Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County

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7/20/16 @ 1:50 PM
FISHING REPORT
Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
Another fun night fishing on Chippewa Flowage!

Fished with Bill and Jeff last evening. Started out with Walleyes. Caught 3 shorts and a few Gill's down deep. We then turned our attention to Crappies. Started getting into them pretty good, until all heck broke loose!

I brought this 48 inch beauty in on 4 lbs line and 1/32 jig with GULP on an ultra light rod! I think it took a swipe at a crappie I had on momentarly, and the crappie decide to switch places with it. After a 30 minute battle, it was in the boat along with a broke-in-half walleye landing net!

As you can tell, the guy taking the pics didnt have a clue on how to use it. He was the net man so I had to cut him some slack.

With this super warm weather and water temps, getting those fish back in the water ASAP will help them survive. Remember, dont try to flush water into their gills by pushing the front and back. Instead, just gently roll them side to side and dont let them go too soon eaither! They'll let you when they're ready. Last nights fish took about 20 mins to come around and left me wet in the face before saying good bye.

Just an FYI about the bridge bog, you can still get through by The Landing side.

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

TC

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7/19/16 @ 2:46 PM
Hayward Lakes VCB
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To "get the frabill"

The DNR has compiled a list of shore fishing options in Sawyer County at the following link:  Public Shore Fishing in Sawyer County


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7/19/16 @ 2:42 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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Full Moon

Excerpts from the July 18, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“Despite lingering effects from the big storm,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “anglers report some success… Muskies are around weed edges and drop-offs in 6-10 feet. Fish topwaters in early mornings and late evenings. Walleye success is best in late evening into night when fish come shallow to feed. Fish 6-10 feet with crawlers and leeches. During the day, fish deeper holes and weed humps. On cloudy days, fish shallower weed edges. Northern will bite on about anything, but spinnerbaits work best shallow and around weeds… For largemouth bass, fish shallow weeds, docks, and lily pads with plastics such as frogs and rigged worms. For smallmouth, work tube jigs and crankbaits on deeper gravel/rocky areas… Small panfish are shallow; larger fish are on deeper weeds or edges. Use crappie minnows, worm pieces, or tube jigs.”

 Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says fishing is tougher with the rain and cooler temperatures. “Muskies are still hitting topwaters and bucktails. Walleye fishing is much slower, though anglers continue to catch fish. Use leeches on slip bobbers or Lindy Rigs and slow troll crawler harnesses in 15-30 feet, depending on time of day… Bass action is very good. Start fishing in 5-10 feet with plastics and topwaters, focusing on weed edges, downed timber, and docks. Panfish are moving deeper but still biting. Small jigs with plastics and crappie minnows work best.”

Mike at Jenk’s says musky fishing seems less affected by the storm than walleye fishing… Muskies are hesitant to strike, but anglers report follows. Surface baits are effective in morning and evening. Try creepers on calm evenings. If a fish does not hit on a figure-8, something new might trigger a strike… Walleye fishing is tough as anglers are having trouble finding the fish. Look for cover on the bottom in 15-17 feet and deeper. Try trolling bottom bouncers with live bait, or Flicker Shads and Bad Shads. Northern pike action is solid despite the storm. For larger pike, fish far west end bays with silver and pink tinsel tail spinnerbaits and Johnson Silver Minnows… For crappies, fish deeper cribs, bogs, and brush.”

 Jim at Minnow Jim’s says high water effects are subsiding and fishing continues on Nelson Lake. “Walleye anglers should troll or cast stickbaits that rattle and/or wobble. For northerns, use large dressed Mepps, spoons, and surface stickbaits. Largemouth anglers are catching some nice fish on scented worms and frogs, spinners, and buzz baits. Drift fish for panfish with waxies, worms, leeches, or artificials on slip bobbers or jigs, varying bait depth.”

 According to DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt, constantly changing weather and extremely heavy rain have made for some challenging fishing conditions…  “Musky action improved with the warmer temps and many anglers report a lot of follows, with topwaters and gliders the favorites. Walleye success is erratic, with best action in mid-depth weed beds and open pockets within the beds… Largemouth and smallmouth bass provide the most consistent success. Largemouth are still transitioning to wood, bog edges, docks, etc., and many are still holding near deep weed edges and cover. Use soft plastics and fast-retrieved crankbaits. Smallmouth are particularly picky in the lures that they will hit. Fish small finesse plastics on mid-depth woody cover… Panfish action is fair around mid-depth cover.” 

Musky:   Musky action is fair to good, with the best chances for success in early morning and evening on weed edges and drop-offs in 5-12 feet. Bucktails, topwaters, and gliders work well, but most other bait types will also get attention.

Walleye:   Walleye action is slow and inconsistent. Some anglers are catching fish, primarily in low light conditions. During the day (if you insist), fish structure in 15-30 feet. In early morning and evening, fish 5-12 feet. Best areas, depending on the time, include deep holes, weeds, wood, humps, brush, bars, and shorelines. Leeches and crawlers on jigs, Lindy Rigs, split shot rigs, slip bobbers, and crawler harnesses lead the way, but crankbaits and minnow baits are also productive.

Northern Pike:   Northern pike fishing is good to very good around shallow weeds and bays and near panfish concentrations. Live bait works well, but the pike are also hitting spinners, spinnerbaits, and spoons. Fish bigger baits deeper for bigger fish.

Largemouth Bass:   Largemouth action is very good from very shallow out to about 10 feet on weeds, weed edges, wood, docks, lily pads, logs, bogs, and brush. Plastics in various configurations – worms, creatures, frogs, grubs, etc. – topwaters, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits are all working for largemouth.

Smallmouth Bass:   Smallmouth fishing is fair to good, though more challenging than largemouth. Look for them on weed edges, gravel, rock, wood, and other structure in varied depths, from somewhat shallow to deeper water. The most productive baits include plastics, tubes, crankbaits, minnows, crawlers, and leeches.

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is fair as fish move to deeper water and deal with storm effects. Look for them along deep weeds and weed edges, cribs, brush, bogs, and other structure. Best baits include crappie minnows, worms, plastics, tube jigs, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and Gulp! baits.

 Bluegill:   Bluegill action is fair to good, with small fish in the shallows offering consistent action. Bigger bluegills are around deeper weeds, brush, and other cover. Use small jigs with waxies, leaf worms, crawler chunks, tube jigs, 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 1-800-724-2992.


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7/19/16 @ 2:03 PM
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Rich Simak
Rich Simak
USER since 6/3/11

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

There are still some walleye in the weeds. Despite the flat calm sunny conditions we managed to catch 3 along with many smallmouth bass. Look for fish to move out of the edges with the hot weather forecast.

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7/19/16 @ 12:08 PM
get the frabill
get the frabill
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can anyone point me in the direction of a shore fishing spot? looking to do some slip bobbering or casting as we are camping for the week. Thanks in advance.

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7/15/16 @ 2:46 PM
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Rich Simak
Rich Simak
USER since 6/3/11

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Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

It was a good musky day yesterday. Fish were in the weeds. We caught 2, lost 1 and saw 3 others. The followers were all on jerkbaits. Both fish caught were on Cowgirls.

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7/15/16 @ 12:09 PM
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Tom Boley
Tom Boley
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I have been on the Chippewa Flowage most days but have had a few multi-species trips on other lakes this past month. The walleye bit has been great. The cooler than  normal water temperatures have kept alot of fish in the weeds and a great casting bite has set up. Bass fishing has been awesome. Dog walks and plastics have been doing well in a variety of areas. Water temps on the larger lakes have been 70 degrees as of yesterday. 

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7/15/16 @ 5:17 AM
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Jason Stewart
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Waxing Gibbous

To say river fishing is challenging at the moment is a huge understatement!  But there is still lots of good fishable water and big SMB to go with it.  Photo's of Bill and Lane, a duel between fly fishing and spin casting.  So far the Fluke is winning on quantity, and the fly is winning on quality.

Lots of rivers in the Hayward area are unsafe for floating right now, so please be cautious out there!!!!

Cheers,

JS 

Edited on 7/15/16 5:19 AM
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7/13/16 @ 10:18 PM
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Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Got out on the Chippewa Flowage tonight with Bill and his crew, hunting for some crappies. Despite high winds and cooler water temperatures from the recent surge of rain, we did pretty good! Caught quite a few and kept 25. Not bad considering the recent weather.

Give me a call if you want to get out on this beautiful pristine body of water and the bounty that it holds!

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

TC

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7/12/16 @ 10:18 AM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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Waxing Gibbous

Excerpts from the July 11, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“The hot weather is great for boaters,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, but not so much anglers... Muskies are suspending in deeper water and in weeds. Fish walleyes on weed edges in 8-18 feet and structure in 17-20 feet with leeches, crawlers, fatheads, and walleye suckers. Night and early morning are best… Northern action is good on deep weedlines and structure near baitfish with suckers, jigs/minnows, spinners, and spinnerbaits. Catch largemouth in weeds from 5 feet out on spinners, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwaters, plastics, crawlers, and leeches. Fish smallmouth on breaks and rock bars with plastics, tubes, leeches, fatheads, and topwaters… Crappies are suspending on weedlines in 12-18 feet and over deeper water. Use crappie minnows on split shot rigs, Mini Mites, Tattle-Tails, and tubes. Catch bluegills along weed edges with waxies, leaf worms, leeches, crappie minnows, plastics, and poppers.”

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says fishing is good with the more stable weather… “Musky action is decent on deeper weed edges. Fish topwaters early and then spinners and jerkbaits during the day. Walleye fishing is good, with most action in early morning and evening. Fish weed edges and main lake bars in 10-25 feet with leeches on jigs or under slip bobbers… Pike action is slower with the warmer water. Try fishing deeper with suckers or jigs and swim baits. Bass fishing is good for both largemouth and smallmouth on wacky worms, Power Worms, and topwaters during low light… There is a good deeper water crappie bite with plastics and crappie minnows, especially on the Chippewa Flowage.”

Mike at Jenk’s says musky fishing remains solid, with fish active on a variety of baits… “Anglers report success on SS Shads to Buchertail Slopmaster spinnerbaits and everything in between. Remember to stay out deep and cast in shallow to ensure that you cover the drop-offs… Daylight walleye fishing improved slightly, with anglers using crawlers and leeches catching some more fish during early afternoons in 15-17 feet around deep brush and schools of baitfish. Trolling Flicker Shads, Bad Shads, and Wally Divers is also effective. Try fishing at night around weed beds and humps with crawlers and leeches… Crappie fishing is very good on bogs in the evening with crappie minnows, Mini-Mites, and Gulp! micro-baits. Try different depths to find the schools.”

According to DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt, water levels on area lakes, flowages, rivers, and streams dropped to more normal levels, though most remain a few inches above average“Musky anglers report good action along weed edges and over less-dense weed beds on bucktails and topwaters. Walleye success is hit or miss, with just a few reports of decent action along weed edges and deeper breaklines… Largemouth are near firm overhead cover such as logs, bog edges, stumps, and thick reed beds, with soft plastics getting the most action. Smallmouth are very close to woody structure, with the best action on the larger flowages for anglers using finesse plastics and spinner baits… Panfish anglers are finding some crappies and larger bluegills suspending near mid-depth cover.” 

Musky:   Musky action is generally good, with fish on deeper drop-offs, weedlines, and breaklines, as well as suspending in deeper water. The fish are not particularly selective, hitting bucktails, spinners, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, topwaters, and probably whatever else you might throw at them!

Walleye:   Walleye fishing is fair to good, with early morning and evening into after dark best, though some anglers are having success during the day. Concentrate on weed edges, brush, bars, breaklines, humps, and other structure out to 25 feet and deeper, working shallower cover during low light. The most productive baits include leeches and crawlers on slip bobbers, jigs, Lindy Rigs, spinner rigs, and slip shot rigs; fatheads, walleye suckers, and cast and trolled crankbaits.

Northern Pike:  Northern action is good, though it slowed a bit with the warmer temperatures. Look for them on weedlines, weed flats, and/or near panfish in somewhat deeper water. Sucker minnows, jigs/minnows, swim baits, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, and chatterbaits will all work for pike.

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth action is good on weeds, wood, brush, bogs, logs, stumps, slop, docks, and lily pad beds from shallow out to about 12 feet. Various baits work well, including soft plastics (worms in various configurations, grubs, tubes, creatures, jigs/pigs, frogs), swim jigs, crankbaits, spinners, spinnerbaits, topwaters, crawlers, and leeches.

Smallmouth Bass:   Smallmouth fishing is good on wood, rock bars, and breaklines. Best baits include plastics (worms in various configurations, grubs, tubes, creatures), swim jigs, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, topwaters, leeches, and fatheads.

Crappie:   Crappie fishing is best in the evening at varied depths around bogs and other cover. During the day, look for fish suspending near cover in 10-20 feet. Crappie minnows, plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, Twister Tails, tube jigs, and Gulp! baits will all catch crappies.

Bluegill:   Bluegill fishing is fair to good and inconsistent. You will find them in and suspending near weeds and other cover, with smaller fish in shallow water and larger ‘gills out to about 20 feet. Standard bluegill fare works well, including waxies, leaf worms, leeches, small minnows, plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and poppers. 

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

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