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:

6/21/2017
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

6/21/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After the big blow yesterday afternoon, the water temperature really cooled down where we had limited out yesterday morning and the fish had moved from that area.  We then ran further out until I found warmer water and we set up on some pretty good looking fish marks.  We had non-stop action right away for the first hour, but then the wind died down and the bite slowed.  A while later and they did start to bite better, but when the wind shifted to the south the bite slowed down once again.  It took us a while, but my clients from Indianapolis, IN managed to catch their limit of walleyes and also took four nice yellow perch.  One of the perch was a foot long too.  We also caught a nice northern pike that jumped 5' out of the water as soon as it was hooked on the bottom which is unusual.  During the early morning the fish were hitting spinners on bottom, but later, when the wind calmed down, the fish moved up and we took a lot of them just 12' down over deep water.  I had to keep the speed under 1.6 mph to get decent action today.  No color preference was noticed.  We just stayed in the same general area all day waiting out the lulls.  There was no point in moving since I knew we were over a lot of fish.  We just used patience to load up the cooler.  My client today had fished with me a long time ago, so it was nice seeing them again on such a nice, bluebird day on the Bay.  

Capt. Mike Veine

6/19/2017
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

6/19/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After blow days the last two days on Sat. and Sun. we hit the water and ran out to the general area where we limited out on Friday.  We had some fast paced action for the first few hours of the charter getting to 20 walleyes in the box on the first trolling pass.  After that though, some clouds moved in and the bite slowed up considerably.  We ended up with 29 walleyes today as we had to curtail the trip when some storms popped up on radar, which showed they were heading in our direction.  It was a good call coming in early too as the winds cranked up after we got back to the dock and the storms did come through the area later too.  I set a mixed spread of spinner/crawler rigs today fishing some high and some down on bottom.  Early on the fish hit everything high or low, but later when the bite slowed down, only the lures close to bottom got bit.  Color did not mater much, but the speed was pretty critical.  I had to troll no faster than 1.5 mph or they would not bite.  We also caught a lot of undersized walleyes today, so the action at times this morning was very fast and furious.  Interestingly, we did not catch any other species besides walleyes today, which is unusual for Saginaw Bay this time of year.  Even though we had to come in early, it was still a very good day on the Bay.  

Capt. Mike Veine

6/15/2017
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

6/15/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

For a rare change of pace, the weather today was actually much better than the weatherman had predicted.  We had light winds and cloud cover giving way to mostly sunny skies with no storms or anything else to bum us out.  In fact my clients today from various parts of Michigan caught their limit of 32 walleyes in fairly short order with fish of all sizes from 25" down.  They also caught some nice catfish too along with the occasional sheepshead for a action packed morning on the water indeed.  We trolled a bit faster today at 1.6 mph and made one long trolling pass over four miles of water and never quit catching fish.  It seemed like fire/tiger crawler harnesses were best today, but we did manage to catch walleyes on every pattern I had in the water.  We caught fish suspended and we also caught them off the bottom.  There was a fly hatch going on  for the first couple hours of the morning and we marked a lot of fish up high that must have been feeding on the emerging bugs.  Every one on board had a great time today hauling in lots and lots of spunky fish. 

capt. Mike Veine

6/9/2017
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

6/9/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We fished the deepest water of the year on today's charter.  We tried some suspended rigs, but all our hits kept coming off the spinner/crawlers close to bottom.  We had to troll slow today too with speeds of 1.2 mph being best.  The first area we fished this morning was pretty good for the first few hours, but then it really slowed down so we picked up and ran out a couple miles further out and set up on some promising fish marks on the sonar there.  We then had good action for the last part of the charter and ended up keeping 31 nice walleyes up to 24 inches and also eight yellow perch in the 9-10 inch size range as a bonus catch.  Lure color did not mater today with everything getting hit about equally.  The weather today was a bit iffy with a 40% chance of rain and T-storms, but it ended up being a very pleasant day with light winds and even some sunshine too with near perfect temperatures too.   Everyone on board certainly had a good time fishing today and they went home with enough fish filets to last a long time too. 

Capt. Mike Veine

6/7/2017
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

6/7/17, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report


We finally had a very nice fishing day on the Bay today with sunny skies and light winds.  My clients from Indianapolis, IN caught their limits of walleyes today with a on and off bite that would come in spurts.  Every time the wind would shift, which it did on many occasions, the bite would take a pause.  We had a very light bite today with over a dozen fish that were pulled close to the boat still getting off the hooks, which did not mater in the end since everyone still caught their max of fish.  They also caught a lot of bigger fish today too with several in the 5+ pound range and most in the upper range of being considered good eaters.  We caught everything on meat/bottom bouncers trolled at about 1.3 to 1.5 mph.  Color did not mater as we took about equal numbers of hits on natural colors and also bright, fluorescent harnesses too.  The water is a bit stirred up from all the winds, but there are a lot of fish near Au Gres, so it was still pretty easy pickings today.  With a good forecast for tomorrow we should have another very productive day and my clients for today were smart enough to book two days with me, so they will likely fill up the cooler tomorrow too.