~Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 http://riverrockinn.net Reports: Hard water fishing is just around the corner. There are some reports of anglers getting on the ice this past weekend. Most area Lakes are unsafe with a few inland Lakes having up to 3" of ice. Proceed with caution at this time of year and have all the necessary safety equipment along in case of an incident. Remember, no fish is worth a life or risking the lives of others. Whitecaps are still rolling in on Chequamegon Bay with the recent high winds. Stream and River fishing for Trout and salmon is now closed as of November 15th. Lake Trout fishing will re-open on Lake Superior; December 1st. Open water fishing on the Bay was excellent this past week for Smallies, Walleyes and Northern Pike as the fish put on the feedbags in anticipation for the long hard Winter ahead. Trolling Spoons and Stickbaits in the South Channel on the break along side of long island in 40 FOW for Steelhead, Browns and Lakers this past week was very good. Constant action, with a fish on all the time. Competition at this time of year was down to one other boat on the water. There are still some hardcore Musky fishermen hitting the water during Deer season. Large Suckers, Jerkbaits, Medusa's and Bulldawgs have all been working well. Musky season closes in the Northern zone November 30th. Good luck fishing and tight lines to all !
~ The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, visitashland.com 800-284-9484 reports: Winter is definitely peaking through the sky in the Northland. It is very cold with wind blowing around some snow flurries. That makes it time to plan your winter get-a-way to Ashland, Lake Superior’s Hometown. There will be plenty to do and see in the winter. XC Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling (Snowmobile Season will open in Ashland County on December 20th, weather permitting), Sledding or check out these Winter Outdoor Events, like Northwood’s Harness Club, Sleigh & Cutter Rally, King of the Bay Snow Drags, www.ashlandkingofthebay.com, Book Across the Bay XC Ski Race and Snow Shoe Trek Across Chequamegon Bay Ice at Nights by the light of the stars and over 1000 luminary lights, www.batb.org. If you would like an updated ice fishing report or an updated snowmobile report, check out www.visitashland.com . There is superb shopping, dining, lodging, and beautiful Murals to see (Ashland is the Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin). Grab your fishing gear and come and visit!