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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
4/14/14 9:46 AM CST
By Steve Suman April 14, 2014

FISHING REPORT Panfish anglers showed a slight increase in fishing interest during the mild weather days last week, but travel conditions continue to present a significant challenge and the late-ice fishing days are numbered. Ice depths remain in the 20- to 30-inch range, but with shoreline ice pulling away, getting on the ice (and OFF!) can be a problem. The limited number of anglers report decent catches of crappie, bluegill, and perch in a wide range of depths, from shallow to deep, and at various points in the water column – be sure to check it all, from bottom to top!

Upcoming Events March 31: Last year’s hunting, fishing, sports, and conservation patron licenses expired. April 15 through July 31: Illegal to allow dogs to run on DNR lands and Federal WPA (see regs for exceptions). April 25-27: Fishing Has No Boundaries National Convention at LCO Casino (800-243-3462). April 27: Early catch-and-release only trout season closes at midnight. Season is artificial bait and flies only. April 30: Otter trapping season closes in the North zone. May 3: General inland fishing season opener (see regs for 2014 bass zone changes). May 6: Hayward Lakes Chapter Muskies, Inc. meeting at Beer Bellies (715-634-4543.) May 9-11: Treeland Walleye Challenge (715-462-3874). May 16-17: Fishing Has No Boundaries (715-634-3185). May 24: Muskie season opens in Northern Zone.

Spring turkey hunting periods A: April 16-22; B: April 23-29; C: April 30-May 6; D: May 7-13; E: May 14-20; F: May 21-27.

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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4/8/14 8:02 AM CST
Ice Depth: 29" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 31° - 35° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
as of last thur. 31" on the tigercat. this week mon. 28" and 29" on spider lake. we'll see what this 60 degree weather can do. good luck every one.

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4/8/14 7:36 AM CST
How do things look for ice out before the opener? That would be a bummer if there was ice two years in a row!

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
4/7/14 10:39 AM CST
FISHING REPORT The foot (or more) of new snow at the end of last week did nothing to help travel conditions on the lakes, but sunshine and mild temperatures over the weekend went a long way toward making a correction. Reports remain sparse, however. Crappies are still suspending over deep water at various points in the water column, with minnows, waxies, and plastics the baits of choice. Bluegills are holding in mid-depths (to 15 feet) and taking waxies, spikes, and plastics. Perch anglers are catching fish near the bottom in various depths on minnows, waxies, and plastics. There is still time for some very good late season ice fishing for panfish, but if the weather cooperates for ice-out, it could be a very short season!

Upcoming Events March 31: Hunting, fishing, sports, and conservation patron licenses expired. April 11: Namekagon River Gobblers NWTF Banquet (715-580-0792; 558-2496; 669-3401). April 12-13: Youth turkey hunt. April 14: Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Conservation Congress meetings. April 15 through July 31: Illegal to allow dogs to run on DNR lands and Federal WPA (see regs for exceptions). April 27: Early catch-and-release only trout season closes at midnight. Season is artificial bait, barbless-hook only. April 30: Otter trapping season closes in the North zone.

Spring turkey hunting periods A: April 16-22; B: April 23-29; C: April 30-May 6; D: May 7-13; E: May 14-20; F: May 21-27.

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.

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
4/2/14 12:59 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 21° - 25° F
By: Steve Suman

FISHING REPORT Access and lake travel conditions remain somewhat difficult, but there was great improvement (at least on some lakes) in the past few days. Ice thickness is good overall, with reports of depths nearing 40 inches on some lakes. Weather is always the key factor, but it appears we may yet have a good late-winter ice fishing season. Please note your old licenses expire/expired March 31.

Crappie: Crappie action is improving on most lakes. Concentrate on 12-25 feet of water and look for suspending fish, making sure to monitor the entire water column. Crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics on plain hooks and small jigs will do the trick. Take a selection of various baits – fish preferences can change from day to day.

Bluegill: Bluegills are showing an increase in activity in 7-20 feet of water. Baits of choice include waxies, spikes, and plastics on plain hooks, small jigs, and teardrops.

Perch: Perch anglers are doing well on the deep, clear lakes with crappie minnows, fatheads, waxies, and plastics in 5-18 feet of water.

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FISHING REPORT
3/25/14 9:17 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 16° - 20° F
March 24, 2014 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

“Fish are fairly active. Crappie action is good with minnows, waxies, and plastics; bluegill anglers report success with waxies, spikes, and plastics; and perch fishing is okay with waxies, crappie minnows, rosy reds, and fatheads.” Guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations says anglers can use the large network of Chippewa Flowage snowmobile trails to find fishing areas, but if they venture off those trails, deep snow and slush can make for tough travel. “Look for 15-22 feet of water and use your electronics to find fish. Crappies are suspending so they should be easy to spot. Fishing just above the crappies with crappie minnows will take fish, but tipping jigs with waxies or plastics produces better action. Downsize your jigs and plastics to target bluegills.”

FISHING REPORT Access to the lakes and travel on them continue to be very difficult due to snow and slush. Few anglers are fishing, though those who get on the ice are catching fish, but reports remain sparse. Crappie fishing is best on minnows, waxies, and plastics, though some baits work better than others do on any given day. Take a selection and let the fish tell you what they want. Use your electronics to find fish in 12-25 feet of water, and be sure to check the entire water column. Bluegill action is good on many area lakes, with waxies, spikes, and plastics the most productive baits. Downsizing tackle and baits can make all the difference. Perch fishing is decent with crappie minnows, rosy reads, fatheads, and waxies.

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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FISHING REPORT
3/17/14 9:11 AM CST
Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 11° - 15° F
March 17, 2014 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

This week’s forecast calls for temperatures similar to or a bit cooler than last week, with a chance of snow nearly every day. During this same time last year, we enjoyed temperatures in the 50s and 60s!

Pat at Happy Hooker says few anglers are fishing due to the snow and slush making it difficult, if not impossible, to move around on the lakes. “We can enjoy some good late winter ice fishing with an extended break in the weather, but this is a good time to inspect summer equipment. Check rods for missing or worn tips and eyelets, clean and oil reels, spool new line, and clean tackle boxes, disposing of rusted hooks and lures.” Kelly at Hayward Bait says nearly all fishing is in walk-to locations due to the slush/snow conditions. “Crappie anglers are catching fish in 6-15 feet of water in Nelson, Gull, and Long lakes with crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics; bluegill action is best on waxies and plastics; and anglers are catching a few perch on Round.” Guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations says the moderating weather has a few more anglers fishing the Chippewa Flowage. Travel is still tough, so anglers should stay on marked trails to avoid deep snow and slush. “Find areas with 15-22 feet of water and use your electronics. You might have to try several areas until you find fish. When you do, drill lots of holes and try different baits. “Crappie minnows will take fish, but you will catch more fish on jigs tipped with plastics or waxies. For bigger fish, try a #2 Jigging Rapala. For the bluegills mixed in with the crappies, tip smaller jigs with spikes.”

DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter says trying to predict ice-out dates can be a popular game and offers some information to help you make guesses and beat your friends. “We typically have a little challenge at the DNR office to guess the date and last year everyone’s guesses were WAY off! Each year is different, and you have to look at current conditions first and foremost, but historical data can be a good starting point. “Whitefish Lake resident Ken Zeroth has kept immaculate records on ice-out dates going back to 1974. His records show that 84 percent of the time, the ice goes out on Whitefish between April 9 and April 28, with most ice-outs during the third week of April. Only 10 percent of the time has ice-out been earlier or later than April, with 2012 and 2013 two of those years. “Keep in mind Whitefish is deep and ice goes out a little later than most other lakes. Thanks for the great info, Ken!” DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt says ice conditions remain relatively unchanged on the lakes. “Ice depths range from 22-30 inches, with the upper third several layers of slush. This continues to make very tough access conditions, as most motorized vehicles break right thru the first layer or two of slush. “There is minimal fishing pressure, with very few panfish anglers going out with these difficult access conditions. Those who are going out report low success, catching just a few perch in 6-10 feet of water.”

A DNR Hunter Education course begins April 1 (classes April 1, 3, 5, Cool, offered in conjunction with the Sawyer County Outdoor Projects and Education (SCOPE) organization. To purchase any Wisconsin hunting license, anyone born on or after January 1, 1973, must complete a hunter education course. This course is limited to 35 students and requires advance registration. The $10 fee includes all class materials. To register, email scope4youth@hotmail.com with your name and indicate you would like to register for this class. You will receive additional class information by e-mail at the address you provide. For more information, contact Chris Wunrow (715) 558-5371.

The DNR reduced the number of over-the-counter (OTC) spring turkey permits for zones 4 and 5 by 25 percent and will not issue remaining OTC permits in zones 6 and 7. This is in response to hunter concerns that winter mortality has depressed turkey numbers. DNR upland wildlife ecologist Scott Walter says the concerns are justified, since deep, persistent snow cover across the northern counties has limited turkey movements and mortality could be significant for flocks without access to adequate food sources.

The Namekagon River Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is holding its annual spring banquet April 11 at the Hayward VFW. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. The event includes numerous raffles and raffle packages, early bird, and “bring a buddy” special offers. Individual tickets for dinner and NWTF membership cost $60; couples cost $110; and Jakes (17 and younger) tickets cost $35. Other ticket packages are available. For more information, contact Brad (715-580-0792); Bruce (715-558-2496); or Tim (715-669-3401).

The Hayward Lakes Visitors & Convention Bureau snowmobile trail report of March 13 says trails remain open, groomed, and in great late season condition. Chequamegon National Forest trails were open this past weekend, but they will reassess them March 17. (Disregard the note on the trail map saying Chequamegon trails close March 15.) Trails are hard and fast when temperatures are cold, but they are getting sticky and slushy as the days warm. There are slushy spots and deep snow on the lakes, so please stay on the well-worn stick trails. The March 13 Namakagon Trail Groomers trail report says trails are holding up well, though any trails running along roads will be very dry, with little chance of lubrication from the ditch, as the snow banks are very high in spots. The March 10 Cable Area snowmobile trails report says trails are still in very good to excellent condition, but “sticky” and fast, so be cautious in corners. While riding on the lake, stick to the heavily ridden path on the stick trail. There are reports of slushy spots on the lakes, but the ice remains very thick and safe for travel. Check out area resorts late season deals and coupons.

FISHING REPORT Access to, and travel on, the lakes remains difficult due to layers of snow and slush. Fishing reports continue to be much like the panfish anglers – few and far between – but those who make it onto the ice report decent action. Take a variety of baits, plan to drill a good number of holes, and electronics (flashers and cameras) are invaluable for finding fish. For crappies, concentrate on 6-22 feet of water with crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics on plain hooks or small jigs, and jigging spoons. Look for bluegills in the same vicinity as crappies and use plain hooks, small jigs, and teardrops tipped with waxies, spikes, and plastics. Perch anglers are catching a few fish with crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, and jigging spoons fished close to the bottom in/on/near weeds or on mud flats in 6-15 feet of water.

Upcoming Events March 16: Deadline for removing ice fishing shelters from inland lakes north of Highway 64. March 20: Winter crow season closes. March 17-21: Remaining spring turkey permits on sale. March 21: SCOPE banquet (715-634-4871). March 29: Trout season opens on some Lake Superior tributaries (See regs for exceptions). March 31: Hunting, fishing, sports, and conservation patron licenses expire. April 1: Hunter Education course begins (715-558-5371). April 11: Namekagon River Gobblers NWTF Banquet (715-580-0792; 558-2496; 669-3401).

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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FISHING REPORT
3/15/14 6:47 PM CST
Ice Depth: 26" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 21° - 25° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
finally got the auger running right. headed to same spot as yesterday in town, but their were a lot of people out there. headed to a fav spot just cross the county line. fished from 1:30 till 5:30. big will and i managed to keep 10 crappie 9 to 11 inches. most came on crappie minnows on tip downs, but couple on jig and plastic. would have been perfect weather if not for the ne wind. Dull

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3/14/14 8:37 PM CST
Ice Depth: 30" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 36° - 40° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
was out tonight checking nelson. not much activity out there. was having trouble drilling holes with the power auger. 30+ inches of ice, slush, and water layer. was very windy, so headed to an easy spot to fish with predrilled holes. managed blue gills, crappie, perch, a bass and two northern on crappie minnows and waxies. eyefanatic lost bigger northern and a couple nice crappie at the hole. kept a dozen panfish.

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3/13/14 10:50 AM CST
Hayward Fishing Expo Saturday 10AM Free Admission Hayward Wesleyan Church Auction starts @ 3PM

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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
3/3/14 9:39 AM CST
Ice Depth: 24" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 0° - 5° F
March 3, 2014 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

The extended forecast calls for (finally!) a significant break in our frigid weather pattern starting this Wednesday or Thursday. Truly, this winter will go down as a memorable one – but we cannot relegate it to memory until it says goodbye!

“The 2013-14 game fish season closed this past weekend,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and anglers are beginning to think about late winter panfish season, but the weather is still a problem. “Knee-high snow and waist-high drifts makes it almost impossible for anglers to move to locate fish and then stay on the bite. “Spring is less than three weeks away and for those looking ahead, 2013-14 licenses expire March 31, but 2014-15 licenses go on sale March 5 and are valid immediately.” Jim at Hayward Bait says not much has changed in the past week and very few people are getting out to fish. “Travel on the lakes remains difficult and it seems track vehicles are the only ones getting around out there – and even some of them are getting stuck! There is a warm up in our future and panfish fishing should pick up as the weather warms. “Despite frigid cold temperatures, a good number of participants showed up for the Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin family fishing event this past weekend.” Guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations says travel is difficult on the Chippewa Flowage and all area lakes, as deep snow and slush make it hard for anglers to fish many locations. “With the close of game fish season, anglers are now concentrating on panfish. Drill numerous holes and then check them with your electronics to find crappies. It is possible you will have to check out several areas until you find the fish. “Use jigs tipped with waxies or plastic, though waxies have been most productive, and try a #2 Jigging Rapala for the larger crappies. If the crappies are fussy, try suspending crappie minnows just above the fish. “Generally, you will find some bluegills mixed in with the crappies and you can target them with smaller jigs tipped with spikes or mini plastics.” Randy at Jenk’s Bait and Tackle is announcing the sale of his store. “This would have been my 35th year of scooping minnows, being wet most of the time, and eating dinner at heaven knows what hour. I had an opportunity to sell the store this spring and, following discussions with family members, made the decision. “Thank you for your many years of loyalty and friendship. Your continued support made the long hours worth it. I will still be around, helping Mike, the new owner, and do hope you continue to support the shop. God Bless you all.”

At Anglers All in Ashland, Carolyn says weather is hampering fishing activity on the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay, with most of it now off Bayfield (the ice road), Red Cliff, and Basswood Island. “Bobbers are still traveling out to Outer Island, but be prepared for radically changing conditions. Anglers are catching lake trout in 15-250 feet of water and brown trout, coho, and splake in shallower waters. A snowmobile is the advised mode of travel!”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses bass identification. “In 2012, a study in our area tested the ability of anglers to identify bass. Researchers showed anglers a color photo of either a largemouth or a smallmouth bass and asked them to identify the fish. Afterwards, the researchers asked the anglers what characteristics they used to make their decision. “Anglers using mouth size (smaller for smallmouth) to make their decision had 56 percent accuracy; anglers using stripes (horizontal black stripe for largemouth; vertical stripes for smallmouth) had 92 percent accuracy; and anglers who looked at a combination of mouth size, body color, stripes, and eye color had 100 percent accuracy. “The lesson is that anglers should not rely on just one characteristic – learning several will lead to better identification skills. “With different early season regulations for these two bass species in 2014, the ability to correctly identify bass will be even more important for anglers.” DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt says ice depths are holding in the 18- to 20-inch range, but deep snow and slush severely limit most travel on the lakes. “A few anglers are accessing their fishing spots via plowed trails, but wind and blowing snow seem to change conditions daily. Overall, fishing action continues to be on the slow side, with panfish fishing still erratic. Crappies are difficult to locate, but perch anglers report some fair catches with minnows in 6-12 feet of water.”

This year’s DNR spring fish and wildlife hearings and annual Conservation Congress county meetings are April 14 and the questionnaire package and meeting locations list are available on the DNR website. This year, Winter High School hosts the Sawyer County meeting. Fisheries questions include allowing trolling statewide; creating catch and release seasons for game fish to replace closed seasons; and possible management rules for panfish and trout. Wildlife questions include transferring hunting and trapping permits; allowing foot cable restraints for late season furbearer trapping; and simplifying stamp requirements. DNR wildlife staff will also address new deer hunting rules and their effect on hunting opportunities this fall and in the future.

The February 28 Hayward Lakes Visitors & Convention Bureau snowmobile trail report says trails are in very good to excellent condition and groomers will groom regularly during the week preparing for the weekend. The February 27 Hayward Power Sports report says Sawyer County trails are in excellent condition and groomers are smoothing out trails and knocking back low hanging branches. A big thank you to all volunteers who worked to get these trails looking great. The Cable Area snowmobile trails report for February 24 says trails are in spectacular riding condition and groomers will continue grooming through March. You will not find better snowmobile conditions than in the Cable Area right now! The Northwest Relic Riders Vintage Snowmobile Club is holding a club meeting and election March 8 at Anglers Haven on Hwy KK. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.

FISHING REPORT Early catch-and-release trout season opened March 1, but game fish season closed March 2. The brutal cold, wind, and poor travel conditions on area lakes have (negatively) affected angler interest, few are willing (or able!) to get on the ice, and if they do, slush and drifted snow greatly inhibit movement. As such, fishing reports are very limited at this time. That said, warming weather conditions late this week could fan the flames of interest for panfish – despite the travel challenges – and with a bit of luck, there will be some in-depth reports next week.

Upcoming Events March 1: Early catch-and-release only trout season opened statewide (see regs for exceptions). March 2: Game fish season closed on inland waters (see regs for exceptions). March 8: Northwest Relic Riders club meeting and election, 10:30 a.m., Anglers Haven. March 9: Daylight Saving Time begins (turn clock ahead one hour). March 15: Wild River Fishing Expo at Wesleyan Church, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission. March 16: Remove ice fishing shelters from inland lakes north of Highway 64. March 20: Winter crow season closes. March 17-21: Remaining spring turkey permits on sale. March 29: Trout season opens on some Lake Superior tributaries (See regs for exceptions). March 31: Hunting, fishing, sports, and conservation patron licenses expire.

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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FISHING REPORT
2/27/14 10:33 AM CST
Ice Depth: 24" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 6° - 10° F
February 24, 2014 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

Participants in the 41st annual Birkebeiner this past weekend found no shortage of cold or snow for their event. A major winter storm late Thursday afternoon through Friday morning dropped more than 18 inches of snow in some areas, blown by 40 mph winds. It did not stop the Birkie, but it did not help the already poor conditions for ice anglers.

“Cold, snow, and slush are hampering most anglers from getting on the lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “With knee-high snow limiting movement and the ability to locate fish, ice fishing is almost at a standstill. “However, snowmobile and ski trails remain in excellent condition throughout the county. Traffic volume is noticeably higher during the day on weekends, but slows dramatically after dark and during the weekdays.” At Hayward Bait, Bob says travel on the lakes is difficult, limited to either foot travel or a tracked vehicle. Kelly says walleye anglers – those who are able to get on the ice, particularly Grindstone and Lac Courte Oreilles – are catching fish in 10-20 feet of water with walleye suckers and medium shiners. Crappie action is decent on Nelson and the Flowage with crappie minnows, rosy reds, waxies, and plastics fished at various depths. Guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations says pike anglers are finding some decent fish on the Chippewa Flowage. “Use large shiners or sucker minnows and set the tip-ups along the weedlines, keeping your bait two to three feet off bottom. On some days, bigger baits produce bigger fish. “Most anglers are chasing panfish, drilling many holes and using electronics to check for crappies. Jigs tipped with waxies or plastics are the best producers, though crappie minnows are taking some fish.”

Carolyn at Anglers All in Ashland says anglers are still able to get out on Chequamegon Bay – with a snowmobile. “Fishing is spotty throughout the channel areas in 25-30 feet of water. Anglers report big numbers of smelt one day and none the next. There is better activity a little shallower, off the humps and closer to the coal dock and hot pond, with the better bites in early morning and late afternoon. “Fishing reports from the Islands vary. While many bobbers are trying to go as deep as they can, we have great reports from some areas with 15 feet of water for brown trout, coho, whitefish, splake, and lake trout.”

DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter says anglers will see some changes in the northern bass zone this year. “In 2014, largemouth and smallmouth will have separate regulations and this split should allow us to manage both species more effectively. “Largemouth bass harvest season in northern Wisconsin will open May 3, along with other gamefish species. Smallmouth bass will be catch and release only until June 21, as in past years. “There are several lakes where we encourage the harvest of small largemouth (less than 14 inches) and the extended season should help those efforts in places such as the Chippewa Flowage, Sissabagama, Whitefish, Nelson, and Chetac.” DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt says difficult access conditions and deep snow and slush severely limiting travel on the lakes continue to minimize ice fishing pressure. “Walleye action is spotty, with most action on small fish, though anglers have landed a few nicer walleye. Medium suckers and extra large fatheads are the most productive baits, fished just off bottom in 8-14 feet of water. “Panfish action is erratic, with perch providing the most action on small minnows fished in 6-12 feet of water.”

Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin is hosting its 18th annual Family Ice Fishing Event March 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Hayward Bait (715-634-2921).

Early catch-and-release trout season opens at 5 a.m. March 1. Most (but not all) trout streams are open to early fishing (check trout regulations for specific waters) and anglers must use artificial lures and flies. DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter in Hayward says the Namekagon River is a good bet. “Brown trout up to 18 inches are abundant and during electrofishing surveys we regularly see fish up to 22 inches. For brook trout, look to the tributaries and mouths of tributaries.”

It is nearing the time (March 16, the first Sunday following March 12) for anglers to remove ice fishing shelters from waters north of Highway 64. They can continue to use portable shelters, but must remove them each day and/or when the shelters are not occupied or in active use.

The Cable Area snowmobile trails report for February 21 says “Snowpocolypse 2014” hit the Cable area with a minimum of 18 inches of heavy, wet snow falling from Thursday night through Friday morning. Trails are in excellent riding condition and groomers will continue grooming through March on their own operating budgets. Do not miss the World’s Longest Weenie Roast March 1 at Lakewoods Resort. The February 18 Hayward Lakes Visitors & Convention Bureau snowmobile trail report says Sawyer County trails continue to be in very good to excellent condition and groomers are grooming regularly during the week.

Northwest Relic Riders Vintage Snowmobile Club is holding a vintage and antique snowmobile show March 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Chief Lake Lodge on the Chippewa Flowage. A club meeting and election is March 8, starting at 10:30 a.m., at Anglers Haven.

FISHING REPORT Reminder: Game fish season closes March 2 on inland waters. Check the fishing regulations for exceptions.

Walleye: Walleye action is inconsistent, but anglers are catching a few fish, even during the day. Work 8-20 feet of water with walleye suckers, medium shiners, and large fatheads, positioning your bait near the bottom.

Northern: Northern pike action is good in 6-16 feet of water around weeds, weedlines, and locations holding panfish. Northern suckers and large shiners are the top producers, fished under tip-ups holding the bait a few feet off bottom. Fish bigger baits in deeper water for trophy pike.

Crappie: Crappie anglers are making good catches once they locate the fish. Use your flasher or locator and be sure to check the entire water column, from near bottom to just under the ice. Baits of choice include crappie minnows, rosy reds, waxies, and plastics on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, or try jigging spoons.

Bluegill: Look for bluegills around weeds, weedlines, and structure in 5-18 feet of water. Waxies, spikes, and plastics will all catch fish. Try small minnows in deeper water for bigger ‘gills.

Perch: Anglers pursuing perch are picking up fish in 6-15 feet of water on crappie minnows, fatheads, and rosy reds fished a few feet off the bottom.

Upcoming Events Feb. 28: Seasons close: Mink trapping; Muskrat trapping; Cottontail rabbit. March 1: Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin 18th Annual Family Ice Fishing Event (715-634-2921). March 1: Early catch-and-release only trout season opens statewide (see regs for exceptions). March 1: World's Longest Weenie Roast at Lakewoods Resort (715-794-2561). March 2: Game fish season closes on inland waters (see regs for exceptions). March 15: Wild River Fishing Expo at Wesleyan Church, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission. March 16: Remove ice fishing shelters from inland lakes north of Highway 64. March 20: Winter crow season closes. March 17-21: Remaining spring turkey permits on sale. March 29: Trout season opens on some Lake Superior tributaries (See regs for exceptions). March 31: Hunting, fishing, sports, and conservation patron licenses expire.

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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2/23/14 8:22 AM CST
heading up for the closer and was wondering if there is any roads plowed on big chetac to the islands or to the south end towards birch lake? Any help would be appreciated as we have a 5 hour drive. Thanks much

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FISHING REPORT
2/22/14 4:13 PM CST
Ice Depth: 24" Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
have to report that im finally dug out! spent thurs from 10am till 4pm on bartz bay. good day of fishing before the big snow dump. Dull caught mixed bag of crappie, perch, and bluegill. my buddy big hen's kid(hunter) landed this 28'' pike. Cool

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2/21/14 6:26 PM CST
i'll second that, lots of snow out there. snowmachines are your only option.

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