Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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April (SNOW) Showers Brings Early Season Trollers

Wow, what a whirlwind of weather Wisconsin has been having this
month. Some would call it crazy, and that’s a lot to be said for
Wisconsin weather.

Here at the Top of Wisconsin, things started normal for April –
rain. What is the saying? April showers bring May Flowers? Yup, it
seemed so, and then the rain turned into some very nice weather –
60s into the 70s for a few days. Our boat ramps were ice free, the
snow pack was diminished to about nothing, and I caught glimpse of
our annual daffodils starting to sprout around April 7 or April 8.
Right on track, right?

Ummm, nope.

Then comes Mother Nature’s proverbial curve ball – a late-season
snow storm. Accompany this with weeks worth of below average temps
and then the threat of some more snow. Now I see ice back in the
landings and on my fishing line until about noon, more snow piles
around town, and the daffodils’ growth was put on hold. 

But, even so, you cannot hold back the diehard attitude of early
season Lake Superior trollers, early season stream fisherman,
smelters, or those looking for their spring turkeys. No matter the
weather, hot or cold, sunny or snowing, the hardcore sportsman will
no doubt still be out and about doing what they love here on the
Top of Wisconsin.

So, we are in the thick of things for our spring season. Knee deep
into all that there is to do. And there is a lot to do, too much at
times. But, that is the fun of spring and soon we will be wishing
it was 30 degrees and snowing, as the early season trollers will
soon bring in summer and all that great humidity that we love.
Not.

A quick rundown on what is all going on:

• Smelting is off and running on Chequamegon Bay – contact River
Rock Inn and Bait Shop and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce for
up-to-date reports. The run should last into next week.

• Early-season trolling for near-shore trout and salmon from
Chequamegon Bay and the Apostle Islands – trolling crankbaits and
spoons on a variety of tactics near the shorelines.

• Pre-spawn walleyes, pike and perch fishing in Chequamegon
Bay.

• Panfishing throughout the inland lakes.

• Steelhead in the streams.

• Turkey hunting.

• Morel hunting.

That’s a lot of stuff to pack into a few short weeks… have fun
out there!

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