Chequamegon Bay, Ashland County

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12/22/13 @ 6:19 PM
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chequamegon
chequamegon
USER since 2/12/09
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!

Chequamegon

Edited on 12/22/13 6:22 PM
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12/20/13 @ 1:27 PM
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Trollintommy
Trollintommy
USER since 12/12/12
Real quick note for anyone leaving out of the Washburn coal dock this weekend, the first pressure crack leaving the coal dock opened up some last night... Check before crossing and guys with wheelers use extreme caution! 8" of new snow hides bad ice!!

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12/19/13 @ 11:38 PM
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Trollintommy
Trollintommy
USER since 12/12/12
Krinkle,

The s curve will be fine for ATV travel... There is a pressure crack not far out that is small but check all cracks before you cross.... Snow will not be a problem because there isn't much on the ice. I wouldn't venture toward the standing rock towards Washburn tho along the shore. There was some wet cracks there two days ago, other then that you will be good to go bud! Just go out from the s curve landing, I'd start in 20 feet and work your way out from there! Good luck!!

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12/19/13 @ 9:45 PM
krinkle
krinkle
USER since 12/19/13
Does anyone have any info on ATV travel? I'm looking to fish the s-curve or Washburn this weekend, and I don't have a snowmobile, just a 4-wheeler.

Thanks

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12/19/13 @ 8:33 PM
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Trollintommy
Trollintommy
USER since 12/12/12
ATTENTION Ice-fisherman and women, With the moon change and a little warm up this week things sure turned on! We have been running into some nice Walleyes, browns, whitefish, and salmon. Even landed one nice lake trout today! For us breaks have been key, spread out find fish and hone in on them. The new UV Buckshots (River Rock Bait Shop is fully stocked) have been the bait of choice in 30-40 FOW on the walleyes and trout. Salmon have been cruising the water column up in the top 20 FOW, we have been catching them on Vibrato's best in 40+FOW. Ice has been great, people are driving off of Ashland (I don't suggest that) 12-14" out from the Ashland marina 8-10" at the light house, 8-12" off of the s curve, and 6-10 off of Washburn... As always check as you go!! Cracks move and change every day. Snowmobiles are always the best way to travel on this lake. Houghton area is still iffy in spots I don't advise going out that far yet. The early ice bite is on and will be extended this year due to an early winter! Don't pass up the chance to get up here and get in on the action!! If you don't have gear for the big water not a problem, give us a call as we can accommodate any group! Multiple guides with lots of experience.... We will have our sleeper out next week will continue to stay on the fish. Any questions or if you want to book an early season ice adventure here is your chance! Just give us a call!;) BE SAFE AND TIGHT LINES TO ALL!!

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12/19/13 @ 8:12 AM
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Josh Teigen
Muskyhunter24/7
USER since 3/30/07
Fishing continues to be good on The Bay. Lots of Browns and Whitefish around this year. We have been catching fish jigging Kastmaster spoons tipped with minnow heads. Gold, Silver, and Blue have been good colors lately. Tip-ups have been producing also. Rigging them with Walleye Suckers and Shiners. As for depth it seems to be different every day. One day we are catching them in 15 to 20 and the next they are in 30 to 40. Move around until you find them!

As for ice travel snowmobiles have been the way to go. Washburn down to the S-Curve has anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of ice. There are a couple pressure cracks coming out of Washburn so be careful around them. Ashland has lots of ice and guys are driving out there.

Good luck to everyone fishing this weekend! Be safe!

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12/18/13 @ 12:10 PM
thescottith
thescottith
USER since 6/24/09
Coming up for Xmas and going to fish the bay. Any reports from this week? Ice thickness? Im thinking on starting by the S curve and then moving towards Washburn. Any tips? colors? Depth? Thanks in advance.

Scott

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12/17/13 @ 7:19 PM
nightdrills17
nightdrills17
USER since 2/19/13
Jones, I use a small treble hook, like a number 12 or 14 I think on my automatics. I have had good hook sets with small browns, cohos, and big browns. Are you letting the fish get about a foot of slack or so. Also a large lake shiner is the biggest minnow that i will have on a auto. Any bigger and I will just put them on a tip up. Does that help.

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12/17/13 @ 7:03 PM
gut shot
gut shot
USER since 1/14/13
to the east of the red buoy, north east of the hot ponds there's 14" of ice. seen one fish caught, no luck on my end.

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12/17/13 @ 4:33 PM
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jones58
jones58
USER since 3/1/11

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
7 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F
Fished Washburn today ,hard 12 trips on automatic fisherman's but only landed 2 fish,i have to figure how to set those up right,also caught one fish jigging

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