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2/21/17 @ 2:32 PM
FISHING REPORT
Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (24%)
Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the February 20, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:  

The combination of unseasonably warm weather and rain is making winter activities in the North Woods a challenge. It is affecting ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing – especially this weekend’s American Birkebeiner, for which organizers are making a number of schedule changes. For the most current information, visit the Birkie website or call (715) 634-5025.

“Here we are in mid-February and it feels more like early spring,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “With the sunshine and warmth, we are losing a lot of snow cover and making slush on the lakes. If you go fishing, wear waterproof boots!.. Walleye action is okay. Anglers are catching a few fish during the evening hours and at night with medium shiners on tip-ups set in 8-10 feet on the edges of weed beds and deep holes. The bigger lakes seem more productive. During the daytime, anglers are fishing deep water, jigging shiner and fathead parts. In the evening, they move to shallower weed edges and use tip-ups. The northern pike bite is still good all day on the deepest, greenest weeds you can find. Use shiners and northern suckers under tip-ups... Crappie anglers are finding fish in deep holes and electronics are a great aid in locating the fish. Search vertically – some days they will be way off the bottom. Use jigging rods with waxies and small minnows on small jigs. Bluegills are in weeds and provide good action for numbers of small fish. Perch are near bottom in deeper weeds and over mud flats, taking waxies and crappie minnows... 

Bob at Hayward Bait says ice conditions remain solid, travel is good on the lakes, and ice fishing is getting better.  “Walleyes are still active during ‘prime time’ hours, with anglers using spoons tipped with fatheads and setting tip-ups with shiners or walleye suckers. Northern pike fishing is good on tip-ups set along breaklines and weed edges... Bluegills are in deep basins and on deep weed and mud flats, depending on the lake, with waxies and spikes on tungsten jigs the most productive presentation.”  

FISHING REPORT       

Reminder: Gamefish season closes March 5 – only two weekends remain!

Walleye:   Walleye action continues to be fair to good, particularly on the larger lakes, and especially in evening hours into after dark. During the day, concentrate on deep holes and structure. In the evening, work the shallower (8-10 feet) edges of deep holes, weeds, and weedlines. Baits of choice include shiners and walleye suckers on tip-ups, and shiners and fatheads (or parts) on jigs and spoons.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike remain active and you can fish for them all day. Fish the edges of deep, green weeds and breaklines with shiners and northern suckers on tip-ups.  

Crappie:  Crappie action is good to very good in deep water – once you locate the fish. Use electronics and check the entire water column, from top to bottom. Use small jigs tipped with crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits, downsizing tackle and line.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good for smaller fish. Look for bluegills in deeper water areas such as weeds, lake basins, and mudflats. Top baits include waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small tungsten jigs and teardrops.  

Perch:   Look for perch close to the bottom around deep weeds and on mudflats. Crappie minnows, fatheads, and waxies on small jigs or plain hooks should get their interest.  

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2/15/17 @ 9:13 PM
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Tom Boley
Tom Boley
USER since 3/27/11

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

Fishing has been decent. We aren't crushing fish everyday but the bite has been steadily good. Gills, crappies, pike and whitefish were all targeted and caught today. Book a guide trip or shack rental today. We have availability! Call or text 7154108696 

Lots of ice and no slush. Everything is in good shape!

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2/14/17 @ 12:21 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (85%)
Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the February 13, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Following this week’s mild start, colder weather arrives for a few days, after which temperatures move to the 50s for the weekend and first part of next week. The good news for Birkie skiers, snowmobilers, and ice anglers is that temperatures then return to low-30s highs through the weekend!

“Most area lakes have 14-18 inches of ice with snow cover,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “People are driving vehicles onto the ice, but it still requires extreme caution – no ice is totally safe ice... Walleye anglers report good fishing, including a few large fish. Most action is with golden shiners and walleye suckers on tip-ups set at various depths along weedlines, breaklines, humps, and points. Northern pike anglers are catching good numbers of fish, as well as some of good size... Panfish action is good for all species, with anglers using electronics, drilling several holes, and moving until they find the schools. Sometimes, on some lakes, setting up and waiting for the school to move through is productive... Crappie action is the best and anglers are catching limits. Bluegills are plentiful, though with many small fish. Perch anglers are catching 8- to 10-inch fish on crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics on small jigs and jigging spoons.”  

Bob at Hayward Bait says walleye fishing continues to be good on area lakes... “Walleye anglers are finding the best action on mud flats just off of steep breaklines. Most are using spoons and Jigging Raps tipped with fatheads or tip-ups with walleye suckers and medium shiners. Northern pike fishing is productive on tip-ups with northern suckers and shiners... Crappies and bluegills are in deep basins, but they start to move shallower towards in the evening. For big perch, use waxies, spikes, and red plastics on deep mudflats.”  

FISHING REPORT      

Walleye:  Walleye action is fair to good, with (surprise!) the best action in late afternoon hours into and after dark. Look for fish along breaklines and weedlines, as well as on humps, points, and mudflats. Use golden shiners and walleye suckers on tip-ups set at a variety of depths, as well as Jigging Raps, other jigging baits, and spoons tipped with fatheads.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing remains good to very good and anglers are icing plenty of fish, including some big ones. Look for weeds and weedlines, the greener the better, in a variety of depths and set tip-ups with northern suckers and shiners in/over/on/along those weeds.  

Crappie:  Crappie action is good to very good in and along deeper holes, lake basins, and weedlines. Look for fish somewhat shallower in evening hours. Crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, Gulp! baits, and small jigging baits will call catch crappies. Stay on the move until you locate schools of active fish.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good to very good, though mostly for smaller fish. Work weeds, weedlines, and deep lake basins with waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and teardrops.  

Perch:  Perch fishing is good on deep mud flats and deeper weed edges. As with other panfish species, keep moving until you find them. Top baits include crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, plastics, Gulp! baits, and small jigging baits.  

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2/7/17 @ 11:20 AM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waxing Gibbous

Excerpts from the February 6, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

We can enjoy a cold, albeit typical, start to the week, with snow possible nearly every day. Look for sunshine and a slight warm-up after mid-week... and then more snow going into the weekend.

“The groundhog saw his shadow,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “so plenty of time remains for winter activities... Fishing slowed last week, but the few who fished had some success. Walleye anglers are catching some fish in late evening into dark with suckers and shiners under tip-ups on weed edges. During the day, work deep holes and hole edges... Northern pike are active on deep green grass edges and provide the most action. Set tip-ups with northern suckers and shiners on the weed edges and over the weed tops... Crappies are in deep holes and taking crappie minnows and small plastic on jigging spoons and teardrops. Bluegills, although small, are in the weeds and biting on waxies. Anglers are catching perch in the flats and on mud areas with waxies, wigglers, and small minnows.”  

Bob at Hayward Bait says ice conditions continue to be exceptional. “Walleye fishing is good during early morning and last light evening hours. Anglers are using Hyper Glides, Jigging Raps, and spoons tipped with fathead heads. Northern pike fishing is good on tip-ups with northern suckers and shiners... Active crappies are taking jigging baits such as Slab Raps and small spoons tipped with crappie minnows. For panfish, fish deep lake basins with waxies, spikes, and plastics on tungsten jigs.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says walleye fishing is good on Grindstone, Round, and Lac Courte Oreilles... “There is a decent walleye daytime bite and a strong morning/afternoon bite in 13-24 feet. Drill lots of holes to find exact fish locations and downsize tackle... Northern pike fishing is good on suckers and shiners near deeper weed growth and anglers report many 27- to 33-inch fish... Crappie fishing is hot on the Chippewa Flowage. Try deep cribs, brush piles, and holes, such as cribs off of Pine Point and deep holes west of Popple Island.”  

FISHING REPORT     

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is fair to very good, with best chances for success in early morning and late afternoon into after dark, with some daytime action in and along the edges of deeper holes. Anglers are using tip-ups with walleye suckers and shiners set on weed edges, as well as jigging Hyper Glides, Jigging Raps, and jigging spoons tipped with fathead heads.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is good to very good on northern suckers and large shiners under tip-ups set on the edges of green weeds and grass at various depths.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good to very good in/on deep holes, cribs, and brush. Top baits and presentations include crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigging spoons and teardrops, as well as small jigging baits.  

Bluegill:   Bluegill action is good in deeper weeds and lake basins, though primarily for small fish. Use waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and teardrops. 

Perch:   Perch fishing is fair to good in deeper basins and on flats and mud bottoms. Best baits include waxies, wigglers, spikes, small minnows, and plastics on small tungsten jigs.  


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2/7/17 @ 4:57 AM
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Tom Boley
Tom Boley
USER since 3/27/11

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waxing Gibbous

Fishing has been good. Both walleye and crappie have cooperated for our groups this past weekend. Walleye bite has been best in the evening for sure. 5 til. 615. Smaller baits have helped us get a few more bites. Clam blade jigs are one of my favorites late winter. 

Crappies have been hot in open water. Here are a few between 12 and 14.5 inches.

Book a guide trip or shack rental. We have lots of availability this month!

Good luck. 

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2/6/17 @ 10:18 AM
Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

With Feburary upon us and Spring on the horizon, nows thw time to plan your 2017 vacation on the Big Chip!

Give me a call, text or email me and I'll get you down in the books and out on this magnifecent body of water!

Here's a short video of some early ice action we had.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel for the latest reports along with helpful tips to make your time on the lake productive!

Stay tuned!!

TC


(715) 820-1823
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1/31/17 @ 2:21 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (15%)
Waxing Crescent

Excerpts from the January 30, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Winter temperatures return to the North Woods, along with some snow early in the week to please snowmobilers and skiers. Ice anglers have enjoyed generally good fishing conditions, though with some slush and slop during the mild periods. The forecast predicts sunny, clear, and cold from Wednesday into the weekend.  

“While some people enjoyed our recent January thaw, it disappointed others,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but there is still plenty of time to enjoy winter activities... On the Quiet Lakes and Spider Chain, walleye anglers fishing evening hours are catching fish on medium shiners under tip-ups set at 8-10 feet on weed and drop-off edges. On the larger lakes, daytime anglers jig deeper water with shiner and fathead parts, switching to tip-ups on shallow weed edges in the evening...  Northern pike action is good all day with shiners and suckers on tip-ups over/on deep, green weeds. Some anglers set two tip-ups for pike and then jig for panfish with crappie minnows and small plastics on teardrops and jigging spoons...  Crappie anglers are catching fish on crappie minnows and small jigs with waxies in deep holes. Good electronics greatly help when fish are just off bottom. Bluegills in the weeds provide great action for good numbers of smaller fish. Perch are hitting wigglers on the bottom around deep weeds and on mud flats.”  

Kelly at Hayward Bait says ice conditions are excellent, with 14-20 inches of ice on most lakes...  “The walleye bite is getting a little tougher, but there are still decent reports from most lakes. Fish deep, steep breaks in 20-30 feet with jigging spoons, Jigging Raps, and Slab Raps, as well as walleye suckers and medium shiners on tip-ups... Northern pike offer the best action. Target weed flats and bars in 5-20 feet with large shiners on tip-ups, or try jigging spoons... There is a good panfish bite, but you have to keep moving to find biting fish. Focus on 10-25 feet, using tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, and plastics.”  

FISHING REPORT    

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is decent, with the big lakes providing the most success and evenings offering the best action. Set tip-ups with walleye suckers and medium shiners on the edges of shallower weeds, holes, and drop-offs. During daytime hours, jig deep holes and breaks with jigging spoons, Jigging Raps, and jigs tipped with shiners and fatheads.  

Northern Pike:   Northern pike fishing is good to very good on nearly all lakes containing pike. Look for deep green weeds on bars and flats in 8-20 feet. The most productive presentations are tip-ups with northern suckers and large shiners, with some anglers having success with jigging spoons.  

Crappie:   Crappie fishing is good – once you locate them. Plan to move in the search for active fish. Concentrate on deeper water areas out to 25 feet, particularly in holes, and check the entire water column with your electronics. Best offerings include crappie minnows and small tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits.  

Bluegill:   Bluegill action is very good in the weeds for smaller fish. Use small jigs and teardrops with waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits.  

Perch:   Perch fishing is fair to good near the bottom around deeper weeds and on mud flats. Use minnow heads, waxies, wigglers, spikes, and plastics on small jigs or 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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1/24/17 @ 8:35 PM
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Tom Boley
Tom Boley
USER since 3/27/11

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent

Walleye fishing has been solid on a few lakes. We are getting a decent day bite and a good afternoon rush. Tip ups and slender spoons have been good. Downsizing has always helped us midwinter. Finding perch has been important.


Call to book your trip today. 715 4108696

Edited on 1/25/17 6:33 AM
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1/24/17 @ 9:54 AM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the January 23, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

North Wood’s temperatures return to more normal readings this week, though with highs still in the 20s (and that is above zero!) There are chances of precipitation nearly every day, but as snow rather than rain after the first of the week.

“There were a lot of anglers out last week,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but with many conflicting reports about success!... Walleye action is good on the deeper lakes with sucker minnows and shiners, with best action in evening into after dark (shallower weeds after dark). In the afternoons, vertical jig deeper water with fathead or shiner pieces... Northern pike action is good with shiners under tip-ups fished in the weeds. Pike are daytime feeders and you can get fish in the weeds all day. Many anglers set two tip-ups for pike and the third for panfish... Crappies are in deeper water and holes, and vertical jigging small jigs works very well. Bluegills are in weeds, hitting waxies. Perch are hitting crappie minnows and waxies in the weeds and near bottom in soft bottom areas.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says the weather in Hayward was amazing last week and through the weekend, and ice conditions are excellent, with reports of 14-20 inches of ice on most lakes... “Walleye fishing is a little tougher, but there are still decent reports from most lakes. Fish deeper, steeper breaks in 20-30 feet. Jigging presentations with spoons, Jigging Raps, and Slab Raps are getting reaction strikes, and tip-ups with walleye suckers and medium shiners are getting fish as well... Northern pike offer the best action going on weed flats and bars in 5-20 feet. Tip-ups with large shiners work well, and some anglers are getting fish on jigging spoons... There is a fairly good panfish bite on tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, and plastics in 10-25 feet. Keep moving until you find some biting fish!”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage northern pike are producing the most action thus far...  Shiners on tip-ups are the bait of choice for pike anglers, with the most active pike generally bigger fish more than 30 inches long. Crappie fishing is a bit slower than usual on the Flowage, but a few spots are producing consistent action. This is particularly the two deep holes in front of Popple Island – try between 20-30 feet... Round Lake walleye fishing is also slower than usual, but anglers are still catching some nice fish on walleye suckers under tip-ups. If you are getting less action in the shallows, do not be afraid to try a little deeper water.”  

FISHING REPORT   

Walleye:  Walleye action is good, especially in late evening into dark, with some deeper water jigging action during daytime hours. Look for deep/steep breaks in 18-30 feet and deeper, working shallow weed areas after dark. Use walleye suckers, shiners, and fatheads under tip-ups and on jigs, or try jigging spoons, Jigging Raps, Slab Raps, and other jigging baits.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is very good to excellent on most lakes. Look for weeds, weed flats, bars, and grass beds in depths from shallow to more than 20 feet, especially in areas holding minnows and panfish. Baits of choice include large shiners and northern suckers under tip-ups, as well as jigging spoons.  

Crappie:   Crappie action is good to very good, but plan on moving around to find and keep on top of active fish. Concentrate on depths from 10-30 feet, particularly in deep holes. Tip small/tungsten jigs and teardrops with crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits.  

Bluegill:   Bluegill fishing is good to very good in mid-depth to deeper weeds for anglers using waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs.  

Perch:   Perch fishing is fair to good in depths to 25 feet or so around weeds and on soft bottom areas. Use small jigs tipped with crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, and plastics.  

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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1/23/17 @ 9:40 AM
12" Bluegill
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USER since 3/7/12

Looking to come up fishing this up coming weekend. Would anyone be able to give me some advice on where to find crappies and northern?


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