Hey sport fans, Time to get back on the board here for the winter season, Josh and Tommy have been doing a great job keeping you folks up to date on reports and conditions. Way to go guys! It’s only a few days away from the holidays and we have ice! Our rental shack is on the ice and ready for some perch and walleye nuts to slay some fish! We have been bouncing around more this week than we normally do on 1st ice , hitting up some new spots and checking out what they will produce. You have to be willing to burn days up checking new areas in order to stay on a big bite, even when you know you can go hit the hot spots and catch fish on a regular basis. A couple of the new spots have some serious trophy potential in the future, with numbers of small fish to keep you focused one the game! As far as ice…. We checked yesterday after hitting one of the new glory spots in the am, and we are happy to report that we have ice from Houghton point to Bayfield and Red Cliff wrapping all the way up to Sand Bay and even Sicowiet and Bark Bay have ice up by cornucopia. The islands look locked in for the most part from shore out into the inner islands. NOW this ice is not safe for ANY kind of fishing or travel. I don’t want to go too far out on a limb here but I would say, lake trout ice in a week or better. The areas I fished this past week had anywhere from 3 to 4 inches of new ice, but some areas were thinner as well. So extreme caution must be used any time you’re on new ice. As far as ice condition’s in the bay the west end of the bay running north to the light house, you are looking at 10 to 12 inches with some reports of 14. Travel has been good with all types of rigs from ATV’s to sleds. There have been a few trucks and cars out from the Ashland side but I would wait another week just to be on the safer side. It’s great to be able to just drive out and fish, but it’s still early in the season so just give it a little more time there folks! From the light house area north to Washburn and Houghton point you are looking at around 7 to 10 inches right now! Also a couple of big cracks off Washburn coal dock running north something to keep in mind. Nobody has fished north of Houghton point yet. A couple of guys are trying to poke out from Bodins and off the Sioux and Onion as of yesterday but this ice is un safe at this time so stay off of it for now! The whole south channel area north to Bayfield was locked in as of yesterday. If the bad north winds today don’t tear it up we could be fishing this area in a week as well. As for fishing reports the big bite this past week seems to be all over the board… Folks are really mix bagging it this past week. It doesn’t seem to matter if you’re targeting perch and walleye off 2nd landing, the browns and coho’s are around and whitefish too. The folks fishing off s-curve have been hitting some nice mixed bags as well. In that 18 to 25ft range, Halli type baits tipped with waxies and shiner pieces are working as are jigging spoons and buckshot type lures. A few good reports of trout and walleye mixed in off the south bank of the channel in 30 to 50ft of water has come from a few groups this week as well. Right now the best advice I have for folks is pick a target fish, go to your best bet area, and fish it for an hour maybe longer and if you don’t find what you’re looking for move to your next spot picked out. You will get some great mixed bags doing this right now all around the bay. Ashland area has received anywhere from 10 to 12 inches of new snow today and more thru Monday so we will see what this does to travel conditions on the bay. We are booking trips for all types Trout and Salmon, Lake Trout and Whitefish mixed bag trips and Perch and Walleye trips with day rentals as well for Perch and Walleye. Give us a call today for a great trip this winter with the oldest winter guide service on Chequamegon bay.
Tight lines and Happy Holidays!