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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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4/24/15 4:39 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
~ Fishing guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn Swartz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. A lot of people have been out on the water, pulling in trout and salmon.
Anglers had been traveling from Bono Creek north and getting brown trout and Coho salmon. “They are going further out now, all the way to the first breaks around the islands and doing well on browns,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland.
She said they are working the South Channel for trout and salmon as well.
Northern pike are being caught along the Ashland shoreline and around the breakwall over the weedbeds. “They are casting spoons on the shoreline over the weedy, rocky areas,” Carolyn noted.
People have been trolling and casting for walleye in the Xcel Energy “hot pond” and the surrounding water in the low-light hours using shallow-running stickbaits.
Sturgeon are being caught in the bay at the back end of the breakwall and out by the lighthouse. Carolyn said anglers are soaking smelt for those and she reminds people that they must have a sturgeon tag from the Wisconsin DNR to legally harvest one.
In addition, all harvested sturgeon must be registered. Anglers who harvest a legal-size fish must immediately attach the harvest tag to the fish and take it to a registration station by 6 p.m. the next day for registration.
The area around Ashland’s lighthouse is also a good spot to catch whitefish right now, according to Carolyn.
Stream fishing continues to be good for steelhead, which are biting on spawn, yarn, spinners and flies. The Brule River and other South Shore tributaries like the Sioux and Onion are full of fish.
Currently, anglers can find fish from U.S. Highway 2 all the way to the lake and there are fish entering other South Shore and Chequamegon Bay rivers as well.
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!

~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, www.visitashland.com, 1-800-284-9484, reports: Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing.
The annual Ashland Gun & Knife Show is set for this weekend, April 24-26, at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave. W. Show hours are: Friday from 3-8pm, Saturday from 9am-4pm, and Sunday from 9am-3pm. Guns will be on display and for sale. For more information, call Ray at 715/292-8415.

B_Z
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4/24/15 2:41 PM CST
My guess is they are snagging suckers but im sure some walleyes get mixed in too.. report it

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4/23/15 8:08 PM CST
Report it. Season doesn't open until may 2.

Cheqmate
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4/23/15 7:45 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
Hey! Whats up with all the people snagging walleyes below the White River dam? Saw at least 12 people doing that this afternoon!

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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4/23/15 11:27 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
Ashland Area Smelt Report
The ice went out of Chequamegon Bay on Saturday night, April 11, and the smelt run began the very next night. The smelt ran pretty well all last week, with a few hiccups here and there.
The run did continue over the past weekend. On Sunday and Monday nights people were still getting some smelt, but Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland, said she thinks the run is now winding down here.
According to River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, smelters were having some luck Tuesday night up by Cornucopia and Port Wing.
We had a caller to our office tell us he was down behind Anglers All last night and the smelt were running there at 2 a.m. This smelter said he filled four 5-gallon buckets.
Obviously, there is no earthly way for us to predict how long the run will last, so we strongly urge you smelters to get out there as soon as possible! If you wait, you will miss out on this year’s harvest.
The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.
At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later, so it pays to be patient and stay down at the beach. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.
We hope all of you smelters had a great time during this year’s run and that you will visit Ashland next year when the smelt come to our shores once again!
For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484.

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4/22/15 4:14 PM CST
River Rock Inn has smelt again today

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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4/22/15 10:38 AM CST
Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
Ashland Area Smelt Report
The ice went out of Chequamegon Bay on Saturday night, April 11, and the smelt run began the very next night. The smelt ran pretty well all last week, with a few hiccups here and there.
The run did continue over the past weekend. On Sunday and Monday nights people were still getting some smelt, but Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland, said she thinks the run is now winding down here.
“They might be able to get smelt up on the South Shore now,” she added.
Please note: Neither of the bait shops have smelt for sale any longer.
We hope all of you smelters had a great time during this year’s run and that you will visit Ashland next year when the smelt come to our shores once again!
For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484.

Area Smelt Fry planned
The Herbster Community Club will host their 59th Annual Smelt Fry on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The Smelt Fry will be held at the Historic Log Gym, located at 86870 Lenawee Rd., Herbster.
The meal will be served from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and will feature all the smelt you can eat from Halvorson’s Fisheries in Cornucopia along with Captain Ken’s Firehouse Beans, cole slaw, bread, and more. There also will be door prizes plus a raffle drawing with prizes to include $500 cash and a beautiful quilt handmade by South Shore Quilters.
Donated homemade desserts from local bakers are always plentiful to either eat in-house or to enjoy later. When you purchase a dessert, the proceeds go to a scholarship fund for area students.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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4/21/15 12:13 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
Ashland Area Smelt Report
The ice went out of Chequamegon Bay on Saturday night, April 11, and the smelt run began the very next night. The smelt ran pretty well all last week, with a few hiccups here and there.
The run did continue over the weekend. Sunday night at least one smelter hauled in 120 lbs. down on the far east end of Ashland by 10 p.m. Carolyn Swartz of Anglers All said she expects the run to continue for at least a few more days.
Last night people definitely got smelt, but we have no information on how much or where they were pulling them from. So far the run has been concentrated on Ashland’s east side, so it is very likely that is the general area where smelters had some luck again last night.
Obviously, there is no earthly way to predict how long the run will last, so we strongly urge you smelters to get out there as soon as possible! If you wait, you could miss out on this year’s run.
At the moment, River Rock Inn & Bait Shop (715/682-3232) has smelt for sale at $3/lb., but we encourage you to place your order right away because supplies are limited.
The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.
At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later, so it pays to be patient and stay down at the beach. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.
Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.
For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484. We have a smelt hotline set up during the month of April. Please keep checking back for updates! (NOTE: If you call before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will reach one of our Chamber staff members who can give you the smelt report. If you call after 5 or on the weekends, you can hear the smelt hotline recording by selecting 2 from the menu.)

Musky Ben
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4/21/15 10:03 AM CST
JTJ:

They do in fact run over in that area... I just don't know where...

Musky Ben

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4/20/15 4:27 PM CST
Do the smelt run near city of superior, or duluth, where, thanks

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4/20/15 2:50 PM CST
What are water levels like on the Bay so far, lower or same as last year? I know many other places are real low due to lack of rain.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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4/20/15 10:41 AM CST
Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
Ashland Area Smelt Report
The ice went out of Chequamegon Bay on Saturday night, April 11, and the smelt run began the very next night. The smelt ran pretty well all last week, with a few hiccups here and there.
Last Wednesday night the run was strong for awhile until the wind changed direction and started coming from the south, which blew the warmer water away from shore. Although this caused the run to drop off, at least one person netted in excess of 400 lbs.
On Thursday night, April 16, we had reports that the run had slowed down, with one caller here to our office saying her brother-in-law only got a gallon bucketful that night and another telling us he was down behind the AmericInn for several hours and managed to fill a five-gallon bucket.
The run did continue over the weekend. Last night at least one smelter hauled in 120 lbs. down on the far east end of Ashland by 10 p.m. Carolyn Swartz of Anglers All said she expects the run to continue for at least a few more days.
Obviously, there is no earthly way to predict how long the run will last, so we strongly urge you smelters to get out there as soon as possible! If you wait, you could miss out on this year’s run.
At the moment, Anglers All (715/682-5754) has smelt for sale at $2/lb., but we encourage you to place your order right away because supplies are limited.
The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.
At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later, so it pays to be patient and stay down at the beach. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.
Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.
For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484. We have a smelt hotline set up during the month of April. Please keep checking back for updates! (NOTE: If you call before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will reach one of our Chamber staff members who can give you the smelt report. If you call after 5 or on the weekends, you can hear the smelt hotline recording by selecting 2 from the menu.)

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4/20/15 10:13 AM CST
Conditions: Raining
Friday got 10 smelt Saturday night 20 smelt Sunday 3am- 430 15-20 gallons in Ashland . Friday night and Saturday seen no sign of milt had no females. Sunday the buckets were just white. Only 20 females the eggs were globular not yet runny.

Any ideas How long it take for eggs to go from soft to runny ?

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gut shot
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4/19/15 12:26 PM CST
the smelt fishing is not done yet. watch the weather and the wind. Friday night it was calm with little action before 11:00PM. The wind switched and blew from the north and it was on! Filled up 5 1/2 5 GAL buckets from 1130 to 1AM. figured it was about 100-115lbs worth. took 8 hours for the wife and I to clean 15 GAL worth.

Getn-da-fish
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4/18/15 6:46 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 51° - 55° F Water Temp: 40° - 45° F
Fished all day Friday and half of today ended up 12 for 21 with 8 cohos and 3 Browns and 1 splake. All the fish we lost we had them half in before they decided to start rolling and pull hooks!?? had to get off early today cause of the waves but overall a fun couple days of fishing!!

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