The access on 12th Ave E in Ashland is very slushy under a thin layer of ice. Just found out the hard way!
Chequamegon Bay, Ashland County
MOON PHASE (38%)
Hey I’m heading up from Hortonville WI for a high school fishing tournament and we are going for size in inches. Any information on where to go for trout or northern/musky or walleyes would be great help. Also what to use for bait and lure! Anything information would be greatly appreciated.
Im new to this area have not fish here before.... i will like to get on some whitefish and walleye fishing.... Taking the family up from St paul mn for the free weekend fishing in WI..... any infor will help alot and hoping the kids and wife can catch some whitefish and walleye.... Please PM Me.... Thanks in advance.....
MOON PHASE (2%)
Anglers all reports: Warmer temps are in the forecast along with snow coming on Monday! It makes it a little tough to predict the ice conditions. However, The Bay area in general has 12 plus inches but be sure and check your way with the ice bar. Machine travel has been the norm. Fishing has remained steady with a great mix of Browns, Splake and Whitefish being caught off the Washburn side. Reports of Perch, Walleye and Browns and Northerns are being caught on the Ashland side of the Bay. The fishing pressure has been pretty high and with a lot of pressure in one area so the fish tend to scatter. Beware of pressure cracks!!! Conditions can change around pressure cracks. Anglers are fishing as far as Bayfield but only in the shallows and using extreme caution. Bring an ice bar to check your way…Bring safety equipment, like ice picks. We have had some really, really cold temps so the ice is continuing to build. Don’t access the ice with machines on new ice unless you have checked the ice depths.
Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: There has been good fishing out there with a lot of Browns and white Fish being caught by Long Island. The Bay on the Ashland side has 16 plus inches of ice. The Washburn side of the Bay has approximately 14 inches of ice. There is a very large pressure crack on the Washburn side so use caution when crossing it. Ice conditions change often near pressure cracks. There are permanent ice houses and sleeper shacks and tents popping up on the Bay. Machines are appearing throughout the Bay. Beyond that, from Houghton Point toward Bayfield to Red Cliff, machines are not recommended for travel on the ice!!!
There are a lot of Smelt appearing around the Light House. Good bait has been Hali Jigs, Shuck’s, Small Sweedish Pimples with Minnowheads or Waxies. If you are looking for Browns, Walleye or Perch, move away from where the Smelt are appearing. Hot bait for catching Trout has been Acme Hyper Glide along with the Clam Flutterspoon.
There are reports on the Ashland side of the Bay of nice Walleye, Perch and White Fish being caught. Browns, Splake and Coho’s are being caught off of Bono Creek (S-Curve) with ice conditions around 14 plus inches in that area. Inlands have had some reports on some nice size crappies being caught and a few Walleye showing up. Snow cover does make it slushy on the Inlands so be aware!
Attention: Recent snow cover makes it extremely difficult to see the changes in ice conditions! Always bring your ice fishing safety equipment with you.
USE CAUTION at all times! Remember to always check your own ice conditions!!!! Bring an ice bar with you at all times!!!!! Welcome to the High School Fishing Tournament this weekend!!!! Check out the John Gillespie Show that will air this weekend and partly feature Chequamegon Bay.
Free Wisconsin Winter Fishing Weekend
January 20-21, 2018
Pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun! Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend, Jan. 20-21. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.
Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species.
For more information, go to dnr.wi.gov and search for “Free Fishing Weekend.”