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Fishing Report March 24, 2023
Angler’s All reported:
Fishing on the Bay is picking up! We do have lots of snow and slushy travel on the Bay so plan on either snowmobile or foot traffic. Temps at night are still cold enough, however, by mid-day expect rougher travel as the current warmer daytime conditions are making it a bit slushy out there!
There are lots of Perch being caught of 2nd Landing as well as the Washburn area. There are also a lot of smelt moving into the channel areas, so Trout will follow at times.
People are still fishing off of Redcliff towards Basswood, Trout have shown good action in the shallow areas. Please fish with caution in this area and check your ice often and be aware of changing ice conditions!
Remember, no ice is safe and always check your ice and be aware of your surroundings out there! Be safe and enjoy the fishing!
Always be safe when you are out on the ice. Click here for some safety tips to go by.
Smelt Fishing: As of March 21st we still have about 4 feet of snow in Ashland and lots of ice on the bay. Smelt season usually happens the 3rd week in April but could be later due to all the snow and ice we still have. Keep checking back and we will keep you updated. Check out the webcams for ice conditions.
Lake Superior Webcams
- Northern State Bank Live Cam – Marina Area
- River Rock Inn & Bait Shop Live Cam – Hot pond area. Make sure you click the link once in the page.
Please call our local bait shops for the most current fishing details.
- River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, located at 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland where you can stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, fresh and smoked fish from Lake Superior. 715-682-3232
- Anglers All, located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop offering a huge selection of baits and tackle for year-round fishing. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at 715-682-5754, and they will gladly keep you informed!
DO I NEED A LICENSE?
Wisconsin residents and nonresidents who are 16 years or older need a valid 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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.
More on fishing in the Chequamegon Bay region
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.