Chequamegon Bay, Ashland County

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4/12/18 @ 1:05 PM
hockeyguy39
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USER since 8/24/07

I think they're saying to try to stay on the outskirts of the schools of smelt where the fish might find your bait a little easier. That's my thought on it anyway.

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4/12/18 @ 11:53 AM
Cronk
Cronk
USER since 4/18/12

I have a question...... Why should anglers stay away from smelt if there looking for trout salmon etc? dont the game fish follow the smelt? or is it because of the over abundance of forage that they are tougher to catch?


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4/12/18 @ 11:25 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waning Crescent

Fishing Report, April 12, 2018 

Smelt Season 2018

Due to cold temps at night there is still a lot of ice on the Bay so at this time there is no Smelting going on yet in the Chequamegon Bay area. As soon as the ice is out of the Bay Smelt season will start. We will keep you posted as soon as we see/hear the ice is out!

Carolyn from Anglers all reports: We still have ice on the Bay and anglers are still ice fishing at this time. The Bay area in general has good ice however, please give the bait shops a call before going out and if they have heard anything they will keep you posted. As it warms up the approaches are soft. Always remember to use caution!!!! You should always call ahead for an ice condition report. Conditions can change rapidly depending on the weather! Fishing has remained steady on both sides of the bay with a mixed bag of Browns, Splake, Whitefish, Trout, Perch, Walleye, Northerns and Smelt are being caught. Always beware of pressure cracks!!! Conditions change around pressure cracks. Areas adjacent to the stream mouths have seen Steelheads, Brown Trout and Coho action. Winds and up and down temps can cause pressure cracks and they have been appearing around the landings. For safe ice fishing, bring an ice bar to check your way…Bring safety equipment, like ice picks. Call for current ice conditions before venturing out and ask what the popular baits are being used!!!!!

Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: There are still people out there ice fishing!! There have been a lot of Perch being caught on the Ashland side. The approaches are deteriorating. Even though we have ice out there…it is Spring so keep in mind the conditions of the ice can change rapidly so call ahead before venturing out. 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 a lot of Smelt appearing around the Light House and at the end of the ore dock. They seem to be moving in closer. If you are looking for Browns, Walleye or Perch, move away from where the Smelt are appearing.

There are reports on the Ashland side of the Bay of nice Walleye, Perch and White Fish being caught. Use caution in front of Bono Creek (S-Curve) as cracks have appeared. Use your ice bar!!!!

The Tributaries that feed into Lake Superior have opened up to the first barrier. With the inland water being closed for Northerns and other species, the Chequamegon Bay is not closed… So try the big bay! Just because you see tracks, does not mean the ice is safe so be sure and check the ice!!!!! With the freezing temps continuing at night, the ice will be around for a short while yet depending on weather. Keep checking with us. The New License’s are now available for the year. 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!!! Just remember…No ice is safe ice!!!!!


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4/10/18 @ 2:29 PM
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Cheqmate
Cheqmate
USER since 4/22/14

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waning Crescent

ICE DEPTH
24 inches

Still 24'" ice. Slow fishing today and yesterday. Couple lookers, no biters.

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4/9/18 @ 5:51 AM
hooksNguns2
hooksNguns2
USER since 5/9/13

Thank You Rodbend'r

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4/7/18 @ 2:38 PM
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RodBend'r
RodBend'r
USER since 5/19/04

MOON PHASE (56%)
Waning Gibbous

He's talking about the islands.  Around Madeline to Bayfield.   Not the Bay itself.

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4/7/18 @ 2:25 PM
hooksNguns2
hooksNguns2
USER since 5/9/13

I know what your post says, but I do not understand. What are the reasons?How much of the ice are they trying to clear/break up? Pamida beach, too? Is this a normal event for late season ice? When will this be completed? Etc, etc

Please, elaborate on this if you could.

Thanks

hooks

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4/7/18 @ 11:43 AM
littleredboat
littleredboat
USER since 5/2/17

FYI Ice breaking operations underway from the south channel to the Bayfeild marina.


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4/5/18 @ 4:24 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (74%)
Waning Gibbous

Smelt Season 2018 

Due to cold temps at night there is still a lot of ice on the Bay so at this time there is no Smelting going on yet in the Chequamegon Bay area. As soon as the ice is out of the Bay Smelt season will start. We will keep you posted as soon as we see/hear the ice is out!

Carolyn from Anglers all reports: We still have ice on the Bay and anglers are still ice fishing at this time! The temps are going to be in the 40's next week. The Bay area in general has good ice however, please give the bait shops a call before going out and if they have heard anything they will keep you posted. As it warms up the approaches are getting soft. Always remember to use caution!!!! You should always call ahead for an ice condition report. Conditions can change rapidly depending on the weather! Fishing has remained steady on both sides of the bay with a mixed bag of Browns, Splake, Whitefish, Trout, Perch, Walleye, Northerns and Smelt are being caught. Always beware of pressure cracks!!! Conditions can change around pressure cracks. Areas adjacent to the stream mouths have seen Steelheads, Brown Trout and Coho action. Winds and up and down temps can cause pressure cracks and they have been appearing around the landings. For safe ice fishing, bring an ice bar to check your way…Bring safety equipment, like ice picks. Call for current ice conditions before venturing out and ask what the popular baits are being used!!!!!

All permanent shacks needed to be off the ice by March 15, 2018

Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: There are still people out there ice fishing!! The approaches are starting to deteriorate. 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 a lot of Smelt appearing around the Light House and at the end of the ore dock. They seem to be moving in closer. If you are looking for Browns, Walleye or Perch, move away from where the Smelt are appearing. There is a big pressure crack off of 2nd landing, making it difficult to access the lake from that area.

There are reports on the Ashland side of the Bay of nice Walleye, Perch and White Fish being caught. Use caution in front of Bono Creek (S-Curve) as cracks have appeared. Use your ice bar!!!! Inlands have had some reports on some nice size crappies being caught.

The Tributaries that feed into Lake Superior have opened up to the first barrier. With the inland water being closed for Northerns and other species, the Chequamegon Bay is not closed… So try the big bay! Just because you see tracks, does not mean the ice is safe so be sure and check the ice!!!!! With the freezing temps continuing at night, the ice will be around for a short while yet depending on weather. Keep checking with us. The New License’s are now available for the year. 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!!! Just remember…No ice is safe ice!!!!! The Coast Guard Cutter is coming in on Saturday, April 7th to open up the Ferry Channel.


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4/3/18 @ 11:31 AM
Silver surfer
Silver surfer
USER since 6/20/16

How is the truck access by the old ore dock in Ashland? still driving out?

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