Cold temperatures have settled into the Chequamegon Bay region for the final few days of 2014, the sun is shining and the fishing has been pretty steady! On the Ashland side of the bay, the conditions have been really good for travel with 6-12 inches in most places and less in others. The ice hasn't really gone past Houghton Point, but it won't be long now, unless the wind really comes up. There is less ice near Washburn and more pressure cracks to keep an eye out for, so just be safe.
Fishing in the Bay has been fairly steady with good numbers of Northerns and the occasional Brown are being caught on the Ashland side in the 10-18 ft range over the weedbeds and near the breakwall. Tip ups rigged with golden shiners or sucker minnows have worked well.
Walleyes are being caught off Second and First landing and off the Oredock and Marina near town in the 10-18ft range as well as right off the channel edge. Rattle style jigs tipped with a minnow, or just a minnow head have been the top producers. Perch are being caught with good success off of first landing (the large perch have been coming through with schools of younger fish). Fatheads, crappie minnows, waxies and Lake Shiners are woking for the Perch.