FISHING REPORT October 13, 2014 Steve Suman
Muskie: Muskie action is improving as we move into late fall and cooler water. Look for fish in 2-18 feet of water, near weeds, breaklines, drop-offs/edges, cribs, rock bars, and channels. Live suckers on quick-strike rigs are working well, but bucktails, tubes, twitch baits, jerkbaits, minnow baits, stickbaits, Bull Dawgs, and topwaters are also all catching fish.
Walleye: Walleye anglers report improved success with the cooling water temperatures. Look for fish in 15-30 feet of water on weeds, weed edges, brush, and breaklines. Look for some fish shallower in the evening hours. Best producing baits include walleye suckers, fatheads, and crawlers on jigs, split shot rigs, and live bait rigs fished under slip bobbers, or try crank and stick baits. It is hard to beat jigs and minnows. For bigger fish, go with bigger bait.
Northern Pike: Northern pike are active and this is a good time to catch big fish. Work weedlines, points, and areas holding panfish in 8-15 feet of water with sucker minnows, Mepps/spinners, spoons, and bucktails.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action slowed with the dropping temperatures, but you can still catch fish on deeper weedlines, wood, brush, and cribs with tubes, live bait, plastic worms, and crankbaits.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is improving for those who chase them, with fish holding on deeper weedlines, wood, rock, and humps. Try walleye suckers, crawlers, tubes, and crankbaits.
Crappie: Crappie anglers continue to do well on schooling fish, especially in Moore’s Bay, Crane Lake, and Blueberry Flats. Fish are along shallow weedlines and suspending over deeper water – and can be anywhere in the water column. Baits of choice include crappie minnows, fatheads, waxies, plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tales, tube jigs, and Gulp! baits on plain hooks or small jigs, fished under slip bobbers. Best success is later in the evening.
Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is decent, though few anglers are pursuing them at this time. Fish weedlines, bars, brush rock, and cribs out to 15 feet or more with waxies, leaf worms, plastics, and Gulp! baits.
Perch: Perch fishing is good and improving on the deep, clear lakes – Round, Grindstone, and Lac Courte Oreilles. Work both deeper water and shallow weedlines with fatheads or crappie minnows below slip bobbers.
Upcoming Events Oct. 18: Seasons open (see regs): Raccoon hunting/trapping (resident); Red and gray fox hunting/trapping; Coyote trapping; Fisher trapping; Bobcat hunting/trapping Period 1; Pheasant; Quail; Ruffed grouse (Zone B); Hungarian partridge. Oct. 21: CDAC meeting at Hayward Veterans Community Center; 7 p.m. (715-945-2771). Oct. 25: Seasons open: Muskrat; Mink. Nov. 20: Fall turkey season closes. Nov. 22-30: Regular gun deer season. 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.