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MICAH LANGKAMP
MICAH LANGKAMP
Joined: 4/17/2013
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FISHING REPORT
7/27/15 8:29 PM CST
It's been hot out there! Water temps are in the 78-82 degree range on most of the lakes in the area.

Musky fishing has been up and down. Early mornings and dusk have been the best windows for them. Topwaters, bucktails and bulldawgs have all seen action. I understand the rule of not fishing muskies in water over 80 degrees but I personally am not going to tell the guys I'm guiding that they can't fish muskies for the one week that they're able to make it up here a year. I handle the fish with care and do everything in my power to make sure they swim away healthy. My hope is that everyone else does the same.

Bass have been pushed up in the pads and we've been getting them on frogs & Rage Craw in that location. Spinnerbaits have picked up a few as well but the majority of the fish we've been getting are in the slop or shaded shorelines.

Pike have been in the weeds on Mann's minus one's & spinnerbaits. We're averaging 20-30 fish per half day outing.

I have Wednesday & Friday available for guide trips before I head back over to Green Bay for the weekend. Give me a shout if you're looking get out fishing! Cool


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JASON STEWART
JASON STEWART
Joined: 2/1/2014
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FISHING REPORT
7/26/15 8:48 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
The Smallmouth Bass are on fire in the rivers!

In the slower water, an unweighted fluke jr. in pearl white has been the ticket. Accurate casting and being able to work the minnow pattern slowly in tight cover (rocks and wood) without snagging up is key to having a great instead of an OK day. Also look for fish hiding out in weedy cover, but beware of being bit off by toothy critters. Havoc Rocket Craws are also fishing well in the heavy current, rigged on football type jigs.

Cheers!

30 for 13
30 for 13
Level: General User
Joined: 2/26/2013
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7/25/15 6:30 PM CST
Hi,

My family is heading up to round lake to fish next week and was wondering in anyone could give us a idea where to fish. I normally fish the chip but we wanted to try a new body of water. we are staying at the grand pines on big round. We generally fish for crappies, walleys bluegills. I heard the smallies are the fish of choice on this lake.Thanks for any info.

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
Joined: 6/3/2008
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FISHING REPORT
7/21/15 9:26 AM CST
July 20, 2015 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

The forecasts show a relatively mild to warmish week ahead, with mostly clear skies and plenty of sun ... and yes, a few days with shower and thunderstorm possibilities. It is past mid-July – get out and enjoy summer while you can!

“Muskies started slow and have yet to reach expectations,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Try both shallow and deep with bucktails and topwaters in early mornings and at sundown. For walleyes, fish weeds with leeches and crawlers in morning and evening, with evening best. Catch northerns around shallow weeds with smaller bucktails and spinnerbaits tipped with Twister Tails. “Largemouth are in thick weeds and heavy cover. Use weedless plastic worms, frogs, topwaters, and crankbaits. Fish crappies on deeper weed edges and suspending in 12-18 feet with minnows and plastics, or try thick weeds in 4-8 feet with minnows.” Guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations says Chippewa Flowage musky action is excellent. “Muskies are holding in fresh cabbage in 3-8 feet. Shallow running bucktails are hot during the day; topwaters produce during early mornings, evenings, and in low light. Catch walleyes on humps in 15-20 feet with leeches on jigs or slip bobbers, and in weeds in 6-10 feet with jigs and leeches or crawlers. In the evening, work Rapalas over weeds. “For largemouth, fish the slop in the natural lakes on the west side with weedless lures and frogs. Catch crappies on deeper brush and snags with crappie minnows and jigs with plastics.” Jim at Hayward Bait says musky action is fair. “Work bucktails, gliders, tubes, and topwaters on weedlines, humps, and gravel bars. Catch walleyes on gravel bars and weed edges in 10-20 feet with leeches, crawlers, walleye suckers, and fatheads. For northerns, fish weed edges in 5-15 feet with spinners, spoons, and northern suckers. “Largemouth fishing is good on buzz baits, spinnerbaits, plastics, and frogs in weeds in 3-10 feet. Catch smallmouth on rock bars, humps, and weedlines in 8-20 feet with jigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. “Crappies are suspending in depths to 30 feet. Use minnows, waxies, and plastics.” Mike at Jenk’s says fishing is on and off for Chippewa Flowage muskies. “During early morning and late evening, throw surface baits. During the day and early evening, use bucktails, Bull Dawgs, and Vexers. For walleyes, work crawlers, Rib Worms, and crankbaits on the outside edges of weeds and stumps bordering river channels. Catch northerns in the weeds on spinnerbaits and spoons tipped with teaser tails. “Crappies are biting in the evening on bogs, brush piles, and cribs, with some on deeper cribs and brush in mid-day. Use crappie jigs with minnows, Gulp! baits, or Crappie Nibbles.” Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake fishing is good, with most anglers working the channel and deeper parts of the lake. “For walleyes, leeches are the first choice, followed by minnows. Northern action is good on spinnerbaits, buzz baits, Mepps spinners, and bucktails. Fish largemouth with spinner and buzz baits. “Crappies are scattered all over the place, with best luck on minnows, waxies, and one-inch Gulp! Minnows. Bluegill fishing is good on crawlers and worms.”

Carolyn at Anglers All in Ashland says trout and salmon fishing is great outside Chequamegon Bay, with many fish, both big and small. “Smallmouth fishing is a tough with the weird weather, but there is a good live bait bite. “Walleye anglers trolling stickbaits over humps and in the channel in the evening are catching some nice fish, with a few brown trout in the mix.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses musky temperature preference. “Spring anglers always have water temperature on their minds, but it is an important consideration throughout the summer. “Musky research shows water temperature plays a very important role in where fish hang out and when they eat. Aaron Cole, a DNR biologist, previously studied a Tennessee power plant lake, implanting temperature sensitive tags in muskies to learn their temperature preferences. “Due to the warm power plant outflow, the muskies could choose from a wide range of temperatures, from 45-91 degrees, depending on location, but consistently chose water within 68-77 degrees. This closely aligns with other studies showing the highest rates of muskellunge feeding and growth is around 72 degrees. “Anglers looking for midsummer success should bring a thermometer!” DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt says fishing is good, despite windy conditions. “Musky anglers are doing well with slower topwaters, medium-size stickbaits, and bucktails along weed edges. Walleye success is best on leeches or crawler pieces on weedless jigs. Drop them into open pockets in mid-depth weed beds during low light periods. “Largemouth are near woody cover, docks, deep bog edges, and thick weeds. Fish soft plastics and topwaters in late afternoon. Smallmouth are hitting small finesse plastics and crayfish-type baits on mid-depth wood and rock bars.”

Openings remain for the Sawyer County Outdoor Projects and Education (SCOPE) DNR hunter education course starting August 4. The $10 fee includes all materials. To pre-register (required), email scope4youth@hotmail.com. For more information, contact Chris Wunrow (715) 558-5371.

The Lumberjack World Championships start this Thursday July 23 and runs through Saturday July 25. To view an event list and to purchase tickets, visit the website. For more information, call (715-634-2484).

Hayward Bass Club’s is hosting its Chippewa Flowage Open this Sunday, July 26, from 8 am.-4 p.m. The Landing Resort is tournament headquarters. The event is limited to 50 teams; single anglers can enter as a “team.” The entry fee is $50/team. For information, contact Wayne Balsavich (715-699-1015; haywardbassclub@gmail.com) or Hayward Bait (715-634-2921).

August 1 is the application deadline for fall turkey, sharp-tailed grouse, bobcat, fisher, and otter.

FISHING REPORT Musky: Musky action is best in early morning and in the evening until after dark. Target the edges of weedlines, mid-lake humps and gravel bars, and deeper weedlines. Anglers are having success with bucktails, Bull Dawgs, stickbaits, gliders, plastics, tubes, and topwaters.

Walleye: Walleye fishing is fair to good, but inconsistent. Find fish in 5-25 feet along the edges of weeds, wood, gravel bars, humps, stumps, and river channels. Work shallower water during low light. Use leeches, crawlers, walleyes suckers, and fatheads on jigs, Lindy rigs, split shot rigs, and slip bobbers. In the evening, work crankbaits over shallow weeds and bars.

Northern Pike: Northern action is fair to good around weeds in 4-18 feet of water. Use Mepps/spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, bucktails, buzz baits, and northern suckers under bobbers.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth fishing is good to excellent. Concentrate on thick weeds, wood, slop, rocks, docks, cribs, brush, and bogs in 3-12 feet with soft/weedless plastics (rigged worms in various configurations, tubes, frogs, etc.), spinnerbaits, buzz baits, crankbaits, twitch baits, and topwaters. Leeches, worms, and minnows also lure largemouth.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is fair to reasonably good, depending on the angler and the water fished. Look for smallmouth out to 22 feet on humps, rock bars, weedlines, wood, and cribs. Crayfish color baits such as tubes, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastics, and topwaters work well, as does live bait such as minnows and crawlers.

Crappie: Crappies are scattered, but fishing is good to very good once you find them. (Hint: There is a reason anglers call electronics locators!) Look for fish around weeds, brush, bogs, cribs, and other structure in 4-18 feet. Some fish are suspending over deeper water out to 30 feet. Top baits include crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits on jigs and plain hooks, with/without bobbers.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is good to very good in a variety of areas, from shallow weeds, mid-lake bars and brush, to deeper weedlines. Baits of choice include waxies, worms, leaf worms, crawlers, and plastics on jigs or plain hooks, as well as flies, poppers, and other surface baits.

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.

JIM STROEDE
JIM STROEDE
Joined: 1/8/2015
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FISHING REPORT
7/20/15 12:34 PM CST
We've been out for smallmouth bass on the Flowage a bit lately. The bite is good, not great, you have to work for them. Equal amount of bites on leeches or Gulp. Good luck and good fishing, Jim Stroede

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RICH SIMAK
RICH SIMAK
Joined: 6/3/2011
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FISHING REPORT
7/19/15 10:21 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Additional pictures from a windy Saturday. Put yourself in the picture. Half-day trips are available.


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RICH SIMAK
RICH SIMAK
Joined: 6/3/2011
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
7/19/15 10:16 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
The wind was the challenge on a clear water lake yesterday. Many quality fish came to the boat including 5 smallmouth over 19 inches and 2 walleye over 20 inches. Smallmouth were mostly in rocks 17-27 feet. Day-time walleye were in 20-30 feet. Fish after dark were in 13-15 feet. Only 2 walleye were kept. All other fish were released.


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JIM STROEDE
JIM STROEDE
Joined: 1/8/2015
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FISHING REPORT
7/17/15 6:39 PM CST
Walleyes are still bitting good on the big clear lakes around Hayward. Jigging, slip bobbering,and trolling are all producing at times. Our best bite has been mornings. Good luck and good fishing, Jim Stroede

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MICAH LANGKAMP
MICAH LANGKAMP
Joined: 4/17/2013
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FISHING REPORT
7/17/15 3:07 PM CST
Musky bite continues to be hot on the chippewa flowage and surrounding lakes. We've put a total of 4 fish in the bag in the last 2 outings including a 44, 41, 36 & 33 inch fish. 3 fish came on topwater baits along with one on a bucktail. Late evening along with early morning windows have been the best. I'm sure the new moon has been helping us out as well.

I've finally come up with enough footage to put out a full length DVD that will cover daily & seasonal windows & tactics for musky fishing here in Hayward, WI. It will probably take me a few months to do all of the editing but the DVD will be on my table at the musky shows and available at local baitshops & through my website by January at the latest.

Wish me luck as I head over to Green Bay for the weekend to do some hawg huntin'. Cool


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PETE RICH
PETE RICH
Joined: 6/9/2015
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FISHING REPORT
7/17/15 11:35 AM CST
Musky fishing in the Hayward Area has been great with the new moon. Muskies are holding in a variety of locations. However they seem to be most active on the deep weed edge. With fish on the outer edge figure 8 strikes have put our last 3 in the boat.

Good luck and always figure 8

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RICH SIMAK
RICH SIMAK
Joined: 6/3/2011
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
7/17/15 11:11 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Two muskies caught on a rain shortened evening trip yesterday. The pictured fish was off the weed edge in 17 feet. It hit a Cowgirl on a figure 8 during what seemed to be a lazy follow. The other fish hit a bulldawg. It was in shallow weeds about 7 feet deep.


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RICH SIMAK
RICH SIMAK
Joined: 6/3/2011
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FISHING REPORT
7/15/15 11:00 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Bass fishing on the clear water lakes is very good right now. Search in rocky areas from 15 - 20 feet of water. There are still some walleye in the weeds, but more fish are showing up outside the edge in 17-25 feet.


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Jon-S
Jon-S
Level: General User
Joined: 12/13/2012
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7/14/15 4:50 PM CST
Hello,

Taking a mini vacation with the family (2 children) to Hayward. Looking at fishing with a guide for a half day trip on July 26th. Really want the kids to have a good time. Anyone either interested in taking us out or have a guide they would recommend? Feel free to PM me if you would like. Thanks!

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
HAYWARD LAKES VCB
Joined: 6/3/2008
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FISHING REPORT
7/14/15 9:19 AM CST
July 13, 2015 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

This could be a nice week, but it is difficult to tell by the forecasts! Temperatures warm through the week and every day shows “chances” of thunderstorms, but all less than 50 percent. Watch for severe weather, but do not allow a little moisture to dampen your outdoor fun!

“Rains slowed fishing, but the fish are still there,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “The trick is finding them! “Fish muskies on breaks and weeds with bucktails, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. Catch walleyes on weed edges and structure in 12-25 feet with leeches, crawlers, and fatheads. For northern, fish weed flats in 4-8 feet with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and suckers. “Catch largemouth around weeds and piers with wacky worms, jigs/craws, and topwaters. For smallmouth, fish tubes, and swim baits along breaks, bars, and points. “Crappies are suspending on weedlines and over deeper water. Use crappie minnows, plastics, and Gulp! baits. Catch bluegills along weedlines in 12-20 feet with waxies, leaf worms, leeches, and plastics.” Guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations says musky action is great on the Chippewa Flowage. “Fish weeds in 3-10 feet using bucktails with Colorado blades and topwaters, with great surface action in evenings. For walleyes, work weed edges with crawlers and leeches on jigs and leeches on slip bobbers. “Bass anglers are catching nice largemouth in the natural lakes on the west side fishing thick weeds with weedless plastics and frogs. Catch crappies in weed beds in 6-22 feet with Beetle Spins, crappie minnows, and jigs/plastics. There is a good evening bog bite.” Jim at Hayward Bait says muskies are on deep weedlines and bars. “Fish 5-20 feet with bucktails and topwaters in early morning and evening. For walleye, fish points, weed edges, and gravel bars in 10-25 feet with leeches on slip bobbers and weedless jigs, or troll crawler harnesses and crankbaits. For northern, fish suckers, spinnerbaits, spoons, and bucktails on weedlines/cabbage in 5-20 feet. “Fish largemouth on weedlines and docks with wacky worms and topwaters. For smallmouth, work jigs and plastics on deep rock bars and weedlines. “Crappies are suspending over deeper water. Use crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics. Catch bluegills in 4-10 feet with waxies, crawlers, leaf worms, and plastics.” Mike at Jenk’s says musky fishing is decent on the Chippewa Flowage. “Work bucktails and other subsurface baits during the day and surface baits in early morning and late evening. Walleye fishing is fair to good, with larger walleyes active 5-10 minutes before dark. Some anglers are trolling live bait on weed and stump bar edges along the river channel. “Catch northern in heavy weeds with spinnerbaits and weedless spoons; largemouth around stumps and weed beds; and smallmouth on cribs with crawlers, wacky worms, and live bait. “Crappie anglers are doing well on deep brush piles and cribs with crappie minnows, and Gulp! Crappie Nibbles on pink/white or chartreuse Mini-Mites.” Jim at Minnow Jim’s says action is slow for Nelson Lake walleyes. “Try fishing leeches, crawlers, fatheads, and Rapalas in deeper holes and the river channel. “Largemouth fishing is very good, however. Fish weed beds, lily pads, docks, and overhangs with large spinnerbaits, weedless rigged worms, and poppers. “Crappies and bluegills are scattered and drifting seems to be a good plan of attack. Bobber fish or jig minnows, waxies, and worms on dressed jigs or hooks, and anglers are taking some nice size crappies on larger minnows. For casting jigs, add a small spinner.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses the “dog days” of summer. “Many anglers refer to July and August as the dog days of summer, a time when fishing for many species starts to stagnate. There may be several reasons for that phenomenon including water temperature or many fish moving deeper and thus being harder to find. Researchers in Minnesota believe the amount of available prey may play a role in fishing success as well. “Most species in the Midwest spawn in the spring, meaning that by midsummer there is an abundance of small bluegill, perch, and minnows in most lakes. This creates an abundant prey source for predator species, making it harder for anglers to get their attention with baits or lures. “At some point, the abundance of these small fish starts to drop, and by fall, angling success often increases again as hungry predators have a harder time finding prey.”

Sawyer County Outdoor Projects and Education (SCOPE) is offering a DNR hunter education course with classes meeting August 4, 6, 8, and 11. The $10 fee includes all materials and bonus items. Graduates receive a Wisconsin Hunter Education Graduate Certificate, a hunting vest complements of SCOPE, and a distinctive embroidered emblem. To pre-register (required), email your name and interest to scope4youth@hotmail.com. For more information, contact Chris Wunrow (715) 558-5371.

Hayward Bass Club is hosting its Chippewa Flowage Open (open to the public) Sunday July 26, from 8 am.-4 p.m. The Landing Resort is tournament headquarters. The event is limited to 50 teams and single anglers can enter as a “team.” The entry fee is $50/team. For more information, contact Wayne Balsavich (715-699-1015; haywardbassclub@gmail.com) or Hayward Bait (715-634-2921).

FISHING REPORT Musky: Musky fishing is good in low light conditions, such as early morning and late evening. Look for fish in 4-22 feet on weedlines, bars, breaks, and rocks. Anglers are catching fish primarily on bucktails and topwaters, but fish are also hitting spinnerbaits, swim baits, and large minnow baits.

Walleye: Walleye anglers are finding best success during low light, early mornings, and late evening into dark. Concentrate on depths from 10-25 feet on weeds, gravel bars, wood, deep holes, and river channels. Use leeches and crawlers on jigs, live bait rigs, slip shot rigs, and slip bobbers. Some anglers are catching fish on trolled crankbaits, Rapalas, and live bait.

Northern Pike: Northern fishing is fair to very good around heavy weeds and cabbage, structure, and baitfish in 4-22 feet. Top tempters include spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, small bucktails, buzz baits, trolled crankbaits, and northern suckers under bobbers.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is good to very good on/around rocks, docks, wood, weeds, slop, lily pads, cribs, brush, and bogs in depths to 15 feet. Bait choices vary from plastics – wacky/pre-rigged worms, tubes, topwaters/frogs, craws to crankbaits, spinnerbaits, crawlers, and suckers.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth present a challenge for anglers. You will find fish along weedlines, breaks, rock points and bars, stumps, and cribs. Top enticements include tubes, drop shot rigs, swim baits, jerkbaits, wacky worms, crawlers, plastics, topwaters, fatheads, and suckers.

Crappie: Crappie anglers report good action, especially in the evening. Fish are suspending on weedlines, over deeper water, and near bogs, brush, and cribs in 6-22 feet. The most productive baits include crappie minnows, waxies, Mini-Mites, plastics, and Gulp! baits on jigs or plain hooks, and Beetle Spins. Slip bobbers keep baits at the preferred depth.

Bluegill: Look for bluegills in 4-20 feet around weeds, weedlines, wood, brush, and cribs. Use waxies, worms, leaf worms, crawler pieces, leeches, and plastics on jigs or plain hooks, with or without bobbers. If you do not catch fish in one place, change locations or try drift fishing.

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
7/13/15 7:05 PM CST
Musky action has been hot with numerous fish contacted on every outing for the last few days. Double tens and large spinnerbaits have been the go-to baits as of late. Lost Land & Teal have been good for both numbers & size.

Pike have been going on spinnerbaits casted or trolled through the weeds. We're picking a few up while musky fishing as well.

We've been finding Largemouth Bass by flipping' docks, pads & timber with Rage Craw & wacky rigged plastic worms. We're also getting a few while casting spinnerbaits in the weeds.

Water temps should cool due to the rain over the past few days. Yesterday they were up over 80 on the big chip which can be fatal for muskies if not handled with extreme care.

If you're looking to get out with me I do have Wed.-Fri. available later this week. Good luck out there! Cool


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