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HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
3/24/15 8:57 AM CST
FISHING REPORT The DNR says it is unlikely a proposed rule to allow motor trolling on all inland Wisconsin waters will be in place for the May 2 fishing opener. The state currently allows trolling on some waters in 63 counties and allows drifting or “row trolling” on all waters. The proposed rule would allow anglers to trail at least one sucker, minnow, or other bait or lure behind a moving motor boat, regardless of whether the occupants are casting other lures.

Crappie: Crappie action is good to very good and should only improve with the warming weather. Spring is a great time for crappie fishing, but also a good time to use caution on melting ice. Look for crappies suspending over deep basins and breaks, near wooded flats, weedlines, cribs, humps, and others structure (or no structure!) in a variety of depths out to about 25 feet. Closely check the ENTIRE water column! Favorite baits include crappie minnows, rosy reds, waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on tungsten jigs. Try jigging spoons for larger fish.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is good to very good on/along flats, weedlines, wood, humps, breaks, and cribs in depths to 20 feet. As with crappies, check the entire water column with your locator. Best bait choices include waxies, spikes, mousies, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, fished with or without slip bobbers. Downsize to increase success, though try small minnows for bigger ‘gills.

Perch: Perch have started moving toward shallower water for spawning that will occur immediately after ice-out. Still, look for them out to 25 feet, holding close to the bottom on mudflats, mid-lake bars, basins, humps, wood, weed edges, and cribs. The most productive baits include small jigs and spoons tipped with waxies, plastics, spikes, crappie minnows, and minnow heads.

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 Calendar of Events, or call 800-724-2992.

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FISHING REPORT
3/21/15 9:56 PM CST
Ice Depth: 13"
still some fishable ice out there and some thats hard to get to from shore. still catching fish in the deep basin. was very windy today out of the nw. lake hayward a couple days from putting the boat in at the landing for a ride. open water is close now! Wink

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
3/17/15 8:29 AM CST
FISHING REPORT Steve Suman March 16, 2015

Crappie: Crappie action is good to very good once you find the fish. Plan on spending time with your electronics and drilling a “few” holes in the ice – a labor of love, right? Stay on the move until you find the fish. Concentrate on depths from 10-25 feet with deep holes, cribs, and weedlines. Check the entire water column, from just under the ice to the lake bottom. Top baits and presentations include crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits on plain hooks and jigs/tungsten jigs. Jigging spoons can tempt bigger crappies.

Bluegill: Bluegills are offering anglers a good bite around weeds and/or suspending over deeper water, and often hanging with the crappies. As with crappies, check the entire water column! Waxies, small plastics, and Gulp! baits are all productive, but using smaller, lighter tackle and equipment will usually increase your catch rate.

Perch: Perch action is improving as fish start moving toward shallower areas, preparing for their post-ice-out spawning period. For now, look for fish on/near the bottom in depths to 15 feet. Waxies and minnows are both working well for perch.

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
3/12/15 11:38 PM CST
Late ice has been good to us! Crappies perch and gills have all been very active on a variety of different lakes. We have mainly been targeting crappie on some of the larger lakes. We have been finding fish in shallow green weeds.2 feet to 8 feet or deep basin areas. 17 to 35 feet. Fishing aggressively has proven to be effective out deep while fishing finesse baits has worked best up shallow. Larger perch are still out on the mud flats in depths of 17 to 30 feet. For the most part perch in the shallows have been smaller. Soon the larger fish will work shallow eating the hatching insects. Fishing larger spoons tipped with minnow heads has helped weed though smaller fish.

Ice thickness has not been effected much however the top 6 inches is getting pretty soft. It has been freezing at night keeping the lakes from getting too soupy. Snow is off the ice now. Good luck and stay safe!

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
3/9/15 3:48 PM CST
FISHING REPORT March 9, 2015 Steve Suman

Crappie: Crappie action is fair to good and improving. Fish are suspending in/over deeper water, sometimes over structure, so you might find them in a mix of areas. Anglers are making some nice catches once they locate the fish – and electronics can make a substantial difference in your success rate! Baits of choice include crappie minnows, waxies, wigglers, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small/tungsten jigs or plain hooks fished on tip-ups and tip-downs. Jigging Rapalas work well for larger crappies. If action is slow, try smaller, lighter baits and tackle.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing it getting better and anglers report some decent action. You will find bluegills holding and suspending at various depths on flats, weedlines, and cabbage beds. Top baits include waxies, wigglers, mousies, spikes, and small minnows on small jigs and teardrops.

Perch: As it is with other panfish species, perch action is improving with the weather changes. Look for perch on mud flats, mid-lake bars, and along weedlines in mid-depths to deeper water. Use small jigs and jigging spoons tipped with waxies, wigglers, spikes, minnows, and minnow heads.

Upcoming Events March 13-15: Hot Air for Hearts Balloon Rally, Lakewoods (715-794-2561). March 14: Lanes and Links on the Lake; turkey bowling and ice golf, Pat’s Landing (715-945-2511). March 15: Remove ice fishing shelters from inland lakes north of Highway 64. March 17: Sno-Trails annual picnic, 12-4 p.m., Lac Courte Oreilles boat launch. March 20: Crow season closes. March 23: Leftover spring turkey tags goes on sale at 10 a.m. March 25: Hayward Bass Club meeting, Hayward Rod and Gun Club, 7 p.m. (715-699-1015). March 28: Trout season opens on some Lake Superior tributaries. (See trout regs). March 28: Hayward Fishing Expo, Hayward Wesleyan Church, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 31: Licenses for 2014-15 expire.

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.

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
3/3/15 9:09 AM CST
FISHING REPORT Steve Suman March 2, 2015

NOTE: Game fish season closed March 1 on inland waters. Check the fishing regulations for exceptions. Early catch-and-release-only trout season opens statewide March 7 and runs through April 26. Check the trout fishing regulations for exceptions and restrictions. Anglers must use artificial lures and flies, but barbless hooks are not required.

Crappie: Crappie action is good and getting better. Look for fish suspending in deeper water over weeds and wooded flats. The most productive baits include crappie minnows, rosy reds, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is very good and improving. The ‘gills are in 4-22 feet of water and often in with the crappies. Baits of choice include waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks. Going smaller can increase catch rates.

Perch: Perch activity is also improving on area lakes. Look for perch in 4-18 feet of water (depending on the lake) near weeds and on flats. Best baits include waxies, fatheads, rosy reds, and minnow heads on small jigging spoons.

Upcoming Events Feb. 28: Seasons closed: Cottontail rabbit; Mink trapping. March 1: Game fish season closed on inland waters (see regs for exceptions). March 4: New licenses for 2015-16 on sale. March 5: Northwest Relic Riders Ride to Lunch, Snowshoe Saloon; (715-634-4608; 520-8220). March 6-8: World's Longest Weenie Roast, Lakewoods Resort (800-553-7454). March 7: Early catch-and-release only trout season opens statewide (see regs). March 7: First Annual Elitest Snowmobile Expo at Big Musky Resort; (217-202-840Cool. March 13-15: Hot Air for Hearts Balloon Rally, Lakewoods (715-794-2561). March 14: Lanes and Links on the Lake; turkey bowling and ice golf at Pat’s Landing. March 15: Remove ice fishing shelters from inland lakes north of Highway 64. March 17: Sno-Trails annual picnic, 12-4 p.m., Lac Courte Oreilles boat launch. March 23: Leftover spring turkey tags goes on sale. March 25: Hayward Bass Club meeting, Hayward Rod and Gun Club, 7 p.m. (715-699-1015). March 31: Licenses for 2014-15 expire.

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
2/28/15 8:39 PM CST
We have been on the ice nearly every day for the past 2 weeks. Crappie action has been nuts on most lakes. Finding fish either in weeds near basin areas or in deep water basins. Basin holes in 17 to 27 feet of water are best. Look for secluded holes surrounded by shallower water. Too much open basin makes it difficult to find a lot of fish piled up.

Smallmouth have really started biting these past two weeks. Here is a video from this past week describing the ins and outs to getting these fish through the ice. Gamefish season ends the 1st.

Lots of ice out there. The past 2 weeks it has been below zero the majority of the time. Good Luck

Ghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BERTgFJ5V4

JIM STROEDE
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2/27/15 7:26 AM CST
Tactics, Stop in to Hayward Bait and Bottle when you get up here, ask for Bob or Jim. They will steer you in the right direction lake wise. Good luck

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2/24/15 7:29 PM CST
Want to head out Friday morning and evening for walleye. Anyone want to team up to cover more ground. Not familiar with hayward area lakes but do well tip up fishing and jigging in SE part of state. Even if you can't make it out I'd appreciate any tips one could spare. Thanks guys. Really appreciate any help. Feel free to PM me.

HAYWARD LAKES VCB
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FISHING REPORT
2/24/15 8:31 AM CST
FISHING REPORT Steve Suman February 23, 2015

NOTE: Game fish season closes March 1 on inland waters. Check the fishing regulations for exceptions. Early catch-and-release-only trout season opens statewide March 7. Check the trout fishing regulations for exceptions and restrictions.

Walleye: Walleye action is “hit-and-miss,” with the best bite in late afternoon and during low light hours. Concentrate on weeds, weed beds, rock bars, breaklines, and mud and muck flats in 5-20 feet. Tip-ups with walleye suckers or shiners and jigging spoons with fatheads or minnow heads are all catching fish.

Northern Pike: Northern fishing is fair to good around weeds in 4-18 feet of water. Fish northern suckers and shiners under tip-ups on weedlines, with bait just below the ice, over weeds, and/or about halfway to the bottom.

Crappie: Crappie action is fair to good, with the best bite during low light hours. Fish are suspending over deep weeds and wood. Check the entire water column. Top baits include crappie minnows, fatheads, waxies, plastics, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and plain hooks. Use tip-ups and tip-downs holding baits just above the fish. Use small jigging spoons for bigger fish.

Bluegill: Bluegill anglers are working and moving for their catches. Fish are near weeds in 4-18 feet of water. Waxies, spikes, and plastics on small jigs and teardrops work well.

Perch: Perch fishing is erratic, but improving, with best success on the deep clear lakes. Fish near bottom on mud flats and around weeds. Depths vary from 4-25 feet. Bait choices include crappie minnows, fatheads, rosy reds, and waxies fished on ice jigs and/or tip-ups and tip-downs, as well as jigging baits tipped with minnow heads or pieces.

Upcoming Events Feb. 28: Seasons close: Cottontail rabbit; Mink trapping. March 1: Game fish season closes on inland waters (see regs for exceptions). March 5: Northwest Relic Riders Ride to Lunch, Snowshoe Saloon; (715-634-4608; 520-8220). March 7: Early catch-and-release only trout season opens statewide (see regs). March 7: World’s Longest Weenie Roast, Lakewoods Resort (800-553-7454). March 7: 1st Annual Elitest Snowmobile Expo at Big Musky Resort; (217-202-840Cool. March 13-15: Hot Air for Hearts Balloon Rally, Lakewoods (715-794-2561). March 14: Lanes and Links on the Lake; turkey bowling and ice golf at Pat's Landing. March 15: Remove ice fishing shelters from inland lakes north of Highway 64. March 17: Sno-Trails annual picnic, 12-4 p.m., Lac Courte Oreilles boat launch. March 25: Hayward Bass Club meeting, Hayward Rod and Gun Club, 7 p.m. (715-699-1015).

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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2/24/15 7:24 AM CST
I should clarify my earlier post about the trolling issue. I was referring to Lake Chippewa Flowage. They have been trying to pass a one rod per person and no more than 2 rods per boat, trolling rule out there. This Bill will have nothing to do with the local lakes that you can currently can troll on. They will be unaffected. Sorry about any confusion.

TC


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Wright6
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2/24/15 6:20 AM CST
I would have to agree. In no way, shape, or form will trolling have a bad effect on these lakes.

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2/23/15 6:59 PM CST
Trolling for 2015 on hold again ??? Gov Walker is a joke ! Puke

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FISHING REPORT
2/23/15 1:00 PM CST
Fished a lake about 40 min north of Hayward last Fri. Spent most of the time teaching my in-laws how to use plastics to put some panfish on the ice. With the cold weather it was much easier to keep dropping the same plastic back down vs. rebaiting w/ a waxie/spike/etc. Took them a little bit to figure out the details but once they did it was game over! Threw back 10 for every one that was kept, nothing huge, but kept some gills in the 7-8" range and crappies ran 10-11". Only 2 small pike and a 14" bass were caught on tipups/auto fisherman all day, but we were too busy catching fish on the jig poles to move them around much. Gills were found in 12-16ft of water and the crappies were holding a little deeper out to 26ft and came through 2-4ft off the bottom.

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2/23/15 9:21 AM CST
Ice Depth: 26" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 11° - 15° F
Got out this past Saturday with a couple of clients Crappie fishing. With all this cold weather lately, Saturday bite was pretty hot. Only fishing the afternoon, we managed to ice well over 30 fish and keeping 25 and missed our share to boot. Most of the action came on tip downs and minnows. We were fishing anywhere from 8 to 15 down, over 20 FOW. With only a high of 17 Degrees, you had to constantly maintain cleaning/skimming the holes in order for tip downs to be effective. A little more work being outside to man them, but it paid off.

On another note, the trolling issue for the Flowage is off the table until 2016.

With March right around the bend and warmer temps to follow, now's the time to book your trip and get in on some of this ice fishing fun!

Tight Lines! TC


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