Fished by the light House last Friday,lots of smelt and one legal brown trout, nice day to get out. I have been canning the smelt like sardines, very good stuff, all you need is a pressure cooker and some pint jars and your choice of mustard and hot sauce.good luck to all!!
Chequamegon Bay, Ashland County
MOON PHASE (32%)
Watch close if going off behind Angler's All as the ice close to shore is slush and goes through to the bottom in a couple places. Ice is beginning to candle everywhere on the bay, and currents are undercutting the ice where the currents are strong. Fished from 6pm to 11pm single hook long body green and glow Hali tipped with waxworms. My son Chance and I averaged a fish a minute ending the night with 308 smelt. They ranged and bit from just under the ice down to the bottom in 30' of water even with the lighthouse but about 1/2 mile west. 75% of the catch were female and some over 11" long.
MOON PHASE (41%)
31° - 35° F
Below 40° F
Fishing trip from Tues-Fri.
Smelt were in schools to the point your Veclar was glowing from 30' up to 14'. Where you find Smelt, you'll find the game fish. Coho, and surprisingly a few Lakers were in the mix.
Much better fishing this year in the bay, then recent years.
MOON PHASE (85%)
Chequamegon Bay Area Fishing Report, February 14, 2017
Note…..Ice conditions can change quickly, always check with the local bait shops before going out on the ice.
Angler's All, 715-682-5754, Call Anglers All Bait Shop for an update on the ice before heading out! Anglers have been fishing the Bay and catching a gambit of fish including Splake, Browns and tons of Smelt by the Lighthouse.!!!! Take and ice bar with you and check your way when you are ice fishing. There have been some nice Lake Trout and White Fish being caught on the Ashland side of the Bay. Before venturing out call the Bait Shop for an updated report on the ice.
River Rock Bait Shop, 715-682-3232, is reporting there have been a lot of Smelt being caught by the Lighthouse which is good for the rest of the fish population. The smelt are good bait for Trout and Salmon. There have also been Coho’s, Splake, and Walleye being caught in the area of the Lighthouse. However, use extreme caution as there is a strong current close to the Lighthouse so stay at least 1/4 mile away! There have been some nice Perch and Walleye being caught at Second Landing. Lake Shiners have been the most popular bait! There also has been a lot of activity in front of the Coal Dock. Use caution and call River Rock ahead before you venture out!!!!!
Ice fishing Contests on Chequamegon Bay:
February 25th Neighborly Bar Ice Fishing Tourney in Ashland on Chequamegon Bay, call 715-682-9908.
February 25th Ashland Bayfield County Sportsmen 15th Annual Kids Ice fishing Contest on Chequamegon Bay, call 715-373-2088.
February 25th, Butternut WI Ice fishing Jamboree, Donner’s Bay Resort. Call 715-762-2555.
February 26th, Mellen WI Rod and Gun Club Fishing Contest on Lake Galilee. Call 715-274-2136.
For an updated report on the ice conditions, always contact the local bait shops before going out on the ice:
Anglers All 715-682-5754 and River Rock Bait Shop 715-682-3232.
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.
MOON PHASE (85%)
Pulled my sleeper house off the ore dock last night and fished right next to the channel in 18ft of water searching for walleye.
Was busy with smelt from 10 p.m to 4 a.m on rattle wheels. Landed one burbout. Any idea if this is common to get smelt this "shallow"? For walleye would a guy push up shallower on the flat?