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!!
Smelt information 2017
Anglers All 715-682-5754 and River Rock Bait Shop 715-682-3232.
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.
ALSO – To see a real-time image of Chequamegon Bay, go to Northern State Bank‘s Bay Cam.
And be sure to check out River Rock Inn & Bait Shop‘s new, awesome Live Cam overlooking the area near the Xcel Energy “hot pond”!
Check out 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.”
Don’t miss this 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.”
Check out this wonderful 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.
A very well-written story by Tom Hazelton about a day spent fly-fishing out on Chequamegon Bay with Luke Kavajecz of Anglers All. Hazelton calls it “Unsalted.”
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.”