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OGGIE: Near the lighthouse towards Washburn in 35' of water with lake shiners or gigs is good for coho, browns splake and whitefish with a few burbot ( eelpout ) is a good bet. Be careful though of the heave cracks. The reports are good off the islands in 70 fow for lakers. Again check your ice on the way out. Smelt are everywhere and the fish are full of them. The perch are eating small gobies with their natural feeder minnows. Northerns, bass and walleye are closer to shore on the Ashland side but again they have a tremendous amount of natural bait right now with all the smelt staging and waiting for the spring spawning run. Smelt are biting on glow hali's or small gigs tipped with wax worms, spikes, pinhead minnows or just about anything small with a little smell to it.
The nets are already there. I was out there today and was by no means a crowd only one other group and not a whole lot of tracks. Not a very good idea to say follow the crowd and point them towards Michigan island we aren't talking the lighthouse here.
They are just crushing the Lake Trout off the end of Madeline Island toward Michigan. Several fish over 10 pounds and a few at 20. just look for the crowds in about 175 to 200 feet. Good Luck. only about a week of fishing left out there.
well today was a first only in the sence of i have only been fishing the bay for a couple weeks....slowly trying to learn....today i fished in 16 feet of water and caught my first brook and my first splake both returned they were only 14 inches .. but still i was happy ...other than that it was slow all my action came before noon.......happy fishing and good luck.