Ashland Area

The area is losing ice in the islands steadily now. In closer,
the South Channel is starting to break up a little, but around
Bayfield and in the bay there is still plenty of ice. The lake
trout bite has been OK, and whitefish have become a little more
consistent, too. Try the 40- to 90-foot depths for them. Schools of
herring and cohos have been spotted in the deeper waters of the
bay. They’re biting best right under the ice. River mouth fishing
remains decent in the early mornings and late evenings. Use waxies
and small shiners in 2 to 12 feet of water for steelies, cohos,
browns, and splake. Right in front of town (Washburn and Ashland)
there have been a few walleyes and northern pike starting to get
active, as well.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

Outdoor Allure, (715) 373-0551.


Ice conditions remain good on most lakes. Ice thickness remains
in the 26- to 30-inch range. Some fair catches of perch have been
made, and a few nicer bluegills also have been caught. Small
minnows and wax worms have been the favored baits. Look for the
panfish bite to improve as warm temperatures arrive.

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, (800) 466-8759.

Northern Highland Sports, (715) 385-2134.

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