Chequamegon Bay, Ashland County
MOON PHASE (88%)
Smelt Report, Thursday, April 26th.
At this time Smelt Season has still not started in the Chequamegon Bay as there is still ice on the Bay and along the Shore. Usually smelting does start in April but winter and ice on the Bay have been a little stubborn this year…it all depends on Mother Nature. We will keep you posted and let you know when smelting begins. Be patient...don't give up!!!
Can anyone give me some advice.... I'm up and was suppose to be smelting but that obviously isn' happening but I did bring tip ups and a hand auger. No locator or sled. I just want to walk some where close or just set up off shore somewhere along the Ashland shoreline for some walleye or whatever else. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Was thinking of setting up by the pier off Bayview park as we have netted walleyes there during the smelt run. I have smelt to use as bait or can pick up minnows. Pm if you wish.
MOON PHASE (4%)
April 17, 2018
At this time Smelt Season has not yet started in the Chequamegon Bay as there is still ice on the Bay. Usually smelting does starts in April…depending on Mother Nature. We will keep you posted and let you know when the ice is out and smelting begins.
Hooks, to answer your question regarding the ice breaking operations, the USCG entered the South Channel between Long and Madeline Islands. It made its way to the ferry road so that it could break up the ice to resume ferry transport between Bayfield and Madeline. Why??? Apparently there were deliverables that were necessary and they needed a large vehicle to do so, one that they didn't want to put on the ice and had to be transported via the ferry. The icebreaker then left the area following the same entry path so as not to beat up the ice too bad.
Cronk, from the perspective of being close to the smelt... I think if you are too close, there are so many baitfish that unless your bait stands out, there is too many easy pickins' that you won't catch the gamefish that are there...
Good one Silver Surfer!!! Using smelt for bait is a positive strategy to catch the Bay's gamefish. And provided you are using Chequamegon smelt, there is no provision that doesn't allow you to use it. If you are using Chequamegon smelt on other waters, then you are in violation as you are now carrying the VHS to other waters. And I had friends just complete a tour of the Bayfield hatchery and the biologist that they met with told them that VHS is still being tested for and is still showing up in the Lake Superior water.