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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
9/17/14 9:22 AM CST
FISHING REPORT September 15, 2014 Steve Suman

Muskie: Muskie action is fair to excellent. Target weeds, weedlines, deep weed edges, breaks, and mid-lake humps in depths from two to 18 feet. Bucktails, gliders, topwaters, Bull Dawgs, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and suckers (if you can find them) are all enticing muskies at this time.

Walleye: Walleye fishing is fair to good, and as always, best in low light. Work brush, bogs, breaks, gravel bars, sand bottoms, mid-lake structure, and weed edges from shallow to 30 feet, depending on the lake. Bait choices include walleye suckers, fatheads, and crawlers fished on jigs, slip bobbers, and live bait rigs.

Northern Pike: Northern pike action is good to very good in depths to 22 feet around weeds, weedlines, drop-offs, and areas holding panfish. Bucktails, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, and northern suckers are all working. Fish shallower water for numbers action and deeper water with larger baits for trophy pike.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is generally good and still in relatively shallow water (inside 10 feet). Work weeds, wood, brush, bogs, docks, cribs, slop, and shoreline structure with topwaters, pre-rigged/weedless plastics (frogs, tubes, worms, grubs, etc.), as well as crank and spinner baits.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth anglers are finding fish on wood, cribs, rock, humps, and breaklines in 25 feet and deeper water. Use jigs/minnows, drop-shot rigs, leeches, plastics, tubes – and topwaters!

Crappie: Crappie fishing is good in 12-25 feet of water on weedlines, breaklines, bogs, brush, cribs, and for fish suspending over deeper water. Check the entire water column. Top baits include crappie minnows, crawlers, plastics, tube jigs, Gulp! Minnows, Mini-Mites, and Crappie Candy.

Bluegill: Panfish anglers are finding bluegills in deeper water, out to 20 feet or more, suspending on breaklines and weedlines. As with crappies, check the entire water column. Waxies, leaf worms, plastics, and small minnows fished on small jigs or plain hooks, with/without slip bobbers, are producing good action.

Upcoming Events Sept. 13: Seasons opened: Fall turkey; archery and crossbow deer; Ruffed grouse in Zone A; Cottontail rabbit in North Zone; Gray and fox squirrel; Fall crow. Sept. 15: Early Canada goose season closed. Sept. 16: Canada goose season opened. Sept. 20-21: Youth waterfowl hunt. Sept. 20: 30th Annual Hayward Fall Festival (715-634-8662). Sept. 23: CDAC meeting at Hayward Veterans Community Center; 7 p.m. (715-945-2771). Sept. 27: Duck season opens in Northern Zone. Sept. 30: Woodcock season opens. Sept. 30: Seasons close: Inland trout; Lake Superior lake trout; Sturgeon on inland waters. Oct. 3-5: Hayward Lakes Chapter-Muskies, Inc. Fall Muskie Tournament (715-634-2921; 462-3055). Oct. 4-12: Special deer hunt for people with disabilities. Oct. 7: Bear season closes. Oct. 11-12: Youth deer hunt. Oct. 11: Fishing Has No Boundaries (FHNB) fall fundraiser at Flat Creek Inn & Suites (715-634-3185). Oct. 18: Seasons open: Raccoon hunting/trapping (resident); Red and gray fox hunting/trapping; Coyote trapping; Fisher trapping; Bobcat hunting/trapping Period 1. Oct. 21: CDAC meeting at Hayward Veterans Community Center; 7 p.m. (715-945-2771). Oct. 25: Seasons open: Muskrat; Mink.

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.

TOM BOLEY
TOM BOLEY
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FISHING REPORT
9/15/14 12:12 PM CST
Water has vastly cooled all over the Hayward area. Smallmouth fishing is crazy good on deeper clear lakes as well as shallow flowages. Fish have returned to shallow rock piles after spending the summer out deep. Topwaters and crayfish imitations are best.

Musky fishing has been going strong as well. Shallow thick weeds near deep water will be the most consistent spots in the next few weeks. Looking for the thickest weeds on the spot is the ticket to success. Topwaters, blades and "slop hopping" large plastics through thick cover are all go to's this time of year. Here are a few pictures as well as a video of us catching some fish "Slop Hopping".

Good luck and give me a call for fall musky and bass action!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqBD3b4Cvh8&feature=youtu.be

MuskieHunter930
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9/13/14 11:23 AM CST
Came back up to the Hayward Area and did some muskie fishing on the Quiet Lakes.

Picked a horrible week to come up due to the weather but we got a couple fish in the boat (three dinks and a nicer one). Gotta love a big boat side strike Big Smile

A few nice follows and misses at the end of the video. Check it out!

Tight Lines. Stay Dry.

[This post was last edited on 9/13/14 at 6:41 PM]
MICAH LANGKAMP
MICAH LANGKAMP
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FISHING REPORT
9/9/14 12:05 AM CST
Over the past week musky fishing has improved greatly! With water temps plummeting fish are on the move. Shallow cover along with weedy flats/weed edges are productive areas to fish. Today I fished with Andy Muntz (lure manufacturer/guide in Twin Cities Metro & Hayward) and we put 4 fish in the boat on bucktails & prop style topwater baits. Most of our action came while we had cloud cover & wind. Next week or two should be good for action along with bigger fish starting to show up more frequently. The best musky fishing here in Hayward, WI is just around the corner! Cool


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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
Joined: 6/3/2008
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FISHING REPORT
9/8/14 9:25 AM CST
FISHING REPORT September 8, 2014 Steve Suman

Muskie: Muskie action ranges from fair to excellent, with mornings and nights offering the best success. Target weeds, weed edges, and mid-lake humps in 2-15 feet, with some fish suspending over deeper water. Favored baits include bucktails, Bull Dawgs, gliders, plastics, and topwaters.

Walleye: Walleye action is fair, with low light hours (morning and night) the best fishing times. Concentrate on 12- to 30-foot depths on gravel bars, wood, weeds, brush, and other structure. Use leeches, crawlers, walleye suckers, and fatheads on jigs, slip bobbers, and live bait rigs, or troll and cast stick and crank baits around weedlines and shorelines.

Northern Pike: Northern action is good for smaller fish in shallower weeds, weedlines, and shorelines. Productive baits include bucktails, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, and northern suckers. For trophy pike, fish deep points and weed edges with larger baits.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is good, though inconsistent, in thick slop and lily pad beds, brush, weeds and weedlines from very shallow to mid-depth cover. Topwaters, rigged plastics (worms, frogs, craws, etc.) spinnerbaits, and live bait are all producing catches.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is fair to good on hard bottom/rock areas, humps, bumps, and breaks in 8-28 feet of water. Top producing baits include spinners, spinnerbaits, plastics, tubes, jigs/leeches, crank and stick baits, and topwaters.

Crappie: Crappie fishing is good and improving, though fish remain scattered in various depths and locations. Look for them in depths from 10 to 25 feet near brush, bogs, cribs, and other cover, as well as suspending over deeper water. Best bait choices include crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, tube jigs, Twister Tails, Mini-Mites, and small spinners.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is good on waxies, leaf worms, and small plastics. Look for ‘gills one shallow weedlines and cover to deeper cribs and wood, and suspending over deeper water. Look to deeper rock bars for larger fish.

Upcoming Events Sept. 10: Sounds of the Elk – elk bugling tour; Cable Natural History Museum (715-798-3890). Sept. 13: Seasons open: Fall turkey; archery and crossbow deer; Ruffed grouse in Zone A; Cottontail rabbit in North Zone; Gray and fox squirrel; Fall crow. Sept. 15: Early Canada goose season closes. Sept. 16: Canada goose season opens. Sept. 20-21: Youth waterfowl hunt. Sept. 20: 30th Annual Hayward Fall Festival (715-634-8662). Sept. 27: Duck season opens in Northern Zone. Sept. 30: Woodcock season opens: Sept. 30: Seasons close: Inland trout; Lake Superior lake trout; Sturgeon on inland waters. Oct. 7: Bear season closes. Oct. 11-12: Youth deer hunt. Oct. 4-12: Special deer hunt for people with disabilities. Oct. 18: Seasons open: Raccoon hunting/trapping (resident); Red and gray fox hunting/trapping; Coyote trapping; Fisher trapping; Bobcat hunting/trapping Period 1. Oct. 25: Seasons open: Muskrat; Mink.

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.

TOM BOLEY
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FISHING REPORT
9/3/14 3:53 PM CST
Musky action in the Hayward area has been improving. Water temps on most lakes are betweein 72 and 68. Musky can be found in the thickest cover available relative to deep water. In stained water look in depths of 2 to 8 feet in clear water look deeper. Plastics bucktails and topwaters have been the go tos. Here is a pic of Nathan and his first musky out of Round Lake this past week.

Bass fishing has been good as well. Smallmouth are holding on shallower rock/gravel and wood. Depths from 2 to 10 feet are good. On deep clear lakes we are catching nice smallies out of 20 to 25 feet of water on the rocks.

As the waters cool look for fish of all species to be actively feeding and on the move. Always an exciting time of year. And without doubt my favorite to be on the water chasing a variety of species.

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
9/2/14 9:23 AM CST
September 1, 2014 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

Looks like very pleasant weather to start September, with warm days and cool nights (one in the 40s!), though chances for showers increase toward the end of the week.

Pat at Happy Hooker says muskie anglers should work bucktails, spinnerbaits, topwaters, and gliders along breaks and weed edges. “Fish walleyes in weeds and structure in 18-25 feet with fatheads and leeches on jigs, slip bobbers, and live bait rigs. Catch northern around weeds in 5-10 feet with walleyes suckers, spinners, spoons, and crankbaits. Fish largemouth on weeds in 4-8 feet with spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and topwaters. For smallmouth, work breaks near rock or sand with tubes, topwaters, and fatheads. “For crappies, try crappie minnows and plastics along weedlines in 12-20 feet. Use waxies, leaf worms, and crawlers along deeper weedlines for bluegills.” Guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations says Chippewa Flowage muskie anglers report excellent action. “Fish through thick weeds – not just the edges – in 2-20 feet with bucktails and topwaters. Anglers are catching walleyes on crawlers and leeches in 12-24 feet near brush and sunken bogs. Northern action is good on small, gaudy color bucktails. “For largemouth, fish heavy slop on the west side with weedless frogs. Panfish are on brush and cribs in 15-22 feet. Use minnows or jig/tube combinations for crappies. Downsize jigs and tip with waxies or worm pieces for bluegills.” Jim at Hayward Bait suggests smaller bucktails and gliders over weeds in 8-15 feet for muskies. “Walleye fishing is best with crawlers, walleye suckers, and fatheads on gravel bars and structure in 15-30 feet. Northern action is good with northern suckers, crankbaits, and spinners on points and weedlines in 5-15 feet. “Largemouth are hitting topwaters and pre-rigged plastics. Smallmouth action is decent on topwaters and minnow baits. Crappie fishing is good for fish suspending over deeper water with crappie minnows, plastics, and small spinners. Fish bluegills on deep weedlines with waxies, leaf worms, and small plastics.” Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage muskie fishing is fantastic. “Most action is on surface baits cast from deeper water and retrieved over and off the bars. Walleye action is fair on crawlers, Beetle Spins, and crankbaits. Northern are active, hitting spinnerbaits and spoons. For larger pike, fish Chicago and Squaw bays on the west end. “Bass fishing is best on stumps, weeds, and rock bars with crawlers, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. Crappies are moving to brush and cribs, with best baits crappie minnows and Mini-Mites tipped with one-inch Gulp! Minnows or Crappie Nibbles.” Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye anglers report success on weed beds with fatheads on jigs or leeches on slip bobbers. Troll crankbaits along shorelines at night or in early morning hours. “Fish northern on weed beds with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, buzz baits, bucktails, and northern suckers. Largemouth fishing is very good on weedlines, stumps, slop, and lily pads with surface baits, plastic frogs, and leeches. “Catch crappies in 6-8 feet of water on cribs and weed beds with crappie minnows, fatheads, and Gulp! Minnows. For bluegills, use waxies, worms, and crawlers around docks, cribs, and weed beds. Fish rock bars for larger ‘gills.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter addresses bag limits on overnight camping trips. “Camping on islands is a great way to spend a weekend, and there are plenty of opportunities in the Hayward area, but what do you do if you’re harvesting fish over a multi-day camping trip? Warden Rick Peters weighs in on the matter: “You are still required to follow daily bag and possession limits when camping,” Peters says. “If you harvest fish one day and go back out to fish the next, you need to leave the fillets in camp or at another storage area. “Keeping the fillets with you in the boat could put you in violation if you again harvest fish.” DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt says muskies remain the focus for many anglers. “Artificials still provide most of the action, including large bucktails, jerkbaits, and topwaters on shallow breaklines, mid-depth weed beds, and deep weed edges. Walleye fishing is fair on weed edges with crawlers and leeches. “Largemouth bass are near cover in 3-6 feet of water, with jig/craw combos and soft plastics the most successful baits. Smallmouth action is good on flowages and rivers with spinnerbaits and small plastics. Some decent crappie, bluegill, and perch are suspending around deeper cover.”

Hayward Lakes Chapter-Muskies, Inc. invites the public to attend its meeting Tuesday, September 2, at Coop’s Pizza in Hayward. A general business meeting starts at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by featured speaker DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter, who will discuss muskie surveys, stocking, pit tags, and more. Admission is free and visitors can purchase a Muskies Inc. annual membership for half price. For more information, call Mike Persson (715) 634-4543.

FISHING REPORT Muskie: According to most reports, muskie action is outstanding, both during the day and at night. Concentrate on weedlines, weed edges, bars, and break lines in 2-16 feet with bucktails, gliders, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and surface baits.

Walleye: Best walleye success is during low light hours. Fish weeds, gravel bars, brush, and bogs in 12-30 feet with leeches, crawlers, walleye suckers, and fatheads on jigs, slip bobbers, and live bait rigs. Productive artificials include Beetle Spins, and stick, minnow, and crank baits cast/trolled along shorelines in early morning and late evening.

Northern Pike: Northern action is good for small to mid-size fish, but slow for big pike. Look for fish in 4-16 feet on points, weedlines, weed beds, and wherever you find panfish. Best bait choices include northern suckers, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, bucktails, and buzz baits.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is very good in early morning and evening hours. Fish weeds, lily pads, rock bars, rice beds, slop, stumps, brush, and bogs in 3-6 feet. Various baits are very effective right now, including pre-rigged and weedless plastics (worms, creatures, frogs, mice, tubes, etc.), spinners, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, stick baits, leeches, and crawlers.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is improving, especially on rivers and flowages. Look for the fish on breaks, rocks, sand, and other deeper cover. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwaters, drop shot rigs, and plastics work well, as does live bait (leeches, fatheads).

Crappie: Crappie action is good in 6-25 feet on brush, bogs, cribs, and weedlines, with some fish suspending over deeper water. Best baits include crappie minnows, fatheads, plastics, waxies, Mini-Mites, Gulp! Minnows and Nibbles, and various combinations on jigs and plain hooks.

Bluegill: Bluegill action is very good for smaller fish near shallower weeds and cover, such as brush and docks. For larger ‘gills, fish as deep as 20 feet or more on weedlines, cribs, and rock bars. Top baits include waxies, worms, leaf worms, crawler pieces, leeches, and plastics, fished with or without bobbers.

Upcoming Events Sept. 1: Seasons opened: Early September Canada goose; Mourning dove; Wild ginseng. Sept. 2: Hayward Lakes Chapter Muskies, Inc. meeting at Coop’s Pizza in Hayward (715-634-4543.) Sept. 3: Black bear hunting season opens. Sept. 6: Sturgeon season opens on designated waters (see regs). Sept. 10: Sounds of the Elk – elk bugling tour; Cable Natural History Museum (715-798-3890). Sept. 14: Seasons open: Fall turkey; archer and crossbow deer; Ruffed grouse in Zone A; Cottontail rabbit in North Zone; Gray and fox squirrel; Fall crow. Sept. 20: 30th Annual Hayward Fall Festival (715-634-8662).

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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Joined: 2/1/2014
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FISHING REPORT
8/31/14 10:22 AM CST
It's starting to feel a little like fall musky fishing season, summer is on the way out. All of our rivers have been recharged with recent rainfalls as high as 4-5 inches over 7 days seen in some locations up north.

Still getting good bass action, paddle tail swim baits (ripple shad) and zoom flukes in all sizes working well, as are the usual fly patterns.

Water temps in the low 70's yesterday on an area lake, river water is running a little colder.

Cheers!

[This post was last edited on 8/31/14 at 10:44 AM]
RICH SIMAK
RICH SIMAK
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FISHING REPORT
8/29/14 10:46 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Musky are coming from the most dense parts of weed beds. These areas are where to focus your attention. The pictured fish followed a double cowgirl and hit on a figure 8.


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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
8/26/14 10:37 AM CST
FISHING REPORT Week of August 25, 2014 Steve Suman

Muskie: Muskie action is spotty, but improving, and even good on some days, with early mornings and evenings and after dark offering the best odds. Target weedlines, weed edges, and other structure in depths from shallow to 18 feet. Favored baits include Bull Dawgs, bucktails, buzz baits, and topwaters.

Walleye: The best walleye fishing opportunities are in early morning and night. Concentrate on weed edges, gravel, rock, bogs, bars, brush, points, humps, and river channels in 10-30 feet (deeper during the day),. Crawlers and leeches on various riggings remain best, but anglers are also catching fish on walleye suckers, fatheads, stickbaits, and crankbaits.

Northern Pike: Northern action is inconsistent, with larger fish in deeper water out to 20 feet or so and smaller pike providing good fishing in shallower water, around weeds, weedlines, and baitfish. Good bait choices include northern suckers, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, bucktails, and crankbaits.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is very good to excellent from very shallow out to in 12 feet or so, in/on slop, weeds, wood, logs, bogs, brush, docks, rocks, points, and cribs. Select baits accordingly: rigged/weedless plastics (worms, tubes, frogs); crankbaits, spinnerbaits, surface baits; and crawlers, leeches, sucker minnows, and fatheads.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is fair on deeper weedlines, wood, rock, and breaks in 10-22 feet. Bait choices include sucker minnows, leeches, crawlers, plastics, tubes, crankbaits, and topwaters. Early mornings and evenings are best.

Crappie: Crappie fishing is fair to good, with the best bite in early morning and evening. Look for crappies in/on and along weedlines, bogs, bays, brush, and cribs in depths out to 20 feet or more, with many fish suspending over deeper water. Top producing baits include crappies minnows, fatheads, waxies, plastics, and assorted Gulp! baits on plain hooks or jigs. Use a slip bobber to hang and hold your offering at the correct depth.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is also fair to good in depths from shallow to more than 20 feet, with larger fish in deeper water. Look for ‘gills in/near weeds, bays, bogs, brush, and cribs. Best baits include waxies, worms, crawler chunks, leaf worms, leeches, and plastics, fished on small jigs/teardrops/plain hooks, with or without bobbers.

Upcoming Events Aug. 23: Remaining fall turkey permits on sale. Through Aug. 31: Training dogs by pursuing bear (see regs. for exceptions). Sept. 1: Seasons open: Early September Canada goose; Mourning dove; Wild ginseng. Sept. 3: Black bear hunting season opens. Sept. 6: Sturgeon season opens on designated waters (see regs). Sept. 10: Sounds of the Elk – elk bugling tour; Cable Natural History Museum (715-798-3890). Sept. 14: Seasons open: Fall turkey; archer and crossbow deer; Ruffed grouse in Zone A; Cottontail rabbit in North Zone; Gray and fox squirrel; Fall crow. Sept. 20: 30th Annual Hayward Fall Festival (715-634-8662).

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.

kail15
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8/25/14 1:15 PM CST
Hi I am going to the flowage the 24-26 what are the keys to muskie at this time bait and location?

TOM BOLEY
TOM BOLEY
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FISHING REPORT
8/25/14 12:58 PM CST
Musky action has been great in the Hayward Area. Musky in the darker shallow lakes have been all over shallow weeds/rocks hitting bucktails and topwaters. Deep clear water has been good as well. Lots of fish showing up on deep weedlines as well as suspended just off of them. Rubber swimbaits have been the go to in the deep water. Here are a couple of fish from yesterday as well as a short video of a high flying mid thirties fish on a pacemaker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkhhoSFYxqA&feature=youtu.be

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
8/19/14 8:35 AM CST
FISHING REPORT Week of August 18, 2014 Steve Suman

Muskie: Muskie action is decent, with best bite windows in early morning and evening hours. Work weeds, weedlines, and weed edges in 3-12 feet of water with bucktails, gliders, spinnerbaits, plastics, and topwaters.

Walleye: Walleye success remains best in low light conditions. During the day, concentrate on deeper gravel, weeds, humps, rock, wood, brush, and sunken bogs in 12-30 feet of water, and river channels. Fish shallower water in early morning, late evening, and after dark. Best baits include crawlers, leeches, fatheads, and trolled crank and stick baits.

Northern Pike: Northern fishing is fair to very good on weeds, weedlines, and near forage in 4-18 feet of water. Baits of choice include northern suckers, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, bucktails, and buzz, swim, stick, and chatter baits.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is very good on most waters. Look for fish in 3-10 feet of water on/near weedlines, weed and lily pad beds, points, piers, slop, bogs, and brush. Various baits are working well, including crank, stick, buzz, and spinner baits, plastics (worms, lizards, etc.), and topwaters, as well as fatheads, crawlers, and leeches on simple split shot rigs.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is best in early or late hours in 12-25 feet of water, near rocks, hard bottoms, breaks, bogs, and cribs with leeches, crawlers, suckers, tubes, swim jigs, drop-shot and split shot rigs, X-Raps, and Flicker Shad.

Crappie: Crappie action is good once you locate them, with best success in early morning and evening hours. Look for crappies suspending over deeper water, near brush, bogs, and cribs in 8-25 feet of water. Top producers include crappie minnows, waxies, leeches, and plastics, Mini-Mites, and Gulp! baits on jigs or plain hooks fished under slip bobbers.

Bluegill: Bluegill action remains good for small fish in the shallows and fair for larger fish in deeper water. Work weedlines, weed edges, points, and sand with waxies, worms, leaf worms, leeches, crawler pieces, and plastics on small jigs or plain hooks, with or without bobber.

Upcoming Events Aug. 18: Bonus unit-specific antlerless deer tags on sale. Aug. 23: Remaining fall turkey permits go on sale. Aug. 23: SCOPE Family Fun Day (715-558-5371). Through Aug. 31: Training dogs by pursuing bear (see regs. for exceptions). Sept. 1: Seasons open: Early September Canada goose; Mourning dove; Wild ginseng. Sept. 3: Black bear hunting season opens. Sept. 6: Sturgeon season opens on designated waters (see regs). Sept. 14: Seasons open: Fall turkey; archer and crossbow deer; Ruffed grouse in Zone A; Cottontail rabbit in North Zone; Gray and fox squirrel; Fall crow.

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.

MICAH LANGKAMP
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FISHING REPORT
8/18/14 9:14 PM CST
Musky Action has been great for the past few days. Prop-style topwater baits & bucktails have been productive. We also have been getting fish on bulldawgs & tubes. Mid-lake structure (on lakes that have it) along with weed edges related to steep breaks have been key areas we've been focusing on. We've been marking a lot of baitfish on the weed edges near steep breaks which is why we've been finding active fish in those areas. I have a few openings left in August if you're looking to get out and chase muskys in the Hayward area. Cool


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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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8/13/14 8:19 AM CST
FISHING REPORT August 11, 2014 Steve Suman Muskie: Muskie action is inconsistent with some anglers reporting great success. Work weedlines and the outside edges of weed beds in 6-15 feet of water with bucktails, Bull Dawgs, spinners, spinnerbaits, surface baits, crankbaits, gliders, and plastics.

Walleye: Walleye action is fair in 8-30 feet with rock, gravel, weeds, wood, brush, bogs, bars, cribs, and mid-lake structure. Work shallower water in late afternoon and evening hours. Top baits include crawlers and leeches on jigs, slip bobbers, and live bait rigs, minnows, and trolled or cast crankbaits and stickbaits.

Northern Pike: Northern fishing is good to very good, especially for smaller fish. Look for pike (and apparently muskies, too) on weedlines and weed beds in 5-18 feet of water. Effective baits include spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, bucktails, and northern suckers.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is excellent on most waters, particularly in shallower weeds, wood, and slop out to about 10 feet, with some fish deeper. This is a great time to try different lures in your tackle box, with rigged plastics; crank, spinner, stick, and buzz baits; topwaters (frogs, poppers); and live bait such as crawlers and leeches.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth action is fair in deeper water, from 12-28 feet or more, on weeds, bars, and hard-bottom areas. Top baits include crayfish color crankbaits, tubes, jigs/plastics, and live bait such as leeches, crawlers, and walleye suckers. As a rule, artificials offer more leeway for error and “clean” releases.

Crappie: Crappie action is good to very good, with evenings best. Find fish in 6-25 feet of water near weeds, woods, brush, bogs, and cribs, and suspending over deeper water. Bait choices include crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, tube jigs, and Gulp! baits fished on small jigs or plain hooks, with or without slip bobbers.

Bluegill: Bluegill action is very good for small fish in shallow water weeds and docks. For larger ‘gills, try weeds, wood, cribs, and brush out to about 15 feet. Productive baits include waxies, worms, leaf worms, and leeches on small jigs and plain hooks. Poppers and rubber spiders offer great topwater fun.

Upcoming Events Aug. 12-13: NRB meeting in Hayward (608- 267-7420). Aug. 14-17: Sawyer County Fair (715-934-2721). Aug. 17: Hayward Bass Club Youth Bass Tournament on Chippewa Flowage (405-227-1789). Aug. 23: Remaining fall turkey permits go on sale. Aug. 23: S.C.O.P.E. Family Fun Day (715-558-5371). Through Aug. 31: Training dogs by pursuing bear (see regs. for exceptions).

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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