Well, this past weekend was like unofficial start of the 2019 fishing season for many people on the big lake. A few of the launches are opened up and it was a great weekend to be on the water with good weather and good fishing. Trollers are catching cohos and browns pulling stickbaits off planer boards as usual. Water temps are pretty steady in the mid 30s just about everywhere you run. There’s some good mudlines developing too, which are good places to look if you’re out trolling.
The ice on Chequamegon Bay proper is really taking a hit this week with warmer weather and rain. There’s still a fair bit floating around out there but it won’t be too much longer and it will be all clear.
Big water has been an issue on the steelhead tribs and it’s been hard to find a window to get out when it’s not blown out. The rain today isn’t helping things, but the good news is there should be fish around well into May this year.
Hopefully you’ve got your boat ready to go, and if you do, stop in and gear up for spring!