Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County

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5/19/17 @ 7:06 PM
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Pete Rich
Pete Rich
USER since 6/9/15

MOON PHASE (43%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Headed out to map out weed beds on a lake I primarily musky fish. While driving a wind blown shore I saw a couple schools of perch on my side imaging. I had my walleye gear in the boat and decided to drop the trolling motor pop jig through the perch. Took about 2 minutes and I hooked up on a 26.5" and a few minutes later I got a 25". The ability to understand and effectively use your side imaging is a must. In my opinion side imaging is the greatest invention, for fishing, since the invention of the sonar. It definitely takes a little time to trust what you're seeing but once it clicks your catch rate of all fish species will skyrocket. 


If if you want to learn more about your electronics and how to effectively use them please contact me. 

Edited on 5/19/17 7:08 PM
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5/17/17 @ 12:15 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (63%)
Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the May 15, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Cool, rainy weather to start this week might have set the tone for the remainder of it, judging from the current forecast (which can be wrong!) Make plans day by day and go prepared for showers and strong thunderstorms.  

“Despite cooler evening temperatures,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “the water temperature remains fairly warm, around 47-52 degrees... Walleye are in 10-15 feet off drop-offs and humps, with jigs and fathead minnows working best. Fish will move shallower as the water warms and weeds grow... Northern pike action is fair, though anglers report pike mixed in with walleyes hitting jigs and minnows...  Largemouth bass season is open and anglers may keep any size. Smallmouth fishing is catch and release until June... Crappies are coming to the shorelines to spawn, with some anglers catching fish in 2-5 feet. Smaller fish are shallow and large females are deeper. If you can locate the schools, you can get some good fishing... It is too early for good bluegill fishing, but they will move shallow as the weather warms.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says fishing is picking up with water temperatures in the mid 50s to low 60s at some locations... "The walleye bite is decent and a variety of tactics work now. Larger fish are hanging shallow, in less than 10 feet, and jigs and minnows and jigs tipped with swimbaits work well. Cast crankbait early and late in the day. Any new weed growth should hold fish... Similar areas should hold northern pike, and action is good on spinnerbaits, spoons, and swimbaits... Largemouth bass are pushing shallow. Look in the shallows for cover and the warmest water and try Senko worms, swimbaits, and crankbaits. Smallmouth fishing is hit or miss, but fish are moving shallow. Work jerkbaits and swimbaits in less than 10 feet... Crappies are moving in and out, but expect a more consistent shallow bite this week. Jigs with small plastics are hard to beat. Bluegills are moving shallow as well. Try small jigs tipped with waxies or leaf worms.”  

Wally at Outdoor Creations says reports are good for most species... “Walleyes are hitting jigs with leeches and fatheads in 12-18 feet and on drop-off edges. Crappie action is good on crappie minnows in 3-5 feet on some waters. Bluegill and perch are hitting leaf worms.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says sunny days are warming shallower water, providing Nelson Lake anglers good fishing for walleye, northern pike, bass, and panfish... “Jigs with fatheads or sucker minnows work well for walleyes. Although not all are keeper size, the near future looks promising with the number of 14- to 16-inch fish anglers are catching... Northern pike action is a little slow, with some hitting sucker minnows, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits... For crappie and bluegill, jig or bobber fish minnows, waxies, worms, and Gulp! baits, or cast small spinners.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage walleye fishing is decent, though many 14-inchers... “Minnows and leeches are the live baits of choice, with some success on crankbaits. When fishing crankbaits early in the season, retrieve only fast enough to get a light wobble. During the day, look for deep, weedy holes in river channel. As evening approaches, target shallower areas with cover along the river channel... Northern pike action is slow, though anglers fishing crankbaits for walleyes catch an occasional pike... Chokecherry trees are blooming and that means the crappies are close to moving shallow to spawn. Anglers report catching small males in shallow weeds and females in deeper water outside the bays. Both spots are producing fish on crappie minnows, Mini-Mites, and Kalin’s Crappie Scrubs.”  

This Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, Hayward Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries will host its 30th annual fishing event for people with disabilities at Lake Chippewa Campground on the Chippewa Flowage. The event hosts 150 participants fishing from boats and pontoons and always welcomes additional volunteers. For more information, visit www.haywardfhnb.org, or call (715) 634-3185; (800) 243-3462.  

FISHING REPORT

Walleye:  Walleye action is fair to very good, with most anglers catching fish. Concentrate on depths to 15 feet, new green weeds, drops, humps, and holes in river channels. Try shallower water in the evening hours. The most productive baits include jigs tipped with fatheads, walleye suckers, swimbaits, and leeches, and crankbaits early and late in the day.  

Northern Pike:   Northern pike fishing is fair to good, with most action around shallow weeds and panfish concentrations. Best baits are northern sucker, jigs/minnows, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swimbaits, and crankbaits.  

Largemouth Bass:   Largemouth fishing is slow, but the bass are starting to move toward shallow, warming water with some type of cover. Use swimbaits, crankbaits, Senko worms, and other plastics.  

Smallmouth Bass:   Smallmouth bass fishing is catch and release only in the northern bass zone until June 17. Fish are moving shallow – to less than 10 feet – and jerkbaits, swimbaits, and tubes are all effective offerings.  

Crappie:   Crappie fishing is very good as the fish move shallow to spawn. Anglers are catching fish from extremely shallow to 10 feet and deeper, in bays and around weeds. Use jigs and/or bobbers with crappie minnows, waxies, worms, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tales, Gulp! baits, or try small spinners.  

Bluegill:  Bluegills are starting to move shallow for spawning. Traditional panfish baits, such as waxies, worms, leaf worms, and Gulp! baits on plain hooks, small jigs, and teardrops, with or without floats, will all produce action.  

For more information on area events and activities, visit the Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau website, view its Calendar of Events, or call 800-724-2992.  

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5/15/17 @ 10:03 PM
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Pete Rich
Pete Rich
USER since 6/9/15

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Raining

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

It's very rare fellow Hayward Area guide Tom Boley and I have the same day off. Took advantage of the opportunity and did a little lake hopping today. Walleye we're going on crankbaits and jigs and we're tight to structure. 

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5/15/17 @ 9:45 AM
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Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

What a beautiful Mothers day weekend to be on the Chippewa Flowage! Crappie fishing right now is phenominal to say the least! Plenty of fish in that 9 to 11 inch range being taken along with some big Bluegills. Plastic baits under a float seemed best. Didnt matter what colors. Minnows worked as well but alot less messing around using plastic. I found fish as deep as 6 FOW and as shallow as a foot. Many of those shallow fish were super spooky. One needs to back way off and fish them.

Give me a call or text and book a trip on The Big Chip!!

TC

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5/14/17 @ 8:22 PM
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grizwald
grizwald
USER since 2/6/09

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waning Gibbous

pic from other day.

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5/13/17 @ 10:09 PM
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grizwald
grizwald
USER since 2/6/09

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous

been out on the water targeting walleye with rapalas. managed 5 today 14, 19, 20,21, and 22. some during early a.m. and some this evening. plenty of pike, bass, and bonus bluegill on #11 raps!??

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5/11/17 @ 4:30 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the May 8, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The Hayward area provided opening weekend anglers very good fishing conditions, though a front moving in Friday afternoon brought rain and a significant temperature drop of 30 degrees by day’s end. This week’s weather looks every bit as good for anglers and for anyone enjoying outdoor activities.  

“It was great weather start to the game fish season,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and the lakes saw plenty of activity... Musky season is closed, but a few crappie anglers made accidental catches – and make sure you know the difference between musky and northern pike... Walleye are in post spawn. Try fishing jigs and minnows or leeches on the edges of humps, holes, and rocky areas. In the evening, cast small Rapalas along the shorelines. Fish northern pike along green weeds and shallower water holding panfish. Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, jigs/minnows, and large fatheads under bobbers will work... Largemouth bass season is open and there is no size limit on the Quiet Lakes and some other lakes – just be sure to check the regulations for the lakes you fish. Largemouth are shallow with the panfish. Smallmouth are along deeper rock/gravel areas. Remember that smallmouth fishing is catch and release only until June 17... For crappie and bluegill, look for the warmest water in shallow bays and lake areas. Start in 6-10 feet and move shallower until you find them. Small crappie minnows and plastics under small bobbers work well.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says Hayward area anglers enjoyed excellent weather for the opening weekend of game fish season... “We heard mixed reports from walleye anglers, with some finding fish and most action coming from less than 10 feet of water on gravel and sand flats near spawning areas. Jigs with fatheads or plastics are a good choice and try crankbaits and rattling baits for reaction strikes... Pike action is decent on suckers on jigs or under floats and slow-trolling spoons and spinnerbaits, with shallow bays and new weeds prime targets... Largemouth bass are active on small crankbaits and Senko worms and shallow, warm water with cover should hold fish. Catch and release smallmouth action is good on shallow gravel and rock areas with jerkbaits and swimbaits in bright colors... Crappie activity is improving with the warming temperatures and some fish are moving to the bays and warming flats. Small minnows and plastics will get the most fish... The local trout streams are definitely producing some trout action for anglers floating crawlers and leaf worms or casting small jerkbaits and spinners along current breaks and holes.”  

The DNR’s new, length-only, live release record fish program offers anglers the satisfaction of accomplishing both a state record and a successful live release. Submissions must include photos taken from different perspectives. One photo must show the fish on its side with a measuring device beside it and the length number clearly visible. Another photo must show the angler with the fish. If DNR fisheries biologists are unable to make a conclusive identification of the species from the photos, they will not consider the record claim. The program is honor-based and does not require witnesses. For more information, search “live release records” on the DNR website.  

There is a new twist to the Hayward Lion’s Club Musk Fest Fishing Contest this year – the $100,000 Musky Fest Lions Family Fishing Spectacular offering anglers the opportunity to win $100,000 for catching a state record fish! The contest runs from June 20 to 5 p.m. June 24 and includes the following species: musky, tiger musky, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and black crappie. For more information, rules, entry requirements, and other specifics, visit http://www.muskyfest.com/100000-musky-fest-lions-fishing-spectacular.  

The 30th annual Hayward Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries fishing event for people with disabilities is Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, at Lake Chippewa Campground on the Chippewa Flowage. The two-day event hosts 150 participants fishing from boats and pontoons, an experience that for some was once was only a dream. The event always needs and welcomes additional volunteers to work the docks, assist participants on and off boats, clean fish, and other duties, trustworthy fishing and pontoon boat operators; and volunteers to sell raffle tickets throughout the summer. For more information, visit www.haywardfhnb.org, or call (715) 634-3185; (800) 243-3462.  

Treeland Resorts is hosting its 33rd Annual Treeland Challenge Fishing Tournament May 11-14 on the Chippewa Flowage. The catch-and-release walleye and largemouth bass tournament offers participants the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in cash and equipment contest prizes and door prizes every day of the four-day tournament. The contest limits entries to the first 300 adult entrants, with entry fees $95 single; $160 w/spouse; and $25 for each child w/parent. For more information, visit www.treelandresorts.com or call (715) 462-3874.  

FISHING REPORT  

Three quick reminders for anglers at the start of this new season:

1) Muskie season in the northern zone does not open until May 27.

2) Smallmouth bass fishing in the northern bass zone is catch and release only until June 17.

3) While you are checking to make sure you have all necessary equipment, make sure you have your new license!

Walleye:   Walleyes are post-spawn and appear somewhat scattered. Target in/on the edges of gravel, sand flats, humps, holes, and rock from shallow out to 30 feet. The most productive baits include jigs/minnows, jigs/leeches, jigs/plastics, crankbaits, rattle baits, and in the evening hours, small Rapalas on shorelines.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike are on the prowl in shallower areas holding weeds and panfish. Top producing baits include spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, and live bait such as northern suckers, large fatheads, and jigs/minnows.  

Largemouth Bass:   Largemouth season opened with game fish season and there is good action in shallow bays with weeds, brush – and panfish. Crankbaits and plastics (worms, tubes) will work.  

Crappie:   Crappies are pre-spawn, but moving shallow. Look for fish in mid-depth/first break areas and shallower, especially in warmer water bays, flats, and near cover that absorbs the sun’s warmth. Baits of choice include crappie minnows, small plastics, dressed jigs, tube jigs, and Gulp! baits.  

Bluegill:   Bluegills are also pre-spawn and starting their move to shallower, warmer areas in bays and south-facing shorelines out to 10-12 feet. Start deeper and move shallow as the fish dictate. Waxies, leaf worms, small minnows, and small plastics will all put fish in the boat.  

For more information on area events and activities, visit the Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau website, view its Calendar of Events, or call 800-724-2992. 

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5/10/17 @ 12:47 PM
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Tom Boley
Tom Boley
USER since 3/27/11

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

Spent the weekend fishing a few Hayward area lakes...not the flowage. Did good on walleye. A bunch of eaters and a few in the 26 inch class. Good start to the season. Fish have been on both weeds and rocks. We caught a female still holding eggs on Saturday on grindstone along with a bunch of milking males. Kinda crazy too see since the water temp has been in the spawning range for 4 weeks basically. Good weekend on the water. We snapped jigged plastics all weekend. 

I have availability. Call or text 7154108696

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5/8/17 @ 6:16 PM
esoxlobo
esoxlobo
USER since 2/27/13

Hey Fellow Sportsman, just a shout out... I had a Marcum Showdown graph and a bag of fishing reels, along with my trailer hitch stolen off of my truck when it was stuck in the mud off of FR320. About as low as one can get. Please keep an ear open for any details. I can be reached at Boulder Lodge or message me here.

Thanks and good luck to everyone this season!

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5/8/17 @ 1:10 PM
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Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (95%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

2017 fishing opener on the Chippewa Flowage is in the books!

Despite cool temps and stiff North winds, we managed getting a nice mix of Walleye, Northern and Crappies action in. Found Walleyes up shallow on cranks and down deep with jig/minnow. most fish were just shy of that 15 inch minimum but did boat a few 18-19 inchers as well. Nice to see a healthy population of the "shorts" out there. It'll only get better!

Water temps are still around 55 degrees for the most part, but, the Crappies are staging for the spawn. Very few fish were up tight in the shallows. Most were in that 5-7 fow range that I seen and caught. The warmest I found in any bay, East or West side was 58. This weeks forecast of  warmer weather will get all the species of fish going!!

Give me a call and get out on the beautiful body of water!!

TC

Edited on 5/8/17 1:11 PM
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