Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County

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6/27/16 @ 4:36 PM
FISHING REPORT
Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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Last Quarter

Excerpts from the June 20, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“Water levels are high,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and weed growth is providing good cover for the fish... Musky anglers are catching some nice fish on plastics and crankbaits in deeper water. Fishing at night could improve your chances. With the rising temperatures, this is a good time to start using surface baits... Walleye fishing is slow and not too productive during daylight hours. Try evening fishing on deeper weed edges with leeches, crawlers, and minnows. Northern pike action is good in the weeds all day long on just anything that moves, but try Mepps spinners, spinnerbaits, and spoons tipped with Twister Tails... Largemouth are shallow around weeds and docks. Use plastics, worms, frogs, spinnerbaits, and crawlers. Smallmouth are on hard bottoms, feeding on crayfish, so use crayfish imitations or leeches... Crappies are on deeper cribs, weeds, and brush. Minnows are best, but they hit small tube jigs, Tattle-Tails, and Minnie Mites. Catch bluegills around spawning areas and shorelines with worms and waxies.”

Dennis at Hayward Bait says musky fishing slowed a bit, but anglers are catching fish in deeper weeds with bucktails and jerkbaits... Walleye fishing is slow and you just need to keep moving until you find them. Use leeches, walleye suckers, and crawlers. For northern, work the weeds with spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, and northern suckers. Bass fishing is good during good weather for angler using plastic worms, bass jigs, topwaters, and rubber frogs... Crappies are in deep weeds and taking minnows, worms, and small plastics. Bluegill fishing is very good with worms, minnows, and plastics. Fish deer weeds for bigger bluegills.”

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye anglers are catching fish on leeches and Shadow Raps... Work the river channel and in the evening fish rock bars, sand bars, and points. For northern pike, fish shallow weeds with northern suckers. Fish largemouth bass on shallow stumps and weeds with topwaters and Chug Bugs, buzz baits, and spinnerbaits... Crappie fishing is best by drift fishing minnows and one-inch Gulp! Minnows and casting Beetle Spins. Bluegills are now off the beds and you can catch them on waxies, worms, and Mini-Mites.”

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage muskies still hit smaller lures, but action is increasing on bigger baits... Use a variety of styles and sizes to trigger a strike. Many anglers have fish follow several times, but not hit, then change bait and trigger a strike. Stay beyond the edges of deep bars and humps and cast into shallower water... Walleye fishing is fair. In the morning, fish snags and brush in 17 feet; during the day, go to deeper cover. Most anglers use crawlers and leeches or cast and troll crankbaits, stickbaits, and plastics. In the evening, work stump bars and weed edges bordering river channels... Bass action is decent on crawlers, spinnerbaits, and shallow crankbaits on shallow stumps, weeds, and bogs. Crappies are around weeds, bogs, brush, and cribs, with bogs the top choice in the evening. Use minnows, one-inch Gulp! minnows, and Beetle Spins using Gulp! Minnows rather than grub bodies.”

Muskie:  Musky action is fair to good depending on the weather, lake, and time of day. Target mid-depth to deep weeds, bars, and humps with various sizes of bucktails, jerkbaits, crankbaits, plastics, and surface baits.

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is slow, with best action at night and during other low light conditions. During the day, fish deeper (more than 20 feet) weeds, brush, and stumps. In the evening and after dark, work shallower weed edges, bars, and along the river channels. Top bait choices include crawlers, leeches, and minnows/walleye suckers, or cast/troll crankbaits, minnow baits, stickbaits, and Rapalas.

Northern:  Northern pike action is good to very good in weeds, both deep and shallow, and around congregations of panfish. Baits of choice include northern suckers, Mepps spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, and minnow baits. Go deeper with bigger bait for trophy pike.

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth fishing is good and offers some of the best chances for success at this time. Concentrate on shallower weeds, stumps, brush, bogs, docks, and other cover and structure. Top producing baits include plastics (worms in various configurations, frogs, tubes, etc.), swim jigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, buzz baits, crawlers, leeches, and minnows.

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth action is fair to good on rock, gravel, and other hard bottom areas with leeches, crawlers, and crayfish imitation plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and tubes.

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is fair to good around weeds, cribs, brush, and bogs, with best success in the evening hours. Favorite offerings include minnows, waxies, plastics, tube jigs, Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, and Gulp! baits bobber fishing and/or drifting, and casting small Beetle Spins and spinners.

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good to very good around weeds, spawning sites, and shorelines. Best baits include waxies, worms, small minnows, plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and Gulp! baits. Fish deeper weeds for bigger bluegills. 

 For more information on area events and activities, visit the Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau website, view its Calendar of Events, or call 1-800-724-2992.

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6/27/16 @ 3:50 PM
Chrome guy
Chrome guy
USER since 5/12/14

Hello walleye will 16. How and where to get good numbers of fish? Don't know anyone who will just come out and say where and how. That being said. Your choices of lakes are good ones. Just cause last year you didn't do well doesn't mean you will not do good next trip. In my opinion time on the water learning those lakes is how you get good numbers. Hiring a guide will be the fast track. Lots of guides to choose from. Talk to bait shops or resorts where you are staying, for current patterns. Time studying lake maps is invaluable. Really not trying to be secretive. Don't fish those lakes. Just passing along how I would go about finding them. Also i don't really know how you like to fish? Again talk to people at or around where you plan on fishing for hot patterns or tried and true techniques.good luck

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6/26/16 @ 10:39 PM
Walleye Will 16
Walleye Will 16
USER since 2/13/15

I am coming up next weekend and was wondering where I could get good numbers of fish? Mainly panfish and walleye.  

It will be my fist time up here in 5 years with my kids and last time we only got 2 fish all weekend on the chip. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a lake, was thinking LCO or the chip and maybe round lake. Any suggestions?


thanks in advance!!

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6/25/16 @ 7:31 AM
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Jason Stewart
West Fork Jason
USER since 2/1/14

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Dave and his son Ethan enjoyed a nice day out smallmouth bass fishing on the river!  Thank you Dave for all you work and support with Wild Rivers Trout Unlimited and the Namekagon River Partnership.

Cheers!
JS

Edited on 6/25/16 7:32 AM
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6/23/16 @ 2:42 PM
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Rich Simak
Rich Simak
USER since 6/3/11

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Smallmouth bass are starting to appear on classic summer spots in Hayward's clear water lakes after the post-spawn malaise. Check mid-lake humps, rocky points, and rock weed combinations. Walleye bite is still inconsistent with multiple weather/temperature changes. Fish can be found in weeds and fish cribs.

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6/21/16 @ 9:14 PM
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Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

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Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Guided Troy and his family out of Shady Nook Resort on the Chippewa Flowage this weekend. Despite high winds we made the best out of that situation. Fish spots that were definitely out of the wind for the most part, but,  It did not matter where you went, you still had plenty to deal with on that aspect.

Found crappies up in the weeds on the west side and down deep on the east side. We work hard for what we caught but had fun doing so. 

The walleye bite has been up and down. It has been very hard to fish the open area spots with the wind the past few days.

This weekends forecast with warmer temperatures and cooperative winds should provide more opportunities to get to the spots that are in the open.

Good luck, be safe and have a great time on the water!

TC

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6/21/16 @ 1:55 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
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USER since 6/3/08

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Excerpts from the June 20, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“Musky action is rather slow,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with many follows, but few hook-ups... Use medium baits, slower retrieves, and vary colors during the day... Walleye fishing is best in early morning and late afternoon into dark. During the day, fish 10-20 feet with minnows, leeches, and crawlers. Fish northern in green weeds with live bait or spinnerbaits with white Twister Tails... For largemouth, fish weeds, docks, and structure with plastics and topwaters. For smallmouth, work crankbaits and crawlers on shallow sand bars and rock.... “Catch crappies on small minnows, plastics, waxies, and crawler halves in 7-15 feet. For bigger bluegills, work worms or wiggling plastics through deep weeds and sand bars bordering shallow weeds.”

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says musky fishing is good on the darker lakes... Points and bars are producing good action on topwaters, smaller bucktails, and gliders... For walleye, fish points and inside corners of new cabbage beds in 8-25 feet with weedless jigs and leeches or crawler halves, slip bobbers with leeches. Try trolling/drifting crawler harnesses during low light. Pike fishing is decent on spinnerbaits, spoons, and swim baits... Bass fishing is good on plastics worms, jigs/plastics, and topwaters out to 10 feet. Crappie moved deeper, with decent reports in 15-30 feet on small jigs and plastics. For shallow bluegills, fish leaf worms and leeches under bobbers.”

Mike at Jenk’s says muskies are active, but not overly aggressive... Cast smaller bucktails and spinnerbaits from deeper water into shallower water, covering drop-offs and bars... Walleye action is better, but mostly for smaller fish. Fish deep snags and brush during the day, and weed and stump bars at night. The bait choice is shifting to leeches and crawlers on harnesses in 10-12 feet, but some anglers still use minnows. Fish northern with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons, and live bait in weeds in 10-12 feet... For crappies, fish crappie minnows, Mini-Mites, tube jigs, and Gulp! baits off floating bogs just before dusk.”

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye anglers are catching fish, though most are undersized... Jig leeches and minnows or troll and cast stickbaits along shorelines and river channels. Catch northern with larger Mepps spinners, weedless spoons, and topwaters. For largemouth, work creature baits, dressed swim jigs, and noisy surface baits on weed beds... Crappie action is best while drifting minnows, worms, leeches, or Gulp! Alive by bogs or structure at varied depths. Some bluegills are still spawning. Start shallow and go deeper if fish are too small.” 

Muskie:  Muskie action is somewhat slow, though anglers are seeing many fish – just not enjoying many hook-ups! Work points, bars, and drop-offs in shallow to mid-depth water with small to medium bucktails, gliders, spinnerbaits, topwaters, and live suckers on quick-set rigs.

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is improving as mayfly hatches slow and the best fishing is early and late in the day into dark (as per usual). Depending on the lake, time of day, and weather, fish 7-32 feet in areas with new weeds, points, brush, stumps, shorelines, river channels, breaklines, and on inside corners. That covers a lot of area, but fish are scattered. Top bait picks include crawlers, leeches, and minnows on weedless jigs, harnesses, and slip bobbers, or cast and troll crank, stick, and minnow baits.

Northern:  Northern pike offer good action around green weeds out to about 12 feet or so. Best baits include live bait (minnows), spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, crankbaits, and topwaters.

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are active and providing decent action for bass anglers. Try weeds, wood, lily pads, brush, and docks in depths to 10 feet. Top bait selections include soft plastics (frogs, worms, tubes, creatures, swim jigs), topwaters, spinners, spinnerbaits, and live bait.

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth action is fair to good, though inconsistent. Find fish around beds (some still spawning) on shallower areas with sand and rock. Good baits to try include crankbaits, jigs/plastics, topwaters, and live bait.

Crappie:  Crappies are moving deeper (8-30 feet) and fishing is best before dark. Work weeds, weed edges, bogs, and other structure with minnows, waxies, crawler pieces, leeches, plastics, Gulp! baits, Mini-Mites, and tube jigs. Drift, troll, and jig until you find the fish.

 Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good, with some fish still spawning in shallower water. Larger fish are on deeper weedlines. Use waxies, worms, leaf worms, leeches, and plastics on small jigs/hooks under slip 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 1-800-724-2992.

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6/17/16 @ 6:51 AM
fishen_soon
fishen_soon
MEMBER since 6/24/14

LOL Chrome Guy

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6/17/16 @ 12:12 AM
Chrome guy
Chrome guy
USER since 5/12/14

Speaking of using p.m. Griz. Check yours. I sent you a message last week??

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6/16/16 @ 10:25 PM
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grizwald
grizwald
USER since 2/6/09

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Waxing Gibbous

when will people learn to use the p.m.

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