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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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2/9/16 9:39 AM CST
February 08, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

More “winter-like” weather returns to the Hayward area this week when we get the full mix of snow, wind and subzero low temperatures. Cold and snow – in that order – could improve ice conditions for anglers and snowmobilers, and the snow will greatly enhance the (heavily used this past weekend) snowmobile and cross-country ski trails.

The DNR is hosting a meeting Tuesday, February 9, from 6-9 p.m., at the Hayward Veteran’s Center, to gather public feedback on a new, 10-year panfish plan to improve panfish opportunities for anglers. The plan includes restoring size structure, improving habitat, and panfish research. For more information, search “panfish plan” on the DNR website. On Thursday February 25, from 6-7:30 p.m., the DNR will host its annual Sawyer County Fisheries Forum at Hayward High School. This year’s presentation focuses on how DNR management strategies are shifting toward habitat work and other projects following regulation changes and great strides in walleye and musky stocking.

“Walleye fishing is best during dark,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Fish near bottom, along weed edges, in 8-15 feet. During daylight, fish 20-30 feet. Use tip-ups with shiners and walleye suckers, or jig spoons with minnow heads. For northern, set tip-ups with shiners or suckers in various depths around weeds, structure, and panfish. “Crappie fishing is best before dusk or in early morning for fish suspending over deeper water and mid-depth weeds. Jig small trebles with fatheads or crappie minnows, ice jigs with waxies or wigglers, and jigging spoons. “Bluegills are near green weeds in 8-15 feet and near structure in 20-35 feet. Use waxies, wigglers, and plastics. Catch perch near bottom in deeper water with spikes or waxie on ice jigs, or small jigging spoons with minnow pieces.” Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says ice on most lakes is 8-12 inches, but slush is making travel more difficult, and they still not recommend driving vehicles on the ice. “Walleye fishing is decent, with most action on Round, Grindstone, and LCO. Use tip-ups in 15-30 feet with walleye suckers and medium shiners. There is some action on jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads. Northern pike are active in cabbage beds in 5-15 feet on Nelson, Round, and Chippewa Flowage. Use large shiners under tip ups. “The panfish bite is strong early and late in the day in 10-15 feet on tungsten jigs with waxies, spikes, or plastics.”

Carolyn at Anglers All in Ashland says anglers returned to Chequamegon Bay in force despite last week’s storm, the loss of all south channel ice, and a little slush. Travel is limited to foot, ATV, and snowmobile. “Anglers are catching perch, with a few walleye and trout, off first and second landings. The lighthouse area is yielding nice catches of smelt, with a few trout, splake, northern, and whitefish. Trout anglers targeting the Washburn ice from the coal dock to Houghton Point report nice catches of whitefish, splake, brown trout, and occasional lake trout. As usual, lake shiners are the choice for jigging and golden shiners are popular for tip-ups.”

Ice conditions deteriorated a bit last week, says DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt, as snowfall worsened the slush layer on many lakes. “There is still 8-10 inches of ice on most waters, but the deeper slush is hampering travel, bogging down many ATVs and snowmobiles. “Walleye success remains quite variable, with fish found in a range of different depths and habitat. Smaller size baits such as extra large fatheads or small to medium suckers in 5-10 feet have the best success. Northern action is fair during mid-day hours on golden shiners or large suckers a few feet over old weed beds. “Panfish anglers have to move around quite a bit to find active fish. Crappies are in deeper water and suspending 3-5 feet off the bottom. Perch are hitting small minnows just off the bottom of mid-depth mud flats.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses public review of the Panfish Management Plan. “Panfish are the most popular group of fish for Wisconsin anglers, yet there is no formal state panfish plan for guidance on how to manage them most effectively. In response, the DNR Panfish Team, consisting of biologists, researchers, and Conservation Congress Members, drafted a panfish management plan that is now out for public review and comment. “The plan encompasses all aspects of panfish management including habitat, angler engagement, research, regulations, surveying, and stocking. It contains broad goals for the direction of panfish management, but also specific actions that biologists, lakeshore owners, outdoor groups, and anglers can pursue to improve panfish fishing on their favorite lakes. “To read the plan, search ‘panfish plan’ on the DNR website. Please take a moment to check out the plan and email any comments to max.wolter@wisconsin.gov.”

The 20th annual Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin Family Fishing Event is this Saturday, February 13, from 8 a.m. through 2 p.m., on Lac Courte Oreilles. Register at the public boat landing off Highway K. The event offers thousands of dollars in raffle, adult, and youth fishing prizes awarded through drawings. Event buttons ($5 adults; $1 youth ages 13-17) and raffle tickets are available at Hayward Bait, Outdoor Creations, Hayward Home Center, and Stone Lake Bait. Youth 12 years and younger receive free entry thanks to Retreat Home Furniture sponsorship. Tickets for Grand Prize raffles cost $5 each or five/$20 – and you need not be present to win. A pre-event raffle ticket bundle ($130 value, limited to 200 bundles) costs $75. For more information, visit www.wfnw.net or contact Hayward Bait (715) 634-2921.

SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT The February 8 Hayward Power Sports trail report says the area had a great weekend and the majority of Sawyer County trails are in very good to excellent condition. Approximately four inches of snow fell Sunday night/Monday morning and it continues to snow. Lake trails are in good condition, but with reports of ice heaves, so stay on marked trails for safety. The February 3 Lakewoods trail report says the trails are holding up fairly well. Groomers are getting trails back into great condition and will continue to groom as necessary. The Cable Area trail report for February 3 says trails are in good shape, with a solid base, the fresh snow is welcome, and riders can expect the best riding conditions of the winter season. Trail 90 closed due to logging in the area and a suggested reroute would be to take FR191 (Old Grade Road) to Trail 80.

FISHING REPORT Walleye: Walleye action is inconsistent and in varied locations, but some anglers are doing well. Best action is after dark in 5-15 feet. Fish deeper water, out to 30 feet, during the day. Target weed edges and look for fish hugging the bottom. The most productive baits and presentations include walleye suckers, shiners, and fatheads on tip-ups, with some action on jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads.

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is good to very good and the bite continues throughout the day. Concentrate your efforts over weeds, cabbage beds, structure, and near panfish schools in 5-20 feet, using tip-ups with large shiners and suckers.

Crappie: Crappie action is fair to very good – be prepared to move – with the best bite windows early and late (just before sunset). Fish are suspending over mid-depths weeds and over deep water, holding a few feet off bottom. Check the entire water column. Top producing baits include small jigs or treble hooks with crappie minnows, waxies, wigglers, spikes, and plastics, or small Jigging Rap and Swedish Pimple spoons.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is good to very good, with best success early and late in the day. You can find fish in 8-30 feet around weeds and structure, with bigger fish close to the bottom. Baits of choice include small tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, wigglers, spikes, and plastics on light line.

Perch: Perch fishing is good in depths from 10 feet and deeper, on mud flats, with fish holding close to the bottom. Use ice jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, and plastics, or try jigging a jigging spoon with a piece of minnow.

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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2/8/16 10:37 AM CST
Fished a deep clear lake in search of bigger pike for a couple of hours yesterday. Fished a new spot that has been on my mind for a while now and it kinda paid off. It was a sand flat adjacent to the deepest water in the lake. Sat on it for 2 hours had one flag and caught a 36 inch fish. Im sure it has more fish on it but it is just a low numbers kind of spot. There was about 10 inches of water on top of the ice where I was fishing and I know a lot of other lakes in the area are slushy like this. By shore I had 12 inches of ice. 50 yards out had 13 inches and 100 yards out I had 9 inches.


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Good mess of crappies for the boys yesterday. Biggest fish was a hair short of 15! Average fish was right around 12 inches! Previously we were catching bigger fish on jigging raps. Yesterday was had to downsize to tungsten jigs tipped with plastics. I have a couple of groups out in the rentals today and from the sounds of it they are getting some nice crappies/gills. Fish are biting!


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2/6/16 6:42 AM CST
Ice Depth: 12" Conditions: Sunny
I've been getting some very nice yellow perch lately. On sunny days there has been a fast and furious bite mid afternoon, only lasting about an hour or two. They have been biting as fast as I can get my jig and waxie down in about 20 FOW, and then they completely stop biting around 4PM. Cloudy days seem to spread the bite out a little longer through the day... Keeping a few in the 10-11 inch range, gotta love these tasty mini walleyes!

LOTS of slush out there, but just enough good spots to still make for decent fishing. I've been getting around with a snowmobile just fine.

I'm headed up to Ashland tonight for the Fly Fishing Film Tour hosted by the Wild Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Doors @ 6PM and the show starts @ 7PM. Angry Minnow's Rye IPA and Oatmeal Stout will be available!

The show will be at the Park Theater in Hayward next Friday, the 12th.

http://flyfilmtour.com

Advance ticket sales at the website and @ Hayward Bait/Bottle plus at the Art Beat in town.

Cheers!!!

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2/2/16 11:25 AM CST
February 01, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

Sunshine and temperatures in the 40s (some recorded 50s!) last weekend brought thoughts of spring. This week’s forecast, with single-digit lows, 20-degree highs, and snow, should quickly bring back the reality of winter.

“The bite is good for all species,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with panfish leading the way now that anglers can get on deeper parts of the lakes. “Walleye anglers are catching some nice fish in 6-12 feet over weed edges and drop-offs with golden shiners and medium suckers on tip-ups. Early and late in the day is best, with some mid-day action on cloudy days. Northern action is good for both size and numbers along weed edges and in weed bed pockets in less than 8 feet. Panfish anglers are catching crappie, bluegill, and perch in the same general locations, most associated with large weed beds/mud flats in 10-18 feet. Use tiny jigs with crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! Minnows.” At Hayward Bait, Sonya, Kelly, and Bob say ice thickness varies from 6-12 inches on most lakes, with some slush. Snowmobile and ATV/UTV travel is fine, but stay on previously made trails and they do not recommend vehicle travel. “Walleye anglers are catching fish in 10 feet and deeper on suckers, shiners, and Jigging Raps. Northern are taking shiners and suckers over structure and in weeds in 10-15 feet. “The panfish bite is decent in the weeds in 15-30 feet on minnows, rosie reds, waxies, spikes, and plastics. Catch perch in 10-20 feet on fatheads, rosie reds, waxies, spikes, and jigging spoons.”

Carolyn at Anglers All in Ashland says there is good and bad news from Chequamegon Bay. “The bad news is we lost all ice from Bodin’s north. The good news is the Bay proper has about 12 inches on the Ashland side and 8-10 inches on the Washburn side. The bite is good for brown trout, splake, and whitefish off Washburn and in the channel on the Ashland side. Second landing is producing limits of nice perch and some walleyes. Travel is by snowmobile, ATV/UTV, or on foot.”

Ice conditions continue to be quite variable, says DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt. “Ice thickness ranges from 8-10 inches, with 4-6 inches of snow on top, and there are numerous reports of slush. Fishing success is more sporadic than in the past weeks, so check with local bait shops to learn the hot spots and target those action lakes. “Walleye action is erratic, with a very finicky bite. Fish 5-8 feet on mud/sand flats, 20 minutes before dark, with large fatheads or small sucker minnows. If you do not meet all those conditions, you may not catch many walleyes. Northern fishing offers decent mid-day action on shiners or suckers near weed beds. Many shallow, weedy pike lakes are showing lower oxygen levels near bottom, so fish closer to the surface where there are often higher oxygen levels. “Panfish action slowed last week. Crappies are taking small finesse plastics fished several feet off bottom in deeper water; keeper bluegills are a bit tough to find; and perch are hitting small fatheads in 5-10 feet.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses tiger muskies as trout controls. “In Wisconsin, tiger muskellunge are the naturally occurring cross between a pike and a musky. In the western U.S., however, biologists see them something completely different: a mercenary in the fight to control invasive and introduced species. “Brook trout and lake trout, both native to Wisconsin, are not native to states like Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Introduction and spread of these species can be devastating for native trout and eradication of these introduced species can be very difficult. “Stocking tiger muskellunge has become a common strategy because they are voracious predators of trout and also sterile, which makes them even more appealing. If they successfully eat all introduced trout in a lake, you simply wait for the tiger muskellunge to die off naturally and then restock the lake with native trout. “Studies have found this strategy to be fairly effective at reducing abundance of introduced trout, even achieving total eradication in some cases, and on top of that, it creates some pretty big tiger muskies!”

The DNR is hosting a public information meeting Tuesday, February 9, from 6-9 p.m., at the Hayward Veteran’s Center, to gather public feedback on a new, 10-year panfish plan to improve panfish opportunities for anglers. The plan includes restoring size structure, improving habitat, and panfish research. Wisconsin anglers target panfish more than any other group of fish. According to DNR fisheries biologist and panfish team leader Max Wolter, the plan pays extra attention to improving and protecting habitat and discusses the use of predators in managing panfish. For more information, search “panfish plan” on the DNR website.

The 20th annual Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin Family Fishing Event is Saturday February 13, from 8 a.m. through 2 p.m., on Lac Courte Oreilles. Register at the public boat landing off Highway K. The event offers thousands of dollars in raffle, adult, and youth fishing prizes awarded through drawings. Event buttons and raffle tickets are available at Hayward Bait, Outdoor Creations, Hayward Home Center, and Stone Lake Bait. Buttons cost $5 for adults and $1 for youth 13-17 years old. Youth 12 years and younger receive free entry thanks to Retreat Home Furniture sponsorship. Tickets for Grand Prize raffles cost $5 each or five/$20 and you need not be present to win. A pre-event raffle ticket bundle ($130 value) costs $75 and is limited to 200 bundles. For more information, visit www.wfnw.net or contact Hayward Bait (715) 634-2921.

Flambeau River State Forest is hosting its 24 Annual Candlelight Ski Saturday, February 6, from 6-9 p.m., at the Flambeau Hills Trail Head on County Hwy W, 15 miles east of Winter. This is a casual, family-type outing. Crews will groom and track a 1.8-kilometer trail loop winding through the heart of the forest and illuminate it with more than 600 candles. The trail is open to skiers, hikers, and snowshoers during this event. Forest staff will provide picnic tables, hot dogs, chili, snacks, desserts, and spiced tea, a large barbecue grill for people wishing to cook their own food, and build and maintain large warming fires throughout the night. For more information, call (715) 332-5271.

SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT The Hayward Power Sports snowmobile trail for February 1 says Sawyer County trails are in poor to fair condition, but are open and rideable. Bare spots exist on trails in open areas, but forest trails still have snow. Lake ice thickness and trails are good, but use caution, as there are reports of ice heaves. Please stay on marked trails. The February 1 HLVCB trail report says with the warm temperatures and traffic this past weekend, the majority of trails in northern Sawyer County are in fair to poor condition. Trails in open areas have bare spots; trails in the woods are still snow covered and rideable. Crews groomed Tuscobia Trail and the spur trails are rideable, but not groomed. All major lake trails are frozen, staked, and have good ice thickness. Stay on marked trails and watch for ice heaves. The Namakagon Trail Groomers January 28 report says there is a trail re-route on Trail 90 to Clam Lake in which you will go down Trail 85 and back to Trail 90. The January 27 Cable Area snowmobile trails report says groomers are hard at work and trails are in fair condition, with about a base of 2-4 inches. When Trail 90 closes due to logging, a suggested re-route is Trail FR191 to trail 80. The Runamuk Rides report for January 27 says Sawyer and Bayfield counties had light snowfall (up to one inch) about every other day last week and the forecast says more snow is on the way. The base and trails are holding up well, with the heaviest base in northern Sawyer and Southern Bayfield counties, including the Hayward and Cable areas.

FISHING REPORT Walleye: Walleye action is fair to good, though inconsistent, with best success in low light hours early, late, after dark, and on overcast days. You will find walleyes as shallow as 5 feet out to more than 20 feet, around drop-offs, mud/sand flats, and weed edges. The most productive baits include walleye suckers, shiners, and large fatheads on tip-ups, and Jigging Raps.

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is fair to very good, offers all day action and anglers are icing some very nice fish. You will find the pike around weeds and other structure, and schools of panfish, in 8-15 feet. Northern suckers and shiners on tip-ups work well fished a few feet below the surface.

Crappie: Crappie action is fair to very good. Look for fish in 10-30 feet around mud flats, weeds, and other structure. Be sure to check the ENTIRE water column! Best bait choices include crappie minnows, rosy reds, waxies, plastics, tube jigs, and Gulp! Minnows on small jigs or plain hooks.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is fair to good for small to medium size fish. Look for weeds and other structure in 8 feet and deeper water, with top bait choices waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on plain hooks and small jigs. Downsizing will often increase success.

Perch: Perch fishing is good to very good in 5-20 feet in/on weeds/structure and mud flats. Bait choices include crappie minnows, small fatheads, rosy reds, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs or plain hooks, and jigging spoons.

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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2/2/16 10:03 AM CST
Ice_master Check your pm.

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Planning on coming up on Thursday/Friday looking to fish for panfish And some walleyes. How's the ice on musky bay? Anyone driving out? Also curious about grindstone guessing nobody's driving out there yet? Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

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2/1/16 5:32 PM CST
Fishing in the warm weather has been great the past couple days. We spend Sat out in the rental fish house on LCO and caught a variety of species. bass/crappie/Bluegills/pike. Today did some hole hopping around on a smaller lake and caught some great crappies. Back out for walleyes now!

If you are interested in our heated fish houses give me a call. We have great weekday/weekend rates available along with all the gear needed. Fish are biting great! Good Luck.


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Yesterday we fished a smaller lake in search of white crappie. Caught a whole bunch of black crappies and one white crappie.Crappies were 8-11 inches. It was cool so see a white crappie in the Hayward area.

Today I made a solo trip in search of some bigger crappies on LCO and ended up catching 15-20 fish this afternoon. Fish were between 11.5 and 14 inches. Was jigging a 1/16 ounce tungsten tipped with minnow imitation plastic.

I have fished a half dozen different lakes in the past few days and have seen a ton of variance in ice conditions. I have seen 6"-12". Size of lake doesn't really matter so stay safe.

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1/26/16 9:55 AM CST
January 25, 2015 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

The Hayward forecast shows moderate temperatures this week, with highs and lows primarily in the 20s and 30s. The trade-off is a chance of snow every day, though so far not much for accumulation. We have plenty of good ice and decent snow cover, so all winter recreation is a “go” at this time.

“Severe cold the past couple weeks made ice thicker,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and we are seeing many more anglers getting out there. “Walleye fishing is good for both numbers and a few big fish. The best action is in late afternoon until after dark, with the best action at dusk. Set tip-ups with shiner on drop-offs, intercepting fish as they move shallow to feed. After dark, move tip-ups to shallow weeds. Northern action is good on walleye suckers and shiners on tip-ups set over weeds – and pike bite all day. “Crappie anglers are catching fish on crappie minnows over deeper water, with fish often just off bottom. Bluegill action is decent in weeds with spikes and waxies on very light line and small teardrop jigs. Catch perch a little deeper in the weeds on crappie minnows and waxies.” At Hayward Bait, Kelly, Sonya, and Bob say ice depths are 10-12 inches on some lakes and up to 9 inches on the larger lakes, but they still do not recommend vehicle travel on the lakes. “Anglers using suckers and shiners are catching walleye and northern on most lakes. Panfish anglers are using waxies, spikes, mousies, crappie minnows, rosy reds, and plastic, with pink and white working well. “Look for walleyes in about 12 feet, depending on the lake. Panfish and northern pike are in weeds in depths around 10 feet or so.” Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage ice depths are between 8-11 inches, but there are some areas of slush where there is likely less ice. “Northern pike are very active near shallow cover and crappie fishing is great all day in depths more than 17 feet. “Ice depths on Round, Grindstone, and Lac Courte Oreilles are anywhere from 7-12 inches, depending on location. Walleye fishing on Round, Grindstone, LCO, and Lost Land/Teal is awesome on shallow rocks in early morning and evening hours. During the day, work deeper water and around weed edges.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses hook removal techniques. “Corey Deboom and some fellow researchers in Illinois examined the effects of different hook removal techniques on the mortality of deeply hooked largemouth bass. “Researchers examined fish caught on live bait and used four separate deep-hook removal strategies: leave the hook in and cut the line; standard removal with a barbed hook; removal of a barbless hook; and turn the hook out behind the gills. Fish hooked normally in the mouth served as controls. “After catching fish and removing hooks, the researchers held the fish in ponds for observation. The results may be somewhat surprising. “Fish that had the hook removed with the gill technique started eating sooner than fish experiencing the other techniques. Overall, there was no difference in either short-term or long-term (11 months) mortality of the deep-hooked fish, and overall mortality was relatively low. “This study shows deep-hooked fish may have a good chance at survival after release, good news for catch and release oriented anglers.” Even with the recent cold weather, says DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt, ice conditions remain extremely variable on the lakes, with some slush spots, and anglers should be very careful when venturing on the ice. “Walleye anglers report best success during low light periods on breaklines and mud flats in 6-10 feet. Northern pike are near weeds in 4-8 feet. Active panfish are tough to find. Anglers report a few decent catches of perch and bluegill on teardrops tipped with waxies fished just off bottom in deeper water.”

Elk Country ATV Club’s 8th annual ice fishing contest on Upper Clam Lake is this Saturday, January 30, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Raffle prizes include a fish locator, ice shack, ice auger, and a Honda TRX 420 Rancher ATV. Contest species include walleye, northern, crappie, bluegill, and perch. There is a youth division for kids age 12 and younger. The entry fee is $5 (100 percent payback) and there will be food and refreshments available.

Deer Run Resort’s 4th annual All Women’s Ice Fishing Fundraiser for Kids with Cancer is this Sunday, January 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event raises money to help fight cancer for kids. The entry fee is $10 and there are raffle tickets, hot dogs, and hot drinks sold on the ice. For more information, call (715) 462-3276.

SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT The Hayward Power Sports report for January 25 says northern Sawyer County trails are in very good to excellent condition, with all major lake trails frozen, staked, and ready to ride. There is always a chance of ice heaves, so stay on marked trails. The Tuscobia Trail is groomed and flat, but needs a little more snow. Spur trails off the Tuscobia have snow and are rideable, but not groomed due to the swamps. The January 22 Hayward Lakes Visitors & Convention Bureau report says the majority of trails in northern Sawyer County are groomed and in very good to excellent condition. All major lake trails are frozen and staked, including Nelson, Tiger Cat, Spider, Lost Land, Moose, Round, Grindstone, Lac Courte Oreilles, Chippewa Flowage, Sand, Chetac, and Long Lake. Crews have NOT staked Lake Hayward at this time due to unsafe conditions. Be alert for ice heaves, stay on marked trails, ride safe, and have fun! The Runamuk Rides report for January 20 says Sawyer and Bayfield county trails have a nice base and are holding up well. The heaviest base is in the northern half of Sawyer County and southern Bayfield County. Trails around Seeley Hills, Chippewa Flowage, Cable, Namakagon, and Drummond are in great shape and regularly groomed. Most lakes are open to snowmobiles, but as always – go ONLY on staked lakes and stay close to the stakes.

FISHING REPORT Walleye: Walleye fishing is decent and improving, with anglers experiencing the most action during low light conditions in morning, evening, on overcast days, and after dark. You will find walleyes in depths to 15 feet or so, with fish deeper during the day and shallower in the evening. Target mud flats, breaklines, weeds, and weed edges.

Northern Pike: Northern pike are actively feeding and providing anglers an all-day bite. Look for fish around weeds and other cover in depths to 12 feet, as well as near schools of panfish. Use walleye suckers, northern suckers, and shiners under tip-ups.

Crappie: Crappie action is fair to very good – once you find the fish. Look for them in 8-20 feet and check the entire water column, especially near the bottom. Baits of choice include crappie minnows, rosy reds, waxies, and plastics on small jigs or plain hooks.

Bluegill: Bluegills are in the same general locations as crappies, hitting waxies, spikes, mousies, and plastics on very small jigs and teardrops. Downsize tackle and baits to improve success.

Perch: Perch are in deeper weeds and/or suspending near the bottom. Top baits include crappie minnows, fatheads, and waxies.

Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau and Sawyer County Record co-sponsor this report. For more information on area events and activities, visit the HLVCB’s Calendar of Events or call 800-724-2992.

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Fished Musky Bay on LCO Saturday afternoon. Despite gusty winds we did manage to ice 5 northern on tip ups and a few pan fish jigging. Talked to a few other people out there and things seemed to be pretty slow. Did see 3 full sized trucks on the ice as well. Ice thickness varied from 12 inches in the bay to maybe 10 out deeper. I wouldn't chance driving out across the lake just yet. Sundays weather was a complete turn around from Saturdays. We decided to hit the Chippewa Flowage for some Crappie action. With ideal weather and a comfortable fishing temp, sure made it fun chasing Tip Downs around. Caught quite a few but missed a few as well. All fish were in the 9 to 12 inch range using minnows in 16 FOW. The ice out on the flowage was about 10 inches with plenty of slush pockets.

This weeks milder weather forecast will make fishing in the Northwood's more enjoyable.

Good luck and we'll see you on the ice!

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how is the ice? going to be fishing up there a week from today. fishing a 240 acre lake..... i know the standard caveats.... any thought on if driving will be an option? hopefully this cold snap put ice levels over 12"

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1/17/16 8:18 PM CST
West side of Grindstone had 8-9 last night. We took a wheeler from post road to the public launch a couple of days ago. There is a smaller ice heave that runs from Kentucky bar south. We crossed it without a problem. Everywhere we went there was 7-10 inches. I heard a few reports of less ice around Center Bar but haven't checked or fished over there. I had Mike out last night, and it was slower, likely due to the huge cold front. We had a ton of walleyes on sonar but few biters. We caught a half dozen fish between 15 and 19.5. Most fish were in the 10-17 foot range. Downsizing to very small bait was the key to getting bites. We had a bunch more fish hit and drop baits.

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1/17/16 7:26 PM CST
Just looking for ice reports on lco or grindstone. Coming up Tues wondering if there driving atvs or trucks out. Thanks!

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1/12/16 10:54 AM CST
January 11, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

For people who wondered if winter weather would ever arrive this year – it is here! The sub-zero lows forecast for this week, combined with (at this time) no “major” snow events, should build good ice on the lakes and freeze the swamps so snowmobile trail crews can stake the entire system. Conditions should then be excellent for ice anglers.

Wisconsin’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend is this weekend, January 16-17, and both residents and nonresidents can fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp, including all inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. All other regulations apply, such as possession limits, size limits, and any seasons when you must release certain species. Visit the DNR website for more information.

Northland Area Builders Association (NABA) will host its 6th Annual Ice Fishing Event Saturday, January 16, on Nelson Lake. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the public boat landing on Gerlach Road. The entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children 14 and younger. The first 25 kids receive a tip-up courtesy of Hayward Home Center. The event offers a cash raffle and raffles for more than 100 prizes. Receive one raffle ticket for every non-perishable food item donation. Catch a fish and receive a raffle ticket. Raffle tickets for the Grand Prize, a Ford Escape SE 4wd, cost $1/each or 6/$5, with sales limited to 1,500 tickets (must be present to win). Food and refreshments are available in the food tent. For more information, visit www.northlandarebuilders.com or call (715) 558-1555.

“Anglers are venturing out onto the ice,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but staying relatively close to shorelines. They report four to six inches along the edges and out about 75 yards, with good ice and no slush under the snow. “Some anglers are catching a few walleye and northern pike, but nothing consistent, and there are still no panfish reports, as most anglers are after early walleye. “After this week’s single-digit highs and minus zero nights, anglers should be able to get to their favorite spots. Dress accordingly!” Kelly at Hayward Bait says lakes are freezing good this week, but use caution and be safe. “Walleyes and northern pike anglers are doing well with walleye minnows and shiners. Panfish anglers fishing for crappies and bluegills report good action with crappie minnows and plastics.” Mike at Jenk’s says at last report the Chippewa Flowage is holding about 5-8 inches of ice, Grindstone and Round have about 5-7 inches, and Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) is holding 3-8 inches, depending the section of the lake. “They have staked the trails on the Flowage, so getting out on your snowmobiles on the Flowage should be fine, but do exercise caution.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses the effects of late ice and plants. “Finally, we have ice cover on all Hayward area lakes and anglers are starting to venture out to fish. According to local records, this is the second latest ice-on date for most lakes in this area. As a result, anglers may scratch their heads about how to approach the unfamiliar timing to this ice season. “A late ice-on means aquatic plants have soaked up sunshine much later into the season than is typical, allowing them to stay green and produce oxygen, rather than dying off. That is good news for fish and those who are looking for fish. “Keying on weeds could be a good strategy this winter, as fish will likely stay in those spots a little later into the season than normal. In addition, with water more oxygenated at this point in the winter than in past winters, suspended fish will be deeper in the water column. Ice conditions remain extremely variable, says DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt, and anglers should check local ice conditions and use extreme caution when traveling on the ice. “Walleye anglers report sporadic action, with the best success on cloudy days when temperatures reach into the mid-20s. Fish large fatheads and small sucker minnows on breaklines in 5-10 feet. With the stained water, after-dark fishing is very slow. “Northern action is fair on large shiners fished near green weeds. Panfish anglers are catching a few nice crappie and perch suspending 1-3 feet off bottom in deeper water. “There is a moderate amount of pressure on the managed trout lakes, with anglers landing some decent brown, rainbow, and brook trout.”

SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT The January 11 Namakagon Trail Groomers report says the groomer is out of the swamp thanks to the great efforts of Gary, Larry, Al, Greg’s Towing, and Mark Rasmussen Excavating. With the 24 degrees below zero reading this morning, the swamps and lakes should be making ice! Groomers say they will fully groom the entire trail system by Thursday! Runamuk Rides January 9 report says the base is 12-14 inches, the previously closed section of trail 63 in northern Sawyer County and southern Bayfield County reopened, groomers are grooming, and trails are in good shape. Crews have not staked all sections of trails that run across lakes. If crews have not staked it, do NOT go on it, even if you see other tracks or traffic. It is not worth the risk. The state requires trail passes for both Wisconsin registered and non-resident snowmobiles. The Lakewoods January 8 report says trails have about a 10-inch base and groomers are continuing to run and keep up with the traffic and keep trails in the best possible condition. All trails are open except sections that cross most lakes. Ice thickness is still inconsistent, but stick trails are up on some lakes. The January 8 Cable Area snowmobile trails report says ice on the lakes is still inconsistent, so please look for stick trails before crossing any lakes. If the stick trail is not up, assume it is not safe to cross. You can ride about 90 percent of the trail system without crossing lakes. The Hayward Power Sports January 7 report says Sawyer County snowmobile trails are open and groomed trails are in good condition. Crews groomed Tuscobia Trail and the spur trails off Tuscobia are open, though they could use more snow. The following lakes are frozen and staked: Moose, Nelson, Little Round, Osprey, Chief, Chippewa Flowage West side, and the east side from Cranberry Lake to Deerfoot Lodge. Stay off other lakes until they are frozen and staked.

FISHING REPORT Ice conditions are improving with the recent subzero temperatures and ice fishing interest is starting to pick up, but with the past week relatively mild, it is important to continue to use caution when going on the ice. Walleye fishing is fair on walleye suckers, shiners, and big fatheads in depths to 12 feet. Catch northern around green weeds with walleye suckers and large shiners. Crappie fishing is fair to good with crappie minnows and plastics fished near the bottom in deep water. Catch bluegills on waxies, spikes, and plastics and perch with minnows on the bottom in deep water.

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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