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5/7/18 @ 6:47 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

5/7/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Limit catches of nice sized walleyes filled the box again today.  We had near perfect fishing conditions with sunny skies, a slight breeze and pleasant temperatures.  The walleye cooperated big time with steady action and a maxed out catch.  All of our fish today were over 20" long, so the size was good too.  We caught them all off spinner/crawler rigs fished with bottom bouncers at 1.4 to 1.6 mph.  All colors produced.  we are hitting it again tomorrow, but I still have plenty of openings left this week and next too before my schedule gets super busy, so if you want to take advantage of this awesome spring fishing, just give me a call.   

Capt. Mike Veine

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5/5/18 @ 8:15 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

5/5/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I had the same group from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo scheduled yesterday and today.   We had to stay very close to port yesterday due to the predicted strong winds.  We only got to fish part of the trip yesterday due to inclement weather, but still managed to catch some nice fish during the curtailed trip.  Today though we ran out to a typical hot spot for this time of the year and loaded up on a bunch on nice walleyes taking limit catches.  We trolled with spinner/crawler rigs today targeting larger male walleyes.  As of yesterday, we had caught all female walleyes without exception.  Today though all the walleye caught were milting, male walleyes.  Only a few of the fish we caught were under 20", with the rest in the 20 to 25 inch range.  We also caught one nice sized northern pike as a bonus.  The 32 walleyes that ended up in the box filled a 120 quart cooler 3/4 full, so they were some chunky fish that were hard fighters too.   Since we were targeting post spawn male walleyes, we switched over to spinner/crawler rigs with bottom bouncers.  The water temperature was in the low 50s, so we kept the trolling speed at 1.5 to 1.6 mph.  Colors did not seem to mater.  The bite was fairly light today with a lot more fish lost than caught, but since we were getting hits nearly constantly, those lost fish were inconsequential.  At some some times we had three or four fish on at the same time, which is awesome fishing action in anybody's book.  My clients today already booked their dates for 2019, so they were very happy with the fishing.  I have plenty of openings over the next week, so if you want to get in on this fantastic fishing, just give me a call.

Capt. Mike  Veine

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4/30/18 @ 6:38 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

4/30/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients from southeast Michigan caught their limits of mostly big walleyes today.  The fish were all 22 to 28 inches and were spunkier than normal putting up some good battles in the frigid waters, which ran in the neighborhood of 43 degrees today.  The bite this morning was pretty good with steady action until the wind shifted and then the bite stopped for a while.  Thankfully it picked up towards the end of the trip but it took the entire 8 hours of the charter for them to fulfill their limits.  This morning a pink, Deep Husky Jerk bait was best, but later in the day a three hook, shallow Rouge in purple/gold was best.  We trolled at 1.4 to 1.6 mph and caught fish in all sorts of depth today keeping the lures about 12 feet down all day.  All the fish I've cleaned so far this year have been post spawn females.  The snowy owls were still hanging around the south break wall of the Au Gres River mouth today: Both in the morning and when we retuned in the afternoon.  I've read where the winter was brutal and very prolonged in Canada and at the Arctic to the north, which is why the owls are likely so far south from their home range.   In any case, it's cool to see them for sure.

Capt. Mike Veine

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4/29/18 @ 6:21 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

4/29/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We are still catching some big walleyes out of Au Gres.  Heading out of the Au Gres River mouth today, we were once again greeted by snowy owls, but this time there were four of them, which is almost a flock.  Pretty cool to see these birds way out of their home ranges like those owls.  We didn't have much fishing action early this morning with the super cold conditions suppressing the bite.  When I was setting lines this morning ice was forming on the lines.  As it warmed up, the bite finally started to pick up some and my clients from southeast Michigan caught some beautiful walleyes with several of the lunkers measuring 27 to 29 inches.  The smallest fish we caught today was about 22 inches, so all of the fix boxed were good sized.  We caught all our walleyes today on crankbaits trolled at 1.3 to 1.5 mph.  Gold/purple Rouges did best, but pretty much every lure we had in the water today caught at least one fish including Deep Husky Jerks, Deep Jr. Thundersticks and Flicker Minnows.  This is the time of the year when we catch our biggest walleyes with average sizes much larger than later in the season.  It's easier fishing during late spring and summer with limit catches almost every trip, but early spring is when trophy fish are taken about every day.  It's lots of fun anytime on the Bay though for sure.                     

Capt. Mike Veine

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4/28/18 @ 4:29 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (98%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

4/28/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


We've been catching some big walleyes this week at Au Gres.  Our biggest today was about 29 inches and we caught some others this week near that size too.  We are catching them trolling with crankbaits with a fire/tiger, Deep Jr. Thunderstick being best today.  On previous days this week though a  purple/gold Rouge took most of the fish.  The water is still well below normal temperature wise at 41 degrees today.  It should be in the 50s by now.  We are tolling at 1.2 to 1.5 mph.  Yesterday, on the way back in we spotted two snowy owls perched on the rocks along the break wall.  A rare sighting indeed.  This is prime time for catching big walleye on the Bay and we still have some openings for early May trips to go after the big ones. 

Capt. Mike Veine

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1/17/18 @ 4:55 PM
JeffC
JeffC
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Was wondering if there was any good fishing off of Sand Point on the South East side of the bay?

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1/11/18 @ 1:50 PM
JeffC
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Just curious if the bay gets any ice fishing pressure?  5 hour drive for me. 

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9/3/17 @ 6:42 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

9/3/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I decided to add one more fishing report at the request of one of my clients today who had been reading my reports and was looking forward to seeing his report after their charter.  This young man (in the photo) was not only an awesome fisherman, but he also helped me with the rods in the back of the boat all day too demonstrating some pretty impressive qualities for someone of any age.  Our day started out very chilly with a stiff, westerly wind that was nearly twice as stiff as predicted by the marine forecast.  Instead of the predicted one foot waves we had three footers for much of the day until the wind finally let up after noon.  The bite started off fairly decent, but it was a light bite and we probably lost half our fish today as a result.  The wind was fickle too, switching back and forth some and every time the wind shifted, the bite would slow down for a while.  My clients from Brighton, MI and Cadillac, MI kept at it though and close to the end of the eight hour charter, they put the final fish in the box hitting their limits of eight walleyes per person.  We caught fish of many different sizes today with the biggest walleyes being about 23 inches.  We also caught some nice catfish too.  We fished 5 to 6 miles from the Au Gres River mouth in waters ranging from 13 to 24 feet deep covering different water on every trolling pass looking for a hot spot with bigger fish.  The walleyes seemed to be scattered all over though.  The water there was pretty grungy from all the wind this week, but at least there were few floating weeds around, which has been a problem on other occasions.  We pulled spinner/crawler rigs on or near bottom all day with speeds from 1.4 to 1.8 mph taking the fish.  Color did not mater as natural colors and bright fluorescents all took about equal numbers of fish.  The fishing this week has been very good for late season with all of my recent charters that were completed limiting out and the fishing is fairly close to port too, which is nice.

Capt. Mike Veine

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8/30/17 @ 4:18 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (63%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

8/30/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had a foggy start to our day today with visibility so tight, that I elected to try right out in front of the Au Gres River until the fog lifted some since a longer run would have taken forever at the slow speeds that safety dictated.  Unfortunately, close in, out front, we only caught one small walleye, one catfish and one sheephead in about an hour of fishing before the fog began to lift, and we were able to pul lines and head south.  It was dead calm with a major bug hatch occurring, so we were limited there on spots to fish, but my clients from Toccoa, GA and Boon, MI boxed 24 walleyes along with a bunch of perch, catfish and sheephead, some of which also found their way into the cooler to further expand the big pile of walleyes on ice.  It was a very light bite all day with a lot of fish lost, perhaps even more than were caught.  We trolled a mixture of different crawler harness patterns about 3 feet off bottom chugging along at 1.6 to 1.9 mph.  This will be my last fishing report of the year as my season ends next week and I will be busy baiting bears and getting ready for the upcoming bear season, which I'm really looking forward to.  I also just got an order in from McKenzie Taxidermy Supply, and need to get some fish mounted up before the fall hunting seasons arrive.  All in all, it has been a very productive 2017 charter fishing season for me.  We had a lot of weather cancellations, especially during the spring, but when the weather was decent, we did catch tons of walleyes indeed.  In fact, the fishing this year was outstanding and with strong year classes of young walleyes in the Bay this year, next year should be off-the-charts awesome.  I can't wait.

Capt. Mike Veine

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8/29/17 @ 3:42 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

8/29/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a stormy day yesterday causing a cancelation, my clients from Scotts, MI and Toledo, OH joined me today with a forecast that was a bit iffy, but actually turned out to be a very nice day all around.  The first spot we tried this morning had some fish there, and we caught some right away, but the bite was very light and for the amount of marks on the screen, the fish were pretty tight lipped.  There was some wind before sunup, but when we started fishing, the wind had died down to near calm conditions and then it got even calmer as the morning wore on.  Walleye prefer a chop on the water, so those conditions were not great, but we were still picking away at them.  After a while I decided to pull lines and try another spot and there too we marked a ton of fish, but the bite was a slow pick for the rest of the morning there too.  About noon though, the fish there turned as they finally got used to the calm conditions and the feeding began.  From noon to 1:00 my clients had non-stop action and managed their 32 walleye limit and also took some bonus northern pike and catfish too, which I filleted out for them to boneless perfection.  When the bite was slow, red-silver harnesses were the only thing the walleyes would bite.  As the bite turned on though color did not make any difference. I tried to target suspended fish today, but never got one bite very far up off bottom.  The best setup was putting the crawler about 3-5 feet off bottom to try to keep the white perch from steeling crawlers, which still showing those active bottom walleyes the lures and entice them up to grab on.  Speeds of 1.5 to 1.8 mph caught our fish.  There were a fair amount of floating and suspended weeds in both spots we fished today, which required cleaning lines periodically, but it was not nearly as bad as what we had over the weekend.  

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