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6/12/18 @ 10:04 AM
FISHING REPORT
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Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the June 11, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The current forecast indicates it might be a good idea to enjoy your outdoor recreation and activities during midweek when days should have mild temperatures and clear skies. At this time (again, according to the current forecast), there are chances for strong thunderstorms from this Friday through Sunday. Always subject to change! If the weather interferes with your outdoor plans for Father’s Day, take him out for a good meal – a really, REALLY good meal!

“Weather inconsistencies with big temperature variations have affected recent fishing success,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “producing inconsistent bites...“Musky anglers are reporting some success, with the ideal tactic medium crankbaits, bucktails, and plastic swimbaits with slower retrieves. Topwaters are creating action in early morning hours.  “Walleye anglers are making some nice catches with bladed spinners on crawler rigs. Jigs and minnows action is slowing, but there are still productive areas to target. Walleyes are starting to drift off shorelines, on drop-offs, and on mid-lake structure. Dragging live bait is producing some nice fish.  “Largemouth bass are in and around shallow vegetation, producing catches for panfish and walleye anglers. Smallmouth bass fishing is good for anglers casting crankbaits and plastics over rocky areas. Fresh vegetation is taking shape and providing some good baitfish habitat.  “Panfish are in shallower areas as well and it is hard to beat a slip bobber and live bait. Crappie action is still good near shoreline areas in about 5 feet of water. Bluegills are also along shorelines and starting their spawning cycle.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says fishing continues to be solid in the Hayward area...“Musky anglers are seeing numbers of fish and fishing will get better with warming water temperatures and growing weed beds. Anglers that have been finding success have been using various Glide baits such as Phantom HardHeads, Soft Tails, Warlocks, Hell Hounds, and plastics such as Swimming Dawgs, Poseidons, and Lake X Shallow Frogs. Look for windblown shorelines, new weed beds, and areas not far from musky spawning grounds.  “Walleye fishing picked up and anglers should look for early summer transition areas. Try jigs and minnows or crawler and leech harnesses such as Lindy Rigs and Northland spinner rigs.  “Northern pike are active and anglers should add a leader and cast jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and spoons over and along new weed beds.  “Bass fishing is strong and largemouth and smallmouth are spawning on many lakes. Scan the shallows in search of cruising fish, as these fish are the most aggressive and will hit jerkbaits, soft plastics, and topwaters. Anglers targeting fish on beds using drop-shot rigs, Ned rigs, and other plastics should handle fish carefully and release them as close to the bedding area as possible.  “Crappies have spawned or are post-spawn, depending on the lake and water temperature. Look for deeper timber and any new weeds close to deep water, and keep moving to locate active schools. Jigs and panfish plastics can be dynamite for crappies, but do not overlook live bait such as waxies and crappie minnows.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches on jigs and Lindy Rigs, as well as on cast and trolled stickbaits... “Northern pike angler should use larger stickbaits and sucker minnows under floats. Largemouth bass anglers are taking bass of all sizes on wacky worms, spinnerbaits, and leeches.  “Anglers can catch crappies, bluegills, and perch on shallow shorelines and in bays, fishing from deeper to shallower water.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage is full and the water temperature is in the low to mid 70s... “Musky action is decent, with some anglers catching 40-inch fish in two feet of water on rubber baits such as Bull Dawgs and X-Toads, an on Ghosttail bucktails.  “During the cooling temperatures last week, anglers caught more walleyes in and around shallow cover, though many fish were smaller and under-size. The best live bait choices are minnows and leeches, with Beetle Spins, square bill crankbaits, and plastic minnows the choices for artificials.  “Northern pike remain active in the weeds, hitting live bait, spinners, and spoons. Regardless of the species you chase, expect to hook into a few northerns.  “Smallmouth bass are very active around shallow rocks and various other types of cover. Imitation craws, wacky worms, and crawlers are all producing.  “Crappies and other panfish moved shallow with the cool down, lingering around deadfall trees along the shorelines. Minnows, waxies, and leaf worms on slip bobbers are producing the most action, followed by Crappie Scrubs, Mini-Mites, and Gulp! one-inch minnows.” 

FISHING REPORT 

Musky:  Musky season’s slow start is quickly improving and action is fair to good. Concentrate on shallower weed beds, windblown shorelines, and known spawning areas that are adjacent to deeper water. Currently, the most effective offerings are small to medium bucktails, crankbaits, swimbaits, stickbaits, gliders, plastics, rubber baits, and topwaters, all with slow retrieves.  

Walleye:  Walleye action is picking up following a brief slow period. Work shallower cover, drop-offs, bars, and mid-lake structure, fishing shallow in early morning and evening into dark. Presentations producing the best success include minnows, crawlers, and leeches on jigs, spinner and bait harnesses, and Lindy Rigs, as well as plastics, Beetle Spins, crankbaits, stickbaits, and Rapalas.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike are in shallow to mid-depth weed beds, as well as near spawning panfish, and on the feed. Northern suckers and minnows under floats, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, stickbaits, and jerkbait fished with steel leaders are all effective for pike. Anglers fishing for other species seem to have no trouble catching them. For trophy pike, fish bigger baits in deeper water.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are in the shallows, spawning, and very active and aggressive. Soft plastics, jerkbaits, wacky worms, spinnerbaits, topwaters, drop-shot rigs, Ned rigs, crawlers, and leeches will all draw the attention of largemouth.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are shallow and spawning on/around rocks, gravel, and other hard bottom areas. Plastics (crayfish, grubs, Twister Tails, wacky worms, etc.), jerkbaits, crankbaits, drop-shot rigs, Ned rigs, crawlers, and topwaters all work. Remember – smallmouth season in the Northern Bass Zone is catch and release only until June 16.  

Crappie:  Crappies are post-spawn and transitioning to deeper water between temperature fluctuations. Anglers will have to do some searching to find them. For now, concentrate on shorelines, weeds, wood, trees, and brush from shallow to deep. Top baits and presentations include crappie minnows, waxies, leaf worms, plastics, Mini-Mites, Crappie Scrubs, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and plain hooks, with or without a slip bobber.  

Bluegill:  Bluegills are shallow, spawning in bays and along shoreline, and easy to locate. Look for “elephant tracks” on sandy bottoms. There is a wide variety of productive bait choices, including waxies, leaf worms, leeches, small minnows, plastics, Mini-Mites, and Gulp! baits.  

 


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6/11/18 @ 1:22 PM
FISHING REPORT
Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (7%)
Waning Crescent

Been guiding all over Chippewa Flowage the last few days. Targeting walleyes and crappies.

Catchin quite a few short walleyes and the crappies are a bit spotty. Most of the fish are coming out of the weeds with the bigger walleyes being caught there as well. 

With the weather starting to stabilize a little bit more fishing will be picking up.

I have a few days open the following week June 19th, 20th, and 21st if somebody wants to get out on the Big Chip!

Good luck, be safe and we'll see you on the lake!

TC

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6/8/18 @ 1:39 PM
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Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

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Waning Crescent

Just got in from off of the lake guiding Rick and his ten-year-old son Josh for walleyes on the Chippewa Flowage. We had plenty of action at every spot we hit! No Keepers though, but must have caught 20 to 30 of them.

Everything came on slip Bobbers and leeches but we had way too much action to try jigging. Possibly could have picked up a few better ones doing such. Great time on the water though! Sure was fun!

On another note, I did have a last minute cancellation for tomorrow if somebody's interested in getting out on the Big Chip. Just give me a call!

The lake is at its full pool and probably a little more. A few navigational Hazard floating around out there so be on the watch.

Good luck, be safe and we'll see you on the lake!

TC

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6/7/18 @ 8:20 AM
Capt. Jarrid Houston
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Didn't Max used to guide in the Hayward area? Glad your season is going well..

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6/7/18 @ 7:55 AM
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Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

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Waning Crescent

Had a fun time yesterday guiding at the Partners event at The Landing Resort on the Chippewa Flowage.

This event brings the Wisconsin DNR, GLIFWC, BIA and all tribal elder members from different bands around the state together, along with most of the area guides. Also, there were a few football celebrities from the 97 Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers that fished as well.

I had the privilege to fish with local fish biologist Max Wolter and another gentleman from GLIFWC.

We caught about everything under the sun just a few species short from catching everything in the lake. Mostly had a blast catching Smallmouth. Max did however, hook into a small musky and happened to bring his pit tag reader. He explained about the pit tag reader that every musky has its own number and documentation on Stocking length and stocking location around the lake.

All in all it was a very interesting day to say the least with a lot of questions being answered and a lot of questions still unanswered about the future of the Chippewa Flowage.

Give me a call if you want to get out on this beautiful body of water! Good luck, be safe and we'll see you on the lake!

TC

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6/5/18 @ 9:18 PM
FISHING REPORT
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Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (60%)
Waning Gibbous

Fishing has been pretty good lately on the Chippewa Flowage!

Crappies are now out into the weeds. Walleyes seem to be doing pretty good on leeches and swim baits. Mostly the bigger ones are coming out deep. Evening bite in the weeds and in the shallows.

I do have this Friday opened up if somebody wants to pick that date up due to a cancellation.

Good luck, be safe and we'll see you on the lake!!

TC

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6/5/18 @ 6:20 PM
esoxlobo
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Just a shout out to the folks that gave input on where to take the crappie of a lifetime I caught last year. Several of you suggested Ron Gram in Springbrooke. Thanks for the tip, he was great to work with and he did a really nice job. Thanks again to the Lake-Link community!

18" and 3 lbs 4 oz.

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6/5/18 @ 10:02 AM
FISHING REPORT
Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the June 4, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The forecast for this week predicts mild temperatures, with chances for rain thunderstorms, and (for some) – relief from the 90-degree temperatures. Great weather for nearly all outdoor recreation!

“Summer-like temperatures are giving way to spring-like conditions,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Water temperatures in the upper 70s should cool with the rain and cool nights...  Muskie season is off to a slow start, with anglers catching a few undersize, beat-up, post-spawn fish. Use mid-size bucktails, crankbaits, and plastics with slow retrieves... Walleyes finished spawning and moved to the mid-depth ranges and humps. Jigs and minnows work well, with the best times early morning and late afternoon into dark... Northern pike and bass are sticking near vegetation and following spawning fish. Use small crankbaits, spinnerbaits, plastics, and topwaters. Smallmouth bass remain catch and release until June 16...  The panfish bite is good on most inland lakes. Crappies are finishing spawn, while bluegills are coming in to spawn and will stick near vegetation... Crappie minnows, tube jigs, and hair jigs under bobbers are producing some nice fish in shallower areas with vegetation. Polarized sunglasses can help locate fish. Anglers are also finding some walleyes in similar areas.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says fishing is solid in the Hayward Area.  “Musky anglers report numerous follows – and some lazy fish. Musky action will only get better as weeds establish and water temperatures warm. Various glide baits and plastics are producing success. Look for wind-blown shorelines, established weed beds, and areas near musky spawning grounds... Walleye fishing is picking up and anglers should look for summer transition areas. Jigs and minnows, and crawler/harness rigs with crawlers and leeches are producing catches... Northern pike are active and anglers should work various jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and spoons over/along weed beds... Bass fishing remains strong, with largemouth and smallmouth spawning on many lakes. Work the shallows for cruising fish, using jerkbaits, soft plastics, drop-shots rigs, Ned rigs, and topwaters. Handle fish carefully and release them as close to the bedding area as possible... Crappies are post-spawn, depending on the lake and water temperature. Look for deeper timber and weeds close to deep water. Use jigs and crappie minnows, plastics, and waxies, moving from spot to spot to find active schools.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage is at full level, with the water temperature 75 degrees.  “Musky action is on various baits and trolling deeper areas will become more effective the farther we move into summer. In early morning and at night, breaklines and weed edges are usually productive. Tail baits and crankbaits are solid choices. Stay deeper and cast in to work drop-offs effectively... Walleyes are active at varied depths, with smaller fish around shallow stumps and rocks and bigger fish deeper. Large chubs, leeches, plastics, and swimbaits are all producing action... Northern pike are active in weedy bays on the west end, with live bait and tinsel tail spinnerbaits working well... Smallmouth bass fishing is solid on plastic craws and frogs, spinnerbaits, and crawlers along stumpy and rocky shorelines... Crappies are a little quiet as they transition to summer patterns. Try deeper weeds, brush piles, and cribs with minnows and plastics. Bluegills are in the weeds, hitting leaf worms, leeches, and waxies, and many anglers report perch 11 inches and larger.” 

FISHING REPORT

Musky:  Musky action is a bit slow as fish are still recovering from their spawning adventure. Concentrate on weed beds and edges, wind-blown shorelines, breaklines, and drop-offs, particularly in early morning and night. Baits of choice include small to mid-size gliders, jerkbaits, crankbaits, bucktails, plastics, and topwaters using slow retrieves.  

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is good, with action improving as post-spawn fish return to feeding, but the walleyes dispersed to spots at various depths. Early morning and late afternoon into dark are the most productive hours. Look for mid-depth to deep humps, stumps, rocks, and weedlines. Jigs and minnows, crawlers, leeches, plastics, and swimbaits all work well.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is good around shallower weeds, weed beds, and spawning panfish. Northern suckers, minnows, jerkbaits, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, and plastics all work. For trophy pike, fish bigger baits deeper.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are shallow, spawning, and hitting plastics, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, topwaters, and more. This is a good time to test your collection!  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth fishing is very good, but it is catch and release until June 16. Fish are near shallower stumps, hard bottom areas, and rocky shorelines. Soft plastics such as crayfish and frogs, jerkbaits, drop-shot rigs, spinnerbaits, topwaters, and crawlers are all effective offerings.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is fair to good, but post-spawn fish moved deeper and it might take some searching to find the schools. Work deeper weeds, wood, timber, brush, and cribs with crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, tubes, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and hooks, with or without bobbers.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good to excellent, with fish spawning and even finishing on some lakes. Look for shallower weeds and other vegetation – and “elephant tracks” on sandy bottoms. Use waxies, worms, crawler chunks, leaf worms, leeches, plastics, and tubes on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, fished under bobbers.  


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5/29/18 @ 12:07 PM
Musky Ben
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That...  is an outstanding report!!!

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5/29/18 @ 11:48 AM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
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Full Moon

Excerpts from the May 28, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

It’s been a hot time in the North Woods, but this week’s forecast shows rain chances possible throughout the week, with cooler temperatures breaking the “warm” spell. For a change, it appears the weekend will see very nice conditions for most outdoor activities. Summer weather is here – take advantage of it!  

“Great fishing is happening now,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and the bite is good for most species of fish, with most partaking in their usual spring patterns. Even better, things should remain consistent for some time... Muskies have just come off spawn and are moving a little slow. Use small to midsize baits with slow retrieves... Walleye fishing is productive in mid depths with jigs and minnows or plastics, as well as trolled #5 crankbaits in assorted colors. Soon, worm harnesses and bottom bouncers will be the go-to tactics. The best time is early mornings and late afternoon into dark when fish come shallow to feed... Northern pike and largemouth bass are following spawning panfish into the shallows. Cast spinnerbaits and plastics over weed tops along the shorelines... Area lakes are showing signs of great panfish bites in shallow water. Crappies continue to seek out spawning areas and anglers are catching fish with crappie minnows under slip bobbers in 18 inches to 3 feet of water. Bluegills will follow the crappie spawn and there are already reports of some nice bluegill catches.”  

Bob at Hayward Bait says fishing is strong and water temperatures are climbing quickly... "The walleye bite is slower, but still good. Fish shallow early and late in the day, casting crankbaits, swimbaits, or jigs and minnows around emerging weeds and gravel bars... Northern pike fishing is a little slow, but still offering decent action. Work weed flats and humps with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and swimbaits... Largemouth bass action is solid around shallow solid cover such as docks and wood, as well as new weeds. Swim jigs, wacky worms, and topwaters will all put fish in the boat... Smallmouth are starting to bed and jerkbaits and plastics are your best bet. Remember smallmouth fishing is catch and release only until the third week of June... Crappies are finishing spawning and sliding deeper, while bluegills are starting to move into the shallows to bed... Trout anglers report success with small spinners and flies.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage is at full level and the water temperature is 72-75 degrees... “It was a good start to musky season, with most catches on smaller spinnerbaits, topwaters, and crankbaits. This will be the case until mid June when larger baits and trolling is more viable... Walleyes are around shallow stumps and rocks, but that pattern will not hold for long. Do not hesitate to try deeper, heavy cover during the day and weed edges and breaks during twilight hours. Minnows still work well, but leeches and crawlers will soon be more effective... Anglers fishing medium minnows and spinnerbaits for other species are catching many smaller northern pike around shallow weed beds, bluegills, and crappies. The few bass reports say mostly small bass are active... Crappies are post spawn, dispersing throughout the lake, and this is a difficult time to fish for them. Try deeper brush piles and cribs. Bluegills are shallow and particularly active on of crawler pieces and leaf worms.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says it might be hard to believe, but popple fuzz and good fishing go together on Nelson Lake... "Walleyes are biting and most anglers are using fatheads, sucker minnows, and leeches. The wide range of walleye sizes is encouraging for future years. Bass and northern pike anglers are catching fish on surface baits... Bluegill and crappie fishing is great for angler fishing live bait, minnows, waxies, worms, and leeches on jigs or under bobbers. The panfish have been in shallow water, but if not there, move to 5-10 feet.”  

FISHING REPORT 

Musky: Muskies are picking up speed to feed, but small to medium bucktails, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and topwaters with moderate to slow retrieves will serve you best at this time.  

Walleye:  Walleye fishing slowed a bit, but anglers continue to catch fish, especially early and late in the day. Concentrate on shallow to mid-depth weeds, rock, gravel, stumps, bays, and breaklines. Top producing presentations include jigs/fatheads or sucker minnows, leeches, crawlers, jigs/plastics, bottom bouncers, worm harnesses, crankbaits, and swim baits. Trolling smaller crankbaits and stickbaits is also working.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is fair to good, with smaller fish providing most of the action. Look for pike on shallow weeds, flats, shorelines, humps, and anywhere panfish are spawning. Minnows, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, plastics, and surface baits will all work.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth bass fishing is good and improving around shallower structure and weeds. Wacky worms, topwaters, swim jigs, and surface baits will all produce action.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth bass fishing in the Northern Bass Zone is catch and release only until June 16. The fish are just starting to bed and react well to jerkbaits, crankbaits, and plastics.  

Crappie:  Crappies are spawning or have finished spawning, depending on the water, and moving back to deeper cover. Look for them from very shallow out to about 12 feet or so. Best baits include crappie minnows, waxies, worms, and leeches on jigs and/or under slip bobbers.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill action is good and getting better as fish move shallow for spawning. For now, fish depths out to 10 feet or so with waxies, worms, leaf worms, leeches, crawler pieces, and plastics on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, with or without 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 800-724-2992.

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