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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
4/24/15 4:44 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
~ Fishing guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn Swartz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. A lot of people have been out on the water, pulling in trout and salmon.
Anglers had been traveling from Bono Creek north and getting brown trout and Coho salmon. “They are going further out now, all the way to the first breaks around the islands and doing well on browns,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland.
She said they are working the South Channel for trout and salmon as well.
Northern pike are being caught along the Ashland shoreline and around the breakwall over the weedbeds. “They are casting spoons on the shoreline over the weedy, rocky areas,” Carolyn noted.
People have been trolling and casting for walleye in the Xcel Energy “hot pond” and the surrounding water in the low-light hours using shallow-running stickbaits.
Sturgeon are being caught in the bay at the back end of the breakwall and out by the lighthouse. Carolyn said anglers are soaking smelt for those and she reminds people that they must have a sturgeon tag from the Wisconsin DNR to legally harvest one.
In addition, all harvested sturgeon must be registered. Anglers who harvest a legal-size fish must immediately attach the harvest tag to the fish and take it to a registration station by 6 p.m. the next day for registration.
The area around Ashland’s lighthouse is also a good spot to catch whitefish right now, according to Carolyn.
Stream fishing continues to be good for steelhead, which are biting on spawn, yarn, spinners and flies. The Brule River and other South Shore tributaries like the Sioux and Onion are full of fish. Currently, anglers can find fish from U.S. Highway 2 all the way to the lake and there are fish entering other South Shore and Chequamegon Bay rivers as well.
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, www.visitashland.com, 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 annual Ashland Gun & Knife Show is set for this weekend, April 24-26, at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave. W. Show hours are: Friday from 3-8pm, Saturday from 9am-4pm, and Sunday from 9am-3pm. Guns will be on display and for sale. For more information, call Ray at 715/292-8415.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
4/17/15 4:20 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The ice left the bay last Saturday night and open-water fishing has begun! A lot of people have been out on the water, pulling in trout and salmon.
“All the way from Bono Creek north, they’ve been getting browns and Coho,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland. “They might find some at the head of the bay as well.”
She said people have been trolling for walleye on the east end of town over the weed beds and that many anglers are now flatlining with stickbaits.
A good rain came through Sunday and pushed up the flows of the Brule River and other South Shore tributaries. On Monday afternoon, the Brule was running pretty off-colored, but it should be coming into shape nicely now.
“The rains are welcomed, and should bring a nice push of fresh fish in,” said Luke Kavajecz of Washburn, fishing guide with Anglers All. With the higher water, Luke advises fishing with darker bugs and going up in size in your egg patterns.
Currently, anglers can find fish from U.S. Highway 2 all the way to the lake and there are fish entering other South Shore and Chequamegon Bay rivers as well. “This next week should be prime on the rivers,” Luke noted. 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, www.visitashland.com, 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 Annual WJJH Spring Home & Sport Show will take place this weekend, Friday through Sunday, April 17-19, at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave. W., in Ashland. The event features displays and demos of exciting new home and recreational products. Hours are Friday from 6-9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
4/9/15 2:52 PM CST
Conditions: Raining Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Anglers are anxiously awaiting ice-out on the bay and the start of open-water fishing. In the meantime, some people have been taking their boats out and traveling around and through the ice chunks to get perch.

The ice has gone out at Saxon Harbor and anglers are already trolling from there. In the wake of the state’s early-season steelhead opener on the Brule River from U.S. Highway 2 to Lake Superior on March 28, steelhead are now being caught in the local rivers.

“The Brule has been fishing really well,” said Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All in Ashland. “The river is at a really nice flow right now, with just a touch of color.”

Luke said that with the recent warmer temperatures, the fish have been moving and there should be fresh fish entering the river any day now.

“Right now, you can find fish from Highway 2 all the way to the lake. There are fish entering other South Shore and Chequamegon Bay rivers as well.”

The ice is out up at Cornucopia and with the rain and temperatures predicted to be in the 50s and 60s starting this weekend, everyone is hoping the ice will be gone from Chequamegon Bay within the next week to 10 days.

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, www.visitashland.com, 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 Annual WJJH Spring Home & Sport Show will take place Friday through Sunday, April 17-19, at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave. W., in Ashland. The event features displays and demos of exciting new home and recreational products. Hours are Friday from 6-9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
4/1/15 2:58 PM CST
Conditions: Raining Air Temp: 61° - 65° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. We find ourselves between fishing seasons at the moment as the remaining ice on the bay is no longer safe, but yet there is still too much of it for any open water action.
The ice has gone out at Saxon Harbor and anglers are already trolling from there. In the wake of the state’s early-season steelhead opener on the Brule River from U.S. Highway 2 to Lake Superior on March 28, steelhead are now being caught in the local rivers.
“After a crazy high-water spring season last year, 2015 is shaping up to be quite the opposite,” said Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All in Ashland, “but the rivers should be fishing good through April. Low and slow is the name of the game early in the steelhead run.”
Luke said all of the fish currently in the Brule will be holdovers from last fall. The best way to get at them is to fish smaller flies (stones, prince nymphs, x-legs and, of course, egg patterns) under an indicator in the slow holes and bends.
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, www.visitashland.com, 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 Annual WJJH Spring Home & Sport Show will take place Friday through Sunday, April 17-19, at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave. W., in Ashland. The event features displays and demos of exciting new home and recreational products. Hours are Friday from 6-9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
3/26/15 4:01 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 26° - 30° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Ice fishing is pretty much over with and the recent warm weather spell with temperatures up in the 50s has many anglers thinking about getting that boat ready.
“The ice is getting sketchy out there – best to call the shop and see what's happening day to day,” cautioned Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All in Ashland. “Most people are calling it a season. However, from the recent reports of smelt fishing through the ice, it looks like we should be in for a good smelt run this spring, so we've got that to look forward to.”
The state’s early-season steelhead opener on the Brule River from U.S. Highway 2 to Lake Superior will be this Saturday, March 28. There definitely will be fish to be caught on opening day, but there also will be plenty of people along the river.
“It's a good way to get your first open-water fix of the year, so everybody seems to make the Brule opener a tradition of sorts,” Luke explained.
“After a crazy high-water spring season last year, 2015 is shaping up to be quite the opposite, but the rivers should be fishing good through April,” he added. “Low and slow is the name of the game early in the steelhead run.”
Luke said all of the fish currently in the Brule will be holdovers from last fall. The best way to get at them is to fish smaller flies (stones, prince nymphs, x-legs and, of course, egg patterns) under an indicator in the slow holes and bends.
“The fish are pretty lethargic right now, but they're hungry,” he added. “Good luck if you head out this weekend!”
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, www.visitashland.com, 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 Annual Bay Area Farm & Garden Show and 4-H Dairy Breakfast will take place this Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave. W., in Ashland. The event features 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!

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
3/19/15 1:26 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn Swartz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Although it is definitely getting toward the end of the ice fishing season, people are still traveling out on the bay from certain landings and catching fish. ATVs are the recommended form of travel at this point and flotation devices are a must.

As always, conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior. 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.

“They are traveling at their own risk out there and should bring an ice bar and check their way as they go,” advised Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All.

She said anglers have been catching whitefish out by the lighthouse and finding perch and walleye near Second Landing.

“There are a lot of smelt out in the bay so we are looking forward to a great smelt season,” Carolyn 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!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, www.visitashland.com, 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 Annual Bay Area Farm & Garden Show and 4-H Dairy Breakfast will take place Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave. W., in Ashland. The event features 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!

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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
3/11/15 3:56 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and Carolyn Swartz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The ice fishing is still good, but with temperatures in the 40s and 50s, it won’t last too much longer. This might be the last weekend coming up of the ice fishing season.

Travel conditions on the bay and to points north have been excellent, but the warmer weather forecast for the next week or so will definitely bring some changes. Access points need to be checked carefully as the ice is moving around now.

“People need to be aware of changing conditions out on the ice,” advised Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All. “For example, they should watch for standing water and pressure cracks.”

Pressure cracks can pop up while people are out fishing the deep water, Carolyn explained. “Anglers should be sure to take flotation devices along with them,” she said.

The large pressure crack that developed out at Second Landing has been an ongoing issue. Anglers should be extremely wary before venturing out from there or using it as a vehicle access point. ATVs are probably the best option now for travel to and from Second Landing.

As always, conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior. 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.

Things in the bay proper are pretty much the same as they have been with a mixed catch of perch, smelt, walleyes and the occasional brown trout. Anglers have been picking up salmon and whitefish out towards the lighthouse, Coho salmon in front of the coal dock, and walleye near Second Landing.

“People should expect the fishing action to pick up pretty quick as the temperatures warm and fish start moving toward the shallows,” Carolyn 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!



~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce (www.visitashland.com, 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.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
3/5/15 4:05 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny
~ Fishing Guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The ice fishing has been great with plenty of opportunities to haul in just about everything that swims out there, particularly whitefish.

Anglers are catching whitefish out by Basswood Island, in the deeper water out of Washburn, and in the bay, too.

“There have been lots of whitefish this year,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All. “They have been a real bright spot.”

Travel conditions on the bay and to points north remain excellent, but the warmer temperatures that are forecast for the weekend and into next week will bring some changes.

“People need to be aware of changing conditions out on the ice,” Carolyn advised. “For example, snow drifts will be melting after this weekend and they should watch for standing water and pressure cracks.”

Pressure cracks can pop up while people are out fishing the deep water, Carolyn explained. “They should be sure to take flotation devices along with them,” she said.

The large pressure crack that developed out at Second Landing is still an issue. Anglers should be extremely wary before venturing out from there or using it as a vehicle access point. Snowmobiles remain the best option for travel to and from Second Landing.

As always, conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior. 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.

Things in the bay proper are pretty much the same as they have been with a mixed catch of perch, smelt, walleyes and the occasional brown trout and small Coho salmon. Fishing remains at a constant in the same areas highlighted in previous reports, such as out near Ashland’s Breakwater Lighthouse.

“People should expect the fishing action to pick up pretty quick as the temperatures warm and fish start moving toward the shallows,” Carolyn added.

“We're inching closer to open-water season every day,” observed Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All, “but it's still a ways out yet and there are plenty of great ice fishing opportunities coming up.”

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 (www.visitashland.com, 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 28th Annual Ice-O-Rama ice fishing contest sponsored by the North Wisconsin Rod & Gun Club will be this Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8. 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 8 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 8. No frozen fish will be registered. For more information, call 715/685-9778.

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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
2/26/15 2:20 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 6° - 10° F
~ Fishing Guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Although it has been pretty darn cold again this week, the ice fishing is great with plenty of opportunities to haul in just about everything that swims out there.

Travel conditions on the bay and to points north remain excellent, though the recent high winds have caused some drifting on the ice so just be aware and watch for that.

The large pressure crack that developed out at Second Landing is still an issue. Anglers should be extremely wary before venturing out from there or using it as a vehicle access point. Snowmobiles remain the best option for travel to and from Second Landing at the moment.

As always, conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior. 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.

Those fishermen who haven't succumbed to the winter blues and dreams of open water are out on the bay targeting a lot of whitefish in the deeper water out of Washburn, and to points north. The area in around 70-80 foot of water off Van Tassels has been good, according to Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All.

Things in the bay proper are pretty much the same as they have been with a mixed catch of perch, smelt, walleyes and the occasional brown trout and small Coho salmon. Fishing remains at a constant in the same areas highlighted in previous reports, such as out near Ashland’s Breakwater Lighthouse.

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 (www.visitashland.com, 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 Neighborly Bar’s 2015 Ice Fishing Tourney will be this Saturday, Feb. 28. Cash prizes will be awarded in five categories of fish, including lake trout, walleye, northern pike, perch, and other trout and salmon. In addition, whoever catches the largest fish will be crowned King of the Bay!! Tickets are available at the Neighborly Bar and at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, and must be purchased by bar close on February 27. Entry fee includes contest, food and prizes. All Wisconsin rules apply. All fish must be registered by 4:45 p.m. on February 28. The event features RAFFLES—MUSIC—FOOD—DRINK SPECIALS. For more information, call the Neighborly Bar, 1301 W. Main St., at 715/682-9908.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
2/19/15 12:40 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny
~ Fishing Guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Although it has been pretty darn cold the past few days, the mid-season ice fishing is really great with plenty of opportunities to haul in just about everything that swims out there.

Travel conditions on the bay and to points north remain excellent, though the recent high winds have caused some drifting so just be aware and watch for that.

There is a large pressure crack that has developed out at Second Landing. Anglers should be extremely wary before venturing out from there or using it as a vehicle access point. Snowmobiles are definitely the best option for travel to and from Second Landing at the moment.

As always, conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior. 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.

Those fishermen who haven't succumbed to the winter blues and dreams of open water are out on the bay targeting a lot of whitefish in the deeper water out of Washburn, and to points north. The area in around 70-80 foot of water off Van Tassels has been good, according to Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All.

Things in the bay proper are pretty much the same as they have been with a mixed catch of perch, smelt, walleyes and the occasional brown trout and small Coho salmon.

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 (www.visitashland.com, 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 ABC (Ashland Bayfield County) Sportsmen’s Club will hold their 14th Annual Kids’ Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Kreher Park, Ashland, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fun event is free to all kids ages 5-15. There will be two age classes, 5-9 and 10-15, and the first 300 kids will receive prizes. Bring your own poles and tackle. Register at the pavilion before going out on the ice. For more information, call 715/373-2088.

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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
2/12/15 3:33 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 6° - 10° F
~ Fishing Guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The mid-season ice fishing is really great with plenty of opportunities to haul in just about everything that swims out there.

Travel conditions on the bay and to points north remain excellent, though the recent high winds have caused some drifting so just be aware and watch for that.

There is a large pressure crack that has developed out at Second Landing. Anglers should be wary before venturing out from there or using it as a vehicle access point. Snowmobiles and ATVs may be the better option for travel to and from Second Landing at the moment.

As always, conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior. 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.

North of Ashland, nearshore fishing for trout has been pretty good with some days better than others. Whitefish are being caught out in 70-80 foot of water (FOW) as well as the occasional herring.

“A lot of whitefish are being caught off of Red Cliff and out near Bayfield,” said Carolyn Swartz from Anglers All, “and some have been caught in the bay here, too.”

In Chequamegon Bay proper, smelt fishing has been good out near the lighthouse and in the deeper water of the channel. If you can find a good weedbed, you can catch smelt all day long on some days. Use a super-light rod rigged with a Hali jig tipped with waxies or a minnow head.

The perch fishing off of Second Landing has been good in anywhere from 10-12 FOW. And once again, look for weedbeds because they like a bit of cover.

On the inland lakes, anglers continue targeting crappies, Carolyn said.

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 (www.visitashland.com, 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.

For information on our great area events, please go to www.visitashland.com.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
2/5/15 4:38 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 16° - 20° F
~ Fishing Guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The mid-season ice fishing is great and there are plenty of opportunities to get after just about everything that swims out there.

We have excellent travel conditions on the bay and to points north. With minimal snow on the ice and great ice depth, it’s been pretty easy to get around.

North of Ashland, nearshore fishing for trout has been decent with some days better than others. Whitefish are being caught out in 70-80 foot of water (FOW) as well as the occasional herring. Set tip-ups rigged with a shiner and a small hook just a few feet below the ice for the herring.

Into the Apostle Islands, the ice conditions remain variable. Last week there was still open water on the north side of Madeline Island and lots of blue water beyond that, so please be super careful when venturing into the islands.

As always, conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior. 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.

In Chequamegon Bay proper, smelt fishing has still been great out near the lighthouse and in the deeper water of the channel. If you can find a good weedbed, you can catch smelt all day long on some days. Use a super-light rod rigged with a Hali jig tipped with waxies or a minnow head.

“It's great fun and you can get your smelt fix if you have a craving for the tasty little morsels,” noted Luke Kavajecz, fishing guide with Anglers All. “Just be prepared for the occasional brown to come through and test your lightweight smelt tackle.”

The occasional whitefish is being caught in the bay in the 25-30 FOW range, according to Carolyn Swartz from Anglers All.

The perch fishing off of Second Landing was good in anywhere from 10-12 FOW. And once again, look for weedbeds because they like a bit of cover.

On the inland lakes, anglers are targeting crappies, Carolyn said.

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 (www.visitashland.com, 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.

Ashland’s King of the Bay Snowmobile Drag Races will be this Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, 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. Racing starts at 10 a.m. Visit www.ashlandkingofthebay.com for more details.

For information on other great area events, please go to www.visitashland.com.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
1/30/15 11:37 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 11° - 15° F
~ Fishing Guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. It's mid-season ice fishing and there are a lot of opportunities to get after just about everything that swims out there.

“We've still got excellent travel conditions on the bay and to points north,” said fishing guide Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All. “Minimal snow on the ice and great ice depth make it pretty darn easy to get around.”

To the north, nearshore fishing for trout has been decent with some days better than others. Whitefish are being caught out in a little deeper water as well as the occasional herring. Set tip-ups rigged with a shiner and a small hook just a few feet below the ice for the herring.

Into the Apostle Islands, the ice conditions are variable. As of a few days ago, there's open water on the north side of Madeline Island and lots of blue water beyond that. Just be super careful when venturing into the islands.

As always, conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior. 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.

In Chequamegon Bay proper, smelt fishing has been great out near the lighthouse and in the deeper water of the channel. If you can find a good weedbed, you can catch smelt all day long. Use a super-light rod rigged with a Hali jig tipped with waxies or a minnow head.

“It's great fun and you can get your smelt fix if you have a craving for the tasty little morsels,” noted Luke. “Just be prepared for the occasional brown to come through and test your lightweight smelt tackle.

“Anything can happen out there this time of year,” he continued. “It's kind of fun to see how many different species you can catch in a single day.”

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 (www.visitashland.com, 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.

Ashland’s King of the Bay Snowmobile Drag Races will be Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, 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. Visit www.ashlandkingofthebay.com for more details.

For information on other great area events, please go to www.visitashland.com.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
1/22/15 2:53 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 26° - 30° F
~ Fishing Guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. We have great ice conditions out there and it's only getting better.

It was a pretty busy weekend in Ashland as the warm temperatures combined with the DNR's free fishing event Jan. 17-18 had a lot of people out on the ice.

“The high school ice fishing tournament had a great turnout,” observed fishing guide Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All, “and it was nice to see so many kids show up and get out there. I wish I would've had a fishing team when I was in high school.”

The perch fishing off of Second Landing has been pretty good with reports of some decent-sized fish caught out in 12-14 foot of water (FOW). And with less snow, getting around on the ice is much easier than it was last year.

“Guys are driving trucks out on the bay and there are pretty good travel conditions,” Luke noted, “but just remember no ice is ever safe. Watch out for big pressure cracks near the lighthouse.”

As always, conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior. 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.

North of Washburn, the fishing is still going good for brown trout and splake. The splake are on the smaller size, so you may need to fish some smaller jigs if you keep getting bumps but no hookups. Most fish have come from that 20-30 FOW foot range, but sometimes they are in close, too.

ATVs and snowmobiles are still recommended for travel in areas to the north. “Or if you're the quiet type, you could just walk out or throw on a pair of skis,” added Luke.

Out of Bayfield and Red Cliff and out towards Basswood Island, whitefish are being caught as well as a few browns and a couple of lake trout.

“Have fun out there, be safe and enjoy the great conditions we've got this year,” Luke concluded.

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!

 

Watch a video roundup of the 2014 fly-fishing and light tackle season on Chequamegon Bay created by Luke Kavajecz, guide with Anglers All in Ashland.

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce (www.visitashland.com, 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.

Ashland’s King of the Bay Snowmobile Drag Races will be Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, 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. Visit www.ashlandkingofthebay.com for more details.

For information on other great area events, please go to www.visitashland.com.

[This post was last edited on 1/22/15 at 3:11 PM]
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
1/15/15 4:22 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
~ Fishing Guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. We have great ice conditions out there and it's only getting better.

“The fishing in general is good and the ice is still growing out there,” said Roger LaPenter, Anglers All proprietor. He said at the moment it is easy to get around on the ice and people are using four-wheelers or snowmobiles.

As noted last week, the ice is pretty good out towards Houghton Point and around the corner to Bodin’s. According to Luke Kavajecz of Washburn, fishing guide with Anglers All, there have been numerous smaller splake and some real decent browns being caught out in about 20 foot of water.

“A few people are starting to venture out to the nearshore waters of Bayfield and Red Cliff, but just BE CAREFUL!!!” Luke said. “Bring your ice bar and check your way out!”

As always, conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior. 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.

Roger said there is really good fishing right now in 40 FOW near Basswood Island off the Red Cliff shore.

In the bay proper, things haven't changed too much. There has still been good perch action out of Second Landing. Over towards Washburn, anglers are catching brown trout with a few Coho salmon and some whitefish mixed in.

The area’s inland lakes are all frozen solid and anglers are out there catching crappies. Roger also noted that the bluegill fishing is good and some people are getting northern pike and walleye as well.

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!

 

Watch a video roundup of the 2014 fly-fishing and light tackle season on Chequamegon Bay created by Luke Kavajecz, guide with Anglers All in Ashland.

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce (www.visitashland.com, 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.

Ashland’s King of the Bay Snowmobile Drag Races will be Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, 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. Visit www.ashlandkingofthebay.com for more details.

For information on other great area events, please go to www.visitashland.com.

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