~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following:
This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The smallmouth fishing has been fantastic with great numbers of fish around. The smallies are biting on flies, plastics and minnows – just about everything is working on them right now, according to Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland.
The water has warmed up nicely and the weather has been cooperating for the most part. The fish are all over the place. Some spots are holding more than others, but they’re not too hard to find right now.
“The topwater fishing has been really good,” commented Anglers All fishing guide Luke Kavajecz, “and most of the fish we’ve had in the last few days have come on top, which is really fun.
“It’s nice to see good numbers of fish that are already done spawning,” Luke continued, “and we’ve also seen a new group of fish move into the shallows in the last day or so.”
Walleyes are very active both at the head of Chequamegon Bay and out around Brush Point. Trolling the shallows with crawler harnesses is the most common method being employed at the moment. For the deeper water in the drop-offs into the channel, anglers are using stickbaits.
“Lots of guys are fishing walleyes at the head of the Kakagon and seem to be doing well,” added Luke.
“Real early morning and night fishing have been more productive for walleye than the middle of the day,” Carolyn said. “However, if it’s a cloudy day, then the middle of the day could be good, too,” she added.
She said that people are still trolling and casting for some walleye at the mouth of Fish Creek slough during the low-light hours using shallow-running stickbaits and that jigging with leeches has been working, too.
The same places where the walleye and bass are hanging out are the locations where anglers have been catching a good number of northerns. The northern pike are hanging around in the shallows and for those who like to fish from shore there has been perch and northern activity off the old ore dock.
“Northerns are being caught at the head of the bay all the way out to the breakwall as well as at Brush Point and in the Sand Cut,” Carolyn said.
She advises those in search of brown trout that they seem to be more on the Washburn side of the bay and through the channel as they follow the bait fish. “The occasional brown is being caught by guys trolling for walleye,” she noted.
For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at Anglers All and they will gladly keep you informed!
~ 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 annual Kids’ Fishing Day at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 County Hwy. G, will be this Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rods, reels, and bait are all provided, as well as a free lunch. There will also be games and prizes, so don’t miss out on the fun!
And speaking of fun, it’s Wisconsin’s Free Fun Weekend June 6-7 when state residents and visitors can experience terrific outdoor recreation for free. This coming Saturday and Sunday, people can fish for free anywhere in Wisconsin (including Lake Superior), hike or bike state trails for free, ride public ATV trails for free and enjoy free admission to state parks and forests on both days.