than we caught. The lost fish didn't mater though because there were so many fish around that they were replaced quickly. We caught all our fish today on spinner crawler rigs with no color shining as they hit everything off the boards about equally. With the calm condition and sunny skies, the flat lines did not produce much. We only caught one walleye off the flat lines. We trolled at 1.8 mph and covered about four miles of water in one, looping trolling pass before I turned around and headed back to port with a box full of walleyes.

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7/26/15 2:43 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/26/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a cancelled trip yesterday due to high winds and storms in the area, we hit the water today with clientele from Anchorage, Alaska. We headed north of the Charity Islands today and found world class walleye fishing with limits taken in short order. Most of our walleyes today were over 20 inches with a half dozen five to six pounders anchoring the fish box. We pulled all spinner/crawler rigs today with no color preference being noticed. We had a breeze when we ran out, but by the time we started fishing, the wind died to dead calm conditions which slowed the bite considerably. The bite was light today as we never had one walleye hooked deeper than the edge of the mouth. Today we caught a lot more fish off the boards compared to the flat lines, likely due to the dead calm conditions spooking the fish near the boat. We also lost a lot of fish too. I trolled at 1.7 to 1.8 mph to keep the gobbies from steeling too many crawlers, but we still caught a lot of those little rascals. I think some of them would attempt to steel the crawler and get hooked in the process and then a walleye would grab the gobbie. With those kinds strikes, with the hooks partially hidden in gobbies, the walleyes would hit over and over again until they got hooked themselves or got tired of the game. The walleyes in that area are extremely fat and well fed looking with girths so thick that the fish look obese. They also fight very hard too with many of them tanking the boards on the strike and then going nuts as they get closer to the boat with surging runs and lots of thrashing. They are lots of fun to catch. It was truly a beautiful day to fish today with blue skies, low humidity, and the calm conditions with long visibility. This is some outstanding fishing right now on the Bay indeed.

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7/24/15 4:49 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/24/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report After a very successful trip on Wednesday, I had a couple scheduled days off, but with very stabile weather all week in the area, it was driving me nuts to be home working on writing assignments when the fishing was on fire. I had been working out the details of helping out a friend of mine by getting them on some walleyes on Saginaw Bay for an episode of Great Lakes Fisherman's Digest TV. With the weather ideal though, and with me having an open day today, we got it all together and met at Au Gres this morning for a day of filming some fishing action. We went out in John Bergsma's boat, a new 21' Crestliner Authority powered by a 225 horse power, Mercury Verado. The boat was also decked out with 9.9, hp Mercury Pro Kicker and a 36 volt, Motorguide, XI5, auto pilot, bow mounted, electric motor and all the other bells and whistles you can imagine. My main task for the day was to direct them to some good walleye fishing and to supply the rods, reels, lures and knowhow for putting nice walleyes in front of the camera. The wind was about double the velocity of what the National Weather Service had predicted today, so we set up for our first trolling pass with Big Charity Island offering us some protection form the waves. We started out in shallow water and then trolled north, with the wind into deep water catching walleyes everywhere we went. We made two trolling passes and had put enough walleyes in front of the cameras to make several shows. There were a lot of gobies in that area and they were steeling crawlers like crazy, so John pulled out some Uncle Josh port rind that was a night crawler imitator specifically made for trolling for walleyes. We cut the 6" port rind in half, and put it on my hot harnesses, and the walleyes ate them up like crazy. Towards the end of the trip, we were catching more walleyes on the side of the boat with the port rinds compared to the other with crawlers, so I have some for tomorrow and will give them another try then. Our fish today were mostly nice sized ones over 20 inches. We trolled with the same setbacks in shallow and deep water, but just went faster shallow and slower deeper to keep the lures within five feet of bottom. In the up and down bottom structure of that area, that system works great. It was a lot of fun fishing today with a camera crew. Even the guys behind the cammera got in on the action as everybody caught their limits of walleyes on this awesome day of fishing on the Bay.

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7/21/15 2:15 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/21/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report Today my clients from various parts of Michigan caught lots of walleyes and some big walleyes too. We had a pretty good forecast for a change today, but when I checked the buoys weather stations on the Bay on the Internet, the winds were way higher than predicted, which left me indecisive on where to fish as we motored up the river heading towards the Bay. I decided to try out by the Charity Islands hoping for the winds to die down as the day went on. We ran out in three footers and set lines north of the Big Island and set up for a down wind trolling run. We didn't get a bite for almost a half hour, but then, all the sudden in was game-on as we started running into pods of fish with multiple hookups. 12 walleyes went into the box in no time and we pulled lines for another run through that area. By then though the winds had died down and on that second pass, the bite also died down there, so we just continued to troll in one direction and eventually got into another area with some outstanding action. My clients caught some very impressive fish today with several in the five to six pound range and most were well over 20 inches. The biggest one was a nine pound, Master Angler qualifying, lunker. We also caught two big, fat channel catfish and a few sheephead to add even more action to the morning. My clients had caught their 20 fish limit by 11:00, which is outstanding especially considering the quality of the fish taken in such a short time span. We caught all our fish suspended today on spinner/crawler rigs. They hit everything in the water about equally, so no color preference was noticed. I trolled at about 1.7 to 1.8 mph today with 40' setbacks behind the boards and 3 ounce weights. Two flat lines took a lot of fish too with 50' setbacks and the same rigs. By the time we had limited out the seas had calmed down to near perfect conditions and the long, 15 mile run back to port went by fast as we skimmed back at high speeds in the light chop. Everybody on the boat agreed today that was a awesome day of fishing on the Bay indeed and it turned out to be a beautiful day as well.

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7/18/15 1:16 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/18/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report This week has been nothing short of crappy, weather wise. On Tuesday I had to cancel due to storms and small craft warnings. On Wednesday the winds blew over 30 knots out of the northeast, which also cancelled Wednesdays trip too. That big nor'easter really changed the water big time. When I went out to the spot where we did good south of Au Gres on Monday, the walleyes had moved from that area completely by Thursday, so we had to go to my plan B spot a few miles from there. We did find fish there and my clients from Indianapolis took a good catch home with them on their half day charter. Yesterday we had more storms in the area along with heavy winds. With small craft warnings in effect, we cancelled yesterday too. The forecast for today was supposed to be sunny, hot and calm, so my clients form various parts of Indiana and I decided to head north towards Big Charity Island. It was a smooth ride out there, but as I began to set lines, the wind kicked up making it very difficult to fish the structure type spot we were at. We did catch walleyes in my target area, but we had to make short, trolling passes over them wasting a lot of time. About the time the wind started to die down I noticed storms brewing up on my radar. We picked up lines about half way into the trip with 12 nice sized walleyes in the box and headed back to port. The wind really kicked back up just as we were nearing Au Gres, and a storm did pass by the spot we had been fishing, so it was certainly a good call to head in. We caught our fish today suspended on spinner/crawler rigs pulled 40' back behind the boards and 50' back on the flat lines. All the rigs had 3 ounce weights. We trolled at 1.7 to 1.8 mph. Color did not mater as we took hit about equally on everything in the water.

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7/13/15 1:09 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/13/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

On four days in a row, I we took limits fishing four completely different areas of the Bay. My clients form the Flint, MI area had no trouble at all doing their job of catching fish today, however the National Weather Service sure did an incompetent job with their forecasting for today. They had predicted light, southerly winds with waves under one foot high. I was fully prepared to run up to where we had done so well yesterday north of Au Gres, however the reality of the wind was something quite different and caused me to change my plans. I had to resort to a Plan-B spot that fished well with the stiff, southwest wind we had this morning. The wind never did go below 15 knots and by the time we were heading back with my clients limits, the wind had risen to 20 knots with three to four footers and it was building too and is likely going to be five times worse than the weatherman predicted. At least the predicted storms held off though, so even though they were wrong about the storms in the forecast at least that was an error that we didn't mind. We caught our fish today on about the same program as yesterday pulling meat at a pretty fast clip of 1.7 to 1.8 mph, but in the surging waves today, that speed was up and down. The spot we fished today is a consistent producer during mid to late July and oftentimes into August too. I looked at my fishing logs last night and saw that last year I started fishing there on about this date and the fish have migrated into there again at about the same time frame this year. We have more iffy weather predicted for the next couple days, so we'll see how that all plays out with this cold front coming though the region. Right now though, there are so many great spots on fish on the Bay that even a cold front will not slow down the fishing much.

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7/12/15 6:14 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
7/1215, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I had a birthday girl on my boat today and this trip was a present to her from her loving husband and they were joined by her two sisters to round out the party. We had dead calm conditions today, so I presented some options to my clients and we decided to run well north of Au Gres, which is the first time I've fished that way since 2013. I have though fished there hundreds of times in the past, so those waters are not strange to me at all. We set up with the same spinner/crawler rigs that I've been running all summer, but I set them suspended today at various depths and in short order, the walleye told me what depth to load up on with all my presentations. My clients enjoyed non-stop action all morning. The bite was very light with us loosing over half the fish that hit. It didn't mater though because a lot of fish hit. By 11:15 my clients had taken their limits of dandy walleyes and they also took a 5-6 pound smallmouth bass that jumped over and over all through the long fight. They also caught an 8 pound channel catfish and at least a dozen sheephead, all as bonus fish. Our smallest walleye today was 19 inches and that was the only walleye we caught that was under 20". The size today was a consistent 20-24 inch size range, which are hard fighting sized walleyes indeed. A 40' setback behind the Church Tackle Walleye Boards with three ounce weights, pulled at 1.7 to 1.8 mph was the hot ticket. I used half crawlers on red/silver and chartreuse/orange harnesses with equal hits on each color variation today. We fished all sorts of depths in our big hook of a trolling pass. Big Charity Island is a cool place to fish indeed with lots of structure and depth variations. If the weather is good, we may head back out that way again tomorrow. However, in the past three days, I have fished in three widely separated areas of the Bay that are very different and have taken good catches on each day at every location. Saginaw Bay certainly has a lot of good spots these days and it make it hard to decide where to fish.

Capt. Mike Veine


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