PROSTAFF PROFILE:
Mike Veine

Mike Veine
HOMETOWN:
Au Gres, MI

Capt. Mike Veine is a full-time charter captain and outdoor writer.

With over 1,000 articles and thousands of photos published in over 50 different magazines, Mike’s bylines have appeared in Outdoor Life, In Fisherman, Bassmaster, Salmon Trout Steelheader and many other outdoor publications. His fishing seminars have also been seen by thousands of anglers. Mike Veine offers fishing charters on the Great Lakes primarily for walleyes on Saginaw Bay and Lake Erie, but also for salmon and trout on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as well. His fishing techniques were honed from many years of tournament and charter fishing experience. The high level of success and enjoyment on his charters are top notch with over 1,000 repeat customers as a testament to his quality customer service.

Website: www.trophyspecialists.com/

Recent Fishing Reports:

5/21/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

5/21/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres,  Fishing Report

We did a two boat charter for 8 anglers today and put over 60 walleyes in the box for a pretty good day of fishing in anybody's book.  The fish ran bigger today too compared to yesterday with a lot of walleyes in the 20" to 26" range.  It took my clients all of the 8 hour charter to limit out though with constantly changing winds and weather conditions making the bite on and off all day.  We just persisted in the same spot though waiting out the lulls in the action and were rewarded with a great catch.  We caught fish mostly on spinner/crawler rigs today, but also took some on crankbaits too.  A red/glow/silver harness was the only one that worked well today as the fish were pretty particular today.  Flickershads were best crankbait.  We trolled at 1.5 to 1.7 mph in waters in the mid-50 degree range.  All the fish were caught on or near the bottom.  I got an email today from my clients from 5/20 and they took some of their fresh caught fish to H&H Bakery and Restaurant for the Catch and Cook meal deal and were very complementary of their meal saying it was delicious.  I have client that take advantage of the Catch and Cook program every week at H&H and have never heard anything but good comments about this awesome meal opportunity.

Capt. Mike Veine

5/20/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

5/20/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The wind blew today a bit more than predicted by the weatherman, but my clients from Vanderbilt, MI still managed to catch their limits of nice walleyes. We got pestered by a lot of white perch today, which made the fishing a lot tougher than it should have been. Those little thieves would steel the night crawlers constantly, but the walleyes were in their with them, so we pushed through the pain they caused. The walleye bite was on and off all day with the changing wind directions. We would have burst of good action followed by lulls. The walleyes did run bigger today compared to yesterday, so that was nice. Most of the fish were over 20 inches. We trolled at 1.5 to 1.6 mph with spinner/crawler rigs on or near bottom. Color did not make any noticeable difference and the bite off the boards or behind the boat was about equal too. All in all though my clients had an enjoyable day with lots of action.

Capt. Mike Veine

5/7/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

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

5/5/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

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

4/30/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

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