Fishing Report

Fishing Brochure

Check out the Chequamegon Bay FISHING Brochure. It has everything from fish species, places to fish, tying knots and much more. Stop by our office or order your brochure today! info@visitashland.com

 

Smelt Report for April 12, 2021.
The weather was, and is, yucky last night and today, so not sure alot stuck it out.  Raining today and chance of snow tonight.  We will continue to report what we hear from the smelters.  Bayview Beach and Pier will be closed until May 1, 2021  due to erosion.  Bayview Park parking lot — No Camping/Overnight Parking in 2021

2021 Smelt Fishing Camping Rates (includes sales tax)

Xcel Energy Hot Pond — Camping/Overnight Parking:

  • Daily Rate…….$10.00
  • Weekly Rate (6 nights + 1 night free)….60.00

Bayview Park parking lot — No Camping/Overnight Parking in 2021

Chequamegon Bay Fishing has been good – Most Boat Landings are open aside from the Washburn Marina which still has some ice in the marina area.
Fishing off Houghton Point and in the bay are yielding Coho & Browns.
River fishing is good with Steelheads in the Brule and the Sioux, and watch for the run at Big Rock soon!

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

Turkey season is just around the corner and if you find ammunition… Buy it.  It’s very hard to come by right now.

Restaurants and Lodging remain OPEN in Ashland!!  

Please take all garbage off of the lake including used or empty propane tanks.!

DO I NEED A LICENSE?
Wisconsin residents and nonresidents who are 16 years or older need a valid 2020-2021 fishing license to fish in any waters of the state. You can easily purchase a fishing license on the DNR Go Wild Web page.

WHAT CAN I FISH?
All regulations and season dates still apply. Check the 2020-2021 Guide to Wisconsin Hook & Line Fishing Regs for specific information about where you plan to fish.    http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/regulations/hookline.html

CAN I FISH IN WISCONSIN IF I AM A NON-RESIDENT?
All anglers must hold a valid 2020-2021 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.

WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP MYSELF/FAMILY SAFE?

  • 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 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.”

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)