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DREW MATHEUS
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5/23/15 11:57 AM CST
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Warming temps this week has helped the fishing tremendously. Bass are being caught in big numbers in the shallows on the east side of the bay. Walleye are being caught in numbers near Ashland as well. Water Temps are 55-60 degrees in the bay and warming quickly.

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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/21/15 4:46 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Rain, snow, wind, fog, sun, cold, warm – the Ashland area has experienced it all during the past few weeks, and it's been a pretty classic spring out on the bay.
The water temperatures a few weeks back were pushing the mid-60s in the shallows, and a big, cold, wet low pressure system came through about a week ago and pushed those temps down into the mid to upper 40s.
“It's rebounded a bit, and the forecast looks pretty ‘normal’ for the next few days,” observed Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All in Ashland, “and we should be back to where we were pretty quick.”
“Despite the water cooling down, the fishing has been good the past few weeks,” Luke said. “Fishing slowly was the name of the game and small jig and grub combinations and small hair jigs worked well when the fish didn't want to move.”
“A few really nice fish started to move into the shallows, but things are going to change again with the water warming up, and the best fishing is yet to come,” he concluded.
The smallmouth bass are starting to move back in to shore and are starting to make beds, though they are still in pre-spawn mode. A good number of brown trout are being caught on the first breaks as well as a few salmon and splake, according to Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All. For the lake trout, you have to follow the water temperatures.
Browns are being caught on the Ashland side of the bay around the marina as well as northerns. “Anglers are soaking smelt for them,” she added.
The northern pike are hanging around in the shallows and there has been perch activity off the old ore dock.
Carolyn says those targeting trout and salmon should start in Washburn and work their way north along the shoreline, trolling with flatlines “unless you start marking them in a little deeper water. People are starting to use spoons off of downriggers in deeper water along with dipsy divers.”
“There are still some mud lines out there from the recent rains as well,” she added. “It’s always a good idea to try to fish the mud lines, if they’re visible. Look for those when the wind blows and roils the bottom up.”
The walleye bite has been decent, Carolyn said, with most people trolling with crawler harnesses in the shallows and trolling using stickbaits in the deeper water in the drop-offs into the channel. This type of fishing is most productive during lowlight hours, she noted.
She said that people also have been trolling and casting for some walleye at the mouth of Fish Creek slough during the low-light hours using shallow-running stickbaits.
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.
ABC Raceway will have their Season Opener of stock car racing this Saturday, May 23, presented by Northern State Bank. Grandstands open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15, and racing begins at 7 p.m.
The popular racing venue located just south of Ashland will once again be home to WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Mods, as well as the track’s own Six-Cylinders and Pure Stocks, for exciting heat-race and feature action on the semi-banked three-eighths-mile red-clay oval. For more information, visit www.abcraceway.com, or call 715/682-4237. ABC Raceway is located at 2187 Butterworth Road, Ashland.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/14/15 2:23 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 56° - 60° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The smallmouth bass are around in all of their usual spots, according to Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All in Ashland. “We've caught them on just about every different technique,” he said.
Folks are still catching trout and salmon all the way from the head of the bay out to the Apostle Islands. Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All, advised fishing the first breaks for trout and salmon. Carolyn says those targeting trout and salmon should start in Washburn and work their way north along the shoreline, trolling with flatlines.
“And now we have some mud lines out there from the recent rains as well,” she added. “It’s always a good idea to try to fish the mud lines, if they’re visible.”
The walleye bite has been decent, Carolyn said, with most people trolling with crawler harnesses in the shallows and trolling using stickbaits in the deeper water in the drop-offs into the channel. This type of fishing is most productive during lowlight hours, she noted.
She said that people have been trolling and casting for some walleye in the Fish Creek and Kakagon sloughs during the low-light hours using shallow-running stickbaits.
Stream fishing is still pretty good. The Brule River and other South Shore tributaries like the Sioux and Onion contain plenty of fish and the recent rains have brought fresh fish into the rivers. Water clarity and visibility depend on the amount of rainfall.
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.

JOSH TEIGEN
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5/13/15 8:56 PM CST
Water levels are about normal right now in the cut. I'd say it's pretty close to the same level as it was last Spring. The water temps have dropped considerably due to the big cold front we are having. I had 44-45 degrees in the cut this morning. Fish didn't seem to care though. Caught quite a few.

blufhunter
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5/11/15 8:59 AM CST
Any reports on what water levels are like back in Sand cut and sloughs? just wondering if is real low with lack of rain this spring.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/7/15 2:02 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 81° - 88° F
~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. It's certainly getting busy on the water around here and the fishing has been great!
“We've had some gorgeous weather up on the big lake to start the year off, with high sun and calm winds,” said Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All in Ashland. “The water is really clear this year, too."
Luke said the smallmouth bass are around in all the usual spots and they've been pretty happy. He said water temperatures are in the low to mid-50s.
“We've caught them on just about every different technique and even had a few fish on topwater already, so that's cool.”
People are still catching plenty of trout and salmon all the way from the head of the bay out to the Apostle Islands. Anglers are traveling from Bono Creek north and getting brown trout and Coho salmon. Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All, said they are still working the South Channel for trout and salmon as well.
People are still trolling and casting for walleye in the sloughs as well as the Xcel Energy “hot pond” and the surrounding water during the low-light hours using shallow-running stickbaits.
Stream fishing continues to be excellent. 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.
“The Sioux is loaded with steelheads,” Carolyn noted. “So the steelhead season is definitely not over. The rivers have had a good number of them.”
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 9th Annual Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 14-16. This highly anticipated weekend event features guided field trips, hands-on workshops, educational programs, exhibits, speakers, and more than 100 activities from which to choose. Locales for the various activities include Bibon Swamp, Stockton Island, Copper Falls State Park, the Moquah Pine Barrens and Penokee Hills.
Sharon “Bird Chick” Stiteler of Minneapolis, Minn., a National Park Service ranger and expedition leader, and Ryan Brady, a research scientist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, are the keynote speakers this year.
The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and County Highway G in Ashland, will serve as home base for the event. For registration information or more details, go online at www.birdandnaturefest.com or call the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-284-9484.

JOSH TEIGEN
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5/4/15 9:16 AM CST
Bass fishing was great this weekend! Lots of fish in the sloughs and they were very willing to bite. We found fish in anywhere from 2 to 10 feet. The water is very clear this year so long casts are crucial to get more bites. We caught fish on a wide variety of lures. X-raps, Kalin's Jerk Minnow's, Kalin's Sizmic Shad, and 3/8 oz Echotails all caught fish. Color did not seem to matter. Water temps were 50-55.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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4/30/15 1:59 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 51° - 55° 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. People are still catching plenty of trout and salmon all the way from the head of the bay out to the Apostle Islands.

Anglers are 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 still 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 at the moment, according to Carolyn.

Stream fishing continues to be good. 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 9th Annual Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 14-16. This highly anticipated weekend event features guided field trips, hands-on workshops, educational programs, exhibits, speakers, and more than 100 activities from which to choose.

Sharon “Bird Chick” Stiteler of Minneapolis, Minn., a National Park Service ranger and expedition leader, and Ryan Brady, a research scientist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, are the keynote speakers this year.

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and County Highway G in Ashland, will serve as home base for the event. For registration information or more details, go online at www.birdandnaturefest.com or call the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-284-9484.

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B_Z
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4/29/15 5:32 PM CST
Been fishing all along the ashland to Washburn shorelines the past week with waders or just from land with a decent amount of walleyes and northerns on crankbaits no action on jig and minnow so far

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4/29/15 1:18 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 36° - 40° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
I trolled from the souix to the onion and back to houghton point ,Sunday Caught one brown one coho one laker and lost a decent fish

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.

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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.

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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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