Chequamegon Bay Fishing report
Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay Fishing report 10.22.10
* LAKE SUPERIOR: The fall run is pretty much in transition now. There are still a few Coho around to be caught, but it is slowing down somewhat. Best areas to try are out in front of Washburn, and north and south of town has been producing a few Coho, Other species such as Browns, Splake, and Steelhead fishing is just starting to show some signs of life. As water temps fall below 50, and into the 40's fishing nearshore will get better for these species. Look for the Coho up high in the water column, deep off the first breaks during the day, and up tight on the beaches morning and evening. Hot colored small spoons and smaller flasher fly combos are catching fish, cranks and sticks off boards are producing too. Remember, Lake Trout season is now closed.
Like always, if you have not caught something in an hour or so, pull your gear and head to another spot. Target the surface, down to about 40 feet for mixed bag trout and salmon species. Some days suspended over deeper water, some days right on the bottom, or next to shore in shallow water. Good luck out there. Don't forget to stop in and see the locally productive baits and tactics we use for trolling on the big lake. We have the best selection around, in stock for you! Stop in and take a look, and save some money on our ever changing clearance wall selection! Please remember, keep enough fish for supper, and let the rest go for another day, or another angler. Fish grow really slow in Lake Superior.
*Walleye and Northern reports in the bay have been improving! Most fish are still spread out on weed edges, deeper flats, and structure throughout the bay. Troll stick and crankbaits, and crawler harnesses in and around the weeds, and don't be surprised to find shallow fish now that the water is cooling off.
*Smallmouth Bass are still spread out all around the bay. Run and gun, covering water, till you find a pod of fish on breaks, weed edges, rock/sand transitions, and any other piece of cover on the bay, any little thing could hold fish. Fish are spread out from Long Island, all the way back to Ashland, and points in between. Try heavy spinnerbaits, carolina rigs, deep diving cranks, and lindy rigs when they are turned off. Football head with a tube or craw has been good this week. REMEMBER, The most centrally located boat ramp for all the best fall bass spots is at Washburn, come check it out, we can show you the spots to try!
* STREAM REPORT. Fish are in! There have been some Coho, Browns, and an occaisional Steelhead or Splake reported from the Sioux, Cranberry, Pikes, and Fish Creek. Bait drifters are doing OK on Crawlers and Spawn or Yarn. Shorecasters are using PK spoons, Cleos, or larger spinners. Remember, fishing right after a good rain will put you in the best position for a wave of fresh lake run fish to come in to the rivers, right now you have to put on the miles and fish lot's of water to find small pods of fish in the creeks.
* INLAND LAKES are cooling off, and some cases turning over. Gamefish are moving back up into shallower water, while others, (panfish) are dropping off into deeper holes for fall. Fishing has been spotty, weather dependant, but some good catches have been reported. Muskie fishing is kicking into the best action of the year. We will be stocking Muskie Suckers for you now thru the end of the season! Get out after em while they are going strong!
* HUNTING REPORTS Local waterfowl reports have slowed down somewhat, untill we get a cold snap to push more migrators in. Grouse numbers are up, but hunting can be tough untill the leaf drop is complete, should be the next week or two. A big flight of Woodcock was reported this week, get em while they are here! Deer numbers are a bit down, but there are still plenty of deer around, with some big bucks being sighted recently. We do have a few weekends left open for this fall, both guiding, and the rental house, so book soon to get your spot. BIG GAME PROCESSING Available again this year. Call or stop in for details.