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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
4/29/16 11:50 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The area has received several inches of rain since Sunday accompanied by high winds.

“There’s a lot of dirty water out in the bay right now from all of the wild wind and weather,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All. “It’s going to take a few days for that to settle down.” Once that happens, folks will no doubt continue to troll for trout and salmon, many of them flatlining stickbaits.

“Near-shore trolling had been pretty good for splake and browns,” said Luke Kavajecz, Anglers All fishing guide, “but the water was still pretty cold, so this bite is just going to get better as it warms up a little.”

“Most people were working the shallows and looking for the mud lines,” said Carolyn. “There had been reports of Coho salmon, brown trout, steelhead, splake and lake trout all being caught, with browns being the most prevalent species.”

Both Carolyn and Luke said they are really looking forward to the fishing opener coming up in May.

“The smallies are already in their shallow-water places,” Carolyn noted. “It’s just a matter of getting the water to clear.” “We're all trying to hold back the excitement for our favorite fishing of the year,” commented Luke.

It will be catch and release only on the smallmouth bass starting May 7 and continuing through June 17. Then from June 18 all the way until March 5, 2017, anglers are allowed to harvest one smallmouth that is a minimum length of 22 inches.

“All of that rain should have brought fresh fish into the streams,” Carolyn continued. “It will be a few days until those swollen streams come down and then it will be great!”

Fishing for steelhead has remained productive in Lake Superior tributaries like the Sioux River and Fish Creek.

“Steelhead fishing has been excellent in the Brule River and other South Shore tribs,” Luke noted. “Most of the fish we're catching in the Brule right now are dropbacks, but there should still be fish around for a while yet.”

Carolyn said there have been some nice walleyes caught, mainly at night, on the Ashland shoreline. In addition, there have been quite a number of people fishing for sturgeon on either end of the Ashland breakwall.

“There have been several legal sturgeon caught,” said Carolyn, “which is 50-plus inches! They are soaking a smelt on the bottom for those.”

She reminds anglers that they will need a sturgeon tag to fish for those and their limit is only one a year.

“They are also catching northerns along the shoreline,” Carolyn added “Now that the smelt run is over, you will see more pike being caught. And once again, they are soaking a smelt for those.”

** 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 guides from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, report the following:

Open-water fishing on Chequamegon Bay had been very good until the current weather system arrived, bringing gale-force winds and chilly temperatures to the Ashland area. The water in the bay right now is a reddish brown hue caused by all of the runoff from the rain-swollen streams, plus the surface is roiling and dotted with whitecaps.

“Before all of that wind started, trolling was great and there were some nice browns reported,” said Scott Bretting, owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop. “There were lots of people fishing for northerns during the last week too, but with the way the lake is right now – the water’s all churned up and muddy – no one is going out.”

Bretting also noted that the “nor’easter wrecked our smelt season.” After what some reported as the best smelt harvest in several years, the run ended abruptly Sunday night when this unfavorable weather system moved in.

Because of the gale-force winds on the big lake, the smaller inland lakes have been seeing some action, however. “Panfish and crappies are getting in that spring mode,” Scott commented.

“The streams have still been offering good fishing,” said Nate Baron, River Rock employee and owner/operator of Up North Guide Service. “Steelhead are still moving pretty good on the streams.”

“The streams have been very high because of the heavy rain we’ve had,” Scott added, “but that should settle down next week. Once the weather settles down, things will be really good.”

“Guys who are out trolling are definitely getting quite a few Coho and browns,” Nate said. “They’re trolling shallow or off the shoreline, using stickbaits. They’re also going out and trolling off the islands.”

Scott said there were some awesome Coho salmon caught last Saturday, April 23, around the tip of Long Island and off Houghton Point.

** 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 Sanborn Community Club will hold a Smelt Fry from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at Sanborn Memorial Park. The tiny community of Sanborn is located a few miles south of Ashland. (Take Hwy. 112 or Sanborn Avenue out of town.) The park is on County Hwy. E in Sanborn. For more details, send an email to rose1234@cheqnet.net.

[This post was last edited on 4/29/16 at 12:16 PM]
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FISHING REPORT
4/25/16 1:33 PM CST
Conditions: Raining Air Temp: 36° - 40° F Water Temp: 40° - 45° F
Brown Trout and Coho have been good, but competing with the best smelt run in years. Scatter raps and Rebel Fast Tracs have been producing on the surface. Not much on downriggers. Spring Apostle Islands Sport Fishermen's Association meeting! On 7pm, Wednesday April 27, 2016 The AISA will have our Spring Membership meeting in the basement meeting room of the Washburn Library, 307 Washington Ave. Washburn, WI We have George Meyers, Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation as a speaker. George will be outlining the role the WWF plays in representing the Sportsmen of Wisconsin. The AISA is considering joining the WWF so come listen and learn with us. In addition, we will be holding our first ever 50/50 raffle. Tickets will be $1 each, with the winning ticket taking 50% of the proceeds. Come early and get your tickets! We will also have tickets for the Coho Madness 50/50 raffle available, Drawing on September 16, with up to a $2500 prize! In addition we will have biannual election of the club officers. An eventful night, hope you can make it.

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4/18/16 3:06 AM CST
Went out from 9:30-12:30. Started slow ended decent. Probably would've done a lot better if we were in an area that had a beach but unfortunately too many people like always so we had the left over rocky areas but still managed a big cooler full.

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4/17/16 11:57 AM CST
Few more

HUBB
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4/17/16 11:53 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Fished Washburn Friday afternoon and Saturday. Large areas of muddy water in the bay with temps ranging from 37°-42° depending on the clarity. Trolled shallow to deep from Washburn to Onion/Sioux River with best success around 20 feet of water. Bright flicker shads and Brad's Thinfish produced the most fish. Smelt run just started. Big Smile

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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4/14/16 3:10 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Open-water season is finally here after ice-out early last week!!
“Fishing has been pretty good as long as people can find the mud lines,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All. “We’ve got a lot of dirty water out there right now, but the fishing definitely picks up as soon as you find those mud lines and the clean water that the fish like.”
“They will want to troll on the clean side of those mud lines,” Carolyn explained. “The fish like to hide in the dirty water and then pop out into the clean side.”
She said most people are trolling shallower-running stickbaits in anywhere from 3 to 10 foot of water. “Folks have been doing pretty well on browns along with some Coho, splake and the occasional steelhead,” Carolyn said.
And although the Washburn Marina is still iced in, folks wanting to launch their boats from Washburn can get out of Thompson’s West End Park and Bodin’s.
** 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 guides from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, report the following:
Open-water fishing on Chequamegon Bay is here! “The landings are pretty much all open now and guys are out trolling,” according to Scott Bretting, owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop. “There’ve been some nice browns reported,” he added.
“Anything that looks like a smelt” is a good bait for trout right now, Scott said, laughing. In addition, he highly recommends stickbaits such as Rapala, Smithwick, Reef Runner, and Bomber.
And speaking of smelt, the spawning run began last night in Ashland! “It sounds like they netted very few smelt last night, but this weekend will be the start of smelt season and we hope to have a good week of it,” Scott said. He reminds smelt enthusiasts that if you’re not a Wisconsin resident, you do need a license to harvest smelt.
River Rock will be selling whole smelt for $3 per pound or $6 per pound for cleaned smelt. “When they buy them cleaned, they actually get more per pound because then they’re not paying for the guts or head,” Scott pointed out.
Scott said there is still ice on quite a few of the area’s inland lakes and it’s “not fishable ice” either, so most of those are still in transition at the moment. “The spring fishing on the inland lakes is for panfish typically,” he noted. “It’s closed season (inland) for walleye and northerns right now, of course.”
“They’re fishing out by Houghton Point, at the mouth of the Onion River and over in Washburn off the coal dock. There’s still ice in the marina over there and here in Ashland so there’s no boats in those marinas yet, but it won’t be long now.”
Scott said there is also still a large pile of ice on the Ashland breakwall that resulted from the wind pushing the ice out and up onto the structure. “We still have a one-foot pile of snow in our yard here at River Rock, but that will be gone by tomorrow probably,” Scott commented. The water in the bay is still pretty dirty from the recent snowmelt and runoff, he noted.
“Guys are having success down by the ‘pig iron’ getting pike,” Scott said. “That area will be busy this weekend, I’m sure.”
“They’re still catching steelhead in the streams, but the runoff is pretty strong because of that 8 inches of snow we got last week,” Scott continued. “So the rivers are running pretty fast and furious right now, but they are going to clear up and be productive fishing spots in the next couple of days.”
He said stream fishermen have been doing well using spawn and yarn patterns. Egg patterns are another commonly used bait to attract steelies.
Scott said he is looking ahead to a wonderful weekend for fishing. “It’s great to see folks out on the lake and we’ve had some nice reports from off the Washburn coal dock. There are plenty of places where people can get their boat out so I think they are going to have an awesome weekend!”
** 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 WJJH Spring Home & Sport Show is coming up this weekend, April 15-17, at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave. W., Ashland, featuring displays and demos of home and recreational products. Show hours are: Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission all three days. For more information, call 715/682-2727.

• The Ashland Gun & Knife Show is set for April 22-24 at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave. W., Ashland. Show hours are: Friday from 4-8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guns on display and for sale. For more information, call Ray at 715/292-8415.

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4/14/16 11:08 AM CST
Did anybody find smelt in Ashland last night?

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4/13/16 10:50 PM CST
A few are starting to try smelting but they are not running yet. However anytime now is when they should. The weather looks really good this weekend so I expect a lot of people will be in the boats and smelting.

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4/12/16 9:05 PM CST
How much would a 5 gallon bucket of Smelt cost and does anyone know where I can buy them? Would like to do a Smelt fry

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4/12/16 8:55 PM CST
Check water temps on Sea Grant Coastwatch Lake Superior temps arent even close yet need 42-44 farenhight for smelt .Check Washburn port image or western region.

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4/11/16 4:11 PM CST
Any news on the smelt run?

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4/11/16 12:07 PM CST
Get the boats ready! The south shore landings are open from Washburn to Port Wing. Improving weather conditions this week should make for a good weekend to get out trolling.

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4/7/16 1:32 PM CST
Any update on ice? I know it's been very cold but wondering if landings are open to launch and do any trolling near bayfield, corny, etc.??

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks and good luck everyone!

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4/1/16 11:52 PM CST
https://youtu.be/LUlrqAdTAyM

Filmed on the bad river keys outdoors 2015

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4/1/16 11:44 PM CST
How come there are never any reports about the bad river on this site? Buddy and I do great fishing there for walleyes not to mention the unbelievable musky fishing long boat ride from the bay but it's well worth the trip.

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