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:

8/26/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

8/26/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had another blow day yesterday complete with nasty winds, lightning and lots of rain. Going out today I decided to try a spot where heavy southerly winds often push fish into this area. One hour into our first pass though and I was doubting my decision, but eventually the fish started to turn on there better and by the end of that pass, we had 16 walleyes in the cooler. We shortened up the second pass through the most productive area and caught 10 more. At that point things were looking pretty good, but after that though the bite slowed down considerably as it took us nearly the full eight hour charter to finish off my clients 32 walleye limit. These good folks were from both Tawas, MI and Fairbanks, Alaska. We stuck with a very high percentage trolling spread all day taking almost all our fish off the six Church Tackle Walleye Boards. In fact we didn't catch any walleyes on my two flat lines until the last hour or two, which is odd since all sets were pretty similar, being close to bottom. Lure color was not too important today as we caught fish on both natural spinner/crawler patterns and also bright stuff too. Speed also did not seem to be much of a factor as we got them going slow, medium and fairly fast too. This will be my last fishing report for the season as I only have a short stint left this year on the water and with only a couple open days left on my schedule, I'm winding down.

Capt. Mike Veine
http://www.trophyspecialists.com



8/19/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

8/19/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After taking some time off to go to the U.P. mid-week and a blow-day yesterday, I got back onto the water again today with nice conditions. We first ran to deep water where a friend of mine did well on Friday, but in two hours of fishing there we only had five walleyes in the box, so we picked up and ran to another spot that produced well for us on Tuesday. We only caught two walleye there in an hour of fishing, so we picked up lines once again and made another move to yet another spot. We had sporadic action there and I was actually contemplating yet another move when we trolled into a small, hot spot where we circled through a few times until my long time, repeat clients from Fenton, MI maxed out with their limits of walleyes in short order. We stayed with the same high-odds, spinner/crawler rigs all day with red/silver/glow being best today pulled at 1.3 to 1.7 mph with few fish lost today, especially when I was trolling faster. All and all it was a very fun day of fishing on the Bay.

Capt. Mike Veine
http://www.trophyspecialists.com


8/14/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

8/14/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients today were four brothers from northern Indiana and they had a gift certificate charter for a full day of fishing. I decided to fish a new area today and on the first trolling pass though there, we caught seven walleyes, but probably lost more than we caught due to a super light bite. In fact almost all of the fish we did catch, popped off in the net. On the second pass though the bite improved dramatically and we put 16 more walleyes in the box on that run. We then went back for a third pass and the wind switched and the bite slowed down again and we only put five more in the box. We then set up in a different spot a bit deeper and in no time we filled out their 32 walleye limit. I stuck with a basic meat/bottom bouncer program taking most of the fish just up off bottom trolling at 1.4 to 1.8 mph in the surging waves. Color did not seem to mater much. I ran my typical eight rod spread with six lines off the Church Walleye Boards and two flatlines. Everything got hit about equally today. I still have several open dates left for late August and early September and this excellent fishing should remain solid for the duration of the summer.

Capt. Mike Veine
http://www.trophyspecialists.com


8/12/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had perfect fishing conditions today with light winds, sunny skies and very cooperative walleyes. My clients from Oklahoma, and Colorado had done some walleye fishing before, but today they got to experience true, world class walleye fishing at its finest. We fished a totally different area than we fished yesterday, but still stuck with the same program of spinner/crawler rigs. I did sharpen my hooks though, which I do about every other day. The early morning bite was especially good, but as the morning wore one, the catch per hour rate did drop some and oddly, the fish seemed to be moving around a lot as previous hot spots were void of fish on the next pass. Those hot runs though still predominated with a pretty beefy average size in the box. If you were looking for smaller walleyes today, then my boat would have sucked. We caught several walleyes that were about 24 inches long and a quite a few just shy of that size too and only a couple fish that I would consider perfect eating size. We also hooked into a couple steelhead, but both won their freedom. We caught all our fish on meat trolled at 1.4 to 1.5 mph. Some were taken near bottom, but most were caught suspended at various depths. The color did not seem to mater, but we did catch all of our fish trolling with the wind. Even when the wind was light, when I tried to troll north, we never caught a fish. Must have been some currents in that area affecting the feeding particulars. This is truly shaping up to be one of the best walleye fishing seasons I've ever seen. I still have some openings at the end of August, so give me a shout if you want to get in on this phenomenal fishing.

Capt. Mike Veine
http://www.trophyspecialists.com