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Silent
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FISHING REPORT
2/8/16 10:14 PM CST
Ice Depth: 8" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 21° - 25° F
Washburn - S.Central Ave (Coal Docks) 1M NE

White Fish and Splake

Ice is 'Okay'. 8 Inches

Was our first time in this location. Tested depth in a few locations, ranging from 64' to 24'. Success struck near 24'-34'. Fish were extremely hungry due to the cold front that pushed in over the weekend. Bit on nearly anything you put down the hole; wax worms, and shiners was our arsenal. Best of luck. I express caution to fellow anglers.

fishin finatic
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2/7/16 9:52 AM CST
Going to be heading up this Wednesday to try my luck on the big water, going to head out from Ashland. First time to the lake or area so any advice on areas to try would be much appreciated. Looking to target the species other than pike and walleye because I get a lot of them where I live. Will be traveling the water by foot so limited on how far I can travel. Will be sure to post how I do, thanks

jberlin5
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2/5/16 7:59 PM CST
Hey, I'm wondering if anyone would be willing to tell me where brush point is? I've heard about it, but don't know where it is located.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
2/5/16 1:30 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.

JASON STEWART
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2/5/16 11:16 AM CST
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sackett99
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2/4/16 6:49 PM CST
Ice Depth: 8"
Where should i go for all these browns and lakers?!

Lakelandsvce
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1/29/16 4:19 PM CST
Just to let everyone know last night the ice broke up in front of the Souix and the Onion rivers all open water up there now.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
1/29/16 11:10 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.

gut shot
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FISHING REPORT
1/24/16 5:33 PM CST
Ice Depth: 5"
well, brought something home today. Took the wife and kid out and ended up with 2 big perch, 1 big whitefish, and a brown. gourmet dinner tonight.

gut shot
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1/23/16 7:08 PM CST
fishing was slow. One small coho and a brown my kid lost at the hole. A metric SH*% ton of people out today between the s-curves, washburn coal dock, Houghton, and the souix and onion. probably 200 total. We didn't catch much, but I had an AWESOME day with the kid. He wants to go tomorrow!!! You bet pal.

bjt
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1/22/16 9:46 AM CST
Just an FYI, on Sunday there was open water out deep off of Houghton Pt., all the way into the South Channel and to the River mouths off the Sioux and Onion. I would highly advise against taking a machine out there.

delta1
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FISHING REPORT
1/22/16 4:50 AM CST
Ice Depth: 6"
went out off washburn yesterday, six inches of ice. they were taking machines out to houghton point. did not see many people out for long yesterday. maybe they aren't bitting yet.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
1/21/16 4:44 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.

Northerner14
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1/21/16 1:14 PM CST
Ice Depth: 2"
Ice is sketchy off bodins and the sioux, should make for a fun weekend of rescues.

rayneman
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1/21/16 7:52 AM CST
Ice Depth: 9"
On the Ashland side there is 8-9 inches of ice. It was cold but the snow cover slowed down the ice formation. You would expect more bur not the case. If you head out from kreher park the ice is not rough. Most of the pack ice has smoothed out. A rough ride is not a concern or an issue. I certainly would not drive a vehicle out yet until ice is thicker. Atv, utv, snowmobile should be good to go anywhere on the Ashland side. I have been running my Atv out for a week and a half already. Very slow bite so far.

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