Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County

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TODAY @ 7:39 AM
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Tom Boley
Tom Boley
USER since 3/27/11

MOON PHASE (61%)
Waning Gibbous

Walleye bite has been decent. Both day bite and night bite. Moved a bit deeper this past week and really focusing on the edge of structure has been important for us. Drilling alot of holes!


We have been downsizing out presentations to get more bites throughout the day. Slender spoons have been good. Rocks are becoming less productive and deeper flats and weed edges have been better. 

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1/17/17 @ 1:29 PM
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Gone 4 Now
Gone 4 Now
USER since 4/26/08

MOON PHASE (71%)
Waning Gibbous

Sand Lake is giving up some nice eyes.

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1/17/17 @ 11:50 AM
barkingbear
barkingbear
USER since 1/17/17

Hey guys, coming up from chippewa falls this weekend searching for walleye. any tips on which lakes to find them? had decent luck on spider last year. Thanks! 

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1/17/17 @ 11:35 AM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (71%)
Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the January 16, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

This week’s forecast predicts a warming trend that carries through next weekend, which should provide excellent fishing conditions for Free Fishing Weekend and local ice fishing contests (see below for more information).

“There was little fishing activity last week due to the snow and cold,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but anglers braving the elements had moderate success... Walleye action slowed, but anglers are catching fish off weed edges in late afternoon into dark. Northern provide the most action, with anglers setting tip-ups with walleye suckers and shiners over weed tops and along weed edges in 6-10 feet... Crappie anglers are finding fish just off the bottom in 16-18 feet. Use crappie minnows on jigging spoons or larger teardrops set at 14-16 feet, as crappie come up to bite. The best bite is in mid to late afternoon."  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says ice conditions are very good, with 12-16 inches of ice on most lakes... “Walleye fishing is good, though a little slower, but plenty of action and several reports of 30-inch fish this winter. Fish are moving a little deeper and tip-ups with walleye suckers work best, but anglers are catching good numbers of fish jigging spoons, Slab Raps, and Jigging Raps... Northern action is solid on shiners under tip-ups on weed edges and bars in shallow to mid depths...  For crappies, use minnows, focus on deeper bays and basins, and keep moving until you find biting fish. Fish bluegills in the weeds with waxies, spikes, and finesse plastics on small tungsten jigs.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Walleye:

Walleye fishing is good, though the bite window narrowed and action slowed a bit. Best success is in late afternoon into dark on shallower weed edges. Use tip-ups with walleye suckers, or try jigging spoons, Slab Raps, and Jigging Raps.

Northern Pike:

Northern pike fishing is good to very good and can be a trip saver. Use northern suckers, walleye suckers, and shiners under tip-ups set over and along weeds, weed edges, and on bars in depths out to 12 feet.

Crappie:

Crappie fishing is fair good, with best action in mid to late afternoon hours. Look for fish suspending just off the bottom in 15-20 feet in bays and lake basins. Stay on the move until you find active fish and make sure to check the entire water column. Crappie minnows on teardrops or jigging spoons work best, keeping baits just above the fish.

Bluegill:

Look for bluegills in and near deeper weeds, with waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and teardrops 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.  


Edited on 1/17/17 11:36 AM
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1/12/17 @ 8:23 AM
Jarrid Houston
Jarrid Houston
MEMBER since 5/24/16

Great report! 

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1/12/17 @ 8:17 AM
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Tom Boley
Tom Boley
USER since 3/27/11

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Full Moon
Walleye pike and crappie fishing has been pretty solid the past few days. Some of the weeds we were getting a lot of fish out of are dyingoing now and locating deeper weeds and bait has been crucial. The walleye day bite has been pretty good in the deeper depths. Pike have been in similar areas. We have iced a bunch of fish in the 30 to mid 30 inch range. Call to book a guide trip today!

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1/10/17 @ 12:15 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

Excerpts from the January 9, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Snow continues to fall in the North Woods, though not in huge quantities. Still, accumulations will build if colder temperatures hold – more is on the way mid-week – but the forecast is for mid-20s on Sunday.

“The ice is not yet safe enough for vehicles,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but people are taking out ATVs and snowmobiles... Walleye fishing is improving and anglers are catching some nice fish, especially in late afternoon/evening hours and after dark as fish come shallow to feed. Set tip-ups with sucker minnows or shiners on the edges of drop-offs and on weeds. On some deeper lakes, jigging fatheads is working in deeper water during afternoons... Northern anglers are catching pike on weeds and weedline edges with walleye suckers and shiners on tip-ups, or jig small shiners and fatheads... Panfish action improved now that anglers can fish the holes for crappies. Search vertically, as well as moving around, as they often suspend well off bottom. Use small jigs with crappie minnows and waxies. Bluegills are in the weeds, hitting waxies. Perch are in deep weeds, hitting anything small enough.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says ice conditions are good following holiday rainfall that melted snow and froze into a sold layer of ice... “This makes it great for folks who are dragging shacks to their favorite spots with little or no snow on the ice. Ice thickness varies from 9-10 inches on some lakes to more than 12 inches on other lakes... Anglers are getting walleyes during early mornings and evening hours on glow spoons with rattles and jigging baits such as Rattle Traps, Jigging Rap, and others... Pike anglers are having luck fishing off points, weedlines, and transition areas with sucker minnows and large to extra large shiners under tip-ups... Crappie and sunfish are active in deep lake basins, but the key is hole-hopping and staying on active fish. Use tungsten jigs tipped with waxies or spikes to get down quick to suspended fish or fish just off the bottom.”  

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses trophy smallmouth growth... “For many years, Round Lake near Hayward has been a top spot for big smallmouth. A recent analysis of the lake’s smallmouth growth rates have revealed how long it takes to grow a big smallmouth... In Round Lake, smallmouth grow rapidly for the first few years of life, often reaching 14 inches within five years. However, getting smallmouth to that size is the easy part. Adding the next 6 inches to get the fish to 20 inches might take an additional 10 years... Late in life, smallmouth typically grow slowly, perhaps only a quarter-inch each year, and this makes 22- to 23-inch smallmouth so rare. They simply do not ‘pop up’ overnight... In addition to the time it takes to grow big smallmouth, you have to have low mortality in the population. Even a small amount of harvest, or delayed mortality from catch and release, can have negative impacts on a population, particularly when it comes to trophy potential.”  

FISHING REPORT   

Walleye:  Walleye action is good and improving, with best success in early morning, late afternoon, and evening into dark. During these hours, focus on shallower drop-off and weed edges. During daytime, try jigging deeper water. Best baits include walleye suckers, shiners, and fatheads on tip-ups and jigs. Jigging spoons and other jigging baits are also producing some catches.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is good in/over weeds, on weedline edges, points, and breaklines/transition areas. Baits of choice include sucker minnows, shiners, and fatheads fished on tip-ups and jigs.  

Crappie:   Look for crappies in deep holes and suspending over deep water. Small jigs tipped with crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits work well. Check the entire water column with your electronics!  

Bluegill:   Bluegills are in deeper water, hitting small jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits.  

Perch:  Perch fishing is fair to good in and near deeper weeds, with fish just off the bottom. Use small jigs tipped with waxies and spikes.  

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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1/3/17 @ 10:28 AM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent

Excerpts from the January 2, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

It is winter in the North Woods and this week’s forecast reflects the season – cold, snow, and wind in various combinations. There is no winter recreation without winter, so get out and enjoy your favorite winter activity!

“This year’s ice fishing season started a little late due to the slow building of safe ice,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but anglers are now searching for fish and looking for patterns... The lakes average four to eight inches of ice, with some slush areas, so wear rubber/rubber bottom boots. Check ice thickness as you go, especially if going where no one has been yet. If using a snowmobile or four-wheeler, check the thickness before going out... Walleye action is okay, with evenings best, but anglers are also catching some fish in the afternoons, with sucker minnows and golden shiners under tip-ups the baits of choice. Northern action is good if you can locate deeper, grassy weed areas and walleye suckers and shiners work best. Since pike are mostly daytime feeders, many anglers fish northern during the day and walleye in the evenings... Crappie action has yet to start because people are (wisely) reluctant to go out over deeper water this soon, but in a little more time anglers will be to get out over the deep holes. Panfish action started slowly and anglers are still searching for those fish. Bluegills are hitting waxies, but we have yet to hear of big concentrations these fish. There are some reports of small perch in the weeds, but anglers should fish mudflats for bigger fish.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says ice conditions are improving quickly... Most lakes have 4-8 inches, with some as much as 10 inches. Anglers are taking ATVs and snowmobiles out on some of the lakes, but still, exercise caution when checking new areas or stick to areas that have traffic... Walleyes are active on most lakes. Focus on points or irregular breaklines with weeds or rocks in 10-30 feet. Deep crib fields can also be excellent this time of year. Walleye suckers and medium shiners on tip-ups work well, as do Jigging Raps, Rippin’ Raps, and spoons...  Pike action is very good with large shiners and northern suckers under tip-ups on shallow weed flats in 5-20 feet. Crappie anglers are getting some action on minnows and plastics. Use electronics, target 15-30 feet, watch for suspended fish, and move until you find them. Fish bluegills on weed flats in 6-20 feet with waxies or spikes on tungsten jigs.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Walleye:  Walleye action is good and improving, with evening fishing providing the best opportunities for success, though some anglers report catches during afternoon hours. Concentrate your efforts on weeds and rocks on points and breaklines, deeper cribs, and shallower weedlines and bays in the evening. Use tip-ups with walleye suckers and shiners, or try jigging baits and spoons.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is good to very good, with much of the success for pickling size fish. Work weed flats and deep grass and weed areas in 5-20 feet with walleye suckers, northern suckers, and large shiners under tip-ups. As DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter noted last week, filets from one 20-inch pike weigh about the same as the filets from three eight-inch bluegills.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is improving as the ice thickens and anglers gain access to deeper water holding areas. Use your electronics to look for fish suspending in 12-30 feet and plan to keep on the move until you locate them. Best baits include crappie minnows, plastics, and Gulp! baits.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill anglers are catching some fish, though not large quantities, around weeds and weed edges in 5-20 feet. Use small jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits.  

Perch:   Find good action for small perch in the weeds, but fish deeper mudflats for larger fish on the mudflat. Waxies, spikes, and plastics on small jigs or teardrops, as well as small minnows, should do the trick.  

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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1/2/17 @ 7:04 PM
247fishn
247fishn
USER since 1/2/17

Long shot here but I lost my Vexilar FL-8 Saturday night somewhere near the Post Rd launch on Grindstone Lake. Not a good way to start this hard water season! It's in a blue Pro Pack case. If you happened to find it please message me. Reward offered. 

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12/26/16 @ 4:20 PM
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HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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Waning Crescent

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

A major winter storm Christmas day brought freezing rain and ice to the North Woods, followed by snow. There are chances for additional snowfall this week, with temperatures dropping to near single-digit lows and highs generally in the upper teens to mid-20s. The current forecast predicts similar temperatures for New Year’s Day – but with sunshine!

“Winter is officially here,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but on some mild days you have to question it... People are starting to venture out on the lakes, but only by walking. Ice reports vary from lake to lake and the last sub-zero temperatures created some cracks that allowed water to push through. Staking crews monitor the lakes almost daily, but as of this report, there was not enough good ice to stake the lakes for snowmobiles... Several anglers have been out fishing, but with no reports of success. If the weather holds, more anglers will be able to travel to their favorite spots and not have to hug the shorelines... When traveling on the lakes, whether by foot or motorized vehicle, always use caution. Snowmobilers should wait for lake staking before attempting any travel. Be smart and be safe – there is always tomorrow!”  

Erick at Hayward Bait says ice conditions are stable, holding about five inches on the big lakes, with as much as seven inches of ice on some other lakes – still, use caution... "Walleye fishing is very productive now that the lakes offer anglers good access. Typically, action is best in mornings and/or evenings with walleye suckers on jig rods or tip-ups. During prime time hours, anglers have success fishing Jigging Raps, Rattle Traps, and Slab Raps, changing to glow rattle/non-rattle spoons as the morning/evening progresses. These baits are great tipped with only a fathead head... Tip-up fishing for pike is productive with northern suckers and large shiners fished along fairly shallow weed edges and on top of weed beds... Panfish anglers are fishing deep basins and off deep weed edges, catching crappies on jigs tipped with crappie minnows and panfish on waxies and spikes.”  

FISHING REPORT     

Anglers are getting out on the ice (4-7 inches on most – but not ALL – areas) and many report fishing is good to very good for most species. Interest will increase as anglers gain better accessibility by snowmobile, ATV, and vehicle.

Walleye action is good to very good with walleye suckers on tip-ups and jigging baits/spoons tipped with fathead heads. Best action is in early morning and evening hours.

Northern pike fishing is good on the edges of and on top of shallower weed beds, with northern suckers and large shiners under tip-ups the most effective presentation.

Panfish anglers are having some success fishing deeper weed edges and basins. Jigs with crappie minnows work best for crappies, while small jigs and teardrops tipped with waxies or spikes are the go-to baits for bluegills and perch.


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