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8/30/19 @ 6:45 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
New Moon
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F
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Mike Veine
User since 4/13/06

8/30/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

This will be the final fishing report of my 2019 charter season.  My 2019 schedule if completely full now, but I am booking charters for 2020.  I just added the 2020 schedule to the website yesterday too encase you want to plan for next year early.  Today we had another windy day, so the fishing was "tough" to say the least.  My customers from Beaverton, MI came aboard though on a birthday present charter and had a positive attitude despite the conditions.  We had to stay close to port today and managed to fill their limit of walleyes taking most of the fish suspended with spinner/crawler rigs trolled at 1.6 to 1.8 mph.  Red/silver/glow harnesses were by far best today as nothing else seemed to produce with the fussy, light, bite.  It took all of the the 8-hour charter to limit out today too, so at this point, unless conditions improve, five hour charters will not allow nearly enough time to get the job done.  I honestly don't consider limit catches a priority on five-hour charters anyway as they are mostly designed for people that just don't want to be on the water all day with the amount of fish being a low priority, and rather a fun, short day of fishing as the main focus.  This charter season has been a phenomenal one overall for sure though.  I will be very surprised if Saginaw Bay does not set another walleye catch rate record this year with the caliber of fishing being off the charts good.  Next year should be another banner year to with a bunch of super big walleye year classes being available for years to come.  These are now the good-old-days for sure.

Capt. Mike Veine
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8/23/19 @ 5:46 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
Last Quarter
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
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Mike Veine
User since 4/13/06

8/23/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had fall-like conditions today with very cool temperatures and a lot more wind that all the forecasts I saw predicted.  The wind started from the NW, and then switched to the N and eventually went NE on us.  My clients today though from Traverse City, MI still managed to pull their limits of walleyes from the Bay despite the tough conditions.  We caught our fish close to Au Gres today in the 3-4 foot waves with 27-33 foot depths being best.  Very few fishermen were on the water today as we never had another boat within one mile of us all day despite being close to port.  We caught walleyes today both on bottom and suspended with no particular color pattern standing  out.  I kept the speed at 1.3 to 1.6 mph in the surging waves and ran all spinner/crawler rigs behind bottom bouncers with the inside boards suspended highest (40' set back), the middle boards about five feet off bottom (50' setback) and the outside boards on bottom with the longest setback at 60'.  This strategy reduces tangles when bringing in fish on the outside and middle boards.  I also ran two flat lines on the bottom (70' back) and they caught their share of fish today too.  I used all 3 ounce bottom bouncers.  We had to fish close today due to the weather, but our fishing has been phenomenal all week in other areas of the Bay too, but with so many walleyes now days, there are many hot spots to choose from.  Our fish today were mostly over 20 inches, with the biggest being 24.5" and just a few smaller fish in the box, so not too bad size-wise.  My clients also kept a few catfish, which is fine with me as long as they are under about 6 lbs., which is about the maximum size that will fit down the grinder at the fish cleaning station and about the biggest size too for decent eating.   The forecast called for water spouts today, but none materialized, however we did see some very unusual and cool looking clouds none-the-less.  All in all, it was a pretty good day on the Bay. 

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8/19/19 @ 6:52 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (85%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
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Mike Veine
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8/19/19, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We limited out the last two charters with today being a beautiful and fun day on the Bay indeed.  I had two young ladies on this charter with their parents and the four of them hauled in 32 walleyes in about six hours on the water.  The bite started off very good with 15 walleyes being taken in the first hour and a half.  After that though the wind switched around and then died completely leaving the bite a lot slower with more light bites and lost fish after that too.  The lost fish though didn't matter as we continued to pick away at the walleyes until they were limited out with a nice box of fish including a quite a few over 20 inches too.  We pulled all meat today again trolling fairly fast to avoid sheephead which were a nuances when ever a lure slowed down, such as on turns.  1.8 to 2.0 mph did the trick.  Color did not seem to mater much all day as about everything got hit about evenly.  We also caught a big smallmouth bass and lost an even bigger one too.  It's always fun to see those jumping fighters going nuts on the line.  

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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
User since 4/13/06

  

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
User since 4/13/06

  

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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