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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
kail15
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Joined: 12/31/2013
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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
Joined: 3/27/2011
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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
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
Joined: 6/3/2008
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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
MICAH LANGKAMP
Joined: 4/17/2013
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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


Langkamp's Guide Service
(715) 462-4637
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
Joined: 6/3/2008
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FISHING REPORT
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.

TOM BOLEY
TOM BOLEY
Joined: 3/27/2011
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FISHING REPORT
8/11/14 4:48 PM CST
Musky action around the Hayward area has improved in the last week. We are still seeing a lot of smaller fish in the low to mid thirties with a few bigger fish mixed in. Most fish have been coming on plastic swimbaits on outside weed edges in depths of 8 to 14 feet. Smallmouth fishing is still excellent on both LCO Grindstone and Round as well as the Big Chip. Finding the deeper rock/gravel humps in depths of up to 27 feet has been key. Dropshotting and wacky rigging worms has been the best presentation. With the water temps on most lakes near 80 getting fish back in the water quickly is very important. Good Luck!

kail15
kail15
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Joined: 12/31/2013
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8/10/14 6:58 PM CST
Hi everyone I am heading to the big chip this Sept I am wondering if a 14ft with a 6hp will be OK on the lake?

RICH SIMAK
RICH SIMAK
Joined: 6/3/2011
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FISHING REPORT
8/10/14 8:52 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Smallmouth bass remain in their summer patterns on Hayward's deep clear lakes. Fishing is excellent. Walleye fishing has slowed somewhat with surface temperatures hovering around the seasonal high around 75 degrees. Some walleye may still be caught with proper timing and location.


Rich Simak Fishing Guide
(715) 634-4933
schultzy60
schultzy60
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Joined: 8/5/2014
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8/5/14 11:24 AM CST
Anybody seen any action on Tiger Cat Flowage? Heading up there this weekend.

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
Joined: 6/3/2008
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FISHING REPORT
8/5/14 9:09 AM CST
FISHING REPORT August 4, 2014 Steve Suman Muskie: Muskie anglers report good and improving fishing action. Concentrate on weeds – beds, edges, lines – as well as points and bars, in 6-18 feet of water, especially in early morning and evening hours. Bucktails, Bull Dawgs, gliders, spinners, spinnerbaits, plastics, crankbaits, minnow baits, and topwaters are all catching fish at this time.

Walleye: Walleye action is inconsistent, with best action in early morning and late evening into dark. Less light generally means better success. Walleyes are in/on wood, weed beds, brush, bars, bogs, and gravel in 12-30 feet of water. Fish shallower water after dark. Top producing baits include leeches and crawlers on jigs, Lindy Rigs, and under slip bobbers, or cast and troll crankbaits, stickbaits, and Beetle Spins along shore and weed lines.

Northern Pike: Northern pike action is a bit off, particularly for bigger fish, as is expected this time of summer. Work weeds and weedlines in 4-18 feet of water with northern suckers, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, bucktails, and X-Raps. As always, fish bigger baits in deeper water for larger, trophy pike.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is very good to excellent on most days. You will find them in and near thick weeds, wood, slop, brush, bogs, cribs, lily pads, reeds, and rock, from very shallow water out to mid-depths. Baits of choice include weedless rigged plastics (worms, creatures, tubes, lizards, frogs), buzz baits, crankbaits, spinners, spinnerbaits, and topwaters.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth bass are not as active as largemouth, but anglers are catching fish. Work bars, wood, and other structure in 8-25 feet of water with leeches, crawlers, walleye suckers, crawfish color crankbaits, Flicker Shad, X-Raps, tubes, and plastics.

Crappie: Crappie action can be very good once you find them (electronics help!). Look for bigger crappies suspending over deeper water weeds, wood, cribs, brush, and bogs in 8-25 feet of water. Bait choices include crappie minnows, waxies, leeches, plastics, tube jigs, and Berkley baits on small jigs or plain hooks, fished with or without bobbers.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is good to very good. Work weeds, weedlines, wood, and docks in 3-12 feet of water with waxies, worms, leaf worms, crawler chunks, Gulp! baits, and plastics on jigs or plain hooks. Try poppers for fun surface action. Catch numbers of fish in the shallower water. For bigger “keeper” ‘gills, but slower action, go deeper.

Upcoming Events Aug. 5-12: Hunter Education course at Hayward Middle School. (715-558-5371). Aug. 9-10: Project Appleseed at Hayward Rod & Gun Club (715-466-5145). 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.

TOM BOLEY
TOM BOLEY
Joined: 3/27/2011
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FISHING REPORT
7/30/14 12:27 PM CST
Bass fishing has been great this last week in the Hayward Area. On the flowages we have been catching good numbers of both smallmouth and largemouth. Shallow rock has been best for the smallmouth in the low light hours and deep wood has been better during the midday. Wacky worms in shallow and Carolina rigging out deep has been the best. Largemouth action has been good in the deep slop weeds. On clear lakes dropshotting on deep rock structures has been the best for us. With the fluctuating water temperatures is seems like fish are roaming from shallow to deep on a daily basis. That being said it has payed off for us to his both areas.

Musky fishing has been fair. We are seeing a bunch of bigger fish but getting them to commit has been the issue. On This week we caught 4 muskies ranging from the low 30s to low 40s. Here is a short clip of a mid thirties that hit in the figure eight this week. Good Luck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czuq8EbFwAM

JASON STEWART
JASON STEWART
Joined: 2/1/2014
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FISHING REPORT
7/30/14 5:19 AM CST
The Sawyer County area rivers have been fishing nicely, pretty much all summer with only an occasional off day. This season we've been blessed with water in our rivers and cool temps keeping the fish fat and happy. Lots of good small mouth action, and persistent musky anglers will get their shots. Water levels are dropping quickly, it's been a little while since the last large rainstorm. Bass are starting to congregate compared to when the rivers were out of the banks earlier in the summer.

Cheers!

[This post was last edited on 7/30/14 at 5:24 AM]
RICH SIMAK
RICH SIMAK
Joined: 6/3/2011
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FISHING REPORT
7/29/14 8:25 PM CST
Conditions: Night Time Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Great musky fishing continues in the Hayward area. An evening outing yielded 2 caught (up to 38 inches) and one bruiser lost. All fish were weed fish. Fish were moving on bulldawgs and cowgirls. Again, planning some after dark time paid dividends.


Rich Simak Fishing Guide
(715) 634-4933
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
Joined: 6/3/2008
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
7/29/14 9:36 AM CST
FISHING REPORT Steve Suman July 28, 2014

Muskie: Muskie action slowed, but anglers fishing bucktails, Bull Dawgs, gliders, spinnerbaits, plastics, topwaters, and suckers are catching fish on weedlines/weed edges in 8-15 feet during late evening and dropping barometric pressure.

Walleye: Walleye action is best in 8-30 feet of water near weed edges, sand, gravel, brush, bogs, bars, rock, and mid-lake structure. Try leeches and crawlers on jigs, split shot rigs, and under slip bobbers, and Beetle Spins, crankbaits, and stickbaits.

Northern Pike: Northern action is good on weeds and weed edges, bars and bay openings in 4-18 feet of water. Top baits include suckers, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, bucktails, crankbaits, and stickbaits. For trophy pike, go deeper with larger baits.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is good to excellent in shallow, thick weeds, wood, brush, bogs, rocks, docks, and lily pads with plastics, crankbaits, spinners/spinnerbaits, jigs, buzz baits, and topwaters.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth moved to deeper sand, rock, and gravel bottoms and bars in 10-25 feet. Best baits include tubes, plastics, and crankbaits in crayfish colors, and leeches, crawlers, and walleye suckers fished on jigs or live bait rigs.

Crappie: Crappie fishing is good to excellent, with bigger fish out to 24 feet (suspending) near deeper brush, bogs, cribs, and weedlines. Try crappie minnows, waxies, worms, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and tubes under slip bobber rigs.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is very good for bigger fish on deeper weed edges, bogs, brush, cribs, and mud flats with waxies, worms, leaf worms, leeches, and plastics on jigs or plain hooks, and poppers.

Upcoming Events Through July 31: Illegal to allow dogs to run on DNR lands and Federal WPA (see regs for exceptions). Aug. 1: Application deadline: Fall turkey; Horicon goose; Wolf; Bobcat; Fisher; Otter; Sharp-tailed grouse; Upriver Winnebago system sturgeon spearing. Aug. 2: Flambeau River State Forest Outdoor Camp Cooking (715-332-5271). Aug. 3: Hayward Lakes Chapter Muskies, Inc. Kids Fishing Day (715-634-4543). Aug. 5-12: Hunter Education course at Hayward Middle School. (715-558-5371). Aug. 9-10: Project Appleseed at Hayward Rod & Gun Club (715-466-5145). 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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