Check out the River Rock or Northern State Bank live cams. Still iced in!
Chequamegon Bay, Ashland County
MOON PHASE (87%)
Ashland WI Smelt Report, May 3rd, 2018
The ice on the Ashland side of the Bay is now starting to “Chunk-Up” in areas but we are still semi-iced in. There are not a lot of areas to put a net in at this time on the Ashland shoreline so we haven’t had reports of anyone getting smelt here yet! Keep checking with us and as soon as we hear of Smelt coming in here we will let you know!!!!
The Rivers are open for fishing and the fishing opener is May 5th!!!!
Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: The Inlands will open up on May 5th to Walleye, Northern Pike, and Bass. Most Landings are still iced-in. We need warm weather, wind and a little rain to change that. Note; Any iced-in areas are NOT recommended for ice fishing at all. Be safe!!!!!!
The New License’s are now available for the year.
The smelt start normally running about 2 weeks after ice out. Currently, the entire Ashland side is locked in with ice. If you wanted, you could try the head of the Bay to about Maslowski Beach, that is all open water. But the rest is still ice. It is moving around good, so hopefully within a week or so, it will be gone.
Taking that all into consideration I was looking for a little advice from locals or anyone else with a general prediction of when the smelt run will occur.
My family has been making an annual trip up to Ashland the last several years and with the late ice-out this year it is making it more difficult for us to plan our trip (5 hours from Appleton).
Is there any chance, with the current forecast, that the smelt will be running by this weekend? Or is it likely occur during the week next week and into the weekend?
Thanks for any advice or input
The ice is still in the bay, look at the live cams. One is river rock inn cam and the other is northern state bank cam. The sat image fro. Yesterday didn' even show up and todays is all clouds. Doesn' mean ice is safe at all. Looks bad but still there.
The fishing can be very good. trolling stick baits in the top 15 foot of water column. Typically bright colors work best for trout n salmon. Fish em with long leads behind planer boards. Find warmer water and water with some stain. If its super clear and cold water, you likely will have a long day. On the opposite side, you don't want water that is chocolate milk. That also will be a long day. Hope this helps.