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8/26/18 @ 4:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

8/26/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had another blow day yesterday complete with nasty winds, lightning and lots of rain. Going out today I decided to try a spot where heavy southerly winds often push fish into this area. One hour into our first pass though and I was doubting my decision, but eventually the fish started to turn on there better and by the end of that pass, we had 16 walleyes in the cooler. We shortened up the second pass through the most productive area and caught 10 more. At that point things were looking pretty good, but after that though the bite slowed down considerably as it took us nearly the full eight hour charter to finish off my clients 32 walleye limit. These good folks were from both Tawas, MI and Fairbanks, Alaska. We stuck with a very high percentage trolling spread all day taking almost all our fish off the six Church Tackle Walleye Boards. In fact we didn't catch any walleyes on my two flat lines until the last hour or two, which is odd since all sets were pretty similar, being close to bottom. Lure color was not too important today as we caught fish on both natural spinner/crawler patterns and also bright stuff too. Speed also did not seem to be much of a factor as we got them going slow, medium and fairly fast too. This will be my last fishing report for the season as I only have a short stint left this year on the water and with only a couple open days left on my schedule, I'm winding down.

Capt. Mike Veine
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8/19/18 @ 1:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (64%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

8/19/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After taking some time off to go to the U.P. mid-week and a blow-day yesterday, I got back onto the water again today with nice conditions. We first ran to deep water where a friend of mine did well on Friday, but in two hours of fishing there we only had five walleyes in the box, so we picked up and ran to another spot that produced well for us on Tuesday. We only caught two walleye there in an hour of fishing, so we picked up lines once again and made another move to yet another spot. We had sporadic action there and I was actually contemplating yet another move when we trolled into a small, hot spot where we circled through a few times until my long time, repeat clients from Fenton, MI maxed out with their limits of walleyes in short order. We stayed with the same high-odds, spinner/crawler rigs all day with red/silver/glow being best today pulled at 1.3 to 1.7 mph with few fish lost today, especially when I was trolling faster. All and all it was a very fun day of fishing on the Bay.

Capt. Mike Veine
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8/14/18 @ 2:16 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (15%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

8/14/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients today were four brothers from northern Indiana and they had a gift certificate charter for a full day of fishing. I decided to fish a new area today and on the first trolling pass though there, we caught seven walleyes, but probably lost more than we caught due to a super light bite. In fact almost all of the fish we did catch, popped off in the net. On the second pass though the bite improved dramatically and we put 16 more walleyes in the box on that run. We then went back for a third pass and the wind switched and the bite slowed down again and we only put five more in the box. We then set up in a different spot a bit deeper and in no time we filled out their 32 walleye limit. I stuck with a basic meat/bottom bouncer program taking most of the fish just up off bottom trolling at 1.4 to 1.8 mph in the surging waves. Color did not seem to mater much. I ran my typical eight rod spread with six lines off the Church Walleye Boards and two flatlines. Everything got hit about equally today. I still have several open dates left for late August and early September and this excellent fishing should remain solid for the duration of the summer.

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8/12/18 @ 4:48 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (3%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had perfect fishing conditions today with light winds, sunny skies and very cooperative walleyes. My clients from Oklahoma, and Colorado had done some walleye fishing before, but today they got to experience true, world class walleye fishing at its finest. We fished a totally different area than we fished yesterday, but still stuck with the same program of spinner/crawler rigs. I did sharpen my hooks though, which I do about every other day. The early morning bite was especially good, but as the morning wore one, the catch per hour rate did drop some and oddly, the fish seemed to be moving around a lot as previous hot spots were void of fish on the next pass. Those hot runs though still predominated with a pretty beefy average size in the box. If you were looking for smaller walleyes today, then my boat would have sucked. We caught several walleyes that were about 24 inches long and a quite a few just shy of that size too and only a couple fish that I would consider perfect eating size. We also hooked into a couple steelhead, but both won their freedom. We caught all our fish on meat trolled at 1.4 to 1.5 mph. Some were taken near bottom, but most were caught suspended at various depths. The color did not seem to mater, but we did catch all of our fish trolling with the wind. Even when the wind was light, when I tried to troll north, we never caught a fish. Must have been some currents in that area affecting the feeding particulars. This is truly shaping up to be one of the best walleye fishing seasons I've ever seen. I still have some openings at the end of August, so give me a shout if you want to get in on this phenomenal fishing.

Capt. Mike Veine
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8/10/18 @ 3:30 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

8/10/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Ges, Fishing Report

I'm starting to sound like a broken record with limit catches taken again today. My clients from Fowlerville, MI have their own boat and only had limited success on the Bay on past outings. They booked a trip with me to learn some techniques and particulars on the Bay and they certainly did just that today. The early morning started out a bit slow with only a few walleyes in the box in the first hour of fishing. The wind had just switched though before we started fishing, so I elected to just stay in the same area to wait out a better bite. Eventually the bite did improve and by the time they put their 24th walleye in the box (limits) the bite was in the range of about 10 walleyes per hour. In fact, as we were pulling lines, I bumped the speed up to 2.8 mph just to keep fish off the lines, but we still latched onto three more walleyes even at those breakneck speeds. We trolled with spinner/crawler rigs exclusively. Today the color did not mater. Speed did not mater much either, although if m trolling speed dropped below 1.7 mph, sheephead started to dominate the catch more. What did mater was perseverance in a spot that I suspected held fish. When the wind shifts, the bite often slows down. When you set up in those conditions and catch still catch a fish or two, it often pays to stay in that spot and see what develops.

Capt. Mike Veine

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8/10/18 @ 3:29 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

8/10/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Ges, Fishing Report

I'm starting to sound like a broken record with limit catches taken again today. My clients from Fowlerville, MI have their own boat and only had limited success on the Bay on past outings. They booked a trip with me to learn some techniques and particulars on the Bay and they certainly did just that today. The early morning started out a bit slow with only a few walleyes in the box in the first hour of fishing. The wind had just switched though before we started fishing, so I elected to just stay in the same area to wait out a better bite. Eventually the bite did improve and by the time they put their 24th walleye in the box (limits) the bite was in the range of about 10 walleyes per hour. In fact, as we were pulling lines, I bumped the speed up to 2.8 mph just to keep fish off the lines, but we still latched onto three more walleyes even at those breakneck speeds. We trolled with spinner/crawler rigs exclusively. Today the color did not mater. Speed did not mater much either, although if m trolling speed dropped below 1.7 mph, sheephead started to dominate the catch more. What did mater was perseverance in a spot that I suspected held fish. When the wind shifts, the bite often slows down. When you set up in those conditions and catch still catch a fish or two, it often pays to stay in that spot and see what develops.

Capt. Mike Veine
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8/8/18 @ 12:10 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (11%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

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

We had awesome fishing today with my clients from Battle Creek, MI taking home limit catches of beautiful walleyes. The forecast today was a bit iffy with a storm system going though the area early in the morning and more predicted for the afternoon. We also had some pretty stiff NE winds out on the Bay before the scheduled start time. Fortunately though, by the time we left the dock the winds had died down some and the rain had moved east, away from us. We set up in the same area where we had good luck yesterday and started catching walleyes right away with steady action until limits were reached. I quickly changed over to a pure meat program today when it became obvious that crank baits were not working. The fish were tight to the bottom and gorging on shiners in our fishing area. In fact they were puking up shiners all over the back of my boat. At one point I put a fresh looking, barfed up shiner on a harness in place of a crawler, but after trolling it for about a mile, nothing hit it. They were really going after the crawlers though with harness color not seeming to mater much. For some reason we seemed to catch the most fish off the port, flat line; not sure why. We trolled at about 1.7-1.8 mph today. I have a rare opening in my charter schedule tomorrow (Thursday, 8/9), and there is a super high chance that the fishing will be super successful tomorrow too, so if anybody is interested in getting in on this fantastic fishing, give me a call at 734-475-9146.

Capt. Mike Veine
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8/7/18 @ 12:43 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (19%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

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

After a lot of wind over the past two days causing a cancellation yesterday and a curtailed trip due to sea sickness on Sunday, we headed out to a spot where the fishing had been good on Saturday, but since we couldn't fish that area since then, it was not a high percentage location. We started catching some walleyes there right away though, but the bite was light with as many lost fish as caught ones, and in two hours of fishing we only had six fish in the box. I had kids on the boat that had football practice this afternoon, so with a shortened trip to deal with, I decided to try another spot. As soon as we set lines in that spot we had fish on and the action continued non-stop until my clients from West Branch, MI had limited out on nice walleyes. We pulled mostly meat today, but I did run one crankbait up high, but did not catch any fish on it, although we did loose a nice one on the crank once. We also had a steelhead on for a jump or two, but that one got away too. We only caught a couple sheephead today and all the rest of the pile of fish we boated were walleyes with only one undersized one in the bunch. We trolled at 1.4 to 1.8 mph varying the speed and making lots of turns, which seemed to get more hits than a straight line trolling path. This was certainly a teaching trip today with the two kids (10 and 11 years old) setting lines, reeling in fish and doing all the netting too. They certainly made some mistakes that resulted in some lost fish, but by the end of the trip they were finely tuned fishing machines that were performing better than the vast majority of anglers I see on the Bay. It was a good day of fishing indeed.

Capt. Mike Veine
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8/4/18 @ 4:43 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

8/4/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients today from Flint and southern Michigan enjoyed a gorgeous day on the Bay complete with lots of walleye action as icing on the cake. It didn't start off to great though with the first three spots that I checked resulting in just a few walleyes in he box. The fourth spot though saw us put 10 walleyes in the box in less than an hour of fishing. Then the wind shifted a bit and that bite slowed down considerably. We made two more passes through there and only took three and then four more walleyes. We then made another move to spot number five and that spot was "game on" from the start and it didn't take long to fill up the box in that spot with my clients limiting out in short order there. I stuck with a meat/bottom-bouncer program with everything on the bottom. Trolling speeds of 1.7 mph were best, but it was hard to maintain in the ever fluctuating winds and surging waves. That wind though was a blessing since it provided a much cooler experience with the temperatures never getting hot until we ventured back to shore with a pile of fish to clean. Spinner color was unimportant today as they hit everything in the water about equally. My clients from today are already planning a return trip for next year to enjoy another day of world class walleye fishing on Saginaw Bay.

Capt. Mike Veine
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8/2/18 @ 4:32 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (71%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

8/2/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had crummy weather conditions today for fishing. The weather had been forecasted to be nice until the afternoon, but at the 6:30 start time there were storms in the area and winds from the south that were twice as high as predicted. We waited a bit for the first storm to finish, then went out with winds in the upper teens and waves in the steady, three foot range. With more storms heading in our direction and the big waves, we had no choice but to fish close to Au Gres and forgo the better fishing areas that are more distant. We marked some fish in the 20 to 25 foot ranch when we were heading out, so we dropped in for a test pass there, but only caught a bunch of sheep head for our trouble. Then we proceeded out to deeper water and started a long, slow trolling pass from one point to the other going with the surging waves. We picked up 10 walleyes and a steelhead on the first pass, so our expectations were high for the second run through the area. About half way through that second passed by us but did not hit our fishing area. After it passed though the winds suddenly died down and the bite slowed up considerably. After that it was a slow pick and when yet another storm came charging into our path, the trip was over. We caught all our walleyes today on crawler harnesses trolled mostly suspended about 20 to 25 feet down over deep water. A slower trolling speed of 1.3 to 1.4 mph was best. Any lures put down near bottom were mauled by marauding white perch. A lot of fishermen on the Bay, including some charter captains that I know, mistakenly call the white perch caught on Saginaw Bay white bass. White bass are sometimes nicknamed silver bass and are a totally different, native species that are quite edible unlike the invasive white perch, which are 100 times more common on the Bay and provide poor table fare. Included are photos of white perch and white bass you can properly identify them and avoid perpetuating misinformation.

Capt. Mike Veine

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