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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
4/17/14 4:43 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 36° - 40° F
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

Fishing pressure on Chequamegon Bay has been very minimal this past week. The fishing will improve as melting snow and runoff rejuvenates oxygen levels, but it also means deteriorating ice. Exercise extreme caution in the days ahead as ice conditions can change rapidly.

Late ice is the most dangerous, as you can no longer judge ice strength by thickness. "I've seen an ice chisel go through 24 inches of ice in one hard thrust during late ice,” notes Ashland fishing guide Nate Baron.

Ice fishing is winding down and we would no longer encourage anyone to venture out on the ice. If you must, please have all the necessary safety equipment and use good judgment and common sense. Always bring a fishing partner, ice picks, a flotation device or life jacket, rope and a throwable PFD (personal flotation device) while fishing late in the season. Driving vehicles on the ice at this time of year is an accident waiting to happen.

The northland has been plagued with another 15" of wet, heavy snow. The perch fishing on Chequamegon Bay was excellent last week. Inland fishing for crappies and bluegill was also very good. The bay is very muddy now following last week’s runoff.

The steelhead fishing will have to be put on hold for another week due to high water and clarity. Expect a lot of fish in the rivers as soon as the water begins to recede. Next week's forecast calls for high temps in the 50s with lows in the upper 30s and some rain.

This is a great time to pack up the ice gear and make a list of equipment and tackle needed for the next season. Now is the time to start getting the boat and gear ready for open water and the fast approaching fishing season opener on May 3rd. The bluegill and crappie fishing is really picking up on the area’s inland lakes. Exercise extreme caution in the upcoming weeks as the shorelines will deteriorate quickly.

If you are unfamiliar with the area you will be fishing, hire a local guide, talk with local fishermen or check with a bait shop prior to venturing out on the ice.

Good luck on the ice and tight lines to all!!



~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), reports the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing is good right now in the bay’s shallower waters, but not many anglers are venturing out because everyone is tired of the ice fishing and they are anxious for spring to arrive.

People are still walking out from shore to ice-fish and using snowmobiles. We strongly urge you to use snowmobiles or bring a snowmobile with you for easier access. We don’t recommend the use of four-wheelers because of the slush pockets out on the ice.

The ice on the big lake is still good. However, the snow cover has started to melt and turn slushy. The area around the landings is very slushy. If you are thinking of venturing out to ice-fish in other areas, it is very important to call ahead to ask what other anglers and guides are saying about the ice in those areas.

The wind cannot carry the ice out of the bay yet because it’s still locked in there tight. There needs to be more space between the ice and the shoreline and the ice pack needs to be looser before this can happen.

Fishing had been good near the Xcel Energy hot pond, but with the warmer temperatures last week the water in that area is very muddy now and no one is going there. Although the smelt run will not happen for probably at least two more weeks, some smelt are being caught in 20-30 FOW in the bay. Anglers are also having some luck in the 20 to 35 FOW in the channel or the major drop-offs to the channel out by the lighthouse, and near the former ore dock.

The fishing pressure has been very low this winter, which means the fish are really well-fed and rested. This should make for a great spring and summer as we can expect to see larger fish out there. Another good thing coming out of this severe winter is the fact that the inland lakes have hardly been touched, which should also make for some great catches once the warmer weather arrives.

For a safe and up-to-date ice fishing report, give us a call at Anglers All and we will keep you informed.



~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce (www.visitashland.com, 1-800-284-9484) reports:

Fishing is always great in the Chequamegon Bay area! Don’t miss the upcoming Ashland Gun & Knife Show happening April 25-27 at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 W. 4th Ave. Hours for the event are: Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 715/682-2221.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Now that the ice shanty removal date has passed, anglers may continue to use portable ice-fishing shelters (as long as they feel the ice is safe for travel), but they must remove their shelters daily and when not actively being used.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
4/9/14 12:05 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

Fishing pressure on Chequamegon Bay has been very minimal this past week. Late ice can be some of the best fishing of the season. The fishing will improve as melting snow and runoff rejuvenates oxygen levels, but it also means deteriorating ice. Exercise extreme caution going forth as ice conditions can change rapidly.

Late ice is the most dangerous, as you can no longer judge ice strength by thickness. "I've seen an ice chisel go through 24 inches of ice in one hard thrust during late ice,” noted Ashland fishing guide Nate Baron. Always bring a fishing partner, ice picks, a flotation device or life jacket, rope and a throwable PFD (personal flotation device) while fishing late in the season. Driving vehicles on the ice at this time of year is an accident waiting to happen.

The recent steelhead opener was not ideal with the existing snow cover and ice packs. The best reports came from the Brule River with reports of some nice browns and some steelhead mixed in. Spawn sacs with orange/chartreuse yarn or a combination seem to be working the best. The streams were in good condition this week and very fishable if you could get to your favorite run with the deep snow cover. In the past couple of days, the streams have become muddy which should get some fish moving up.

Anglers have been fishing the hot pond at the Xcel Energy power plant in the early mornings for coho salmon and an occasional steelhead with very limited success. The shallow-water fishing for steelhead and coho salmon at the mouth of the creeks and rivers has also been spotty but should start picking up with the recent runoff.

Anglers have been having some success on steelhead in 4-10 FOW which should continue to improve in the days ahead. If the trout are there and are not actively feeding, try downsizing your presentation to looper bugs, panfish-sized jigs and hair jigs tipped with a waxie. Some success on walleyes and perch in the bay has been reported in shallow water during the first few hours in the morning and the last hour in the evening. Locating the mud line at this time of year can be essential to your success.

The lake trout fishing in the Apostle Islands remains good. Check with the local bait shops for the availability of bait herring and fresh smelt. If no herring or smelt are available, try plastics such as white tube jigs and twister tails tipped with lake shiners or cut-up golden shiners. Travel on the ice is limited to snowmobiles only.

The bluegill and crappie fishing is really picking up on the area’s inland lakes. Exercise extreme caution in the upcoming weeks as the shorelines will deteriorate quickly.

If you are unfamiliar with the area you will be fishing, hire a local guide, talk with local fishermen or check with a bait shop prior to venturing out on the ice.

Late ice can be some of the best ice fishing of the year. Use good judgment and common sense. And get out and enjoy a great day of fishing.

Good luck on the ice and tight lines to all!!

~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), reports the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing is good right now in the bay’s shallower waters, but not that many anglers are venturing out because everyone is tired of the ice fishing now and they are anxious for spring to arrive.

People are still walking out from shore to ice-fish and using snowmobiles. We strongly urge you to use snowmobiles or bring a snowmobile with you for easier access. We don’t recommend the use of four-wheelers because of the slush pockets out on the ice.

The ice on the big lake is still good. However, the snow cover has started to melt and turn slushy. Conditions are expected to become even sloppier out there soon as the temperature is supposed to climb into the mid to upper 50s this week. If you are thinking of venturing out to ice-fish in other areas, it is very important to call ahead to ask what other anglers and guides are saying about the ice in those areas.

Fishing has been good near the Xcel Energy hot pond and the C. Reiss coal dock, where people are catching coho salmon, steelhead and brown trout. Although the smelt run will not happen for at least two to three more weeks, some smelt are being caught in 20-30 FOW in the bay. Anglers are also having some luck in the 20 to 35 FOW in the channel or the major drop-offs to the channel out by the lighthouse, and near the former ore dock.

Walleye are being caught in the weed beds a couple hundred yards off Second Landing. Northerns are also being caught in the shallows in the same area as the walleye and are reported to be moving into even shallower waters. The walleye fishing is best either very early in the morning or right at dusk, during those low-light hours, a couple miles off Second Landing or over by the hot pond or the coal dock, in the shallower waters.

The deeper waters are currently seeing some excellent fishing for whitefish and lake trout. Although there was way too much snow and cold for the recent opener, the steelhead trout fishing should be good now that temperatures are in the 40s. Concentrated at the mouths of the rivers flowing into Lake Superior, the steelhead action will be great at the following creeks and rivers: Pikes, Onion, Sioux and Whittlesey.

The fishing pressure has been very low this winter, which means the fish are really well-fed and rested. This should make for a great spring and summer as we can expect to see larger fish out there. Another good thing coming out of this severe winter is the fact that the inland lakes have hardly been touched, which should also make for some great catches once the warmer weather arrives.

For a safe and up-to-date ice fishing report, give us a call at Anglers All and we will keep you informed.

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce (www.visitashland.com, 1-800-284-9484) reports:

Fishing is great right now in the Chequamegon Bay area!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Now that the ice shanty removal date has passed, anglers may continue to use portable ice-fishing shelters (as long as they feel the ice is safe for travel), but they must remove their shelters daily and when not actively being used.

[This post was last edited on 4/9/14 at 12:08 PM]
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
3/27/14 12:05 PM CST
Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 26° - 30° F
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

Unseasonably cold temperatures and 8”-12" of fresh snow have put a damper on the ice fishing this past week. Old Man Winter will not let go this spring! There has been minimal fishing pressure on Chequamegon Bay this past week due to consecutive mornings of below-zero temps and the lack of spring runoff.

Anglers have been fishing the hot pond at the Xcel Energy Bayfront Power Plant in the early mornings for coho salmon and an occasional steelhead with limited success. Look forward to the warm weather in the forecast which should produce some runoff from our local rivers and streams that will start bringing more fish into the bay and shallow water. The shallow-water fishing for steelhead and coho salmon at the mouth of the rivers is just starting and should last for at least a couple of weeks, depending on Mother Nature.

Anglers have been having some success on steelhead in 4-10 foot of water, which should continually improve in the days ahead. If the trout are there and are not actively feeding, try downsizing your presentation to panfish-sized jigs and hair jigs tipped with a waxie. Some success on walleyes in the bay has been reported in shallow water during the first few hours in the morning and the last hour in the evening.

Travel on the ice is still limited to snowmobiles only. With the recent snow, the travel has been excellent with the occasional slush pocket. Travel conditions change daily at this time of year due to the freezing rain and snow accumulation.

The lake trout fishing in the Apostle Islands remains excellent and the travel conditions are some of the best we have had this season. Check with the local bait shops for the availability of bait herring and fresh smelt.

Steelhead fishing opens this Saturday, March 29, on Lake Superior streams and rivers. It is going to be tough going with the excessive snow cover, ice and lack of runoff. Expect only the true die-hards to be on the rivers this weekend!

Ice conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior with currents and high winds! Please have all the necessary safety equipment with you. If you are unfamiliar with the area you will be fishing, hire a local guide or check with a bait shop prior to venturing out on the ice. Good luck on the ice and tight lines to all!

~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, 715-682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), reports the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing is great right now in the bay’s shallower waters, but not that many anglers are venturing out because everyone is tired of the ice fishing now and they are anxious for spring to arrive.

People are still walking out from shore to ice-fish and using snowmobiles. We strongly urge you to use snowmobiles or bring a snowmobile with you for easier access. We don’t recommend the use of four-wheelers because of the slush pockets out on the ice.

Anglers are checking their way with a spud or ice bar. The ice on the big lake is still good. In fact, we are making ice, not losing it as we should be this time of year.

While the ice on the lake is still 3-4 feet thick, the snow cover has started to melt and turn slushy. If you are thinking of venturing out to ice-fish in other areas, it is very important to call ahead to ask what other anglers and guides are saying about the ice in those areas.

Fishing has been good near the Xcel Energy hot pond and the C. Reiss coal dock, where people are catching coho salmon, steelhead and brown trout. Although the smelt run will not happen for at least three to four more weeks, some smelt are being caught in 20-30 FOW in the bay. Anglers are also having some luck in the 20 to 35 FOW in the channel or the major drop-offs to the channel out by the lighthouse, and near the former ore dock.

Walleye are being caught in the weed beds a couple hundred yards off Second Landing. Northerns are also being caught in the shallows in the same area as the walleye and are reported to be moving into even shallower waters.

The walleye fishing is best either very early in the morning or right at dusk, during those low-light hours, a couple miles off Second Landing or over by the hot pond or the coal dock, in the shallower waters.

The deeper waters are currently seeing some excellent fishing for whitefish and lake trout. This weekend’s opener should offer some good steelhead trout fishing at the mouths of the rivers flowing into Lake Superior. The steelhead action should be great at the following creeks and rivers: Pikes, Onion, Sioux and Whittlesey.

For a safe and up-to-date ice fishing report, give us a call at Anglers All and we will keep you informed.

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, www.visitashland.com, 1-800-284-9484, reports: If you would like an updated ice fishing report or an updated snowmobile report, check out www.visitashland.com. Fishing is great right now in the Chequamegon Bay area!!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Now that the ice shanty removal date has passed, anglers may continue to use portable ice-fishing shelters (as long as they feel the ice is safe for travel), but they must remove their shelters daily and when not actively being used.

[This post was last edited on 3/27/14 at 12:19 PM]
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3/27/14 10:54 AM CST
Prop,

Nice looking fish. Were you all the way out fishing Outer? I didn't chase any lake trout this winter.

Been chasing crappies this winter and been doing pretty well. Heading for the Winnie area tomorrow morning for the weekend. Tme to chase perch/crappies in northern MN.

Can't wait for open water. I have the itch something terrible. Figure trout and salomn to start then transition to eyes in the bay.

Keep in touch.

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3/26/14 5:40 AM CST
Laketroutguy, yeah its been a while,have been out chasin fish and even catching once in a while,cant wait to see whitecaps on the water lol.... heres one from 2 weeks ago Smile

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3/25/14 11:43 AM CST
Propwash,

Haven't seen much of you on GLA. How's the fishing been? I assume you are itching to get the boat in the water.

IF you prefer PM me your response.

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3/25/14 5:33 AM CST
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3/24/14 11:13 AM CST
I enjoy these posts, immensely. I even have subscribed so I get them to e-mail inbox. Please keep them comming. (I don't Facebook). And I'm not going to go running around the lake willy-nilly based upon the report here either! LOL!

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3/22/14 5:04 AM CST
Not directed at the baitshops,its towards the chamber,and I speak for more than myself,leave the reports up to the baitshops,copying and pasting with a few changes is generic. Never heard of safety being called ridiculous and uncalled for,not everyone that reads these is hiring a guide,i know of a few guys that were in serious trouble this year and luckily help came along, if you wanna try the islands Please get a guide for a day its not worth it to wing it.you just cant say their biting in 200ft of water,cause guys grab a map and go,and that's how their life ends possibly,Been a great year for the islands but remember what time of year it is !!!!

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3/21/14 7:37 PM CST
Propwash AKA Jamie P.,

I don't quite understand the negativity towards up North Guide Service's report or Roger Lapenter's from Anglers All ? I am not sure how often you get out on the ice, but please don't put a scare into people with an inaccurate statement by saying the ice in the Apostle Islands is unsafe and someone is going to get killed. That's ridiculous and uncalled for, when there is 30" of ice between Cat Island and Outer Island. That's as of 5:30 PM last night. Is that current enough for you?

Yes, no ice is safe ice and conditions can change rapidly with winds and currents. You should always carry the necessary safety equipment,GPS and communications.Ice fishing has been great out in the islands, get out and give it a try. If you do not like the reports, don't read them, simple as that.

There are experienced and very knowledgeable guides in the area that are out on the ice and fishing the Islands multiple times a week such as Josh Teigen, Tommy Hicks and Aron Kastern that will also report when conditions begin to change.

Attached are couple of photos from yesterday's Outer Island trip. Lost a monster and picked up some nice eaters.

Tight Lines and good luck fishing,

Capt. Nate Baron

Up North Guide Service

www.upnorthguideservice.net

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3/13/14 6:16 PM CST
I agree with propwash. sick of reading same report every week.

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3/13/14 5:39 PM CST
Ice Depth: 29" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
CHECKING WITH SPUDS BUT THE ICE IS TO THE MOTOR LOL.... nobody has shiners either and the islands are getting dangerous at this time of year better get the reports UP TO DATE or your gonna get someone killed out there, pretty much the same report all year Puke

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
3/13/14 3:07 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny
Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

The lake trout fishing in the Apostle Islands has been good this past week. Some very large lakers ranging from 14-25 pounds have been caught, with a majority of the larger lake trout coming out of 120 to 250 feet of water (FOW). The ice thickness varies from 20" to 28" off of the Bayfield Peninsula and out in the islands. Anglers are heading out of Bayfield and Red Cliff using snowmobiles as their primary means of transportation.

The recent warm weather has created a lot of slush on the ice and has made traveling much more difficult. The bobbers that are out for the lake trout have been able to get out as far as Manitou, Stockton, Cat and Outer islands with reports of good success in 175-260 FOW. Beetles and Chequamegon Mackinaw jigs dressed with herring strips, shiners or smelt along with Zimmer spoons, crippled herring, large white tube jigs and Swedish pimples have all been working real well. Check with the local bait shops for the availability of bait herring and fresh smelt.

Near-shore fishing in the islands for browns and splake has been good for those seeking other species of trout. Cover the depths from 14 FOW out to 40 FOW on steep rocky breaks off the shorelines with tip-ups and Automatic Fisherman rigged with a live Lake Shiner or a Golden Shiner to increase your chances on the roaming trout. Anglers have been catching limits of whitefish off of Basswood and Hermit islands in 80-120 FOW on Swedish pimples in a blue or purple ice color along with jigging Rapalas with waxies.

The ice roads on Chequamegon Bay have been abandoned and snowmobile travel is currently the best means of transportation on the bay. Ice thickness is around 30 inches. Fishing has been at a minimum on the bay this past week due to poor travel conditions. Inland lakes are becoming very difficult to travel due to heavy slush and water conditions beneath the snow. Anglers have started picking up limits of coho salmon near the Xcel Energy plant hot pond and the coal dock along with an occasional brown trout at first light and a couple of hours into the day. The coho will be moving in schools high in the water column. Use smaller Buck-shots, Northland Tackle Forage minnows, Swedish pimples and panfish-size jigs tipped with waxies or a minnow head. Sebile Vibratos in a 3/8 oz. or 1/2 oz. size with no bait, worked just under the ice, can also be deadly on the coho at this time of year. The coho fishing will just keep getting better and better as the season progresses.

While jigging, be sure to cover the entire water column for the browns and cohos that are often roaming through at different depths. Some nice brown trout have been taken this past week by anglers fishing for smelt off of the lighthouse in the bay. The smelt have really started moving into the bay recently. Hali or Schuck’s jigs tipped with a piece of shiner fished in 20+ foot of water (FOW) seem to be doing the best. The smelt is excellent table fare this time of year and also makes for some great bait for chasing other species. Please check your fishing regulations when using smelt as bait on other bodies of water.

Ice conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior with currents and the high winds! Please have all the necessary safety equipment and check ice as you go along. If you are unfamiliar with the area you will be fishing, hire a local guide or check with a bait shop prior to venturing out on the ice. Good luck on the ice and tight lines to all!

Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, 715-682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), reports the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Anglers are doing well catching fish during the daylight hours in the channel and off the coal dock. They are reporting catching a lot of perch as well as lake trout, walleye and northerns. They are having good luck in the 40 to 70 FOW out by the islands.

People are walking out from shore to ice-fish and using snowmobiles. We strongly urge you to use snowmobiles or bring a snowmobile with you for easier access, or use an ATV with tracks on it.

Anglers are checking their way with a spud or ice bar. The ice is so thick now it is right up to the end of the auger, but extensions are not needed at this time. The ice on the big lake is still good, but the snow cover has started to melt and turn slushy. If you are thinking of venturing out to ice fish in other areas, it is very important to call ahead to ask what other anglers and guides are saying about the ice in those areas.

Fishing has been best near the Xcel Energy hot pond and the C. Reiss coal dock, where people are catching coho salmon and rainbow trout. Anglers are also having some luck in the 20 to 35 FOW in the channel or the major drop-offs to the channel out by the lighthouse, and near the former ore dock. They are reporting every species of fish seem to be biting, including smelt in the channel. You never know what you will catch on any given day. For jigging, Lake Shiners and waxies are the bait of choice, but everything seems to be working right now. Anglers are using larger minnows on tip-ups such as sucker minnows and Golden Shiners for northerns.

To catch cohos or herring, you will want to have one line set just a couple feet under the ice. Perch and walleye are being caught in the weed beds a couple hundred yards off Second Landing. A huge number of small perch are being caught so anglers will have to sort through their catch to get the larger ones. Northerns are also being caught in the shallows in the same area as the perch and are reported to be moving into even shallower waters. In fact, fishing is great right now in the bay’s shallower waters.

The walleye fishing is best either very early in the morning or right at dusk, during those low-light hours, a couple miles off Second Landing or over by the hot pond or the coal dock, in the shallower waters.

The inland lakes in Ashland County have had decent crappie and pan fishing. For a safe and up-to-date ice fishing report, give us a call at Anglers All and we will keep you informed.

The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, www.visitashland.com, 1-800-284-9484, reports:

If you would like an updated ice fishing report or an updated snowmobile report, check out www.visitashland.com. Fishing is great right now in the Chequamegon Bay area!!

IMPORTANT NOTE: By law, all ice shanties must be off the surface of the lake by this Saturday, March 15.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website: “Anglers who have difficulty getting their shelters off the ice by the deadline due to deep snow, or shanties frozen to the ice still need to work actively to free their shelters from the ice and arrange to have the shelters removed from the ice. And what the DNR and its wardens ask you to do is call the department’s hotline, 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. Tell the dispatcher your status and if you are having difficulty meeting the removal deadline. Your information will be passed on to the local conservation warden who will use discretion in the enforcement of the deadline.”

Once the ice removal date arrives, anglers can continue to use portable ice fishing shelters daily as long as they feel the ice is safe for travel. However, they must remove their shelters daily and when not actively being used.

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FISHING REPORT
3/6/14 1:04 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

Chequamegon Bay is accumulating a lot of slush and water under the recent snow cover. The ice roads on the bay have been abandoned due to heavy snow drifting, slush and water. Snowmobile travel is currently the best means of transportation on the bay. Ice thickness is 30-plus inches and an ice auger extension may be required soon. Fishing has been at a minimum on the bay this past week due to travel conditions. Inland lakes are becoming very difficult to travel due to heavy slush and water conditions beneath the snow.

Anglers have started picking up limits of coho salmon near the Xcel Energy plant hot pond and the coal dock along with an occasional brown trout at first light and a couple of hours into the day. The coho will be moving in schools high in the water column. Use smaller Buck-shots, Northland Tackle Forage minnows, Swedish pimples and panfish-size jigs tipped with Waxies or a minnow head. Vibratos in a 3/8 oz. or 1/2 oz. size with no bait, worked just under the ice, can also be deadly on the coho at this time of year. The coho fishing will just keep getting better and better as the season progresses.

While jigging, be sure to cover the entire water column for the browns and cohos that are often roaming through at different depths. Some nice brown trout have been taken this past week by anglers fishing for smelt off of the lighthouse in the bay. The smelt have really started moving into the bay this past week. Hali or Schuck’s jigs tipped with a piece of shiner fished in 20+ foot of water (FOW) seems to be doing the best. The smelt is excellent table fare this time of year and also makes for some great bait for chasing other species. Please check your fishing regulations when using smelt as bait on other bodies of water.

The lake trout fishing in the Apostle Islands has been good this past week. Some very large lakers ranging from 14-25 pounds have been caught this past week or two, with a majority of the larger lake trout coming out of 200 FOW or deeper. The ice thickness varies from 18?-26? off of the Bayfield Peninsula and in the Apostle Islands. Anglers are heading out of Bayfield and Red Cliff using snowmobiles as their primary means of transportation. The snowdrifts on the ice make travel rough and slow, though slush pockets are at a very minimum.

The bobbers that are out for the lake trout have been able to get out as far as Manitou, Stockton, Cat and Outer islands with reports of good success in 175-260 FOW. Beetles and Chequamegon Mackinaw Jigs dressed with herring strips, shiners or smelt along with Zimmer Spoons, Crippled Herring and large Swedish pimples have also been working real well. Check with the local bait shops for the availability of bait herring and fresh smelt.

Near-shore fishing in the islands for browns and splake has been good for those seeking other species of trout. Cover the depths from 14 FOW out to 40 FOW on steep rocky breaks off the shorelines with tip-ups and Automatic Fisherman rigged with a live Lake Shiner or a Golden Shiner to increase your chances on the roaming trout. Anglers have been catching limits of whitefish off of Basswood and Hermit islands in 80-100 FOW on Swedish pimples in a blue or purple ice color along with jigging Raps with Waxies when finicky.

Ice conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior with currents and the high winds! Please have all the necessary safety equipment and check ice as you go along. If you are unfamiliar with the area you will be fishing, hire a local guide or check with a bait shop prior to venturing out on the ice.

Good luck on the ice and tight lines to all!!

~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), reports the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Anglers are doing well catching fish during the daylight hours in the channel and off the coal dock. They are reporting catching a lot of perch as well as walleye and northerns. They are having good luck in the 40 to 70 FOW out by the islands.

People are walking out from shore to ice fish and using snowmobiles. They are checking their way with a spud. The ice is so thick now it is right up to the end of the auger, but extensions are not needed at this time. If you are thinking of venturing out to ice fish in other areas, it is very important to call ahead to ask what other anglers and guides are saying about the ice in those areas.

Fishing has been best in the 20 to 35 FOW in the channel or the major drop-offs to the channel out by the lighthouse, the coal dock and near the former ore dock. The wet spots have most likely frozen over, but anglers should always be aware that there may be some near shore.

Anglers are reporting every species of fish seem to be biting, including smelt in the channel. You never know what you will catch on any given day. For jigging, Lake Shiners and Waxies are the bait of choice, but everything seems to be working right now. Anglers are using larger minnows on tip-ups such as sucker minnows and Golden Shiners.

To catch cohos or herring, you will want to have one line set just a couple feet under the ice. Perch are being caught in the weed beds a couple hundred yards off Second Landing. A huge number of small perch are being caught so anglers will have to sort through their catch to get the larger ones. Northerns are also being caught in the shallows in the same area as the perch.

The walleye fishing is best either very early in the morning or right at dusk, during those low-light hours, a couple miles off Second Landing or over by the hot pond or the coal dock, in the shallower waters.

The ice roads have some drifting snow. Be aware of numerous snowdrifts and hard-packed drifts. We strongly urge you to use snowmobiles or bring a snowmobile with you for easier access, or use an ATV with tracks on it.

For a safe and up-to-date ice fishing report, give us a call at Anglers All and we will keep you informed.

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce (www.visitashland.com, 1-800-284-9484) reports:

Fishing is great right now in the Chequamegon Bay area!

IMPORTANT NOTE: By law, all ice shanties must be off the surface of the lake by March 15.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website: “Anglers who have difficulty getting their shelters off the ice by the deadline due to deep snow, or shanties frozen to the ice still need to work actively to free their shelters from the ice and arrange to have the shelters removed from the ice. And what the DNR and its wardens ask you to do is call the department’s hotline, 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. Tell the dispatcher your status and if you are having difficulty meeting the removal deadline. Your information will be passed on to the local conservation warden who will use discretion in the enforcement of the deadline.”

Once the ice removal date arrives, anglers can continue to use portable ice fishing shelters daily as long as they feel the ice is safe for travel. However, they must remove their shelters daily and when not actively being used.

[This post was last edited on 3/6/14 at 2:14 PM]
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FISHING REPORT
2/26/14 4:56 PM CST
Conditions: Snowing
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

Ice conditions have taken a turn for the worse following the recent heavy snowfall. Inland lakes are becoming very difficult to travel due to heavy slush and water conditions beneath the snow. Chequamegon Bay is also accumulating a lot of slush and water under the recent snow cover. The ice roads on the bay have been abandoned due to heavy snow drifting, slush and water. Snowmobile travel is currently the best means of transportation on the bay. Ice thickness is 30-plus inches and an ice auger extension may be required soon. Fishing has been at a minimum on Chequamegon Bay this past week due to travel conditions.

Anglers have started picking up limits of coho salmon near the Xcel Energy plant hot pond and the coal dock at first light and a couple of hours into the day. The coho will be moving in schools high in the water column. Use smaller Buck-shots, Northland Tackle Forage minnows, Swedish Pimples and panfish-size jigs tipped with Waxies or a minnow head. Vibratos in a 3/8 oz. or 1/2 oz. size with no bait, worked just under the ice, can also be deadly on the coho at this time of year. The coho fishing will just keep getting better and better as the season progresses.

While jigging, be sure to cover the entire water column for the browns and cohos that are often roaming through at different depths. Some nice brown trout have been taken this past week by anglers fishing for smelt off of the lighthouse in the bay. The smelt have really started moving into the bay this past week. Hali or Schuck’s jigs tipped with a piece of shiner fished in 20+ foot of water (FOW) seems to be doing the best. The smelt is excellent tablefare this time of year and also makes for some great bait for chasing other species. Please check your fishing regulations when using smelt as bait on other bodies of water.

The lake trout fishing in the Apostle Islands has been outstanding this past week! Some very large lakers ranging from 14-25 pounds have been caught this past week with a majority of them coming out of 200 FOW or deeper. The ice thickness varies from 18"-26" off of the Bayfield Peninsula and in the Apostle Islands. Anglers are heading out of Bayfield and Red Cliff using snowmobiles as their primary means of transportation. The snowdrifts on the ice make travel rough and slow, though slush pockets are at a minimum.

The bobbers that are out for the lake trout have been able to get out as far as Manitou, Stockton, Cat and Outer islands with reports of good success in 175-260 FOW. Beetles and Chequamegon Mackinaw Jigs dressed with herring strips, shiners or smelt along with Zimmer Spoons, Crippled Herring and large Swedish Pimples have also been working real well. Check with the local bait shops for the availability of bait herring and fresh smelt.

Near-shore fishing in the islands for browns and splake has been good for those seeking other species of trout. Cover the depths from 14 FOW out to 40 FOW on steep rocky breaks off the shorelines with tip-ups and Automatic Fisherman rigged with a live Lake Shiner or a Golden Shiner to increase your chances on the roaming trout.

Due to very high recent west winds, ice coverage in the Apostle Islands has changed substantially in the past week! The line of ice extends from Outer Island to Michigan Island and then to Madeline. There is now open water in some areas that anglers were fishing just last week.

Ice conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior with currents and the high winds! Please have all the necessary safety equipment and check ice as you go along. If you are unfamiliar with the area you will be fishing, consult with a local guide or bait shop prior to venturing out on the ice. Good luck on the ice and tight lines to all!

~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, 715-682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), reports the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Anglers are doing well catching fish during the daylight hours in the channel and off the coal dock. They are reporting catching a lot of perch as well as lake trout, walleye and northerns. They are having good luck in the 40 to 70 FOW out by the islands.

People are walking out from shore to ice fish and using snowmobiles. They are checking their way with a spud or ice bar. If you are thinking of venturing out to ice fish in other areas, it is very important to call ahead to ask what other anglers and guides are saying about the ice in those areas.

Fishing has been best in the 20 to 35 FOW in the channel or the major drop-offs to the channel out by the lighthouse, the coal dock and near the former ore dock. The wet spots have most likely frozen over, but anglers should always be aware that there may be some near shore.

Anglers are reporting every species of fish seem to be biting, including smelt in the channel. You never know what you will catch on any given day. For jigging, Lake Shiners and Waxies are the bait of choice, but everything seems to be working right now. Anglers are using larger minnows on tip-ups such as sucker minnows and Golden Shiners for northerns.

To catch cohos or herring, you will want to have one line set just a couple feet under the ice. Perch are being caught in the weed beds a couple hundred yards off Second Landing. A huge number of small perch are being caught so anglers will have to sort through their catch to get the larger ones. Northerns are also being caught in the shallows in the same area as the perch. Trout and salmon are being caught over by the coal dock and by the power plant. Fishing is great right now in the shallower waters.

The walleye fishing is best either very early in the morning or right at dusk, during those low-light hours, a couple miles off Second Landing or over by the hot pond or the coal dock, in the shallower waters.

The ice roads have significant drifting snow. Be aware of numerous snowdrifts and hard-packed drifts. We strongly urge you to use snowmobiles or bring a snowmobile with you for easier access, or use an ATV with tracks on it. The inland lakes in Ashland County have had decent crappie and pan fishing. Most of the slush is now frozen over on the inlands. For a safe and up-to-date ice fishing report, give us a call at Anglers All and we will keep you informed.

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, www.visitashland.com, 1-800-284-9484, reports: If you would like an updated ice fishing report or an updated snowmobile report, check out www.visitashland.com. Fishing is great right now in the Chequamegon Bay area!!

The 27th annual Ice-O-Rama fishing contest sponsored by the North Wisconsin Rod & Gun Club will take place March 1-2 on Chequamegon Bay. The event begins at 5 a.m. on Saturday and continues through noon on Sunday. There are multiple cash prizes awarded for the largest fish in several categories plus a grand prize raffle drawing. Contestants may fish anywhere on Chequamegon Bay and all fish must be registered by noon on Sunday. For additional information, please call 715/685-9778.

[This post was last edited on 2/27/14 at 10:35 AM]
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