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12/22/14 12:04 PM CST
Ice Depth: 10" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 21° - 25° F
Got out on one of the deep clear water lakes on Saturday. Fished for Northern/Walleye and pan fish. Did Ok. Plenty of tip up action coming out of the weeds for Northern during the afternoon. Caught 4 that were from 24 to 28 inches and missed a few more. Not much action for Crappies but did manage a few Gills. As Day light dwindled, we move the tip ups out a bit deeper for the walleye bite. Caught one 22 incher and a friend caught a 27 incher. Fished till 6 ish and called it a day.

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12/16/14 8:35 AM CST
FISHING REPORT December 15, 2014 Steve Suman

Walleye: Walleye success remains good to very good on most lakes. Anglers are catching fishing during the day, with the best bite window in late afternoon into the evening. You will find fish near the bottom in 5-30 feet of water on weedlines, weed edges, points, bars, cribs, and mud flats. Walleye suckers, medium shiners, and large fatheads fished under tip-ups are all producing catches.

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is good and getting better, and they will hit throughout the day. Anglers are catching good numbers of fish, many 30 inches and longer, especially on the Chippewa Flowage. Work weed/cabbage beds and edges in depths from 3-18 feet. Tip-ups with northern suckers, walleye suckers, and shiners are all working well, but the “hot” bait can change from day to day.

Crappie: Crappie action is good on the smaller lakes, with fish on weed and break edges and mud/wood flats in depths to more than 20 feet. Check the entire water column, but particularly for fish suspending just off the bottom. The most productive baits include crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on plain hooks or small jigs. Use Jigging Raps to target bigger crappies.

Bluegill: Anglers fishing the smaller lakes are catching bluegills on weed beds and edges, break edges, and mud flats from shallow water out to more than 20 feet. Check the entire water column and for ‘gills running with the crappies. Bait choices include waxies, spikes, and plastics on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, fished with or without slip bobbers.

Perch: Look for perch on the bottom, out to 25 feet, on weed/break edges and mud flats. Use crappie minnows, fatheads, and waxies on plain hooks or small jigs, with or without slip bobbers.

Upcoming Events Dec. 16: Canada goose seasons closes in North Exterior Zone. Dec. 25: Bobcat hunting/trapping Period 1 season closes. Dec. 26-Jan. 31: Bobcat hunting/trapping season Period 2 north of Hwy. 64. Through Dec. 31: Extended fall turkey season in zones 1-5. Dec. 31: Seasons close: Pheasant; Turkey; Hungarian partridge; Fisher trapping; Frog. Jan. 4: Late archery deer season closes. Jan. 25-March 20: Winter crow season. Jan. 31: Seasons close: Squirrel; Ruffed grouse in northern zone; Bobcat Period 2 hunting/trapping.

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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FISHING REPORT
12/15/14 11:21 PM CST
Ice Depth: 7"
I re-drilled new holes in my tip up fishing area this evening. The old ones have washed/melted into giant holes from the running water on top of the ice. What was 11" of black ice yesterday is now 7-8".

It didn't feel safe wandering around the lake on the ATV in search of Yellow Perch tonight. There are some decent size holes from where water has been running....

No flags either, seems the cold front weather pattern coming through pushed the active pike off of the shallow weedy area's. Or they're all in a bunch of jars on my counter from this past weekend...?

Cheers, be safe on the ice

[This post was last edited on 12/15/14 at 11:30 PM]
JASON STEWART
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12/14/14 11:35 PM CST
Ice Depth: 11"
Is it late or early season ice...? With water gushing back down into the holes, one has to wonder...

It's been a great weekend for tempura yellow perch, and canned pike!

Much better action today than yesterday.

[This post was last edited on 12/14/14 at 11:43 PM]
JASON STEWART
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12/13/14 6:43 PM CST
Ice Depth: 11" Conditions: Foggy Air Temp: 36° - 40° F
Good bite on the perch this evening, about 3:45 to 5:00 PM. They shut down right at sundown. Kept 5, threw back 10.

Perch were in 20ish feet of water, caught with a forage minnow jig and waxie. Pike (33") was on a tip up in about 7 FOW with a larger sucker minnow.

The stakes are starting to go up for the snowmobile trails, although there is an inch or so of slush and water. Should be a real sloppy mess out there tomorrow.

Cheers!

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12/9/14 8:47 AM CST
FISHING REPORT December 8, 2014 Steve Suman

Walleye: Walleye action is good to very good, with the best action just before and into dark. Look for fish in 4-30 feet of water along weed edges, on gravel and rock drop-offs, and on mud flats. Favored baits and presentations include walleye suckers and large fatheads on tip-ups, as well as Jigging Rapalas and jigging spoons.

Northern Pike: Northern pike are on weedlines and around panfish in 5-15 feet of water, and pike will bite throughout the day. Top baits are northern suckers and large shiners on tip-ups.

Crappie: Crappie action is good, with fish suspending in depths from 10-30 feet – anywhere from hugging the bottom to just underneath the ice. Best bait choices include crappie minnows, waxies, Gulp! baits, and plastics on jigs or plain hooks, on tip-ups and tip-downs. For larger crappies, try Jigging Rapalas or jigging spoons.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is fair to good with waxies, leaf worms, and plastics on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks fished around weeds in 4-18 feet of water.

Perch: Perch fishing is fair to good on the deep, clear lakes, as well as on some smaller lakes. Work your baits – crappie minnows, rosie reds, waxies, Jigging Raps, and jigging spoons – on the bottom, in depths to more than 25 feet.

Upcoming Events Dec. 10: Permit application deadline: Spring turkey; Bear. Dec. 10: Seasons close: Muzzleloader deer; Bobwhite quail. Dec. 1-31: Extended fall turkey season in zones 1-5. Dec. 11-14: Antlerless-only firearm hunt in Central Forest and Central Farmland Zones. Dec. 16: Canada goose seasons close in North Exterior Zone. Dec. 25: Bobcat hunting/trapping Period 1 season closes. Dec. 26-Jan. 31: Bobcat hunting/trapping season Period 2 north of Hwy. 64. Dec. 31: Seasons close: Pheasant; Turkey; Hungarian partridge; Fisher trapping; Frog. Jan. 4: Late archery deer season closes. Jan. 25-March 20: Winter crow season. Jan. 31: Seasons close: Squirrel; Ruffed grouse in northern zone; Bobcat hunting/trapping Period 2.

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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12/3/14 9:57 AM CST
Grindstone last weekend was pretty dicey. On the west side, maybe 4" close to shore. A large part of the lake looked like it had just frozen over. I ventured a few feet out on that section. It had maybe 2". Went over to Chicago Bay landing on LCO. Walked out a few feet, poked the ice with my spud and 'boom!' A big crack appeared going out maybe 75'. Better be careful out there!

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12/2/14 9:05 PM CST
Just looking for ice reports on lco or grindstone. Thanks

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FISHING REPORT
12/1/14 12:28 PM CST
FISHING REPORT December 1, 2014 Steve Suman

Both ice conditions and fishing success are improving, but it is still early and all anglers should use extreme caution when going on the ice.

Walleye: Walleye fishing is good in 4-15 feet of water along weedlines, shorelines, and in bays. Medium to large walleye suckers, fatheads, and shiners on tip-ups are producing the most catches, but Jigging Rapalas and other spoons are also producing. Walleye anglers -- please note the Chippewa Flowage closed to walleye fishing November 30.

Northern Pike: Northern pike action is good to very good and they bite all day. Work weedlines in 4-15 feet of water with medium to large northern suckers and shiners on tip-ups.

Largemouth Bass: Anglers report largemouth are active and hitting walleye suckers along weedlines in 5-10 feet of water.

Crappie: Crappie fishing is fair to good, with fish suspending over deeper water. Use crappie minnows, waxies, and small plastics.

Bluegill: Look for bluegills around weeds in 4-18 feet of water. Waxies, leaf worms, and small plastics will all catch ‘gills.

Upcoming Events Nov.30: Seasons closed: Regular gun deer; Muskie; Turtle. Dec. 1: DNR Lake Superior fisheries public meeting, 6:30-9 p.m. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland. Through Dec. 8: Relic Riders vintage and antique snowmobile display; Northern Lakes Co-op Cabin Shop. Dec. 1-10: Muzzleloader deer season. Dec. 1-31: Extended fall turkey season in zones 1-5. Dec. 7: Lake Superior lake trout season opens. Dec. 8: Ruffed grouse season closes in Zone B. Dec. 10: Permit application deadline: Spring turkey; Bear. Dec. 10: Seasons close: Muzzleloader deer; Bobwhite quail. Dec. 11-14: Antlerless-only firearm hunt in Central Forest and Central Farmland Zones. Dec. 16: Canada goose seasons close in North Exterior Zone. Dec. 25: Bobcat hunting/trapping Period 1 season closes. Dec. 26-Jan. 31: Bobcat hunting/trapping season Period 2 north of Hwy. 64. Dec. 31: Seasons close: Pheasant; Turkey; Hungarian partridge; Fisher trapping; Frog. Jan. 4: Late archery deer season closes. Jan. 25-March 20: Winter crow season. Jan. 31: Seasons close: Squirrel; Ruffed grouse in northern zone; Bobcat hunting/trapping Period 2.

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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11/27/14 3:22 PM CST
Ice Depth: 4" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 21° - 25° F
Went over to that 100 acre lake i fished before the warm up and rain yesterday. What was 6 inches was now 4 with no snow to speak of. With the cold front the crappies did not cooperate. Didnt stay too long.

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11/24/14 3:52 PM CST
November 24, 2014 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

The welcome, though too brief, break from winter this past weekend is now history as winter weather again makes its mark. Forecasts call for another four to six inches of snow accumulation through Monday night, accompanied by up to 30 mph wind gusts. Not great – but it is also not Buffalo! Deer hunters enjoyed mild temperatures for stand sitting and the warm-up enabled people to ‘clean up’ driveways and areas of snow around homes and buildings before the next arrival of cold weather this week.

“Open water fishing in the Quiet Lake area came to a screeching halt,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Most waters have iced over and in the shallower bays and sheltered areas there is 3-6 inches of ice. “Reviews are mixed on the 2014 open water season. Some muskie anglers reported a great season, while others said it was a tough year. Walleye fishing seemed a little off, but panfish season was a great one for most anglers. “The first ice anglers are reporting walleye catches in the shallow flats and bays and ‘all right’ pike action. “Should you decide to venture out, be cautious, stay safe, and check ice thickness as you go. Fish with a buddy and take safety equipment such as polar picks and PFDs.” Guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations says the Chippewa Flowage iced over and open water fishing ended for the year. “There are bays with 3-5 inches of ice and some anglers are already ice fishing. Use extreme caution while on the ice. Some areas have current, especially near river channels, and with the continuing drawdown, some areas can actually open when temperatures rise. It is just not worth going through the ice for a few fish. “Walleye fishing generally picks up near dusk and the first few evening hours can provide good action. Most of it is on tip-ups with 4- to 6-inch sucker minnows set about a foot off bottom on bars and weed edges, or try jigging #5 or #7 Jigging Rapalas. There is no need to tip them with live bait. “Northern pike will generally provide action during the day. Be sure to have long-nose pliers and jaw spreaders to handle the sharp-toothed pike!” Jim at Hayward Bait says ice conditions are anywhere from open water to six inches of ice. “The ice is solid and quite a few anglers are going out, but they still need to use extra caution as ice thickness can vary. Do not venture out on early ice alone – always fish with a partner. Walleye and crappie fishing is relatively good on the Chippewa Flowage and Nelson Lake, and northern pike are active on most lakes. “Surprisingly, this year we registered one deer more for archery season than we did at this same time last year.”

Carolyn at Anglers All in Ashland says ice has formed out to the lighthouse on Chequamegon Bay, but it is too early to try it. “A few anglers are trying some of the inland lakes south of Ashland, but ice depths vary greatly, so be sure to check conditions with an ice bar. “Our deer season archery registration was split about 50-50 between vertical bows and crossbows, but it was surprising how many kids shot their first deer with crossbows. We registered 86 archery deer so far, all looked healthy, and we’ve seen some beautiful racks.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter goes ‘under the ice’ with zooplankton. “Zooplankton are tiny crustaceans that fish, panfish in particular, love to eat. Because they are present in essentially all of our lakes, understanding their location and behavior can help anglers. “Researchers in South Dakota looked at how zooplankton behave under the ice and found their density was significantly higher under snow covered ice than under clear ice. The researchers believe the zooplankton prefer to be in more dimly lit areas – something for anglers to consider as they decide where to drill their ice fishing holes!” DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt says unseasonably cold fall weather resulted in most lakes icing up in the past week, though many larger, deeper lakes still have areas of open water. “The lakes that iced over have real variable ice thicknesses, with about three inches in near-shore areas and only one to two inches out towards deeper water. “Even with several nights of single-digit low temperatures, ice thickness has been slow to increase and early-season anglers should wait another week or so until the ice depths reach the four-inch level. “There are, however, the first reports of a few anglers getting out on the three inches of ice in shallow bays and near-shore areas. Most are targeting walleye, with just fair success, and most fish 10-14 inches.”

In the past week, Hayward area registration stations (Shooting Star, Hillman’s Store, Hayward Bait) registered one antlerless deer and 38 bucks for archery season. For the first weekend of regular gun season, the stations registered seven antlerless deer and 108 bucks. During the first weekend of the gun season, and as has been the case for a number of years, the DNR took deer samples at Shooting Star Archery and Hayward Bait did not register deer. For archery season leading up to the gun season opener, Hayward Bait registered 114 deer, including 58 taken by vertical bow and 30 by crossbow. Youth hunters registered 26 deer during the Youth Hunt, including 16 antlerless deer.

The Hayward Lakes Visitors & Convention Bureau snowmobile trail report for November 24 says much of the snow melted during the brief warm up this past weekend. It is snowing today, with 2-4 inches expected. Seeley Hills Trails and some forest roads are open for snowmobiling, but with no grooming at this time. Grooming and additional trail openings are on hold until official permission and/or freeze-over. The Hayward Power Sports snowmobile trail report for November 17 says that while Sawyer County snowmobile trails are technically always open, the swamps and lakes need time to freeze over for safe crossings. Groomers are not yet running, some private property trails are not yet open, and some trails still require clearing of downed trees. Use caution if you choose to ride early this year!

FISHING REPORT Some anglers are ice fishing, but it is too early to encourage it. If you are intent on testing your luck (with both fate and fish!) check the bait shop and DNR reports above for information!

Upcoming Events Nov.25: Duck season closed in north zone. Nov.30: Seasons close: Regular gun deer; Muskie; Turtle. Dec. 1: DNR Lake Superior fisheries public meeting, 6:30-9 p.m. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland. Through Dec. 8: Relic Riders vintage and antique snowmobile display; Northern Lakes Co-op Cabin Shop. Dec. 1-10: Muzzleloader deer season. Dec. 1-31: Extended fall turkey season in zones 1-5. Dec. 7: Lake Superior lake trout season opens. Dec. 8: Ruffed grouse season closes in Zone B. Dec. 10: Permit application deadline: Spring turkey; Bear. Dec. 10: Seasons close: Muzzleloader deer; Bobwhite quail. Dec. 11-14: Antlerless-only firearm hunt in Central Forest and Central Farmland Zones. Dec. 16: Canada goose seasons close in North Exterior Zone. Dec. 25: Bobcat hunting/trapping Period 1 season closes. Dec. 26-Jan. 31: Bobcat hunting/trapping season Period 2 north of Hwy. 64. Dec. 31: Seasons close: Pheasant; Turkey; Hungarian partridge; Fisher trapping; Frog. Jan. 4: Late archery deer season closes. Jan. 25-March 20: Winter crow season. Jan. 31: Seasons close: Squirrel; Ruffed grouse in northern zone; Bobcat hunting/trapping Period 2.

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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11/22/14 5:44 PM CST
Ice Depth: 6" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 36° - 40° F
Out again on that same 100 acre lake. 6 inches of ice today. Kept 9 crappie in that 9 to 11 inch range.

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11/21/14 10:54 AM CST
Hayward bait did not have many because their ponds froze out. Since they normally don't purchase their bait from a vendor they have hard time getting suckers when they are in high demand. The vendors give them to their regular paying customers. Stone Lake bait did not have them this year because the guy feels he loses to much money on them. Other than that I thought they were fairly easy to find once they time was right to use them. I am also sure a lot of these places reserve them for the guides. Either way it sucks to pay 8-12 bucks for them. It would be nice if all this evasive species weren't around so guys could net them like the old days.

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11/18/14 9:38 AM CST
FISHING REPORT Week of November 17, 2014 Steve Suman

Heavy snow and cold temperatures quickly shut down open water fishing in the North Woods. The 2014 season was not a bad one, but a bit abbreviated since it started late with the spring gamefish opener frozen out for the second straight year. The sudden end is not all ‘that’ early, however, as traditionally many anglers ice fished during the regular gun deer season. It looks to be a long ice fishing season, so do not push the limits by taking chances on early ice!

Upcoming Events Nov.15: Trout and salmon fishing closed on downstream Lake Superior tributaries (see regs). Nov.20: Seasons close: Turkey; Crow. Nov. 20-Dec. 8: Relic Riders vintage and antique snowmobile display; Northern Lakes Co-op Cabin Shop. Nov.22: Regular gun deer season opens. Nov.25: Duck season closes in north zone. Nov.30: Seasons close: Regular gun deer; Muskie; Turtle. Dec. 1: DNR Lake Superior fisheries public meeting, 6:30-9 p.m. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland. Dec. 1-31: Extended fall turkey season in zones 1-5.

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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11/11/14 5:26 PM CST
When the shops do have them, the suckers are just there for window licking anyhow, though it appears.

A good friend of mine was in one of the shops after calling and asking if they had suckers a few weeks ago, to stock up for a day trip in which we typically use 4-7 suckers. After seeing a tank full of suckers, the shop owner told him that there was a one sucker per customer rule in place. Buddy laughed and ordered a half dozen, to which the owner laughed and said no. Really? Some walking out of and heading to the next place a few miles down the road that was ready to sell to us in quantity, was the order for the day. In the future, I'll bring the bait from home, where the suppliers work extremely hard to keep us happy, and I have no issue getting big suckers in quantity.

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