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8/15/17 @ 11:05 AM
FISHING REPORT
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Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the August 14, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Following a damp start to the week, the forecast indicates a mix of sunshine and possible showers throughout this week, but at present no expectations of severe weather. Temperatures should be good for most outdoor recreation, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. We have hit mid-August – get in your summer fun now! 

“The unusual weather patterns continue to confuse fish and frustrate anglers,” says Pat at Happy Hooker... “Musky fishing is slow, with early morning and late evening into night most productive. Bucktails, shallow crankbaits, gliders, and topwaters are all effective... Walleyes are close behind small fish growing in size and venturing deeper outside of weed beds. Use crawlers on spin rigs or harnesses with bottom bouncers, or try leeches just off the edges of structure. Early morning and late afternoon into dark is best... Northern pike are in weeds, hitting large minnows, spinnerbaits, and topwaters... Largemouth bass are in 5-10 feet in weeds, around docks, and off the edges of structure. Cast brown, blue, and green plastics. Wacky rigging also produces fish. Fish smallmouth on points and rock piles with brown, orange, or red tube jigs to imitate crayfish... Crappies are schooling off deeper weedlines in 8-12 feet. Set crappie minnows or small tube jigs under slip bobbers 3-5 feet off bottom. Mid to late afternoon is best. Catch larger bluegills on leaf worms and small leeches.”  

Bob and Erik at Hayward Bait say most Hayward area lake temperatures are in the low- to mid-70 degrees.  "Much of the musky success is on bucktails and topwaters, with a few anglers tossing rubber baits such as Bull Dawgs and paddle-tail baits. Trolling Jakes, Depth Raiders, Grandmas, and Matlocks also shines on various waters... Walleye fishing is spotty, but a number of anglers are still finding good fish. Crawlers on harnesses work well, as do casting and trolling crankbaits to cover water... Bass fishing is very good on topwaters during first and last light. As the day progresses, plastics are the hot ticket. Drop shot rigs with finesse worms or wacky-rigged Senkos are also productive... Panfish anglers are finding fish along weedlines, off shoreline structure, and weeds on mid-lake/off-shore structure. Use slip bobbers with crawlers and various plastics on jig heads.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake says walleye anglers should troll and cast stickbaits, jig fatheads and leeches (while available), or use crawler rigs... “The largemouth bass and northern pike bite is a little slow, but you can get their attention with vibration, rattle, flash, and splash... Crappie anglers are catching bigger crappies on larger than usual plastics and minnows – do not be afraid to go big! If the bites miss the hooks, trim the length of the tails... Bobber-fish panfish by casting to 8-10 feet.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing remains strong... “In particular, trolling Mattlocks, Grandmas, Jakes, and Believers in open water areas over deep cover between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. are moving the most fish. At other times, cast spinnerbaits and topwaters over structure and drop-offs... Walleye size has gotten a tad better, with anglers reporting more legal fish. They are finding fish in deeper water during the day by drifting live bait or trolling shad style baits... Northern pike of all sizes remain active in weed beds, with many anglers catching them while fishing other species, and the pike hitting just about everything from crawlers to spinnerbaits... Callahan Lake largemouth bass are really aggressive in dense vegetation, hitting imitation frogs and to a lesser extent spinnerbaits... Crappie action definitely picked up on deep cribs, with crappie minnows working best."  

FISHING REPORT 

Musky:  Musky action is good, with early and late hours into dark producing the most success. Baits of choice include bucktails, Bull Dawgs, stickbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, gliders, and topwaters. Trolling many of those baits over deep cover in open water is also producing some good fish.  

Walleye:  Walleye fishing slowed, but anglers continue to find some nice fish, particularly in early morning and then from late afternoon into and after dark. Work deeper water during the day and shallower areas in the evening hours. Fish are holding on weed edges and near other structure. Leeches work well (but difficult to find), as do fatheads and crawlers on jigs, harnesses, and split shot rigs. Casting and trolling stickbaits and crankbaits are also catching fish.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is slower, though still good around weeds at various depths. Northern suckers under bobbers work well, and spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, and topwaters will all attract pike. Fish bigger baits in deeper water for trophy pike.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth fishing is fair to very good, depending on the lake. You will find them in, near, and on the edges of shallow to mid-depth weeds, lily pads, slop, docks, and other structure. Plastics in various configurations (worms in assorted riggings, tubes, etc.), drop-shot rigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and of course topwaters are all good.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth action is very good on deeper hard bottom areas such as points, rock, and gravel. Best offerings include crayfish colored plastics such as rigged worms, tubes, and swim baits, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Try topwaters early and late in the day.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good and getting better. Concentrate on deeper weeds, weedlines, cribs, and other structure, with afternoons offering the best chances for success. The most productive baits include crappie minnows, crawlers, plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and Gulp! baits, with/without slip bobbers.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good to very good. For fast action, fish small ‘gills in and around shallower weeds and structure. Catch larger fish in deeper weeds, brush, and cribs. Top baits include waxies, worms, crawler chunks, leaf worms, leeches, and plastics on small jigs, teardrops, and small hooks, with or without bobbers.  


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8/13/17 @ 1:11 PM
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Rich Simak
Rich Simak
USER since 6/3/11

MOON PHASE (65%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Walleye fishing slowed a bit this week on the deep clear lakes. We continue to see great action on big smallmouth. Fish are edging deeper. Adjust to the conditions when it is calm and sunny. There are still some weed edge fish but most contacts seem to be 20+ fow on rocks.

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8/8/17 @ 10:06 AM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
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USER since 6/3/08

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Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the August 7, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The North Woods finally enjoyed a string of good weather days and forecasts indicate it might continue this week, though perhaps with a “hiccup” here and there in midweek. Moderate highs will provide excellent daytime recreation conditions, with cooler nights for good sleeping to rest from the day’s adventures! 

“This is not a typical summer,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and that has made fishing a little more difficult... Fish muskies in and adjacent to deeper weeds during the day. Nearly all baits are producing, from deep runners to topwaters. At night, fishing is good with bucktails and surface baits... For walleyes, fish deeper mid-lake depths and mud flats, working crawlers and jumbo leeches on the bottom. In the evening, fish shallower weeds and weedlines with minnows on weedless jigs or slip bobbers... Northern pike fishing is good in weeds out to about 15 feet with northern suckers under bobbers and surface baits in shallower weeds... Largemouth fishing is good in weeds and along docks and other structure. Plastics, rigged weedless worms, spinnerbaits, and surface baits will all produce action. For smallmouth, fish deep, hard-bottom areas and cribs with crayfish colored plastics and crankbaits... Crappies are in 12-18 feet and minnows and small tube jigs under slip bobbers work well. Fish bluegills in shallow weeds with leaf worms and small leeches.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says fishing remains good on Nelson Lake.  “Walleye anglers should jig fatheads and leeches or cast and troll wobbling and/or rattling stickbaits... Use some splash, noise, and vibration to get the attention of northern pike and largemouth bass. Use chatterbaits, buzzbaits, wacky rigged worms, propeller plugs, surface poppers, and rattling swimbaits... The crappie bite is still good on crappie minnows, Gulp! baits, and small spinnerbaits. Catch bluegills with waxies and worms under bobbers.” 

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky action slowed a bit. .. “Muskies remain active, though anglers are catching many smaller fish, which is promising for future musky fishing. Open water trolling during the day remains productive with large Jakes, Grandmas, Believers, and Mattlocks. In early morning and evening hours, cast structure with bucktails, Creepers, and Globes... Walleye fishing is slow and it appears leech season is ending, though you can substitute Uncle Josh and Gulp! leeches. During the day, target deeper cover with crawlers and shad style crankbaits. As evening approaches, target breaklines and deep weed edges with crawlers and Beetle Spins... Northern pike are active in weed beds, including some really large pike on the west side, on Tinsel Tail and Wahoo spinnerbaits... Largemouth bass fishing is very good with purple Tinsel Tails on Callahan Lake. Smallmouth are very active on the southeast end for anglers casting square-bill crankbaits... Crappie fishing is fair to good on the bogs, with anglers using crappie minnows, Gulp!, and Crappie Scrubs.”  

FISHING REPORT

Musky:  Musky action ranges from slow to very good. Look for fishing holding in deeper water and/or around structure. Bucktails, crankbaits, stickbaits, and swimbaits are all getting hits and trolling larger baits is producing action during the day, with night anglers doing well casting topwaters.  

Walleye:  Walleye action is fair to fairly good, with the best success in early morning and late evening and after dark. Locations include weeds, weedlines, breaklines, points, humps, and mud flats, targeting deeper water during the day and shallower water in the low light hours. Productive baits include crawlers, leeches, and fatheads on jigs, crawler harnesses, and live bait rigs; trolled and cast stickbaits, crankbaits; and Beetle Spins.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is good to very good in the weeds on most waters. Catch numbers in shallow weeds, but go deep with larger lures for trophy pike. Northern suckers under bobbers work well, as do spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, buzzbaits, swim baits, plastics, and topwaters.  

Largemouth Bass:   Largemouth fishing is very good on most waters. Find the bass around weeds, brush, bogs, docks, downed trees, and other cover. To paraphrase a popular quote, “Throw ‘em if ya got ‘em.” Give the bass many choices, including weedless plastics (worms, tubes, etc.), spinners, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, buzzbaits, swim baits, topwaters, and of course crawler, minnows, and leeches.  

Smallmouth Bass:   Smallmouth action is good to very good on deeper hard bottom areas and around cribs. The smallmouth are feeding on crawdads, so use crawdad colored plastics, worms, tubes, and crankbaits.  

Crappie:   Crappie fishing is fair to good around weeds and bogs and over open water (suspending fish) in depths to about 20 feet. Top producing baits include crappie minnows, tube jigs, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, small spinners, and Gulp! baits, fished with and without slip bobbers. Early mornings and evenings are the best times.  

Bluegill:   Bluegill fishing is good to very good in/around shallow to mid-depth weeds, brush, and other cover. Best baits include waxies, worms, leaf worms, small leeches, and micro plastics on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks.  

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8/8/17 @ 6:56 AM
skiflyer2k
skiflyer2k
USER since 4/5/11

Heading up to lac courte oreilles on thursday for the week end.... any info would be great... looking to catch a few walleyes.... looking for some tactics for this time of year. Leadcore? Rigging? Depth of water?

Thanks

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8/7/17 @ 12:42 PM
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Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Had some fun clients out on the Chippewa Flowage this past weekend. Dispite the cold front that blew through on Thursday, we manage to boat some decent Crappies and Bluegills.

The lake is about a foot low now with water temps right around 72 degrees.

Give me a call, text or email me if you want to get out there!

TC 

Edited on 8/7/17 12:55 PM
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8/6/17 @ 4:25 PM
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Rich Simak
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USER since 6/3/11

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

An extremely cold rainy Thursday caused water temperatures to plunge from a season high 79 to 70 degrees on Hayward's deep clear lakes. The change seems to have had minimal short term impact on game fish locations.

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8/2/17 @ 1:43 PM
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Rich Simak
Rich Simak
USER since 6/3/11

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waxing Gibbous

 Water temperatures are at the warmest levels of the summer with readings of 79 degrees. This combined with impressive schools of forage have led to some slow times during the fishing day. Game fish seem to be moving around more than usual and the successful angler will keep moving as well. When you find them they will cooperate. Humps, rocks, cribs, and deeper weed edges can all be productive on the clear water lakes.

Edited on 8/2/17 1:45 PM
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8/1/17 @ 10:15 PM
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Chrome guy
Chrome guy
USER since 5/12/14

MOON PHASE (69%)
Waxing Gibbous

Wiscyriver. I used to fish Nelson quite a bit. It is fairly stained water. We used to fish the river channel for walleyes with spinners with crawler harnesses or spinner and a leech. Slip bobbers work well too. Crappies and sunnies are pretty easy to find. Stump fields seem to always produce. 

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8/1/17 @ 2:28 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
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MOON PHASE (69%)
Waxing Gibbous

Excerpts from the July 31, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

This week’s forecast generally appears very good, with cooler highs and only a few chances for rain/t-storms. If you have not yet pursued summer fun, better get busy – we are now, already, in August!

“With the inconsistent weather, fishing is best in early morning and late afternoon into night,” says Pat at Happy Hooker.  “Muskies are holding deeper during the day, but move up for feeding. Hit the weeds right time and you will do well. All lure types work, from deep baits to topwaters, with night fishing good on bucktails and surface baits... Walleyes are also deep during the day. Drift jumbo leeches and crawlers on the bottom over mid-lake depths and mud flats. In the evening, fish weeds and weedlines with minnows on slip bobbers or weedless jigs... Northern pike are in weeds in 6-10 feet. Use sucker minnows under slip bobbers, flashy baits, and surface baits... Largemouth bass fishing is good in weeds along docks and other structure. Use rigged weedless worms, weedless plastics, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. Smallmouth are on deep, hard bottom boulder areas, feeding on crayfish, and around cribs. Red and/or brown plastics and crankbaits work well... Crappie anglers are fishing in 12-18 feet with small tube jigs and minnows under slip bobbers. Bluegills are in shallow weeds and biting on leaf worms and small leeches.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says musky action is consistent on most lakes... “Focus on deep humps and points and the shallow bite is good during low light. Spinners, topwaters, and plastics are all good, and anglers trolling large crankbaits just off weed edges and points are catching some nice fish. Release the muskies quickly due to warm temperatures... Walleye fishing is decent, but getting tougher, though some good fish still use the weeds. Focus on sand grass on the fringe of deep cabbage edges in 14-20 feet during low light. Slip bobbers and leeches work best, but jigs and swimbaits get some bites. Trolling open water with crawlers harnesses on bottom bouncers and planer boards at 1-1.5 mph for suspending fish... Northern action slowed with the warming water, so try deep diving crankbaits and jigs along deep weed edges... The bass bite offers some great topwater action. For largemouth, focus on emergent weeds and docks. For smallmouth, work jigs and Senko worms on deep gravel humps and points... Crappies and bluegills are schooling on deep edges and leaf worms and leeches should do the job.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake fishing is good, despite the hot weather... "Walleye anglers should jig fatheads or leeches along rocky shorelines or cast and troll stickbaits. For northern pike, splash and flash lures such as weedless spoons tipped with double tails, buzz baits, spinnerbaits, Mepps, and surface plugs are all working well... Largemouth bass action is good in and near weed beds on wacky worm set-ups, poppers, frogs, and dressed weedless spinners and swim baits... The crappie bite is especially good on minnows, worms, small leeches, and Gulp! Alive in more than 8 feet.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing remains strong... “During daylight hours, troll Grandmas, Jakes, Believers, and Mattlocks over open water over cover in 13-25 feet. In early morning and evening hours, cast Creepers toward shallow weed edges from deeper water... Walleyes are a bit sluggish and leeches remain the bait of choice... Northern pike action slowed. Try ripping spinnerbaits and weedless spoons through heavier weeds... Largemouth bass fishing is good with spinnerbaits in weeds along shorelines. Smallmouth are active in the stumps and rocks on the east and southeast ends, with imitation craws, plastics, and crawlers the preference... Crappie anglers report success in weeds in 10 feet in the morning, while evening anglers target bogs over deeper water. Use crappie minnows, Mini-Mites, Kalin’s Crappie Scrubs, and Gulp! baits.”  

FISHING REPORT

Musky:  Musky fishing is consistent, with night fishing offering good opportunities. Target deep humps, points, and weed edges during the day and shallower locations in the evening. This is a good time to test tackle, as nearly all lure types are producing, including topwaters, bucktails, jerkbaits, crank baits, stickbaits, spinners, and plastics.  

Walleye:  Walleye action is best in early morning and late afternoon into dark. During the day, concentrate on mid-depth to deep weeds, grass, cabbage, and mud flats. In low light, work shallow weeds and rock shorelines. The most effective baits include leeches, crawlers, and minnows on jigs, slip bobbers, crawler harnesses, Lindy Rigs, and bottom bouncers, as well as trolled and cast crankbaits and stickbaits.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing slowed with the warm temperatures, but there is still good action. Look for fish in and around weeds from shallow to deep, especially near panfish concentrations. The many excellent bait choices include northern suckers under bobbers, Twister-tipped spoons, spinners, spinnerbaits, buzz baits, crankbaits, and topwaters.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth fishing is good to very good in/over/around weeds, weedlines, docks, brush, bogs, downed trees, and other structure providing cover. The most productive baits include pre-rigged worms (in assorted configurations) and other plastics, spinners, spinnerbaits, swim baits, and various topwaters.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth action is decent on deeper hard bottom areas, rocks, stumps, gravel, points, and cribs. Use crayfish colored plastics (tubes, worms, grubs, imitation crawdads, swim jigs, and crankbaits.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is fair to good, with best action in morning and evening hours. Fish weeds and bogs in 6-20 feet with crappie minnows, small leeches, leaf worms, tube jigs, small plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and Gulp! baits under slip bobbers.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good to very good in shallow to mid-depth weeds and deep edges. Best baits include waxies, leaf worms, small leeches, and crawler chunks on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, with/without bobbers. Try small minnows in deeper water for larger ‘gills  


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7/25/17 @ 9:17 PM
Wiscyriver
Wiscyriver
USER since 7/23/15

Will be fishing Nelson lake Next week. Wondering what the go to colors and baits for trolling. Any pointers would be great not familiar with the area at all. Family vacation and have 2 little boys that love reeling in fish

Thanks 

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