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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
4/29/16 11:48 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The area has received several inches of rain since Sunday accompanied by high winds.

“There’s a lot of dirty water out in the bay right now from all of the wild wind and weather,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All. “It’s going to take a few days for that to settle down.” Once that happens, folks will no doubt continue to troll for trout and salmon, many of them flatlining stickbaits.

“Near-shore trolling had been pretty good for splake and browns,” said Luke Kavajecz, Anglers All fishing guide, “but the water was still pretty cold, so this bite is just going to get better as it warms up a little.”

“Most people were working the shallows and looking for the mud lines,” said Carolyn. “There had been reports of Coho salmon, brown trout, steelhead, splake and lake trout all being caught, with browns being the most prevalent species.”

Both Carolyn and Luke said they are really looking forward to the fishing opener coming up in May.

“The smallies are already in their shallow-water places,” Carolyn noted. “It’s just a matter of getting the water to clear.” “We're all trying to hold back the excitement for our favorite fishing of the year,” commented Luke.

It will be catch and release only on the smallmouth bass starting May 7 and continuing through June 17. Then from June 18 all the way until March 5, 2017, anglers are allowed to harvest one smallmouth that is a minimum length of 22 inches.

“All of that rain should have brought fresh fish into the streams,” Carolyn continued. “It will be a few days until those swollen streams come down and then it will be great!”

Fishing for steelhead has remained productive in Lake Superior tributaries like the Sioux River and Fish Creek.

“Steelhead fishing has been excellent in the Brule River and other South Shore tribs,” Luke noted. “Most of the fish we're catching in the Brule right now are dropbacks, but there should still be fish around for a while yet.”

Carolyn said there have been some nice walleyes caught, mainly at night, on the Ashland shoreline. In addition, there have been quite a number of people fishing for sturgeon on either end of the Ashland breakwall.

“There have been several legal sturgeon caught,” said Carolyn, “which is 50-plus inches! They are soaking a smelt on the bottom for those.”

She reminds anglers that they will need a sturgeon tag to fish for those and their limit is only one a year.

“They are also catching northerns along the shoreline,” Carolyn added “Now that the smelt run is over, you will see more pike being caught. And once again, they are soaking a smelt for those.”

** Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, Anglers All is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing guides from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, report the following:

Open-water fishing on Chequamegon Bay had been very good until the current weather system arrived, bringing gale-force winds and chilly temperatures to the Ashland area. The water in the bay right now is a reddish brown hue caused by all of the runoff from the rain-swollen streams, plus the surface is roiling and dotted with whitecaps.

“Before all of that wind started, trolling was great and there were some nice browns reported,” said Scott Bretting, owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop. “There were lots of people fishing for northerns during the last week too, but with the way the lake is right now – the water’s all churned up and muddy – no one is going out.”

Bretting also noted that the “nor’easter wrecked our smelt season.” After what some reported as the best smelt harvest in several years, the run ended abruptly Sunday night when this unfavorable weather system moved in.

Because of the gale-force winds on the big lake, the smaller inland lakes have been seeing some action, however. “Panfish and crappies are getting in that spring mode,” Scott commented.

“The streams have still been offering good fishing,” said Nate Baron, River Rock employee and owner/operator of Up North Guide Service. “Steelhead are still moving pretty good on the streams.”

“The streams have been very high because of the heavy rain we’ve had,” Scott added, “but that should settle down next week. Once the weather settles down, things will be really good.”

“Guys who are out trolling are definitely getting quite a few Coho and browns,” Nate said. “They’re trolling shallow or off the shoreline, using stickbaits. They’re also going out and trolling off the islands.”

Scott said there were some awesome Coho salmon caught last Saturday, April 23, around the tip of Long Island and off Houghton Point.

** Stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, local cheeses, meats, and microbrews, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland. Call River Rock for the most current ice fishing report and they’ll give you the 411 on the bay area!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:

Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.

• The Sanborn Community Club will hold a Smelt Fry from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at Sanborn Memorial Park. The tiny community of Sanborn is located a few miles south of Ashland. (Take Hwy. 112 or Sanborn Avenue out of town.) The park is on County Hwy. E in Sanborn. For more details, send an email to rose1234@cheqnet.net.

[This post was last edited on 4/29/16 at 12:15 PM]
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
4/14/16 3:08 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Open-water season is finally here after ice-out early last week!!
“Fishing has been pretty good as long as people can find the mud lines,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All. “We’ve got a lot of dirty water out there right now, but the fishing definitely picks up as soon as you find those mud lines and the clean water that the fish like.”
“They will want to troll on the clean side of those mud lines,” Carolyn explained. “The fish like to hide in the dirty water and then pop out into the clean side.”
She said most people are trolling shallower-running stickbaits in anywhere from 3 to 10 foot of water. “Folks have been doing pretty well on browns along with some Coho, splake and the occasional steelhead,” Carolyn said.
And although the Washburn Marina is still iced in, folks wanting to launch their boats from Washburn can get out of Thompson’s West End Park and Bodin’s.
** Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, Anglers All is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing guides from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, report the following:
Open-water fishing on Chequamegon Bay is here! “The landings are pretty much all open now and guys are out trolling,” according to Scott Bretting, owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop. “There’ve been some nice browns reported,” he added.
“Anything that looks like a smelt” is a good bait for trout right now, Scott said, laughing. In addition, he highly recommends stickbaits such as Rapala, Smithwick, Reef Runner, and Bomber.
And speaking of smelt, the spawning run began last night in Ashland! “It sounds like they netted very few smelt last night, but this weekend will be the start of smelt season and we hope to have a good week of it,” Scott said. He reminds smelt enthusiasts that if you’re not a Wisconsin resident, you do need a license to harvest smelt.
River Rock will be selling whole smelt for $3 per pound or $6 per pound for cleaned smelt. “When they buy them cleaned, they actually get more per pound because then they’re not paying for the guts or head,” Scott pointed out.
Scott said there is still ice on quite a few of the area’s inland lakes and it’s “not fishable ice” either, so most of those are still in transition at the moment. “The spring fishing on the inland lakes is for panfish typically,” he noted. “It’s closed season (inland) for walleye and northerns right now, of course.”
“They’re fishing out by Houghton Point, at the mouth of the Onion River and over in Washburn off the coal dock. There’s still ice in the marina over there and here in Ashland so there’s no boats in those marinas yet, but it won’t be long now.”
Scott said there is also still a large pile of ice on the Ashland breakwall that resulted from the wind pushing the ice out and up onto the structure. “We still have a one-foot pile of snow in our yard here at River Rock, but that will be gone by tomorrow probably,” Scott commented. The water in the bay is still pretty dirty from the recent snowmelt and runoff, he noted.
“Guys are having success down by the ‘pig iron’ getting pike,” Scott said. “That area will be busy this weekend, I’m sure.”
“They’re still catching steelhead in the streams, but the runoff is pretty strong because of that 8 inches of snow we got last week,” Scott continued. “So the rivers are running pretty fast and furious right now, but they are going to clear up and be productive fishing spots in the next couple of days.”
He said stream fishermen have been doing well using spawn and yarn patterns. Egg patterns are another commonly used bait to attract steelies.
Scott said he is looking ahead to a wonderful weekend for fishing. “It’s great to see folks out on the lake and we’ve had some nice reports from off the Washburn coal dock. There are plenty of places where people can get their boat out so I think they are going to have an awesome weekend!”
** Stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, local cheeses, meats, and microbrews, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland. Call River Rock for the most current ice fishing report and they’ll give you the 411 on the bay area!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.

• The WJJH Spring Home & Sport Show is coming up this weekend, April 15-17, at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave. W., Ashland, featuring displays and demos of home and recreational products. Show hours are: Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission all three days. For more information, call 715/682-2727.
• The Ashland Gun & Knife Show is set for April 22-24 at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave. W., Ashland. Show hours are: Friday from 4-8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guns on display and for sale. For more information, call Ray at 715/292-8415.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
3/31/16 4:39 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 36° - 40° F
~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The ice has been in and out of the bay several times now, with the most recent change in wind direction blowing it back in last night. The amount of open water is definitely on the increase, however, and it shouldn’t be too much longer before the bay is completely free of ice.
“Back here we are still seeing ice by the boathouses,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All on Ashland’s far east side, “but it’s clear to the west of us by the condos.”
Carolyn said from her vantage point she can still see ice in the bay over toward Washburn.
“I know there is some ice along the shoreline in places over in Washburn, but then there is open water around the coal dock. This stuff is going to keep moving back and forth until it totally disappears,” she said of the lingering ice. “We are in transition still, but we’re getting there.”
“Nobody from here (Anglers All) is even going to try smelting until next week,” she added. “I haven’t taken the water temperature yet to see where we’re at, but I don’t think it’s warm enough for them yet.” Those who plan to venture out and try trolling should look for clean water and mud lines, according to Carolyn. “They will want to troll on the clean side of those mud lines. The fish like to hide in the dirty water and then pop out into the clean side.”
Carolyn said the water is pretty high in the local rivers and streams after the recent rains and with the snowmelt. “The surrounding streams and tributaries are very high and dirty. It would be wise for people to wait until they come down a little.”
She said there is some steelhead fishing going on with people using spawn, yarn and flies “during the times when the rivers are fishable.”
** Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, Anglers All is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing guides from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, report the following:
Open-water fishing on Chequamegon Bay is getting closer every day. “With this rain and if the winds are right, we may have no ice out there by the weekend,” said an optimistic Scott Bretting, owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop.
“But either way people are starting to get out,” Scott continued, citing the example of an area angler who had luck trolling in front of Second Landing. “He launched his boat from his house further east though because Second Landing is still locked in,” Scott explained, adding that the man reported there was still ice about 2 miles out.
Other folks have been fishing off the Ashland Marina seawall and Washburn coal dock, as well as the open water around the ore dock base. Scott said he has received reports of some nice trout and salmon catches.
“People have been fishing from both the Short Bridge and Long Bridge west of Ashland,” said Scott, “and the ‘pig iron’ beach down by the (Xcel Energy) power plant west of the breakwall. Once the ice moves out, that will turn into an active spot for early-season pike.”
Trout fishing season opened up last Saturday on designated sections of some Lake Superior tributaries. Anglers have been out after rainbow trout and steelhead in the lower streams from the sloughs inland, including the Sioux, Onion and Brule rivers as well as Fish Creek.
“We’ve had nice reports of stream fishing for steelhead,” Scott said. “They are up high in the creeks already, which seems kind of early, but the last two years we had ice and snow until May.”
He said egg patterns are a commonly used bait to attract steelies. “They are using spawn sacs, brightly colored yarn, spinners … looper bugs are also working for some people.”
Scott said the inland lakes are starting to open up, too. “Those should see lots of action in the next week with the increasing open water.”
Despite previous hopes for an early smelt run this year, it now looks like we won’t see any smelt action until at least the second week of April, Scott noted last week. This will put us at about our normal pace because the smelt don’t typically start their spawning run until the third or fourth week in April. The run usually commences shortly after ice-out on the bay and lasts only 12-14 days.
“It should be a real good smelt season without any ice blocking them from making their spawning run,” Scott commented. “And we know there’s plenty of smelt in the bay because they were catching them all winter.”
** Stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, local cheeses, meats, and microbrews, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland. Call River Rock for the most current ice fishing report and they’ll give you the 411 on the bay area!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.

• The Annual Bay Area Farm & Garden Show and 4-H Dairy Breakfast will be held this Saturday, April 2, at the Bay Area Civic Center in Ashland featuring 4-H displays and the popular “Largest Scrambled Egg Omelet” dairy breakfast in the Northland. Look for local honey and other dairy displays. There will be fun for the entire family! The 54-inch frying pan will once again be used to prepare the “All-Wisconsin Scrambled Omelet” that serves 100 people and weighs about 50 pounds. The omelets will be prepared in the exhibit area. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare each omelet, which contains one-half pound of butter, six pounds of cheddar cheese, six pounds of ham, 250 eggs, onions, mushrooms and salt and pepper. 715/682-2500

• The Wild Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold their Fishing Expo and Auction on Saturday, April 2, from 1-7 pm at the Ponzio Center on the Northland College Campus. The event will feature two great speakers: Great Lakes Stream Restoration Manager for Trout Unlimited Laura MacFarland and fishing guide Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All. Activities include fly fishing instructions, bucket raffles, and a live auction.

• The Washburn Area Ducks Unlimited Banquet is set for Thursday, April 7, from 5:30-10 p.m. at the Steak Pit, 125 Harbor View Dr., Washburn. This popular annual event features many quality guns & prizes, plus an awesome cooked-to-order steak dinner. For more information, call 715/373-2087 or 715/779-3639.

FATHER BOB
FATHER BOB
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Joined: 3/8/2014
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3/28/16 5:29 PM CST
are any smelt showing up yet?

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
3/11/16 2:49 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F
~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. With daytime highs in the 40s and even some 50s, ice conditions are changing very rapidly now.
“Can you get out there (on the ice) is one question,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland, “but then the flip side of that is can you get back afterward? The boat landings are certainly problematic.”
“Water is starting to go through the holes that were already drilled on the ice,” she continued. “If it stays cloudy like it is today, the ice should hold up fine for the weekend. But if the sun comes out, it’s going to eat up that ice quickly.”
Carolyn said anglers who are determined to go out should bring an ice bar and check their way as they go. And she reminded everyone to be sure to wear a flotation device. Extreme caution is advised!
On a drive up the Bayfield Peninsula this week Carolyn saw that there are floating icebergs between Bayfield and Madeline Island. She said that leaving off of the coal dock in Washburn is no longer possible because a pressure crack has opened up too wide for an ATV to get through safely.
“Your best bet now is to spend the time getting your summer gear ready,” Carolyn suggested. “Check over everything and start prepping your boat. Open-water fishing will be here before we know it!”
** Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, Anglers All is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing guides from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, report the following:
Although the fishing was grand last weekend for the annual Ice-O-Rama tournament held out at Second Landing, conditions have deteriorated to the point now that fishing guide Scott Bretting said he wouldn’t advise anyone to venture out on the ice of Chequamegon Bay.
“I don’t recommend travel on the ice right now, this year especially,” the owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop said. “It never was a good ice year. We’ve had marginal ice all winter and now with this weather, no way. Conditions are too unpredictable.”
“The snow in my yard was gone overnight, that’s how fast it’s happening,” Scott noted, adding that there is a lot of high water in area creeks and streams right now from snow melt.
In response to a question about intrepid (or perhaps insane) anglers who were seen sitting on what appeared to be chairs within a few feet of open water near the “hot pond” earlier in the week, Scott said “they were after cohos.” He also observed that “they must not have gotten any because you notice they haven’t been back.”
UPDATE: Anglers were again positioned daringly close to the edge of the ice shelf by the Xcel Energy warm-water discharge pool (or hot pond) on Friday morning (3/11). Make of that what you will, but it looks highly ill-advised to the average observer.
Scott said he “had a lot of fun” participating in the 29th Annual Ice-O-Rama held last Saturday and Sunday, sponsored by the North Wisconsin Rod & Gun Club.
“I caught a lot of whitefish and I know they had good reports of perch and northerns,” Scott said. “A 21-pound northern pike won the tournament. A local guy who hadn’t been catching many fish caught that huge pike on a perch rod using less than a 6-pound test line. If he hadn’t been an experienced angler, it would have gotten away.”
Scott said he was pleased to have caught his five-whitefish limit on Saturday for a great meal Sunday with his family. “We battered them up and then cooked them in an electric skillet,” he explained. “Man, they were good! Sometimes we will broil them or cook them out on the grill, but whitefish are good any way you prepare them. They’re just a great, all-around eating fish.”
Bretting is cautiously optimistic about the chances for an early ice-out this year and with it perhaps an early smelt run.
“None of the boat landings are open yet,” he said. “They’re all still locked in with ice. We’re definitely in a transition time right now. That could last a month or more.”
“Ice-out typically occurs during the second or third week of April, but it’s certainly possible it could be earlier this year. We’re looking at the earliest we’ve ever changed over our store from winter to spring tackle, I can tell you that,” Scott added.
He noted that commercial fishermen are able to get out on the lake from Bayfield, meaning his bait shop has fresh fish for sale right now. So if you can’t get out and catch them yourself at the moment, you can still enjoy a terrific meal of locally-sourced lake trout or whitefish!
** Stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, local cheeses, meats, and microbrews, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland. Call River Rock for the most current ice fishing report and they’ll give you the 411 on the bay area!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.

• The Annual Pan-a-Rama Ice Fishing Tournament will take place this Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northern Lure Resort & Campground on Gordon Lake in Glidden. This contest is for panfish only. There is a $5 entry fee. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest panfish in several categories. Lunch will be served. For more information, call 715/264-3677 or visit www.northernlure.com.

• The Snowbelt Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host their 16th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, March 12, at the AmericInn Lodge & Suites, 3009 E. Lake Shore Dr., Ashland. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Ticket includes the dinner and membership in the NWTF. This is the Snowbelt Longbeards Chapter’s annual fundraising and membership banquet. There will be a pre-event raffle and early bird incentive drawing. For more information, call 715/893-2216 or 715/893-2270.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
3/4/16 11:48 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing continues to be pretty good for those who are venturing out. A wide variety of fish are being caught in the area, including brown trout, whitefish, perch, northern pike and splake.
The wind and warmer temperatures are causing the ice to deteriorate and with next week’s predicted highs in the mid-40s and 50s, we may be looking at an early ice-out this year.
“We lost the ice on the outside of Houghton Point,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland. “That wind the other day took everything out.”
She said there is still “plenty of good ice within the bay proper. We’re expecting good fishing for the North Wisconsin Rod and Gun Club’s Ice-O-Rama tournament out at Second Landing.”
Carolyn said the fishing report is pretty much the same with the late afternoon hours into sunset having the best bite during this past week. She said her cousin caught a big brown out by the Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse in the afternoon a few days ago.
“Everything is moving through the channel now,” she said, “so they can expect to find fish in shallow water or in up to 35-40 foot of water.” Carolyn recommends travel on the ice by snowmobile/ATV or on foot. “The ice isn’t such that you would want to drive a car or truck out there.”
On the inland lakes, people have been finding some good crappies and bluegills over in the Iron River and Delta areas. “There is a lot of slush reported on most of the inland lakes,” Carolyn noted.
With the unusually warm winter the northland has experienced, Carolyn urged anglers to be very mindful of ice safety.
“People are going to have to be prepared for some conditions they don’t normally face here at this time of the year,” she noted. “They really need to go back to checking their way as they go and using extreme caution.
** Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, Anglers All is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing guides from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, report the following:
“Looks like it’s going to be a fast spring,” commented Scott Bretting, fishing guide and owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop. “With temperatures in the 50s next week, that ice is going to go quick! The ice I fished on last Saturday (near the mouth of the Sioux River) is no longer there, so that should give you an indication of where we’re at.”
Scott said there is open water right now from the tip of Long Island to the tip of Houghton Point.
“In the thickest spots, there’s only a foot and a half of ice out there,” he continued. “This is not a normal year where we have three feet out there, so it’s going to go fast when we get the warmer weather next week.” But in the meantime, anglers are having a ball.
“Last weekend the fishing was fantastic!” Scott enthused. “On Saturday we had gorgeous weather. We were sitting out on the ice in 55-degree weather; it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Scott said he “caught lots of whitefish. And it was an early morning bite – by 10 o’clock, it was done.” He said he also got some “brown trout, splake, a mix of things.”
The usual spots – such as the Ashland lighthouse, off Second Landing 3 miles east of Ashland, and off the Ashland shoreline by the marina – have all been producing fish, Scott said.
There were a lot of fish reported during the annual Neighborly Bar ice fishing contest held last Saturday. “A big northern won the contest, a 15-pounder,” Scott noted, “because they couldn’t get out to where the lake trout are.”
“But people were fishing all over the bay from end to the other, in front of the creeks at the head of the bay, all the way to the mouth of the Kakagon Sloughs and out to Houghton Point, and over by Second Landing.” He said plenty of smelt also were caught in front of the Ashland lighthouse.
“The perch off of Second Landing are picking up in numbers,” said Scott, “but if you’re catching only small ones, move. Because there are some schools of small ones swimming around out there, but we’ve had some nice reports of some big ones, 9-14 inches.”
He said that lake shiners are working well for perch and for most fish. “Tip-ups with a shiner are definitely a mainstay. Jigging with a waxie on a buckshot or pimple is always good for perch and gold has been a good color.”
Scott said anglers are getting northern pike too in the same spots as the perch, so going off of Second Landing is a good plan for those targeting pike.
“Walleye are showing up too on the east side of the bay in the Second Landing area,” Scott added. “They will eventually go up the Kakagon Sloughs to spawn. They’re pre-spawn right now, so they’re feeding pretty heavily.”
Scott noted that anglers are using “crappie minnows” or “small fatheads” on the inland lakes to get those panfish like bluegills. “Some nice crappies have been reported on those. Waxies are working, too.”
** Stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, local cheeses, meats, and microbrews, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland. Call River Rock for the most current ice fishing report and they’ll give you the 411 on the bay area!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.

• The 29th Annual Ice-O-Rama ice fishing contest sponsored by the North Wisconsin Rod & Gun Club will be held this Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6. The contest starts at 5 a.m. Saturday and continues through noon on Sunday. There will be $100 prizes awarded for five categories of fish, plus cash prizes for the 2nd and 3rd largest fish in each category. In addition, a raffle drawing for five Grand Prizes will take place at 1 p.m. on March 6 at the Rod & Gun Club, 67032 Sloughs Lane (Second Landing), Ashland. Contestants may fish at their own risk anywhere on Chequamegon Bay. All fish must be registered by noon on Sunday, March 6. No frozen fish will be registered. For more information, call 715/685-9778.

• The Annual Pan-a-Rama Ice Fishing Tournament will take place on Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northern Lure Resort & Campground on Gordon Lake in Glidden. This contest is for panfish only. There is a $5 entry fee. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest panfish in several categories. Lunch will be served. For more information, call 715/264-3677 or visit www.northernlure.com.

• The Snowbelt Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host their 16th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, March 12, at the AmericInn Lodge & Suites, 3009 E. Lake Shore Dr., Ashland. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Ticket includes the dinner and membership in the NWTF. This is the Snowbelt Longbeards Chapter’s annual fundraising and membership banquet. There will be a pre-event raffle and early bird incentive drawing. For more information, call 715/893-2216 or 715/893-2270.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
2/26/16 4:37 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 36° - 40° F
~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing continues to be good for those who are venturing out. A wide variety of fish are being caught in the area, including brown trout, whitefish, perch, northern pike and splake.
“They’re fishing shallow, they’re fishing deep, and what’s funny is that the folks fishing shallow seem to be doing better than the ones fishing the deep water,” observed Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland. “Off of Second Landing, they’re catching perch in anywhere from 10 to 30 foot of water.”
She said anglers are using crappie minnows, fatheads, shiners and waxies while doing both jigging and setting tip-ups. “And they’re getting trout and salmon on the Ashland side.”
The atypical weather pattern for this time of year has made for some odd ice conditions. It has also made for some disappointed young anglers as last Saturday’s ice fishing tournament for kids sponsored by the ABC Sportsmen’s Club had to be canceled due to poor ice conditions. And now this weekend’s high school ice fishing tournament sponsored by the Wisconsin National Guard has also been canceled – after having been postponed from Jan. 16.
“In the middle of the bay, (the warm weather/rain) isn’t doing much to the ice,” she continued. “The problem will occur at the landings. People are going to have to be careful getting on and off the ice, especially if the sun comes out and starts eating up that ice.”
“The iffy places are outside of Houghton Point,” she added. “People should beware of pressure cracks, too.”
Carolyn recommends travel on the ice by snowmobile/ATV or on foot. “The ice isn’t such that you would want to drive a car or truck out there.”
On the inland lakes, people have been finding some good crappies and bluegills over in the Iron River and Delta areas. “There is a lot of slush reported on most of the inland lakes,” Carolyn noted.
With the unusually warm winter the northland has experienced, Carolyn urged anglers to be very mindful of ice safety.
“People are going to have to be prepared for some conditions they don’t normally face here at this time of the year,” she noted. “They really need to go back to checking their way as they go and using extreme caution. ** Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, Anglers All is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing guides from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, report the following:
“Looks like it’s going to be a fast spring,” commented Scott Bretting, fishing guide and owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop. “We’re not making any new ice, that’s for sure. And in fact, we’re softening up out there. They’re predicting a little cold weather for next week, but nothing subzero.”
“On the other hand, it’s been nice weather for fishing,” he continued, “not too cold and not windy. It’s been decent fishing, guys are out catching a little whitefish.”
The usual spots – such as the Ashland lighthouse, off Second Landing 3 miles east of Ashland, and off the Ashland shoreline by the marina – have all been producing fish, Scott said.
“We’ve had very few reports of people who are not catching fish and those who aren’t have been sitting in the same spot all day, a spot where there aren’t any fish! Again, people need to move around if they’re not finding any fish because they are definitely out there.”
Anglers are still catching smelt out by the Breakwater Lighthouse and perch are still biting off of Second Landing if people are willing to look for them.
“The perch off of Second Landing are picking up in numbers,” said Scott, “but if you’re catching only small ones, move. Because there are some schools of small ones swimming around out there, but we’ve had some nice reports of some big ones, 9-14 inches.”
He said that lake shiners are working well for perch and for most fish. “Tip-ups with a shiner are definitely a mainstay. Jigging with a waxie on a buckshot or pimple is always good for perch and gold has been a good color.”
Scott said anglers are getting northern pike too in the same spots as the perch, so going off of Second Landing is a good plan for those targeting pike.
There have been a few reports of catches of Coho salmon around the coal dock in Washburn. “It’s a little early to say there’s going to be a lot of them over there though, so stay tuned,” Scott noted.
Anglers out at the Washburn coal dock are seeing whitefish as well as brown trout and lots of splake. And there are plenty of whitefish out by the S-curve, Scott said. “They are very prevalent in the bay this year.” Scott said he would describe the current situation as “spring fishing conditions.”
“It’s fairly typical of the time of the season when the ice gets shaky,” he said. “If this weather continues, we will see ice conditions deteriorate, especially since it’s less thick than normal. We are losing the snow on top of the ice and there are slush pockets now.”
Scott said people are still taking four-wheelers and snowmobiles out on the bay. “But without snow on the surface,” he explained, “I would warn people to watch out because those slides could overheat on their sleds.”
Scott noted that anglers are using “crappie minnows” or “small fatheads” on the inland lakes to get those panfish like bluegills. “Or waxies are working, too. They’ve been putting out tip-ups with a golden shiner to get northerns on those smaller lakes.”
Anglers should be aware that northern pike season is coming to an end on the inland lakes on March 6.
** Stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, local cheeses, meats, and microbrews, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland. Call River Rock for the most current ice fishing report and they’ll give you the 411 on the bay area!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports: Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.
• The Neighborly Bar 2016 Ice Fishing Tourney and Ice Raffle will be held this Saturday, Feb. 27, and will feature cash prizes in seven categories of fish, including walleye, lake trout, perch, crappie and more. And whoever catches the biggest fish overall will be crowned the 2016 King of the Lake! Tickets must be purchased by bar close on Feb. 26. Entry fee includes food and prizes. Fish any lake. All fish must be registered by 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. Ice Raffle drawing at 6 p.m. Need not be present to win. Call 715/682-9908 for more information.
• The Annual Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree at Donner’s Bay Resort, 2974 Hiawatha Rd., Butternut, on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, also will take place Saturday, Feb. 27, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash prizes will be given for the largest fish caught in several categories. There will be hot food, warm & cold beverages and tickets for many raffles for sale inside the resort's lodge. For more information, call 715/476-2555.
• The Mellen Rod & Gun Club Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Lake Galilee is planned for Sunday, Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drawings will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Call 715/274-2080 or 715/274-2330 for more information.
• The 29th Annual Ice-O-Rama ice fishing contest sponsored by the North Wisconsin Rod & Gun Club will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6. The contest starts at 5 a.m. Saturday and continues through noon on Sunday. There will be $100 prizes awarded for five categories of fish, plus cash prizes for the 2nd and 3rd largest fish in each category. In addition, a raffle drawing for five Grand Prizes will take place at 1 p.m. on March 6 at the Rod & Gun Club, 67032 Sloughs Lane (Second Landing), Ashland. Contestants may fish at their own risk anywhere on Chequamegon Bay. All fish must be registered by noon on Sunday, March 6. No frozen fish will be registered. For more information, call 715/685-9778.
• The Annual Pan-a-Rama Ice Fishing Tournament will be Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northern Lure Resort & Campground on Gordon Lake in Glidden. This contest is for panfish only. There is a $5 entry fee. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest panfish in several categories. Lunch will be served. For more information, call 715/264-3677 or visit www.northernlure.com.
• The Snowbelt Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host their 16th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, March 12, at the AmericInn Hotel & Suites, 3009 E. Lake Shore Dr., Ashland. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Ticket includes the dinner and membership in the NWTF. This is the Snowbelt Longbeards Chapter’s annual fundraising and membership banquet. There will be a pre-event raffle and early bird incentive drawing. For more information, call 715/893-2216 or 715/893-2270.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
2/19/16 4:52 PM CST
Conditions: Raining Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. With the rain and warmer temperatures, conditions are changing constantly. The weather forecast for this weekend has been altered drastically with a predicted high on Sunday only in the upper 20s now instead of the 40s as originally announced.
“There are spots to beware of out on the ice now,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland. “People should know it’s going to be wet on top since we’ve had a decent amount of rain now.
“There are still people trying to access Bodin’s and the Sioux and Onion (river mouths) on the Washburn side,” she said. “At this time, we have no idea of the conditions there due to the amount of water on the ice from all of the recent rains.
“In the middle of the bay, it’s not doing much to the ice,” she continued. “The problem will occur at the landings. People are going to have to be careful getting on and off the ice, especially if the sun comes out and starts eating that ice up.”
She said fishing has been “fairly good this week” with a wide variety of fish continuing to be caught in the area, including brown trout, whitefish, perch, northern pike and splake.
“They’re fishing shallow, they’re fishing deep, and what’s funny is that the folks fishing shallow seem to be doing better than the ones fishing the deep water. Off of Second Landing, they’re catching perch in anywhere from 10 to 30 foot of water.”
She said anglers are using crappie minnows, fatheads, shiners and waxies doing both jigging and setting tip-ups. “And they’re getting trout and salmon on the Ashland side.”
Carolyn recommends travel on the ice by snowmobile/ATV or on foot. “The ice isn’t such that you would want to drive a car or truck out there.”
On the inland lakes, people have been finding some good crappies and bluegills over in the Iron River and Delta areas. “There is a lot of slush reported on most of the inland lakes,” Carolyn noted.
With the unusually warm winter the northland has experienced, Carolyn urged anglers to be very mindful of ice safety.
“People are going to have to be prepared for some conditions they don’t normally face here at this time of the year,” she noted. “They really need to go back to checking their way as they go and using extreme caution.
** Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, Anglers All is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing guides from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, report the following:
“We made a little ice with that last new cold snap,” said Scott Bretting, fishing guide and owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop. “People are starting to fish a little bit out into the islands, but most are locals so they know where they’re going.”
Scott said although people are heading out from Red Cliff, there are areas where the ice is still pretty thin and it’s probably only 8 inches thick at most. Extreme caution is advised!
He said anglers are still doing very well on Chequamegon Bay. “It’s not your typical winter doldrums like you usually get this time of year, where it gets real slow. We’re getting reports from all areas and people are catching fish.”
The perch are still biting off of Second Landing if people are willing to look for them.
“Sometimes people are sitting in areas where there’s never any fish and then they’re unhappy when they don’t catch anything,” Scott noted. “They need to move around to find them.
“That little bit of weed patch on the bottom is where they’ll find those perch. I’ve seen some really nice catches of perch!”
He said they’re getting northern pike too in the same spots as the perch, so going off of Second Landing is a good plan.
Folks fishing out by the Ashland lighthouse are seeing a lot of smelt. “They’ll want to move away from that if they want to catch trout,” Scott commented.
“With the South Channel being open, the smelt and other fish don’t have to go far to hit open water,” Scott added. “They’re staying in the bay and they’re moving and active because the water is not as cold as it usually is."
He said people fishing from Houghton Point toward Washburn are doing well with whitefish and splake. And there were people this week who were fishing off the S-curve and catching browns and whitefish over there. Scott said he has not heard of many Cohos being caught.
“The number of people out there fishing is down this season in general because ice conditions have not been premier,” Scott observed. “A lot of people like to drive their trucks out there and they can’t do that this year, so they’re not fishing.”
He said that lake shiners are working well for perch and for most fish. “Tip-ups with a shiner are definitely a mainstay. Jigging with a waxie on a buckshot or pimple is always good for perch and gold has been a good color.”
Scott said anglers are using “crappie minnows” or “small fatheads” on the inland lakes to get those panfish like bluegills. “Or waxies are working, too. They’ve been putting out tip-ups with a golden shiner to get northerns on those smaller lakes.”
Scott reminded anglers that northern pike season is coming to an end on the inland lakes on March 6.
** Stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, local cheeses, meats, and microbrews, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland. Call River Rock for the most current ice fishing report and they’ll give you the 411 on the bay area!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports: Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.
• The 15th Annual ABC Sportsmen Kids’ Ice Fishing Contest that had been planned for Saturday, Feb. 20, at Kreher Park in Ashland has been CANCELLED due to unfavorable ice conditions. Call 715/373-2088 with any questions.
• The 12th Annual Jonny Angel Foundation Fisheree will be this Saturday, Feb. 20, at Dick and Joan’s Butternut Resort, 11633 Lakeview Rd. (County Rd. B), Butternut, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories. Raffles and prize drawings throughout the day. For more information, call 715/769-3333 or check out www.butternutresort.com.
• The Neighborly Bar 2016 Ice Fishing Tourney and Ice Raffle will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, and will feature cash prizes in seven categories of fish, including walleye, lake trout, perch, crappie and more. And whoever catches the biggest fish overall will be crowned the 2016 King of the Lake! Tickets must be purchased by bar close on Feb. 26. Entry fee includes food and prizes. Fish any lake. All fish must be registered by 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. Ice Raffle drawing at 6 p.m. Need not be present to win. Call 715/682-9908 for more information.
• The Annual Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree at Donner’s Bay Resort, 2974 Hiawatha Rd., Butternut, on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, will take place Saturday, Feb. 27, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash prizes will be given for the largest fish caught in several categories. There will be hot food, warm & cold beverages and tickets for many raffles for sale inside the resort's lodge. For more information, call 715/476-2555.
• The Mellen Rod & Gun Club Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Lake Galilee is planned for Sunday, Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drawings will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Call 715/274-2080 or 715/274-2330 for more information.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
2/12/16 2:05 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 0° - 5° F
~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. A wide variety of fish continue to be caught in the area, including brown trout, whitefish, perch, northern pike and splake.
“People are fishing up to Houghton Point now,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland, who advised anglers who venture out on the bay to “watch for pressure cracks.”
“Out in the channel there’s approximately a foot of ice,” she continued, “and anywhere from 8 inches to a foot of ice inside the bay proper.”
Carolyn recommends travel on the ice by snowmobile/ATV or on foot. “The ice isn’t such that you would want to drive a car or truck out there.”
Out at Second Landing, about 3 miles east of Ashland, anglers have been bringing in perch, walleye and northerns.
Over by Washburn, they’re getting browns, splake, whitefish and some perch, Carolyn said. She noted that the whitefish can be “extremely finicky” right now because off the abundant amount of bait fish they have to feed on at the moment.
On the S-curve (or Bono Creek Landing) between Ashland and Washburn, Anglers All employees have been hearing reports of good trout activity.
“There's some real nice brown trout out there this year and they've been a blast,” observed Luke Kavajecz, fishing guide with Anglers All. “Concentrate on areas north of Washburn in 25-30 foot of water early in the day,” he advised, “and slide out over deeper water as the day progresses to have a shot at one of these fish.
“I've found some great fish out over 50-60 foot of water, but jigging only 10-15 feet below the ice,” Luke added. “Good numbers of whitefish are being caught, too, in those deeper areas.”
On the inland lakes, people have been finding some good crappies and bluegills over in the Iron River and Delta areas. “There is a lot of slush reported on most of the inland lakes,” Carolyn noted.
With the unusually warm winter the northland has experienced, Carolyn urged anglers to be very mindful of ice safety.
“People are going to have to be prepared for some conditions they don’t normally face here at this time of the year,” she noted. “They really need to go back to checking their way as they go and using extreme caution.
** Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, Anglers All is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, reports the following:
Windy conditions have resulted in a lot of drifting of the snow cover out on the Big Lake, but the frigid temperatures have definitely helped firm up some of that ice again.
“This cold weather is tightening up those areas that had slush on the bay,” said Scott Bretting, fishing guide and owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop. “High winds have been preventing good ice from building up in the South Channel or out by Houghton Point, so those areas are still a no-go.”
Likewise, Scott said he wouldn’t advise people to head out off of Red Cliff, north of Bayfield. “Don’t go there; the ice conditions are not good,” he commented. “The ice thickness out there goes from 8 inches down to like, 1 inch, and it’s covered with snow, so you can’t see the change.”
That fresh snow cover can be deceptive because it hides the ice transition outline, making it very dangerous, he explained.
With that said, ice fishing remains very active in Chequamegon Bay with lots of bait fish, especially smelt, being spotted.
“There’s a lot of herring coming through chasing the smelt,” Scott noted. “People have reported seeing some Cohos, too. They are pretty finicky right now though with all of that food out there,” he added.
The perch bite off of Second Landing is going very well, Scott said. “Travel is pretty good out there by snowmobile, but four-wheelers could get stuck in the snowdrifts so beware.”
“But they are getting some nice perch for sure,” he continued, adding that lake shiners are working well for perch and for most fish.
Scott said the S-curve and Washburn “are producing some nice fish.”
“We love to welcome the Book Across the Bay folks, and we’re glad to have them here,” he said. “But with 3,000 racers heading across the ice Saturday evening, that’s going to add some commotion off Bono Creek and the S-curve, so anglers might not want to venture out that way this weekend.”
Out by the Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse, folks are catching some nice whitefish. “They are getting whitefish to the west of the lighthouse along with browns and splake,” said Scott.
With the high winds on the bay, some people are choosing to fish the inland lakes hoping for better conditions. “They’ve been hitting the smaller lakes, either walking out or taking a snowmobile,” Scott said, “and catching bluegills and crappies. A lot of the inland lakes have too much snow on them for four-wheelers to travel well.”
Scott said anglers are using “crappie minnows” or “small fatheads” on the inland lakes to get those panfish like bluegills. “Or waxies are working, too. They’ve been putting out tip-ups with a golden shiner to get northerns on those smaller lakes.”
Scott reminded anglers that northern season is coming to an end on the inland lakes on March 6.
** Stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, local cheeses, meats, and microbrews, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland. Call River Rock for the most current ice fishing report and they’ll give you the 411 on the bay area!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports: Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.

• The 15th Annual ABC Sportsmen Kids’ Ice Fishing Contest that had been planned for Saturday, Feb. 20, at Kreher Park in Ashland has been CANCELLED due to unfavorable ice conditions. Call 715/373-2088 with any questions.
• The 12th Annual Jonny Angel Foundation Fisheree will be Saturday, Feb. 20, at Dick and Joan’s Butternut Resort, 11633 Lakeview Rd. (County Rd. B), Butternut, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories. Raffles and prize drawings throughout the day. For more information, call 715/769-3333 or check out www.butternutresort.com.
• The Neighborly Bar 2016 Ice Fishing Tourney and Ice Raffle will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, and will feature cash prizes in seven categories of fish, including walleye, lake trout, perch, crappie and more. And whoever catches the biggest fish overall will be crowned the 2016 King of the Lake! Tickets must be purchased by bar close on Feb. 26. Entry fee includes food and prizes. Fish any lake. All fish must be registered by 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. Ice Raffle drawing at 6 p.m. Need not be present to win. Call 715/682-9908 for more information.
• The Annual Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree at Donner’s Bay Resort, 2974 Hiawatha Rd., Butternut, on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, will take place Saturday, Feb. 27, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash prizes will be given for the largest fish caught in several categories. There will be hot food, warm & cold beverages and tickets for many raffles for sale inside the resort's lodge. For more information, call 715/476-2555.
• The Mellen Rod & Gun Club Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Lake Galilee is planned for Sunday, Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drawings will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Call 715/274-2080 or 715/274-2330 for more information.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
2/5/16 1:21 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 21° - 25° F
~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Although the ice on the bay is definitely not as thick as most years, the majority of ice fishermen are just glad to have the chance to get out and drop a line.
Strong winds have broken up and blown away the ice out by Bodin’s, according to Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland. It has also “put lots of cracks” in the ice and eaten away at it in general, she said.
“Personally, I would recommend traveling on snowmobile vs. four-wheeler right now,” Carolyn said, “because with this new snow, drifting is going to cause some slush spots, especially along the shoreline and anywhere there is structure.”
A wide variety of fish species is still being caught in the area. “Out at Second Landing, east of town, they’re bringing in perch, walleye and northerns,” noted Anglers All employee John Radloff. “In town here, by the docks, they’re finding brown trout and a couple of Cohos were reported.”
Over in Washburn, anglers have been catching fish off the coal dock, including browns, whitefish and smallmouth bass, mostly using shiners. Out on the S-curve John said Anglers All has been hearing reports of good trout activity. “Folks have been getting brown trout and splake out that way.”
Those targeting trout are fishing mainly off of Washburn, Carolyn agreed. “Some have backed up to Memorial Park though because there are so many cracks on the ice.”
On the inland lakes, people have been finding some good crappies and bluegills over in the Iron River and Delta areas. “Lake Namakagon has been seeing some nice walleye and crappie activity,” John added.
“Ice fishing has been fun,” observed fishing guide Luke Kavajecz, “and it's a good way to beat those winter blues, but it's been hard to ignore thoughts of days spent in the boat and fishing open water. Oh well, soon enough, right?
“Anyway, there's some real nice brown trout out there this year and they've been a blast,” Luke continued. “Concentrate on areas north of Washburn in 25-30 foot of water early in the day,” he advised, “and slide out over deeper water as the day progresses to have a shot at one of these fish.
“I've found some great fish out over 50-60 foot of water, but jigging only 10-15 feet below the ice. Good numbers of whitefish are being caught, too, in those deeper areas,” Luke added.
Carolyn urged anglers to be very mindful of ice safety now that so much ice has receded again. “The biggest issue this side of the bay is the slush piled into the shoreline,” she said. “There could be slush holes to watch out for.
“People are going to have to be prepared for some conditions they don’t normally face here at this time of the year,” Carolyn noted. “They really need to go back to checking their way as they go and using extreme caution.
** Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, Anglers All is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, reports the following:
“Beautiful weather and ice fishing don’t mix well,” joked Scott Bretting, guide and owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, commenting on the relatively mild winter the northland is having.
Scott said there are anglers walking off of the coal dock in Washburn and taking some machines out, but he cautions people heading toward Houghton Point.
“High winds have broken up a lot of the ice,” he said. “It’s too early to tell what it did to the ice off of Houghton Point, but there is open water by the mouths of local rivers like the Onion and Sioux.”
“There are still guys venturing out near shore in Ashland,” Scott said, “but I would highly recommend checking that ice as you go, especially since the heavy, fresh snow we just got can camouflage slush pockets.”
Ice anglers are doing very well, he said. “That perch bite down by Second Landing is coming on. So guys have been reporting some nice perch along with a few walleyes there toward the evening.”
On the east end of Chequamegon Bay, they’re getting whitefish, browns and splake/lakers.
“Whitefish from the (Ashland Breakwater) lighthouse to Washburn over toward Houghton Point has been phenomenal,” Scott noted, adding that anglers were getting splake out there, too.
“There are lots of smelt near the end of the lighthouse,” he added, “but the ice is not good near the top or point of the lighthouse.” Scott advises people stay to the west of the lighthouse for safety’s sake.
He said using “a jig with a waxie topped on there or a minnow head” works best for smelt right now. “There are guys who go out and catch 50-100 of them a day. It’s fun, plus they’re good eating.”
Scott noted that people heading out by Bono Creek are doing very well. “The ice is OK there at the S-curve, but travel much further away from there is not recommended. People should stay in the mouth of the creek area.”
As for the inland lakes, a few people are getting panfish, some crappies and bluegills. “It’s spotty, but they’re going out on Lake Namakagon and the Pike Chain,” Scott said, adding that there is “lots of slush” on those lakes now.
He said the ice is open in Superior and Duluth, commercial tugs are still going out from Bayfield and the Madeline Island Ferry is still running, all of which make this an unusual year.
** Stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, local cheeses, meats, and microbrews, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland. Call River Rock for the most current ice fishing report and they’ll give you the 411 on the bay area!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports: Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.
• The 15th Annual ABC Sportsmen Kids’ Ice Fishing Contest is set for Saturday, Feb. 20, at Kreher Park in Ashland from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This contest is FREE to all children ages 5-15. There will be two age classes, 5-9 years and 10-15 years. The first 300 kids will receive prizes, plus there will be trophies awarded for the top three largest fish in each category, including perch, trout, northern pike or other. Refreshments will be served. Bring your own poles and tackle. Live bait will be provided. Register at the pavilion in Kreher Park before going on the ice of Chequamegon Bay. Call 715/373-2088 to learn more.
• The 12th Annual Jonny Angel Foundation Fisheree will be Saturday, Feb. 20, at Dick and Joan’s Butternut Resort, 11633 Lakeview Rd. (County Rd. B), Butternut, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories. Raffles and prize drawings throughout the day. For more information, call 715/769-3333 or check out www.butternutresort.com.
• The Neighborly Bar 2016 Ice Fishing Tourney and Ice Raffle will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, and will feature cash prizes in seven categories of fish, including walleye, lake trout, perch, crappie and more. And whoever catches the biggest fish overall will be crowned the 2016 King of the Lake! Tickets must be purchased by bar close on Feb. 26. Entry fee includes food and prizes. Fish any lake. All fish must be registered by 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. Ice Raffle drawing at 6 p.m. Need not be present to win. Call 715/682-9908 for more information.
• The Annual Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree at Donner’s Bay Resort, 2974 Hiawatha Rd., Butternut, on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, will take place Saturday, Feb. 27, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash prizes will be given for the largest fish caught in several categories. There will be hot food, warm & cold beverages and tickets for many raffles for sale inside the resort's lodge. For more information, call 715/476-2555.
• The Mellen Rod & Gun Club Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Lake Galilee is planned for Sunday, Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drawings will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Call 715/274-2080 or 715/274-2330 for more information.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
1/29/16 11:05 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 11° - 15° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. According to Anglers All employee John Radloff, the ice on the bay is definitely not as thick as most years. Nevertheless, the majority of ice fishermen are just glad to have the chance to get out and drop a line.
“In a normal year, we’d have about two feet of ice out there by now,” John said. “This year we’re lucky to have 12 inches in some spots.”
John said the ice is only six inches thick out by Houghton Point. “It’s not a good idea to venture out that far. Around the mouths of the Sioux and Onion, it’s pretty iffy as well.”
He also said that the ice “went out” that had been building up at the sea caves near Cornucopia. “It all broke up and blew out away from shore when we had those strong winds from the south-southwest.”
There has still been a wide variety of fish species being caught. “Out at Second Landing, east of town, they’re bringing in perch, walleye and northerns,” John noted. “In town here, by the docks, they’re finding brown trout and a couple of Cohos were reported.”
Out on the S-curve John said Anglers All has had reports of good trout activity. “Folks have been getting brown trout and splake out that way.”
Over in Washburn, anglers have been catching fish off the coal dock, including browns, whitefish and smallmouth bass, mostly using shiners.
On the inland lakes, people have been finding some good crappies and bluegills over in the Iron River and Delta areas. “Lake Namakagon has been seeing some nice walleye and crappie activity,” John added.
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, reports the following:
“The catch last weekend was fantastic!” commented Scott Bretting, guide and owner of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop. “It was quite a mixed bag, basically everything Lake Superior has to offer” had been reported, he said.
“People were getting them from as small as perch to as big as sturgeon, with splake being very prevalent,” Scott noted.
He said rattle spoons tipped with a shiner head, and Vibratos have been getting good results. “Also the Beaver Dam Tip-Ups with a full shiner have been producing in anywhere from 15 foot of water out to 24 feet.”
Folks are fishing in the bay here right off of Ashland and seeing a lot of bait fish, including plenty of smelt. “There were some nice browns mixed in with those smelt that are feeding on them,” Scott said.
He also said from the Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse to the area around the former oredock has been a productive spot with anglers getting some nice catches of perch there. “They’ve also been getting lakers and browns in those same areas,” he added.
Even though the ice is getting better, thicker all of the time, people should still exercise extreme caution, especially in the Onion and Sioux rivers area. “With the high winds from yesterday (Wednesday), all of the ice in front of the Onion (River) blew out,” Scott said, “leaving behind open water.”
“So that’s probably not an area to venture out from until the weather settles,” he advised.
Scott said people continue walking out from the S-curve, also known as Bono Creek Landing, between Ashland and Washburn. “The ice is slowly getting thicker out that way, probably 4-5 inches now.”
Anglers are getting good stuff off the coal dock in Washburn and out to Houghton Point, he said, but not venturing out any further due to the unsafe ice conditions.
The inland lakes have slowed down a little bit, Scott observed. “The fish get a little lethargic in the middle of winter, plus the full moon slows things down typically. But it hasn’t affected a lot of the bay; the fishery is still getting good reports.”
Stop in and see their great selection of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop on West Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2)!

Please remember: No ice is ever 100% safe! Conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior in particular. Please have all the necessary safety equipment with you such as ice claws or picks, a cellphone in a waterproof bag or case, a life jacket and length of rope. For your own safety and especially 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 any ice.

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.
• The 11th Annual Justin Donner Memorial Fisheree is coming up on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Donner’s Bay Resort, 2974 Hiawatha Rd., Butternut, on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature auctions, raffles, food, refreshments and fireworks. Fish registration begins at 10 a.m. For more details, call 715/762-2956 or visit http://www.jpdwarrior.com/fisheree.html.
• The 15th Annual ABC Sportsmen Kids’ Ice Fishing Contest is set for Saturday, Feb. 20, at Kreher Park in Ashland from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This contest is FREE to all children ages 5-15. There will be two age classes, 5-9 years and 10-15 years. The first 300 kids will receive prizes, plus there will be trophies awarded for the top three largest fish in each category, including perch, trout, northern pike or other. Refreshments will be served. Bring your own poles and tackle. Live bait will be provided. Register at the pavilion in Kreher Park before going on the ice of Chequamegon Bay. Call 715/373-2088 to learn more.
• The 12th Annual Jonny Angel Foundation Fisheree will be Saturday, Feb. 20, at Dick and Joan’s Butternut Resort, 11633 Lakeview Rd. (County Rd. B), Butternut, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories. Raffles and prize drawings throughout the day. For more information, call 715/769-3333 or check out www.butternutresort.com.
• The Neighborly Bar 2016 Ice Fishing Tourney and Ice Raffle will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, and will feature cash prizes in seven categories of fish, including walleye, lake trout, perch, crappie and more. And whoever catches the biggest fish overall will be crowned the 2016 King of the Lake! Tickets must be purchased by bar close on Feb. 26. Entry fee includes food and prizes. Fish any lake. All fish must be registered by 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. Ice Raffle drawing at 6 p.m. Need not be present to win. Call 715/682-9908 for more information.
• The Annual Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree at Donner’s Bay Resort, 2974 Hiawatha Rd., Butternut, on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, will take place Saturday, Feb. 27, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash prizes will be given for the largest fish caught in several categories. There will be hot food, warm & cold beverages and tickets for many raffles for sale inside the resort's lodge. For more information, call 715/476-2555.
• The Mellen Rod & Gun Club Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Lake Galilee is planned for Sunday, Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drawings will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Call 715/274-2080 or 715/274-2330 for more information.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
1/21/16 4:43 PM CST
Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 21° - 25° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Ice fishing season is really underway now!
“Things are shaping up nicely on the ice after our last cold snap and we're getting out throughout Chequamegon Bay now,” commented Anglers All guide Luke Kavajecz. “As always though, take caution before heading out.”
“And be prepared for heavy pack ice along the shoreline with it being a little rough until you get out a little ways,” added Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland.
Luke said there really hasn't been one "hot" bite on the bay, but rather a great mix of fish coming through at most of the spots. “Perch, whitefish, brown trout and the occasional walleye can all be found in the same spots lately. Smaller jigging spoons tipped with a shiner tail have worked best, as well as Hali Jigs.”
Over in Washburn, anglers have been catching some fish off the coal dock, such as brown trout, whitefish and smallmouth bass, mostly using shiners.
On the inland lakes, people have been targeting crappies along with northerns and walleye. Extreme caution is urged, however. “Even though you see people out there, you should still use an ice bar and check your way as you go,” warned Carolyn.
“Things can change fast, so if in doubt, don’t go out,” Luke advised. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, reports the following:
“Guys are starting to venture all over the bay now, walking off the Washburn side and taking machines (snowmobiles and four-wheelers) off the Ashland side,” said Scott Bretting, owner of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop.
“As always, use EXTREME caution on this early ice,” Scott stressed. “Check everywhere you go. Just because you might see a machine somewhere, don't ever assume it's safe!!”
He reminded anglers that fresh snow will cover up dangerous ice conditions. “With the snow cover, you can’t see the transition from new to old ice so that snow can be very deceiving.”
Scott said there seems to be plenty of bait fish around and a lot of smelt, “which is good for the longevity of the sport fish.”
“They’re getting a decent amount of perch, browns and whitefish,” he noted. “The fish are migrating and moving around all of the time in the bay, so there’s no one certain spot that’s best.”
He said rattle spoons tipped with a shiner head, and Vibratos have been getting good results. “Also the Beaver Dam Tip-Ups with a full shiner have been producing in anywhere from 15 foot of water out to 24 feet.”
Scott commented on the extensive pack ice this year and the rough, uneven surface this has created near shore. He also noted that there is still open water off the tip of Long Island. “You can see steam coming off the lake in that area.”
Scott said people are walking out from the S-curve, also known as Bono Creek Landing, between Ashland and Washburn. “The ice is getting thicker out that way, probably 4 inches or more.”
Anglers have been fishing at the head of the bay as well, typically getting “holdover” fish, some “nice browns, and the occasional steelhead and Coho salmon.”
Scott explained that these are fish that didn’t spawn in the fall. “They end up staying around there because, for whatever reason, conditions weren’t right for them to spawn.”
Stop in and see their great selection of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop on West Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2)!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.
• The Gordon Lake Annual Ice Fishing Tournament at Northern Lure Resort & Campground, 23913 Preib Rd., Glidden, will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The minimal entry fee includes lunch. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish. For more information, call 715/264-3677 or check out www.northernlure.com.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
1/14/16 4:38 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 16° - 20° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Winter is here with a vengeance, folks! We’ve got single-digit high temps and snow almost every day. The Ashland area has received 1-2 more inches of fresh snow over the last couple of days with more on the way tomorrow.

The bay has finally frozen and people are starting to take machines out off the Ashland shoreline.

“We’re looking at 6-8 inches of ice thickness on the Ashland side,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Ashland’s Anglers All. “It could be a little more – it could be a little less. Just be prepared for pack ice along the shoreline with it being a little rough until you get out a little ways.”

She said folks have been “catching a little bit of everything,” including perch, northern pike, brown trout and whitefish. Over in Washburn, anglers have been catching some fish off the coal dock, such as brown trout, whitefish and smallmouth bass, mostly using shiners.

“There is new ice in Washburn and people have started going out off of the ‘S’ curve,” Carolyn continued. “They need to use extreme caution on that new ice, especially because it has snow on top of it.”

She said that hard-water anglers who have been venturing out are jigging with all kinds of variables, using tip-ups, lake shiners, and waxies.
On the inland lakes, people are targeting crappies along with northerns and walleye. Again, extreme caution is urged, however. “Even though you see people out there, you should still use an ice bar and check your way as you go,” Carolyn warned.

For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ Fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, reports the following:

According to River Rock’s first ice report of the season posted online earlier this week, the “S” curve is about 2? thick and not safe to walk on yet.

“We checked off of the ore dock and the ice ranges from 5-8 inches everywhere,” the report says. “We checked out a half mile from it and to the west. There is a point a half-mile out that has the same ice as the ‘S’ curve and it goes down to nothing fast. This needs more time, so be patient!!”

“We would ask that people keep in mind that this is simply an ice report for the areas where we checked,” noted fishing guide Scott Bretting, owner of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop. “Folks should always check, check and check again. Use a spud bar and never travel on a machine until you are sure it’s safe!”

“People are catching some nice browns,” he said, “and quite a few whitefish. There are a lot of bait fish around and a lot of smelt, plus they’ve been getting a few nice walleye in the evenings.”

Scott said anglers “are starting to venture out a little further each day. The layer of snow makes it spotty though. The cold weather should take care of some of those lighter spots. But with the snow cover, you can’t see the transition from new to old ice so that snow can be very deceiving.”

“There is ice on part of the bay now, but the other side was open water just last weekend,” Scott continued. “I really can’t stress caution enough. Especially if you are new to the area or a visitor, heed the warnings. Ask one of us before you go out. And don’t be a leader. Go where the locals have been because they usually know where it’s safe.”

Stop in and check out their great selection of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, smoked fish, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop on West Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2)!

Please remember: No ice is ever 100% safe! Conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior in particular. Please have all the necessary safety equipment with you such as ice claws or picks, a cellphone in a waterproof bag or case, a life jacket and length of rope. For your own safety and especially 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 any ice.

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:

Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.

• A High School Ice Fishing Tournament on Chequamegon Bay will be presented this Saturday, Jan. 16, by the Wisconsin National Guard from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Send-off and weigh-in will take place at the Armory, 420 Sanborn Ave., Ashland. Refreshments will be served at weigh-in. For more information, call 715/577-2590.

• The 8th Annual Butternut/Schnur Lake Association Fisheree will take place on Jan. 16 at Butternut Resort, 11633 Lakeview Rd., Butternut, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be raffles and cash prizes for the top three longest fish of these species: walleye, perch, crappie and northern pike. There is a minimal registration fee. For more information, call 715/769-3333 or visit www.butternutresort.com.

• Iron River’s Annual Fishin’ Chicks Ice Fishing Contest will be held Jan. 16 on Spider Lake, Iron River, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Only women can compete, but men can attend and assist. Proceeds benefit breast cancer awareness efforts. For more information, call 218/591-4333 or visit www.fishinchicksforbreastcancer.com.

• Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp Jan. 16-17 during Free Fishing Weekend. 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. So, pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun! For more information, go to www.dnr.wi.gov and search “Free Fishing Weekend.” This is a great way to introduce new anglers to ice fishing!

• The Gordon Lake Annual Ice Fishing Tournament at Northern Lure Resort & Campground, 23913 Preib Rd., Glidden, will be held Jan. 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The minimal entry fee includes lunch. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish. For more information, call 715/264-3677 or visit www.northernlure.com.

[This post was last edited on 1/14/16 at 4:43 PM]
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
1/8/16 2:26 PM CST
Conditions: Foggy Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Winter is here, folks! The Ashland area has received 3-4 more inches of fresh snow over the last couple of days with more on the way.
And despite temperatures averaging a balmy 29 degrees during this past week, we’re about to go into the deep freeze this weekend with a predicted high of 3 above zero for Sunday, Jan. 10.
“Conditions are kinda iffy right now because of the new snow,” observed John Radloff, Anglers All employee. “Yes, we are fishing, but people need to walk out onto the ice, no machines. The ice is very unpredictable,” he warned.
Radloff did say there were “some guys out in the channel” yesterday. “They were on foot, quite a long hike,” he noted. He also said anglers caught some fish off the coal dock the other day, including brown trout, whitefish and smallmouth bass, mostly using shiners.
“Although it's been a pretty warm winter so far, ice fishing season up here is getting closer,” commented Luke Kavajecz, professional guide with Anglers All. “A few anglers have been working the small inland pothole lakes, and we're starting to see the first signs of ice forming out on the big lake.”
As far as the inland lakes go, folks have been fishing them and having some luck catching panfish such as crappies and bluegills. Extreme caution is urged, however.
“People are fishing on the inland lakes, but this is a year when you have to be incredibly cautious and check with an ice bar as you go,” advised Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All.
Are you all set for ice fishing? These items should be among those on your readiness checklist: review ice safety information, inspect your portable ice shack, check your ice auger, and invest in a good pair of ice cleats. Anglers All has numerous items in stock for hard-water season with more gear on the way, so be sure to stop in.
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

Please remember: No ice is ever 100% safe! Conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior in particular. Please have all the necessary safety equipment with you such as ice claws or picks, a cellphone in a waterproof bag or case, a life jacket and length of rope. For your own safety and especially 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 any ice.
Ice safety: Did you know?
New ice is usually stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly formed ice may support one person on foot, while a foot or more of old, partially thawed ice may not.
Ice seldom freezes uniformly. It may be a foot thick in one location and only an inch or two just a few feet away.
Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often dangerous. This is especially true near streams, bridges and culverts. Also, the ice on outside river bends is usually weaker due to the undermining effects of the faster current.
(Ice safety information taken from Wis. and Minn. DNR websites.)

~ Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, reports the following:
Sorry there’s not much to talk about yet. The ice on the bay is still not safe as it’s been too warm at night. We need a week of below-zero temps to make some good ice.
There is a lot of pack ice on the Ashland side of the bay and open water from the lighthouse to Washburn. Next week is forecast to be very cold so that should help.
There are a few people walking out on the bay, but it is not recommended. If you are brave enough to go out there, please check the ice often and be sure to have your safety gear. There have been some reports of ice ranging from 4 inches to spots where you can kick a hole through. This is common for most lakes.
Stop in and see their great selection of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, and much more at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop on West Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2)!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
12/30/15 3:31 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 26° - 30° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Winter seems to have arrived for good in the northland at last. The Ashland area received about 10 inches of snow over the past week and temperatures have been in the teens at night.
However, there is still no ice to speak of on the bay – just some pack ice – and even the inland lakes can be treacherous right now. We are definitely in between seasons now but hard-water fishing is just around the proverbial corner.
Many anglers are getting anxious and tired of playing the waiting game, but Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland, urges folks to be patient. One solution to ice-fishing withdrawal is to try your rod on one of the small inland lakes (also jokingly called “pothole lakes”) where panfish like bluegills and crappies were being caught last week.
“People are fishing on the inland lakes, but this is a year when you have to be incredibly cautious and check with an ice bar as you go,” Carolyn warned. “We need a string of cold, calm, consistent days to form ice on the bay.”
Please remember: No ice is ever 100% safe! Conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior in particular. Please have all the necessary safety equipment with you such as ice claws or picks, a cellphone in a waterproof bag or case, a life jacket and length of rope. For your own safety and especially 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 any ice.

Ice safety: Did you know?
New ice is usually stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly formed ice may support one person on foot, while a foot or more of old, partially thawed ice may not.
Ice seldom freezes uniformly. It may be a foot thick in one location and only an inch or two just a few feet away.
Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often dangerous. This is especially true near streams, bridges and culverts. Also, the ice on outside river bends is usually weaker due to the undermining effects of the faster current.
(Ice safety information taken from Wis. and Minn. DNR websites.)

And even if you’re holding out for the Big Lake to freeze, it’s definitely time to at least prepare for ice-fishing season. By ensuring that your equipment is in good working order now, you will be able to head out onto the ice as soon as it forms!
These items should be among those on your readiness checklist: review ice safety information, inspect your portable ice shack, check your ice auger, and invest in a good pair of ice cleats. Anglers All has numerous items in stock for hard-water season with more gear on the way, so be sure to stop in.
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.
Happy New Year to you and yours from the Ashland Area Chamber!!

Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp Jan. 16-17, 2016, during Free Fishing Weekend. 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. So, pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun! For more information, go to www.dnr.wi.gov and search “Free Fishing Weekend.” This is a great way to introduce new anglers to ice fishing!

The 20th Annual Book Across the Bay, a cross-country ski and snowshoe race across the frozen surface of Lake Superior, is set for Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Book Across the Bay is held at night (the race begins at 6 p.m.) and the 10K course is lit by the stars above and up to 1,000 candles in ice luminaries that line the entire route, truly a magical sight to behold. Visit www.batb.org to learn more and to register.

Ashland’s 6th Annual King of the Bay Snowmobile Drag Races will be Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Maslowski Beach. Held on the ice of Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay, this exciting event offers hot snowmobile racing action with 660-foot tracks on both shaved ice and groomed snow. King of the Bay also features raffle prizes, concessions and awards in more than 60 classes. Go to www.ashlandkingofthebay.com for more details.

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