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Ashland County Fishing Report

Fishing report, May 25, 2017
Carolyn from Anglers All reports: Spring fishing is proving to be really good on Chequamegon Bay!!! Reports are coming in that fishing has been great!
Small Mouth bass are still in pre-spawn and spawn mode, with a some beds being made. The East end of the Bay is the primary spawning ground. Target 5 feet of water or less using flies or light jigs rigged with plastics.
Northerns are becoming more active in the shallows as the water warms. Soaking smelt or casting spoons has been very productive.
Walleye fishing has started to pick up during low light hours, drifting crawler harnesses over the weed beds.
Reports are still coming in that the Trout and Salmon fishing continues to be really good right now in the Bay all the way out to the Islands, trolling stick baits in the shallower water or look for the mud lines!
The Crappie bite on the Inlands has been more active as the waters are getting warmer but they have not started bedding yet.
The forecast for the next week is showing temps in the 50’s and 60’s with a possible shower on Memorial Day and later in the week. Fishing should remain great in the Bay!!

The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-284-9484, reports: Fishing is always a thrilling adventure in the Ashland area! Chequamegon Bay is famous for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for perfect bass habitat.

  • Wisconsin residents and non-residents 16 years of age and up will need a fishing license to fish any waters in the state.  An annual license costs $20.  Go online at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/regulations/hookline.html for more details.
  • Residents born before Jan. 1, 1927, don’t need a fishing license.  They do need to carry proof of their age when fishing, however.
  • State residents who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty are entitled to obtain a free license when they go on furlough or leave.

 New this year

  • Motor trolling is now legal on all inland waters with one hook, bait, or lure and – depending on location – with up to three hooks, baits, or lures, according to the DNR website.
  • Most inland lakes and rivers within the Ceded Territory (which includes Ashland County) have a daily bag limit of 3 walleye.

ALSO – To see a real-time image of Chequamegon Bay, check out Northern State Bank’s Bay Cam.
And don’t miss the really cool new Live Cam overlooking the Xcel Energy “hot pond” on Chequamegon Bay brought to you by River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive, Ashland.

 

Watch this great episode of “John Gillespie’s Waters & Woods” from Feb. 6 focusing on ice fishing near Ashland. Josh Teigen of Josh Teigen’s Guide Service in Iron River took the amiable TV host out on Chequamegon Bay where Gillespie said he had one of his “most enjoyable ice fishing trips of the year.”

You’ll want to see this fun episode of “Larry Smith Outdoors” as the Berlin, Wis., guide and outdoorsman teams up with Tommy Hicks of Ashland and Beyond the Catch Guide Service to tackle Chequamegon Bay. Trout are on the menu along with whitefish when Larry and Tommy head out on the ice in “one of the prettiest parts of the state.”

To read about the annual smelt run in Chequamegon Bay and the smelting rules and regulations, please go to our Smelt Report.

Here’s an article by Andrew Ragas of NorthwoodsBass.com about the excellent smallmouth bass fishery right here in Chequamegon Bay!  Ragas spent a day out on the water with Ashland native Nate Baron of Up North Guide Service.

Highly recommended reading: Don’t miss this very well-written story by Tom Hazelton about a day spent fly-fishing out on Chequamegon Bay with Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All.

Another great article on bass fishing Chequamegon Bay saltwater-style, this one by Duluth News Tribune outdoors writer Sam Cook. Read all about “Barefootin’ the bay.”

In August 2014, Ashland fishing guide and Anglers All proprietor Roger LaPenter was inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

Learn more about the great fishing here in Chequamegon Bay!