Chequamegon Bay, Ashland County

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1/8/14 @ 8:50 AM
fishmaster19
fishmaster19
USER since 1/26/12
Hey all, I don't mean to be a pest, I am sure the extreme cold has a lot to do with the lack of reports over the past couple of days. I have a 4 1/2 hour drive north ahead of me in the morning and haven't even decided if I should head to Washburn or Ashland. I would really appreciate an ice report for Houghton and Bodins. Or any suggestions for areas accessible by foot or safe 4wheeler travel with potential for trout and salmon would be much appreciated. With this being only my third time up there I am pretty inexperienced and want to keep it safe and better yet find a few fish. Thanks again

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1/6/14 @ 11:37 AM
fishmaster19
fishmaster19
USER since 1/26/12
I will be making the long trip up to the bay Thursday to fish the weekend. I don't have a snowmobile, so was planing on fishing areas accessible by foot or fourwheeler. With the current cold spell is there safe ice for a 4wheeler at Houghton point and Bodins? Any other info on spots worth trying that are accessible would be appreciated. Feel free to PM. Thanks

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1/4/14 @ 9:21 PM
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Trollintommy
Trollintommy
USER since 12/12/12
Hey All, ( sorry this is a day late, for some reason it didn't post yesterday when I first submitted! Better late Then never....)

Just a quick update as the weekend is upon us..... It has been yet another week of EXCELLENT FISHING in Chequamegon Bay!! Trout coming in big numbers along with a lot of salmon/herring cruising high in the water column. We have also still been having really good luck on walleyes! Big walleyes to boot......;) browns, salmon lakers, splake, whitefish and walleyes are still being caught on the Northland UV buckshots, bright colors on active days and more of the conservative and plain colors (white, darker dull green) on the picky days. Trout we have been doing great with one or two shiner heads on the treble anywhere from 2'-6' off the bottom and Tip ups with live shiners the same distance off bottom ( always remember the best trick is to have a slip bobber set up or a tip up close by when your jigging in the bay, if the fish isn't interested in your buckshot it will usually hit the live bait set up near by). When we have been targeting walleyes we have been using Buckshots tipped with one or two full shiners hooked in the lips and pounding the bottom, and staying in the bottom 2'.... Ice off of bodin's still varies from 3-6" down to the onion, I advise foot traffic yet. Out from bayfield there is anywhere from 1.5"-6" there are really BAD spots all over and I don't advise anyone going off of there yet... Red Cliff is also bad even worse then bayfield.. With the early winter and a warm big lake even with the cold temps the lake hasn't made ice as fast as you would think. Warmer water under the ice getting brought In from currents and wind is keeping us from getting thick ice fast. The whole bay is locked in up to houghton and in a line to Long Island and is good for machine travel. Atv's are having trouble off of second landing and on the south shore of Ashland yet due to snow and some slush. Washburn side has much less snow, but some big cracks be sure to check before crossing as these change daily! Lastly I want to welcome Guide Bryant Burns to the team, with big client numbers and a growing clientele we have to expand at Beyond The Catch. The dedication towards fishing and love for getting people hooked up on fish Bryant has, is just a sliver of what he brings to the table. Bryant will be a Huge asset moving forward and I'm excited to see him as happy as I am when a client hooks up. Don't pass up the opportunity to get up here and see what all this lake, and the guides at Beyond The Catch Have to offer! Dates are filling up so now is the time to make the call. With all of the top notch gear, up to date equipment and some pretty fancy transportation we have all you will need for a trip you'll never forget!!

ALWAYS REMEMBER NO ICE IS SAFE ICE, CHECK IT OFTEN, NEVER ASSUME ITS SAFE BECAUSE "someone else is out there" AND ALWAYS HAVE SAFTEY GEAR ALONG!! floatation, ropes, ice pics, GPS, and always let someone know where you will be going and when you'll be back on mainland...

Edited on 1/4/14 9:23 PM
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1/1/14 @ 7:36 PM
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gut shot
gut shot
USER since 1/14/13

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
17 inches
fished off the Ashland side today with little success. One smallie and one perch. Bounced around a lot to try and find em, guess that didn't work.

If you have 4WD and decent tires, just about any landing on the Ashland side is accessible. They are a little rough due to people hitting it when it was real slushy and warmer. There might be a little slush to get through off the landing, but after that, it's not too bad. The only real issue is how hard the snow is. It was hard going with the truck at times, but with a little work, I went anywhere I wanted. There is a lot of pressure on the ice right now. If you shovel then drill a hole, water WILL come up and you'll be standing in 2-3 inches of it.

So if people get out fishing and get some more holes drilled, it might relieve some pressure and make for a better day on the ice.

Edited on 1/1/14 7:37 PM
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12/31/13 @ 6:38 PM
jones58
jones58
USER since 3/1/11
you only have to walk about a block or two to fish bodins

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12/31/13 @ 6:25 PM
Red Cedar Monster
Red Cedar Monster
USER since 2/25/13
Sounds like the bay off Ashland is not accessible for me, so my question is how far do you have to walk off Bodin to reach fishable water for trout and salmon? I really do appreciate the info you guys put on here for "bay" novices like me. Thank again

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12/30/13 @ 7:22 PM
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chequamegon
chequamegon
USER since 2/12/09
Red cedar what rds that were plowed on the Ashland side blew back in with snow, and are or were deep with water and slush before they blew back in and we had this big freeze. Right now if you don't have a snowmobile I would stay off the Ashland side. Until conditions improve for trucks and ATVS that is. As for Houghton yes the father you go out the thinner it gets in this area it's always been that way. currents can change ice conditions from Houghton to long island and back to vantassels quickly. The end of last week the 25ft range had 4 to 5 inches easy, 30 ft and deeper it thinned down to 2 and 3. Any time you fish north of Houghton always check your conditions with a bar as you work out to your area. With this weeks below temps folks are going to start looking to deeper waters and different and new areas with the condition that the bay is in right now. Make sure you ALWAYS have a bar with you and use IT PLEASE!... I seen a guy last weekend with a bar he used it for awhile but he decided to drag it along behind him like an old plow!.. What good is that come on! And he was going onto ice he had no idea about, there was slush there and the ice was not the best in the area he was heading into. luckily he didn't go threw! It's going to be a good year of fishing it's an early year this time around, it just got started take your time look things over and keep your self and everybody else safe this winter!. tight lines and keep your stick on the ice!.. Chequamegon

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12/30/13 @ 9:59 AM
SouthForkGuy
SouthForkGuy
USER since 2/13/11
Awesome report, thanks... Keep up the good work, we are hoping to add a few photos to the board as well

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12/30/13 @ 8:46 AM
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RodBend'r
RodBend'r
USER since 5/19/04

ICE DEPTH
7 inches
We had about 7" off Houghton pt. More back towards Washburn and much less past the point. Travel conditions are actually not too bad with all the snow on the ice. I recommend snowmobile travel. With all the cold temps the next couple days I would guess areas past the point should be much better, but as always please check the ice as you go! Fishing was good. Jigging UV Buckshots and tip-ups rigged with shiners has been good. 10-50 f.o.w. Mixed bag of fish, mostly nice Splake. Browns, coho and whitefish too.

Good Luck!

Edited on 12/30/13 8:54 AM
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12/30/13 @ 8:27 AM
SouthForkGuy
SouthForkGuy
USER since 2/13/11
Heading up to the bay this Saturday with a few guys and snowmobiles, the plan is to try between the Onion River and Houghton Pt. Any of the guides have a report on what the snow/ice conditions are like in this area?

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