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8/23/16 @ 9:28 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waning Gibbous

Chequamegon Bay Area Fishing Report, August 23, 2016

Roger from Angler All reported: The Bay is looking good and fish are biting. We are right on track for late August fishing with repots of some nice size fish being caught! Houghton Point to Pikes has clear water and the fishing continues to be good there. Long Island has cleared up considerably! Trolling for Trout has been great using spoons and spin-n-glows most commonly. Overall, the Big Lake is in good shape and fishing has been good. Fishing the Bay and the Apostle Islands has great for trolling! 
Walleye fishing has been good. When you have a clear sunny day, Anglers are fishing the edges of the channel and into the channel to catch Walleye. Use crawlers or stick baits in the early morning or evening and fish the shoreline and the edges of the weeds out in the Bay. 
Inland Lakes have really good reports from anglers catching Pan Fish, Bass and Northerns. 
The Small Mouth bite has been reported good in the Bay. If you can locate the Baitfish, you can locate the Small Mouth. Always continue to pay attention to the possible floating debris. 

Nate from River Rock Inn & Bait Shop reports: Lake Trout fishing has been great. Start fishing the flats where good numbers of “keep-able” Lake Trout are being caught. The slot size range is 20 to 25 inches. You are allowed one “Trophy Lake Trout” over 40 inches and there have been reports of them being caught in the outer islands area. Anglers are trolling for Lake Trout using spoons and doing well catching fish. Start out with a good mix of different colored spoons. Sometimes the fish bite on the green and sometimes the wonder bread. You need to change colors if needed. Trolling for Walleye has been really good in the Bay this year, using Stick Baits such as Rapalas or Bombers or Crawler Harnesses in 16 to 25 feet of water. 
Small Mouth Bass fishing has been really good now that the water is clearing up. The Bass are almost moving into the fall-pattern. There have been good numbers of Small Mouth Bass being caught at the end of the Break Wall and Long Island and the Rock Pile, and they are a good size. Baits being used are “Gold Color” Kast Masters. 
The weeds are thick on the Inland Lakes making it a bit difficult to fish but reports have been good with Large Mouth, Pan Fish and an occasional Northern being caught with crawlers being the mainstay and a good mix of other bait. Always be aware of floating debris when fishing! 

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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8/16/16 @ 11:06 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

Chequamegon Bay Area Fishing Report, August 16, 2016

Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, 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 715/682-5754, and they will gladly keep you informed!

Roger from Angler All reported: The water is definitely starting to clear. Houghton Point to Pikes has clear water and the fishing continues to be good there. Long Island has cleared up considerably! Trolling for Trout has been great using spoons and spin-n-glows most commonly. Overall, the Big Lake is in good shape and fishing has been good. Fishing the Bay and the Apostle Islands has great for trolling!

Walleye fishing has been good. When you have a clear sunny day, Anglers are fishing the edges of the channel and into the channel to catch Walleye. Use crawlers or stick baits in the early morning or evening and fish the shoreline and the edges of the weeds out in the bay.

Inland Lakes continue in the mid-summer pattern with really good reports from anglers catching Pan Fish, Bass and Northerns.

The Small Mouth bite has been reported good but remain a bit finicky as the weather has not been consistent. “If you can locate the Bait fish, you can locate the Small Mouth”. Always continue to pay attention to the possible floating debris.

River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, Located at 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland where you can stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, fresh and smoked fish, local cheeses, meats, and microbrews, and much more. Call them at 715/682-3232 for the most current fishing report.

Nate from River Rock reports: The Bay is clearing up nicely and in the mid-summer pattern. Lake Trout fishing has been great, with reports that the Lake Trout are at the bottoms. Start fishing the flats where good numbers of “keep-able” Lake Trout are being caught. The slot size range is 20 to 25 inches. You are allowed one “Trophy Lake Trout” over 40 inches and there have been reports of them being caught in the outer islands area. Anglers are trolling for Lake Trout using spoons and doing well catching fish. Start out with a good mix of different colored spoons. Sometimes the fish bite on the green and sometimes the wonder bread. Trolling for Waleye has been really good in the Bay this year, using Stick Baits such as Rapalas or Bombers or Crawler Harnesses in 16 to 25 feet of water.

Small Mouth Bass fishing has been really good now that the water is clearing up. The Bass are almost moving into the fall-pattern. There have been good numbers of Small Mouth Bass being caught at the end of the Break Wall and Long Island and the Rock Pile, and they are a good size. Baits being used are “Gold Color” Kast Masters.

The weeds are thick on the Inland Lakes making it a bit difficult to fish but reports have been good with Large Mouth, Pan Fish and an occasional Northern being caught with crawlers being the mainstay and a good mix of other bait. Always be aware of floating debris when fishing!

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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8/11/16 @ 9:51 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waxing Gibbous

      Chequamegon BAY Area Fishing Report, August 11, 2016

Carolyn from Angler All reported: This past weekend had really good reports comng in for fishing the Bay! The water is definitely starting to clear. Houghton Point to Pikes has clear water and the fishing continues to be good there. Long Island has cleared up considerably! Trolling for Trout has been great using spoons and spin-n-glows most commonly. Overall, the Big Lake is in good shape and fishing has been good. Fishing the Bay and the Apostle Islands has great for trolling! 

Walleye fishing has been good. When you have a clear sunny day, Anglers are fishing the edges of the channel and into the channel to catch Walleye. Use crawlers or stick baits in the early morning or evening and fish the shoreline or over the weeds out in the bay. 

Inland Lakes continue in the summer pattern with really good reports from anglers catching Pan Fish, Bass and Northerns. 

The Small Mouth bite has been reported good but a bit finicky as the weather has not been consistent. Carolyn noted; “If you can locate the Bait fish, you can locate the Small Mouth”. Always continue to fish with caution, as there is floating debris due to the recent storms.

Scott from River Rock reports: The Bay is clearing up nicely and in the mid-summer pattern. Lake Trout fishing has been great, with reports that the Lake Trout are at the bottoms. Start fishing the flats where good numbers of “keep able” Lake Trout are being caught. The slot size range is 20 to 25 inches. You are allowed one “Trophy Lake Trout” over 40 inches and there have been reports of them being caught in the outer islands area. Anglers are trolling for Lake Trout using spoons and doing well catching fish. Start out with a good mix of different colored spoons. Sometimes the fish bite on the green and sometimes the wonder bread. 

Small Mouth Bass fishing has been really good now that the water is clearing up. The small Mouth Bass are almost moving into the fall pattern! The Bass are in 15 foot of water. There have been good numbers of Small Mouth Bass being caught at the end of the Break Wall and Long Island and the Rock Pile, and they are a good size. Baits being used for Small Mouth Bass fishing have been shad raps, rattle raps and the live bait used has been sucker minnows.

The weeds are very thick on the Inland Lakes making it a bit difficult to fish but reports have been good with Large Mouth, Pan Fish and an occasional Northern being caught with crawlers being the mainstay and a good mix of other bait. Scott continues to ask folks to be aware of floating debris when fishing!
Check out the John Gillespie Fishing show that is set to air on August 20th. John was here fishing. this week!

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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8/8/16 @ 6:22 AM
Silver surfer
Silver surfer
USER since 6/20/16

I agree with you guys,the tribal netting is ridiculous,i quit coming to the islands years ago and crossed the state line of Michigan to find better fishing,had some good fishing,but guess what so did the netters! Been seeing more nets there as well.

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8/7/16 @ 10:37 PM
Livefreefishhard
Livefreefishhard
USER since 2/5/16

Go figure, the head of the DNR, says we need to inform clubs that the fishing is not what it should be in the biggest lake in where? What a stupid comment, the whole area is pissed and sick of it for years, they know that. It's one thing for tribes but then add the commercials. Then they go around shaking down the sport fishermen. I just don't get it. Come steelhead season I have yet to see a DNR agent near any of the streams and I've seen too many violaters to count. Frustrating cause the DNR knows the die hards will buy a license whether their decisions please us or not.

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8/7/16 @ 9:16 AM
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delta1
delta1
USER since 1/16/12

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waxing Crescent

I am wanting to take my grandson out fishing this week. I am wondering if anyone has seen nets this year on the south side of Stockton Island.

Any help would be appreciated.

The previous two years they had one out there all summer. So no fish left there those years.

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8/7/16 @ 9:12 AM
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delta1
delta1
USER since 1/16/12

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waxing Crescent

I see I finally got some people's attentions out there. 

Door county banned commercial fishing in that area and now is the most productive sport fishery in the great lakes. It is a multi million dollar industry for the area businesses. We could have that here too. They have the whole rest of the lake to use nets to catch fish that are plentiful there too. Why destroy such a beautiful place to fish that is so diverse.

We are the only ones that can stop this destruction. Look at how it destroyed the Isle Royal area. It used to be nothing to go out and catch 20 fish a day there 40 years ago. But the commercial nets decimated the fish population like I this here. 10 years ago it was hard to catch a fish out there.

We need to put a stop to it. The head of the DNR told me there is nothing he can do unless pressed by enough of the public. He said to contact the rod and gun clubs. They have enough voices to get something done.

Help out. Help to save the fishery here.


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8/7/16 @ 6:38 AM
EYEfanatic
EYEfanatic
USER since 11/26/10

Hey guys, just remember that sport fisherman that catch 3 lakers in a morning are the ones doing the damage to the fishery.  Yea, right . Gitchgumee and I havebeen harassed by a commercial boat.  He Intentionall tried to drop his net anchor across our trolling lines.  He got one of em.  They were so close you could see the captains brown pony tail.  The DNR and associated officials seem scared to regulate the tribes take of commercially caught fish.

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8/5/16 @ 11:30 AM
HotPockeT
HotPockeT
USER since 3/18/11
I seen a post thru fb the other day of a guy that fillets those lakers on a boat.  He said he filleted 1800lbs the other day from apostle island area and said that was a slow day. Pretty sad

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8/5/16 @ 11:24 AM
GITCHEGUMEE
GITCHEGUMEE
MEMBER since 1/19/12

So sick of the nets. The fishing around the islands is now a joke because of the over commercial fishing. Time to make the apostle islands a entire commercial fishing free zone. 

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