Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County

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8/23/16 @ 3:53 PM
FISHING REPORT
Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the Aug 22, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

Fishing on the Quiet Lakes improved steadily over the past few days,” says Pat at Happy Hooker.  “Musky anglers report good action fishing topwaters, medium bucktails, and suckers on quick-set rigs on weed edges and deeper drop-offs. The key for walleye is to find transition zones such as mud to weeds, rocks to mud, sand to rock, etc., next to deep water. Use crawler halves on spinning or Lindy rigs. Northern pike action is good all day in shallow and deep weeds with spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and large minnows under bobbers.   Largemouth are in weeds, hitting crawlers, rigged worms, plastics, and topwaters. Catch smallmouth in deep rock and gravel areas with tube jigs and diving crankbaits.   For crappies, use minnows, tube jigs, small plastics, and Gulp! baits. Fish shallow weeds for panfish, moving deeper for larger fish.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says fishing keeps improving in the North Woods.  “Musky anglers made some decent catches last week, with the bigger lakes providing better success, and most action on bucktails, though topwaters get the nod during low light. Focus on weed edges and rock bars in 5-20 feet. Water is still warm, so quick releases are still important. Walleye fishing is slow. Drift or troll crawler harnesses and crankbaits around the thermocline holding at about 20 feet.   “The bass bite remains the best thing going. Use plastics, swim jigs, and topwaters on deeper weed edges, and throw a few frogs at the slop. For smallmouth, fish crayfish tubes, swim jigs, and jerkbaits on rocks and cribs in 10-20 feet.  “Crappie and bluegill action is good with waxies and leaf worms on most lakes.”

 Mike at Jenk’s says, "most Chippewa Flowage musky action is on black/green or walleye color Bull Dawgs and various swim baits, and this time is good for Hawg Wobblers and creepers. Stay deep and cast shallower to cover the shallows and deeper drop-offs. Walleye anglers report some success trolling Flicker Shads, Bad Shads, and Shad Raps over 20-25 feet for suspending fish following balls of baitfish. When water temperature cool, try crawlers in 6-12 feet around weed edges bordering river channels and river channel bends.   Smallmouth fishing picked up last week on the far eastern side. During the day, fish 8-11 feet – shallower in the evening – working crawlers, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits on stumps and rocks.  Catch crappies on bogs, cribs, and weedy humps around 14-17 feet, with crappie minnows, Mini-Mites, Gulp! baits, and jigs with spinners.”  

Fishing success in the last two weeks was good for many anglers, says DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt.  “Muskies are increasingly active and anglers report plenty of action. Work large bucktails, Bull Dawgs, and topwaters along weed edges and in dense weed beds. Walleye fishing is erratic, with decent catches on minnows, leeches, and crawlers on deep structure such as rock humps and cribs.  Largemouth favor woody cover and deeper weed and bog edges. Use soft plastics, jig/craw combinations, and topwaters. Smallmouth action is very good on rivers and flowages, with most fish near wood and structure along hard bottom areas close to weeds and deeper water. Large crayfish-imitating plastics and topwaters work best.  Panfish action is fair, with bluegills and crappies suspending near mid-depth structure.”  

Musky:  Musky action is improving as we move towards fall, with the most productive areas weeds/weed edges, rock bars, and drop-offs in or near depths to 25 feet. Top baits include bucktails, Bull Dawgs, swim baits, topwaters, and suckers on quick-strike rigs.  

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is inconsistent, with fish scattered from deep structure to suspending over deeper water to shallower weeds and rock in the evening. Troll the thermocline (around 20 feet) or work deeper (to 30 feet) rocks, humps, cribs, and weeds during the day. Best baits include crawlers, leeches, minnows, and trolled/cast crank and stick baits.  

Northern Pike:  Northern are active all day and anglers continue to catch some nice fish. Work weeds at various depths with spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and northern suckers under bobbers. For trophy pike, fish deeper water with bigger baits.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth action is fair to very good, though sometimes inconsistent. Work in/on/over weeds and weed edges, wood, bogs, brush, and slop with plastics (worms, frogs, tubes, etc.), swim jigs, spinnerbaits, and topwaters.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth action is fair to good, depending on the day and lake. Target hard bottom areas with rock and gravel, stumps, cribs, wood, and weeds in 6-25 feet and/or adjacent to deeper water. Use crayfish color tubes, swim jigs, jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, plastics, and topwaters.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good around cribs, bogs, brush, humps, and weeds in 10-20 feet with crappie minnows, waxies, tubes, plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and small spinner jigs.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is very good around shallow weeds, docks, and other structure. Larger ‘gills are around similar structure and/or suspending in deeper water. Best baits include waxies, worms, leaf worms, tube jigs, hair jigs, small minnows, Gulp! baits, plastics, 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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8/20/16 @ 12:03 PM
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Rich Simak
Rich Simak
USER since 6/3/11

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

The smallmouth action was great this week! The kids really honed their fishing skills with just about constant action. The fish were in the rocks at a variety of depths as shallow as 10 feet down to 29 feet.

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8/14/16 @ 8:12 AM
utahman
utahman
USER since 3/9/03

Crowley and pixley on the flambeau, winter dam chippewa,Stinnett landing namekagon riverTrego lake dam spooner namekagon river

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8/14/16 @ 7:32 AM
blackcreekoutdoor
blackcreekoutdoor
USER since 2/12/13

im heading to hayward to work on a county building for a couple days starting monday im gonna bring a couple poles and maybe try to fish a dam or two after work in the evenings i think were staying at lco casino as we usually do when were up there anyone have any ideas where to go? i am not real familiar with the area but have done some fishing/work on alot of lakes up there but i dont wanna pull my boat as i wont have alot of time thanks in advance !


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8/9/16 @ 1:32 PM
FISHING REPORT
Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (40%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Crappie fishing has been HOT on the Big Chip! Catching fish during the day over cribs, brush piles and sunken bogs using plastics. Currently, Muskies and Walleyes are a bit on the slow side due to the "Dog Day's" of summer because of warm water temps. Even so, what a great way to fill in the void with a nice catch of Crappies for a fish fry!!

Summers going fast! Give me a call to get in on this action!

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

TC

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8/9/16 @ 12:11 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (40%)
Waxing Crescent

Excerpts from the Aug 8, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“Musky action is slow,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “though anglers are seeing fish and getting follows, but few hookups. Use smaller bucktails, crankbaits, and topwaters in early mornings and evening into dark... Walleyes are on mid-lake structure, but move shallower in the evening hours. Use large leeches or crawler halves on Lindy or spinner rigs. Trolling and jigging will also put fish in the boat. For northern, fish vegetation with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwaters, and fatheads and walleye suckers under slip bobbers... Largemouth are in weeds and around docks, taking weedless plastics, rigged worms, frogs, and topwaters. Catch smallmouth on the bottom of deep, rocky structure with tubes, crankbaits, and crayfish imitations... Fish panfish in and near vegetation in late afternoon with crappie minnows under slip bobbers, small plastics, and tubes.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says the warm weather and storms make fishing challenging... “Muskie action is decent, but without strong patterns. Focus on deeper edges, trying different presentations until you find action. Walleye fishing slowed, though anglers continue to catch fish on deeper main lake structure and mud flats. Trolling and drifting crawler harnesses and Lindy Rigs with leeches is the best bet... The bass bite is strong on swim jigs, Senko worms, and swim baits with paddle tails fished on deeper weeds and lily pads adjacent to deeper water. Smallmouth are scattered on rock bars and cribs in 10-20 feet. Use tube jigs and swim jigs... Schooling panfish are very active on deep weed edges. Leaf worms under bobbers will get all the action you want.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye anglers should cast stickbaits... “Try some of the newer, ‘wilder action’ styles, fishing shallow early and late and going deeper during the day. Crawler, minnow, and leech rigs are also working. For northern pike, bucktails and large sucker minnows under bobbers are working well. Largemouth are holding on and near docks, lily pads, and shaded shorelines. Use spinners, frogs, and surface plugs... You can often see panfish feeding on the surface early on calm mornings. Cast small cork poppers, spiders, and flies, or bobber fish live bait and Gulp! Alive on small jigs, starting near the surface and gradually moving deeper. If water clarity is poor, add spinners for extra attraction.”  

Wet conditions continue across the north, says DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt, and most rivers and streams remain at high levels... “The warm, wet, and variable weather makes for inconsistent fishing success across the North Woods. Musky action is hit or miss, with large bucktails, Bull Dawgs, and topwaters providing the most success on weed edges during mid-week, mid-day hours with the lightest boat traffic. Walleye action is especially slow, with fish suspending over deeper mud flats and near deep rock bars... Most largemouth are in and near mid-depth woody cover hitting plastic finesse baits, with some in thick weed beds hitting topwaters in early morning hours. Smallmouth are tough to find, near woody cover along deeper breaks. The best success is on larger plastics that are easier to find in the high, dark-stained water... Crappie, bluegill, and perch are on mid-depth cover and the deep edges of weedlines.”

Musky: Musky action is slow and inconsistent, though anglers report sightings, follows, and hits – just a shortage of hooked fish. Best fishing is in early morning and evening into dark, though daytime hours can be surprisingly good. Target the edges of deeper weedlines and breaklines. This is a good time to experiment with different lures and presentations, though currently the most productive baits include double-bladed bucktails, Bull Dawgs, crankbaits, and topwaters.  

Walleye: Walleye fishing is decent, but slow. As is usually (but not always) the case, work deep water structure during the day and shallower weeds, rock, and other structure in late evening into dark. Crawler, leeches, and minnows on your choice of harnesses, jigs, and Lindy, split shot, and spinner rigs are all effective baits and presentations, as is trolling crank and stick baits.  

Northern Pike: Northern fishing is good around weeds and weedlines at various depths. Top baits include spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, bucktails, crankbaits, topwaters, crawlers, leeches, and large minnows under bobbers. Go deeper with larger baits for trophy pike.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth fishing is good and consistent, as one expects in the summer. Find them in and around weeds, wood, brush, bogs, lily pads, docks, and along shaded shorelines in depths from very shallow to in/near deep water. The fish are taking a variety of baits, from Senko worms and other plastics (worms in various riggings, swim baits, frogs, creature, etc.), spinners, spinnerbaits, topwaters, and live bait.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth fishing is generally decent, with fish scattered on deeper rock bars, cribs, wood, weedlines, breaklines, and other structure in 8-25 feet. The most effective smallmouth baits include larger tubes and other plastics, swim jigs, crankbaits, and live bait.  

Crappie:  Crappie action is fair to good, with the best time late afternoon into evening hours. Look for fish in/on/over mid-depth and deeper weeds, weedlines, and structure. Baits of choice include crappie minnows, leaf worms, plastics, tubes, and Gulp! baits on small jigs, as well as poppers, flies, and other small surface baits.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is fair to good, with constant action available for smaller fish around shallow weeds and other structure. For larger ‘gills, fish mid-depth to deeper weeds and weed edges. Best bluegill baits include waxies, leaf worms, Gulp! baits, and plastic poppers, spiders, flies, and ants fished under a bobber on small jigs and plain hooks.  

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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8/2/16 @ 3:50 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE
New Moon

Excerpts from the Aug 1, 2016 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

“Things are slowly returning to normal after the storms,” says Pat at Happy Hooker.... “Musky action is improving around drop-offs and deeper weeds and weed edges on bucktails, gliders, crankbaits, and topwaters. Night fishing can produce exciting action for anglers willing to stay out late and battle the bugs.....“Walleye anglers do best in late afternoon into dark with leeches and crawler halves on Lindy or spinner rigs and with shallow crankbaits. Work deep holes and humps during the day. Fish northern pike in shallow weeds with spinnerbaits, topwaters, and large suckers under bobbers....“Fish largemouth in shallow weeds and around docks/piers with rigged worms and topwaters. For smallmouth, fish deeper rock/gravel areas with leeches, tube jigs, and deep crankbaits....“Catch crappies with crappie minnows and small plastics under slip bobbers on deeper weed edges and drop-offs. For bluegills, fish shallower weeds with waxies, leaf worms, crawler pieces, and small plastics.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says musky action is decent with the cooler water.....“Bucktails and Bull Dawgs work best, fished on mid-lake bars and deeper points with weeds. The walleye bite is good, though moving deeper. Fish leeches and crawlers on slip bobbers, jigs, and crawler harnesses on mid-lake bars and weed edges in 15-32 feet. Pike also moved deeper, with some action on spinnerbaits, weedless spoons, and swim baits....“The bass bite is a little sporadic, with most fish coming on Senko worms or similar plastics and topwaters early and late. Focus on deeper weed edges and humps, inside corners and points, and hard cover such as trees and docks adjacent to deeper water....“Crappie action is decent in deeper water on small jigs with Gulp! minnows or similar plastics. For bluegills schooling on deeper weed edges, use waxies, leaf worms, and leeches.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye anglers should fish early and late along rocky shorelines or troll the channel with leeches, crawlers, fatheads, Gulp! Alive Minnows and Leeches, and stickbaits....“Northern pike are active on surface stickbaits, popping plugs, and bucktails – and do not be afraid to go with big baits. Largemouth are in/near lily pads and weed beds, hitting buzz baits, spinnerbaits, frogs, poppers, and scented worms....“For crappies and bluegills, bobber fish or jig live bait or cast Beetle Spins.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage muskies are around, but not striking.... “Anglers report many follows and boil-ups, but few connections. Consider throwing topwaters and shallower sub-surface baits, or try bucktails with fast, high riding retrieves that bulge the surface. Walleye fishing is spotty. Work brush and cover in 15-17 feet during the day and around weed edges in 6-12 feet at night...“Largemouth fishing has been slow all year, but now the smallmouth seemed to go dormant. Try deeper rock and cribs, but move to shallower cover if the water cools...“Crappies are active, but spots are not consistent. They are schooling around deeper humps and weeds, but not around the same humps every night. Use crappie minnows or Mini-Mites tipped with Gulp! Crappie Nibbles.”  

Constantly changing weather conditions have kept fishing for most species pretty tough and very inconsistent, says DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt....“Musky anglers report some success, be it sightings, follows, or strikes, mostly on topwaters and Bull Dawgs fished on deep weed edges and less-dense weed beds. Walleye fishing is especially tough, with leeches and crawlers fished on deep weed edges and rock/gravel bars providing some action, as do Rapalas and stickbaits along weed edges near dark....“Largemouth action is fair near heavy weed beds, bog edges, and stumps/logs with rubber frogs, soft plastics, and crayfish imitations. Smallmouth fishing is fair on small finesse plastics and wacky-worms around wood and weed edges near hard-bottom and deep areas....“Bigger panfish are suspending near cover in 8-14 feet, with some nice crappies taken near the surface around woody structure.”....best for catching – and best for handling fish with the warm water. Work weed beds and weed edges with bucktails, jerkbaits, and topwaters. 

Musky:  Musky fishing is decent to good and improving, with anglers at least seeing and tempting many fish. Concentrate efforts on deeper drop-offs, points, weeds, weedlines, points, and mid-lake bars with cover. Best baits include bucktails, Bull Dawgs, gliders, shallower running stick and crank baits, and topwaters.  

Walleye:  Walleye success reports vary from good to very difficult, with best action late in the day into dark. During the day, concentrate on deeper (out to 30 feet) weeds, bars, brush, holes, humps, rock, and gravel. In low light/dark hours, work depths to 12 feet around similar structure and shorelines. The most effective baits and presentations include crawlers and leeches on jigs, slip bobbers, Lindy Rigs, spinner rigs, split shot rigs, and crawler harnesses. In the evening, cast and troll Rapalas, crankbaits, and stickbaits.  

Northern Pike:  Northerns provide all-day action, particularly for smaller fish. Work shallow to deeper weeds and areas holding panfish with spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, bucktails, and larger topwaters.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth fishing is fair to very good on most waters, though action can be somewhat inconsistent. Key locations include shallow weeds, wood, stumps, humps, brush, bogs, logs, lily pads, docks, and downed trees. The most successful baits include plastics (worms in assorted riggings, frogs, crayfish imitations, grubs, etc.), buzz baits, spinners, spinnerbaits, and topwaters, and live bait such as crawlers, leeches, and minnows.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth action is slow to good, depending on the lake. Look for fish on weed edges, wood, points, hard bottoms, bars, humps, rock, gravel, and cribs in or near deeper water. Tubes, finesse plastics, rigged plastic worms, deep diving crawfish colored crankbaits, crawlers, and leeches are all catching smallmouth. 

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is fair to good, with best action late in the day. Fish are in mid-depth to deeper water, schooling and suspending on/over/near weeds, wood, and drop-offs. The most effective baits include crappie minnows, plastics, Gulp! Minnows, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and Beetle Spins.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is fair (good for smaller fish) on weeds, weedlines, and drop-offs in 3-15 feet. Standard baits, such as waxies, leaf worms, panfish leeches, crawler pieces, plastics, poppers, 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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7/31/16 @ 10:04 AM
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Jason Stewart
West Fork Jason
USER since 2/1/14

MOON PHASE (6%)
Waning Crescent

A "by-catch" for a smallie angler...

Edited on 7/31/16 7:38 PM
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7/31/16 @ 10:01 AM
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Jason Stewart
West Fork Jason
USER since 2/1/14

MOON PHASE (6%)
Waning Crescent

Lakes, rivers, Smallmouth, Largemouth, fly rods, spinning rods...

It's all good right now, Bass fishing is on fire!  50+ fish days on the rivers lately, and some piggies on the lakes.

Not many days of this left, it will be fall musky fishing before you know it.

Cheers,
JS

Edited on 7/31/16 10:02 AM
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7/28/16 @ 3:12 PM
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Rich Simak
Rich Simak
USER since 6/3/11

MOON PHASE (30%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

The big smallies have been playing hard to get this summer with surface temp. at 78 degrees. The pictured fish was hard to get with a fight that went on and on. We caught a couple other nice ones on this trip so hopefully things are looking up. The walleye fishing is slow. When you find fish they are very spooky and will quickly scram.

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