Got on some smallies on the Namekagon earlier in the week.
Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County
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Walleye fishing on the Chippewa Flowage remain pretty decent. Plenty fish in that 16 to 19 inch range being caught with lots of shorts going back. Leeches seems to be the bait of choice with cranks like Flicker Shads and Raps, thrown along the weed edges and up in the shallow bogs and wood, is producing as well.
Bluegills are still up in the shallows and in the weeds. Crappies are still scattered. Not all the way into their summer haunts like they were last year at this time.
Musky is still a bit slow. Need some warm stable weather to get them going. Stick to the smaller profile baits would be my suggestion.
My July is slowly filling up with only this Saturday left in June. Give me a call and find yourself out on this beutiful body of water!
MOON PHASE (9%)
66° - 70° F
66° - 70° F
Walleye fishing on Hayward's clear water lakes has been good. Fish are not showing up on all the classic spots. Anglers are advised to keep moving until you contact fish. The best areas have been weed edges and after dark trolling points and reefs. Bass are in post spawn transition and difficult to pattern. Expect fish on usual summer spots very soon.
MOON PHASE (17%)
Excerpts from the June 19, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:
This week has the potential to be very nice – cool and somewhat dry (for a change) – IF the “slight chances” for rain and thunderstorms remain “slight” (preferably non-existent, especially through Musky Fest weekend!) High temperatures will hover in the low 70s and nighttime lows will reach into the 40s at times, providing good sleeping weather!
“Water levels are high,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but most boat landings are in good shape and good weed growth is providing cover for the fish. Musky action is improving, with females recovering from spawn beginning to feed. Topwaters and smaller bucktails work best. During the day, try Bull Dawgs for suspended fish. Nighttime anglers are moving some big fish. Walleye fishing is best in the evening, though a current mayfly hatch is providing fish abundant natural food. Try smaller leeches and crawler pieces where mayflies hover over the water. Northern fishing is good in the weeds on sucker minnows, surface baits, and flashy lures. Largemouth bass are in shoreline cover in 2-14 feet. Plastics, crawlers, and leeches work very well. Smallmouth spawn is ending and the fish will move to rocks/boulders and hard bottom areas for the summer. Crayfish is their primary food, so try plastic crayfish imitations. Crappies are in weeds and on shoreline cover, taking minnows and small plastics, Tattle-Tails, Mini Mites, and tube jigs. Bluegills are on shorelines for spawning, hitting waxies and leaf worms.”
Erik at Hayward Bait says water temperatures are hovering around 68-72 degrees, depending on the lake. Musky fishing is getting better, with many fish shallow and/or on established weed beds. Locate bluegills and a musky or two are usually not far away. Walleyes anglers continue to catch fish on walleye suckers and fatheads. Leeches and crawlers are picking up and deep crankbaits are still getting reaction bites. Bass fishing is improving, with plastics such as Senkos, Texas rigged worms, and wacky rigging, etc., very effective. The panfish bite is still heating up! Crappies are a little deeper, near structure, weed edges, and breaklines, and bluegills are starting to push shallow.”
Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye action is fair on fatheads, shiners, and leeches. Work shallow stickbaits along rocky shorelines in early and late hours. During the daytime, troll deeper divers in the river channel. Northern pike and largemouth bass action is picking up along weedlines and panfish spawning areas. Use surface plugs, poppers, dressed Mepps spinners, and spinnerbaits. Catch crappies by fishing minnows, worms, and Gulp! baits under slip bobbers around bogs, cribs and the dam area. Male bluegills are still on shallow spawning beds and hitting live and scented baits."
Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing slowed a bit, with some action in weeds and shallows. Walleye anglers continue to report catches, but of small size. For legal fish, work weedy breaklines in 8-10 feet with #5 and #7 Flicker Shads. For live bait, use crawlers, leeches, and minnows, but fish minnows deeper so they stay alive. Northern pike fishing is good on spinnerbaits, spoons, and weedless baits ripped through weed beds. Most fish are ‘hammer handle’ size, but once in awhile an angler pulls out a bigger fish. Largemouth bass are in shallow weed beds, hitting surface baits. Smallmouth are nearing the end of spawning. Try Berkley Chigger Craws and wacky worms, followed by spinnerbaits and frog imitations. Crappie anglers are still catching fish containing eggs. Fish deeper, weedy humps that rise from 20 feet up to 10-12 feet. Expect more action on the bogs in the coming weeks.”
Musky: Musky action is improving on most waters, particularly for big fish at night. Use topwaters and bucktails to work shallow weed beds and weedlines, as well as near spawning bluegills. Try Bull Dawgs for suspending fish.
Walleye: Walleye fishing is fair to decent, considering there is a mayfly hatch. Best success is during early morning and evening hours (surprise!) when many fish are somewhat shallower. Target weedlines, weed edges, rocky shorelines, and river channels. Top bait choices include walleye suckers, fatheads, shiners, leeches, and crawlers on jigs and live bait rigs, as well as trolled and cast stickbaits and crankbaits covering varied depths.
Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is very good in shallow weeds, weedlines, and anywhere you find concentrations of panfish and it is an all-day bite. Use northern suckers, surface baits, spinners, spinnerbaits, and spoons.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is good and getting better as we enter summer season. Concentrate on weeds, weedlines, wood, and other cover along shorelines and in depths from 2-14 feet. Productive baits include assorted plastics and worms in various riggings, crawlers, leeches, topwaters/poppers, spinners, and spinnerbaits.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are finished/finishing spawning, fishing is good, and harvest season is now open in the northern bass zone (though catch and release remains the recommendation). Look for fish on deeper rock and other hard bottom areas. Baits of choice include plastics such as Senkos, worms in various riggings, tubes, and especially crayfish imitations.
Crappie: Crappie fishing is good to very good from shallow to mid-depths. Look for cover along shorelines, weeds, weedlines, breaklines, bogs, drop-offs, cribs, and other structure. Best baits include crappie minnows, worms, small plastics, tube jigs, Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, and Gulp! baits, fished with or without slip bobbers.
Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is very good as the fish are in or moving to the shallows for spawning. Fish the skinny water along shorelines, in bays, and along fallen trees and weeds. Look for “elephant tracks” (the spawning beds) in the shallows and use waxies, worms, small plastics, and Gulp! baits, although the ‘gills will hit just about anything at this time!
MOON PHASE (17%)
Had a spectacular day out on the Big Chip!
Guided Ken and Dave for a half day of walleye hunting.
Despite North winds and rain at times we ended up with a 3 man limit. Slip Bobbers, Jigs and leeches did the trick.
I have this Saturday and the following Saturday available but that's it for June. I do have availability in July.
Give me a call if you want to get out on this beautiful body of water.
MOON PHASE (91%)
Excerpts from the June 12, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:
The current forecast, subject to change at any time, indicates a somewhat warm, wet week ahead. Best advice is to make your plans – including a “Plan B” – and keep an eye on the sky for developing storms. So far, this spring is a weather roller coaster ride!
“Muskies and northern pike are shallow,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but action slowed with the heat...Target 2-8 feet associated with sand, weeds, and rock, working smaller bucktails, crankbaits, and topwaters very slowly and methodically. “Walleye anglers are catching fish on jigs/minnows, leeches, crawlers, and crankbaits on drop offs and shallow flats, with some mid-day activity along deeper weeds. Best action is early and late in the day. “The bass bite is very good, with both largemouth and smallmouth shallow. Anglers are not targeting them and most catches are accidental by walleye and crappie anglers fishing minnows on jigs or under bobbers. “Crappie and bluegill are shallow and spawning or preparing to spawn. This can be the easiest and most fun time of the year to catch numbers of both species.”
Erik at Hayward Bait says water temperatures are in the low to upper 60s, depending on the lake, and fishing is exceptional for many species...Musky fishing is heating up, with good numbers of fish on weeds and in shallow water, and anglers throwing smaller bucktails, gliders, and swimbaits. “Walleyes are in 8-16 feet, off break edges with weeds. Use jigs with fatheads or walleye suckers, and troll deep diving crankbaits off break edges. “Bass are shallow and smallmouth are still spawning on some lakes. Fishing is very good on Texas rigged plastics, wacky rigs, drop shot rigs, and topwaters.”
Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye anglers are catching fish on leeches, and fatheads, and by casting and trolling stickbaits along rocky shorelines and weed edges.“For largemouth bass and northern pike, cast surface plugs, spinnerbaits, frogs, and scented plastics along weed beds. “Crappies have scattered. Try drifting small minnows and leeches, varying the depth, or cast small spinnerbaits such as Beetle Spins or Rooster Tails. “Some bluegills are still spawning. Use plain or dressed hooks tipped with live bait or scented artificials.”
Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing is decent on a variety of baits and sizes... You can still use smaller baits, but larger baits are starting to produce results. Use subsurface baits during the day and topwater baits in early morning and twilight hours. Stay in deeper water and cast shallow to cover the shallows and drop-offs. If you use suckers in these rising water temperatures, send them deeper so they last longer. “Walleye numbers are solid, but keeper walleye remain a challenge. Try fishing Flicker Shads on weed edges and deeper weeds on the west side. “Smallmouth action is good on the far east and south ends of the east side for anglers fishing shoreline stumps and rocks with plastics and shallow runners. During the day, try fishing crawlers on the cribs. “Crappies are moving to deeper summer patterns. Fish deeper, weedy troughs where the bottom drops from 7 to 15-18 feet, and also try bogs, brush, and cribs, with crappie minnows, Mini-Mites, and small plastics.”
Musky: Musky action is improving, with most anglers at least seeing fish (your catch mileage may vary). Fish are still lounging in relatively shallow water, particularly near weeds, rock, sand, and on the edges of drop-offs. The muskies are hitting a variety of baits (still giving a nod to smaller offerings) including bucktails, crankbaits, topwaters, gliders, swim baits, stickbaits, and live bait. If you use suckers in hot weather, give them some TLC to keep them in good shape.
Walleye: Walleye fishing remains mostly good, with best success, as usual, during early and late low-light hours. Some anglers are finding fishing during the day by fishing deep weedlines. Depths vary from 6-20 feet and deeper. Work weeds, break edges, and rock shorelines, moving shallower in the evening hours. The most productive baits include jigs with fatheads, leeches, and crawlers, as well as cast and trolled crankbaits and stickbaits.
Northern Pike: Northern pike action is good in shallow weeds and around other cover, as well as near concentrations of spawning panfish. Various baits work for pike, including jigs/minnows, northern suckers, bucktails, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, and topwaters.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth bass spawn continues on many lakes. Look for fish in shallow water and around weeds, brush, and other cover. Plastics (worms, tubes, creatures, etc.), drop-shot rigs, spinnerbaits, topwaters, and live bait all take largemouth.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is very good in shallow water with hard bottoms, as well as rock, wood, and cribs. This Saturday, smallmouth fishing in the northern bass zone switches from catch and release only to daily bag limits, however the recommendation remains catch and release for smallmouth. Best baits include plastics, tubes, crankbaits, drop-shot rigs, topwaters, jigs/minnows, and crawlers.
Crappie: Crappie fishing is good to very good, with the fish continuing their spawning ritual. Look for fish from very shallow out to 20 feet, near weeds, breaks, brush, bogs, and cribs. Top producing baits include crappie minnows, leeches, small plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, Beetle Spins, and small spinners.
Bluegill: The bluegill spawn continues in the shallows, with fish moving in and out with the weather fronts. Use the traditional bluegill baits of waxies, worms, crawler pieces, and plastics on small jigs and plain hooks, with or without floats.
MOON PHASE (93%)
Excerpts from the June 5, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:
This week looks to be the best of the year so far this spring, with the exception of “chances” of showers later in the week. Otherwise, clear skies, cool nights, and warm, sunny days. Nothing more to say, other than get out now and enjoy this long-awaited break in the weather!
“Cold temperatures, wind, and rain affected fish activity last week,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but the panfish spawn should pick up again with the sun and warmth... Walleye and northern pike produced the best fishing during the recent conditions. Walleye anglers are using minnows on jigs and under floats, fishing drop-off edges and deep, submerged weeds. In the evening, walleyes move shallow to feed. Northern are aggressive and will bite nearly anything, but try spinnerbaits, spoons, and jigs and minnows... Bass are sweeping beds in preparation for spawn, and once on the beds, these fish are easy prey. Largemouth season is open on many lakes, but be sure to check the regulations for the lakes you fish. Smallmouth fishing is very good, but remains catch and release only in the northern bass zone until June 17... The stage is set for panfish spawn and all we need is a few warms days and they will again be shallow. Work 2-5 feet with minnows under bobbers or small tube jigs... Bluegills are still a little deeper – start deeper and work shallower until you find them. Waxies, leaf worms, and small feather jigs will all catch fish, and action should be very good for anglers using fly rods.”
Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye anglers should troll shallow weed edges... “Jig or bobber-fishing suckers, fatheads, leeches, and crawlers will work, with most success in early morning and 6-9 p.m. in the evening... Northern pike and bass are in the shallows, where there are bluegills, and you can catch them by throwing poppers, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits... Crappie fishing is good on minnows, Gulp! baits, and Beetle Spin rigs worked around bogs, cribs, and stumps... Bluegills are spawning and action is very good for anglers are using leaf worms and waxies under bobbers and jigging artificials along the shorelines.”
Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky anglers have not reported much action since opening weekend... “The few muskies registered at the shop came on smaller surface and sub-surface baits by anglers disciplined enough to maintain slow retrieves... Walleyes are very active, but the size is less than desired. Minnows and leeches, in that order, are the live baits of choice. Most artificial action is on minnow shaped plastics such as Ripple Shads, Jerk Minnows, and 3- to 4-inch Gulp Minnows, with some action on crankbaits... There is some largemouth bass success, but smallmouth action is outstanding around stumpy and rocky shorelines on the southeast portion of the Flowage. The real action is on plastic craws – they are significantly outperforming other baits – though spinnerbaits and Mepps are popular... Crappie action is a little off, but warm weather should push them back shallow. Crappies holding in 9-18 feet are biting, while fish in the shallows are reluctant to strike. Most likely this is due to the changes in temperature from cold to warm and back to cold again throughout May. Tube jigs and Kalin’s Crappie Scrubs are the best producers, followed by crappie minnows. Do not get stuck on one spot or depth – keeping moving around to try and pinpoint the patterns.”
The 67th Annual Musky Festival is June 22-25. This year the Hayward Lion’s Club Musky Fest Fishing Contest introduces the $100,000 Musky Fest Lions Family Fishing Spectacular in which any angler catching a state record fish has the opportunity to win $100,000! The contest runs June 20-24 for the following species: musky, tiger musky, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and black crappie. For more information, rules, entry requirements, and other specifics, visit www.muskyfest.com/100000-musky-fest-lions-fishing-spectacular or call (715) 634-8662.
Musky: Musky fishing is fair to good, with most anglers at least seeing some fish. The best success continues to be on smaller baits fished slowly. Rip them if you want, but...
Walleye: Walleye fishing is fair to good, though inconsistent, with best success in the evening before and into dark. Concentrate on mid-depth weed edges and drop-offs, moving shallower during those evening hours. Best baits include walleye suckers, fatheads, crawlers, leeches, plastics, crankbaits, and stickbaits.
Northern Pike: Northern pike action is very good in shallow weed areas and anywhere you find pre-spawn bluegills. Throw what you have in the box, including spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, plastics, buzzbaits, and topwaters.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth fishing is excellent in shallow to slightly deeper water, as the bass are moving shallow for spawning purposes. Live bait, spinners and spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nearly all types of plastics will get their attention.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is good to excellent – but remember, it is catch and release only until June 17. Work shallow to mid-depth stumps, rock, points, and hard-bottom areas with spinners, spinnerbaits, and plastics, including tubes, grubs, Twister Tails, and craws.
Crappie: Crappie fishing is good to very good in 2-20 feet around bogs, brush, cribs, and stumps, though not all fish are cooperative. A variety of baits will work, including crappie minnows, spinners, small spoons, plastics, tube jigs, Beetle Spins, and Gulp! baits.
Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is good to very good in and along shallow shorelines out to mid-depths as the fish prepare for spawning. Use waxies, leaf worms, small dressed jigs, plastics, and Gulp! baits, with or without bobbers.
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.
MOON PHASE (93%)
Walleye fishing on the Big Chip remains consistant. Fishing weeds and deeper structure with slips, jigs and leeches. Evening shallow water fishing throwing stick baits are producing some nice catches as well!
Crappies are pretty much done with most fish relating to the weeds right now. Blue gills are going crazy in the shallows with some nice size fish being caught.
I have half day availability for this Friday and Saturday in the afternoon if someone wants to get out there!
MOON PHASE (72%)
Fishing on the Chippewa Flowage has been decent. With the recent warm weather, things are getting back to normal.
Crappies are on their way out bluegills are on their way in. Been having pretty good time with all species of fish including Walleyes.
Here's a few pictures of the last few days with Don catching a nice 26 incher that went back into the pond!!
Give me a call to book a trip on his beautiful body of water!
Good luck and we'll see you on the lake!!