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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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5/19/15 4:09 PM CST
May 18, 2015 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

According to current forecasts, this week starts out wet and cool (lows in the low 30s), with mild temperatures and a few rain showers to follow. In general, somewhat typical spring weather.

“Fishing slowed with the cold front,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, but find warm water, green weeds, and baitfish and gamefish will be there. “For walleyes, fish weeds in 5-10 feet with small crankbaits or jigs and fatheads under slip bobbers. Northern are in the same locations, hitting suckers under slip bobbers, spinnerbaits, and Husky Jerks. “Fish largemouth around shallow structure and weeds with crankbaits, spinners, plastics, and live bait. Catch smallmouth along breaks, points, and shallow rocks with plastics and live bait. “Crappies are shallow, in weeds, trees, and brush. Use crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics on jigs or slip bobbers.” Guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations says Chippewa Flowage muskies have mostly finished spawning and are moving to deep water. “For the muskie opener, fish green weeds with 6-inch twitch baits and small bucktails. Walleye action is best with jigs and fatheads in wood in 12-20 feet. In the evening, crankbaits over weeds and wood produce larger fish. “Northern action is best in the natural lakes on the west side. Fish spinner and crank baits around fresh weeds. Catch largemouth in these areas with spinnerbaits and weedless plastics. “Crappies are in 6-10 feet, outside spawning areas, taking crappie minnows, feather jigs, and jigs/plastics.” Bob at Hayward Bait says fishing is improving after the short cold snap. “The walleye bite is still shallow, in 6-15 feet, with fatheads, walleye suckers, and leeches on jigs or under slip bobbers. During low light periods, cast and troll crankbaits. For good northern action, work spinnerbaits, spoons, or crankbaits around new weeds. “Crappie fishing is improving in the shallows, 3-8 feet, with Mini-Mites and Tattle-Tails working well around any cover you can find. If the action is slow, try small minnows.” Jim at Minnow Jim’s says fishing is improving on Nelson Lake. “For walleyes during the day, jig minnows or leeches around drop offs. In the evening, work stickbaits along shorelines or float leeches or minnows off points, bars, and weed edges. Northern action is good with larger minnows under bobbers or large plugs cast near weedy points and shorelines. “Crappies and bluegills are still trying to spawn. Work bays and shorelines with small dressed jigs, jigs and minnows, small spinnerbaits, or bobber fish leeches and worms.” Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage fishing will only get better with warming water. “Walleyes are in wood in 14-22 feet near river channels, hitting jigs and minnows and leeches. Catch northern around weeds and panfish with jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and live bait. “Largemouth are around wood in bays in 3-10 feet. Use wacky worms and crawfish imitations. For smallmouth, use the same presentations on gravel and rock shorelines with wood. “Crappies are in channels close to spawning areas. Many large fish are high in the water column on bogs. Use jigs or bobbers with Mini-Mites, Gulp! Minnows, Crappie Nibbles, and tubes.”

Carolyn at Anglers All in Ashland says Chequamegon Bay smallmouth in Sand Cut, Oak Point, and Brush Point are hitting jigs with plastics and suckers over wood and weeds. Clouser minnows and Bay Bugs work for fly anglers. “Walleyes anglers are catching post-spawn fish at the head of the bay and mouth of Kakagon Slough on crawler harnesses and trolled stickbaits. Northern action is good at the head of the bay and in slough areas. “Trout and salmon anglers are flatlining the first breaks with stickbaits and spoons on Dipsey Divers, with trollers from Houghton Point out to the Islands.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses radio tagged muskies. “More than 12,000 Hayward area muskies are implanted with Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) radio tags that enable researchers to track growth, survival, and movement, leading to better muskie management and more effective stocking. “The tags led to several interesting discoveries this spring. In Tiger Cat Flowage, we captured a small male muskie last seen in Spider Lake two years ago. It had made a three-mile journey down tiny, bog-choked, Spider Creek to its new Tiger Cat home. A muskie fingerling stocked into LCO this past fall had already moved into Grindstone Lake by spring. “These tags will help us understand how much intermingling of muskies happens between lakes. Expect to hear many more interesting muskie stories!” DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt says warming water spurred fish activity. “Walleyes show no real pattern, though anglers report success with leeches, minnows, and crankbaits on breaklines in 8-15 feet. For northern, fish new weeds. Some largemouth and smallmouth bass are making spawning beds. Smallmouth fishing is catch-and-release in the northern zone until June 20. “Warming water pulled panfish into shallow bays. There is some crappie spawning and this will increase in the coming weeks. Catch perch in 6-10 feet around structure on mud flats.”

The Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner is hosting a free Wooden Boat and Canoe Show Saturday May 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features canoes, boats, and canoe related materials of all types, some of the Midwest’s finest canoe builders, museum tours, a new annual exhibit, live music by The Porch Dogs, and food and beverages in the beer garden. For more information, call 715-635-2479.

FISHING REPORT Walleye: Walleye action is fair, with best success during low light hours. Fish are scattered in 5-25 feet, near bottom, around new weeds, wood, breaks, drop-offs, points, gravel and sand bars, and river channels. Walleye suckers, fatheads, and leeches on jigs or under slip bobbers work well. In the evening, cast or troll crankbaits and stickbaits over and along shallower weedlines, bars, points, and shorelines.

Northern Pike: Northern pike are active around new weeds on points, shorelines, and in and near shallow bays holding panfish. Pike will hit spinnerbaits, stickbaits, spoons, crankbaits, and jerkbaits, but in the end, it is difficult to beat a northern sucker under a bobber.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is good and getting better with the warming water, especially in and near shallow spawning areas. Fish are around weeds, wood, structure, drop-offs, and points out to 12 feet or so. Use pre-rigged plastic worms and crawfish, swim jigs, spinners, chatterbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, crawlers, and minnows with slow retrieves.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth action is improving, but is catch and release only until June 20. You will find them on and near rock, wood, breaks, points, and shorelines in 3-10 feet. The most productive baits include tubes, swim baits, jerkbaits, various riggings of plastic worms and crawfish, and live bait.

Crappie: Crappie action is fair to good, with fish in spawn/pre-spawn mode. Look for them in 3-10 feet, though considerably deeper on some lakes, around weeds, wood, brush, bogs, cribs, and other cover. Top bait choices include crappie minnows, waxies, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, tube jigs, dressed/hair jigs, Gulp! baits, and plastics, with or without bobbers.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is fair, but warming water temperatures will quickly improve action. Fish are in or just outside shallow bays and flats. The usual baits work – waxies, worms, leaf worms, crawlers, panfish leeches, plastics, and Gulp! baits fished on jigs or plain hooks, with/without bobbers.

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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5/18/15 12:51 PM CST
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Guided Brian and Mark on Saturday morning for Walleye out of The Landing on the Chippewa Flowage. Fished the West side and started working the shallows throwing Beetle spins. After about and hour of nothing we decided to move out and fish the deeper structure that's in 12-20 FOW. To say the least things were a bit slow for us. Mark did manage to boat 2 nice walleyes though. 20 1/2" and 18 1/2" with the 20 1/2 going back after a quick pic of it first. Slip bobber and a leech took one and jig and minnow did the trick on the other. After a great lunch back at The Landing we switch out player's to Brian's son, Keegan and Brian's brother in law, Lenny. This time we went to the East side. Again, working deeper wood and sunken bogs. Things we're just as slow for the walleye bite, but the crappies we're making up for it. There we're quite a few down deep as well. Just using Gulp! and casting over the deeper bush was the ticket. After throwing about a dozen of those in the box, we decided to check out the shallows to the North and just have some fun! The first spot turned out to be our last spot, as we caught plenty. What a fun way to finish out the afternoon with a great bunch of guys!

Currently on the Flowage, you will find Crappies and Blue Gill's up shallow and out deep yet with noticeably bigger fish coming from the deep.

As for the Walleye bite, things will pick up once our weather pattern stabilizes. Mostly our low temps. Hopefully after this weeks forecast, it will turn around.

Give me a call or shoot me a email to book your next fishing adventure.

Tight lines! TC

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5/16/15 10:42 PM CST
Smallies have been decent the past few days. Fish are in a variety of different stages and areas. Prespawn and spawners make up the majority of fish. Many vacated beds in the shallows are there from fish that bedded up and moved out when the cold hit. A lot of them will have a little male sitting in them and they will not be tied down to the bed. I was watching a few females come back in to beds today in the warm weather. There are a few main lake beds but most are vacated. If the cold weather lasts for a week or more it seems like they dont spawn much. A few warm days would really go a long day right now. The deep clear lakes are 54-57 main lake.

We have been fishing for staging fish just outside of spawning sites near the closest deep water. Jerkbaits are getting most fish. Long pauses are a must right now due to the fact they are in a pretty confused state. Warm windy days are perfect for this bite.

Good Luck

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5/16/15 8:53 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
was out after smallies today. managed a couple, seen one muskie up shallow. some on beds and some beds empty, done already? will be out tomorrow somewhere, but not sure where. Big Smile

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I am looking to fish lco, grindstone and chip flowage this year. I know part of all of these are on lco reservation. is there any special reservation regs I should know other than what I find on Dnr website and sign at landing? Is there places I cannot go on lake? Landings I cannot use? Thank you

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5/14/15 10:04 PM CST
Smallmouth, Crappies and Walleyes are all biting relatively well on many Hayward area lakes. A percentage of smallmouth bedded up before the cold and have stayed on beds throughout the cold front. Most fish are still out on slightly deeper areas and are set up for a great jerkbait bite.

Coth0401 Grindstone and Round have a lot of fish on beds that moved off in the main lake. Secluded areas with slightly warmer water may hay a few more fish up. Round is the same deal with a few more fish that stayed on beds in a few of the more secluded bays. Water temperature will be 54 -57 on each of these lakes. Which is cooler than it was a week and a half ago. Overall I think a lot of shallower shoreline spawners will bed up this weekend on these lakes. I think It will be another week til some of the bigger fish bed up on the deeper main lake areas. For right now a jerkbait is still my go to. On high sky flat days I go to finesse stuff.

Crappies are post spawn on the shallower dark lakes and are likely going to spawn this weekend on a few of the larger clear lakes.

Walleyes in clear lakes are in new weeds and rock area in depths of 6-17 and we are getting them on cranks and slip bobbers and leeches. At night there is a good shallow water crank bait bite going on. We fished both Grindstone and LCO and caught fish on both. Nothing super big a lot of fish 15-22.

On the darker lakes walleyes are in deeper wood and river channel areas. Minnows and plastics are working great.

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JASON STEWART
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5/14/15 9:16 PM CST
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T-minus 8ish days until it's legit to chase after the big green toothy fish!

Fishing for prey fish with the 2 weight and an ultralight has been good, but they will have to be put away to gather dust for another 9 months. Big gills and trout have been fishing well lately. Bass have been funny in the rivers, being on again off again on the beds. Hopefully the wild fluctuations in river water temps haven't hampered fry production with spawning fish.

Cheers! JS

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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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5/12/15 1:26 PM CST
May 11, 2015 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

The chilly, wet start to this week modifies somewhat by the weekend when highs again reach the 70s. The first couple of days this week ... well, just ignore them and maybe they will go away!

“Walleyes moved to traditional spring/summer locations,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Cast crankbaits over flats and along weed edges, jig along shoreline breaks and humps, or work fatheads and crawlers along the bottom or under bobbers. Pike are very active, taking spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shorelines and over weed tops. Use a leader to avoid bite offs! “Largemouth bass are prowling the shallows, in season, and harvesting them will help increase walleye populations in our lakes. Crappies are in shoreline weeds, brush, and shallow flats in 1-6 feet. Use tiny crankbaits and spinnerbaits, or tube jigs and crappie minnows below bobbers.” Guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations says the Chippewa Flowage water level is near normal and slowly rising. “Anglers are catching walleyes in 10-20 feet on jigs and fatheads, with some doing well on Countdown Rapalas and Husky Jerks in 1-8 feet in the evening. Northern action is good on the west side with ‘hot’ color spinners and crankbaits. “Crappies are stacked in shallow, dark-bottom bays in 1-3 feet near weeds and wood. Use crappie minnows, feather jigs, or jigs with plastics. Some bluegills and largemouth are with the crappies. “Anglers are seeing muskies spawning in the shallows and we hope they have spawned by the muskie opener!” At Hayward Bait, Jim says is it was a good first week of gamefish season. “The walleye bite is good, depending where you fish, with shallower lakes out-performing the bigger, deeper lakes. Northern pike action is fair, with Nelson, Smith, and Chippewa Flowage best. Bass fishing, both largemouth and smallmouth, is good in water 2-6 feet of water. “Crappie action is fantastic in shallow water on most lakes, with some fish in less than two feet. Minnows and plastics work well. Bluegill fishing is okay, but will pick up as the water warms.” Mike at Jenk’s says walleye fishing is awesome on the Chippewa Flowage. “The majority are on deep brush/wood in 15-24 feet. Large females are in 3-12 feet on wood in bays and near humps. Use Berkley Rib Worms or slip bobbers and leeches in deep brush. During low light, fish crankbaits on shallow humps and bars. “Pike are active in 2-8 feet on spinnerbaits and jerkbaits. Fish largemouth with wacky-rigged worms worked slowly over stumps and logs in 1-6 feet. For smallmouth, work shallow rock and wood with square bills, jerkbaits, and tubes. “Crappie action is excellent in shallow water. Work jigs and plastics under floats around wood and brush and keep moving until you find fish.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses white suckers. “White sucker are common in many of our lakes and you can often see them in spring when they spawn over shallow gravel in lakes and streams. “During spawning season, male suckers display a distinct black or crimson lengthwise strip down their body. This temporary marking is not visible at other times of the year. The marking often causes confusion, leading people to think they are seeing a different sucker species or a big largemouth bass (with a permanent dark stripe). “White suckers are an important food source for many of our gamefish species and we encourage people to leave spawning suckers alone to ‘do their thing’.” DNR fisheries biologist Skip Sommerfeldt says walleye success is best just as the sun starts to set in the evening. “Live bait – jigs/minnows and slip-bobber rigs – work best, and crankbait anglers find good action casting shallows and mid-depth flats in low-light. Northern prefer live bait and slower moving spinnerbaits. Bass action is good, with smallmouth more active than largemouth. “Crappies started moving into shallow bays, with a few already spawning. Work weedlines with small minnows below a bobber. For bluegills, fish shallow bays and mudflats with crawler pieces under slip bobbers. Perch are on mudflats with growing green weeds.”

Female turtles will soon move to upland sand/gravel areas to lay eggs and then return to the wetlands. When driving through wetlands during late May to early June (and through August), be extra cautious and watch for turtles crossing roads. Some turtles, such as the wood turtle, can take 12-20 years to reach reproductive age. Submit your observations to the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program. For more information, search ‘turtles’ on the DNR website.

Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner is hosting a free Wooden Boat and Canoe Show on Canoe Heritage Day, Saturday May 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show feature many canoes, boats, and canoe related materials of all types and exhibitors include some of the Midwest’s finest canoe builders. The event includes museum tours, unveiling of a new annual exhibit, live music by The Porch Dogs, and food and beverages in the beer garden. For more information, visit www.WisconsinCanoeHeritageMuseum.org or call 715-635-2479.

The Hayward Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries 28th annual fishing event is May 15-16 at Lake Chippewa Campground. The event hosts 150 participants fishing from boats and pontoons, an experience that for some was once only a dream. The event always needs and welcomes additional volunteers to assist with various duties. For more information or to volunteer, call (715) 634-3185 or email hayfhnb@cheqnet.net.

FISHING REPORT Walleye: Walleye fishing is fair to very good, with early morning and evening hours best. The fish have scattered to various locations and depths. Depending on the lake and time of day, look for fish on flats, humps, wood, weeds, breaks, bays, bars, and brush in 3-25 feet. Try jigs and fatheads or crawlers and leeches on slip bobbers and bottom bouncers. Troll or cast crankbaits and stickbaits on shallow areas in the evening.

Northern Pike: Northern pike action is fair to very good in shallow bays, weeds, and around panfish. Work minnows under bobbers, spinners, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and jerkbaits over and along those weeds and shorelines.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are lethargic on some lakes, but quite active on other waters. Try depths from very shallow to 7 feet, particularly around stumps, trees, and brush, slowly working live bait and plastics – worms, grubs, Twister Tails.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth activity is fair to good around rocks, gravel, breaks, and wood in 2-10 feet with crawfish color tubes, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and plastics.

Crappie: Crappie action is fair to outstanding, depending on the day, lake, time, and conditions. Look for fish in the shallows, from 1-6 feet or so. Dark bottom bays, brush, wood, weeds, and flats can all hold fish. Top baits include crappie minnows; various jigs tipped with live bait, tubes, plastics, and Gulp! baits; small spinners; and spinner and crank baits.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is fair to good, but the best days are ahead with warming water temperatures. Look for ‘gills in shallow bays and flats – wherever you find the warmest water. Waxies, worms, leaf worms, crawlers/pieces, leeches, plastics, and Gulp! baits, without or without bobbers, will all get their attention.

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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Largemouth bass are moving around quite a bit, but are eating readily once they're located. Opener found males and females on beds until the NE wind and cold front moved in saturday May 9. Lots of nice legal size bass out in the deep weeds yesterday. Plenty of pike are up shallow to pounce on baits too. I have weekend availability including muskie opener in a couple weeks. Plenty of variable weather ahead will prolong fish movement. Give me a call and hop right on the bite Wink


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5/11/15 11:46 AM CST
Wondering if there is any reports for LCO, Round, or Grindstone? We are heading up to chase smallies in 10 days any info would be greatly appreciated!!

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5/8/15 12:19 PM CST
Although walleye, bass & pike season are under way, we still have a couple weeks until Musky opener (Saturday, May 23rd). I put together this video for those of you itching for musky season to get here. Give me a call if you're looking to get out and hunt muskys! Cool


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Fishing has been awesome so far! Walleyes, smallmouth and crappies have been going! Water is way warmer than expected. In the past 3 weeks the water has warmed, cooled and then warmed again. This has thrown a little bit of a loop in the walleyes typical post spawn movements. Some fish are shallow, some fish are deep, and some fish are somewhere in between. Cover alot of water until you find fish and then fish through them. Smallies are going nuts on typical open water prespawn locations. Jerkbaits are really getting chewed. Good Luck and enjoy the video! More good stuff is on the way!


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Opening day was awesome weather wise and fishing wise too. We fished a medium sized Sawyer County lake for walleyes. The fish were bitting great on small jigs and fathead minnows. Location was a big key to catching fish, if we weren't right on newly developing green weeds then we didn't get bit, plain and simple. We boated about twenty or so walleyes in the morning, quitting about lunch time. The walleyes were all between 16 to 20 inches.

Good luck and good fishing, Jim Stroede

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5/5/15 10:33 AM CST
May 4, 2015 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

FISHING REPORT Walleye: Walleye action is fair to good. Depending on the lake and time of day, depths vary from 5-20 feet and locations include bars, flats, points, gravel, wood, rock, and river channels. Best success is in early morning and late evening. Use fatheads on jigs, Lindy Rigs, and spinner rigs, or troll crank and stick baits over shallow flats and bars. Work baits slowly!

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is very good in shallower water (to 10 feet) around new green weeds and panfish with spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, jerkbaits, crankbaits, and live bait.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is fair to good in warm, shallow bays. Fish near wood, structure, and crappies with jigs, wacky worms, and live bait.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth bass fishing in the northern bass zone is catch-and-release only until June 20. Smallmouth are in various locations, from shallow bays to river channels and depths to 20 feet. Fish wood and rock areas with crawfish imitations, jigs/minnows, X-Raps, and Shadow Raps.

Crappie: Crappies are very shallow around weeds, wood, and other cover in dark, mud-bottom bays. Best baits include crappie minnows and various jig tipped with Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, plastics, and Gulp! baits suspended under slip bobbers.

Bluegill: Bluegill anglers are catching good numbers of fish from very shallow out to 10 feet. Try small hooks and assorted jigs tipped with waxies, worms, and Gulp! baits, with or without bobbers.

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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4/28/15 10:42 AM CST
FISHING REPORT April 27, 2015 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman

Crappie and bluegill fishing is good on area waters, though you might have to follow the fish from deep to the shallows as they move toward warmer water during the day. Most action seems to be from shallow water out to 12-15 feet, primarily in darker, shallow bays warmed by sunshine (look for structure, such as wood, that absorbs heat). Top bait choices include various types of small jigs tipped with crappie minnows, plastics, and Gulp! 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.

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