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12/5/17 @ 12:17 PM
FISHING REPORT
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Excerpts from the December 4, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

This week, the forecast promises a considerable change in weather patterns and temperatures that will bring joy or consternation, depending on personal recreational and lifestyle preferences. The temperatures in particular might come as a shock, as lows hit the single digits and with some highs only in the teens. If nothing else, keep in mind a Norwegian proverb referenced on the DNR website and elsewhere: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” Get out and enjoy the outdoors, regardless of the weather!  

Erik at Hayward Bait says ice season is approaching, but it is taking its darn time!  “With the unusually warm weather, some of the big lakes have yet to freeze up, but for a few smaller lakes and bays we have reports of 3-5 inches of ice. This can vary and is very dependent on the lake... Anglers should always use extreme caution during first ice. Luckily, nightly lows dropping below freezing combined with the lack of snow has helped to maintain and build some ice... If you do go out for some first-ice fishing, please err on the side of caution. Carry the essentials for ice fishing and safety tools that include ice picks, spud bar, life jacket, float suit, rope, throw-able flotation – and always fish with a friend!.. With ice on a few lakes, there are some anglers getting out fishing. Most anglers are chasing panfish and northern pike. Much of the panfish bite is on small jigs tipped with euro larva and wax worms in somewhat shallow water... For crappies, anglers are finding success on ultralight Jigging Raps, Slab Raps, Acme Gliders, and small spoons... For northern pike, bait a tip-up with a northern sucker or shiner minnow on a quick-strike rig. When setting up tip-ups, it is a good idea to spread them out in various types of structure, such as over weed beds and off the edges of weed beds, points, and steep breaks. Vary the depth of your bait throughout the day.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Good (i.e., relatively safe) ice fishing conditions are developing slowly this year, but the significant temperature change this week should make a major difference. Still, some anglers are taking the risk and fishing for pike and panfish. For pike, try northern suckers and shiners on quick-strike rigs fished over weeds and weed beds. Catch crappies in mid-depths with crappie minnows, plastics, and small jigging spoons. Fish bluegills around shallow weeds – though bigger ‘gills are deeper – with waxies and spikes on small jigs and teardrops.

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11/30/17 @ 10:50 AM
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Excerpts from the November 27, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The week ahead, according to the forecast, looks very pleasant for this time of year, starting out with sunshine and temperatures mostly in the upper 30s and into the 40s. Look for somewhat of a cooling trend to start later in the week, but even next weekend the highs will be in the upper 30s.  

“We have some ice on a few of the lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but not really enough to consider safe for travel. There are ‘reports’ of up to five inches of ice on some lakes, but be extremely cautious – and again, there is really not enough ice for safe travel... Walleye anglers are catching a few fish in and on the edges of deep holes. Most anglers are using walleye suckers and fatheads. Crappie anglers are catching fish on the edges of drop-offs in deeper water."   


Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says ice fishing season is (somewhat) underway... “There are a few anglers getting out on the smaller and shallower lakes. Ice thickness varies from 1-5 inches on most lakes and the bigger lakes are still not yet safe. As always, check ice conditions very carefully... Walleyes are the main target for anglers. They are reporting decent success so far, with most action on walleye suckers under tip-ups, but be sure to try jigging with Jigging Raps and Swedish Pimples. Focus on the primary breakline, as well as on any points. The low light periods offer anglers the best chances for success... Northern pike are active in and on the cabbage beds, with shiners on tip-ups providing most of the action... Panfish anglers are also starting to hit the ice. For bluegills, use waxies, spikes, and plastics on tungsten jigs, focusing on weed flats in 5-12 feet of water. For crappies, fish a little deeper with small minnows and plastics on tungsten jigs and small spoons.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Fishing activity is still somewhat between the seasons – be VERY careful if you choose to risk ice fishing. Mild and fluctuating temperatures, along with wind and rain, can quickly change the already “iffy” ice conditions!

Musky season in the North Zone closes November 30 – there is still time to catch that trophy!

Walleye fishing is fair to good, with early morning and late afternoon into dark best. Look for fish in/on the edges of deep holes, breaklines, and points. Walleye suckers and fatheads under tip-ups, Jigging Raps, and Swedish Pimples are all producing catches.

Northern pike are active in the weeds, hitting shiners on tip-ups.

Crappies are in deeper water, on the edges of drop-offs, and taking crappie minnows and plastics on small jigs and spoons.

Bluegills are on weed flats in 5-12 feet, hitting jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, and plastics.

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


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11/21/17 @ 7:07 PM
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Tim Czub
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No ice on Sand lake as of the Monday the 20th. Only skim along shoreline. It'll be a bit.

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11/21/17 @ 10:42 AM
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Excerpts from the November 20, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

This week’s Hayward forecast – up to Friday – includes many “mostly sunny” days. Temperatures will spread across quite a range, often accompanied by some very strong winds. This Friday shows a high in the mid-40s, but with chances of various forms of precipitation. This is definitely one of those times when “If you do not like the weather, just wait a bit” for weather perhaps more to your liking!   

FISHING REPORT 

Wisconsin’s traditional nine-day gun deer season continues through this Saturday and combined with poor fishing conditions, there is little angler interest at this time. Musky season remains open in the North Zone through November 30 and game fish season for most species is open (check the regs) through March 4. There are reports of anglers tempting fate on thin ice forming on shallow bays, but this is neither advisable nor safe, particularly with the fluctuating temperatures! Mark your calendars for Free Fishing Weekend January 20-21.

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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11/18/17 @ 7:09 AM
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BradyZ
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Anyone near sand lake that can give me an ice report? Looking to make a trip in the next 2 weeks wondering how things are shaping up 

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11/14/17 @ 2:39 PM
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Excerpts from the November 13, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The forecast for this week indicates a damp one, with moderate, more “seasonal” high temperatures until the coming weekend. The forecast shows lows for the week in the 20s and 30s, which combined with expected precipitation, could make for slippery driving conditions, especially in the early morning and evening hours. There is also a chance for measurable snowfall late in the week, but that should please deer hunters looking ahead to the start of the traditional nine-day gun deer season that opens this Saturday, November 18.  

FISHING REPORT

Winter type weather greatly slowed interest in open water fishing, in addition to making it difficult (imagine that) and this will most likely be the final open water fishing report for this season. However, musky season remains open in the North Zone through November 30 and the game fish season for most species (check the regs!) continues through March 4. If you are looking ahead to ice fishing, keep in mind Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend is January 20-21.

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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11/7/17 @ 11:39 AM
FISHING REPORT
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Excerpts from the November 6, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Highs in the mid-20s to mid-30s this week, according to the forecasts, with lows in the teens – except for a predicted single-digit low Thursday night! The forecast also includes more snow, though not any appreciable amount (at this time.) If you are not ready and/or prepared for the transition from fall to winter... it is going to happen, regardless. Might as well GET prepared and enjoy it as much as possible!

“The weather certainly changed from the previous week, when temperatures were in the 50s and 60s,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “We began this week with a layer of snow on the ground and more in the short-term forecast... As for fishing, musky fishing is now the primary open water activity. The cold weather triggered the fish into a feeding frenzy and musky action is the best of the year, with anglers catching muskies nearly every trip. Most of the fish are coming on suckers on quick-set rigs or on jigging baits. The current water temperatures are in the upper 40s and some crust ice is forming along the shorelines. This weather is more in line with rifle season than fall archery or fishing, but a few brave anglers will still be on the lakes, even with the falling snow... We have no reports from anglers fishing any other species, with most having retired their boats for this fishing season and now thinking about getting into the woods."  

Bob at Hayward Bait says late fall/winter arrived this week, with dropping temperatures – and snow... “Some anglers are getting on the water in this inclement weather and the bite is still solid over the past couple weeks... Musky anglers are catching most fish with suckers on quick-set rigs. In addition, some anglers are trolling diving lures such as Mattlocks, some are casting large jerk and swim baits, and still others are vertical jigging Fuzzy Duzzits or Bondy baits. Focus on 15-30 feet depths, on steep breaking points and humps that drop quickly into deep water... There are still a few crappie anglers on the water and they report some success on suspending fish by working small minnows and plastics in 20-35 feet."  

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses 2017 as a big year for the Hayward Lakes Chapter of Muskies, Inc... “There are many great fishing clubs in the Hayward area, all of which do fine work to promote fishing, habitat, and conservation. The Hayward Lakes Chapter of Muskies Inc. is one of the clubs and this year it deserves specific recognition for its involvement in a considerable number of projects... During this past spring, the Chapter provided funding and volunteers to help control non-native northern pike in Lac Courte Oreilles. They paid to have many of the smaller pike – in which anglers have little interest – turned into fish patties donated to local food shelves... Later in the year, the Chapter donated funds to Governor Thompson Hatchery to purchase extra food so some muskies raised there could get bigger before stocking. Bigger fingerlings tend to have better survival. The club donated funds to tag many of these fish and provided much of the volunteer labor necessary to implant all the tags... “In yet another project, the Chapter donated funds to the hatchery to help develop a system to keep ospreys from eating so many fish out of the hatchery ponds. That effort, if successful, could significantly boost hatchery production of muskellunge... Most recently, the Hayward Chapter, along with several other local groups, donated funds to extend one of the Chippewa Flowage boat ramps. Longer ramps mean better access to the Flowage, no matter the water level... The Hayward Lakes Chapter Muskies, Inc. deserve a big thank you for all the fine work it did in 2017 to improve our fisheries and the sport of fishing in the Hayward area.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Angler interest is dropping with the temperature, but this is THE time for trophy muskies and musky anglers continue to pound the water in search of the big ones. Look for fish in deeper water (15-30 feet) on breaks, points, and humps adjacent to steep drops to deep water. Suckers on quick-strike rigs are the most effective bait this time of year, but some anglers are catching fish trolling/casting stickbaits, divers, jerkbaits, swim baits, and jigging baits. There are still a few crappie anglers trying their luck, with some reporting success fishing small minnows and plastics for fish suspending in deeper water (20-35 feet). Single-digit lows forecast for this week will surely end open water fishing on many waters.

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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10/31/17 @ 9:34 AM
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Excerpts from the October 30, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Forecasts show highs in the 30s/40s and lows in the 20s for much of this week, with chances for “mixed” types of precipitation. However, there is a warming trend at the end of the week and through the weekend. Dress for the occasion and you should be comfortable while pursuing your outdoor activities!  

“Another week and another change in the weather,” says Pat at Happy Hooker... “The musky bite is improving, water temperatures in the 50s have fish in a feeding mode, and anglers are catching some nice fish. Jerkbaits and big minnow baits are best for casting and suckers are catching more fish every week... Walleye fishing is good on live bait fished around the edges of holes and humps in 15-18 feet, but the fish move shallower in the evening. Anglers trolling crankbaits also report some success... Crappies are schooling and action is best in 15-18 with minnows and small tube jigs. Perch fishing is good on worms and minnows in deeper weeds."

Erik at Hayward Bait says fall is here in full force, with dropping temperatures, high winds, and even some snow... “Not too many anglers are on the water, except for musky anglers, and the bite is solid, with suckers on quick-set producing most of the catches. Focus in 15-30 feet on steep breaking points and humps that drop quickly into deep water. Casting large jerk and swim baits can get some action as well, or try vertical jigging Fuzzy Duzzits or Bondy baits to probe the depths... Crappie anglers report success fishing deeper water, 20-35 feet, with small minnows and plastics."

Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage water level is down about 3 feet and water temperatures are dropping with the cold fronts... “Musky action is almost exclusively on live bait, with medium to large suckers the ticket. As the month progresses, expect trollers to start seeing fish again, but right now the key is suckers!... Walleyes are starting to move deep so try fishing holes in 20-30 feet with walleye suckers. This time of year there is no substitute for live bait. Key areas to target are the deep 25-30 foot holes west of Popple Island, the hole off Menard’s shoreline, and by the CC Bridge. Anglers report much bigger fish with the cold fronts and deeper walleye fishing will only improve throughout the month... Crappie fishing is slower than usual and anglers catching fish are using crappie minnows. Target crappies sitting close to the bottom, as suspending fish seem very inactive.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Musky:  Muskies go on a feeding binge in late fall and now is the time for big fish. Target humps, points, and breaks adjacent to deep water. Suckers on quick-strike rigs remain the best choice for action, though some anglers are having success on large jerkbaits, stickbaits, swimbaits, and vertical jigging baits.  

Walleye:  Walleye action is good to very good and improving. During the day, look for fish in 15-35 feet in, on, and along the edges of deep holes, humps, rock, and steep shorelines. In late afternoon and into the evening, concentrate on shallower green weeds if you can find them. Walleye suckers, minnows, crankbaits, stickbaits, and Jigging Raps/jigging baits are all catching fish.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is fair to good near the bottom in 12-30 feet and deeper water. Some fish are schooling. Crappie minnows, tube jigs, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and small plastics are the baits of choice.  

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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10/29/17 @ 7:22 PM
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Had a very good day dragging suckers on a small area lake Saturday,4 fish between 38 and 49 inches . Weather wasn't the best but with good fish like that it helps keep the cold at bay !

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10/26/17 @ 10:08 AM
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Excerpts from the October 23, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

No matter your weather preference (barring 90 degrees, dry, and still), there should be at least one day this week that just about anyone should find favor. Probably just one day per person, per preference, but the forecast shows quite a mix!  

“The first frost finally made its way into northern Wisconsin,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and fall turnover should happen soon. Turnover usually starts when the water temperature hits 55 degrees and lakes are currently 56-58 degrees... Muskies put on an aggressive feed as the water temperatures drop and live suckers are the bait of choice. Anglers using suckers boated some nice fish in the past week... Walleyes are on underwater points and structure and will sit on deep, hard bottom edges. Look for areas with mixed rock, rubble, and boulders. There is a considerable amount of ‘dead water’ out there, so if you do not find or catch fish, move on. Fish move deeper as we head into late fall. Look for transitions from hard to soft bottom and fish sit right on the transition line, on the hard bottom side. Jig and minnow is the presentation of choice. Pitch jigs onto the breaks and drag or bounce them off the breaks... Northern pike are in and around the weeds, but most catches are by musky anglers throwing spinner and swim baits... Some anglers using crappie minnow on slip bobbers are finding crappies in deeper weed areas."  

Erik at Hayward Bait says anglers enjoyed the exceptionally nice late October weather and fishing is strong... “Even with water temperatures warmer than normal, many musky anglers report successful days on the water. Most anglers are fishing suckers on Shumway sucker rigs, either straight-lined off the back of the boat and/or under a bobber at the desired distance. Casting is still great, with many rubber baits such as Bull Dawgs, Medusas, and paddle-tails an ideal choice for the next 50-incher... Walleye anglers are finding active fish by trolling, ripping Jigging Raps, and with and jigs and minnows, but they would love to see somewhat colder temperatures... Bass fishing, especially for smallmouth, still has the interest of some anglers. Smallmouth are active across rock humps and breaklines, mostly in 10-14 feet. A number of anglers report success on jigs with walleye suckers... Crappie anglers are having luck with live bait on slip bobbers, as well as fishing somewhat more active presentations such as Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, Chicken Jigs, and plastics. Most action is off weed edges.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing is solid... “As we go later and later on in the year, the more suckers are the choice as muskies bulk up for winter. Target areas rich in baitfish. If you do not spot baitfish on the graph, try other spots, as muskies will congregate around food rich environments... Walleyes are starting to show signs of life on the Flowage, though the size remains smaller. A few anglers still use crawlers, but it is predominantly minnow fishing from here to the end of the season. With the cooler temperatures, expect walleyes to head to deep holes... While there are few reports of bass action on the Flowage, the smallmouth bite on Round and Grindstone lakes is very strong with minnows on the cribs. Several anglers report seeing smallmouth more than 20 inches every day... Crappies are biting, but it seems the only ones are those sitting on the bottom, not suspending fish. Crappie minnows are the best choice, but on slow days, try throwing some plastics.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Musky:  Late fall is THE time for big muskies and the fish are starting to up their feeding game. Rubber baits such as Bull Dawgs work well, but this is when suckers really shine. Run them on quick-strike rigs off the back of the boat, with or without a bobber, while casting and retrieving rubber baits near the sucker for a double temptation!  

Walleye: Walleye fishing is good to very good, primarily deep, in holes, on point and bar edges, breaklines, and hard bottoms with rock and gravel. Jigs and minnows work well, some anglers still use crawlers, others trolling stick and crank baits, and still others work Jigging Raps and similar baits.  

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is good, though most catches are by anglers fishing for other species. Work the weeds with northern suckers, spinnerbaits, bucktails, and swim baits. As is usually the case, use bigger baits in deeper water for trophy pike.  

Smallmouth Bass Smallmouth action is very good in 10-18 feet on cribs, breaklines, and humps. Large minnows and walleye suckers on jigs, plastics, and drop-shot rigs are all very effective at this time.  

Crappie: Crappie fishing is good on and just off the edges of deeper weeds, at various depths in the water column. Use your locator. Crappie minnows work best, on jigs and/or under slip bobbers, but Gulp! baits, Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, and other plastics work well, too.  

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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