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7/12/18 @ 10:40 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

7/12/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We finally had a beautiful day for fishing today with low winds, a light chop, and filtered sunshine; near perfect for walleye fishing. We ran back to the spot where we found lots of walleyes yesterday and picked up right where we left off with non-stop action right form the time I set lines until the end of the trip. My clients from Cadillac, MI and Chicago, IL had to problem putting 24 walleyes in the box in short order. They also kept a couple perfect eating size channel catfish too. I mixed some crankbaits into the trolling spread today and the walleyes ate them up. The old standby, chrome, 1/4 oz. Hot-N-Tots with a rubber core sinker 5' ahead of the lures did the trick. A trolling speed of about 1.8 mph was my velocity. We also some meat today too and that also worked like a charm. The wind is predicted to be up some for tomorrow with two completely different wind predictions form two weather sources. The National Weather Service calling for 12 knot SW winds, which would be fine, but Windfinder is predicting wind to 27 knots from the south turning SW, which would be awful. We'll just have to wait and see how thing shape up tomorrow morning to see if we can fish.

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7/11/18 @ 11:15 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (3%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

7/11/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I decided to try some different spots today right from the start of the trip. The first location produced a couple quick walleyes but then nothing more, so we moved to spot #2. There we caught a couple more walleyes, but nothing steady, so we moved to spot #3, which turned out to be full of walleyes. We had non-stop action for a two mile stretch, but unfortunately, my clients had only booked a 5 hour trip and they ran out of time before they had limited out. With four clients aboard, catching 32 walleyes takes very steady action right from the start, which certainly isn't always going to be the case with the way walleyes move around in the Bay. It often takes checked several spot before finding a concentration of active fish. They did end up with 25 walleyes today though with the biggest being about 26 inches. They also caught some catfish and sheephead along with a white bass, white perch and a yellow perch too. We had a big pike on, but it bit through the line taking the lure with him. We pulled meat on the bottom today with every lure in the water catching their share of fish. It was fairly windy and rough at times today, so the trolling speed varied a lot in the surging waves from 1.4 to 2.0 mph. We had some issues with seasickness yesterday and today too even though it was really not all that rough out. In both cases, taking a good seasickness preventative would likely have cured the motion sickness. If you are planning a fishing trip on big water and motion sickness is possible, then consult your doctor about Transderm Scop, which is a prescription medication that is applied through a patch worn below the ear. In every case I've seen where this product is used it has blocked all sea sickness including some hard cases that were especially prone to motion sickness. Over the counter remedies like Dramamine may be fine for those that get light sea sickness occasionally, but Transder Scop is a much surer bet.

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7/9/18 @ 12:05 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (16%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

7/9/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I often wonder how the folks at the National Weather Service can keep their jobs when they are wrong more than they are right. Trump should fire them for incompetence. They had predicted 12 knot winds today, but when we launched it was 15 knots and by the time we arrived at the fishing area, it had increased to 20+ knots with building waves. We toughed it out though, but it was pretty tough fishing in three to four foot waves even though we were trolling with the wind. The wind eventually died down some though and the bite picked up and my clients from Grayling, MI managed to catch their limits of walleyes. At first today the fish were tight to bottom, but when the wind subsided slightly, they moved up and we did better with suspended presentations. The walleyes were also moving around a lot. We would make a pass through a area and get lots of action, then we'd make another run through the spot and it was empty. Fire tiger harnesses worked best suspended, but red/silver/glow worked best on bottom. Speed varied a lot in the surging waves with a range of 1.2 to 1.6 mph producing. With a nicer forecast predicted tomorrow, it sure would be if the NWS was actually right for once. We'll see.  

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7/8/18 @ 12:22 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (26%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

7/8/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The weatherman blew it again today predicting winds under 10 knots, but reality was far from that fantasy with winds in the high teens and three footers all morning long. The charter today was a half day trip, so I was happy to get 17 walleyes and one five pound steelhead today. Most of the walleyes were pretty good size, but we did loose a lot of fish in the surging waves. We caught most of the walleyes today suspended in deep water with 20 to 25 feet down being best. Color did not mater much. A trolling speed of 1.3 to 1.5 mph seemed to work best. The fish were moving around a lot today too which made it tougher. Hopefully the winds die down some by tomorrow and for the rest of the week since I have mostly half day charters booked through the week. At this time of the year half day charters can really handicap the clients when it's windy or stormy and we can't run far from port to better areas because the long, slow runs eat of too much of the fishing time. The bite is then usually more of a slow pick and with the short duration of the trip the catch often ends up being far less than what would have been possible with a full day trip. I do understand though that some people just don't want to fish all day long, and that's fine, but clients need to have reasonable exceptions of successes in that case. With an eight walleye limit on the Bay, it just takes more time to max out and half day trips offer far lower odds of doing so compared to full day charters.

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7/7/18 @ 11:46 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (36%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

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

The northeast wind that forced the cancellation of yesterday's charter really moved the walleyes on the Bay. The first spot we tried, where we had been catching lots of fish all week was very slow. We then tried another spot near there that is typically very good at this time of the year and there was no fish there. I then ran to a third spot where the fishing was good a couple days and we did mark a lot of fish there, but the walleye bite was only fair. It was only a five hour charter today, so when we ran out of time, my clients had 13 fish in the box. If it had been an eight hour trip, then the box likely would have been much more full, but on five hour trips, when the first spot or two don't pan out, you just don't have enough time to pile them up. All the walleyes were taken off the bottom at 1.5 to 1.6 mph with no particular color jumping out as superior. Hopefully the scattered fish will regroup tomorrow and the fishing will improve.

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7/4/18 @ 4:48 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (66%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
91° - 95° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F

7/4/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients celebrated the fourth of July in style today with limit catches of walleyes. This was their second day in a row fishing with me and they brought home 64 walleyes in their two day fishing spree. The also caught a dandy northern pike today, which I filleted out boneless and they are nearly as good eating as the walleyes, so a nice bonus. We fished the same area as yesterday and had a good morning bite, but when the wind died down to dead calm, the bite slowed up a lot. When a slight breeze came in though, the walleyes turned back on and my clients were able to fill their limits. These four guys were all very good on the rods though, so that helped a lot in this light bite situation we had today. I tried to run a crankbait today, but after a couple hours and no hits on the on them, I went to all meat, which was working well. The only down side is that we caught a lot of sheephead today. We also caught a rock bass, yellow perch, white perch, catfish and the pike I mentioned before. Lots of variety indeed. We also threw back at least a dozen walleyes too, so lots of action on the boat today by all standards. No color preference was shown today as everything near bottom got hammered. I even got to bring fish too and had a walleye dinner fit for a king. I put the walleye on tin foil, squirted lemon juice on it, then salted and pepper it a bit. The fleets were covered in Vidalia onions, sealed up and put on the grill until done. Delicious.

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7/3/18 @ 1:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (75%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

7/3/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report\

We had a hot, calm day on the Bay today, which is usually not good fishing condition, but we checked out several new areas today and spot number three was a winner. My clients from Sault St. Marie and Holly Michigan caught their 32 walleye limit, but it did take most of the day to accomplish that with a light bite and lots of missed fish. We also caught a lot of sheephead today to, which also slowed down our walleye efforts at times. We caught all our fish today on spinner/crawler rigs, however I may mix in some crankbaits tomorrow if we fish the same area. Trolling speeds of 1.5 to 1.7 mph were best today. We caught walleye on all colors, but fire/tiger was probably best. I have the same clients tomorrow, so I'm sure they will be pumped up for another fun day on the water once again.

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7/1/18 @ 2:48 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
91° - 95° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

7/1/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The heat wave this weekend has really slowed the fishing. The water temperature jumped up about 10 degrees. My clients caught 19 walleyes and one northern pike today fishing for eight hours with a lot of fish lost. We had similar results yesterday too. Anywhere else and that would be considered "good fishing" but on Saginaw Bay it is sub par. We have been fishing a lot of different places trying to seek out active fish, but haven't been able to find anything fantastic. The fish are likely just a bit shocked by the sudden warm up and will start biting like crazy again once this warm spell passes and they get used to the water temps. We fished deep, medium and shallow water today looking for fish. We caught fish in most of the places we checked but didn't stay long since the action was not great in any one place. We stuck with spinner/crawler rigs today which are going to be the best choice in tough conditions when we are fishing a lot of varying depths. Color has not mattered much the past couple days with everything I've had in the water getting bite once in a while. When the fishing is tough a lot of people start changing lures to try something different with hopes of better results. I opt to just stick with the highest odds lures that work day in a day out all summer and only start changing lures when the bite is good. Using low odds lures in a tough bite just lowers your chances for success that much more.

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6/29/18 @ 12:39 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

6/29/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had another beautiful day today on Saginaw Bay for walleye fishing. We started out fishing a bit south of the area where we fished yesterday and had a flurry of action right away, but when we got to the area from yesterday, the action dried up. We then pulled lines and ran back through the better area again and the bite had died down there too. The wind had picked up and then died down then, which shut them off. We just stayed in that area though and eventually they turned back on and my clients from southern Michigan caught their limits of nice walleyes with the largest being 24 inches, although a few others that may have been larger were lost. They also caught to nice sized yellow perch too. All the fish were caught today near bottom with spinner/crawler rigs presented with bottom bouncers. I'm running six rigs off the Church Tackle Walleye Boards and two right off the back of the boat for a eight rod trolling spread. The trolling speed today was 1.3 to 1.4 mph. Anything over 1.5 resulted in no hits. The water temperature is finally over 70 degrees, so the fish will be more active now, but they also move around more when the water is warm too. We don't fish the same spots for long at this time of the year. My clients today had a great time on the water and are already planning a return trip for next year. With the fishing so good here though, they seemed to be having a hard time deciding on a time of the year to fish.

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6/28/18 @ 12:14 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (100%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/28/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

It was a picture perfect day for fishing on the Bay today with light winds that were fairly steady, blue skies, comfortable temperatures and very cooperative fish too. In fact the only complain I heard today was that various body parts were getting sore form reeling in too many big walleyes. My clients today from St. Helen, MI, Texas and Las Vegas, NV caught their limits of walleyes in short order with most of them being over 20" long. The biggest was just under 28 inches and was hauled in by a lady who had never even seen a walleye before today, but she did awesome on the rods catching several of the biggest fish of the day and a jumbo perch too. We had a blow day yesterday with stiff, northeast winds and rain all day long, so I wasn't really sure where to go since hadn't fished for a couple days. I ended up going to the spot where we finished up Tuesday's charter, which had lots of fish marks there, but was a bit slow on bites due to the crappy weather. The fish really bit a lot better today with the nice conditions. We pulled spinner/crawler rigs on the bottom with bottom bouncers trolling at 1.3 to 1.5 mph. The downwind troll was more productive than upwind. The best lure today was a red/silver/glow harness that I have been using all spring and summer with good success consistently. I did an article for In Fishermen last month featuring this harness and another super productive one and the article includes tons of details on the presentation that we use day in and day out on the Bay. I was told it is supposed to come out this fall some time. The weatherman has predicted a similar, beautiful weather day for tomorrow, so I expect great things then too. 

Capt. Mike Veine
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