Chequamegon Bay, Ashland County

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3/22/18 @ 4:38 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (29%)
Waxing Crescent

Fishing Report, March 22, 2018

Carolyn from Anglers all reports: Access on the Ashland side of the Bay is still in pretty good shape, except for 2nd Landing where you need a machine to access. 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. Folks are still getting around but some are getting stuck. Always remember to use caution!!!! You should always call ahead for an ice condition report. Fishing has been very good but 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. 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 had to be off the ice by March 15, 2018

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 24 plus inches of ice. (keep in mind that some areas do vary in ice depths). The Washburn side of the Bay has approximately 24 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 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. The bit has gotten better.

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. 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 while yet. 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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3/21/18 @ 1:25 PM
Mike Brown
Mike Brown
USER since 1/19/17

oops....jigs

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3/16/18 @ 1:44 PM
Musky Ben
Musky Ben
USER since 3/13/02

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3/16/18 @ 7:49 AM
treedst
treedst
USER since 2/4/18

wondering what is a gig


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3/15/18 @ 2:13 PM
Mike Brown
Mike Brown
USER since 1/19/17

 OGGIE:   Near the lighthouse towards Washburn in 35' of water with lake shiners or gigs is good for coho, browns splake and whitefish with a few burbot ( eelpout ) is a good bet. Be careful though of the heave cracks. The reports are good off the islands in 70 fow for lakers. Again check your ice on the way out. Smelt are everywhere and the fish are full of them. The perch are eating small gobies with their natural feeder minnows. Northerns, bass and walleye are closer to shore on the Ashland side but again they have a tremendous amount of natural bait right now with all the smelt staging and waiting for the spring spawning run. Smelt are biting on glow hali's or small gigs tipped with wax worms, spikes, pinhead minnows or just about anything small with a little smell to it.

Edited on 3/15/18 2:20 PM
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3/14/18 @ 8:11 AM
Oggie11
Oggie11
USER since 3/13/18

Have a group of five coming up to Ashland the 16th 17th and 18th first time Fishing Lake Superior looking for guide or pointers on where to fish for brown trout splake thanks in advance

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3/10/18 @ 7:48 PM
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walleyeslyer
walleyeslyer
USER since 1/7/11

MOON PHASE (38%)
Waning Crescent

The nets are already there. I was out there today and was by no means a crowd only one other group and not a whole lot of tracks. Not a very good idea to say follow the crowd and point them towards Michigan island we aren't talking the lighthouse here. 

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3/9/18 @ 9:13 PM
I keep trying.
I keep trying.
MEMBER since 3/15/14

Coming up the 14th through the 16????. Fishing with a guide on the 15th, but would hook-up with a partner the 16th. Let me Know, Gunner

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3/9/18 @ 7:57 PM
GITCHEGUMEE
GITCHEGUMEE
USER since 1/19/12

Don't say that too loud there will be 10000' of nets out there tomorrow.  Poor fish don't even have a chance to get in the Bay right now.

Edited on 3/9/18 7:59 PM
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3/9/18 @ 7:32 PM
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Gone 4 Now
Gone 4 Now
USER since 4/26/08

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

They are just crushing the Lake Trout off the end of Madeline Island toward Michigan. Several fish over 10 pounds and a few at 20. just look for the crowds in about 175 to 200 feet. Good Luck. only about a week of fishing left out there.

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