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6/20/18 @ 12:16 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

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 @ 2:53 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

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 @ 3:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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USER since 4/13/06

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 @ 1:52 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 @ 1:25 PM
FISHING REPORT
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. 

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6/10/18 @ 10:55 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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6/9/18 @ 11:16 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (22%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

6/9/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had a northeast wind again today with rain predicted along with a stiff wind.  The rain never materialized, the winds were less than predicted and the fish were biting like crazy.  My clients from Otisville, MI and Holly, MI caught their 32 fish limit in short order and also took home a whitefish too, which is a fairly unusual catch.  We fished the same area where we have been all week and used the same program too putting most of the spinner/crawler rigs on bottom, but also running two rigs about 20-25 feet down over deep water catching some suspended fish too.  We had real consistent action over a large area.  We trolled for about three miles in one direction and never stopped catching fish.  I think one could troll all the way from Au Gres to Bay City on a day like this and probably catch fish all along the way.  There are millions of hungry walleyes in the Bay now with perhaps the largest walleye population we've seen in modern times.

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6/8/18 @ 12:24 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (31%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

6/8/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients today from Boca Raton, FL, Clare, MI and Portage MI caught their limits on a sunny, cool morning.  The northeast wind was a bit more than the National Weather Service had predicted, so it was rather bumpy on the Bay, but the fish were still close to Au Gres in mass.  We marked lots of bigger fish and baitfish schools close to bottom, so we set most of the rigs down near those marks and they produced well.  I did leave two spinner/crawler rigs up higher (about 20' down) and they also caught some fish too.  Lure color did not seem to mater today.  We trolled slow today in the surging waves trying to keep the speed at under 1.5 mph.  It was a very light bite today as we probably lost over 20 walleyes with most of them getting off well away from the boat.  Only a downwind trolling direction was possible, so we had to make two trolling passes over a fairly big area to limit out.  The fish today were of all sizes from 10" to 25".  All in all it was a very good day of fishing on the Bay.   

Capt. Mike Veine

Edited on 6/8/18 12:26 PM
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6/7/18 @ 4:04 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (41%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

6/7/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The fishing at Au Gres has been awesome all week and my clients from Port Sanilac, MI today continued our streak of limit catches every day for the month.  We had some southerly winds early this morning that kicked up some rolling waves to greet us, but that wind quickly died down and then switched to the west.  We had a good bite going right away, but that wind switch slowed the action to a steady pick.  The bite began to pick back up, but then the wind switched again the the south and the bite slowed up once again.  We were marking tons of fish on the bottom today in deep water, so we just stayed over them and eventually limited out with a nice box of walleyes and two jumbo perch for a bonus.  We pulled spinner/crawler rigs mostly on the bottom, but we did set a couple lures 20' down and those caught their share of fish today too.  That suspended rig was fire/tiger but the bottom bite showed a preference for red/glow/silver.  A slower trolling speed of 1.3 mph seemed to work best today with the on and off mood of the fish.  We caught some larger fish today to go along with a preponderance of eater sized fish with the biggest being 25 inches.  I still have a few openings for June charters, but those opportunities are dwindling fast.  

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6/3/18 @ 5:05 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mike Veine
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MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

6/3/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After a blow day yesterday with northeast winds that ripped to 28 knots, I didn't know what to expect when I ventured out the Au Gres River mouth.  We also had to wait out some storms early this morning too, so we didn't even hit the water until after 10:00.  As we motored out though we started to mark a lot of fish under the boat close to port, so we set lines right on top of them.  We made a fairly long trolling run, in one direction covering a couple miles and caught walleyes non-stop.  We put 28 keeper walleyes and one nice northern pike in the box on that first pass.  We then went back through them again and my clients took their 32 walleye limit in short order.  We had a good mixture of smaller, prime frying sized walleyes and plenty of larger ones too in the three to five pound range.  Today neither the running depth or the color of the spinner rigs mattered much.  We caught walleyes both on the bottom and suspended and they were biting good too with few fish lost.  I kept the trolling speed near 1.5 mph.  When I sped up once, the action stopped, so speed was a factor.  We also threw back some walleyes today too, which is certainly a good thing.  My clients from Hersey, MI and Ann Arbor, MI got to experience some high quality fishing on Saginaw Bay indeed and they took home bags of scrumptious walleye filets too, which is the ultimate payoff of a successful day on the water.

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