Over the past two weeks frigid temperatures have affect most of the country and Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior and the Hayward Wisconsin area have been no exception.
One benefit with the cold weather is the amount of ice it has produced. Chequamegon Bay has finally locked up completely and anglers have been able venture out to the Apostle Islands.
The Apostle Island have been producing Lake Trout and they are being caught in depths from 40 to 250 feet of water. Pinch Points and deep reefs have been the best areas.
Anglers are finding 8-10 inches but as always use caution, especially with Lake Superior.
Aggressively work heavy bucktail jigs, tube jigs, or spoons tipped with shiners or cut bait such as herring and work it near bottom. Once a fish is marked slowly raise it up getting the fish to chase down your bait. That has been accounting for majority of the lake trout being caught.
The interior of Chequamegon Bay has been producing a mixed bag of Splake, Brown Trout, Whitefish, Walleye and Pike.
Fish are spread out and roaming across the bay. Small spoons tipped with minnow heads have been working best.
In Hayward Wisconsin and its surrounding area the bite has been pretty decent. Panfish and Pike have been producing the most consistent action.
Crappies can be found in main lake basins in about 20-30 feet of water. Small Tungsten Jigs with waxworms or spikes have been working well. The best bite has been at first light and the during your primetime hours in the evening.
Pike are being found along the weedlines and main lake points and are being caught throughout the day. Tip-Ups rigged with suckers or frozen smelt that is about 8-10 inches has been producing the better sized fish.
Ice conditions in the area very but most lakes have 10-14 inches. Slush conditions have been pretty bad so vehicle travel is not advised. Good luck out on the ice!