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Crappie Day
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1/29/15 1:02 PM CST
Tom,

I sure hope you were actually on a MN lake and not simply stating you were. Seems like an "easy out" to me.

I noticed you responded to the criticism initially by giving advice on how to mark the gaping hole you leave in the ice with sinage in an effort to warn other anglers.

You then deleted that post and responded by saying that it was a MN lake and that you updated your video to not include that clip, passing the blame to your web developer.

Perhaps it was your web developer that responded to the criticism initially as well?

Not sure how or why a hayward guide would use footage from MN to promote business anyway. That would seem like entry level stuff for a "web developer" to not use footage from MN for a report in Hayward.

Give me a break....

Wondering

Trashguy
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1/28/15 6:12 PM CST
Hey all. My family just bought a cabin on the Tiger Cat Flowage. It's a little disappointing being sandwiched between strong fisheries like Nelson, Round and the Chipp, but hey, I'll take what I can get. I spent all last summer fishing all six lakes and did quite well on pike and caught lots of bass over three pounds. But I have two questions. One, does anyone know of good spots for spawning crappies in the spring? I fished all over. Shallow weeds, deep weeds, deep points, brush, reeds... you name it. Does anyone know of a specific spot? And secondly, does anyone know of any decent walleye fishing there? Some gentleman came in with a stringer of walleyes and they claimed they caught them on McClaine. Does this sound right? Thanks.

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1/27/15 1:08 PM CST
Ice Depth: 18" Conditions: Cloudy
Was out this past weekend on Grindstone, LCO and the Flowage fishing. To say the least, the big 3 didn't disappoint. Fished for Perch on Grindstone and caught numerous fish in the 7-11 inch range with a few Northern mixed in. Jigging Buckshot's in Perch pattern and orange Swedish pimples tipped with a piece of minnow, a foot off the bottom in 18-25 FOW. The key was to move around and search for schools that held the bigger sized fish.

On LCO, gills and crappies entertained us later that afternoon. We fished weed edges right on the break to deeper water that was from 8 to 12 FOW. Tiny #12 trebles tipped with a Minnow tricked a few crappies. Gills came on a green rocker jig using waxies. Also got into some Northern with a couple of tip ups we had out. As late afternoon approached, we decided to switch gears and Walleye fish on a near by rock bar. Had tip ups in from 5-25 FOW. We went 3 for 4 on those. Nice eaters with one pushing 21" Very healthy looking fish, which is nice to see.

On Sunday we ventured out on the flowage. Ended up finding plenty of crappies in all size ranges. Found fish in and around deep holes and edges of river channels. Watch your electronics to find out where in the water column they are. They weren't picky once you found them. Minnows, waxies and GULP! all worked.

If you interested in ice fishing the Hayward area, give me a call to book a trip.

Good luck and be safe out there! TC

[This post was last edited on 1/27/15 at 2:42 PM]

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1/26/15 6:12 PM CST
Ice Depth: 16"
Fished from 4 till 5:30 in town for gills. Pretty good action till dark. Caught half dozen in that 7 to 8inch range. Sure helps having spring bobber. Wink lost secret weapon yesterday. Had a backup that works just as good.

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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1/26/15 4:39 PM CST
FISHING REPORT Steve Suman January 26, 2015 Walleye: Walleye action continues to be fair to good, with early morning and late afternoon into dark offering the best bite. Depths vary from 4-30 feet and deeper, depending on the lake and time. Work bars, points, weedlines, cribs, and deep holes with walleye suckers and shiners under tip-ups and jigging spoons tipped with fatheads.

Northern Pike: Northern fishing is improving and they often offer an all day bite. Fish weeds, weed edges, weedlines, and cabbage beds in 4-18 feet. Use large golden shiners and walleye suckers under tip-ups, trying various points in the water column.

Crappie: Crappie action is good to very good once you take time to find the fish. Concentrate on 12-20 feet of water with weeds or wood, but many fish are suspending just off the bottom in open water areas. Check the entire water column. The most productive baits include small jigs and plain hooks tipped with crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits. Do not overlook tip-downs! For larger crappies, try Jigging Raps.

Bluegill: Bluegill anglers report good success after moving around to find fish that are suspending a few feet off bottom in and around deeper weed beds. Use small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks tipped with waxies, spikes, and plastics. Try small minnows to tempt larger ‘gills.

Perch: Perch action is fair to good, with anglers fishing on the bottom in deeper water. Best baits include jigs, teardrops, plain hooks, and jigging spoons, all tipped with crappie minnows, waxies, or plastics.

Upcoming Events Jan. 27: Relic Riders “Ride to Lunch”; The Fireside, Hayward, 10:30 a.m. (715-634-4608; 520-8220). Jan. 31: Seasons close: Squirrel; Ruffed grouse in northern zone; Bobcat Period 2 hunting/trapping. Feb. 5: Relic Riders “Ride to Lunch”; Snowshoe Saloon, Hayward, 10:30 a.m. (715-634-4608; 520-8220). Feb. 7: Flambeau River State Forest 23rd Annual Candlelight Ski (715-332-5271). Feb. 7: Relic Riders 9th Annual Kaye Johnson Memorial Ride. Trails End Resort 9:30 a.m. (715-634-2423). Feb. 7-8: Deerfoot Lodge Freeze Your Buns Off Crappie Ice Fishing Contest (715-462-332Cool. Feb. 7: Cable Rod and Gun Club Ice Fishing Contest; Lake Namakagon, Loon Saloon (715-798-4459). Feb. 8: AWSC Celebrate WI Snowmobiling Sport Show; LCO Convention Center. Free. (800-724-2992). Feb. 14: Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin Ice Fishing Tournament on Lac Courte Oreilles (715-462-3559). Feb. 15: Seasons close: Coyote trapping; Raccoon trapping/hunting; Red and gray fox trapping/hunting. Feb. 19-22: American Birkebeiner (715-634-5025). Feb. 28: Seasons close: Cottontail rabbit; Mink trapping. March 7: Early catch-and-release only trout season opens statewide (see regs).

Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau and Sawyer County Record co-sponsor this report. For more information on area events and activities, visit the HLVCB’s Calendar of Events or call 800-724-2992.

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1/24/15 5:25 PM CST
Ice Depth: 16" Conditions: Partly Sunny
Been on a good bluegill bite as of late. Caught some forty bluegill today from 10 till 4. About half dozen in that 8 to 9 inch range. Fishing shallow weeds. Other fisherman not catching much, must be the secret jig. Wink

JASON STEWART
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1/24/15 7:29 AM CST
Ice Depth: 13" Conditions: Cloudy
Yesterday evening had decent action jigging for Yellow Perch in 22 FOW. Best action during the last hour of daylight. Bro worm with a waxie, and an eye dropper w/ waxie. Friday fish fry!

I've had my Quickflip 2 for a couple of weeks now, I love it. Great shack. It sets up super fast. Got a good deal on it at $330, fully assembled from Big Mike's shop over by Siren.

[This post was last edited on 1/24/15 at 7:33 AM]
TOM BOLEY
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1/24/15 2:59 AM CST
The first clip of that pike coming up the large hole is from metro MN lake. The clip was added by our web/video developer. The rest of the shoot was filmed on a northwestern WI lake. In MN you can fish out of spear holes on select lakes. Safety is always our number one concern when on the ice. Marking these larger holes/spear holes with brush/signage is a must regardless of what state you are in. We have since updated the video to show only clips from Northern Wisconsin. Enjoy!

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1/23/15 9:50 AM CST
That hole is ridiculous. what happens the next day when your gone and it has skimmed over and some poor guy comes walking along? I would expect more from a guide.

Gone 4 Now
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1/23/15 9:41 AM CST
Hey Tom, Can you spear fish legally ? If not you can't have a hole larger than 12" in Wisconsin.

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1/23/15 9:13 AM CST
The hole(s) that pike came out of is scary big... Be careful.

Report related, panfish have been biting well on a number of lakes for me all winter long. Depth is dependent on lake type, catching some big gills shallow, and crappies in the basins of others over 40+ feet of water.

Moving till fish are found has been the key, and typically the bigger the school the more active the fish.

TOM BOLEY
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1/22/15 6:27 PM CST
Fishing in the Hayward Area has been good this past week. Ice has stayed about the same. Right around 18 on Grindstone and LCO. Little less on Round. The smaller lakes are driveable as well.

Perch fishing has been excellent. Tons of action and lots of fish over 10 inch. Depths of 15 to 25 feet are best. Transition areas. mud to sand mud to rock or any weed edge is a good spot to look. Jigging spoons tipped with bait is the best.

Walleye fishing has been fair. We are seeing tons of fish on the graph but getting them to bite has been more difficult. Larger fish have been found on isolated rock spots close the deep water basin areas. Depths of 17 to 10 are best in low light hours. 430 pm til 530 pm is power hour. Jigging Raps seemed to work best this past weekend.

Crappies and gills seemed to have really flipped the switch and get active this past week. Both can be found in weeds and basin areas depending on the lake and location. Drilling a ton of holes and doing a lot of scouting pays off. Here is a short video of Chris and Myself from a few days ago.

Call for ice shack rentals and guided ice trips!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNDssOySPzc&feature=youtu.be

[This post was last edited on 1/24/15 at 1:32 AM]
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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1/20/15 8:18 AM CST
FISHING REPORT Steve Suman January 19, 2015

Walleye: Walleye anglers continue to catch fish, with the best action just before dark. Fish are scattered from 6-30 feet and deeper, holding on weedlines, cribs, points, bars, breaklines, and mud flats. Walleye suckers and shiners on tip-ups produce the most action, followed by jigged fatheads, all fished just off bottom.

Northern Pike: Northern pike action slowed, but the fish are starting to show more activity. Fish cabbage beds and along weedlines in 4-15 feet with northern suckers and shiners under tip-ups, suspending your bait at various locations in the water column.

Crappie: Crappie anglers continue to enjoy good action once they locate the fish – which usually requires electronics and a willingness to be on the move. Concentrate your search near weed beds and deeper water, looking for fish suspending a few feet off the bottom. As always, be sure to check the entire water column. Top baits include crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs or plain hooks, fished with or without slip bobbers and tip-downs.

Bluegill: Bluegills are shallow to deep, suspending just off bottom, and often swimming with the crappies. Baits of choice include waxies, spikes, plastics, Gulp! baits, and small minnows.

Perch: Anglers are catching a few perch on a number of lakes, be it by design or coincidence while pursuing other species. Depending on the water, look for weedlines, breaklines, and mud flats in 4-20 feet. Fish on the bottom with small jigs and crappie minnows, fatheads, waxies, and spikes.

Upcoming Events Jan. 22: Relic Riders “Ride to Lunch”; Bar H Implement, Stone Lake, 10:30 a.m. (715-634-4608; 520-8220). Jan. 27: Relic Riders “Ride to Lunch”; The Fireside, Hayward, 10:30 a.m. (715-634-4608; 520-8220). Jan. 26: DNR public hearing on deer management rules; Spooner DNR Service Center; 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25: Winter crow season opens. Through Jan. 31: Bobcat hunting/trapping season Period 2 north of Hwy. 64. Jan. 31: Seasons close: Squirrel; Ruffed grouse in northern zone; Bobcat Period 2 hunting/trapping. Feb. 7: Flambeau River State Forest 23rd Annual Candlelight Ski (715-332-5271). Feb. 15: Seasons close: Coyote trapping; Raccoon trapping/hunting; Red and gray fox trapping/hunting. Feb. 19-22: American Birkebeiner (715-634-5025). Feb. 28: Seasons close: Cottontail rabbit; Mink trapping. March 7: Early catch-and-release only trout season opens statewide (see regs).

Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau and Sawyer County Record co-sponsor this report. For more information on area events and activities, visit the HLVCB’s Calendar of Events or call 800-724-2992.

JASON STEWART
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1/19/15 10:18 PM CST
Ice Depth: 13" Conditions: Cloudy
Something happens when Old Man Winter makes his arrival and our water gets a lid on it. It seems like a few more fish get kept for dinner than during the summer, like some kind of cold weather survival instinct to help add that extra layer of warmth. With all that said, I did let the bigger Northern laid on the ice pictured in this post go. After those Northern Pike get so big and a certain size, they earn some extra respect from me and don’t warrant the six fillet method. Perch…not so much. Fishing for them was good in about 20 FOW and they were consumed wrapped in tortilla shells with a jicama slaw this weekend. I thought I would share a few recipes I’ve enjoyed so far during this year’s ice fishing season.

For fish Tacos (or good on whatever)- BELIZEAN HABANERO HOT SAUCE -1 tablespoon oil -1 onion, chopped -1/2 cup chopped carrots -1 cup water -3 habanero chile -1/4 cup lime juice -1/2 teaspoon salt Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Cook onion until soft, 4 min. Add carrots and water, bring to boil and simmer for 10 min. Pour mixture into blender and let cool a few minutes. Add other ingredients and blend until smooth.

JALEPENO HUSH PUPPIES (I ripped this off from Trisha Yearwood and the Foodnetwork)- I like to fry my fish and hush puppies with peanut oil in a fry daddy for smaller batches 1-1/2 cups Aunt Jemima self-rising cornmeal 1 cup flour ½ cup chopped onion 3 fresh jalapenos, chopped up with ribs and seeds removed 1 15oz. can creamed corn 2 eggs Stir everything above in a bowl, and drop into hot oil by the spoonful. If it’s too thin and liquidy and doesn’t stay together, add more cornmeal or flour. The hot sauce from above is great for dipping.

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TOM BOLEY
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1/14/15 11:45 PM CST
Fishing has been excellent! Walleyes, Crappies and perch this week! We were forced to fish out of the heated ice house with the cold temps but ended up getting some nice walleyes both midday and after dark.

Walleyes are coming on jigging spoons of all varieties tipped with fatheads. Scouting out locations to find where fish are using bars/humps at various times of day has been key. We are also getting fish on tip ups with suckers as well.

Most lakes have driveable ice. LCO Grindstone Round and safe areas of the flowage.

If you are looking to get out on the ice this winter utilize our heated houses and guided trips.

Below is video from a few days ago as well as our rates list for all the inquiries I have gotten in the past week.

Good luck on the water.

http://tomboley.weebly.com/ice-fishing.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jz7Fy8nINI

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