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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
7/25/14 3:56 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy
~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing has been great again this past week! Drift boat trips on the rivers have been productive for smallmouth bass and a little musky action, which is a nice change of pace.

Out on the big water, the smallmouth are all over the place right now – shallow, deep, near shore, offshore. They can be found in a lot of different places and present many unique fishing opportunities. The usual summer holes are holding fish, (the break wall, rock pile, etc.), but they really can be found just about anywhere as long as the water is warm.

Good reports of walleye fishing are coming in from the Short Bridge area as well as Brush Point. Along the Ashland shoreline, they’re catching smallmouth bass, northern pike, rock bass, perch and walleye (during the low-light hours).

Trolling for trout and salmon has still been good offshore and out into the Apostle Islands, but there has been a good number of brown trout in the bay proper as well. The fish are shallow, or higher in the water column early, and move deeper as the day progresses.

According to Ashland fishing guide Luke Kavajecz, “This warmer weather has been great, and it's been a beautiful week on Lake Superior. This is a great time of year to be fishing up here.”

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

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

Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area!! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing!

The 68th Annual Edward "Bud" Williams Kids’ Fishing Party, sponsored by the North Wisconsin Rod & Gun Club, will take place Saturday, Aug. 2, at Kreher Park in Ashland. Register your young angler (ages 7-13) on the day of the party starting at 8 a.m. Bring your own poles. There will be free food and refreshments, plus prizes! For more information, call 715/209-5563.

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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
7/17/14 2:19 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing has been very good this past week. The smallmouth bass are all over the bay, including in the shallows and wherever there are structures under the water. The smallies also can be found in their usual summer haunts such as the tip of Long Island, the breakwall and the rock pile.

Anglers are getting walleye around the Brush Point area out to the rock pile and over the weedbeds using crawler harnesses and stickbaits. Along the Ashland shoreline, they’re catching smallmouth bass, northern pike, rock bass, perch and walleye (during the low-light hours).

The bay is warm with water temperatures in the 60s and 70s during the day, though it does tend to cool down at night. Anglers continue to find fish in 30-40 FOW and deeper. And they are enjoying a great topwater bite in the afternoon.

There are a good number of brown trout being caught on stickbaits while anglers are trolling for walleyes in the bay. The drop-offs to the channel through town all the way to the lighthouse offer great opportunities for snagging walleye, bass and other species.

Trout and salmon trolling has been great. People are using spoons off of downriggers, lead core line or dipsy divers near shore early in the morning and moving deeper as the day progresses.

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



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

Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area!! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing!

One of the northland’s most popular summer events, Ashland’s Bay Days Festival is a wonderful way to spend a Wisconsin weekend. Set for this coming weekend, July 18-20, at Bayview Park along the shimmering shores of Lake Superior, Bay Days offers great, old-fashioned family fun, terrific food, awesome arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of live music. There will be a host of exciting activities for all ages, including the Bay Days 5K and 10K Fun Run, Chequamegon Bay Sprint Triathlon, Cardboard Boat Races, Pie-Eating Contest, Little Minnow Kids’ Triathlon, Amateur Dock Dog Jumping Contest, strongman competition and much more. For more details, contact the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at 715/682-2500 or toll-free at 800-284-9484.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
7/11/14 1:09 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing is excellent right now for just about everything, including smallmouth bass, trout and salmon, according to Roger LaPenter. Trollers are doing extremely well using dodgers and bait flies. Spoons have been working well, too.

The bay is warm with water temperatures in the 70s during the day, though it does tend to cool down at night. Anglers continue to find fish in 30-40 FOW and deeper. And they are enjoying a great topwater bite in the afternoon.

The smallmouth bass are moving out to deeper water as they do in the summer. Smallies are still being caught in the shallows at different times of the day. You can sight-fish them in the shallows provided the water is clear enough. In addition, the rock pile, drop-offs and weedbeds are good spots as well.

Walleyes are being caught at the mouth of the Kakagon Slough and they can be found in the drop-offs to the channel and at the bottom of the channel during high-sun days. Anglers are trolling for walleye during the evening along the shoreline at the east end of the bay and over the rock pile.

Trout and salmon fishing has been very good from Houghton Point all the way to Outer Island and to the south into the flats. People are using spoons off of downriggers near shore, especially early in the morning when anglers are catching them on first breaks off stick baits.

Northern pike are being caught along shore and over the weed beds. “The Ashland shoreline provides a good opportunity to cast for northerns, panfish and bass in general,” notes Carolyn LaPenter.

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



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

Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area!! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing!

One of the northland’s most popular summer events, Ashland’s Bay Days Festival is a wonderful way to spend a Wisconsin weekend. Set for July 18-20 at Bayview Park along the shimmering shores of Lake Superior, Bay Days offers great, old-fashioned family fun, terrific food, awesome arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of live music. There will be a host of exciting activities for all ages, including the Bay Days 5K and 10K Fun Run, Chequamegon Bay Sprint Triathlon, Cardboard Boat Races, Pie-Eating Contest, Little Minnow Kids’ Triathlon, Amateur Dock Dog Jumping Contest, strongman competition and much more. For more details, contact the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at 715/682-2500 or toll-free at 800-284-9484.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
7/3/14 3:25 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 46° - 50° F
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://www.riverrockinn.net), report the following:

Fishing has been good this past week despite the very high winds. The smallmouth bass in Chequamegon Bay are near the end of spawning and can still be found in shallow water in the Sand Cut and slough areas. Slow-moving swimbaits and Senkos hooked wacky-style have been working very well. Trolling in 4-8 foot of water (FOW) with small Berkley Flicker Shads has also been producing real well for both walleyes and smallies.

Anglers have met with a lot of success out on Lake Superior around the Apostle Islands trolling near shore for a nice mixed bag of brown trout and lakers in 15-60 FOW flat-lining stickbaits and running spoons on downriggers halfway down in the water column.

Trolling for lake trout and king salmon has also been good with anglers flat-lining stickbaits and running spoons or flashers on dipsy divers or downriggers in 40-60 FOW in front of Saxon Harbor and off of Marble Point.

Anglers fishing our surrounding area lakes have been doing well on a mixed bag of crappies and bluegills. The crappies have moved out and are suspending over deeper water with reports of the bluegills just coming off the beds now depending on the size of lake due to such a late spring.

Musky fishing has finally started to pick up and the topwater action has been very good in the hours around dawn and dusk. The forecast for this coming Fourth of July weekend looks outstanding with low winds and beautiful weather. Good luck fishing in Ashland County and tight lines to all!



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

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Smallmouth bass action has been great! They are doing their summer move now and seem to be all over the place. Smallies are still being caught in the shallows at different times of the day, but they also can be caught out in 10-20 FOW. You can sight-fish them in the shallows if the water is clear, and the rock pile, drop-offs and weedbeds are good spots as well.

Walleyes are being caught at the mouth of the Kakagon Slough and anglers are trolling with stick baits in the deeper areas. They can be found in the drop-offs to the channel and at the bottom of the channel during high-sun days. Anglers are trolling for walleye during the evening along the shoreline at the east end of the bay and over the rock pile.

Trout and salmon fishing has been very good from Houghton Point all the way to Outer Island and to the south into the flats. People are using spoons off of downriggers near shore, especially early in the morning when anglers are catching them on first breaks off stick baits.

Northern pike are being caught along shore and over the weed beds. “The Ashland shoreline provides a good opportunity to cast for northerns, panfish and bass in general,” notes Carolyn LaPenter.

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



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

Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area!! The Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing!

Come home to Ashland and celebrate an old-fashioned Independence Day! The 4th of July Parade will head down Historic Main Street in downtown Ashland at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 4. Also happening on the 4th, the Ashland Lions Club will have their brat & hot dog stand in front of the Ashland County Courthouse and Moore’s Army Navy Store on Main Street from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Ashland Historical Society will host the annual Cemetery Walk from 2-4 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery on Sanborn Avenue. Interesting stories from Ashland’s past will be told. Call 715/682-4911 for more details. Upper 13 Baseball featuring Merchants vs. Lumberjacks will begin at 2 p.m. at Pufall Field. The Chequamegon Bay Concert Band will perform at 8 p.m. at the Ashland Bandshell along U.S. Hwy. 2. The spectacular fireworks display over Chequamegon Bay will follow the traditional “Fire Run” of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles down Main Street starting at 9:45 p.m. For optimum viewing, the best spot to watch the fireworks this year will be Bayview Beach. For more details, contact the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at 715/682-2500.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
6/27/14 12:03 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F
~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Smallmouth bass are still being caught in the shallows, but the colder temperatures this past week have made them move out to deeper water. They can be found in about 10 foot of water (FOW) in the same general area as before and can be caught with plastics moved slowly. The smallies can also be fished with stickbaits and spinner baits as well as live baits such as sucker minnows.

The walleyes are being caught at the head of the bay and have moved away from the shallows during the day. They can be found in the drop-offs to the channel and at the bottom of the channel during high-sun days. Anglers are trolling for walleye during the evening along the shoreline at the east end of the bay and over the rock pile.

Trout and salmon fishing has been very good from Houghton Point to out amongst the islands. People are using flat lines in 20 FOW and are downrigging in 100-plus FOW with spoons, spin and glows, or bait flies.

Northern pike are being caught along shore and over the weed beds. The Ashland area has also seen some “monstrous good rock bass action,” according to Carolyn LaPenter.

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



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

Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area!! The Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing!

Offering scenic, paved, low-traffic roads, the 10th annual Superior Vistas Bike Tour hits the road this Saturday, June 28. This family-oriented event is a non-competitive, eco-friendly, multi-loop bike ride (not a race!). Riders will enjoy cruising the gently rolling hills with gorgeous views of Lake Superior and the surrounding forest and countryside. Superior Vistas is a fully supported ride with route map, “sag wagons” (support vehicles), food/beverage rest stops and more. Some routes overlap so participants can decide to shorten or lengthen their ride as they wish. Riders can choose from loops of 13, 19, 34, 52, and 70 miles. There is also a 40-mile "out and back" tour up to Cornucopia and a century (100-mile) ride. For more details, contact the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at 715/682-2500.



MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
6/19/14 10:58 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 56° - 60° F
~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing has been very good overall this past week with quite a bit of walleye activity along the Ashland shoreline. People are catching them in the early morning and evening as the walleye follow the bait fish into shore during those dark hours.

The smallmouth bass are being caught along the shoreline as well, in addition to northerns. Water clarity and temperature play important roles in anglers’ success, so look for 50-ish-degree waters if possible, advises Carolyn LaPenter, because then the fish will be at their most active.

Anglers also are advised to look for periods when the same wind direction is predicted for a few days in a row as that will provide the most consistent water temperatures. If the area were to receive more rain this weekend, Carolyn suggests following the mud lines for best results.

Fishing has been good in the brushy area of the sand cut. Anglers are having success moving plastic slowly or fishing with crankbaits and spinner baits. They are snagging walleyes, northerns and perch there.

Trolling is taking place from Long Island to Houghton Point and from many points out into the big lake. They are using stickbaits at the first break as well as spoons and dipsy divers.

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



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

Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area!! The Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing!

Offering scenic, paved, low-traffic roads, the 10th annual Superior Vistas Bike Tour hits the road Saturday, June 28. This family-oriented event is a non-competitive, eco-friendly, multi-loop bike ride (not a race!). Riders will enjoy cruising the gently rolling hills with gorgeous views of Lake Superior and the surrounding forest and countryside. Superior Vistas is a fully supported ride with route map, “sag wagons” (support vehicles), food/beverage rest stops and more. Some routes overlap so participants can decide to shorten or lengthen their ride as they wish. Riders can choose from loops of 13, 19, 34, 52, and 70 miles. There is also a 40-mile "out and back" tour up to Cornucopia and a century (100-mile) ride. For more details, contact the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at 715/682-2500.



MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
6/9/14 3:25 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service, (http://www.upnorthguideservice.net/), and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

Smallmouth bass and northern pike action has been excellent on Chequamegon Bay this past week in 2-6 foot of water (FOW). Everything is working for smallies at this time! Casting Rapala X-Raps, square-billed crankbaits, Senkos hooked wacky-style, topwater baits, spinnerbaits, tube jigs and live suckers in shallow water have all been working.

Large northern pike are also sharing the same habitat as the smallmouth bass at this time and are providing some great action. The walleye on the bay has also started to heat up. Try trolling crawler harnesses and crankbaits in 4-12 FOW in the morning or evening.

Good luck fishing and tight lines to all!!



~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn 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 is pretty much gone at last and fishing has been great this past week!

The smallmouth bass action has still been good in the sand cut area. The best activity has been in the shallow breaks off the sandbars where anglers have been moving tube jigs and twister tails very slowly. No spawning beds have been sighted yet.

Walleye action has been decent off the Ashland shoreline with anglers using mainly stickbaits in the early morning and evening hours. Walleyes are also being caught at the head of the bay and in Kakagon Slough using crawler harnesses.

People are having good luck trolling with stickbaits for brown trout and coho salmon, as well as the occasional king salmon. They are flat-lining stickbaits over 30-70 FOW. They are also having moderate success trolling for walleyes in the weedbeds in the shallows of the bay.

Anglers are catching northern pike on docks and piers from shore using live bait such as sucker minnows or by soaking smelt (letting the smelt lie on the bottom). According to Roger LaPenter, there is “a pretty good crappie bite right now out by the marina.”

For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, give us a call at Anglers All and we will keep you informed!



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

Fishing is always a great adventure in the Ashland area!

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
5/29/14 2:49 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

The ice is finally starting to leave the south channel and the Apostle Islands. Memorial Day weekend brought some beautiful weather along with some excellent fishing! Water temps spiked 10-12 degrees in a couple of days and the pre-spawn smallies are moving onto the beds.

Smallmouth bass and northern pike action has been excellent on Chequamegon Bay this past week in 2-6 foot of water (FOW). Everything is working for smallies at this time! Casting Rapala X-Raps, square-billed crankbaits, Senkos hooked wacky-style, topwater baits, spinnerbaits, tube jigs and live suckers in shallow water have all been working.

Large northern pike are also sharing the same habitat as the smallmouth bass at this time and are providing some great action. The walleye on the bay has also started to heat up. Try trolling crawler harnesses and crankbaits in 4-12 FOW in the morning or evening.

Anglers had a successful Memorial Day weekend off of Houghton Point, Long Island and near shore trolling for brown trout, coho salmon and the occasional lake trout. Most fish have been coming off the surface in 6-30 FOW trolling stickbaits, scatter Raps and Berkley Flicker Shads.

Finding warmer water temperatures has been key. Expect some great trout and salmon fishing as the water continues to warm. Anglers have been having great success soaking smelt on the bottom for burbot, lake sturgeon and northern pike out on the bay also this past week.

The crappie and bluegill fishing has been very good this past week on the area’s inland lakes with water temperatures rising into the 60s. Muskies have finished their annual spawning rituals on most of the smaller lakes at this time.

Target the smaller, shallower lakes with 6" jakes, twitchbaits and small bucktails. Look for fresh weeds starting that will attract the forage. Concentrate on shallow bays and weed edges on the north end of lakes and creek mouths which tend to warm quicker.

There are still plenty of steelhead in the streams yet and they have been providing some great action. The steelhead put up an incredible fight during post-spawn and warm-water periods.

Good luck fishing and tight lines to all!!



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

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The smallmouth bass action has been very good in the sand cut area this past week. The best activity has been in the shallow breaks off the sandbars where anglers have been moving jigs and twister tails very slowly.

In addition, the occasional walleye and northern pike are being caught in the same area using the same technique described above. Walleye action has been moderate off the Ashland shoreline with anglers using mainly stickbaits in the early morning and evening hours.

People are having good luck trolling with stickbaits for brown trout and coho salmon. They are flat-lining stickbaits over 30-70 FOW. They are also having moderate success trolling for walleyes in the weedbeds in the shallows of the bay.

Sturgeon are being caught off either end of the breakwall and anglers are “soaking smelt” (letting the smelt lie on the bottom) for those. They are also catching northerns from shore using live bait such as sucker minnows or by soaking smelt.

For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, give us a call at Anglers All and we will keep you informed!



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

Fishing is always a great adventure in the Ashland area! Don’t miss Kids’ Fishing Day on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Rods, reels and bait will be provided along with a delicious lunch at this free, family-friendly event! Phone 715/685-9983 for more information or go to www.nglvc.org.



MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
5/22/14 12:49 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

Due to recent rains, Chequamegon Bay still has quite a bit of color to it. The post-spawn walleye bite is fast approaching as water temps creep into the 50s. There are still a lot of ice floes out in the south channel and off the shores of Bayfield and Red Cliff. Saxon Harbor has open water out about 1/2 mile and then it is ice as far as you can see.

There has been some good success for a few anglers near shore trolling for brown trout, cohos and steelhead on stickbaits in 10-20 foot of water (FOW) this past week. Mostly browns are being caught and a few coho. An occasional laker is also being caught in shallow water. The coho salmon numbers seem to be way down compared to past years.

The smallmouth bass have started to move towards their spawning grounds as water temps have increased the last couple of days. It should be a really good weekend for fishing coming up, whether you are chasing walleye, northern, trout and salmon, or smallies.

The stream fishing in the area for steelhead has been excellent this past week. The steelies are in the spawning stage now or are done and on their way back to the lake. Spawn bags, nightcrawlers, egg flies, yarn, Lake Superior X-Legs and looper bugs have all been working. Please be careful handling these fish and remember that 26" is the minimum length to keep one.

Crappie fishing on the area’s inland lakes is also starting to pick up. Anglers are finding them in 10-14 FOW as they are in the pre-spawning stage.

Memorial Day Weekend is looking great as far as conditions and weather. Please be very careful and beware of ice floes on and below the surface if you are venturing out on Lake Superior.

Good luck fishing and have a great Memorial Day Weekend!!



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

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. As of right now, there is still ice moving around in both the south and the north channels. Trollers need to be aware of the ice floes and keep a close eye on the changing wind direction.

“There is still plenty of floating ice out there,” noted Carolyn LaPenter, “so fishermen should be aware that they might not be able to get their boat back in at the same spot they went out from.” Some anglers are staying near the tip of Long Island to avoid problems with the ice floes, she added.

Anglers have been having some luck from Houghton Point to Pikes Creek, but it hasn’t been as good as it could be because of the colder water temperatures right now. “Hopefully, things will warm up for us starting Friday,” Carolyn said.

They are catching browns, cohos and the occasional splake or laker by trolling with stickbaits on flat lines in 20-30 foot of water. However, those fishing depths will change with increased water temperatures. People should try to find 45-degree water or higher if possible for best results.

The smallmouth bass are in the sand cut. Last weekend the water in that area was clear and now it’s dirty again with temperatures in the 40s. The smallies are staging to spawn in the sand cut area, but it all depends on water clarity and temperature.

It has been slow, but people have caught some smallmouth bass recently. They are also having moderate success trolling for walleyes in the weedbeds in the shallows of the bay.

Sturgeon are being caught off either end of the breakwall and anglers are “soaking smelt” (letting the smelt lie on the bottom) for those. They are also catching northerns from shore using live bait such as sucker minnows or by soaking smelt.

“The fishing forecast for this weekend is rosy so come on up and enjoy the beautiful waters of Chequamegon Bay along with the calmer weather,” Carolyn enthused. “It’s rare to see such calm weather at this time of year as it’s usually much more volatile.”

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



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

Don’t miss Kids’ Fishing Day on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Rods, reels and bait will be provided along with a delicious lunch at this free, family-friendly event! Phone 715/685-9983 for more information or go to www.nglvc.org.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
Joined: 4/22/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
5/16/14 10:20 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

The ice finally went out of Chequamegon Bay last Friday, thanks to some strong westerly winds and a lot of rain. The water is still really cold right now though and not many anglers are venturing out.

There is even some ice still floating around out there by Houghton Point and Long Island. Plus there is still ice on the south channel along Madeline Island.

“The smallmouths are not biting yet,” said fishing guide Nate Baron. “It’s still too early for that. But I’m sure people will be out this weekend fishing because warmer weather is predicted.”

If nothing else, right now is a good time to get your boat ready, arrange your tackle, buy some new lures and prepare for the coming season.

The streams and rivers in the area are up to their banks following the recent rains. The water is very high and muddy and may remain that way for several days. If you do decide to chase steelhead or trout this weekend, be extremely careful wading as the currents are very strong at this time.

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



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

Anglers have been getting some walleyes at the hot pond this past week, mostly casting with stickbaits. They have also been trolling the Washburn side of Chequamegon Bay mainly over from Houghton Point to the Onion River and having some luck catching brown trout, walleyes and coho salmon.

The water is still really cold and it needs to warm up for the fish to be more active. Carolyn LaPenter advises anglers to try to find mud lines if possible as that is where the fish often hide this time of year.

Anglers should watch the ice conditions, she added, as there are some big “bergs” moving around out there around the Apostle Islands.

“There is lots of floating ice out by the islands,” Carolyn noted, “so fishermen should be aware that they might not be able to get their boat back in at the same spot they went out from.”

Sturgeon are being caught off either end of the breakwall and anglers are “soaking smelt” (letting the smelt lie on the bottom) for those. They are also catching plenty of lawyers as those fish like the dirty, muddy waters prevalent at the moment.

The northerns, browns and walleyes are after the smelt and are coming into shore down on Ashland’s east end, so you can catch them by trolling as well right now. This is another sign the water is starting to warm up a little bit, said Carolyn.

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



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

Fishing is always an adventure in the Ashland area! And outdoors enthusiasts won’t want to miss the 8th annual Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival May 15-17 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. For more information or to register, call 715/682-2500 or visit www.birdandnaturefest.com.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
5/2/14 11:13 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

The Wisconsin inland fishing opener is coming up this Saturday, May 3. Chequamegon Bay and the Apostle Islands are still covered with ice. This makes two years in a row that we will be ice-covered going into the month of May.

Last year the ice went out of the bay on May 13th, which tied the record set in 1972. Most inland lakes in the area are also not open at this time. However, the ice is deteriorating fast out on the bay, especially around structures and the mouths of rivers and streams.

Ice fishing is NOT an option at this time! Unfortunately, it looks like it may be another 10 days or so before we see open water. The Phillips area and some lakes just south of us are open. Check with the local bait shops in the area prior to venturing out.

The streams and rivers in the area are up to their banks following the recent rains and snow. The water is very high and dirty and may remain that way for another week or so. If you do decide to chase steelhead or trout this weekend, be extremely careful wading as the currents are very strong at this time.

Good luck and tight lines to all!!



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

Although there is some open water behind the AmericInn on Ashland’s far east side, there is still plenty of ice out there on Chequamegon Bay, preventing the smelt from making their spawning run. The wind cannot carry the ice out of the bay yet because it’s still locked in there too tightly. There needs to be more space between the ice and the shoreline and the ice pack needs to be looser before this can happen.

Fishing had been good near the Xcel Energy hot pond, but with the warmer temperatures recently the water in that area is very muddy now and no one is going there. One local bait shop employee likened the hot pond’s current water clarity to “chocolate milk.”

Although the smelt run will not happen for probably at least another week, some smelt were being caught during the last month or so by people ice fishing in 20-30 foot of water in the bay. Anglers are currently having some luck catching brown trout off the Washburn coal dock where there is open water.

The inland lakes still have ice on them which does not bode well for this weekend’s fishing opener. However, some anglers are talking about going way upstream on some of the rivers to snag steelhead.

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

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



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

Fishing is always great in the Ashland area! And outdoors enthusiasts won’t want to miss the 8th annual Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival slated for May 15-17 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. For more information or to register, call 715/682-2500 or visit www.birdandnaturefest.com.



MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
4/17/14 4:43 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 36° - 40° F
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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Joined: 4/22/2010
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FISHING REPORT
4/9/14 12:05 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fishing is great right now in the Chequamegon Bay area!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep in touch.

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