Fishing Report - May 24, 2018
INLAND LAKES: Fishing has been terrific lately on our inland lakes. Water temps are in the high 50's/low 60's and the fish are up shallow. Finding the warmest water has been key. Look for shallow bays and channels (5-8 feet of water) with good weed growth. The crappies are starting to spawn and the bluegills should be on beds soon. We have been catching our panfish on Kalin's Crappie Scrubs and when the bite is tough we switch to live bait. The Bass are also in the shallows and the bite has been fantastic. They are still in pre-spawn mode so covering water and fishing fast with spinnerbaits and jerk baits has been our best approach. Bass are always schooled up this time of year so once you catch a few keep fishing that area and you should be able to catch a bunch more. The walleyes and pike are starting to move deep. We have been catching most of them in 10-15 feet of water. When they are aggressive a Kalin's Jerk Minnow on a jig head has been tough to beat but if the bite is slow we will switch to a jig and a minnow.
CHEQUAMEGON BAY/ LAKE SUPERIOR: The Smallmouth Bass bite on Chequamegon Bay has been great also! Water temps are in the high 50's and the bass are up shallow in 5-8 feet of water. The fish are still in pre-spawn mode so covering water with Jerkbaits, Lipless Crankbaits, and Spinnerbaits has been the ticket. Most of the fish are related to wood and emerging weeds right now. Once the water temps hit 60 they will start moving into 2-4 feet of water to spawn so don't be afraid to try shallow if the bite out deeper isn't producing. The walleye bite has been hit and miss lately. We have been catching our fish trolling Crawler Harnesses and Crankbaits. Some days the fish are in 5 feet and other days they are in 20 so keep moving around until you find them. There are quite a few fish in the 17"-22" range this year which is perfect size for eating! The Trout and Salmon bite on Lake Superior continues to be good! We have been catching a nice mix of Coho's, Browns, and Lakers. We are catching most of our fish suspended over deep water (50-70 feet). Bright colored stickbaits and spoons behind planer boards have been very effective. The bite should continue to be good for a few more weeks!
Josh Teigen's Guide Service
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.