Chequamegon Bay, Ashland County

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6/20/16 @ 9:08 PM
FISHING REPORT
Silver surfer
Silver surfer
USER since 6/20/16

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

Anything been going on in the bay lately? Thinking about trying out the smallies,but haven't seen any current reports,just being curious!

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6/10/16 @ 10:37 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (34%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: 
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  “Well, we’ve still got the dirty water shoved into the head of the bay, but they’re getting walleye anyway,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All.
She said walleye fishermen are having success by trolling, drifting crawler harnesses and jigging with leeches.
“Most of your walleye activity in shallow water takes place during the low-light hours,” Carolyn pointed out.  “There are people fishing off the ‘pig iron’ even during the day, but the majority of the walleyes are in the drop-offs in the channel or on the humps during the daytime, especially if it’s high sun.  Of course, that’s different if it’s cloudy or overcast.”
The smallmouth bass in the shallows are still in all three modes: pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn mode, she said.  
“As we keep getting these little cold fronts moving through, oftentimes if it drops the water temperature down it could send them out to a little deeper water.  But overall, we are looking at the shallows of the Sand Cut, Brush Point and Oak Point.” 
She said the bass fishermen are using crankbaits, plastics, spinner baits, and walleye-size sucker minnows for live bait to target those smallies. 
Trout and salmon anglers have reported good days all the way from Houghton Point to Outer Island.  “It  all depends on the day, the weather and the water temperatures,” said Carolyn.
She said the salmon reports have dropped off.  “We’re not hearing of many cohos now, but they’re getting plenty of brown trout and lakers.”
Carolyn advises fly fishermen to be aware that an early “Hex hatch” might be in store for the Chequamegon Bay area this year.  For the uninitiated, that’s when the large mayfly with the scientific name Hexagenia limbata appears in huge numbers.  They have the power to bring the largest trout to the surface where they can be caught on dry flies.  
There are four stages of this hatch that the angler should be aware of: nymph, emerger, dun and spinner.  The pesky critters can be seen covering the sides of buildings close to the waterfront in Ashland after they have moved from emerger stage to fully winged dun.
“With the warmer weather coming this weekend, they could start popping on the White River, so get ready for that.”  Carolyn said by using the proper fly, trout anglers can have great success during the Hex hatch.   
** 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 & Bait Shop, 715/682-3232, report the following:
The Ashland area has been kinder to anglers the last week since the weather calmed down.
“We’re starting to get some stable weather now instead of all that rain and wind,” commented Scott Bretting, owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop.  “Fishing has been pretty decent,” he continued, “and I think we’re going to have a good weekend.”
Bass fishing has been “pretty good,” he said.  “There’ve been some nice catches of smallmouth and the numbers are up.”
Scott said for the most part the bass should be in post-spawn mode now. 
“Although we may have a few late bloomers in there,” he added.  “Folks have been reporting some smallmouth still hanging out in the shallows.  They’re moving in and out of that area.”
He said anglers can sight-fish them right now off of the Sand Cut.  “But the water is cloudy by the Kakagon Slough, which makes it tougher.”
And unfortunately, that cloudy water is making walleye fishing a little more difficult as well.  “Guys out trolling have been reporting some nice fish,” Scott said of the walleye seekers, “but as is typical with this unstable weather pattern, the water’s all clouded up so that makes it a little more challenging.”
Scott did say that folks are still getting walleye down by the “pig iron” beach and close to the Xcel Energy Bay Front Power Plant.  “There’s rock bass in there, too, and some smallies, plus the occasional northern pike,” he noted.
Last weekend was the Saxon Harbor fishing tournament.  Scott said the adverse weather conditions probably had some effect on the turnout, but it was still fun.  “They had close to 30 boats participate.  It’s mainly a trout and salmon tournament.”
Anglers have been venturing out to the Apostle Islands and into the flats, Scott noted.  “They’ve been getting browns, cohos, lake trout and splake, about everything the bay has to offer for trolling.  No huge fish, but plenty of nice ones.”
FYI: For those who don’t know, Scott explained that the so-called “flats” area of the bay is about 90 to 100 foot deep and has a consistent clay or sandy bottom.
He said a couple of hotspots have been the front of the Bad River and the old Coast Guard dock on the tip of Long Island.  “That another good spot with a nice drop-off in that area,” he said.  “It’s abandoned now, but there used to be a Coast Guard station there.”
Scott said anglers are out “trolling with the stickbaits.  There’s a few guys downrigging, too.”  Hot steel and hot pink have been good colors, he added.
He said folks are using crawlers with a jig head and harnesses for walleye.  “Some are using leeches on a jig head, too.”
Fishing on the area’s inland lakes is going well.  “It’s your typical, late spring bite,” Scott said.  “You start to see some pollen on the water so you’re competing with some of the live forage on the surface.  All reports are that the panfish, perch, northerns and walleye are into their pre-summer patterns.  They are hanging out in those deeper spots during the day and then moving into the shallows in the evening.”
“With all of the rain we’ve had it’s been tough fishing,” Scott continued, “but those fish are hungry!  They’re waiting for those fishermen to come and entice them.  We are starting to see some of the clearer water you see in the summer.  It’s going to be a great June and July for anglers coming up here!”  
** 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 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.
You can fish and win weekly cash prizes in the Species Master Classic, an online catch-and-release fishing tournament. This contest starts June 15 and runs all summer. Cash prizes are $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. Open to all ages, the Species Master Classic allows participants to fish anywhere in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Washburn, or Barron counties. Catch, photograph and upload images of your fish to www.speciesmaster.com. There is a cost to enter. Visit the website for more information or to register, or call 715/718-6438.

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5/26/16 @ 5:12 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: 

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Fishing is holding up, all depending on the day and the weather, according to Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All.

“I’m guessing that we have mud lines again out in the bay,” she noted.  “You could encounter dirty water conditions due to all of the runoff, depending on where you are fishing.”

She said bass fishing was great on Wednesday, “during all of that cold and blowing weather.  The guys got soaked and they had to hustle to get back in when the storm and lightning hit, but the fish were really active.”

Her takeaway from that experience, she said, was that even though we are approaching the first day of June, be prepared for all types of weather, including chilly temperatures, wind and rain.

“Anyone planning to go fishing out on the Big Lake should always bring clothing and gear for all weather conditions,” she advised, “because you just never know.”

The water temperatures are rising though, which is all to the good.  The bass are becoming very active, she said.  “Right now, there are bass in pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn mode.”

Most of the activity has been on either plastics or sucker minnows, moved slowly in the shallows.

“The walleye bite has started to turn on at the mouth of the Kakagon Slough (Brush Point) and at the head of the bay,” she noted.  “However, the dirty water conditions could slow that up a bit.  Try to find the mud lines if possible.”

“People are starting to use crawler harnesses,” she said.  “They are drifting those and slow-trolling stickbaits for the most part. The low-light hours continue to be the most successful time for catching walleye.” 

Northerns are being caught in the shallows in the same areas where you would find the walleye and the smallmouth, along with the occasional perch and rock bass.

“There are still some northern pike being caught by soaking smelt,” Carolyn said.  “As the water temperatures warm, they will start moving around a bit, too.  Folks need to look for them around structure, weed beds, wood, that type of thing.”

Trout and salmon trolling continues to be good.  “Though once again at this point, you should look for mud lines and fish the clear water adjacent to them.”

Fish are still being caught on stickbaits running in anywhere from 20-60 foot of water, as well as being caught on spoons in the deeper water.

“The streams will be pretty blown out for the next few days due to all of this rain and if we continue to get rain as the forecast indicates,” she added.

** 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:

With almost picture-perfect weather, anglers were out in large numbers over the past weekend in the Ashland area. 

“Man, it was so crowded this past weekend it was hard to find a parking place at any of the boat launches,” commented Scott Bretting, owner/operator of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop.  “But when you have a flat calm and 80-degree weather, that’s what happens.”

This week, however, has been a completely different story with rain, wind and thunderstorms dominating the area’s weather.  But as Scott pointed out, “We needed some rain; it was getting pretty dry out there.”

Out in the bay, the smallmouth bite is on!  Scott described it as “topwater shallow.”

“It’s been really good, very productive this past week,” Scott said.  “We are seeing fish up in the shallows now, going on their beds.  They are definitely in spawning mode and folks are seeing a lot of action in the shallow water.” 

“They’re catching a lot of walleyes as well,” he continued.  “There’s not a lot of bugs yet, so it’s good fishing.”

Scott said that crawler harnesses have been one of the main tools for the successful walleye anglers.  “Some are trying leeches and minnows though.”

After hearing a fishing novice joke about the name, Scott noted that “the crawler harness is one of those inventions that guys have played around with trying to improve upon, but it’s still a mainstay out here.”

Trolling for brown trout has been hit and miss, according to Scott.  He said out near Houghton Point it’s starting to slow down. “That’s a hot spot in the spring and then once the water starts warming up, they move on.” 

Scott said recently anglers have been very successful out on the outer side of Long Island, in about 12 foot of water.  

“Guys did phenomenal out there this weekend,” he said.  “When they found clouds of baitfish, they found very productive fishing.  They got browns, coho salmon and lake trout.”

People are getting out to the flats in the South Channel, Scott said.  “They’ve been fishing deep for the lake trout and have been very successful doing that as well.  Guys are running downriggers out there.”

For those who don’t know, Scott explained that the so-called “flats” area of the bay is about 90 to 100 foot deep and has a consistent clay or sandy bottom.

** 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.


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5/20/16 @ 2:12 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: 

This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Fishing has been very good, but it all depends on that ever-important wind direction.

“The smallmouth bass are where they should be and they’re starting to make beds in the shallows,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland.  “Some fresh fish are coming into the shallows now.  Really, everything is starting to move in, but they don’t all make beds at the same time.”

“The bass bite has been best in the late afternoon when the water is at its warmest,” noted Luke Kavajecz, fishing guide with Anglers All, “but still steady throughout the day.  Yesterday we even got our first topwater fish of the year, so that was great.”  

Light jigs and plastics are the recommended presentation for smallies at the moment, Carolyn said. “Or flies moved very slowly in the shallows.”

“You've got to love Lake Superior in the spring,” Luke observed on Wednesday.  “Four days ago, I was running the boat through snow squalls and stiff northwest winds.  Thankfully, the snow, cold and wind are behind us (I hope!). 

“During the nasty weather, we were running to the north of Washburn and casting spoons and throwing flies for trouty species,” Luke said.  “This can be a great alternative to trolling, and also a pretty effective way to catch browns, steelhead and splake.

“Even though the weather was less than ideal,” he continued, “we moved plenty of fish and landed splake, browns and steelhead on light tackle in very shallow water, so that in itself is pretty cool.”

Luke said that as the weather has settled down, the smallmouth have “fired back up.”  

“Where the water had been 60 degrees a week ago, it had dropped down into the low 40s after the big front came through on Saturday,” he explained, “but the temperature has bounced back up in the past few days.”

Those changes in the water temperatures have resulted in some inconsistent walleye fishing, said Carolyn. 

“But the walleye will start coming out of post-spawn mode as the waters warm,” she said.  “They will start coming out into the bay and feeding heavily.”

Carolyn said anglers are getting walleye at the head of the bay and at the mouth of the Kakagon Slough.

“People are starting to use crawler harnesses,” she noted.  “They are drifting those and slow-trolling stickbaits for the most part. The low-light hours continue to be the most successful time for catching walleye.” 

Trout and salmon are still being caught in a lot of places inside the bay as well as outside, Carolyn said.

“People have been trolling stickbaits in the shallows for them and doing extremely well,” she said.

“Trolling remains strong for the offshore and inshore bite as well,” Luke added.  “The South Channel has been fishing really well and guys are seeing good numbers of cohos out there right now.” 

Luke said that shore fishing has been really good, too.  

“This is a very under-utilized resource in our area,” he commented.  “It's so easy this time of year to get a great mix of fish right off of Ashland's shoreline.  Sturgeon, brown trout, northerns and walleyes can all be caught right now, without the use of a boat.” 

“There are still some northern pike being caught by soaking smelt,” Carolyn said.  “As the water temperatures warm, they will start moving around a bit, too.  Folks need to look for them around structure, weed beds, wood, that type of thing.”

** 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!  


~ 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.


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5/17/16 @ 8:45 AM
jboutdoorguy
jboutdoorguy
USER since 6/15/12

What thinking of going up for smallies Friday. Are they doing anything yet? Anybody know water temps? Feel free to pm me. Thanks

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5/11/16 @ 7:42 PM
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fshnfvr
fshnfvr
USER since 5/24/06

MOON PHASE (30%)
Waxing Crescent

Nets are out and have been out in the islands. Will start near Long and Madeline island shortly. 3 coho and a brown Saturday near Otter

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5/11/16 @ 12:26 PM
Gone 4 Now
Gone 4 Now
USER since 4/26/08

June 1st

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5/10/16 @ 9:09 PM
EYEfanatic
EYEfanatic
USER since 11/26/10

Whenever they want. 

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5/10/16 @ 6:03 PM
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slay 'n em
slay 'n em
USER since 1/4/11

MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent

Does anyone know the official date of when commercial fisherman can start putting their nets out?  

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5/10/16 @ 6:52 AM
Kam9381
Kam9381
USER since 3/20/12

Nothing on the opener, or Bass so far?  I'm itching to hear how things are setting up.  Headed up for my annual trip on 5/20.  Any current Temps in the sloughs would be awesome.......

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