Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County

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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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Waxing Crescent

Excerpts from the March 27, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The Hayward area started this week with mild weather and it appears (according to current forecasts) that the entire week (or most parts of it) will be mild and sunny. That said, this time of year the North Woods always faces the prospect of lingering winter surprises and seldom does winter go “gentle into that good night” without taking some cheap shots during its departure!

“It is time to put away ice fishing gear and start preparing for open water season,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “High winds pushed the ice up onto the shorelines of the Quiet Lakes and you actually have to step over it to get on the lake. Who knows what the ice thickness is on the lakes now? The forecast calls for more rain and rising temperatures this week, so this is a good time to think about open water season and prepare for the May 6 gamefish opener.”  

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This will wind up ice fishing reports – few, if any people are fishing with the quickly disintegrating ice conditions. Use common sense and err on the side of caution and safety. This is a great time to work on the boat, organize open water tackle, repair, replace, and upgrade equipment, purchase new fishing licenses (old licenses expire March 31) – do the things you know you will not have (or take/make) the time to do once the weather changes to spring/summer season!

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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TODAY @ 8:04 AM
Gone 4 Now
Gone 4 Now
USER since 4/26/08

The only resort on spring is  "A Wilderness Haven Resort". Spring is full of small pike an panfish.

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3/27/17 @ 7:54 PM
Kokomo
Kokomo
USER since 3/27/17

Hi Hayward Wisconsin,

Its been about 40 years since I visited your wonderful area. As a teenager my family would take a summer vacation to a little lake called Spring Lake. Boy I loved that place. We fished and fished and fished some more. I can't remember the name of the lodge but a neat Swedish guy named Tony owned it.

My father is now in his elder years and he is asking me to take him on one more fishing trip. I thought, man it would be awesome to take him back to the first place we ever went to. My questions are:

Is the lodge still there? Is the lake still productive? What species (we used to love the pike and crappie fishing)?

If you don't think this is a good choice any longer, can you please give me a better choice? My main criteria would be a place where we wouldn't need to boat very far and I don't want dad to work real hard (non-strenuous).

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

thank you.

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3/27/17 @ 1:34 PM
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kvandehei33
kvandehei33
USER since 12/19/11

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New Moon

Lost a good 3-4" between 2 weekends ago and this past weekend. Still 7-9" of ice and was starting to honeycomb. I would imagine some lakes will still be fishable this upcoming weekend but it was my last weekend out.

Fish have moved in shallower, haven't been fishing these lakes enough to know if it is their "prespawning areas" but I would imagine it is. Small ones were active, couldn't find the nice ones though.

Another great season in the books!

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3/21/17 @ 10:21 AM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the March 20, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Assorted forecasts for this week are as inconsistent as the current weather patterns, but it appears this week will be sunny through mid-week, with cool/cold temperatures, followed by a storm front moving in Wednesday evening. Subject to change at any time! Some forecasts show sunny, milder weather for the weekend – let’s go with that version!

“Beware the ‘ice’ of March,” says Pat at Happy Hooker.... This is the time of year when ice conditions start to deteriorate rapidly and anglers should use extreme caution. From here on, cars and trucks are a no-go on the ice. If ice conditions are still stable, ATVs should be the only vehicle traffic, and very soon, as shorelines start opening up, it will be only walking...  The Quiet Lakes and surrounding area lakes continue to offer the best opportunities for good action for anglers frequenting popular panfish fishing spots...  Crappie anglers are catching some nice fish on small minnows under floats and while jigging, with the middle to lower parts of the water column ideal for suspending fish. This also holds true for bluegills, with anglers using small jigs and mini-spoons tipped with larvae or waxies for the best success. If you mark fish on the graph, but cannot get them to bite, it is a good idea to move to other locations in search of more aggressive schools... As angling pressure slows, it is a good time to plan ahead for open water season, inspecting, repairing, and/or replacing equipment, cleaning out the tackle boxes, and throwing out all the ‘bad stuff’ accumulated over the years. To avoid the last minute rush, purchase your new fishing license for the 2017 season. Old licenses expire March 31... In a quick check of new regulations, it appears nothing changed for the Quiet Lakes. Walleye limits remain the same, but be aware of the sizes you can keep and the sizes you must release. Daily panfish limits remain the same at 25 panfish, but only 10 of one species. Largemouth bass opens with the new season and anglers can keep any size.”  

Annie at Hayward Bait says ice conditions are changing and anglers should use extra caution, particularly when traveling around shorelines and heavily used boat landings... Panfish fishing is good in early spring spots, weeds, and on soft bottom areas in 15-25 feet, especially in early morning and evening hours during insect hatches... For crappies, tip small jigs and spoons with crappie minnows and rosy reds. For bluegills, tip jigs with waxies and spikes. Fish perch on mud flats in 12-30 feet, using waxies, spikes, and minnows on rattle spoons, and on Jigging Raps.”  

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses spring plans for the Hayward DNR Fish Team... “Ice-out is not too far away and the Hayward DNR Fish Team is planning for another busy spring, hoping to accomplish a variety of objectives... The first stop will likely be Musky Bay on Lac Courte Oreilles where we will execute a controlled pike removal, with the goal to increase musky abundance and improve overall pike size. The team will relocate some removed pike to nearby waters and donate some of the fish to local food pantries...  The fish team will conduct walleye population estimates on Big Chetac, Nelson, and Blueberry lakes, collecting data that will enlighten us on the success of previous years of extended growth walleye stocking. On the west side of the Chippewa Flowage, the team will check on crappies and insert PIT tags into muskellunge... Following the initial round of netting surveys for walleye, pike, musky, and crappie, we will return to all of these lakes to conduct electrofishing surveys that primarily target bass and bluegill... Reports detailing our survey results are typically available by mid-summer.”  

FISHING REPORT           

Ice conditions are changing quickly and it is imperative that anglers – and everyone else – use extreme caution when recreating on the ice. This is especially true around shorelines and heavily used areas such as landings. No matter how good the fishing, do not take unnecessary chances – if you do not catch the fish through the ice, they will still be there during open water season!

Crappie:   Crappie fishing is good and getting better on soft bottoms and near weeds in 15-25 feet. The most productive baits include small jigs and spoons tipped with crappie minnows, rosy reds, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits. Be sure to look at the entire water column for fish suspending at various levels within it.  

Bluegill:   Bluegill fishing is fair to good and can be very good once you locate active fish. Look for fish around weeds and on soft bottom flats in 12-22 feet. Top baits include small jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits. As with crappies, check the entire water column.  

Perch:   Perch action is good around weeds and on mud flats in depths from 10-30 feet. Use small spoons and jigging baits tipped with waxies, spikes, minnows, and minnow pieces  


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3/20/17 @ 12:53 PM
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kvandehei33
kvandehei33
USER since 12/19/11

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Last Quarter

ICE DEPTH
12 inches

Left home at 430 and was on the lake by 630 hoping to hit the pre-sunrise bite. Didn't land a fish until 9:30, safe to say this isn't an early morning bite lake. Started in 30 fow and hopped around from 15-30 feet with 20 fow being the ticket. Ended up with a dozen or so nice ones with some dinks mixed in. Last time on this lake it was all crappies, this time i caught perch, gills and crappies with a couple surprise pike on the tip down. All fish released, this year has already been generous enough to me.

Ice was solid and clear, easily 12-14 inches everywhere I fished. Top inch or two started to soften up a bit after it started to warm up in the afternoon but still plenty of good ice.

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3/20/17 @ 10:39 AM
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Wright6
Wright6
USER since 2/5/14

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Last Quarter

Isn't the saying black ice in fall good, black ice in the spring bad?  Either way be safe.  No fish is worth a life.  I would recommend and alternative, like get your open water stuff in order or go to the bar and watch basketball.

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3/19/17 @ 5:58 PM
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Tipupsonly
Tipupsonly
USER since 1/24/06

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Waning Gibbous

There is ice but going quick I'm sure. I fished in Polk county today and yesterday. Did really well on gills and crappies. Some shorelines are shot and others are fine just depends on the body of water as usual. I was only on  about 7" of ice but oddly it was very hard and clear. Almost looked like first ice but with more cracks. The problem is there is so little left. With all that said I'm sure you can find ice up north farther, depending on the lake. 

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3/14/17 @ 3:25 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the March 13, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Cold, snow, and wind were the order of the day for Monday, but the forecast says to expect a switch to sunshine – with more cold and wind – until the latter part of the week. At that point, it appears temperatures rise, though this brings a chance of snow. It is spring and March is simply doing what March often does.

“Anglers fishing the final weekend of gamefish season reported some successes and failures,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Now, only panfish season remains until gamefish season re-opens in May. With the weather dipping back into below freezing, there is no problem with the ice on the lakes... Crappie fishing is the most productive and anglers are still fishing deep holes, jigging small spoons and teardrops tipped with crappie minnows and waxies. Panfish anglers using waxies and small plastics/artificials are catching bluegill and perch in the same areas... Spring is just a few days away, so it is time to start reorganizing and repairing equipment in preparation for open water season. New licenses for the 2017-18 season are now available – get your license early and avoid the opening weekend rush.”  

Bob at Hayward Bait says the ice is holding up well despite the rain, snow, heavy winds, and warm spell.  “After all that, temperatures dropped down to more ‘normal’ for early March and ice conditions are solid. Reports say most lakes have plenty of ice, with some holding more than 12 inches. Still, continue to fish with caution and be careful around shoreline edges and boat landings that see a lot of use... Panfish fishing is decent and anglers are starting to find crappies and bluegills transitioning to early spring spots. Look for inside turns with vast, soft bottom flats with weeds. These areas produce good insect hatches, especially in the early morning and evening, and most action is in 15-25 feet. For crappies, use small spoons and jigs tipped with crappie minnows and rosy reds. Bluegill anglers should use tungsten jigs tipped with waxies or spikes... The beginning of March can be productive for chasing big perch. Look for mud flats at various depths, from 12-30 feet. Perch are actively hitting small Jigging Raps and Bomb and rattle spoons tipped with waxies, spikes, and minnows.”  

FISHING REPORT          

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good to very good and the best bet for action. Look for them in deep holes, weeds, inside turns, and soft bottom flat areas in 12-30 feet. Baits of choice include crappie minnows and waxies on small jigs, teardrops, and jigging spoons.  

Bluegill:   Bluegill action is good in early spring spots, weeds, and soft bottoms in 10-25 feet. Use small jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits. Small minnows work well for bigger ‘gills.  

Perch:   Perch fishing is fair to good on soft bottom areas in 10-30 feet. Use small jigs, rattle spoons, and Jigging Raps tipped with waxies, spikes, plastics, and small minnows.  


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3/9/17 @ 3:29 PM
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Wright6
Wright6
USER since 2/5/14

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

This was Sissabagama Monday before the rain and wind Tuesday and Wednesday.  Probably worse now.

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