Fishing Report

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Check out the Chequamegon Bay FISHING Brochure. It has everything from fish species, places to fish, tying knots lake depth and much more. Also the Ashland County Inland Lakes Fishing Guide has lake names, descriptions and fish species.  Stop by our office or order your brochure today!

Ashland County Fishing Brochure

Fishing Report for the Chequamegon Bay –  01/19/2022

Owner of River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, Scott reports on the area’s current fishing conditions:

Ice fishing on Chequamegon Bay –

Ashland side has good ice between 8” – 10”, 12” in some areas. We do not advice driving vehicles out onto the ice at this point. Still quite a bit of snow cover and slushy in some areas. Anglers are bringing in Perch, Walleye, and some Splake, as well as a few Browns and Whitefish. Not a lot of smelt running on this side yet, so the trout species haven’t hit hard on this side of the bay.

Heading north across the bay, Bono creek has about 6”- 8” of ice. Anglers are catching a lot of Browns right now.

On the Washburn side up to Houghton Point they are catching Splake, Browns, Whitefish, and a few Coho.

Farther up the Bay around the Sioux and Onion, Anglers report an abundance of Coho! And as we go farther into Bayfield, the ice is still “sketchy” so please use caution when heading out. However, as for the fishing, good reports of Lake Trout, Coho, and Browns.

Fishing on Inland Lakes –

Ice out on the inland lakes is still good, but has a lot of snow cover and some areas of slush. Anglers are bringing in Crappie and Walleye.

As always, we encourage all of you ice fishing anglers to be wise and careful when heading out on our frozen waters. Use safety gear, proper clothing, and check ice depths regularly. No fish is ever worth your life. We hope you all have a safe and fantastic season!

Check out Angler’s All and River Rock Inn & Bait Shop for bait, tackle, and the latest information about fishing on the bay and inland.   River Rock also has fresh fish including smoked fish.   They are Ashland’s  local 365 days bricks and mortar businesses that are here year round to help with fishing advise, needs, bait, tackle, and guiding so we thank you for supporting our local fishing businesses!!

Baycam from Northern State Bank and River Rock Inn & Bait Shop showing real-time images of of Chequamegon Bay.

Click here for fishing events in the Chequamegon Bay Area.

Wisconsin residents and nonresidents who are 16 years or older need a valid 2021-2022 fishing license to fish in any waters of the state. You can easily purchase a fishing license on the DNR Go Wild Web page.

All regulations and season dates still apply. Check the 2021-2022 Guide to Wisconsin Hook & Line Fishing Regs for specific information about where you plan to fish.

All anglers must hold a valid 2021-2022 fishing license. Non-residents can easily purchase a license at DNR Go Wild web page. Make sure to check with your state’s emergency orders and travel restrictions. Under Gov. Evers’ Safer at Home order we encourage the public to fish within your local community

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.


  • Avoid crowded locations and set out with backup fishing locations in mind.
  • Give other anglers space and maintain 6 feet between yourself and members outside of your household. Measure your fishing rod and use it as a gauge.
  • Don’t travel in the same boat or vehicle as another angler unless they reside in your household.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands especially after touching public surfaces such as handrails on boat launches or piers.
  • Don’t share equipment with other anglers.
  • If you are feeling sick, stay home.


More on fishing in the Chequamegon Bay region

Entertaining viewing:

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.”

Highly recommended reading:

Check out this wonderful article by Andrew Ragas of 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.”

Read about Roger LaPenter’s 2014 induction into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

Learn more about the great fishing in Chequamegon Bay!

Chicagoans Meredith and Claire had some good fun on Chequamegon Bay this week catching smallmouth and enjoying some beach time out at Long Island. “Hard to ignore swimming when the water is 75 degrees,” said their guide, Luke Kavajecz of Ashland’s Anglers All. “It was a fun day for sure!” (Photo courtesy of Luke Kavajecz)

Chicagoans Meredith and Claire had some good fun on Chequamegon Bay last July catching smallmouth and enjoying some beach time out at Long Island. “Hard to ignore swimming when the water is 75 degrees,” said their guide, Luke Kavajecz of Ashland’s Anglers All. “It was a fun day for sure!” (Photo courtesy of Luke Kavajecz)