Chequamegon Bay, Ashland County

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9/14/17 @ 5:51 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (34%)
Waning Crescent

Carolyn and Luke from Anglers All Reports: The conditions in this report will remain the same until the water temperature drops. Fall Fishing will be really good both in the Bay and on the Inland Lakes. Cool nights and cools mornings have been the norm around here lately and it's hard not to start thinking about the next season ahead. Fishing pressure has been minimal on the Bay and the bite has been on for a variety of species. Smallmouth fishing has been great with morning fishing being the best. Some really nice fish are starting to come back into the mix and although there are still a few fish hanging out in some shallow spots, most of the fish have been hanging in that 15-30 ft range. Dropshotting small shiner imitations or using suckers minnows has been the best technique for those deeper fish.   

There are cohos and browns making there way into the Bay as well, and again, early morning has been the best to find these active fish. Fish have been found in 30-50 feet of water running shalow stick baits as well as cranks that run 10-15ft down.

Whitefish are being caught jigging in 50-60ft of water and make for great fun on light tackle. Lake Trout season has been closed to recreational fishing in zone W-2, as the quota for the year has been met. It will reopen again on December 1. Lake Trout fishing in zone W-1 is still open.

Lake Trout Season for Sport Fishing Only closed SUNDAY, August 20th @ 11:59pm until the opener on Dec.1st. But you can still target Brown Trout, Cohos, and Splake!

Please get involved with Public Meetings!!!!!! You can make a difference!

Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: Wow! What a beautiful week with a shot of summer back!!! We have had calm days, making it beautiful to get on the Lake!

Small Mouth have been active in the 15 foot area. Anglers are catching fish on the East End of the Break Wall, The Rock Pile, Tip of Long Island, Around the End of Houghton Point, and even off of the area of Oak Point in 13 to 15 feet of water. Sucker Minnows and Dropshots with artificials have been a good choice.

We have been able to move freely with the nice weather. We might be a little spoiled with this nice weather but we love it. We have picked up an occasional Northern and a few Walleyes in these areas.

Mid-day we have even seen a few perch. Guys that have been fishing the tip of Long Island have been successful with a few Salmon with downriggers in 60 to 80 feet.

note...keep a look-out for commercial fishing nets within the Islands where there is great fishing! The commercial nets at the end of Long Island are gone, so trolling in the area will improve and fall fishing will be FANTASTIC in that area. We are seeing some nice Northern's being caught in the Bay!!

Inland fishing has been productive. The Blue Gills, Crappies, Perch and Bass are very active on the Inlands using crawlers, and leeches. Fall Musky fishing seems to be starting early so it is possible that Musky fishing could be longer this fall.. Shore fishing off the Marina Sea Wall, Power Plant and the Base of the Ore Dock has brought in many fish from Rock Bass to Walleyes. Anglers are soaking Smelt and catching fish! Don’t be afraid to switch up gear mid-day. We are in typical September fishing! Enjoy!!!!!

Welcome to the Bear Hunters coming in. We are hearing some great reports!


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9/7/17 @ 4:03 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous

Luke from Anglers All Reports: Cool nights and cools mornings have been the norm around here lately and it's hard not to start thinking about the next season ahead. Fishing pressure has been minimal on the Bay and the bite has been on for a variety of species. Smallmouth fishing has been great with morning fishing being the best. Some really nice fish are starting to come back into the mix and although there are still a few fish hanging out in some shallow spots, most of the fish have been hanging in that 15-30 ft range. Dropshotting small shiner imitations has been the best technique for those deeper fish.   

There are cohos and browns making there way into the Bay as well, and again, early morning has been the best to find these active fish. Fish have been found in 30-50 feet of water running shalow stick baits as well as cranks that run 10-15ft down.

Whitefish are being caught jigging in 50-60ft of water and make for great fun on light tackle. Lake Trout season has been closed to recreational fishing in zone W-2, as the quota for the year has been met. It will reopen again on December 1. Lake Trout fishing in zone W-1 is still open.

Lake Trout Season for Sport Fishing Only closed SUNDAY, August 20th @ 11:59pm until the opener on Dec.1st. But you can still target Brown Trout, Cohos, and Splake!  Please get involved with Public Meetings!!!!!! You can make a difference! 

Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: There are cooler nights now and fall is in the air. Small Mouth are out deeper now and looking for cool water in 12 to 15 foot range depth using sucker minnows and artificials. Small Mouth will get more active now…they put their feed bags on and turn into eating machines…so they should really be biting!!! We are starting to see weed growth in that 12 to 15 foot area, which gives the Small Mouth some cover. Due to some inclement weather that came in, Small Mouth Bass fishing has been a bit tough but it WILL pick up. We are also seeing good numbers of Northern Pike in that same area. Even though live bait is an excellent choice, artificials are working well.

Trolling for Walleye's in Chequamegon Bay at 15 foot using planner boards and scatter raps has brought in some nice fish.

We were getting some rain and seeing activity in some of the local streams with reports of some nice native Brown Trout in Fish Creek and White River. Stream fishing is picking up and there have been some nice Native Brown Trout caught.

note...keep a look-out for commercial fishing nets within the Islands where there is great fishing! The commercial nets at the end of Long Island are gone, so trolling in the area will improve and fall fishing will be FANTASTIC in that area. We are seeing some nice Northern's being caught in the Bay!!

Inland fishing has been productive. The Blue Gills, Crappies, Perch and Bass are very active on the Inlands using crawlers, and leeches. Fall Musky fishing seems to be starting early so it is possible that Musky fishing could be longer this fall.. Shore fishing off the Marina Sea Wall, Power Plant and the Base of the Ore Dock has brought in many fish from Rock Bass to Walleyes. Anglers are soaking Smelt and catching fish! Don’t be afraid to switch up gear mid-day. We are in typical September fishing! Enjoy!!!!!


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8/31/17 @ 11:07 AM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (72%)
Waxing Gibbous

Luke from Anglers All Reports: Cool nights and cools mornings have been the norm around here lately and it's hard not to start thinking about the next season ahead. Fishing pressure has been minimal on the Bay and the bite has been on for a variety of species. Smallmouth fishing has been great with morning fishing being the best. Some really nice fish are starting to come back into the mix and although there are still a few fish hanging out in some shallow spots, most of the fish have been hanging in that 15-30 ft range. Dropshotting small shiner imitations has been the best technique for those deeper fish.   

There are cohos and browns making there way into the Bay as well, and again, early morning has been the best to find these active fish. Fish have been found in 30-50 feet of water running shalow stick baits as well as cranks that run 10-15ft down.

Whitefish are being caught jigging in 50-60ft of water and make for great fun on light tackle. Lake Trout season has been closed to recreational fishing in zone W-2, as the quota for the year has been met. It will reopen again on December 1. Lake Trout fishing in zone W-1 is still open.

Lake Trout Season for Sport Fishing Only closed SUNDAY, August 20th @ 11:59pm until the opener on Dec.1st. But you can still target Brown Trout, Cohos, and Splake!

Please get involved with Public Meetings!!!!!! You can make a difference!

Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: There are cooler nights now and fall is in the air. Small Mouth are out deeper now and looking for cool water in 12 to 15 foot range depth using sucker minnows and shad raps. Small Mouth will get more active now…they put their feed bags on and turn into eating machines…so they should really be biting!!! We are starting to see weed growth in that 12 to 15 foot area, which gives the Small Mouth some cover. Due to some inclement weather that came in, Small Mouth Bass fishing has been a bit tough but it WILL pick up. We are also seeing good numbers of Northern Pike in that same area. Even though live bait is an excellent choice, artificials are working well.

Trolling for Walleye's in Chequamegon Bay at 15 foot using planner boards and scatter raps has brought in some nice fish.

We were getting some rain and seeing activity in some of the local streams with reports of some nice native Brown Trout in Fish Creek and White River.

note...keep a look-out for commercial fishing nets within the Islands where there is great fishing! The commercial nets at the end of Long Island are gone, so trolling in the area will improve and fall fishing will be FANTASTIC in that area. We are seeing some nice Northern's being caught in the Bay!!

Inland fishing has been productive. The Blue Gills, Crappies, Perch and Bass are very active on the Inlands using crawlers, and leeches. There is a wide variety of baits to use for fishing any time this summer!!!!! Shore fishing off the Marina Sea Wall, Power Plant and the Base of the Ore Dock has brought in many fish from Rock Bass to Walleyes. Anglers are soaking Smelt and catching fish! Don’t be afraid to switch up gear mid-day. We are in typical September fishing! Enjoy!!!!!


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8/28/17 @ 2:13 PM
FISHING REPORT
jetndoc
jetndoc
USER since 6/28/06

MOON PHASE (44%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Trolled in 45-70 fow on Sunday with rapalas  for 6 hours. Used multiple colors and combinations. Had 2 dipseys out with 2 riggers between Madeline and Houghton Point. tried different speeds and depths as well.  Not one trip. Marked a lot of fish and followers as well as clouds of bait fish. I can imagine the rain and the change in weather had much to do with it. Try again.....

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8/28/17 @ 11:33 AM
Bang Bro Bass Brothers
Bang Bro Bass Brothers
USER since 8/28/17

Hello all,

I am camping this weekend through September 1-3rd.  I am new to the are of Bayfield, next to Apostle Island Marina. I was wondering if anyone can help me find a shore fishing spot. Mainly looking for salmon and trouts. Thank you in advance. 

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8/28/17 @ 9:31 AM
GITCHEGUMEE
GITCHEGUMEE
USER since 1/19/12

Call the DNR and report it and ask them they may be their sample Nets there should be no commercial fishing nets in that far.

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8/28/17 @ 9:27 AM
jetndoc
jetndoc
USER since 6/28/06

I fished yesterday near Houghton Point. East and West of the red channel marker were white flags on top of a buoy. The two flags were over a mile apart. I was looking for commercial nets but it didn't seem they were for nets. Anyone know what they are for and why they are in that area? Didn't see any other buoys in the area. Thanks

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8/25/17 @ 12:59 PM
FISHING REPORT
Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (17%)
Waxing Crescent

Report, August 25…2017 

Lake Trout Season for Sport Fishing Only closed SUNDAY, August 20th @ 11:59pm until the opener on Dec.1st. But you can still target Brown Trout, Cohos, and Splake!

Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: There are cooler nights now and fall is in the air. It was 38 degrees in Ashland this morning (August 25th). Small Mouth are out deeper now and looking for cool water in 12 to 15 foot range depth using sucker minnows and shad raps. Small Mouth will get more active now…they put their feed bags on and turn into eating machines…so they should really be biting!!! We are starting to see weed growth in that 12 to 15 foot area, which gives the Small Mouth some cover. We are also seeing good numbers of Northern Pike in that same area. Even though live bait is an excellent choice, artificials are working well. Trolling for Walleye's in Chequamegon Bay at 15 foot using planner boards and scatter raps has brought in some nice fish. 

note...keep a look-out for commercial fishing nets within the Islands where there is great fishing! The commercial nets at the end of Long Island are gone, so trolling in the area will improve and fall fishing will be FANTASTIC in that area. We are seeing some nice Northern's being caught in the Bay!!

Inland fishing has been productive. The Blue Gills, Crappies, Perch and Bass are very active on the Inlands using crawlers, and leeches. There is a wide variety of baits to use for fishing any time this summer!!!!! Shore fishing off the Marina Sea Wall, Power Plant and the Base of the Ore Dock has brought in many fish from Rock Bass to Walleyes. Anglers are soaking Smelt and catching fish! Don’t be afraid to switch up gear mid-day.  The water has been beautiful with clear clam days! We are in typical August fishing! Enjoy!!!!! 

Anglers All reports:
Small Mouth Bass fishing has been good in the Big Lake! 
Anglers have been catching Walleye at the head of the Bay, Brush Point and Kakagon Slough, using crawlers, leeches, and minnows as well as stick baits. During the day look for Walleyes in the channel or the drop-offs into the channel trolling stick baits. 

Northern’s have been caught at the Break Wall and along the Ashland shoreline with many Anglers casting spoons and spinner baits.
Trolling for Trout, Salmon has been very productive from Houghton Point all the way out to the Islands. Many fish are still being caught in deep depths using down riggers or dipsy divers. 

Inland fishing is good with reports of pan fish and Large Mouth Bass, Musky and Crappies being caught!


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8/23/17 @ 6:53 PM
Silver surfer
Silver surfer
USER since 6/20/16
I haven't seen a coho since April, so I think all the fish are becoming more and more scarce on Western lake Superior, too bad!

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8/22/17 @ 11:46 AM
Teamgreen
Teamgreen
USER since 12/29/06

Does anybody target musky in Chequamegon Bay?

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