Chequamegon Bay & Hayward, Wisconsin Ice Fishing Report 2-19-15

After declaring in last week’s report that we’ve had “ideal conditions” to get on the ice this year, you can imagine that I haven’t been very well IMG_0841thought of since!  Yes, I should know better and leave well enough alone.  My sincere apologies to Josh and Aron as well as everyone else that have dealt the brutal temperatures we’ve experienced over the past week.  I’ll take the blame for this one!  Unfortunately, we don’t have a report from Aron this week, but he’s got a really good excuse.  As I write this he and his wife Lacey are in the hospital awaiting the arrival of their first child.  This baby has sure kept everyone in suspense, and I know the Kasterns are more than ready to start changing diapers.  Good luck today guys!!!

IMG_0842A little nasty weather didn’t deter Josh Teigen, and he was able to put some time in scouting for upcoming trips on Chequamegon Bay.  He along with his friends Acorn, and Rich found some browns up to 24″ and splake up to 18″ near shore on a really nasty day.  With limited mobility on cold windy days, sometimes your best bet is to get tight to a shoreline and hunker down.  Nice looking brown Rich!


The following day, Josh was joined by Scott, Troy, and Taylor (7 yrs. old).  Josh says Taylor stole the IMG_0845show as they caught lakers up to 19″, splake up to 17″, whitefish up to 26″, and a fat 24″ brown.  Josh stuck with the near shore bite in 25′ – 65′ of water jigging Kastmaster spoons.  If you’ve been paying attention, the Apostle Islands bite doesn’t always mean fishing depths over 100′.  Great near shore action can be found for with mixed bag catches without a ton of specialized equipment necessary.  Sometimes less is more…  Way to go Taylor!  You showed the big guys how to get it done!!!











Norb Philipsek of Lake Nebagamon, WI and Tim Foley of Ashland, WI spent a half day with Josh. IMG_0846 Again they worked the near shore bite.  This time they found fish as shallow as 10′ out to 30′.  Splake up to 18″, browns up to 20″, and a 26″ laker came on spoons and blade baits.  Way to get after it Tim and Norb!  Sticking tight to shorelines has definitely payed off for Josh and his crew this week.  With sub zero temps continuing to appear in the forecast, we’re definitely making more ice with depths over 15″ in the Bayfield area.  Travel by foot, ATV, and snowmobile travel all continue to be excellent.  Thanks for the report Josh!  Now…  There will be no more commentary on our weather.  Promise!!!







Thanks to an overwhelming outpouring of generosity by the outdoor community, the benefit for Don donandscott1Christensen that was held last Saturday was a tremendous success.  $28,900 was raised, and our good friend Don will continue his fight against MS.  I’ve included a list below of the friends, family, businesses, and caring citizens that donated their time, money, and resources for this great event.  The list is long, and I sincerely apologize if anyone was left out.  I can’t express the appreciation I have for everything that was done, and I’m certainly proud of all my brothers and sisters in the outdoors.  Once again, you stepped up when needed!  I’ve included a picture of Don and my good friend Scott Roppe from our last fishing trip.  Can’t wait for the next one fellas!!!











A&H Country Market

Ace Hardware

Alley Cat Coffee

American Towing

Angel Nail

Angler’s Haven Resort

Arnesen’s Rocky Point Resort

Austin Lake Green House

Babe Winkelman Productions

Babe and Kris Winkelman    

Badger Liquor

Bear Paw Outfitters

Bee Hive Botanicals

Beth Christensen

Beth & Jeff Emerson

Benita Ryley

Bill Brown

Bill Fulton Jr.

Blair Sportsman’s Club

Bonny Johnson

Brad Alcock

Brent and Bonnie Jacobson

Broken Spoke

Burnett County Sentinel

Bush and Gillis

Business Tech Solutions


Carol/ David Ash

Car Quest


Cathy Zinert

Candy Land Tattoo

Champions Riverside Resort

Chieftain Wild Rice

Clear Sky Jewelry


Coops Pizza

Crimson Heart Tattoos

Crow Bar

Daeffler’s Meat locker

Danielle Moe

Deanna Johnson

Dean Tlugan

Dark Horse Gallery

Dawn Elliott

David & Carol Ash

Dave Brown

Deb Allen

Deb Pease

Deb Stradel

Dennis Christensen

Dennys Bowling

DJ Digger

Doug Berends

Duluth News Tribune


Fellowship Adventures Phil Frasier

Fish Bowl

Fishbowl Insurance

Four Season Auto Glass

Frankie’s Pizza

Fredric Hardware

Fresh Start Coffee Roasters

Fur, Fins & Feathers

Gary Tidquist

Glenn Co Transmission

Graham Greseth


Greg & Geralyn Miller

Greg Hennum

Hair Envy Salon

Hank and Jon

Hayward Coffee Shop

Hayward Comfort Inn & Suites

Hayward Feed and Seed

Hayward Library

Hayward Mercantile

Hayward Outdoor Gear

Hayward Power Sports

Hayward Video

Hi Ho Silver

Hogsback Ranch

Honey Be Botanicals

Hubs River Bend

Indianhead Credit Union

Indianhead Eye Clinic

Jason Evans

Jim Grover

J & G Miller

Jay Link

Jeds Laker Lounge

Jeff Evans Fishing Guides

Jeff, LeeAnn & Morgan Evans

Jeff Miller

Jennifer Tripp

Jerry Davis State Journal

Jim and Jan Evans

Joe LaMantia

Johnson Bank

Jordan and Kelsey Gensmer

Keith Gay

Kip & Marilyn Olsen

Kwik Trip

L&M Fleet Farm

La Cabana Restaurant

La Shanda Mays

Ladysmith Hardware

Lakeside Church

Larry The Cable Guy

Leah Reynolds Pampered Chef

Link Ford

Lipsie Pines

Long Branch

Lures of the North

Lynn’s Custom Meats

Marie’s Hideaway

Mark Hayman

Matt Tande

MaXXed Out Guides                                


McKenzie Landing

Melissa and Shane Williams

Mid States Distributing Company, Inc.                                   

Michelle Predni

Mid Town Tavern

Mike Berg

Mike Lee

Mike Lewis Walleye Guide Service

Mike and Kathy Bassett

Miller Dist.

Minda Kay

Nate Berg

Nathan &Cathy Winnger

Neil Kinsley

New Dimension Carpet

Nicks Family Restaurant

Northernwoods Taxidermy

Northwinds Book and Fiber

Northwoods lane Bowling Alley

Northwoods Lumber

Northwoods Video

Office Max

P&L Corner Bar

Palace Theater


Wayne Enger

Pilars Poor Boys

Border Country Outfitters

Pour House

Premier Flight

Preston Peters


Ralph and Jo Barten

Ray Eng

Red Cross Drug Store

Rick Tutor and PJ Lemieux

Riley Christensen

Roger & Sue Devenport

Rodger & Deb Jackson

Sam Cook

Sam Zein

Sara and Matt Christensen

Sathers Jewelry

Scheels All Sports

Schultz Agency

Scott Pet Inc.

Scott Roppe

Sharron Knowler

Shedding Hope                     

Shell Lake Marine

Silver Sheers

Siren Schools

Skyler Jones

Snap fitness

Spooner Advocate

Spooner Family Restaurant

Spooner Eye Care

Spooner Fire Department

Spooner Outlet

Spooner Rodeo Committee

Spooner Schools

Steve Johnson

Steve and Judy Christner

Steve Leary

Steve Naglosky

Steve Toriseva

Stone Lake Bait & Tackle

Sportsman’s Lodge


Susanna Carlson

T Dawgs

Tammy Hartwig

Tammy Fulton


The Hunt with Greg and Jake

The Local

The Lodge at crooked Lake

The Tap Bar & Grill

Theresa & Toddy Eckstrom

Thimbles Quilt Shop

Thistle Bee

Thomas Farrell

Those Guys

Timber Ford

Timber Theater

Tims Black and Orange Bar

Titus Salon

Todd Beckman

Tony’s Riverside

Tracks Bar & Restaurant

Tracy Johnson

Tri Mart

Twilight Towing & Recovery

Twin Oaks

Ty Sjodin

US Bank



Vitality Village

Wayne Watral

Washburn County Register

Webb Lake Womens Club

Wendy’s Place Bar

Wild River and Trails

Wistad Refrigeration

Wolverine Tire & Auto Care

Yellow River Saloon





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