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

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

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

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

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

Please remember: No ice is ever 100% safe! Conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior in particular. Please have all the necessary safety equipment with you such as ice claws or picks, a cellphone in a waterproof bag or case, a life jacket and length of rope. For your own safety and especially if you are unfamiliar with the area you will be fishing, hire a local guide or check with a bait shop prior to venturing out on any ice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please remember: No ice is ever 100% safe! Conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior in particular. Please have all the necessary safety equipment with you such as ice claws or picks, a cellphone in a waterproof bag or case, a life jacket and length of rope. For your own safety and especially if you are unfamiliar with the area you will be fishing, hire a local guide or check with a bait shop prior to venturing out on any ice.

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

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

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

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

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

• Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp Jan. 16-17 during Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species. So, pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun! For more information, go to www.dnr.wi.gov and search “Free Fishing Weekend.” This is a great way to introduce new anglers to ice fishing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp Jan. 16-17, 2016, during Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species. So, pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun! For more information, go to www.dnr.wi.gov and search “Free Fishing Weekend.” This is a great way to introduce new anglers to ice fishing!

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

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

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FISHING REPORT
12/23/15 4:48 PM CST
Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Well, we sure could use a blast of that polar vortex right about now! Even though shoreline ice has finally started to form in the bay during the last few days, anyone who asked Santa for ice-fishing is going to be disappointed.

Diehard anglers are still going out in their boats – weather permitting – and doing pretty well. “When conditions allow, there’s plenty of fish to be had,” noted Luke Kavajecz, fishing guide with Anglers All in Ashland.

In addition, there are still some great fishing opportunities sans boat with decent walleye action reported along the Ashland shoreline. The Xcel Energy “hot pond” and the coal dock in Washburn are also productive places to fish from shore as well as the mouths of the Sioux and Onion rivers, according to Luke.

If you must get your ice-fishing mojo on, you should try one of the area’s smaller inland lakes. Luke said they now have 3-5 inches of ice on them. “I’m talking about the pothole lakes, not the big inland lakes,” Luke explained. “Folks are catching panfish – crappies and bluegills – on those tiny lakes.”

And please remember: No ice is ever 100% safe! Conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior. Please have all the necessary safety equipment with you such as ice claws or picks, a cellphone in a waterproof bag or case, a life jacket and length of rope. For your own safety and especially if you are unfamiliar with the area you will be fishing, hire a local guide or check with a bait shop prior to venturing out on any ice.

Ice safety: Did you know?

New ice is usually stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly formed ice may support one person on foot, while a foot or more of old, partially thawed ice may not.

Ice seldom freezes uniformly. It may be a foot thick in one location and only an inch or two just a few feet away.

Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often dangerous. This is especially true near streams, bridges and culverts. Also, the ice on outside river bends is usually weaker due to the undermining effects of the faster current.

(Ice safety information taken from Wis. and Minn. DNR websites.)

And even if you’re holding out for the Big Lake to freeze, it’s definitely time to at least prepare for ice-fishing season. By ensuring that your equipment is in good working order now, you will be able to head out onto the ice as soon as it forms!

These items should be among those on your readiness checklist: review ice safety information, inspect your portable ice shack, check your ice auger, and invest in a good pair of ice cleats. Anglers All has numerous items in stock for hard-water season with more gear on the way, so be sure to stop in.

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

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

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

A very Merry Christmas to you and those you love from the Ashland Area Chamber!!

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

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

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FISHING REPORT
12/17/15 4:27 PM CST
Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 21° - 25° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Because of the continued warm weather, ice fishing is still on hold.
Many anglers are getting anxious and tired of playing the waiting game. Some folks have even wondered if the bay will freeze at all this winter.
“It will happen,” assured Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland. “We will get ice.”
“It’s not unheard of to have open water at this time of year,” she added. “I can remember years where people were out trolling on Christmas Day.”
In the meantime, adventurous anglers like Nate Baron, owner and operator of Ashland’s Up North Guide Service, have been trying to make the most out of the unusual weather pattern. “Lake Superior in December and one more day trolling on open water,” he remarked after a profitable outing on Dec. 11.
Nate said he caught two Cohos, a brown trout and a laker that day despite some big “rollers” knocking him off his feet twice. “Nothing big, but good eaters,” he said of his catch.
“So weather permitting, people are still trolling and doing quite well,” agreed Carolyn, “especially on browns and splake.”
There are also some great shore-fishing opportunities with decent walleye action reported along the Ashland shoreline. Carolyn said the Xcel Energy “hot pond” and the coal dock in Washburn are productive places to fish from shore.
And it’s definitely time to at least prepare for ice fishing season. By ensuring that your equipment is in good working order now, you will be able to head out onto the ice as soon as it forms!
These items should be among those on your readiness checklist: review ice safety information, inspect your portable ice shack, check your ice auger, and invest in a good pair of ice cleats. Anglers All has numerous items in stock for hard-water season with more gear on the way, so be sure to stop in.
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

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

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FISHING REPORT
12/10/15 3:09 PM CST
Conditions: Raining Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Because of the continued warm weather, ice fishing is still on hold.
Very few people are going out fishing right now because they’ve already put their boats away for the winter. “Most boats are usually in storage before deer hunting season,” noted Luke Kavajecz, guide with Anglers All in Ashland.
However, anglers who have gone out are having good luck trolling, he said. “They are finding a real good mixed bag with a little bit of everything.”
Luke said folks have been hauling in brown trout, lake trout and steelhead, as well as smallmouth bass. “They are pretty much finding them in the same places they would if there was ice.” He also suggested people give the river mouths like the Sioux and Onion a try.
“There are currently some great open-water opportunities out there,” said Luke. “So you might want to even think about getting your boat back out,” he added, half-jokingly.
If you do want to get your fishing fix and have no plans to bring the boat out of its winter storage, there has been decent walleye activity along the Ashland shoreline with anglers jigging, dragging stickbaits –mostly Rapalas – and using sucker minnows to catch those. Luke said the Xcel Energy “hot pond” and the coal dock in Washburn are productive places to fish from shore.
Either way it’s definitely time to at least prepare for ice fishing season. By ensuring that your equipment is in good working order now, you will be able to head out onto the ice as soon as it forms!
These items should be among those on your readiness checklist: review ice safety information, inspect your portable ice shack, check your ice auger, and invest in a good pair of ice cleats. Anglers All has numerous items in stock for hard-water season with more gear on the way, so be sure to stop in.
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

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

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FISHING REPORT
12/3/15 3:29 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 36° - 40° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. With so many sportsmen occupied with deer season recently, there hasn’t been much fishing going on, but trolling for brown trout and splake is still happening.
Water temperatures are hovering just below 40 degrees, according to Luke Kavajecz, guide with Anglers All in Ashland, so ice fishing season is on hold for the moment.
“If you haven’t put the boat away yet there are still some good open-water opportunities out there,” said Luke.
There has been decent walleye activity along the Ashland shoreline with anglers jigging, dragging stickbaits –mostly Rapalas – and using sucker minnows to catch those.
As for the inland lakes, folks were enjoying the crappie fishing. There had been some skim ice forming on the inland lakes and close to shore in Chequamegon Bay, but with the recent warmer temps that has all gone away. The big freeze is certainly yet to come!
It’s definitely time to prepare for ice fishing! Anglers All has some items in stock for hard-water season with more gear on the way so be sure to stop in.
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports: Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.
The 53rd Annual Garland City of the North Christmas Parade will march down historic Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 5, starting at 4:30 p.m. Don’t miss Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves at the climax of this old-fashioned hometown parade featuring marching bands and Christmas-themed floats.
Start your holiday season off on a merry note and get your gift shopping done before the parade during Customer Appreciation Day, hosted by Ashland retail merchants. Shop local and get great bargains all day long throughout Ashland. For more information, call the Ashland Area Chamber at 715/682-2500.

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FISHING REPORT
11/24/15 3:53 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing has been pretty good again this past week for those who did venture out with walleye, brown trout, and coho salmon still being caught in the bay.
There have been reports of some splake and steelhead showing up in the Sioux and Onion rivers area. And according to Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All, trout and salmon can also be found in that same vicinity.
Smallmouth bass are moving into their wintering areas around Ashland and schooling up. The bass seem to be hanging out on the west end of the bay now by the rock pile or near the ore dock.
“The most significant catches (of smallmouth) lately have been off the marina and throughout that area,” Carolyn said.
In addition, there has been decent walleye activity along the Ashland shoreline with folks jigging, dragging stickbaits, mostly Rapalas, for those and using sucker minnows.
As for the inland lakes, folks are enjoying the crappie fishing. There has been some skim ice forming on the inland lakes and close to shore in Chequamegon Bay, but the big freeze is yet to come.
It’s definitely time to prepare for ice fishing! Anglers All has some items in stock for hard-water season with more gear on the way so be sure to stop in. Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Anglers All in Ashland!!
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

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

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FISHING REPORT
11/13/15 10:29 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing has been good this past week with walleye, brown trout, and coho salmon being caught in the bay.
It has been a memorable autumn with the extended warm weather, especially after last year’s major snowstorm in early November. Water temperatures in Chequamegon Bay are still in the low 50s. And even out in the big lake, the water is still relatively warm with temps in the upper 40s, “which is highly unusual,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland.
There have been reports of some splake and steelhead showing up in the Sioux and Onion rivers area, she said.
“As expected, after our last rain event, the rivers loaded up with fish for a short period,” concurred Luke Kavajecz, Anglers All fishing guide.
“The cohos have been huge this year, by Lake Superior standards anyways,” he said, “and if you got in on that last push of fish, you would've seen some great ones.”
In the lake proper, trout and a few salmon are working the shorelines. “I've run into a pile of splake and some good browns up really tight to the shore in some places,” Luke said.
“It seems like most of the cohos are probably up the rivers and gone by now,” he added, “but there are a few out there yet.”
Carolyn reminds anglers that trout and salmon fishing closes Nov. 15 on the downstream section of Lake Superior tributaries that remained open after Sept. 30.
Smallmouth bass are moving into their wintering areas around Ashland and schooling up. Just last week there were still smallmouth being taken up along Brush Point and out toward Long Island.
In addition, there has been decent walleye activity along the Ashland shoreline with folks dragging stickbaits, mostly Rapalas, for those and using sucker minnows.
“It's been a good season with consistent fishing and some funky weather and wind,” Luke observed, “but all in all, another good year on the water.”
The next step is to gear up for ice fishing, Carolyn noted. Anglers All has some items in stock for hard-water season with more gear on the way so be sure to stop in.
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing.
• The annual Ashland area Veterans Appreciation Dinner will be on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the AmericInn, 3009 E. Lake Shore Dr. (U.S. Hwy. 2). Social hour is set for 5 p.m. with the banquet to follow at 6 p.m. For more information, call 715/682-9636.
• Also on Saturday, Nov. 14, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 201 E. Lake Shore Dr., will hold their annual Holiday Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more details, call 715/682-7620.
• Glidden’s annual Hunters’ Special Pork & Dumpling Dinner will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at the Glidden VFW, Post #7300, 118th E. 1st St., from 4-8pm. For additional information and fees, call 715/264-2191 or 715/264-2641.
• The Fall in Christmas Sale & Luncheon at the Ashland Enrichment Center (formerly the Senior Center), 400 Chapple Ave., will be Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come and enjoy a morning filled with fun shopping for wonderful Christmas items, raffle items, and baked goods made by your local seniors. Lunch will be available for a nominal fee. All proceeds will go towards the day-to-day operations of the Enrichment Center.

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FISHING REPORT
11/13/15 10:27 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing has been good this past week with walleye, brown trout, and coho salmon being caught in the bay.
It has been a memorable autumn with the extended warm weather, especially after last year’s major snowstorm in early November. Water temperatures in Chequamegon Bay are still in the low 50s. And even out in the big lake, the water is still relatively warm with temps in the upper 40s, “which is highly unusual,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland.
There have been reports of some splake and steelhead showing up in the Sioux and Onion rivers area, she said.
“As expected, after our last rain event, the rivers loaded up with fish for a short period,” concurred Luke Kavajecz, Anglers All fishing guide.
“The cohos have been huge this year, by Lake Superior standards anyways,” he said, “and if you got in on that last push of fish, you would've seen some great ones.”
In the lake proper, trout and a few salmon are working the shorelines. “I've run into a pile of splake and some good browns up really tight to the shore in some places,” Luke said.
“It seems like most of the cohos are probably up the rivers and gone by now,” he added, “but there are a few out there yet.”
Carolyn reminds anglers that trout and salmon fishing closes Nov. 15 on the downstream section of Lake Superior tributaries that remained open after Sept. 30.
Smallmouth bass are moving into their wintering areas around Ashland and schooling up. Just last week there were still smallmouth being taken up along Brush Point and out toward Long Island.
In addition, there has been decent walleye activity along the Ashland shoreline with folks dragging stickbaits, mostly Rapalas, for those and using sucker minnows.
“It's been a good season with consistent fishing and some funky weather and wind,” Luke observed, “but all in all, another good year on the water.”
The next step is to gear up for ice fishing, Carolyn noted. Anglers All has some items in stock for hard-water season with more gear on the way so be sure to stop in.
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing.
• The annual Ashland area Veterans Appreciation Dinner will be on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the AmericInn, 3009 E. Lake Shore Dr. (U.S. Hwy. 2). Social hour is set for 5 p.m. with the banquet to follow at 6 p.m. For more information, call 715/682-9636.
• Also on Saturday, Nov. 14, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 201 E. Lake Shore Dr., will hold their annual Holiday Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more details, call 715/682-7620.
• Glidden’s annual Hunters’ Special Pork & Dumpling Dinner will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at the Glidden VFW, Post #7300, 118th E. 1st St., from 4-8pm. For additional information and fees, call 715/264-2191 or 715/264-2641.
• The Fall in Christmas Sale & Luncheon at the Ashland Enrichment Center (formerly the Senior Center), 400 Chapple Ave., will be Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come and enjoy a morning filled with fun shopping for wonderful Christmas items, raffle items, and baked goods made by your local seniors. Lunch will be available for a nominal fee. All proceeds will go towards the day-to-day operations of the Enrichment Center.

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FISHING REPORT
11/5/15 1:29 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing has been good this past week with brown trout and coho salmon being caught in the bay here. They’ve also been found in the Sioux River and out by the flats, according to John Radloff, an employee with Anglers All in Ashland.
“There are fish in the creeks and salmon in the rivers,” he said, “along with the browns and rainbow trout.”
Radloff said there has been decent walleye activity along the Ashland shoreline as well as salmon. “They are dragging stickbaits, mostly Rapalas, for the walleye,” he noted. “As far as live bait goes, most of the guys have been purchasing sucker minnows.”
The smallmouth bass have been into their fall feeding patterns for several weeks now, frequenting their usual autumn haunts such as the breakwall and by the marina. They have been schooling more and becoming more active.
“There are still smallmouth being taken up along Brush Point and out toward Long Island,” confirmed Radloff.
Muskie fishermen report good activity inland on Lake Namakagon and over on the Pike Chain of Lakes.
“We’ve had a warm autumn, but the water is starting to cool down now,” Radloff said, “and that will help with surface fishing.”
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing.
Held in conjunction with the Garland City Women’s Expo, Ashland’s 4th Annual Chick-uamegon, a lighthearted women's 5K/10K walk/run, offers plenty of fun, along with terrific prizes and cute awards. Where else can you see happy, smiling runners wearing pastel-colored tutus, glitter face paint, pink wigs and butterfly wings?
Chick-uamegon participants are advised to come dressed to win in their most “bling” attire for this exciting and colorful event set for Saturday, Nov. 7. Finishers each receive a tiara and medal, plus there will be prizes for the top three participants wearing the most outlandish “blingest best” outfits imaginable.
New this year is the Chick-uamegon Ball on Saturday night complete with fantastic music and a thrilling light show by JD Bass Entertainment! Put on a vintage prom dress or retro gown and dance the night away starting at 8 p.m. at The Alley, 806 W. Main St., in downtown Ashland.
To register online or for more information, go to www.chick-uamegon.com.

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FISHING REPORT
10/29/15 4:41 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Well, we got that rain we wanted and then some! As soon as the water clears in a couple of days we should see some new fish, including brown trout, salmon and steelhead, in the area streams and rivers.
The late-season warm weather the northland had been experiencing provided for some noteworthy stream fishing, according to guide Luke Kavajecz with Anglers All in Ashland.
“High skies, warm temperatures, low and clear water: the perfect recipe for good steelhead fishing apparently,” Luke observed recently. “The most fish I've seen hooked in a day in a few seasons. As a wise old man at the Kro Bar once said, ‘You gotta keep your hook in the brook, eh.’ ”
October is typically trophy season for smallmouth bass and they are into their fall feeding patterns, frequenting their usual autumn haunts such as the breakwall and by the marina. They are starting to school more and become more active.
The walleye also are around in decent numbers with people finding them in the same places they’ve been catching smallmouth bass, according to Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All.
“Walleye have been out around the rock pile and on the humps in the bay,” she said, adding that suckers are a good bait to use for them right now. “I would also suggest folks work the mud lines since we’ve had all of this rain.”
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports:
Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing.
Held in conjunction with the Garland City Women’s Expo, Ashland’s 4th Annual Chick-uamegon, a lighthearted women's 5K/10K walk/run, offers plenty of fun, along with terrific prizes and cute awards. Where else can you see happy, smiling runners wearing pastel-colored tutus, glitter face paint, pink wigs and butterfly wings?
Chick-uamegon participants are advised to come dressed to win in their most “bling” attire for this exciting and colorful event set for Saturday, Nov. 7. Finishers each receive a tiara and medal, plus there will be prizes for the top three participants wearing the most outlandish “blingest best” outfits imaginable.
New this year is the Chick-uamegon Ball on Saturday night complete with fantastic music and a thrilling light show by JD Bass Entertainment! Put on a vintage prom dress or retro gown and dance the night away starting at 8 p.m. at The Alley, 806 W. Main St., in downtown Ashland.
To register online or for more information, go to www.chick-uamegon.com.

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