Fishing Report - April 6, 2018
Chequamegon Bay: The bite on Chequamegon Bay continues to be fantastic through the ice! We have been catching a mixed bag of Lakers, Browns, Splake, Whitefish, and Burbot. We have been catching most of our fish on Kastmasters and Echotails tipped with Lake Shiners. Natural colors seem to be working the best. Tip-ups have also been taking a fair amount of fish. Suspend them 5-6 feet off the bottom. For bait we are using live Lake Shiners and Golden Shiners. Being mobile and moving around until you get bit has been key lately. Some days we are catching fish in 10-20 feet and other days they are out in 30-40. Keep trying different depths until you find them! Ice condition from Ashland to Washburn are terrific! Very little slush and 20-25 inches of ice. With no warmup in the forecast the ice should stay good for another couple of weeks. As always check the ice as you go! No ice is safe ice!
Inland Waters: The inland panfish bite continues to be on the slow side. Usually at this time of year the bite is fantastic but since we haven't had any warm weather the fish are still in a mid winter funk. Hopefully that changes as we get into the middle of April. We need warm weather! Despite the slow bite we are still catching fish. We have been catching Crappies, Perch, and Gills on the weed lines in 10-15 feet of water. If you find green weeds you will find the fish. We have been catching our fish on tungsten jigs and jigging spoons tipped with Wax Worms. We have also been catching a few fish on Crappie Minnows. Travel conditions are not the best right now due to slush (especially near shore). I would recommend snowmobile travel only until the majority of the snow melts. The ice on our inland lakes is anywhere from 15-20 inches.
Inland Streams: It has been a cold start to our inland streams opener! With morning temps in the single digits all week the fishing has been a bit tough. However we are still catching a good mix of Steelhead and Browns. Targeting the deeper pools and runs with spawn and yarn has been the ticket. The water on most of our rivers is low and clear so the fish don't have many places to hide. Typically the morning bite is always the best but since it has been so cold we have been catching most of our fish in the afternoon when the water reaches it's warmest. Travel conditions along the river are tough. I would highly recommend snowshoes until some of out snow melts.
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Bayfield County is one of the most scenic fishing destinations in the country. Fishing the Big Lake is certainly a draw, but many anglers are surprised and happy to realize that within an hour drive of Superior’s shores, there is some of the finest inland lake fishing Northern Wisconsin has to offer on lakes like Namekagon, Owen, the Pike Chain, Eau Claire Chain, and many smaller waters. Fly anglers can fish any of the Big Lake’s tributaries, including the world famous Brule, or try an inland trout stream such as the White or Namekagon rivers.
Bayfield County is the perfect place to come for an abundance of fishing opportunities throughout the year:
Early ice on Lake Superior offers great shallow-water fishing for a multitude of species. By late January, deepwater “bobbing” for Lake Trout out in the Apostle Islands begins.
Peak opportunities for spring fishing are in May. Inland fishing also heats up with the spawning seasons and relatively easy fishing close to shore.
Summertime is Lake Trout time on Superior. Trollers head out into the Apostle Islands, South Shore, and the flats east of Madeline Island. Inland lakes are fun to explore and fish all summer long.
Fall is one of the best times to fish –the lakes are less crowded and fish start feeding well in preparation for winter. Stream fishing gets good for big, mature fish.