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8/17/19 @ 4:11 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (96%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
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Mike Veine
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8/17/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Good walleye fishing continues out of Au Gres with limits taken by my clients today from Kingsley, MI.  In fact, my clients have limited out on walleyes here every day this month except for one day, which was a day that I recommended a weather cancellation, but my clients wanted to give it a try anyway.  The fish have been moving around a lot and we are having to run a fairly long distance to get to the fish, but we are finding them in good numbers.  We actually fished six different spots today before finding a good bite.  Our fish today were mostly 15 to 23 inchers.  I'm sticking with an all meat program pulling the spinners mostly close to bottom today, be we have also been catching them suspended on some days too.  Trolling speeds have been 1.5 to 1.9 mph depending on depth and the mood of the fish.  Today fire/tiger was best in the morning in the first couple spots, but where we really loaded up, they seemed to prefer red/silver/glow.  We are filling up the last of the remaining open 2019 charter dates and are also taking reservations for 2020 now too.  

Capt. Mike Veine


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8/7/19 @ 12:51 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
First Quarter
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
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Mike Veine
User since 4/13/06

8/7/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We have had limit catches so far on every trip in August only one outing in July where my clients did not limit out on walleyes too, so this is shaping up to be one of the best summer walleye fisheries on the Bay ever.  Today we had good conditions to start the day with a light breeze and sunny skies.  The first couple hours of fishing was very good, but not as good as yesterday when we had a better chop, overcast skies and non-stop actoin.  Eventually the wind died completely this morning and when it flatted out like glass, the bite slowed up a lot.  We went from catching 10 walleyes per hour to just a few per hour, but my clients still got their limits before noon.  We had almost all walleyes on the lines at the beginning of the trip, but eventually the sheephead woke up and started to bite too, so I had to increase my trolling speed to near 1.9 to try to keep them minimized.  We all meat with bottom bouncers and most of the walleyes we caught were 16 to 20 inches, but we did some bigger than that up to 25".  Lure color did not make any difference, but the precise design of my custom make harnesses certainly did, which allows me to catch walleyes with them at speeds that range from below 1.0 mph to up past 2.0 mph.  An article of mine on exactly how to make and use my harnesses was published by In Fisherman this year a few months ago in their walleye special edition.

Capt. Mike Veine

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8/4/19 @ 12:34 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (18%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
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Mike Veine
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8/4/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The fishing has remained phenomenal on my charter boat with limit catches every day now for weeks.  Today we had a nice light chop from the NE to start the day, so we set up for a down wind troll through same area we have been hammering walleyes over the last few days.  The bite was fast and furious for a three mile pass with 18 keeper walleyes to show for our efforts.  The wind died down considerably though as we started out second pass and the bite slowed up resultantly as it took us all the way though that second pass to hit my client's 24 walleye limit with the bite turning very light and lots of lost fish then too.  It was still a beautiful morning on the Bay.  I had to keep my speeds slower today to get the walleyes to bite with 1.6 mph being the fastest I could get consistent strikes.  That slower speed though did result in more sheephead hooking up, but they are fun to battle in so that was just that much more action for my guys to contend with.  I ran all spinner/crawler rigs again today with all color patterns getting hit about equally.  Yesterday we only got one walleye on my flatlines, but today they were on fire being the best setup in the water.  I actually pulled them out yesterday to get them out of the way since they were not producing.  Today I made it a point to keep them in the water resetting them as soon as the fish was tossed in the cooler even if we had other fish on.   This run of stable, pleasant weather has been awesome for walleye fishing the past five days and it looks like the forecast is calling for more of this great fishing weather, so this just might be the best of the best so far this year.   

Capt. Mike Veine
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8/2/19 @ 12:15 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (4%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
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Mike Veine
User since 4/13/06

8/2/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

 We have really been hammering the walleyes the last few days out of Au Gres.  Today my clients from south Lyon, MI had a blast taking home 32 nice walleyes in the process.  Yesterday we went to the same spot where we had blistering success the day before that,  but the  walleye had completely vacated that area.  I had to guess where the fish had moved, and my guess was super right with multiple walleyes on as soon as I started setting up until limits were pulled.  Today we         went back to that same spot and those fish were still there in mass.  The main school was about two miles long and when we trolled out of it, the bite slowed up and we had to turn around.  We only made two trolling passes through the area: One north and other other heading south, and that was all there was too it.  We pulled meat just off bottom today and had to troll on the fast side due to the presence of         sheephead and catfish in that area too.  Lure color did not make any difference.  A Speed of 1.8 were good, but at the end of the day, I bumped the speed up to try to keep the fish off going 2.8 mph and we still caught a walleye even at that speed.  So I caught that fish and kept it for myself.  I just polished it off to in the form a walleye burrito and it was delicious.  The fishing this year has been different from previous years in that the schools of walleyes are bigger and more numerous, but they seem to be moving more that normal.  My theory is that with more walleyes in an area, they deplete the baitfish numbers there quicker and have to move more often         to find more feed to satisfy their voracious appetite.  Walleye growth rates though seem to be about normal.  This year we are having to move around more following the increased walleye movements, but when we are on the fish, which we have been able to do most days, he fishing has never been better that I can ever remember. 

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7/30/19 @ 3:00 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (3%)
Waning Crescent
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
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Mike Veine
User since 4/13/06

7/30/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We ended up having a great day fishing on the Bay today, but it didn't start out that way. The first spot we checked where we had been doing good resulted in zero walleyes in the box. The big wind we had yesterday must have blown them out of that area. I made an educated guess where the walleyes had moved, picked up and ran to that spot. Once I started setting up there is was very obvious that I'd made the right decision as we had fish on non-stop from then on until my clients boated their 32 walleye limit. There were some sheephead and catfish in that area too, so we had to keep the trolling speed up a bit in the 1.8-1.9 mph range and also keep the lures up off bottom to keep the junk off the lines. We ran all spinners today and color pattern did not make any difference at all. We did well on my two flat lines, but the boards were producing a lot too. I never did run my full 8-rod spread today as it was not needed. Most of the walleyes we caught today were 16 to 20 inches, but we did get a few larger ones too.

Capt. Mike Veine
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7/25/19 @ 11:03 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (44%)
Waning Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
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Mike Veine
User since 4/13/06

7/25/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

My clients yesterday and today caught their limits of feisty walleyes in short order. The first spot we tried yesterday only produced one walleye in a half hour of fishing, so we tried Plan-B and immediately started catching one after another there until limits were attained. We went back to that same area today, but with a different wind direction, we had to set up starting over different water. It didn't mater as we never had a lull in the action today. Yesterday the walleyes showed a definite preference for fire-tiger spinners/crawler rigs but today color did not mater at all. Trolling speed was not all that critical either in the 1.5 to even 2.0 range in the surging waves. All the fish both days were caught suspended and they were biting very aggressively with few fish lost. All the fish the last two days were 15 to 22 inchers, so lots of good eating for sure.


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7/23/19 @ 4:03 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (63%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
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Mike Veine
User since 4/13/06

7/23/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We've had a lot of wind lately on the Bay and it has made the fishing challenging to say the least. Yesterday we tried two places before we found a good spot and loaded up and when we went back there today, we only caught a few walleyes as the winds had changed the water temperature a lot. My second spot I wanted to fish was also scant on walleyes, but through the process of elimination, I pretty much knew where the fish would have to be next, so when we trolled into that spot, we went from two fish in 30 minutes so six walleyes on at once. After that it was non-stop action as my clients from Howell, MI caught their limits of plump walleyes. Color of lures did not make any difference today at all, one we found them. I could have run cranks, spoons or spinners in that area with the same results, but since we are experiencing a bunch of unstable weather and walleyes on the move from day to day, and I never know weather we are going to fish shallow, deep, or somewhere in between, crawler harnesses are the best option. Once you start to catch fish non-stop, changing lures would be illogical too. With another storm front just pushing through the area as I type this, I honestly don't know where I'm going to fish tomorrow, but like usual, I'll use my experience with such events to logically come up with a plans and if you bet on us not catching a lot of fish tomorrow, you would likely loose. Even in tough conditions, the fishing here is consistent like no-where-else.

Capt. Mike Veine

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7/14/19 @ 12:05 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (95%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
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Mike Veine
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7/14/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

Limit catches persist every day this week with today being no exception. Yesterday we had some pretty stiff, southwest winds when we started out, so we just set lines a bout 1/2 mile from the Au Gres break wall and started catching walleyes right away on that down wind troll. My clients from the Pinkney, MI area pulled their limits from that area fairly quickly, but there were a lot of catfish and sheephead mixed in, so today we tried a new spot that I have not fished this year and caught decent numbers of walleyes there, but I wanted to try yet another area that I had not yet fished this year and once we set up there, it was non-stop action until limits were reached. I don't think I've fished the same spot twice this week and it seems like everywhere we set up we are catching walleyes and I'm also hearing about lots of fish being taken from other areas too, so this incredible bite is all over the place with the Bay seeming to have way more walleyes now than ever before. I've been pulling a combination of crankbaits and spinner/crawler rigs this week with no real color pattern of anything seeming to work better than the rest of the stuff we are using. I do try to troll faster when there are a lot of sheephead and/or catfish in the area trying to go as fast as can and still catch walleyes, so I'm playing around with the speed a lot this time of the year trolling typically at 1.8 to 2.2 mph most of the time. Most spinner/crawler rigs fail at these higher speeds as they need to be designed specifically for speed trolling applications. This is the main reason that I tie all my own rigs as I have not seen one commercially available that can be trolled at over 2.0 mph without negative issues. The article that I wrote for In Fisherman's 2019 walleye edition really gets into all the details of how to build and run my spinner program. Pick up a copy and you can see all the details.

Capt. Mike Veine

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7/10/19 @ 12:21 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (64%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
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Mike Veine
User since 4/13/06

7/10/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

World class walleye fishing continues out of Au Gres this week with limit catches being the rule. Today we had winds that were more than double what was predicted, so we stayed close to port. The fishing there was great with easy limits taken in just two trolling passes. My clients from Nebraska caught a lot of nice sized fish too about half over 20" and they are already planning their 2020 return trip to have at it again. The best setup today by far was a fire/tiger harness trolled about 15' from bottom at 1.3 mph over deep water. The past several days we were running a mixed spread of harnesses and Hot N' Tots with great results fishing a totally different area of the Bay where color or lure choice did not seem to mater. The water temperature in the Bay is now in the low 70s, so the bite is sure to be on fire for the duration of the summer, which I consider the peak fishing time out of Au Gres now days. I still have plenty of openings left so you can cash in on this truly outstanding fishery.

Capt. Mike Veine
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7/5/19 @ 11:52 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
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Mike Veine
User since 4/13/06
7/5/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

The fishing this week has been crazy good with the best catch rates of the season coming in. On the last several charters we have been catching upwards of 15 walleyes per hour, which equates to non-stop action and easy limits every day. The walleyes are switching over form a diet consisting primarily of bugs to minnows and shiners. I've been mixing in some crankbaits with the spinner/crawler rigs the last few days and the cranks have been taking there share of fish and some of the larger ones too. I've been sticking with my old favorite Hot-N-Tots in flashy chrome colors running a trolling speed a bit faster this wee to with the warming water temperatures. I just add a rubber core sinker ahead of the Tot to take it down deeper with less line out. Just about any spinner/crawler rig color has been working lately and it's nice to have walleyes that are not too picky. Today we set up an eight rod spread and trolled with the wind, in one direction, without ever turning once, for at least four miles straight, without ever having the slightest lull the action boxing 32 nice walleyes in the process with non-stop doubles, triples, quadruples and in some cases all lines with fish on them too. That massive school of walleyes is incredible and we should have world class fishing for the duration of the summer with fish numbers like we have now.

Capt. Mike Veine

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