Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County

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9/29/16 @ 10:12 AM
FISHING REPORT
Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the September 26, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“The turnover process is starting on many lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and it certainly changes the fishing... Musky action is improving and fish are spread out over the lakes. Some anglers report catches over/near weeds with surface baits and bucktails; others use plastics, crankbaits, and gliders for fish suspending over deeper water. It is also time for suckers on quick-set rigs. Walleye anglers are catching fish with crawler halves and minnows fished near/on the edges of deeper holes, drop-offs, and weedlines… Northern moved deeper in the weeds. Use the brightest, noisiest lures in your tackle box, large minnows, or suckers. Bass action is slowing. Largemouth are in cover, with plastics and topwater frog imitations work best. Fish smallmouth on drop-offs and rocky points. .. Crappies are moving deeper, with some in 4-6 feet on warm days. Bluegills are still in the weeds.”

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says musky action is ramping up with fish moving shallow… “Main lake points and bars remain good, but also try large shallow flats. Use double-blade bucktails with fast retrieves, crankbaits, and surface baits. Walleye fishing is picking up, with most action in 15 feet and deeper water. Troll crankbaits and crawler harnesses on the clear lakes, and jig/minnow combos on deeper humps will get fish… Bass action is very good. Largemouth are in deeper weeds and smallmouth are on rock and weed edges. Plastics and topwaters work well… Crappies are suspending in deeper water and taking live bait and plastics. For larger bluegills, use plastics in 8-12 feet.”

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing is solid, though fish are not hitting just one bait type. .. “Various lures are working, including surface baits since water temperatures are still in the mid-60s. Many fish are coming from shallower water, but do not discount drop offs. Walleye fishing remains disappointing. Anglers are catching a few small, under the length limit fish. Around twilight, try fishing weed edges bordering deeper drop offs. .. Northern pike are going strong in weed beds holding plenty of smaller fish to eat, particularly on the west side. Both suckers and Tinsel Tails are producing good action. Largemouth fishing is slow, but smallmouth action is strong. Work rock and weed edges with plastics, shallow crankbaits, and topwaters. On Round Lake, fish the cribs… Crappie fishing is solid, but they are still not yet schooling. Anglers report action in various spots and structure that includes cribs in 19-20 feet, mud flats in 15 feet, deep weed humps, and shallow weed beds.”

"Fishing pressure has dropped with hunting seasons open", says DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt… “Many musky anglers report success fishing bucktails, stickbaits, and suckers along weed edges. Walleye fishing is improving with more fish in the shallows, and best success is on jig/minnow combinations worked on deep edges and crankbaits in the shallows near dark. .. Largemouth are relatively shallow, though temperamental, with best action in late afternoon. Smallmouth are active near cover along deep areas in rivers and flowages. They will go deeper – and become harder to catch – with the declining water temperatures... Panfish anglers fishing small minnows along weed edges and near mid-depth cover in late afternoon hours report decent catches of crappie, bluegill, and perch... The DNR expanded inland trout harvest season by two weeks this year and it closes Oct. 15. Many stocked trout lakes remain open after this date – check the trout fishing regulations.”

FISHING REPORT

Musky: Musky fishing is good and getting better with fall’s arrival and cooler water temperatures. Fish are in various depths, from shallow to deeper water, and scattered/suspending in various locations. Look for them on/over/near weeds and weed edges, points, bars, humps, drop-offs, and flats. The most productive baits include bucktails, crankbaits, plastics, gliders, stickbaits, topwaters, and large suckers on quick-strike rigs. Choose the presentation that best suits the location.

Walleye: Walleye fishing is fair, but improving with cooling water temperatures. Fish are moving to deeper (20 feet and more) weeds and weed edges, holes, humps, and drop-offs, though coming into nearby shallower areas in late evening and after dark. The best bait choices at this time include jigs and minnows, crawlers on harnesses, and trolled/cast crankbaits.

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing remains very good for fish in somewhat deeper weeds and weed beds. Baits of choice include spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, larger minnows, and northern suckers under bobbers. As always, go deeper with bigger baits for trophy pike.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth fishing is fair to good (best late in the day), but inconsistent. Bass are in and around weeds, be they shallow or deep. Top bait picks include crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft plastics, topwaters, and live bait.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth action is good to very good near and along deeper edges of weeds, rock, points, drop-offs, and cribs. Best success is on plastics, crankbaits, topwaters, and live bait.

Crappie: Crappie fishing is fair to very good, with late afternoon offering the best success. Fish are scattered and suspended, though primarily in/moving to deeper water, along weed edges, humps, cribs, and other cover in depths ranging from 5-20 feet. Crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits will all tempt crappies.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is fair to good, with best action late in the day. Look for larger fish in weeds and near other structure in 6-14 feet. Waxies, small minnows, plastics, and Gulp! baits work well.

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.  

Edited on 9/29/16 10:15 AM
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9/26/16 @ 7:39 AM
FISHING REPORT
Tom Boley
Tom Boley
USER since 3/27/11

MOON PHASE (17%)
Waning Crescent

Early fall fishing has been great. Musky are relating to shallow water close to deep water. Crappie are staging close to wintering areas. Bass are binge feeding in a variety of areas. Fishing is good. Water Temps are 64ish throughout the area. Call to book a fall trip 7154108696.

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9/20/16 @ 11:46 AM
FISHING REPORT
Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (79%)
Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the September 19, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“Fall season is upon the Quiet Lakes for sure,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. .. Muskies are spread throughout the lake. Catch fish over deeper water with Bull Dawgs and Medusas or over weed beds with bucktails and surface baits. Walleye fishing is fair, with evening and night fishing best. Use crawler halves or jigs/minnows off weeds in 6-15 feet. Northern action is good on weeds and weed edges with bucktails, jigs/minnows, suckers, spinners, and spoons... Largemouth are in weeds and all baits from plastics to surface baits are productive. Smallmouth are spread out, but basically over hard bottoms in 8-15 feet... Crappies are in shallow cover one day and off deeper weeds the next day, but action is good when you find them. Bluegills are in weeds and hitting waxies and worms.”  

Bob at Hayward Bait says cooler temperatures in the forecast will bring much better fishing action. .. "Musky action is ramping up with fish moving shallow. Fish main lake points and bars and large, shallow flats in depths out to 10 feet. Use double-blade bucktails with fast retrieve, crankbaits, and surface baits. Walleye fishing is picking up, with decent reports of fish from 15 feet and deeper. Troll crankbaits and crawler harnesses on clear lakes, or work jig/minnow combos on deeper humps. .. Largemouth action is good in deeper weeds. Fish smallmouth on rock and weed edges with plastics and topwaters. For crappies suspending in deeper water, use live bait and plastics. Catch larger bluegills on plastics in 8-12 feet.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky action really turned on in the past few days. .. “Muskies are coming out of all depths, with large spinnerbaits, bucktails, rubber baits, and topwaters producing the most action. Walleye fishing is slow and with nothing consistent. Try finding schools of suspended baitfish and troll crankbaits through them. .. Crappie fishing is so-so as they transition to their fall pattern and they should school soon. Crappie minnows and Gulp! one-inch minnows are the baits of choice. Try fishing cribs in 19-20 feet or drift mud flats in 15 feet to locate groups with your depth finder. Finally, try fishing deep weed humps in 10 feet coming up from 17-20 feet up to 10 feet.”  

Cooler, more seasonal fall weather has spurred fall fishing action, says DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt… “Musky fishing is very good, with fish most active during mid-day hours. The most productive baits are bucktails, gliders, and suckers fished on weed beds and along deep weed edges. Walleye fishing continues to improve, especially on rivers and flowages. The favored baits are crawlers, leeches, and minnows on deep breaklines and along deep weed edges. Northern pike are taking stickbaits and spinnerbaits along and over weed beds. .. Largemouth are in mid-depth cover and shallower weed beds, with soft plastics and jig/craw combinations providing the most consistent action. Smallmouth action is good with crankbaits and finesse plastics fished near woody cover along deeper water on rivers and flowage… Panfish anglers are catching some nice crappies and bluegills around mid-depth cover.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Musky: Musky fishing is good and getting better with the changing weather and this is the time for big fish. Target weed beds and edges in various depths, main lake points, bars, and shallow flats. The currently most productive baits include large double-blade bucktails, crankbaits, Bull Dawgs/rubber baits, gliders, topwaters, and suckers on quick-strike rigs.

Walleye: Walleye action is slowly improving, with the best success in late evening into and after dark. Look for fish in 5-18 feet and deeper around weeds, weed edges, and humps. Crawlers, leeches, and minnows on jigs, harnesses, and split shot rigs work well, as do trolled crankbaits and stickbaits.  

Northern Pike: Northern pike are providing good action for anglers fishing in/on/over/along shallow to mid-depth weed beds and weed edges. The most productive baits include northern suckers under bobbers, jigs/minnows, bucktails, stickbaits, spinners, spinnerbaits, and spoons.  

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action remains good and consistent on most waters. Concentrate on weed, brush, bogs, and other cover from shallow to mid-depth areas. Various baits work well at this time, including soft plastics, jig/craw combos, spinners, spinnerbaits, and topwaters.  

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is fair to good on weed edges, hard bottoms, rock, and wood in 8-20 feet. Top bait choices include plastics, crankbaits, topwaters, and live bait such as crawlers and sucker minnows.  

Crappie: Crappie fishing is good, though you will have to look for them. Fish are suspending over deeper water as well as holding on cribs, weeds, humps, and mud flats in 10-23 feet. Baits of choice include crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and Gulp! baits.  

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is good around weeds and other cover out to about 15 feet. Waxies, worms, and plastics work well for most ‘gills, but for bigger fish try deeper water with plastics and small minnows.  

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.  


Edited on 9/29/16 10:07 AM
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9/20/16 @ 9:49 AM
FISHING REPORT
Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (79%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Crappie fishing on the Chippewa Flowage has been pretty decent the last few days. Fish seem to be hanging around shallower flats, points off of islands and some cribs. Anywhere from 8 - 14 fow. We'll still see this pattern continue untill the water cools down more. Curently, it's around 68 degrees so the bulk of fish are not in there predictable deep Fall spots yet.

The water level on The Big Chip is still only a foot down from a full pool and dropping slowly.

As for the Fall colors in the Northwoods, they're just starting to take off. Give me a call to book your Fall color fishing trip before it's all gone for the season!

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

TC

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9/13/16 @ 12:39 PM
Ranger77
Ranger77
USER since 10/22/14

Does anybody have current water temps on area clear lakes and any info on smallie action lately on area clear lakes?

thanks

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9/12/16 @ 3:17 PM
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chaw
chaw
USER since 9/11/02

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Fished north of Hayward the last several days. Fished musky only and fish were shallow and I mean very shallow. For me the fish wanted nothing to do with Bucktails- and I threw them often as that was producing for others the week prior. Jackpots in the slop got the most attention. I caught a fish I really tried to mess up. She hit on about cast 7 or 8 of the day. My drag was loosened and so there was no hook set, only a weird rod sweep for an unprepared musky fisherman. Despite this the fish stayed pinned. As I was alone I picked up the net and butchered the net job several times before finally getting it together. 

The next day same area. Same jackpot. I fire a bomb cast about 3 inches too far and get caught on a weed. I yank and the lure pops free but has a bush of weeds on its privates and has no cadence. I reel it in fast to clean. The second turn of me burning a jackpot with a bush results in the most vicious attack from a musky I've ever seen. She charged out of the weeds, crushed the jackpot, went airborne shaking the lure and showing me every inch of her body. She landed with a cannonball like splash in a foot of water and left my jackpot floating in the exact place it had started. She was gone. She was huge. All of this happened in a two second period. How big? I'm going to say a fat 48, but I'll never know.

i caught some fish during the last few days but nothing over 40. It isn't the fish I caught I will remember. Despite losing that fish it's why I musky fish. Hours of boredom broken up by seconds of mayhem- and then you get your butt handed to you.

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9/12/16 @ 2:48 PM
Uluaukea
Uluaukea
USER since 4/19/16

As far as post below.....apparently the fish are moving away fromt he shallows into deep water and out of deep water into the shallows.  Makes complete sense to me!  I'd stick with the shallows until turnover!

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9/12/16 @ 1:41 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waxing Gibbous

Excerpts from the September 12, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“Falling water temperatures are slowly changing the fishing patterns,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and fish will start leaving the shorelines… Musky anglers are catching fish in deep water on Bull Dawgs, crankbaits, and gliders, and in the weeds with bucktails and surface baits. Try floating a sucker while casting. Walleye fishing is improving, with anglers fishing crawlers and fatheads on rock and weed edges and on drop-offs in 8-12 feet. Northerns are in the weeds, hitting spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim baits, and sucker minnows… “Largemouth are in shallow, heavy weeds and plastics, surface baits, and spinnerbaits all work well. For smallmouth, fish wacky worms on deeper brush piles, cribs, and rock… Crappies are moving to deeper weeds in 8-12 feet. Bluegills are in the weeds and waxies work best.”

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says musky action is picking up and fish are moving shallow… Main lake points and bars are still good, but try large, shallow flats in less than 10 feet with bucktails and quick retrieves. Walleye action is improving, with most action in more than 15 feet on trolled crankbaits, crawler harnesses, and jig/minnow combos on deep humps… Bass action remains solid. Largemouth are relating to the weeds in different depths. Smallmouth are grouping on rock and weed edges in 10-20 feet, and jerkbaits, tubes, and topwaters are all getting some action. Crappie fishing is good on crappie minnows on small jigs.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye anglers should try sucker minnows, fatheads, and stickbaits… Anglers are catching some nice northerns on spinners and Mepps, with white dressed combinations working best. Catch largemouth bass on frogs, swim baits, and spinners fished along weed and lily pad beds. For crappies and bluegills, drift minnows, waxies, worms, and Gulp! Alive near bogs and cribs: 

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky action is decent, with several large fish caught in the past week… “Double-blade bucktails, Bull Dawgs, and SS Shads are producing the most success. Stay deeper, cast toward the shallows, and do not ignore deeper drop-offs. Walleye fishing is slow, though some anglers report success on crankbaits trolled in 20 feet just off the shoreline… Crappies are in a transition period and could start schooling in about two weeks.”  

Continued erratic weather has kept anglers in a guessing pattern on whether or not to try it, says DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt… “Musky fishing is good on most waters, with nearly all anglers experiencing some sort of action. The most productive baits are bucktails, jerkbaits, surface baits, and suckers fished along weeds and weed edges. Walleye anglers report the best action is with crawlers, leeches, and large fatheads on deep breaklines and structure in 10-15 feet. For northern pike, fish spinnerbaits along weedlines… Largemouth fishing is fair to good on soft plastics in mid-depth cover and shallower weed beds. Fish smallmouth near deep woody cover with crankbaits and finesse plastics. Some nice crappies and perch are near shallow cover.”  

Musky: Muskie fishing is fair and improving, with fish on drop-offs, shallow and deep weed edges, points, bars, shallow flats, and suspending over deeper water. Top baits include bucktails, Bull Dawgs, crankbaits, gliders, jerkbaits, and suckers on quick-strike rigs.

Walleye: Walleye fishing is fair to good and improving, with success better in rivers and flowages, and evening into dark is still the best time. Fish are scattered in 8 to more than 20 feet on weed edges, rocks, humps, drop-offs, and breaklines. The most successful offerings include crawlers, leeches, walleye suckers, fatheads, minnows, stickbaits, and crankbaits.  

Northern Pike: Northern fishing remains fair to good in and around weeds and weedlines in shallow to medium depths. Spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, crankbaits, and northern suckers under bobbers will all catch fish.  

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth fishing is good to very good, with fish in/around weeds, weed beds, rock, lily pads, and other heavy cover in various depths. Baits of choice include jerkbaits, swim baits, spinners, spinnerbaits, plastics, frogs, tubes, and topwaters.  

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth action is good in depths to 20 feet on/near weeds, wood, rock, brush, and cribs. Top producing baits include crankbaits, finesse plastics, plastic worms, jerkbaits, tubes, and topwaters.  

Crappie: Crappie fishing is good to very good in depths to 15 feet around weeds, bogs, cribs, and other cover. Best baits include crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, tube jigs, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and Gulp! Alive.  

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is fair to good in weeds and near bogs and cribs in shallow to mid-depths. Waxies, worms, and Gulp! baits are all catching fish.  

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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9/12/16 @ 5:33 AM
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Wright6
Wright6
USER since 2/5/14

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waxing Gibbous

Musky fishing has been decent, seeing fish and getting a couple bites every day.  Got a tiger the other day with one of the old time single hook sucker rigs in it's throat.  Not only is it unethical and the fish will more than likely die, it is illegal.  If you are doing this or know anyone who is please stop!

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9/10/16 @ 6:59 PM
bmoney2014
bmoney2014
USER since 11/19/14

Been up at lco the past few days, looking to catch smallmouth and walleye and can't for the life of me find them. Please help! Any tips much appreciated. I don't eat fish, CPR only.

Thanks

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