Chequamegon Bay, Ashland County
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...
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.