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:

8/21/2017
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

8/21/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I was hoping to see how the eclipse would impact the fish bite today, however my clients from Jackson, MI caught their 24 walleye limit well before the eclipse started at 1:00.  We went back to the same big area we fished yesterday and did a long, trolling pass in one direction, going with the wind, for over four miles and we never stopped catching fish all along the way and had 21 fish in the box before we turned around to head back southwest.  About that time though the wind really died down and the bite slowed up considerably.  It took us almost two more hours to finish off their limits and also get some fresh fish me too.  Anybody that got a late start today likely did not experience the success we did.  We had consistent action both on the bottom and suspended today.  The fish did run a bit smaller today compared to yesterday, however we did take some bigger ones this morning with our largest being a super fat, 25 incher.  I tried to keep the trolling speed at 1.4 to 1.5 mph, but there were times when the wind sped up or slowed down where we caught fish slower or faster than that.  It was another super awesome day on the Bay today with great weather and some fun folks that did a good job on the rods, which helped their catch a lot. 

Capt. Mike Veine

8/16/2017
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

8/16/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Today's fishing weather was absolutely beautiful with a gorgeous sunrise, plenty of sunshine and mostly blue skies for the morning on the Bay.  We had light winds and a mild chop all morning too, which was nice.  My clients from New Baltimore, MI and Capac, MI caught their limits of good eating sized walleyes without too much effort today.  Our program consisted of red/chrome spinners fished on the bottom on the outside and middle boards along with the two flatlines.  My inside boards rounded out the spread with two fire/tiger spinners fished suspended 15' down or about half way down in the water column.  We did catch a lot of fish suspended today, but there were also a lot of fish biting on the bottom too.  We trolled at 1.5 to 1.8 mph and caught scattered fish over a wide swath of water covering perhaps six miles on our trolling jury, never going over the same area twice.  We were looking for a school of active, bigger fish, but never really found them, so we just kept searching and picking away at mostly smaller fish all morning with a few good sized ones mixed in.  The walleyes seem to be still scattered all over the Bay with a lot of baitfish in the system too this summer.  They are showing fast growth rates as a result of all the forage available this year, which is likely due to the mild winters the last two years and the high water levels.  For what ever reason, the fishing is still great and we are not fishing very far from Au Gres either, which is a good thing too.

Capt. Mike Viene

8/14/2017
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

8/14/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The walleye fishing has been good this week for sure.  After a good catch on yesterday's charter, I decided to try another spot today where some bigger fish were taken yesterday by some friends.  We ran out this morning in waves that were over three times higher than predicted and had some light showers pass by us, but we stayed dry, none-the-less.  We even spotted a water spout on the east side of the Bay this morning.  The walleyes seemed to l the bigger waves though as the action was pretty steady all morning, but when the wind died down, the bite slowed up considerably.  When the bite slowed down, I decided to try some new Moonshine spinner/crawler rigs I got the last time I was in the U.P. and they did put several fish in the box including one of our biggest fish of the day.  Those Moonshine spinner blades have the super glow paint found on their spoons.  The best pattern today was a fire tiger blade with green beads.  The hooks on those rigs held the fish well as we did not loose any of the ones hooked on them, and the bite was very light today, so that was impressive.  My clients from Sage Lake, MI caught their limits today composed of fish of all sizes.  We trolled in deeper water not too far from Au Gres and all the fish today were hugging the bottom pretty closely.  We pulled bottom bouncers right on the lake bed at 1.4 to 1.5 mph going with the waves, so my setbacks were quite long.  All in all it was another great day on the Bay and this great fishing will likely continue until the end of summer with the cool waters we have.  

Capt. Mike Veine   

8/7/2017
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

8/7/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The walleyes remain scattered following the big winds we had late last week.  Our first spot we hit had no fish as the water had changed there big time moving the walleyes out.  Our second spot had some fish there, but the bite was fairly slow, and then it eventually shut down completely, so we picked up and moved once again.  The third spot had lots of fish on the sonar including balls of baitfish and lots of bigger marks, but the action there was slow none-the-less.  What fish did bite were hiting extremely light too as we lost more fish today than we caught.  My clients though from Flint, MI did manage to pick away at them enough today to end up with a good catch consisting of 19 walleyes, two catfish and one nice yellow perch.  Our biggest walleye was 25 inches.  We caught all our fish today on spinner/crawler rigs with some on bottom and some suspended, though I would guess we caught slightly more suspended today.  Lure color did not seem to make much difference.  Our trolling speed was 1.4 to 1.6 mph in the fairly calm seas.  There were a lot of floating weeds in every spot we fished today, which is a result of the pounding winds we had last week, which rips up the weeds and then scatters them all over the Bay.  Then those weeds get caught on our lines and planer boards making it a royal pain to deal with.  Despite the tough fishing today, it was still a great day on the Bay with decent weather, good company and enough nice fish to make it interesting.  

Capt. Mike Veine

8/5/2017
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

8/5/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After gale force winds forced a cancellation yesterday, we were greeted by very gusty winds this morning that were still pushing the 30 knot velocity.  We had to delay out departure a couple hours this morning and even then, the wind was still breezy, to say the least.  None-the-less, we got into a pretty good bite very close to port, which was good, because there was no other option for safe fishing anyway with the blustery, offshore wind, whipping up huge waves just a few miles off shore.  We managed to pick up seven walleyes on our first short trolling pass, and then another six on the second.  The third and four passes yielded about the same results too.  During that period, the wind started out west, then switched to the northwest, but when it shifted back to the west and died down to perhaps 17 to 18 knots, the bite suddenly died.  For two hours we tried several different spots and could not get any walleyes to bite at all.  It was as if a light switch had been flipped off.  Thankfully, my clients from Perry, MI had caught 26 nice walleyes before the fish  had shut down and they had a very nice box of fish with the largest being 26 inches with many other nice, chunky walleyes in the pile too.  We caught all our fish on spinner/crawler rigs fished mostly up off bottom for suspended fish.  We did take some close to bottom too, but not many.  The bite was pretty light today too with a lot of fish lost in the process.  We trolled at varying speeds from 1.5 to over 2.0 mph depending on the wind gusts which at times were brutal.  At some points I had to deploy two drift socks just to keep the speed productive.  We are predicted to have much lighter winds tomorrow, which will open up a lot more fishing areas to our game plan, so I expect mush better fishing for the next few days indeed. 

Capt. Mike Veine