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6/28/18 @ 12:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

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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6/26/18 @ 3:33 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/26/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had ever switching winds today, which resulted in a on and off bite all day. We started our with rollers coming in from the northeast and wind from the southeast churning up waves in two different directions. Then it went east and then back southeast, then back east again, then southeast again. Eventually it went east again and then veered northeast and finally it went north just as we were finishing up the trip. Every time I would set up for a trolling pass, the wind would change sending us sideways in the wind. We jumped around for several different spots: Some produced walleyes and some didn't. My clients from Manistee, MI hung in there though and eventually caught their limits of walleyes along with three yellow perch as a bonus. Some of the walleyes were good sized too with most being above average specimens and the biggest being 26 inches. I kept the same high percentage program going all day today with six lures set right on bottom and two up about 22' down. Most fish came off bottom, but the two suspended rigs caught their share too. All our fish were caught in deep water, so slower trolling speeds of 1.3 to 1.4 mph were best. Lure color did not matter on the spinner/crawler rigs. These clients have another trip scheduled with me in July and have done two trips every year for many years. They always seem to get their fish.

Capt. Mike Veine
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Edited on 6/26/18 3:39 PM
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6/25/18 @ 12:45 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (94%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/25/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a blow day yesterday complete with stiff northeast winds and driving rain, we headed out this morning with winds just over 10 knots. Things were looking pretty good until the wind suddenly came up another five knots just as we reached the fishing area. We set up for our first trolling pass in two footers, but by the end of that run we had threes. We took two long passes through that spot covering about three miles on each one and managed about a dozen walleyes on each pass, so not too bad. By the end of the second pass though the wind had increase a few more knots and the waves were more in the four foot range with an occasional five footer thrown in for good measure. We decided to head closer to shore where Pt. Lookout would block the wind more. We had several fish on right away, lost a couple of them but did put some walleyes in the box there too. Finally the wind hit 20 knots and even close to shore it was getting real rough so we called it a day. We pulled most of our fish off the bottom today trolling at a very erratic 1.0 to 2.0 mph with the surging waves. Color of the harnesses did not mater much with everything in the water getting hit. We did seem to have our best luck with the two flatlines though, which had two different harnesses on them, but both were on bottom. I've have trips booked every day for the next couple weeks and hopefully the weather will stabilize one of these days. I'm getting tired of northeast winds. I think we've broken a record with over a week straight with NE winds.

Capt. Mike Veine
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Edited on 6/25/18 12:49 PM
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6/22/18 @ 12:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (73%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/22/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

A heavy northeast wind forced a cancellation yesterday, but today the winds were predicted to be lighter, but still northeast. We went out in twos and threes and in the first trolling pass we had 14 fish in the box. When we went back for pass number two though, the northeast winds picked up to the high teens and the waves quickly built up to fours and fives, so we had to call it a day. The weatherman blew it again today with a prediction that the winds would not rise up much until noon, but it got rough well before that. We had a pretty good bite going on suspended fish today, but the walleyes were also hitting lures down near bottom too. I'd say the suspended bite though was slightly better. Fire/tiger spinners worked well suspended. Speeds of 1.3 to 1.4 were the fastest I could run and get them to bite. My clients didn't really loose too many fish today, so the bite was decent while it lasted. We are predicted to have a NE wind for the next two days, so hopefully the wind speed forecasts are not under estimated once again.

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6/20/18 @ 11:16 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/20/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a couple crummy weather days on Monday and Tuesday, we finally had better weather today with a great forecast. The National Weather Service was a bit off once again though as we were greeted by rain first thing in the morning. The rain quickly dissipated though by the time we got to the fishing area and we were left iwth cloudy skies with a light chop. Right after setting lines in my first spot we started catching fish and it was non-stop action from then on until limits of walleyes were reached. The fish were on the bottom, so we put all the lures there in their faces trolling spinner/crawler rigs at medium speeds today. They hit everything in the water, however the fire/tiger (orange and chartreuse) was especially productive as those were hit within a few minutes of being deployed over and over. After the trip was over and we were back on shore, we tried out the new fish cleaning station that the City of Au Gres just finished. It was fantastic with nice tables, a quite grinder and it was nice to be in the shade while doing that chore too.



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6/17/18 @ 1:53 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (21%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
91° - 95° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/17/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We've had decent fishing the last two days with similar catches.  We are still marking a lot of walleyes in lots of areas of the Bay, but the bite has been somewhat slow due to light and variable winds, which often impacts walleye fishing negatively.  We boxed 23 fish today, but lost a bunch too.  This would have been a limit catch under the old regulations that the rest of the state is under, so a pretty good catch, which included some nice sized walleyes too.  We are still finding our best action in deeper water fishing with spinner/crawler rigs on the slow side (1.3 to 1.4 mph).  Lure color has not been much of a factor.  We are still taking fish both on bottom and suspended too.  The bite will take back off again when the wind is steady for a day otherwise it will be picking away at them.

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6/15/18 @ 2:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (5%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/15/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had ever changing winds today on the Bay and the bite slowed down considerably as a result.  It took my clients from southern Michigan the full eight hours of their charter to box their 32 walleye limit and we had to fish a very small area to get it done.  We had been fishing a big area of 30 to 45 foot of water for weeks, but now the fish appear to be scattering, so we'll likely be fishing a different area tomorrow.  We had to put all the lures down on bottom today to get them to bite and the speed had to be under 1.4 mph to get much action too.  The bite was extremely light today too as we probably lost as many fish as we caught, which can be very frustrating, but you just need to be patient.  Color did not mater much today as everything seemed to get hit about equally.  With the walleyes petering out in that area, the white perch there got braver and were pestering us more than in past days steeling night crawlers and fowling our lures with their presence.

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6/14/18 @ 12:52 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6/14/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The wind was a lot stronger than predicted by the National Weather Service today.  They said is was going to be light winds, but when we hit the water we had a west wind at 20+ mph.  We fished a bit closer to shore today as a result, but there were walleyes there too and my clients from South Bend, IN and Eau Claire, MI caught 32 walleyes in about six hours on the water.  We pulled spinners today behind bottom bouncers catching most fish near bottom, but about 20% of them came up higher suspended.  I ran two suspended rigs about 20' down and they caught fish equally as the six bottom rigs I ran.  Color did not make much difference today as bright colors did the same as natural ones.  It was a light bite again today as we lost perhaps 20 fish or more during the outing.  They also boxed two yellow perch and caught a sheephead that weighted about 15 pounds, which was one of the biggest ones I've ever seen.  The biggest walleye today was almost 26" with several others just smaller than that.  The winds eventually died down about three hours into the trip, but by the time we headed back in just after noon, the wind had cranked back up again from the northwest.  Even though the weatherman was wrong once again, the fish still cooperated with limit catches once again today. 

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6/12/18 @ 12:25 PM
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Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (2%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

6/12/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a blow-day yesterday complete with vicious, northeast winds, I was happy to see light winds and blue skies today.  We had a robust bite to start the day and the first 20 walleyes came pretty fast, but then the breeze died down completely and we had a lull in the action, although we did pick up some during that slow period.  At about noon though the bite picked back up and my clients from Caledonia, MI filled out their 32 walleye limit and also took a couple nice catfish and several jumbo perch with one over 12" long.  The fish were feeding mostly on smelt judging by the barf in the bottom of my cooler.  I did mark lots of schools of baitfish, which were likely smelt, and walleye love smelt.  We caught fish on bottom and suspended and color did not seem to mater much today.  A slower trolling speed with my spinner/crawler rigs of 1.3ish mph was best.  I have the same Caledonian foursome tomorrow too, and with a favorable weather forecast, they will likely see similar, excellent fishing on Wednesday too.  I still have a couple openings at the end of June and lots of open dates during the prime time of July and August too if you want to get in on the fantastic fishing. 

Capt. Mike Veine
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6/10/18 @ 9:55 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (13%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

6/10/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Charter

Our prevailing winds are supposed to be westerly, but we had easterly winds once again today with bigger waves than I prefer.  My clients from Livonia though still caught their limits of nice walleyes without any problems.  They also caught a jumbo yellow perch as a bonus too.  We made one long downwind trolling pass starting out in 45' and ended up in 35' and caught fish all along the way.  I only ran seven rods today and at the end of the trip we ended up with seven fish on at one time and caught all of them.  Speed, color and depth of presentation did not mater much today as we caught fish at all sorts of speeds and at varying depths on everything we had in the water with no real preference noted.  Put a spinner/crawler rig in the water off Au Gres now and it will catch walleyes.  I can't remember another time when I've seen so many walleyes so close to Au Gres. 

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