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Against a blue August sky, Roger Lapenter of Ashland casts a fly along the north shore of Chequamegon Bay in hopes of catching a smallmouth bass on Tuesday afternoon. (Sam Cook /

The baykeeper: Thanks to Roger Lapenter, Chequamegon Bay is still producing big bass and drawing anglers

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ASHLAND — Roger Lapenter covered a lot of territory before he wound up on Chequamegon Bay running a bait shop he never intended to buy.


He was a ski instructor at Aspen Mountain in Colorado, guiding fly fishers on mountain streams in summers. He fly-fished for bonefish in the Bahamas and tarpon in Florida. He guided anglers

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