The endless winter has finally ended and this past week of fishing has been great, both for catching and for the soul! Most days we've had to literally force our way onto the water, moving icebergs out of the landings and breaking a little skim ice here and there, but it hasn't been too bad. The Bay is just about ice free, but there's still some ice floating around out there and pushed up along the Ashland shoreline. Points North are pretty much ice free, but the occasional ice berg keeps you on your toes. Water temps range from the mid 30s in the islands to the low to mid 40s along the main shoreline. Water temps in the bay range from 36 by the lighthouse to the upper 40s in the shallows.
The nearshore trout bite has been really good. We're finding fish right up tight to shore and it's been a classic mix bag with Browns, Splake, Steelhead, Cohos, and a few Lake Trout. We even landed a rare Coaster Brook Trout last week, which was cool to see. All our trips are casting for fish, but the trollers are reporting great action as well.
Next up our focus shifts to Smallmouth and though they're taking there time to get going, the bite should be on in no time. We still have some dates open for July and August, so if you'd like to experience this great fishery in the underrated months of summer, give us a shout!