Well, It really won't be too long now until that lake out the back door is frozen up and everyone will be headed out on the ice. Water temps are dropping fast with the USGS gauge at the lighthouse reading 35.8. It's the time of year to be gearing up and getting ready for the next season and we've got a few new products in the shop that look pretty neat for the ice fishing season.
The fun thing about Chequamegon Bay, is that it really becomes the ultimate multi-species body of water in the wintertime. Many people call the shop to ask how the fishing is, and we always like to ask, "what are you fishing for?" because there's so many different species to target and depending on where you're at, things can be really different out there. It's worth having tackle that can accommodate anything from a 12 inch perch to a 28 inch brown trout, because you can catch both in the same spot, especially early in the year. Medium action ice rods are a good "all water" rod for the bay, and you can see some of our top picks for rods below. Rigged with at least 8 pound braid ice line, you can downsize your leader if you'd like if you're into smaller fish like perch, or smelt, but it will be enough if you tie into a big brown. Baits can vary, but jigging spoons like Swedish Pimples, Kastmasters, or Clam Flutter Spoons are good places to start. We've also got some new glide style baits from ACME that look pretty hot. Swing in today to get geared up! You'll want to be ready for that first ice of the year, because when it's finally safe to head out there, it can be some of the best fishing of the year!
BASIC CHEQUAMEGON BAY ICE FISHING RIG:
- St. Croix Mogo Ice 28M
- 6-8 Pound Power Pro Ice-Tec Braid
- Clam Flutter Leech Spoon, Swedish Pimple, Hali Jig, Kastmaster (gold, pink, firetiger, white)
- Beaver Dam Tip Ups
- Live Bait (Lake Shiners)