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Lake Superior Outdoor Fishing Report – February 26, 2021

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Fishing Wisconsin

Fishing reports will be updated based on the availability of field reports and work schedules of field staff.

REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters.


Now that the deep freeze is behind us and more seasonal temperatures have returned to the area, anglers have ample opportunities to fish on Lake Superior. In Chequamegon Bay anglers are reporting 20” + of ice off Ashland and 15” + on the Washburn side of the Bay. Travel conditions have been excellent. Anglers fishing near the Coal Dock / Hot Pond area continue to target and catch Coho. The bite has slowed down slightly, but some anglers are still managing to catch 3-5 fish per trip. Elsewhere in the Bay the bite has been sporadic. Anglers willing to put their time in and hole hop to find fish are having the best success. Most of the fish that have been reported from our creel surveys off Ashland have been smelt and yellow perch caught by anglers fishing from the Oredock to the Lighthouse. Small spoons with a dropper hook tip with waxies or pieces of minnows have been producing fish. Anglers fishing between Washburn and Bayfield have been reporting decent success fishing for whitefish and lake trout. Best success has been in 70’+ of water. Spoons tipped with waxies or minnow heads, jigging raps or vibrating lures have been catching fish. Whitefish can be finicky from day-to-day and sometimes hourly, so you may have to change presentation until you find success. Anglers are also heading into the Apostle Islands to fish for lake trout. 8”-12” of ice has been reported near the inner islands. Anglers generally fish for lake trout in 90-200+ feet of water and use heavy (1-2+ oz) bucktail jigs or beetles tipped with shiners or cut bait such as herring. Traditional bobbing hoops with wire line or a stout rod/baitcaster combo is the preferred gear. Anglers aggressively work their baits near the bottom. After you’ve marked a fish on your electronics, if it does not initially hit, reel up to have it chase your bait. Please use extreme caution when fishing/traveling in the islands. Ice conditions may change quickly due to winds, currents and warmer temperatures.

Ice conditions and safety on Lake Superior can change quickly. DO NOT assume ice is safe and check ice conditions as you go. Use caution crossing pressure cracks and traveling near points that extend into the lake. 

Ice conditions could vary from location to location and from day to day. DO NOT assume ice is safe and check ice conditions as you go.