Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County

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2/20/18 @ 1:29 PM
FISHING REPORT
Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waxing Crescent

Excerpts from the February 19, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Snow and wind to start the week, a few days with “milder” weather, followed by more snow just in time for the 44th Annual American Birkebeiner Saturday February 24. Cross-country ski trails are in good condition and snowmobile trails are good to very good. Finally, although there is surely plenty of winter remaining, anglers should be aware that game fish season closes in less than two weeks (March 4).

“A mid-week warm-up brought a few anglers onto the lakes last week,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but this week, skiers and snowmobilers welcomed fresh snow to their respective trails... Walleye action is slow, with the best time late evening just before dusk and into dark. Use fatheads or walleye suckers on tip-ups, setting up over weeds or just off weed edges in 6-8 feet to catch the fish as they come in to feed... Northern pike anglers are catching pike on medium shiners and walleye suckers fished under tip-ups set in 8-10 feet over green weeds... During the past week, the best bite on inland lakes was for crappies and bluegills. If you can find an active daytime ‘honey hole’ for bluegills, stick with it until late afternoon to dusk when you will find some crappies. Crappie minnows work best, followed by soft plastics. Use light tackle and small jigs. The fish are also hitting waxies and Crappie Nibbles.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says anglers are getting out for the last few weeks of game fish season... “For some walleye anglers, the season has been a roller coaster ride, but some report success using medium shiners on glow hook trebles under tip-ups. Jigging spoons are still effective, as are Jigging Raps and Hyper Glides. Tip your jigs with fatheads for dead sticking or with just the heads for active jigging... Northern pike and panfish are producing the most angler success... Northern pike fishing is going well for anglers using medium and large shiners. Make a good spread with your tip-ups, setting them from shallow weed edges to deeper water (10-15 feet) and vary bait depths from 3-7 feet below the ice... Crappie action is the most consistent in deeper lake basins and being mobile will put more fish on the ice. Try jigging small tungsten jigs with waxies and spikes, or trying fishing smaller spoons tipped with crappie minnows during the morning and last light evening bites. The key to bluegill success is hole-hopping and fishing weed beds with waxies and spikes on your favorite jigs.”  

FISHING REPORT    

Walleye: Walleye action is slow and inconsistent, with the best time late evening into dark. Suspend fatheads, shiners, and walleye suckers under tip-ups set over/on the edge of weeds and weed beds, or try Jigging Raps and jigging spoons tipped with fatheads/fathead heads. During the day, fish deeper humps and holes. 

Northern Pike: Northern pike action is good to very good and they offer an all-day bite. Use northern suckers, walleye suckers, and shiners on tip-ups set on/over shallow weeds and weed edges in 6-15 feet. Vary the depth of your bait and fish bigger baits in deeper water for trophy pike.  

Crappie: Crappie action is fair to very good on most lakes. Look for them in deeper water – stay on the move – and make sure to check over the entire water column, from top to bottom. Top baits and presentations, on light tackles, include crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, soft plastics, and Gulp! baits on tungsten jigs, teardrops, plain hooks, and small jigging spoons. The best bite is in the later afternoon into evening hours.   

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is good in and near weeds and weed beds for anglers using waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks.  

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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2/18/18 @ 9:17 PM
BnT Fishing
BnT Fishing
USER since 2/18/18

HUGE Walleye AND Pike Through The Ice!        


Check this out!    

Got on our PB walleye before bouncing around to other lakes and catching a big pike and limiting out on crappies in Northern Wisconsin!

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2/14/18 @ 8:15 AM
Capt. Jarrid Houston
Jarrid Houston
MEMBER since 5/24/16

Awesome fish man!  Pretty cool to catch an unexpected species like that eh? 

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2/14/18 @ 7:38 AM
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Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

Fi$h, glad you guys had some action on Connors and LOP! Nice job on the Ski! I bet that was fun!!

With the middle of winter upon us, fishing has been a bit on the slower side, for the most part. Catching a variety of panfish during the day on most of the lakes in the area, with some pretty good Northern action going on as well. The walleye bite is that certain window of early morning or the last hour of light into the evening.

TC

(715) 820-1823
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2/13/18 @ 4:50 PM
FISHING REPORT
Fi$h4Lif3
Fi$h4Lif3
USER since 12/27/15

MOON PHASE (4%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
24 inches

AIR TEMP
11° - 15° F

Well ended up staying up 5 days and fished connors 3 days and lake of the pines for 2 days fishing was very slow and managed a couple 16 inch walleyes a handful of perch and caught my first musky threw the ice it was a nice fat 35 incher that was pretty cool didnt see too many other anglers but was a good time thats for sure

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2/13/18 @ 3:24 PM
FISHING REPORT
Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (4%)
Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the February 12, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

“Last week’s cold weather impacted outdoor and fishing action,” says Pat at Happy Hooker... Some walleye anglers are finding fish in late afternoon hours in and around weeds, with the best fishing during low light conditions. Use walleye suckers and medium golden shiners on tip-ups set on weed edges. Jigging baits such as Buckshot Rattle Spoons also produces fish, or work rock hump tops in early evening... Catch northern pike on weed edges and in deeper weeds. On weed edges, hang tip-up baits a foot or so off the bottom. On deep weeds, suspend tip-up baits just above the weed tops... Crappie action is good on crappie minnows, but with a short bite window in mid to late afternoon. Fish are deep, close to/hugging the bottom. They suspend at times, and move, so vary bait depth and move with them if you can... For panfish, use waxies and plastics on jigs to catch bluegills in weeds and perch on deep weed/mud edges.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says ice conditions are great, with plenty of ice, and fishing is solid... “The walleye bite slowed, but anglers fishing deeper main lake humps on the bigger lakes are still catching some fish. Jigging is productive with Jigging Rapalas and spoons tipped with minnow heads... At this time, northern pike fishing is the most popular. Focus on deep flats and humps, using large shiners on tip-ups... Crappie action is good for anglers using spikes and plastics on tungsten jigs – and keep moving until you find fish. Bluegill fishing is decent, with waxies your best bet.”  

FISHING REPORT   

Walleye: Walleye anglers continue to catch fish, but action slowed compared to previous weeks. Low light hours offer the best odds for success, though afternoons are producing fish. Concentrate on the deep, clear lakes, particularly deeper weeds, weed edges, humps/rock humps, and bars, Baits of choice include walleye suckers and golden shiners on tip-ups, or try Jigging Raps and spoons tipped with minnow heads.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is very good on weed edges and deeper weeds, flats, and humps. Best baits include northern suckers and large shiners on tip-ups. Set baits near bottom on weed edges and just above the tops of deep weeds.  

Crappie:  Crappies offer good to very good action once you locate and stay with them, but you have to be there for the bite in the afternoon hours. Check the entire water column, as fish can hold tight to the bottom or suspend at various levels in the water column. Crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, and plastics on small tungsten jigs will all catch fish.  

Bluegill & Perch:  Bluegills are in mid-depth to deeper weeds and taking waxies and plastics on small jigs. For perch, work the same baits, including minnows, in areas where deep weed edges meet mud.  

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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2/6/18 @ 5:29 PM
Fi$h4Lif3
Fi$h4Lif3
USER since 12/27/15

Thanks for the great tips big fish we are staying in between the 2 lakes so will definitely be trying Lake of the Pines never fished it when I was up that way only Connors 

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2/6/18 @ 1:19 PM
FISHING REPORT
Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the February 5, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The forecast indicates a decent, though somewhat cold week ahead, followed by warmer temperatures next week, an oft-repeated cycle this winter. It IS winter, so dress for the day and get out and enjoy any outdoor recreation the North Woods offers!

“Fishing interest fell off somewhat with the arrival of more cold weather,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and this is definitely shelter time for any ice fishing activity... Walleye action slowed, with no reports of consistent activity and only an occasional fish. In late afternoon, just before dark, set tip-ups over green weeds and drop-offs in 6-10 feet to catch fish as they come in to feed. Rig your tip-ups with light line and walleye suckers and golden shiners on size six or eight treble hooks... Anglers report northern pike offer the best action, catching fish off green weeds in 8-12 feet. Try rigging tip-ups with golden shiners or walleye suckers... Panfish anglers report good action, but they are catching a lot of small fish. Jigging rods with light line, small jigs and hooks, and crappie minnows, waxies, and small artificials are producing catches in deeper holes and near cribs. Vary fishing depths, as fish sometimes suspend in the water column. Using electronics is a sure way to help locate these fish and improve your chances.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says fishing is solid and ice conditions are very good, with up to 20 inches and more, and vehicles are getting out on most lakes... The walleye bite is tough. Anglers should focus on main lake bars in 20-40 feet on the big lakes. Use tip-ups with suckers and medium shiners fished just off the bottom... Northern pike fishing could be better. Try large shiners under tip-ups on deep weeds... Panfish action is good, with decent reports from most lakes. Spikes and waxies on tungsten jigs are working well, and keep moving until you find fish.”  

Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin (WFNW) is hosting its 22nd annual Family Ice Fishing Event Feb 17, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., on Lac Courte Oreilles. Registration and raffle ticket sales start at 6:30 a.m. at event headquarters at the public boat landing off Highway K. Event wristbands (necessary for fishing contest prizes) and raffle tickets are available at Hayward Bait, Outdoor Creations, Stone Lake Bait, and AAA Sports Shop in Spooner. Wristbands cost $5 for adults and $1 for youth 13-17 years of age. For youth ages 12 and younger, entry is free courtesy of Retreat Home Furniture. Organizers award fish prizes in drawings from all qualified entries, with separate divisions for youth and adults. Anglers earn up to three drawing entries by registering qualifying fish and must register all fish by 2 p.m. Sawyer County Outdoor Projects and Education (SCOPE) sponsored all youth division prizes. Raffles include rip tickets, gun, party sled, 50/50, and the Grand Prize raffle that includes portable ice shacks, power augers, cash prizes of $500, and thousands of dollars in other prizes. Grand Prize tickets cost $5/ea. or 5/$20. Discounted ticket bundles (limited to 200) are available offering $130 worth of tickets for $75. All raffle drawings, with the exception of rip ticket raffles, begin at 2 p.m. and winners need not be present to win. For more information, visit www.wfnw.net or call (715) 634-2921 or (715) 209-5232.  

FISHING REPORT  

Walleye: Walleye fishing slowed a bit, presenting more of a challenge. Best success is in late afternoon into dark. Target the deep, clear lakes, fishing main lake bars in 20-40 feet during the day and green weeds and drop-offs in 6-10 feet in the evening hours. The most productive presentations include tip-ups with walleye suckers and shiners fished near the bottom.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is good to very good around green weeds at various depths. Best results are with sucker minnows and large shiners under tip-ups. Go deeper with bigger baits for trophy pike.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good to very good. Plan to drill holes and be on the move, and be sure to check the entire water column. Top baits include crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, and plastics fished on light line and small tungsten jigs. Concentrate on deeper holes and cribs.  

Bluegill and Perch:  Bluegill and perch action is fair to good, but with reports of many small fish. As with crappies, plan to move often and check the entire water column. Fish deep holes, weeds, and cribs with waxies, spikes, and plastics on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks.  

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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2/6/18 @ 12:37 PM
buddha173
buddha173
USER since 2/19/10
Headed up to the area Friday morning. Staying in Winter. Wondering if anyone wanted to meet up and do some fishing. No specific species in mind. Send me a message if your are interested.

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2/6/18 @ 12:29 PM
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Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

Fi$h, Connors lake can be a very tough lake to fish, especcially thru the ice. I havent seen any vehicals on the ice, not to say you cant. We have 20 iches of ice on most area lakes. I do know the were driving on Lake of the pines, which is next door. IMHO, thats the lake you should fish. I caught some really nice walleyes, perch and crappies. Even tangled with a Musky or 2 there! Fish deep for Crappies and up tight to shore for walleyes. Perch are in the flat areas of any of the bays. Good luck!

Give me a call if anyone's looking to get out and fish this weekend.

TC

(715) 820-1823
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