After a day off the water so I could go to the U.P. and spray my food plots there, along with doing some other needed chores, my clients and I from the Mt. Pleasant area hit the Bay with less than ideal conditions today. The National Weather Service had predicted light winds with waves less than one foot, but reality served up a stiff wind that switched from the northwest, then to the northeast, and then to the east, but it never let up to the predicted levels. Instead we had twos and threes to start off with and that eventually built up to threes and fours and while I was cleaning fish, the waves surpassed the four foot mark. Our fishing started off with us loosing our first five fish, but after that, our success rate skyrocketed as my four clients pulled limit catches of some very nice walleyes. Our biggest fish was a 25 incher, but they also caught several more that were close to that size too with most of the walleyes being 18-22 inch size. We had two young men on board that had a blast catching walleyes until their lips turned red and blue (from their drinks). If this would have been a couple day later, and they would have smeared on some white, they would have been considered very patriotic indeed. A friend of mine reported to me that he was catching most of his fish up high today, but we bucked that trend and pulled most of our fish off the bottom even tough I ran high lines all day with little success there. I ran three Church Tackle Walleye Boards on each side: The outside and middle boards were on the bottom and the inside boards we set about 10-15 feet off bottom. I also ran two flat lines off the gunnels and they were set on the bottom too. We only caught one keeper on the inside boards today, but the action was so good on the rest of the spread that I didn't bother to put the inside boards lures down, into the brunt of the fish. We set lines about five miles out from Au Gres and trolled with the wind all morning, but with the switching winds, that trolling direction varied a lot into a L shaped direction. At the end of the trip we ended up trolling in 5.5 miles before we had limited out and we never did run out of fish with no real lulls in the action. With some stabile weather predicted for the next days to come, the fishing here could be some of the best of the year. We certainly haven't had any stabile weather yet this year, so look out.
Capt. Mike Veine
Capt. Mike Veine