Fishing Report - July 26, 2018
Chequamegon Bay: The water clarity is finally back to normal on Chequamegon Bay after the flooding we had in June. All the mud is gone and the fishing has been excellent. Water temps are 62-65 and the Bass are starting to move into their Summer haunts now. We are finding them in anywhere from 12-25 feet of water. Deep weeds, rocks, and submerged timber have all been holding fish. Our best lures have been Kastmasters, Deep Diving Crankbaits, and Wacky Rigged Senkos. When the bite is tough we will switch to live bait. Walleye fishing on The Bay has been hit and miss lately do due the recent Mayfly hatches. We have been having the most success trolling weed beds in 10-12 feet of water. Keep moving until you get bit. Once you find one you will generally get into quite a few. Crawler harnesses have been taking most of our fish.
Inland fishing: Fishing has been great lately on our inland lakes. Water temps are in the low to mid 70's and the fish are now in their Summer patterns. We are finding Walleyes and Smallmouth on deep rocks and weed edges in 15-20 feet of water. Our go-to tactic has been a jig and a leech about a foot off the bottom. When the fish are aggressive we switch to a Acme Hyper Rattle. This time of year the fish can be pretty scattered so keep moving around if you aren't getting bit! The crappie fishing has been fantastic also. We are finding them in thick weed patches in 12-15 feet of water. The Kalin's Crappie Scrub has been taking most of our fish. When the bite gets slow during the day don't be afraid to switch over to crappie minnows under a bobber. Good luck to everyone fishing this weekend!
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.