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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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4/26/16 4:17 PM CST
Excerpts from the April 25, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“The ice is off the lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and we are seeing a good number of boats on the water. If we have mild temperatures, it should not be long for the fish to complete their spawning cycles. “Some anglers report catches of perch in the shallows. Find the warmest water on the warmest part of the lake. There can be significant temperature differences on the lakes at this time of year, as much as 8 degrees from main lake basins to the back of bays. Look for weeds (they absorb the sun), stumps, inlets, and the very back of bays, particularly on the north side, and fish as shallow as 2 feet. Afternoons, with the warmest water of the day, are best. Minnows, worms, Mini Mites, tube jigs, and other plastics work very well in the shallows. “After perch complete their spawning cycle, crappies will start moving into some of the same areas. “With the opener less than two weeks away, this is a good time to get your license to avoid the rush. The new license system is more time consuming and bringing your old license for the agent to scan will cut your waiting time.” Bob and Sonya at Hayward Bait say walleyes are spawning. “They should finish by the season opener and the post-spawn walleye bite should be on fire! “Crappies are moving into the shallow as the water temperature warms and the bite picked up a bit. Use both live bait and plastics. “Steelhead are active on the Brule and other Lake Superior tributaries. Anglers report good success with spawn, yarn, and wet flies, and hardware such as Mepps and Panther Martin spinners. “Be cautious on the rivers – the water is still high and moving fast!”

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.

Weekly Outdoor Reports at http://www.haywardlakes.com/hayward-lakes-info/outdoor-report/

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TOM BOLEY
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4/25/16 9:35 PM CST
Fishing has been good up shallow and tight to wood. Slowing down has been key. Burn up water until you get a bite then slow down and catch them. Wood in the 3-8 foot range has been key during these cooler temperatures. There are far more fish staging that are up shallow. But it is far more fun to catch them up shallow. The flowage has been great along with a number of other area lakes. Here are a few from a smaller lake. Guys did great catching a ton of fish.


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4/25/16 12:32 PM CST
Wondering if anyone's ever had any luck with crappies or gills on the Tiger Cat Chain. I fished a lot of the usual stuff the last couple springs and summers, mainly in the upper half (both Twins and McClaine), like deep weed lines, points, channel edges, humps, bogs and shallow bays early but didn't have much luck. Found a few decent perch but no crappies or gills.

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4/25/16 10:30 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Spent all of Saturday out on The Big Chip in search of Crappies and covering a lot of water in the process. Started my adventure on the South East side, from Granite Bay all the way over to Sunfish Bay, on the far West side.

I swung up to Moss Creek checking the shallows there. The average water temp was 54 for the most part and some bays were 56 degrees. Found some fish up tight to the wood but for the most part, not a lot of fish in. Most are outside in their staging areas in about 8-12 FOW.

Over in Crystal and Crane I found warmer temps along with a good numbers of fish. The ones I saw were in really tight to shore and super spooky! Some fish were as shallow as a foot! Not all the usual spots in that area are holding fish quite yet. With this up and down weather we're going through, will bring them in or push them back out deeper.

Over in the Chief Lake, Squaw Bay and Sunfish Bay area, nothing was up in the shallows in any of the spots I checked. Moved out deeper in about 8-10 FOW and found fish.

We need another spell of warm weather to get things popping but it doesn't sound like it was going to be this week. With the nearly 3 inches of rain we got yesterday brought the the lake temp down but we needed the rain.

On another note, the bog is not blocking the CC bridge at this time. It blew to the south of the bridge and out of the way totally. Maybe with the high water level now and a strong east wind, it would send all the bogs out from that area.

Give me a call to book your 2016 fishing trip on The Big Chip! TC


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Gone 4 Now
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4/23/16 9:25 AM CST
Hey Tom, I sure would like to get out with you some Saturday in May walleye fishing. You seem like you're the best guide in the area.And all the pictures you post! Wow, You are the guy I want to fish with. I'll call you and see what you have open.

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4/23/16 6:22 AM CST
Saw a Facebook post a couple weeks ago where a tribe member was trying to sell speared musky for $2 per pound (20 lb fish), so I'd say yes they are spearing.

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4/22/16 11:07 PM CST
I have a question for the guides or other sportsmen from the Hayward area.Have the tribes started spearing the Chip or other area lakes.I have not read anything about there declarations or any other news.Please pm me if would rather not post hear.Thank you wallywood

TOM BOLEY
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4/22/16 8:52 PM CST
It got pretty cold last night. Water temperatures dropped 5 degrees in the shallows. Warmed up a bit this afternoon. Fish were very tight to wood. As the day progressed fish were chasing warm water around in the backs of the bays. Finding the areas they congregate in and making long casts was key to getting numbers. Lots of fish in the 11.5 -12.5 range. Back to the Flowage tomorrow.


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4/21/16 6:31 PM CST
Crappies are beginning to move shallow on many lakes in the area. Fishing timber near the mouths of spawning bays has been key. Should make for some great fishing the next few weeks. Here are a few over 13 inches from today.


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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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4/19/16 12:32 PM CST
Excerpts from the April 18, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

The forecast predicts a fairly mild, wet week ahead, but spring rain showers are certainly better than “other” forms of precipitation – and do believe we can handle the high temperatures around 60 degrees. Perhaps spring has (finally, really, truly) arrived in the North Woods!

“This is the official/unofficial declaration the ice is gone from the lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Are you ready? The weather over the past several days was good for all outdoor activities, be it fishing, hunting, hiking, or taking a walk. “Many anxious anglers began filling their boats and picking up bait with the approach of ice out, but as of yet there are no reports on fishing activity or success. Be safe on the lakes – the water is still quite cold! “As shallow bays begin to warm, fish start moving shallower in preparation for spawning. Look for the warmest water in the lake, usually on the north side, and in the back of bays. “Fish feed aggressively throughout their time in the shallows for spawning, providing good opportunities for excellent meals and testing boats and tackle. For best results, use very light tackle and fish very shallow – anglers catch most fish in water less than 5 feet. Crappie minnows and fatheads work best, though worms and waxies will also catch fish. “Perch move in to spawn as soon as the ice goes and crappies follow the perch. At this time, look for fish schooling in mid-depths, moving towards shallow, warm water. “It is a good idea to purchase your new license before the fishing season opener, as the new licensing system is a little more time consuming. Bringing your old license will shorten waiting time.” At Hayward Bait, Bob, Sonya, and guide Steve Genson say the ice is out! “We have reports of crappies biting in deeper water, but that will change with warmer weather bringing fish into the shallows. Expect the bite to pick up in the next week or so. “Walleyes are spawning in area lakes and steelhead are active on the Brule River and other Lake Superior tributaries. Anglers report good success with spawn, yarn, wet flies, and hardware such as Mepps spinners and Panther Martins. Be cautious on the rivers – the water is still high and moving fast. “Don’t forget to renew your fishing license for 2016!”

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.

Weekly Outdoor Reports at http://haywardlakes.com/hayward-lakes-info/outdoor-report/

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4/13/16 11:10 AM CST
Wow!!!!!

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4/13/16 8:51 AM CST
Sunday was my first day back out on the streams of Northern Wisconsin after getting completely spoiled in the Florida Keys. Had a nice nearly 20inch resident brown.

Brown Trout and Steelhead is the name of the game right now, and flyfishing for panfish should be EXCELLENT for sight casting on these approaching forecasted warmer days.

For what it's worth - late March and Early April was a great time to be down in Islamorada. In the everglades backcountry, flats flyfishing for 80-150 lb. tarpon was awesome. A bit windy, but still plenty of opportunities for a butt whoopin by a big poon. Drag screaming runs of 300yds. plus 10ft jumps! Ocean side flats had fish as well, I did well with an 8 weight DIY wading - Bonefish, Barracuda, Jack's...etc. Offshore the Mahi were starting to show up, Wahoo, and a few lucky folks were getting a couple Sailfish.

Contact me for Introduction to Fly Fishing and Panfishing half day trips, they will be starting up this weekend!

Cheers!! JS

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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4/12/16 10:09 AM CST
Excerpts from the April 11, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

At Hayward Bait, Bob, Sonya, and guide Steve Genson say the ice is out on smaller lakes, though larger lakes still have ice cover. “Rivers are high and fast, but we have reports of steelhead catches on the Brule and other tributaries. Anglers are using spawn, waxies, spinners, spoons, and crankbaits such as flatfish, Lazy Ikes, and minnow baits."

“Northern pike should now be done spawning in many lakes and walleyes will soon start spawning." “For anglers who have their boats in the water, crappies and bluegills are still suspending in deep water, but they should start moving shallower with the rising water temperatures. Remember to renew your fishing license!"

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.

Weekly Outdoor Reports at http://haywardlakes.com/hayward-lakes-info/outdoor-report/

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4/5/16 10:44 AM CST
Excerpts from the April 4, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“Mother Nature continues to play April Fool’s jokes on us,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Not funny. If ‘April showers bring May flowers,’ do ‘April snows make things grow’”?

“This is a good time to purchase your new licenses – plan to spend a bit more time as the DNR adjusts the new issuing system.

“Despite the cold weather, ice is very iffy right now and I would not recommend anyone try it. Portions of lakes are open and there is a lot of movement along shorelines, depending on which way the wind blows. All inland lakes without flowage are dark, almost black, and could go out very soon. Lakes with flowage are open or almost open.

“Some anglers are fishing the rivers for redhorse and whatever else they might catch, but there is not yet any action on the inland lakes.”

At Hayward Bait, Sonya and Terry say the ice is out on the smaller lakes, but the larger ones still have ice.

“Rivers are high and fast, but redhorse started running in the southern parts of the county. Trout fishing on the Brule opened March 26 and we have reports of some nice catches of brown trout. Due to the cold nights and warm days, the trout have not yet started moving up the rivers.

“Northern pike are now spawning in many lakes and in two weeks walleyes should spawn in many lakes.

For anglers who have their boats out of winter storage, crappies and bluegills are suspending in deep water. As water temperatures rise, the fish will start moving to shallower water. Just remember to renew your fishing license!

Mike at Jenk’s says this week will be a bit colder, but spring is on its way and it looks to warm up soon after that.

“Crappie and panfish seasons are open in April and with the lakes now opening up, expect anglers to soon be crappie fishing.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses the ‘Year of the Musky’ on the Chippewa Flowage.

“This spring, fisheries will emphasize musky on the Chippewa Flowage. Crews from Governor Thompson Hatchery in Spooner will join the Hayward fisheries management team on the water to survey adult muskellunge and collect eggs needed for hatchery production.

“All adult muskellunge we handle will receive a PIT (passive integrated transponder) tag that will enable us to track the fish’s growth, movement, and use as hatchery broodstock. In the Chippewa Flowage, there are currently more than 200 adult muskellunge already carrying these tags and we stand to learn a lot about the status of Flowage muskellunge because of this project.

“This fall, the DNR will stock back into the Chippewa Flowage many of the muskellunge fingerlings raised from the collected eggs. Our goal is to grow these fish to a larger size, which will help them avoid predators and survive winter at a higher rate. Anglers can help create favorable conditions for these young muskies by harvesting small northern pike (less than 26 inches) throughout the year. Northern can prey directly on muskellunge (and walleye), as well as compete for food. Chippewa Flowage pike densities are problematically high, particularly in many areas of the west side.”

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.

Weekly Outdoor Reports http://haywardlakes.com/hayward-lakes-info/outdoor-report/

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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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3/29/16 1:52 PM CST
Excerpts from the March 28, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“We dodged another one last week,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but supposedly there is another front passing through this week that could deposit a little more snow on us. Lakes have open water along the edges and on one, I did not have to throw a rock very far for it to break through. “One good thing about the new DNR ‘GoWild’ system is that state residents can use their drivers license for proof of purchase and do not have to carry the piece of paper if they are fishing inland lakes. People hunting deer, turkey, and other species that require tags have to carry the piece of paper. Speaking of licenses, be aware your 2015-16 hunting and fishing licenses expire March 31.” At Hayward Bait, Sonya, Bob, and Guide Steve Genson say ice-out on lakes is happening and we should soon have complete lake ice-out. “It should be a nice, early spring, so it is time to store ice fishing gear and pull out open water equipment. Clean and grease reels, and install new line; check rod eyes and replace if necessary; clean and prepare the boat; and hope for nice weather! As soon as lakes open and water temperatures rise, panfish fishing should be very good. “Catch and release trout fishing is open on the Namakagon River and some Lake Superior tributaries opened March 26. Check the DNR website for rules and regulations."

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses spring plans for the Hayward DNR fisheries team. “As it is during most springs, the Hayward-based DNR fisheries management team will be very busy in 2016. “The year will likely start as the ice goes out on Barker Lake when we will survey the whole fish community, with an emphasis on walleye and muskellunge tagging, and do a considerable amount of work on walleye and northern pike on Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO). We will survey the Chippewa Flowage for muskellunge and crappie, and hatchery crews will collect muskellunge eggs for the Governor Thompson Hatchery. There will be walleye and muskellunge work on Round Lake, with a goal of tagging many adult muskellunge. “Clear Lake, Indian, Spider, Windigo, and Winter will receive surveys for various species of interest. Later in the spring, after the water has warmed, we will survey all of the lakes mentioned in this article for bass and bluegill.”

Weekly Outdoor Reports at http://www.haywardlakes.com/hayward-lakes-info/outdoor-report/

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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