Chequamegon Bay & Hayward, Wisconsin Ice Fishing Report 1-12-15
Extremely cold temperatures over the past week haven’t made for comfortable fishing conditions, but the new ice has allowed the guys to get on a really good trout bite. Long time friend and customer Scott Mueller from Cedarburg, WI and his son in law Charlie Schell had two days scheduled with Josh Teigen this week. Despite frosty conditions, the boys banged out one heck of a day. They fished 15′ to 28′ of water with tip ups and shiners and jigged rattle spoons tipped with minnows to catch many nice splake up to 18″ and browns up to 22″. Josh reported 7″ of good ice, smooth sailing, and no slush. With limited snow fall up north, travel conditions are close to ideal. ATV’s and snowmobiles are both sufficient in areas with plenty of ice. Due to a nasty dip in temperatures overnight and unsafe wind chills predicted the following day, they guys had to cancel day #2 of the trip. Although disappointing, it was definitely the right call. Sorry I missed the trip fellas. I know it was a good time, and I sure hope you don’t deed that hat in May Scott!!!
Aron Kastern reports 8″ to 12″ of good “clear” ice in the Bayfield area with only a couple of inches of snow. He’s been targeting trout in 30′ – 50′ of water while jigging Swedish Pimples and rattle spoons in gold, chartreuse, and orange while tipping them with shiner heads and full shiners. Due to cold temperatures, set lines and tip ups weren’t easy to work with this week, but they’ll definitely help cover more water once conditions warm up a bit. Aron and his crew guided a large group for three days last week. Rod Thompson (Carlton, MN), Neil Nemmers (Cloquet, MN), John Gantner (Cloquet, MN), Scott Meier (Mahtowa, MN), and Bryan Altendorf (Baldwin, WI) put an excellent mixed bag of browns and splake on the ice with Rod Thompson catching a monster 30″ brown to take home Fish Of The Day honors on Day 1. Day 2 brought more cold, wind, and trout! The gang hunkered down in their shelters and managed another impressive catch of browns, splake, and whitefish. Bryan Altendorf of Baldwin, WI landed another dandy brown and Rod lost a big fish in the 10 lb. range. That was mighty nice of Rod to let Bryan claim Big Fish of the day! He even let him land the most as Bryan iced 18 fish all together. That guy was smokin!!! Day 3 was another cold but productive trip that included many big browns between 17″ and 23″. They also had a few lakers in the mix that included a nice 24 3/4″ fish landed by Matt Tarasewicz of Ashland. Aron thinks the big laker hunt around the Apostle Islands is just around the corner, so stay tuned…
Big thanks to Aron’s crew this week for helping out and putting these guys on some awesome fish. Todd Dryer, CJ Compton, and Matt Tarasewicz all did one heck of a job. Thanks to Josh and Aron as well for some great reports and great looking fish. As always, you guys were outstanding! Go Pack!
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